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Vicki Davis

Best and worst education news of 2013 - 7 views

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    Great article from Larry Ferlazzo picked up by the Washington Post. Topping the list: Common Core.
Vicki Davis

Quest2Matter - What It Is & How to Join - Choose 2 Matter - 5 views

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    Help your kids submit their idea and work to Quest to matter. This is a great way to showcase what your students are doing. It will also open up opportunities for mentoring. If you know a kid who is doing something cool to change the world - SUBMIT IT. The end date is June 7th. Why not have your class create a quest to matter. If you haven't had a chance to do a genius project or some creative teacherpreneurship with passion projects - USE THIS opportunity. My friend Angela Maiers had this idea and many have joined in (like me) to help create a website showcasing and promoting all the great work that students are doing as social entrepreneurs to change the world. There will be a winning project that is showcased and mentored. 
Vicki Davis

2013 F3 Educator Showcase Submission Form | Foundations for the Future (F3) - 2 views

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    This is a call out specifically to my friends out there in the Atlanta area or anywhere in Georgia to put in for a poster session at Georgia Tech's conference about the Foundations for the future. I wish I could get away but am a bit tied up at school right now. Here's the information and link:

    "Foundations for the Future (F3), a K-12 outreach and research program at Georgia Tech Research Institute, knows that Georgia teachers are using technology in amazing ways to inspire and engage students. One of the most frequent comments we hear is that it is difficult for educators to know what's working for other educators because there is so much going on, not everyone can afford to attend conferences, and access to technology is inconsistent across the state.




    We want to honor and highlight teachers and their projects. What better way to get inspired than through a fellow colleague! What better way to meet other passionate educators and share your experiences! F3 is hosting the 2013 F3 Educator Showcase during our May Explorers Guild meeting. The showcase will include a panel discussion along with a poster session. If you are interested in applying for the poster session, all you need to do is follow the guidelines below. Posters will be chosen by a selection committee of F3 partners and Georgia Tech colleagues. Chosen posters will be printed for participants so that after the event they can take the posters back to their school to continue highlighting the good work taking place there! This event helps support F3's mission to help acquire and leverage instructional technology resources for Georgia's classrooms, schools, and districts, share best practices, and establish a community of learners.




    We look forward to your submissions and can't wait to see you all at the event in May!
     
    Guidelines for Poster Abstract Submission:
    Title: Accurately and concisely present your idea in 15 words or less
    Abstract: In 350 words or less, tell us about how using technology
edutopia .org

Unlocking Learning Mastery | Edutopia - 8 views

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    Gamification is one response. By embedding diverse achievements into activities and assessments, learning progress can be refracted infinitely. These systems would be able to more flexibly respond to unique learner pathways and abilities, and would further serve as encouragement mechanics -- instead of one carrot stick, there are hundreds. And not just carrots, but every fruit and vegetable imaginable.
Vicki Davis

Presidential Proclamation -- National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2... - 5 views

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    January is national slavery and human trafficking prevention month. I don't care if this is an unsavory topic to many, there are more human slaves in our world this moment than in the history of this big globe in the sky. Don't criticize the slave owners and people in early US history if you're not willing to speak out now. There are age appropriate ways to broach this topic. Think about how the people of pre civil war times felt when you toss this topic over in your mind.

    January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking prevention month. Celebrate it well and plan ahead. Yes, there are slaves in this country and you can educate students on how to protect themselves as well as bring awareness to what is happening in other places.
Vicki Davis

Can a Lack of Sleep Set Back Your Child's Cognitive Abilities? -- New York Magazine - 11 views

  • “Sleep disorders can impair children’s I.Q.’s as much as lead exposure.”
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    Please tell parents that even losing an hour of sleep will impair their children.

    "The performance gap caused by an hour's difference in sleep was bigger than the normal gap between a fourth-grader and a sixth-grader. Which is another way of saying that a slightly sleepy sixth-grader will perform in class like a mere fourth-grader. "A loss of one hour of sleep is equivalent to [the loss of] two years of cognitive maturation and development," Sadeh explains."
Suzie Nestico

Kids Programming Website - 19 views

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    Small Basic is a lighter version of Visual basic. Interesting site to start kids out programming from a problem solving perspective. Demo'ed at #140ed conference to show how programming is not boring for kids.
Vicki Davis

ExamGeneral.com - 16 views

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    Another free place to give tests and exams online. Let computers do what they do best. What I do is IF I have a few multiple choice, etc. I may do them online BUT I also do other ways of assessment with my test. I just don't think the bubbles can get it all. That said, if you have to do it, you shouldn't have to grade it unless it is open answer or essay and this is a free tool to help you.
Vicki Davis

Kids News and News Articles for Kids - GoGoNews - - 3 views

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    "Big news for little people" this website is targeted news for kids aged 7-14 and may be something you can use in your classroom. What a fascinating discussion you could have about July 13th's topic the "crazy basketball court." 
Vicki Davis

12 Interesting Ways* to (possibly) use Google+ ... - "Google Docs" - 27 views

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    A google presentation about the interesting ways to use Google+ - it is public and people can add to it. Some great ideas. Remember we still have some privacy testing to do.
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    Good presentation to review and add to about Google+.
Suzie Nestico

Google Plus: Is This the Social Tool Schools Have Been Waiting For? - 15 views

  • Will schools block Google+? Or will the finely-tuned privacy controls it offers trump schools', parents', and politicians' concerns?
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    To use or not to use in schools? The +'s and -'s of Google+ integration into Google Apps for EDU
Suzie Nestico

Google+ could make Twitter the next Myspace | VentureBeat - 4 views

  • Although Twitter is growing (having just hit 200 million tweets a day), Twitter has left itself open to be displaced with a slow pace of adding features. Even newly returned founder Jack Dorsey has said that it was too difficult for “normal” people to use Twitter.

  • Google+ is decidedly in the Twitter camp — meaning you can follow anyone, including Google CEO Larry Page. Google+ lets you see Page’s posts and “like” his photos of kite surfing in Alaska. When posting on Google+, it forces users to select specific social circles they are posting to, which includes “everyone” as an option that mimics a Twitter-style broadcast. I
  • There are two different types of social networks, private and public — each defined by its default privacy setting. Facebook is by default private and meant to connect actual friends. Twitter by default is public and anyone can follow anyone else.
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    Interesting article found on Google+ via @markwagner
Suzie Nestico

9 Reasons to Switch from Facebook to Google+ | PCWorld - 11 views

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    Compares Google+ and Facebook.
Suzie Nestico

Google Plus Tips & Shortcuts - 11 views

  • According to Picasa, If you’ve signed up for Google+ photos up to 2048 x 2048 pixels and videos up to 15 minutes won’t count towards your free storage. (hat tip to Greg Grothaus)
  • To add people who have added you to their circles, but you haven’t add them, go to the “People who’ve added you” tab and select “Not yet in circles” from the sort menu.  All the people not in your circles will be listed first (hat tip to Owen Prater)
  • Right click on a circle and select “View circle in tab”. This is a terrific way to see who’s in a circle and allows you to do neat things like drag all the people inside it to another circle.
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  • If you have a lot of Circles and/or a lot of people in your various Circles views (e.g. “People in your circles”, “People who’ve added you”, etc.”), Mac users can use the pinch functionality to make the Circles section smaller so you can view all of your Circles.
  • Order of Circles in Left-Hand Nav: Default Circles appear first in this order – Friends, Family, Following, and Acquaintances. Then your personal circles are arranged alphabetically. You can rename any of the circles, including the default ones, and renaming a default one makes it part of the normal alphabetized list. Put an underscore in front of one that you want at the top of the list. You could also delete the default circles and start over in the order that you want.(hat tip to Donna Fontenont and Joe Hall)

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    List of links and shortcuts for working/playing with the various functions and features of Google+
Suzie Nestico

How a CPS teacher went from 'excellent' to 'do-not-hire' in one year | Ben Joravsky on ... - 17 views

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    Interesting article about a teacher receiving an unsatisfactory evaluation for not keeping lesson plans in the designated location.
Ruth Howard

Teacher Reboot Camp - 16 views

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    A long list of short n juicy professional development online courses to jump into next few months
Vicki Davis

monsterproject - 2011Monsters - 6 views

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    40 classrooms participated in the monster project this past year! What a great project for younger age students which encourages reading and writing skills while integrating technology in the classroom. Plus it is about monsters! Kids love (or hate them) either way, fun conversations ensue.
Ruth Howard

tiltfactor » THE LAB - 6 views

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    Games lab focussed on socially responsible game design for social change.
Ruth Howard

Web Resources | AyudenseTodos.org - 6 views

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    P2P, Shareable economy, alternate currency links here
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