The right film and the right moment can create mood and meaning. Today in the Olympics, the swim coach was talking about how he had shown a clip from Saving private Ryan and teammembers took on a different air of brotherhood and working together as a team. Film can be a great motivator and teacher in the classroom when well done. It can also be a boring "beuller" moment if not picked well. I like how this blog post deconstructs the use of video and how it can be used effectively in the classroom. I think it is a great read for all teachers.
A fascinating report from Sue Waters at the edublogger. Although the sample size doesn't give a complete picture, it shows me that blogging and technology are rapidly becoming fully integrated into schools.
I find the reads over at Psych Central news fascinating.
Anxiety is more common in western countries and depression more common in countries where conflict is occurring. Problems are part of life around the world.
80% of schools are giving kids access to learning from home? I'm not sure how they count this but I know that 80% of students don't have access to the Internet at home, so this is misleading.
This lesson plan teaches persuasive devices by looking at Martin Luther King's "I have a dream speech" and you can use this with other speeches as well. It also encourages the use of Wordle, an excellent practice for analyzing documents of any length.
Just got this notice. It is important. If this is your school, please consider applying:
"I thought you and your readers might be interested in a new grant program for helping kids in low-income schools anonymously text and phone in reports of cyberbullying and bullying. SchoolReach (http://www.schoolreach.com/), a provider of automated notification systems, will be awarding a total of $100,000 in grants to support implementation of its anonymous bullying reporting platform, the CyberBully Hotline.
The CyberBully Hotline includes, among other things, a school building-specific telephone number for accepting both text messages and voice calls anonymously, a wallet card for each student containing the hotline number, and other anti-bullying materials and resources.
Grant applications are available online at the CyberBully Hotline Web site at http://www.cyberbullyhotline.com/grant-program.html, and the deadline is October 31, 2012.
You can find more information at http://www.cyberbullyhotline.com/newsroom.html."
An in your face post that we should all read. "Don't think it couldn't happen..." Yes. I agree, it could. But we must speak truth. Often we teach "don't tell a lie" but we should be teaching "tell the truth." By being quiet about a horrific thing, people weren't lying, they just weren't telling the truth. We need a return to truth telling and honesty. If there's nothing you'd die for, you have nothing to live for. Unfortunately, self preservation has caused many to be quiet about things that should be outed. Let's be committed to the truth.
"A recent Gallup Poll reported that Americans don’t trust institutions anymore. Organized religion, public schools, banks, and television news hit all-time lows in the survey. In religion’s case, that decline began in 1973. What’s interesting is that the percentage of Americans who say religion is very important in their lives has remained consistent from that point. People still believe in the key principles, but distrust the gatekeepers."
A longer school day is happening in Chicago but extra teachers wil be hired for enrichment instead of forcing teachers to work longer hours in a recent deal negotiated by the local union.
HULK accounts are popping up in all fields on Twitter as they tweet in all caps about their area of interest. Here, Beth Kanter talks about her (failed) attempt to unmask the nonprofit Hulk. Yes,I'm laughing. I need to look and see if there is an education -- someone with the dry wit of Jon Becker needs to take that one on. Now, I'm looking for hulk. ;-)
Take this lesson plan from the New York Times about astronaut Sally Ride and use it. She was such an inspiration to many women - teaching us to not limit our minds to earth but to go past what we think we can do. I hope that teachers will discuss this amazing person with students, particularly as we struggle to have enough people going into STEM fields to sustain the growth of information technology and other science and technology fields. To meet the shortfall, we need to augment the numbers of people going into STEM fields with more women and minorities. Discussing Sally Ride's work as an astronaut gives us a role model.
Liz Dwyer shares her views (andd those of many) of Michelle Rhee's Olympic-themed critiquee of the US education system. I agree with her on many pooints except that of her anger at Rhee for "showing we suck to the world." Although the Olympicss are global, buys aren' and I doubt she has the money to truly do a global buy. I'm not sure what this is doing. There are many things we need and education reform is one of them. I'd rather focus on solutions that continue to point out the problem. Invariably, watchers go back to "our education stinks because we have bad teachers." We have many things in this country contributing to our struggles, poverty, single parent homes, the lack of fathering in the lives of many children, the inability of many schools to enforce discipline, standardized testing to the point of overtesting, unrealistic expectations for what teachers are able to ddo versus what they can go... need I go on? I just don't know that continuing to beat on the fact that we "stink" is good for anyone. I allso don't see aany sort of celebration of what we do well. It seems like the tall kid who is upset he doesn't fit in a kayak, so he cuts off his legs at the knees.
Excellent article about connecting globally that agrees with many of the things we shared in Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds -- it starts with connection. Excellent post.
Amazon has a career choice program to get more people into stem. Wow, fascinating way to attract college students.
For each of my online modules, MentorMob allows me to create annotated, step-by-step reading/viewing lists that I can easily embed into my course LibGuides.
So, I’ve been able to gather stuff from my desktop and from the web–sites, presentations, videos, images, surveys and articles–and pull them all together in a sequence my students will be able to work through them over the course of a week.
Playlists can be collaborative, tagged for easier discovery, shared with social networks, commented on and rated. A Firefox extension allows for on-the-fly additions.
MentorMob also allows for the creation of multiple-choice and yes/no quizzes.
"What we need to figure out - writ large - how to do is to build systems and structures that allow good people of honest intent to do great things. It is realistic to assume that we can build an educational system in this country around good people and smart systems. That does not mean teacher-proofing. That does not mean standardized content that strips the job of all of its creativity and passion and joy. It means understanding that people work best when they work in service of something that they can believe in. It means understanding that people work best when there is a pathway toward excellence. And it means understanding that people work best when they can collaborate. Good people are capable of great things under the right circumstances." Chris Lehmann