As you know, current literature indicates the classroom is changing. More and more, we are asking teachers to create environments for children to be collaborative, creative, and connected. The recent Independent
School magazine devotes space to
and Writing in the 21st Century."
We, at Fredericksburg Academy, have the opportunity to participate in a national program with key people engaged in this process. The Powerful Learning Practice… Continue
Added by Susan Carter Morgan on January 22, 2008 at 10:01am —
"There's a lot of adventures out there if you know where to look."
- Hali Tara Feldman '96
Another burst of laughter from one of the study hall rooms caused me to rise from my post in the lobby and go check to see what was up. When I walked in, I couldn't help but burst into laughter myself. Every single student was looking up at me with an expression that was a perfect blend of guileless innocence and an inwardly guilty conscience. I told them I wished I had had a camera with me,… Continue
Added by Bill Ivey on January 21, 2008 at 8:30am —
I have been thinking about this and now I am really curious. When I was originally looking for a job in 2005, a cover letter and resume was no longer going to cut it in the competitive job hunt. I had the standard cover letter, resume, and also three references to tell more about me and academic transcripts showing that I struggled with Chemistry.
However, even with those additions that would not make me stand out as a candidate, I also had an online portfolio. Reason... I learned… Continue
Added by Lisa Sjogren on January 21, 2008 at 12:28am —
After reading the guidelines below, please click here to create a new group.
1. You are welcome to create new groups, but please search the existing groups to make sure there is not already one that exists for your… Continue
Added by Demetri Orlando on January 15, 2008 at 12:30pm —
Right now (ask me next month for my sure-to-be-updated view), structural change means setting things up in a group of people (institution, department, or classroom) so that new behaviors actually accrue social capital, social weight, and real consequences. My feeling is that only when behavior is reinforced in a social context does it have any chance of sticking.
A few examples.
Let's just pretend that I'm having difficulty with the dishes in my apartment. Just pretend. ;-)… Continue
Added by Allison Weiss on January 11, 2008 at 4:21pm —
I was just watching a fascinating video (thanks Matthew): TED Talk - Will Wright "Toys that make worlds", and I'm thinking to myself...
this is great!
I want to remember what he's saying.
I should really write this down, because I'm never going to remember it.
...and then I remembered there is a comment box for videos. So instead of just commenting on the video as in, "this… Continue
Added by Demetri Orlando on January 9, 2008 at 7:17pm —
Dave Warlick writes:
Here’s the point of my sharing this. My daughter, like most (if not all) of her friends have been using computers as their principal information tool for much of their lives. Although their high school Continue
experience was relatively technology-poor, nearly all of their writing
was on computer, and a significant, if not majority, of their research
was networked and…
Added by Art Gelwicks on January 9, 2008 at 12:37pm —
I read Nancy Atwell's, “In the Middle” and that did it.
I've been a strong believer in a student-centered constructivist approach every since. Much of what I've done in technology has been inspired by that vision and like Billy Bragg in his song, “The Great Leap Forward,” I sometimes Continue
wistfully pine for the day the…
Added by Jamie Britto on January 8, 2008 at 10:43pm —
I cross-posted this on my other blog
, but I am curious what other methods of organization people use. The amount of information is overwhelming at times. If you have something that works, please let me know!
Added by Susan Carter Morgan on January 8, 2008 at 2:08pm —
My school, St. Paul Academy and Summit School
has had a 1-1 laptop implementation since 2001. This year, SPA’s
technology committee is evaluating it’s laptop program implementation.
We’re surveying parents, students, and faculty to find out what works,
what needs fixing, and what’s missing.
Our current technology implementation in a nutshell:
- We are a k12 independent school with a k-5 campus…
Added by Tami Brass on January 7, 2008 at 3:38pm —
Scott McLeod voices this observation:
“…can anyone else think of an employment sector other than K-12 and postsecondary education where employees have the right to refuse to use technology?
For example, a grocery store checker doesn’t get to say ‘No thanks, I don’t think I’ll use a register.’ A stockbroker doesn’t get to say, ‘No thanks, I don’t think I’ll use a computer.’ An architect doesn’t
get to say, ‘No thanks, I don’t think I’ll use AutoCAD.’ But…
Added by Art Gelwicks on January 7, 2008 at 11:45am —
Ning for all it's benefits has some aspects that are being raised to question. As educators and users of the service, we should be able to answer these issues as they're raised. Check the link...then let me know what your ideas are.
Added by Art Gelwicks on January 6, 2008 at 10:36pm —
The Students2Oh blog is up and running. Kevin's post about Arrogance, Perception, & Mistakes has some interesting thoughts about the development of this project, but as several commenters say, "focus on the content." It will be interesting to continue to read this new set of student voices in the blogosphere. It's definitely making it to my aggregator.… Continue
Added by Demetri Orlando on December 30, 2007 at 2:01pm —
Any ISEDers attending Macworld? I'm very excited to be attending for the first time!
CUE has asked me to present at their Macworld Educator Academy
. Along with Judy Beaver of Punahou, I will be conducting workshops on blogging and collaborative documents January 16th and January 18th. I've set up a del.icio.us account
where I'll be bookmarking relevant links, a… Continue
Added by Lucy Gray on December 29, 2007 at 11:15am —
Hands down, the best infrastructure tech device I installed this year is a PePLink Balance 300!
This relatively inexpensive device allowed me to add a cable-modem Internet link to my existing T1 line to significantly improve my overall bandwidth. I added some simple IP-based rules to continue to direct all e-mail traffic through the T1, while shifting YouTube traffic out the cable-modem.
The best part is that the 300 has a 3rd position to allow me to connect another Internet link… Continue
Added by James Bologna on December 28, 2007 at 3:06pm —
I just finished a blog post about my daughter's growing interest in photography:
What's interesting about working with an eight year-old and photography is the way that the medium puts her one step back from simply looking at the scene or subject. Too much of this meta-awareness would likely be detrimental to a young child's development, but in chosen ways I can it being both fun and creative.… Continue
Added by Jim Heynderickx on December 28, 2007 at 1:47pm —
Just some very general numbers - but something to think about!
- Number of people in the world: 6 billion
- Average number of people per family: 6
- Total families in the world: 1 billion
- Fraction who celebrate Christmas: 1/3
- Average number of cookies left out for Santa: 3
- Total number of cookies eaten by Santa on Christmas eve/morning: 1 billion
- Average number of calories per cookie: 100
- Total number of calories…
Added by Norman Maynard on December 24, 2007 at 10:15pm —
Christmas came early this year. I have been going back and forth between ordering an XO (OLPC) or the Eee PC. Yesterday, the brown “wells Fargo Wagon” delivered my Eee PC. Within 5 minutes, it was up and running on an encrypted internet at home. It came with SKYPE, AIM and Yahoo installed so my IM was easy to configure. It also has Open Office installed. I plan to keep it in the Linux environment and use only Open-Source… Continue
Added by Chris Bigenho on December 21, 2007 at 12:29pm —
Added by Bill Ivey on December 20, 2007 at 9:36pm —
A quick update on eeePCs...
I've bought three so far. One is hidden as a xmas gift for my two kids next week. The other two were briefly handed around the IT office before being appropriated by the High School First Robotics team. I had an update today that they are now successfully using them to write and compile the programming of their robot, and the eeePCs have the right cost and form factor to travel with them to the competition.
Overall, I give all credit to the… Continue
Added by Jim Heynderickx on December 20, 2007 at 11:29am —