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Nigel Coutts

Focusing on What Matters - From Identifying to Enacting our Big Rocks - The Learner's Way - 0 views

    The message is now unpacked for the class. The jar represents our lives, and the challenge is to decide what we will fill our lives with. The large rocks represent those things which matter most in our lives. The gravel and sand the small things which occupy our time and keep us from what matters most. - How might this help us focus on what matters for our learners?
Dennis OConnor

Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood : 7th Grade Humanities - 0 views

    This is James Robinson's class blog. It also hosts blogs from all of his kids. James teaches literature and writing at SAS (Shanghai American School). He's been blogging for about a year and a half. As you'll see if you visit this great example of classroom blog use, this blog rocks! James is using Wordpress to create a website/blog presentation. He's happy to have teachers or students drop in and respond to the personal blogs his students have created. If you're looking for a chance at an international student exchange blog connection, give it a look. (Heck, give it a look if you're just curious.) The kids love to get comments from folks around the world so don't forget to be interactive! ~ Dennis O'Connor
Rachel Stenson

3 Steps that K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple & Straightforward - Article by Mary Robinson Reynolds | The MasterMinding Maven® - 1 views

    3 Steps that K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple & Straightforward"
    I first hear of K.I.S.S. (not the rock band) from my instructor when I was taking a class on Kodaly, although she shared it as "Keep It Simple, Stupid!" I didn't like the "stupid" connotation, so was glad to find the "straightforward" version. I find its application true in everyday life as well.
Curt Pacholke

Journeys In 2.0 Teaching - powered by FeedBurner - 0 views

  • What is great about this project? Besides, all of the 2.0 technology used such as the ning, wiki, Skype, Youtube and on and on, the heart of it has to do with human connections. Some think that as soon as you add technology, you take out the human parts, but this has proved just the opposite. 
  • This is where the Arkanada Project is proving most valuable. The connections are real between the students in Cold Lake and North Little Rock. The accountability is high because the projects students are created are judged in the opinion of those who mean the most to them. We are very fortunate to work with students in NLRHS who have a lot of skill in the area of the video and television. The global impact will be further emphasized as we create content for instruction of project skills in podcast form on iTunes U and Youtube. Brining other schools into the project is also where I would like to see the project grow. More participation means more idea sharing, truly preparing our students to work in an interconnected global, media hungry world!  
    Using 2.0 Technolgy for long distance collaborative learning between two different high school classrooms.
Kelly Sinkey

Glogster EDU: A complete educational solution for digital and mobile teaching and learning. - 2 views

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  • Create your own Glog. Simply put, a Glog is a kind of poster —fully designed by you! A Glog is a unique creation made up of text, images, music, and video. It can be colorful, edgy, emo, or rock—it’s up to you to make your Glog stand out. Glogs are a perfect way to express who YOU are!
    This is a great, quick, and easy-to-use website! You can make digital posters using videos, photos, text, and sound. They can be shared by sending the link to the poster.
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    Make interactive posters loaded with text, graphics, music, videos, and more.
    I would like to have one of the student interns (high school or college) create a Glog about Ellis Island and/or the Statue of Liberty. Once complete, it could be used in education programs (particularly the distance learning program) and as an example for a contest for students and/or other users.
    Students can use Glogster as a way to present information to the rest of the class. It is a great choice for those who like to be creative in their presentations. Visual learners appreciate this method.
    Ability to create GLOGS - which are posters with text, photos, graphics, sounds, drawings and data attachments. Creative expression at its finest. 
    Creates a single web page with custom features.
Rebecca Johnson

Plugged in HR: the General Electric strategy - 0 views

  • vital to make sure HR initiatives, actions and priorities are aligned in terms of the business plan.
  • “So even at the beginning of the year when we are going through what we need to achieve, so there is already a linkage to measuring people and to the overall business strategy. We can then confirm that we are on track throughout the year.”
  • With a strong focus on leadership, the succession planning process within GE has been developed and refined to an extent probably unmatched by any other organisation. At the heart of its succession planning process are its annual ‘Session C’ leadership and organisational talent reviews.These intensive reviews see the CEO and vice president of HR meet with leaders and heads of HR from across different business units. In each session, they review the talent pool and organisational focus of each unit in order to understand the future leadership potential coming through GE.
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  • If a person is promoted or is not performing, we know who the right person is to put in their place. We also track who is ready to move to a different business in order to accelerate their career development. We also drive diversity to ensure we have a strong diverse pipeline of future leaders we are developing at every stage of their career,” Bertamini says.
  • Values play a fundamental role in the running of GE’s business and HR operations. This is best illustrated in the ‘9 Block’, one of its key HR tools.The 9 Block is a chart that is divided into nine squares, which are used to plot an employee’s ability to meet KPIs against their individual demonstration of GE’s values. Employees are assessed on how well they perform on both counts, and their position on the chart determines their annual performance rating.The same 9 Block framework is also used to plot the performance of an employee against their potential. Again, employees are rated for both factors and is slotted into one of the nine blocks to give the company a view of their growth and succession potential.Sheppard states that the values play an important role in sorting out the managerial chaff from the leadership wheat, as they help pinpoint the behaviours needed to climb up the GE leadership ladder. “They’re a good indication as to whether an individual is a genuine leader or a manager who simply gives workers a set task, manages deliverables and gets results,” she says.“If a person achieves their results through autocratic management or using bullying, then you have no place in the GE portfolio. So our processes really examine how individuals demonstrate those values to inspire the people that they actually work with. Sure, they can achieve results, but the focus is on how they achieve those results.”Bertamini emphasises that this is probably the biggest single factor in determining whether an organisation is serious about culture, especially at senior levels.“That’s probably the one place where I think most organisations struggle. If someone is delivering, they look the other way when it comes to how numbers are delivered because they don’t want to take a chance and rock the boat, just in case the next person won’t do as well,” he says.“You know who these people are in your organisation. You might think that you don’t have any, but they are there and eventually they are identified via a variety of methods that include skip level meetings, 360 reviews and employee surveys. Once we identify and counsel them, if they don’t quickly correct their behaviours, they are exited from the organisation. I think that really makes a big difference in terms of how you balance the culture with the deliverables.”Bertamini says that values play an essential role in achievement of business results, hence their reason for inclusion in GE’s performance management system. If employees don’t meet their KPIs, but score well on values they are given a second chance, as opposed to those who get the results but don’t exhibit the values, he explains.
  • In order to support GE’s succession planning process, GE has set up a comprehensive learning & development program for all employees. The company invests about US$1 billion annually on such programs – from assembly lines to corporate classrooms to boardrooms.Following succession planning, it’s important to “chart out the process to ensure we have the right development for each person”, says Bertamini. He often discusses individual development needs within GE at the HR level, looking at issues such as skills gaps and how to best address them.“For example, should we be sending a person to an outside course to address a specific skill deficiency, or do we take more of a counseling or mentoring type approach to develop them. It’s all about developing the individual,” he says.One such initiative GE has set up is a comprehensive business development course designed for the functional and unit business heads. The course sees each head undergoing simulations in running other business units in order to develop broader business skills. The CFO might take up the role of COO in the simulation, for example, while a senior HR executive could be shouldered with the position of CFO.“It forces people to take on different roles and run a fairly sophisticated simulation against other teams. You can see how they interact, make decisions and interpret data. It gives them an idea of what the basic skills are in other functions,” Bertamini says.“Fundamentally, we believe we can teach people new skills, or we wouldn’t be spending all this time on training. But having said that, some people are naturally better with employees, while some are naturally better with customers.”He recounts seeing very senior people early in their careers who didn’t perform well in a public forum, yet their skills were highly polished two to three years later after working on particular skill deficiencies.“So if someone wants to learn, there’s no reason why they can’t be at the top,” he says.
  • “We take a whole new look at our talent pools each year and look at people’s achievements. It’s a fairly active process. That then gets rolled out and goes through several other screens, so by the time you go through that thorough process you really do have a group of people who stand out from the others.”
  • Plugged in HR: the General Electric strategy
Maggie Rouman


  • "The barnacle" the author explained "is confronted with an existential decision about where it's going to live. Once it decides.. . it spends the rest of its life with its head cemented to a rock.." End of quote. For a good many of us, it comes to that
  • You've known such people -- feeling secretly defeated, maybe somewhat sour and cynical, or perhaps just vaguely dispirited. Or maybe they just ran so hard for so long that somewhere along the line they forgot what it was they were running for.
  • But when you reach middle age, when your energies aren't what they used to be, then you'll begin to wonder what it all added up to; you'll begin to look for the figure in the carpet of your life. I have some simple advice for you when you begin that process. Don't be too hard on yourself. Look ahead. Someone said that "Life is the art of drawing without an eraser." And above all don't imagine that the story is over. Life has a lot of chapters.
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  • I still think we're our own jailkeepers, but I've concluded that our parents and the society at large have a hand in building our prisons. They create roles for us -- and self images -- that hold us captive for a long time.
  • Sometimes people cling to the ghosts with something almost approaching pleasure -- but the hampering effect on growth is inescapable. As Jim Whitaker, who climbed Mount Everest, said "You never conquer the mountain, You only conquer yourself."
  • But as the proverb says,
  • "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."
  • When you hit a spell of trouble, ask "What is it trying to teach me?"
  • By midlife, most of us are accomplished fugitives from ourselves.
  • You learn not to engage in self-destructive behavior. You leant not to burn up energy in anxiety. You discover how to manage your tensions, if you have any, which you do. You learn that self-pity and resentment are among the most toxic of drugs. You find that the world loves talent, but pays off on character.
  • You come to understand that most people are neither for you nor against you, they are thinking about themselves. You learn that no matter how hard you try to please, some people in this world are not going to love you, a lesson that is at first troubling and then really quite relaxing.
  • "There are some things you can't learn from others. You have to pass through the fire.'
  • "At the end of every road you meet yourself."
  • In some measure we create our own environment. You may not yet grasp the power of that truth to change your life.
  • Everyone fails, Joe Louis said "Everyone has to figure to get beat some time."
  • The question isn't did you fail but did you pick yourself up and move ahead?
  • Did you collaborate in your own defeat?
  • s an endless unfolding, and if we wish it to be, an endless process of self-discovery, an endless and unpredictable dialogue between our own potentialities and the life situations in which we find ourselves
  • Life pulls things out of you.
  • There's something I know about you that you may or may not know about yourself. You have within you more resources of energy than have ever been tapped, more talent than has ever been exploited, more strength than has ever been tested, more to give than you have ever given.
  • Everyone wants to be interesting -- but the vitalizing thing is to be interested. Keep a sense of curiosity. Discover new things. Care. Risk failure. Reach out.
  • "Be interesting,
  • Commitments to larger purposes can get you out of prison.
  • "Old or young, we're on our last cruise." We want it to mean something.
  • Your identity is what you've committed yourself to.
  • There are men and women who make the world better just by being the kind of people they are --and that too is a kind of commitment.
  • People of every age need commitments beyond the self, need the meaning that commitments provide
  • personal commitments is a powerful element in renewal
  • Another significant ingredient in motivation is one's attitude toward the future
  • . High hopes that are dashed by the first failure are precisely what we don't need. We have to believe in ourselves, but we mustn't suppose that the path will be easy, it's tough. Life is painful, and rain falls on the just, and Mr. Churchill was not being a pessimist when he said "I have nothing to offer, but blood, toil, tears and sweat."
  • that failure is simply a reason to strengthen resolve.
  • Life is tumultuous -- an endless losing and regaining of balance, a continuous struggle, never an assured victory.
  • The prisoner was Cervantes; the book: Don Quixote.
    • Maggie Rouman
      Great example
  • He was 66 before his moment of flowering came. Someone said "It's all right to be a late bloomer if you don't miss the flower show." Churchill didn't miss it.
  • I hope it's clear to you that the door of opportunity doesn't really close as long as you're reasonably healthy
  • "Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something you build into your life. You build it out of your own past, out of your affections and loyalties, out of the experience of humankind as it is passed on to you, out of your own talent and understanding, out of the things you believe in, out of the things and people you love, out of the values for which you are willing to sacrifice something. The ingredients are there. You are the only one who can put them together into that unique pattern that will be your life. Let it be a life that has dignity and meaning for you. If it does, then the particular balance of success or failure is of less account."
    This is a great speech... one of my favorites and best things I ever read.... for those in education or any profession searching for meaning & self renewal. Gardner's explanation below: "I once wrote a book called "Self-Renewal" that deals with the decay and renewal of societies, organizations and individuals. I explored the question of why civilizations die and how they sometimes renew themselves, and the puzzle of why some men and women go to seed while others remain vital all of their lives. It's the latter question that I shall deal with at this time. I know that you as an individual are not going to seed. But the person seated on your right may be in fairly serious danger."
    Thanks so much for sharing this- a great read to be reread over the years. And I've already passed it forward.

Discovery Education Web2014 : Web 2.0 Tools - Presentation Tools - 1 views

    • jsanchezhadfield
      I really like the capability of combining programs like Notebook or smartboard, power point, PDF's or prezi into a one compatible platform.
  • Break out of the box! throws the slide-show model out the window and presents a giant canvas instead. (It also throws paint brushes out the window in favor of bubbles.)
    • jsanchezhadfield
      I use Prezi almost daily and the results are amazing. My students get glued to the screen and hopefully to more knowledge. The best part is that you can browse for hundreds if not thousands of Prezi presentation shared around the world
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    • thielk
      I see this as a nonlinear path for presenting content, whereas a the slideshow is a story difficult to make modular
  • Presentation Tools Show, don't tell Web 2.0 brings a whole new dimension to the old adage "show, don't tell"—and lets you share your presentations anytime, anywhere, with anyone you like. With Web 2.0 you can push the boundaries of traditional presentations, mix things up, and make learning more engaging than ever before.
    • huehnsl
      I actually have used Prezi for some classroom presentations; I find it gives presenting a bit more dimension and interest...and frankly, it's fun! I've gotten several of my students to use it, when they didn't have Power Point. It's really a great free tool.
    • huehnsl
      Sorry, not sure if I was to leave my name. Thank you. Lisa
  • Prezi
  • SlideShare Already have a presentation? Use this tool to upload your PowerPoint or Keynote slides (and Adobe PDF Portfolios and SMART Board presentations) and share them.
    • carolyndcox
      For students and teacher presentations
  • Prezi Break out of the box! throws the slide-show model out the window and presents a giant canvas instead. (It also throws paint brushes out the window in favor of bubbles.)
    • arinceglia
      Prezi creates presentations that are out of this world, literally! Imagine being able to present your findings on the solar system -- not by following a linear, slide by slide structure, but instead following the structure of planets orbiting the sun! This "3d presentation tool" rocks!
  • Prezi Break out of the box! throws the slide-show model out the window and presents a giant canvas instead. (It also throws paint brushes out the window in favor of bubbles.)
    • daviwitz
      Most fun in presentation software. Better interface than PP or Google Slides, and easier to use than SlideRocket
    • johnsonm7565
      Have seen this used at conferences and thought it might be useful for me. Need to work on trying it out! - Mark
    Content in a modular format vrs, a story line of a slide show
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    "SlideShare Already have a presentation? Use this tool to upload your PowerPoint or Keynote slides (and Adobe PDF Portfolios and SMART Board presentations) and share them."
    Engaging learners with media in learning.
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