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SmartBlog on Education - Bullying prevention from the ground up - SmartBrief, Inc. Smar... - 11 views

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    One of the best articles I've read on combatting the many forms of bullying in schools.
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Talentism: My Son Won't Do His Homework - 28 views

  • Every employer I know of (and I would assume that you are no exception Colin) wants engaged employees who are passionate about their jobs. Most employers do not want employees who hate their work but persist through it anyway. It is a fallacy to believe that we are teaching our kids that the heart of innovative capability (and therefore their future job prospects) is best served by doing something you hate for an extended period of time no matter the consequences.
  • But I have to focus on what will get them work, even if that will hurt them, society, the companies that hire them and everyone around them.
  • "Why are you so convinced that my son is going to be an academic or an investment banker?" Because as far as I can tell, those are the only two things that schools prepare kids to be.
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  • and that the stuff that he loves (art and music and video games) will be a great future for him and the stuff he hates (math and science) is something he will never compete in, never have a chance at.
  • But school doesn’t care, because school does not have the objective of helping my son produce the maximum amount of value in the future that he will probably encounter. School cares about ensuring that he knows how to take tests, follow directions and can do math that he will never have to care about for the rest of his life.
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    Most employers do not want employees who hate their work but persist through it anyway. It is a fallacy to believe that we are teaching our kids that the heart of innovative capability (and therefore their future job prospects) is best served by doing something you hate for an extended period of time no matter the consequences.
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Kidblog in Action! Classroom Q&A With Kindergarten Teacher Sharon Davison | Kidblog - 19 views

  • I use a variety of technologies that help to engage, enhance, and inspire children to want to pursue their ideas. I have found that once you are inspired to learn, you learn how to learn through your ideas about what you understand.
  • Developing Relationships/Making Connections. I have used Kidblog prior to kindergarten even starting! I set up an account each year and email directions on “How To” blog with a rationale about why, etc. My new students and their families begin in the summer before they begin kindergarten! They post photographs of things they are doing. Then others who are new also to kindergarten begin to post comments on their posts and introduce themselves! A lot of blogging has happened BEFORE we even begin kindergarten and BEFORE we meet face to face! One year one of my kindergarten students wrote, “Only 2 more sleeps until kindergarten.” This is so great! It reflects a beginning of an understanding about how blogging is used to communicate and meet new friends in a safe way.
  • Kidblog hasn’t changed how I approach the writing process, but rather it has helped me to showcase and enhance the writing that my students are doing. Through blogging, my students experience the same things they experience when writing on paper. They use inventive print, leave spaces in between their words, use periods to end their thoughts, and of course they check their sentences for meaning. This is HUGE. Young children are beginning to re- read and reflect about what they understand and THEN they are able to make changes/edit.
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  • Through blogging my students have lots of opportunities to share what they are doing inside and outside of kindergarten. This is important because it is through our discoveries and explorations that we are able to share, connect and collaborate with others. Through these connections my students are motivated to blog and share what they are blogging about. Just by sharing their blog independently on our SMARTboard my students make connections about what they see and hear. They all want to share their blog posts! It is very empowering to read your ideas and share your work when you have a safe and kind environment to do so. The children support each other and their ideas. Kidblog has been wonderful for supporting and creating a positive classroom culture. I have never had a student not want to share their blog. How great is this? It helps build self-esteem too!
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    Wonderful examples and clarity of purpose that his teacher is able to communicate.
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Is Khan Academy a real 'education solution'? - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post - 55 views

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    Great conclusions here!!
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Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: #BYOD - Criteria for Implementation Success #byodchat #e... - 15 views

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    Profound blog post about BYOD
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instaGrok | A new way to learn - 0 views

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    New search tool that uses some of th eold features of the Google wheel search plus more. it finds videos, concepts, synonms and even quizzes. you can join for free and it will remember your searches
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    A complete research tool for students doing BASIC research on a topic. The built-in note taker is a nice addition, keeping track of sites, images, videos, ... that you use as documentation of references. LIMITATION: draws on a very narrow diversity of Internet resources
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Real-time local Twitter trends - Trendsmap - 21 views

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    Great tool for searching, following, viewing, and visualizing Twitter trends and hashtags around the globe.
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The Heart of Innovation: 23 Reasons Why Nothing Happens After a Brainstorming Session - 41 views

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    This would be excellent to discuss prior to initiating new initiatives.
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Welcome to the iPod & iPad User Group Wiki - 44 views

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    An excellent collection of resources and lesson details for the use/integration of ipods/ipads in the classroom.
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When Kids Say No to Facebook - 41 views

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    Great Post by Angela Stockman on what some of the students she spends time with think about Facebook.
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Creative Commons : Spectrum of Rights - 28 views

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    This is a very clear and well done presentation on Creative Commons.
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WeTransfer - the easy way to send big files - 30 views

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    Free, no registration, up to 2 GB files, accessible for 2 weeks.
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Dodging Bullets in Presentations - 21 views

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    Great tips on creating powerful visual presentations and avoiding the "death-by-powerpoint" effect.
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Staying in Character for Sarah Brynes - 0 views

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    Description of 8th grade character study using NING
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Our "Challenges" Projects - 0 views

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    Share with the world your challenges through your eyes.
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