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Comment by Pamela Nelson on December 29, 2009 at 11:23pm
I am a much better teacher today, because of how I am able to integrate technology into everything I do--and the students do--in the classroom. The Smart Board and Smart Response system (I'm soon to introduce) have changed everything. The learning environment is becoming dynamic and synergistic for all of us. I push myself to learn how to do more because I see results. Technology is not just a tool; it is a cognitive tool. I can easily develop differentiated lessons and track individual progress instantly. Now we need to rethink the need for brick and mortar and lock-step schedules, in exchange for a continuous progress model. Imagine the money that could be reallocated to tools if we didn't have to pay for so many physical structures, maintenance, and buses. We could also compensate teachers on the same scale as engineers, maybe changing the title to "educational engineer".
Comment by Pamela Nelson on December 29, 2009 at 10:45pm
The first thing I do every morning is pour a cup of coffee and settle in with the comics! I learned to read with comics, cereal boxes, and Ann Landers. Can't miss a day. I'm a big fan of political cartoons, too. I often use cartoons as writing prompts in my classes, and advice columns for practicing conditional tenses.
Comment by Beatriz Lupiano on December 27, 2009 at 8:03pm
I don't know...I had to begin reporting to my local version of the IRS only recently so I'm kind of OK with it (so far). But I'm sure I'll agree in a few months! :) Have you seen the ones that are all signs?
Comment by Mark E. Weston Ph.D. on December 27, 2009 at 3:41pm
Thanks. We need more cartoons about the IRS...
Comment by Beatriz Lupiano on December 26, 2009 at 7:20am
Liked the site! The Ziggy cartoon and also today's featured about the IRS. Thanks for the link.

Beatriz

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