Tuesday, March 31, 2009

My Bookmarks and Annotations 03/31/2009

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My Bookmarks and Annotations 03/25/2009

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

My Bookmarks and Annotations 03/24/2009

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Friday, March 20, 2009

My Bookmarks and Annotations 03/20/2009

  • Will Richardson

    In the Web 2.0 world, self-directed learners must be adept at building and sustaining networks.

    tags: web2.0, socialnetworking, willrichardson, digitalcitizenship, richardson, digitalfootprint, footprints, pln

    • the online portfolios of who we are, what we do, and by association, what we know—are becoming increasingly woven into the fabric of almost every aspect of our lives
    • They're creating all sorts of content—some, as we all know, doing so very badly—and they're doing all sorts of things with online tools that, for the most part, we're not teaching them anything about. In the process, they're becoming Googleable without us. By and large, they do all this creating, publishing, and learning on their own, outside school, because when they enter the classroom, they typically "turn off the lights"
    • these shifts demand that we move our concept of learning from a "supply-push" model of "building up an inventory of knowledge in the students' heads" (p. 30) to a "demand-pull" approach that requires students to own their learning processes and pursue learning, based on their needs of the moment, in social and possibly global communities of practice.
    • They need to know that publishing has a nobler goal than just readership—and that's engagement.
      • Our teachers need to focus on engagement as well - post by hthiele
    • "collective action," sharing responsibility and outcomes in doing real work for real purposes for real audiences online
    • And older students should be engaging in the hard work of what Shirky (2008) calls "collective action," sharing responsibility and outcomes in doing real work for real purposes for real audiences online.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

My Bookmarks and Annotations 03/17/2009

  • March 13th, 2009 by Ronen Halevy

    Emacf1 released another free/donationware application recently called GPSLogger. It is a simple offline GPS logging application that records your movements using GPS. The nice part is that unlike other applications it stores it on your BlackBerry so it does not have an online component. This appeals to my security conscious side that just wants to track my trip or hike without sharing… GPSLogger is free but the developer is asking for donations if you want to support its development. The app lets you save GPX or KML files that you can open up in Google Earth and other applications and view your log.

    tags: berryreview, gpslogger, berryreview.com, gps, blackberry

  • Abstract
    The publicity about online “predators” who prey on naive children using trickery and violence is largely inaccurate. Internet sex crimes involving adults and juveniles more often fit a model of statutory rape – adult offenders who meet, develop relationships with, and openly seduce underage teenagers -- than a model of forcible sexual assault or pedophilic child molesting. This is a serious problem, but one that requires different approaches from current prevention messages emphasizing parental control and the dangers of divulging personal information. Developmentally appropriate prevention strategies that target youth directly and acknowledge normal adolescent interests in romance and sex are needed. These should provide younger adolescents with awareness and avoidance skills, while educating older youth about the pitfalls of sexual relationships with adults and their criminal nature. Particular attention should be paid to higher risk youth, including those with histories of sexual abuse, sexual orientation concerns, and patterns of off- and online risk taking. Mental health practitioners need information about the dynamics of this problem and the characteristics of victims and offenders because they are likely to encounter related issues in a variety of contexts.

    tags: InternetSafety, online, predators, safety

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Monday, March 16, 2009

My Bookmarks and Annotations 03/16/2009

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Friday, March 13, 2009

My Bookmarks and Annotations 03/13/2009

  • Why this song?

    As a kid who grew up in NYC, I am a great fan of America’s public education. I attended P.S. 41 in Greenwich Village, then P. S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights, then on to Brooklyn Technical High School and S.U.N.Y. Plattsburgh.

    And now, as a father and a grandfather, I so appreciate the tough job that faces every teacher. I believe they need all the help they can get: anything that excites a student, opens their eyes, and hearts and minds is a positive that makes a child invest in school.

    Music, art, drama and sports - these are what kept me involved when I was in school. And these very things, that make a teacher’s (and student’s) job easier and more rewarding, are what’s been cut from curriculums across the country.

    Now we are teaching by rote again - where the test, and only the test, becomes the reason to teach and study.

    It’s no secret that American industry has outsourced most factory jobs to other countries to take advantage of cheaper labor costs. So why are we putting so much effort into a form of education in which there is no creativity? This is the time that our youth should be taught to think ”out of the box,” not be put into a tighter one!

    This is the larger context that John Forster and I wanted to address in a satirical song for NPR’s “Morning Edition.”

    -Tom Chapin


    Not On The Test
    by John Forster & Tom Chapin
    © 2008 Limousine Music Co. & The Last Music Co. (ASCAP)

    Go on to sleep now, third grader of mine.
    The test is tomorrow but you'll do just fine.
    It's reading and math, forget all the rest.
    You don't need to know what is not on the test.

    Each box that you mark on each test that you take,
    Remember your teachers, their jobs are at stake.
    Your score is their score, but don't get all stressed.
    They'd never teach anything not on the test.

    The School Board is faced with no child left behind
    With rules but no funding, they’re caught in a bind.
    So music and art and the things you love best
    Are not in your school ‘cause they’re not on the test.

    Sleep, sleep, and as you

    tags: assessment, notonthetest, education, nclb, music, chapin, testing, teaching

  • Send large files to anyone with TransferBIGFiles...

    Just select the files you want to send and TransferBigFiles will email the recipient with a link to the download page, and it's FREE!

    tags: storage, files, transfer, tools, tool, file, Upload, free

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

My Bookmarks and Annotations 03/10/2009

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Monday, March 09, 2009

Using Technology that Works Admin Academy - Update

About halfway through. Trying to finish as much as possible tonight.


My Bookmarks and Annotations 03/09/2009

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

My Bookmarks and Annotations 03/05/2009

  • This collection of ready-to-use graphic organizers will help children classify ideas and communicate more effectively. All of our free, printable graphic organizers are designed to facilitate understanding of key concepts by allowing students to drill down to the basic points and ideas. By using graphic organizers across all subject areas, you will be empowering your students to master subject-matter faster and more efficiently. We have graphic organizers for reading, science, writing, math, and for general use. We also have put together slideshows of our favorite graphic organizers in each subject, to save you time.

    tags: graphicorganizers, graphicorganizer, teachervision.com, Organizers, graphic_organizers, tools, writing, teachervision

  • Help your students children classify ideas and communicate more effectively. Use graphic organizers to structure writing projects, to help in problem solving, decision making, studying, planning research and brainstorming.

    tags: graphicorganizers, productivity, education, tools, templates, writing, organizers, mindmap

  • tags: lemonadestand, appleII, emulator

  • tags: oregontrail, trail, apple, oregon_trail, oregon, Games, game

  • Lemonade Stand Introduction


    Hi, and welcome to Lemonade Stand! Your goal in this game will be to make as much money as you can within 7, 14 or 30 days. To do this, you've decided to open your own business -- a Lemonade Stand! You'll have complete control over almost every part of your business, including pricing, quality control, inventory control, and purchasing supplies. You'll also have to deal with the weather, which can be unpredictable. Unfortunately, the weather will play a big part when customers are deciding whether or not to buy your product.

    Other factors which will make or break your business is the price you charge. Customers are more apt to pay higher prices when the product (your lemonade) is more in demand - When the weather is hotter. As the temperature drops, and the weather turns bad (overcast, cloudy, rain), don't expect them to pay nearly what they would on a hot, hazy day.

    The other major factor which comes into play is your customer's satisfaction. As you sell your product, people will decide whether or not they like it, and how much they like or dislike it. As time goes on, they'll start to tell their friends, neighbors, and relatives (hence, your 'popularity'). Sell a good product for a good price, and you'll build business over time; overcharge for inferior products, and you'll be out of business sooner than you'd think. Another more direct form of customer satisfaction affecting sales takes place directly at the stand. As customers buy your product, you'll see some tell you what they think by the bubbles over their heads. If customers are enjoying their product, others are more likely to buy. If they're expressing their dissatisfaction, other customers are more likely to take their business elsewhere.

    tags: coolmath, simulation, Stand, Lemonade

  • Windward: Outsmart the Weather in a Race Around the World is the third of a series of demonstrations that shows the educational power of cable's technology and great content.

    Created in cooperation with Discovery Education, The Weather Channel, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration, this online, interactive game teaches kids and adults about weather as they sail in a virtual race around the world. The game is great fun, featuring a series of challenges and decisions that must be made to circumnavigate the globe. Players learn how to sail, how to read weather maps and negotiate winds and weather, what tools are needed, and more.

    The site includes helpful sections for teachers and parents that will give ideas for using the Windward at school and at home.

    tags: Science, Games, weather, windward, simulations

  • Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.

    Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create and share Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

    Scratch is available free of charge: go to Download.
    Currently available for Mac OSX and Windows (see system requirements)

    To find more about the ideas underlying Scratch, visit our page for Educators.

    To learn how to use Scratch, go to Support.

    To read research papers on Scratch, see Research.

    To find out who is working on Scratch, see the Credits.

    To read what people are saying about Scratch, see Quotes.

    To hear the latest Scratch news stories, visit News.

    tags: programming, animation, software, education, scratch, web2.0, kids, tools

  • Send in notes from Twitter
    through a direct message.

    Web Notes With Twitter Email Notes Online Firefox Toolbar
    Use iGoogle to Add Notes Online Notes Take Notes With Blackberry
    Take Notes With iPhone Take Notes Using AIM Web Tools

    Organize with tags and search your own personal archive on the web
    Store your private data or share with your friends

    tags: productivity, notes, tools, web2.0, ubernote, web, todo, notetaking

  • Kids' Vid is an instructional web site that gives teachers and students the tools necessary to implement video production in the classroom. Video production can be intimidating to the novice. Not to worry. It is nothing more than a method for recording research and expressing creative ideas. Video production, if properly implemented, is more than a new toy for students. It provides the tools and the means for students to create and display serious work in a new, exciting and engaging way that is appropriate for all age groups and abilities. This is a place for serious fun.

    The Mission of Kids' Vid:

    The mission of Kids' Vid is to offer teachers and students assistance in enhancing learning through the power of digital media.

    The Goals of Kids' Vid:

    * To provide assistance in digital production .
    * To create a resource in digital production for the classroom.
    * To create a network of classrooms around the world that instigates joint productions.

    This site was inspired in part by Mike Keating, a professional videographer and instructor, who developed a manual for integrating video into the classroom as part of his Master's thesis at Montana State University.

    tags: digitalstorytelling, tools, vid, kids, howto, storyboard, digital_storytelling, education

  • xtimeline is a free web-based timeline. Easily create and share timelines with pictures and videos.

    tags: timeline, web2.0, history, tools, timelines, digitalstorytelling, social, xtimeline

  • The world's largest flashcard library

    tags: flashcards, education, tools, study, learning, reference, language, flashcard, tagging

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Using Technology that Works Admin Academy

I am working on next week's admin academy that I am teaching. It is on Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works. My plan is to introduce the strategies and then share some tools that might be align with the strategy, are useful, and are mostly free. You can see how I am grouping them in this diagram.

I am going to use Zoho Notebook as the presentation platform because I can easily embed the online resources, videos, and images I want to use into the presentation.

I have it mapped out, but this piece is under construction. You can see it develop over the next week.

Please share any ideas or feedback you might have.


Tuesday, March 03, 2009

My Bookmarks and Annotations 03/03/2009

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