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Apr 16, 11

internet safety hangman. I do find this an oxymoron, and yet this is an activity that many may like.

Apr 15, 11

I'm not sure how the licensing is working for them. I didn't think you could have one app and share on 40 ipods, but that is what the Charleston County School District says they are doing. After checking with Twitter friends - they confirmed that it is illegal. I wonder how they got this far and didn't know this.

From the article:

""Everything from vocabulary, to e-book reading, to art, to science," said CCSD Media Services Coordinator Connie Dopierala.

CCSD hopes to invest in a set of 40 iPod Touches for every school in the district, at $150 each. Students can learn math or grammar on inexpensive application programs.

"We can download a 99-cent app and load it on all 40 iPod Touches or however many, and that's very cost-effective with taxpayer dollars," said Dopierala."

  • harleston County School District may soon be investing in the iPod touch as a learning tool for students.
  • "Everything from vocabulary, to e-book reading, to art, to science," said CCSD Media Services Coordinator Connie Dopierala.

     

    CCSD hopes to invest in a set of 40 iPod Touches for every school in the district, at $150 each. Students can learn math or grammar on inexpensive application programs.

     

     "We can download a 99-cent app and load it on all 40 iPod Touches or however many, and that's very cost-effective with taxpayer dollars," said Dopierala.

Apr 15, 11

Yale has released several more high def courses hinging upon video posted on youtube. Wither you can use it with students, you could easily learn a lot. There are several videos including one on capitalism that would be great for an economics course.
Take your students to Yale for a day!

Yale has been busy with 20 something videos posted this week. They are also on itunes U.

Apr 15, 11

super hyper type spider recommended by @fsinfo on Twitter for typing.

"Hungry lizards with words on their backs are after Berry the hairy spider! Save Berry from these colorful, wacky creatures by typing words quickly as they appear on their backs and help her from becoming someone's lunch! Type in the letters or words you see on the lizard's backs as soon as they appear on the screen to clear them away. Some words will be harder than others so type really fast to win! Each round will end when the spider reaches the top of the tree. "

  • Washington, April 15: America’s Ivy League Yale University has added ten ‘compelling’ new ‘Open Yale Courses’, the university’s open educational initiative available for free on the internet and attracting a great many visitors from India.
Apr 15, 11

Learn about 3 models for embedded librarianship: in a program, virtually and in a centre for teaching and learning

I need to ask some of my library friends about these three models and which they use.

  • Learn about 3 models for embedded librarianship: in a program, virtually and in a centre for teaching and learning
Apr 15, 11

"Charles Basch, a professor of health education at Teachers College of Columbia University, presented highlights from his research on the relationship between student health and achievement. Basch’s research identifies major health risks that have a negative impact on learning, including asthma, teen pregnancy, poor vision and a lack of breakfast.

“It’s not a coincidence that children in the 5,000 lowest-performing schools are the same ones that experience the greatest health disparities,” he said."

  • Mazany also noted plans to institute a policy incorporating health and wellness as part of school improvement planning, but did not offer additional details.
  • Charles Basch, a professor of health education at Teachers College of Columbia University, presented highlights from his research on the relationship between student health and achievement. Basch’s research identifies major health risks that have a negative impact on learning, including asthma, teen pregnancy, poor vision and a lack of breakfast.

     

    “It’s not a coincidence that children in the 5,000 lowest-performing schools are the same ones that experience the greatest health disparities,” he said.

Apr 15, 11

Website that creates printer-friendly copies of articles. (Hat tip Free Tech for Teachers)

Apr 14, 11

Excellent Facebook revisited blog post by David Truss. this echoes many of my own thoughts on this.

Apr 14, 11

Next week is the anniversary of the oil spill. Here is a CNN student news segment to help you study this. (Hat Tip: Richard Byrne, Free Tech for Teachers)

Apr 13, 11

Steve Hargadon, and incredible leader in education and ambassador for Elluminate is a dear friend and someone I admire very much. He is branching out as the acquisition of Elluminate by Blackboard has sort of left him with only a part time position. Those that find themselves lucky enough to work with Steve are blessed indeed.

Apr 13, 11

Would love my accessibility experts to test this "dyxlexia screener" online. Does it work? Is it accurate?

Apr 13, 11

Nice post from my computer science go-to guy in education- Alfred Thompson. He contemplates why a college like Stanford is seeing a growth in Computer Science while high schools aren't. Interesting conversation and one we need to be having -- computer science jobs are some of the few that they just can't seem to staff fast enough.

Apr 13, 11

Nice article at Edutopia by Thom Markam.My favorite quote about pbl is:

"But its ultimate benefit is to help students think, learn, and operate in the new century by challenging them at deeper levels. That requires reversing the equation between skills and content: PBL is method for teaching students to find, process, understand, and share information, not a way to extend the industrial landscape of regurgitation and recall."

  • But its ultimate benefit is to help students think, learn, and operate in the new century by challenging them at deeper levels. That requires reversing the equation between skills and content: PBL is method for teaching students to find, process, understand, and share information, not a way to extend the industrial landscape of regurgitation and recall.
Apr 13, 11

From Daniela Birch, Education Community Coordinator for Adobe that is helping me learn about the new Adobe Education Leader program that has allowed me to join and participate (very excited about the potential learning I can get there as we are heavy users of PhotoShop, Dreamweaver, and I'm a bit rusty on Flash.)

From Daniela

Hi Y’All-

MIT and the Smithsonian have created a two-month-long online game for students that involves games and discovery along with collaboration to uncover messages from the future and solve a mystery. This highly engaging project was built using Flex and Flash, which is what is what put us in touch with the developers.

Encourage your students to explore this.Thousands have already begun participating, many as individuals and many as a part of their classwork.

Enjoy!

-Daniela

Apr 13, 11

Learning analytics presentation (a trend from the Horizon 2011 report) from George Siemens.

Apr 13, 11

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Apr 13, 11

Kindle kids corner is on facebook and the students are reviewing books. We're planning to add some schools in the future - we have over 20 that have applied to join us!

Apr 13, 11

Research center and free video focusing on research to addres and prevent bullying. This center will focus on stopping what they call "child abuse by children."

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