I pulled up the note on my iPod the other day, the one that I wrote last December to chart all my New Year's Resolutions. I'm doing pretty well. I've been financially responsible. I'm 6 lbs from my Jan 1 '11 goal weight. I've sent birthday cards and gift cards to every family member so far this year.But then there's the one about the reading...I was supposed to read 4 professional books. I haven't read one. And here it is September.So please help me find some sense of accomplishment in my…See More
Hey fellow language teachers--our state language teachers association conference is this coming weekend and @jannachiang and I are doing a 3-hour workshop on the PLN. I'm going to be showing attendees the eduPLN here. Would you give them a shout-out and suggest one tool, tech or otherwise, to use for either writing or speaking assessment, and mention which part of this NING is helpful to you?Thanks!See More
"I don't have a solution for you except to tell you 1) I don't think you're being unreasonable and 2) I sympathize and 3) keep amassing your resources because your situation will not always be the same. I do have a committed classroom…"
"Thanks! @teachpaperless is a great resource, been following him for a long time! My students have been turning things in on Google docs occasionally, but I teach Spanish and don't believe homework is terribly beneficial in that subject, so we…"
"I'm not sure which you should pick, but whichever you do mention in your proposal the difficulty of making the choice. Also, http://teachpaperless.blogspot.com/ is an outstanding resource for going paperless."
I've been wanting to really go paperless for a while but I and my students and my school just don't have the technology for it. One of my summer projects is to apply for a grant to take my class paperless next year with an interactive whiteboard and ipads. My first application is the Pepsi refresh project at the $5k level (I teach part-time, advanced electives, so I only have about 20 students so that's enough). They ask you to choose environment or education. The proposal is both. Which…See More
"Awesome... my students are about to rewrite the "if you give a mouse a cookie" using unreal if clauses in Spanish next week and I've assigned them to use storybird for it, but I think I'll post this link on their class blog and…"
With the emergence of social media and emerging technology how do know what type of technology to use in the classroom. This group will provide a discussion area for best practices when using this type of technology in education.See More
Hi Sara! Yes, great point. And we are all new at these huge changes but the point is to take risks and experiment new options, new ways to do the things we were doing as granted, new technologies. But how??? Trying, doing, commiting mistakes and learning with them.
Technology runs almost every area of our lives in various forms. We embrace technology not only at home, at work but even in schools. Incorporating new technologies into the classroom is the latest trend in this digital age. Thus, many educators have evolved their practice and now using new teaching style to promote good…See More
This is a group for new teachers with questions, stories, and answers about the profession. Share your experiences and give encouragement. Veterans of course are welcome! We need your help as well!See More
The AEE Circle (Aboriginal and Environmental Education Circle) is a professional learning community (PLC) and sharing network of 340 educators, teachers, supporters and Aboriginal elders and leaders who gather to share resources, curriculum and teaching strategies that will help Canadian teachers integrate current cultural, environmental and historical contributions of our First Nations, Inuit and Métis Canadians into school curriculum. This Educator's PLN group is for educators and support…See More
A place for educators and specialists working with gifted children and high level learners. For those of us who understand the gifted child- curious, giddy, strong-willed, creative, day-dreamer, funny, artistic, leader, intuitive, flare, complex! Come share, discuss, inform and certainly... entertain!See More
Leading change to help school practitioners embrace not only technology in teaching but in assessment, grading, and outcomes can be a challenge. Systemic, meaningful change from an environment of rote learning to the collaborative nature in a 1:1 environment can be met with resistance. With his experience as an implementation change agent, Dr. Dillon served as coach, mentor and guide for school leaders and School Improvement Teams embarking on this change.As the picture of how to best support…See More
I ask a student to attach a file to an email and I get a blank stare.I tell the class to open a new tab so they have two websites open at the same time and I have to show them how to do that a few times.I assume that since they are growing up with technology they naturally know how to use it, but I am shown on a daily basis that this is not the case. They know how to get to their game website and play till their eyeballs fall out, but when I ask them to find a file they created yesterday, they…See More