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Scott Thomas

YouTube - Born to Learn - 3 views

shared by Scott Thomas on 25 Mar 11 - No Cached
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    I like this. You and I are in fantastic environments to cultivate this culture of learning.
Todd Orlando

DAILY INSIGHT: Emerging Technologies to Watch - 3 views

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    I like this. It will be interesting to see what pans out and what does not. How many of these emerging technologies will happen a little more quickly than predicted?
Bryan Lee

10 years after laptops come to Maine schools, educators say technology levels playing f... - 2 views

  • Ten years later, each seventh- and eighth-grader in Maine public schools and every grades 7-12 teacher has a laptop paid for by state taxpayers, at an annual cost of $11 million
    • Bryan Lee
       
      Do these laptops follow the students around throughout high school I wonder, or are they just dedicated to the middle schools?
  • The annual cost for the high school laptops is about $7 million, or $242 per student
  • The price includes technical development for teachers, support and repair.
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  • And, through the Maine Department of Education, 60 percent of Maine high-schoolers have laptops, paid for by local property taxpayers. That's a total of 72,000 laptops, according to the DOE
  • students do not get to keep the laptops
    • Bryan Lee
       
      I poked around and found the Maine site containing the information: http://www.maine.gov/mlti/index.shtml 
    • Bryan Lee
       
      ...but do students get to take the laptops home?  What is their acceptable use policy?  What user agreement do they use?
  • Writing test scores have improved
  • schoolwork more interesting
  • A 2009 study by David Silvernail of the Maine Education Policy Research Institute at the University of Southern Maine showed that laptops helped students become better writers, boosting writing test scores statewide
  • math skills have jumped
  • Educators credit the method of teaching math in middle school: laptops, no textbooks.
  • In 2001-02, Freeport Middle School's eighth grade passing rate on basic math tests was about 50 percent. In 2009-10, it was 91 percent, math teacher Alex Briasco-Brin said
    • Bryan Lee
       
      It's got to be more than just the laptops.  I can't see how the laptops themselves are panaceas.  What lesson changes is the article not mentioning?
  • Gov. Angus King's proposal to give every seventh-grader in Maine a laptop
  • equal access
  • In physical education classes, students create movies to show their juggling skills and gross motor skills
    • Bryan Lee
       
      LOL, brilliant; not what I think of when I think of PE, but brilliant.
  • learn advertising and to analyze media
  • math teachers doing online skill-based type of things and online quizzes
  • Glogster where they create digital posters, and upload photos and music for reports.
    • Bryan Lee
       
      Used this in class.  It's fun, the kids like it, and it's easy.
  • They'd throw their wallet at the problem. Those kids came in with professional-looking documents,” Robinson said, compared to plain-looking reports from students whose parents did not have as much money.

    Having laptops means all students can do the same quality report, regardless of their parents' income, “because they all have the same tools,” Robinson said.

    • Bryan Lee
       
      This sort of echoes the helicopter parent problem mentioned at the in-service, when parents alleviate stress by either doing the kids' project, or offsetting problems with dollars.  It comes down to an issue of educational equity.
  • “I got used to knowing when to go on Skype: after my homework is done; when to go on Facebook: after my homework is done. As I got better, my grades started to go back up,” Trevor said.
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      He's learning digital citizenship as well as personal responsibility.
  • the laptops go home, where kids have access to all sites
    • Bryan Lee
       
      At FETC, Verizon Wireless claimed to be able to block sites through the coverage they provide.  That was specifically for cellular handhelds in class.  Does the same hold for wireless access?  Could it?
  • Learning happens best when you make mistakes
  • “Part of it is supervision, he said. You don't hand the keys to your car to your teenager without rules.
    • Bryan Lee
       
      Amen, and again I say Amen.
  • Pennsylvania started a program but closed its doors when funding went away
    • Bryan Lee
       
      In Tom Wolfe's "The Right Stuff", the Mercury astronauts mentioned what it was that launched those rockets.  It was funding.  "No bucks, no Buck Rogers."  It's the same everywhere.
  • 'I want this device to be an extension of their arm, a routine way to learn,'”
    • Bryan Lee
       
      Dr. Elliot Solloway from U. of Michgan thinks likewise.
Scott Thomas

Epson Projectors Issue II - 2 views

For those beginning to use your projector in your class, I high recommend using eInstruction's "Interwrite Workspace." If it is not already installed on your computer, get Tom/John to install it. ...

education technology classroom

started by Scott Thomas on 07 Oct 10 no follow-up yet
Scott Thomas

Epson Projectors - 2 views

For those that want to move beyond those archaic cathode ray tube projectors, to the more modern LCD/DLP projectors in you classroom here at BK.... You may discover one huge problem: How do I still...

technology classroom

started by Scott Thomas on 07 Oct 10 no follow-up yet
Bryan Lee

educational-origami - home - 2 views

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    All I can say right now is wow.
Scott Thomas

YouTube - Cheating in High School - 1 views

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    obviously not at our school...
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    Marvelous! Another reason to ban MC tests. Make'em think, reason and respond.
Tim Yocum

YouTube - twitter tutorialHD - 1 views

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    A tutorial on Twitter basics.
Scott Thomas

Pseudoteaching - 1 views

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    Here's a great blog, written by the same guy that won edublog of the year last year. I haven't gotten to a chance to read all of the subsequent content, but I'm betting it will also be good!
Bryan Lee

Simple animation to explain complex principles - Electronics - 1 views

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    Thought the science department might find this interesting.
Bryan Lee

Personal Learning Enivornment / WebDesk / Web Dashboard - G. Alex Ambrose - 1 views

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    I've never seen one done quite like this.  It would be a neat addition to the wiki, perhaps a group one.  It does what Diigo does, along with many other sites, but this seems laid out very conveniently.
Bryan Lee

Academic Earth | Online Courses | Academic Video Lectures - 1 views

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    These are free lectures available from Academic Earth.  The participating universities is quite illustrious.
Bryan Lee

DinAra Design - 1 views

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    These fonts come from many of the movies and tv shows we recognize.  Now you can use the same fonts in your own presentations and documents.
Scott Thomas

LockhartsLament.pdf (application/pdf Object) - 1 views

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    It may be long, but it's definitely worth the read! Makes me think!
Tim Yocum

The Art of Education - 1 views

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    Welcome to The Art of Education. This blog is a collection of thoughts, comments, insights, and information concerning education and educational leadership.

    I hope that the topics and information presented here are stimulating and helpful, and I look forward to your comments and suggestions.

    Enjoy the conversation!
Bryan Lee

YouTube - Jason Fried: Why work doesn't happen at work - 1 views

shared by Bryan Lee on 19 Apr 11 - No Cached
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    TEDtalk "Why work doesn't happen at work" by Jason Fried: Thoughts on work theory and productivity.  This isn't a critique of our wonderful administration :-) It's  a person who put into words something that so many of us have thought to ourselves.
Katherine Moody

KM Diigo Debut : Florida Electronic Library - 1 views

You won't find a librarian in FL who won't agree; this is an amazing resource for all students, all teachers, all ages. http://www.flelibrary.org/

libraries reference education

started by Katherine Moody on 07 Oct 10 no follow-up yet
Tim Yocum

Warlick's CoLearners | Main / BackchannelTranscriptForBishopKennySchool browse - 1 views

  • What about the use of cell phones in class?

    bic - 11 Oct 2010 - 11:00:10
    Now this is my opinion, but they're not big enough. Nicholas Negroponte says that students should not be learning about their works through a keyhole... - dfw
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    I need to remember this. Although mobile devices are handy - they can be tough when thinking big.
Tim Yocum

YouTube - Twitter's Channel - 1 views

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    The Twitter Channel on YouTube
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