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Commit 2 Innovate

What innovations do you commit to putting in place in your classroom? Share your ideas & debrief the process with other innovative educators. (inspired by a tweet from @nashworld in 11/24's #edchat)

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Latest Activity: Dec 30, 2011

The Details

Round 1
Commit to try something new in your classroom between Thanksgiving and Christmas Break.
Start a new discussion in the Forum below, updating at least once per week.
Be sure to read through the other commitments, offering advice & encouragement as needed.

Round 2
Commit to try something new in your classroom in the months of January & February.
Start a new discussion in the Forum below, updating at least once per week.
Be sure to read through the other commitments, offering advice & encouragement as needed.

Discussion Forum

My Commitment: Round 2

Started by Angela Cunningham. Last reply by Roland O'Daniel Jan 9, 2010. 1 Reply

I commit to running an experimental technology & social studies class during my prep period.

My Commitment: Round 1

Started by Angela Cunningham. Last reply by Angela Cunningham Jan 9, 2010. 2 Replies

I commit to sharing both my class website and my blog with my…Continue

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Comment by Rossel Mulaire on April 6, 2011 at 11:41am

Good morning.....calling all teachers, students, colleagues, etc...

I sincerely apologize if any of you are receiving this message more than once. We are trying to reach as many teachers/students as possible around the world. It's possible that you're a member of more than one of the groups I have joined. My apologies!

My name is Rossel Mulaire. I am a Canadian teacher who has been living and working in Monterrey, Mexico since 2004. For the past two years, I have been teaching 8th and 9th grade Social Studies/World History. My other responsibilities include being our school's Model United Nation's advisor and Social Studies Department Head. I have taught many different grade levels (first through tenth grades), in Canada, South Korea, and Mexico.

I recently started a little project on Twitter with my 8th and 9th graders, tweeting daily about historical facts and events, sort of like a "this day in history". We are wondering if you'd be able to give out our twitter address to students and teachers. Not only wherever you find yourselves now, but anywhere else you may have contacts. We see this as a great way to teach and appreciate history, bit by bit, one small step at a time. We are trying to use technology to reach more students, and to open dialogue with students and teachers around the world.

If you are in a position to help us, please do so by JOINING US ON TWITTER and by sending our twitter address to students and colleagues, past and present. Ask them to follow our many daily tweets. At the moment, we are tweeting about historical events and facts from around the world. We'd love to see students commenting on our tweets, and also, by adding to our project by posting historical content from their respected countries.

We are hoping to hear from teachers and students from all  parts of the world! The students are keeping a record of the various countries following us! Please help out by following us. The more people (students, teachers, family members, etc) we have following us, the more excited the students get. This excitement then becomes a motivator to continue! Help us make learning about history a little more interesting!

Our  twitter address is:

Please feel free to contact me anytime. I'd be happy to answer any questions or doubt you may have.

Rossel Mulaire

Colegio Euroamericano,

8th and 9th grade Social Studies teacher

Social Studies Department Head and Model United Nations Advisor

Comment by Brad Campbell on February 21, 2010 at 1:18pm
I was inspired by all of the educators and I tried to have kids evaluate a text book and write the editors a letter - effort was great; not sure if I got all that I had hoped academically but I am going to keep trying
Comment by Joan Young ( aka mancini) on January 16, 2010 at 1:34am
I missed Round 1 so my commitment for Round 2 is to use my technology resources in the classroom for more meaningful activities: more digital recording of important topics. For example, yesterday, after 2 days of lessons about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, I recorded my students responses to the question: Why was Dr. King important? I will post their responses on my class website to share with parents.
Comment by Angela Cunningham on November 29, 2009 at 8:50pm
Might I suggest adding your commitments to the Discussion Forum above so that both you and others can comment directly to them.
Comment by Jocelyne Waddle on November 26, 2009 at 5:00pm
I commit to using my NING in a multi-way communication with my students' parents. I have already sarted a Parent Group but I want to make it interesting enough so parents will want to check it often :)
Comment by Roland O'Daniel on November 25, 2009 at 8:57am
In my work with teachers. I commit to using multiple representations and student-student dialogue as central components of the lessons we plan for math instruction.

In my work with teachers around technology, I commit to modeling good use of technology (focusing on the skills/outcomes desired) rather than the use of tech.
Comment by Becky Foellmer on November 24, 2009 at 10:56pm
I'm committing to trying out in my classroom. ...not sure right now, of the topic, but I'll figure out something. I want to be able to show my fellow educators an example of it. ...seems like a great possibility for Social Studies and Reading student interactions. that kids' e-mails aren't required and that it's private.
By the way, if anyone wants to try out Shelfari in their classroom, but doesn't want to have the kids use their own e-mail accounts, I have a great trick for using your own gmail account for all of the kids. Let me know if you're interested. (The trick might work with other sites, but I've tried it out in Shelfari and know it works.)

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