Before the advent of Twitter, most educators I know had limited opportunities to collaborate with colleagues outside their building. Some subscribed to listservs or participated in online forums, but these outlets lacked critical mass; teachers also networked at in-person conferences and training sessions, but these isolated events didn't provide ongoing support.
Enter Twitter. I've heard many educators say that Twitter is the most effective way to collaborate and that they've learned more with Twitter than they have from years of formal professional development.
"The question isn't whether public education can be improved -- rather, it's how can it be improved. But before we implement a solution, we need to be clear about the real problems that are plaguing public education and, more generally, society.
The problem with Public Education is not low test scores. Poverty is the single largest problem that plagues most education systems."
Pinterest is a promising visual bookmarking platform. It is gaining in popularity more and more and of course teachers and educators are part of this success for there are now a burgeoning number of educational boards on Pinterest where you can get free access to tons of web tools and teaching tips.There are also some great educational Pinners that are committed to sharing useful resources with their fellow teachers. In this regard, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has its own Pinterest Board where we have been pinning everything we publish here or we find in other blogs and websites, make sure to follow us to stay updated about our future pinnings.
It's classified. There's a certain mass and size of plutonium that you need to create in order to start a nuclear reaction... a reaction that tips, that spreads, that cycles out of control. In the idea business, critical mass is...
"I don't do end of year countdowns, I actually dread the last day of school because it means these amazing kids are not going to be mine any longer. And yet, being in 5th grade means that graduation is near, middle school looms, and the kids know that our time is limited. So they started asking me what we would be doing these last few weeks after math is done, memoir is done, all that stuff we had to get through is done (I never tell them that we are never done even if we aren't). And voila; a list of ideas for the remaining weeks."
"While I was taking a survey today about Response to Intervention (RTI) I began to reflect about how RTI and Data-Driven Instruction have affected my school. In the past few years, I have noticed teachers becoming overwhelmingly stressed about Standardized State Tests. Teachers feel like they don't have enough time to lesson-plan in order to appropriately meet the needs of their students. Moreover, teachers feel that the precious planning-time in which they do get is being wasted during team meetings and other scheduled events. Teachers are becoming depressed because they are feeling like they are doing their students a disservice by "teaching to the tests" and there isn't anything that they can do about it. This unfortunately creates an extremely negative atmosphere that is contagious to all valued stake-holders in a school system."
"This week's App of the Week is a fantastic, teacher-designed app that makes writing super engaging and fun for students. The full version of this app contains 375 picture-based writing prompts that are classified according to level of difficulty. Each image has three different prompts associated with it and students can adjust the level of difficulty in the "settings" section, making differentiation a breeze. The 125 high-quality images used for the prompts contained in the app are thought-provoking and unique. Prompts are available in both text and audio format to accommodate students who are emerging readers or those with special needs."
A simple pocket reference guide for the latest apps useful for the PE, Sport, Coaching & Training. Featuring over 100 Apps for Physical Educators with descriptions and explanations as to how and why they can be included in your practice. This is the definitive reference guide you cannot miss.
Featuring the following categories of apps - Anatomy Apps - Active Gaming Apps - Assessment Apps - Video Analysis Apps - Video Apps - Photo Apps - Training Apps - Resource Apps - Fitness Testing Apps - Coaching Apps - Measurement Apps - Data Analysis Apps - Utilities"