Saturday, April 26, 2014

Weekly Links (weekly)

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Summertime and Learning Opportunities

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It's Spring Break in Maine which always makes me start working on summer plans. Time goes quickly from now until the end of school. A few educators have asked about local summer learning opportunities.  Here are a few that I know about in the New England area. If you have some to add please put them in the comment section.

  • 6/30 - 2; Gould Academy
  • 10  Cloud Camp NE; East Bridgewater, MA. 
      • for schools using Google Tools
  • 14 - 18 
    • Teaching and Learning with the iPad; University of Southern Maine 
      • Teachers will explore the use of iPads and apps that support student learning, collaboration, and communication. Apps are providing new ways for students and teachers to use touch screens as well as recording video and audio. Teachers who attend this course will learn ways to change their teaching to include Apps during instruction as well as ways for students to demonstrate learning by creating products on the iPad.
    • The Read Write Web in the Classroom; University of Southern Maine 
      • Explore the use of Web 2.0 online tools that support student learning, collaboration, and communication extending beyond classroom walls. Educators will become familiar with what it means to be literate in the 21st century classroom. #usmepc500
    • Create, Make & Learn; Burlington, VT
      • Includes 4 strands of learning featuring Wes Fryer and Kevin Jarrett
  • 21 - 25 
    • 21st Century Teaching and Learning with Technology; University of Southern Maine
      • In our technology-driven, globally diverse world, students are consuming and producing many forms of electronic media. How do we develop teaching strategies for the 21st Century classroom given changing ideas about literacy? This course is designed for K-12 educators looking to integrate an array of current digital technology skills with core academic subjects. #usmepc512
  • 28 - 8/1 
    • Mac Computer in the Digital Classroom; University of Southern Maine
      • Educators will become familiar with digital technology tools and their use to enhance learning, engage students, and integrate 21st century skills in the classroom. Software components will include the iLife suite (iPhoto, Safari, iTunes etc.) online tools, and Internet resources. Topics to be covered will be web page publishing, blogs, podcasts and project based learning activities.
  • 31 - 8/1 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Weekly Links (weekly)

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Student Unconference

On Thursday, April 17, the Student Senate at Yarmouth High School sponsored an UnConference.

The idea came from thinking about wanting to do TED Talks, but not wanting to limit audience size. They wanted the entire high school to be able to participate. And it had to be completely student run.

  • Students would sign up for sessions (since this was the first time they tried it, they thought it might be helpful to get an idea of what students were interested in)
  • Each advisory group had to have a minimum of one pitch for a session. 
  • The person or persons who pitched the session are the facilitators.
  • The facilitator comes up with 2 guiding questions and one other source for the discussion and submits them ahead of time.
  • A teacher should be present in the room that the session was taking place.
  • Teachers can participate in the discussion if they want to.
  • Every student has to participate, even if they have open campus.
  • At the beginning of the UnConference period, all students go to advisor period. Advisors hand out the schedules (students do not know what session they are in until they get there). 
Here are the sessions that were proposed. Because there were so many good ones, the Senate decided to run 2 sessions. It was probably a lot more work, but they were happy they did it.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bammy Award Nomination

I received an email today that I had been nominated for a Bammy Award. Thank you to my "colleague" who nominated me. You are a mystery, but I am so honored that you think I should be added to an incredible group of educators. I follow and learn from many of them an am looking forward to meeting new nominees that I will be adding to my PLN.

So now I ask that you vote. This will be exciting to see what happens next.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Response: One-To-One Technology 'Is Really About Building Effective Relationships'

At Education Week By Larry Ferlazzo on April 12, 2014 11:08 AM

I wrote a response to One-to-One Technology "Is Really about Relationships"

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Weekly Links (weekly)

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