December 13, 2010
December 12, 2010
- Here is some of what you’ll find in his post:100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom50 Useful Facebook Tips for Teachers8 Real Ways Facebook Enriched Ms. Schoening’s First Grade ClassUsing Facebook to Connect With Students & ParentsFacebook Apps for eLearningTeacher’s Guide to Using Facebook (Read Fullscreen)Facebook Top 20 Learning Applications–VideoThe (Very) Unofficial Facebook Privacy ManualFacebook in EducationFacebook in Education Diigo GroupDrive Belonging and Engagement in the Classroom Using Facebook [PDF]
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December 12, 2010
I think that this is fantastic! Reading the main story on the Houston Press, there are some teachers and librarians that are up in arms about this. Stating that students need to compete for the computers in order to access books. Why? Don’t most kids now days have smartphones? And for the most part does a library really purchase 35 copies of every single book? Ok maybe textbooks they do, but I doubt they purchase 35 copies of Twilight or Harry Potter. The only thing that I don’t really agree with is setting up the library to be a lot like Starbucks. While I do a lot of my focused work at Starbucks with my MacBook Pro just sitting listening to music and drinking coffee, I do not think that kids need to start down this path of viewing libraries as coffee shops.
To my library friends: Libraries are not like what they use to be. I visit the New York Public Library at least 3 times a month and I have never even been to New York. Libraries are starting to be located everywhere you are. Have a computer? Then you have ALL the libraries.
To my educator friends: This is the way of the future. Students should not be bound by paper. eBooks are the advancement of books. Much like the worksheets you use in class. Those are the advancement of the chalkboard and slates, but still we use them.
This principal should not have been awarded the “Rotten Apple in Education” award, unless this approach to changing the way student consume readings was truly for “designed to impress the new superintendent [Terry Grier] with the forward thinking nature of that particular principal at that particular school. ” In that case then, yes he should have been. Things in education should never be done to impress but rather for the right reasons and those are always the kids.
The twelve reasons below are reasons that more school should do this for the “right reasons”.
Original post from The Innovative Educator
A Dozen or So Reasons I Applaud Lamar High School for Ditching School Library Books
Librarians, educators, and parents are up in arms after Principal James McSwain of Lamar High School in Houston, Texas ditched many of the books in his library and re-opened the facility as a high-tech Reading / Research Center & Coffee Shop this year. To Principal McSwain, I say kudos for your foresight and bravery, though I know many of my paper-trained librarian friends and colleagues give this principal a big thumbs down.
December 12, 2010
Why Have A Class Blog
A class blog is always a good starting point if you want to blog with your students.
It gives you to time to increase your skills while gradually introducing your students to blogging and educating them on appropriate online behaviour.
Start initially with you being responsible for writing posts, and the students responding in comments. As students demonstrate both keenness and responsibility give them their ‘blogging license’ where they earn the right to write posts on the class blog and/or get their own student blog.
Ultimately even if each student has their own blog it is always a good idea to have a class blog.
Blogging isn’t just about writing posts; it’s about sharing your learning and reflecting on what you have learnt.
Important parts of the blogging process include encouraging students to:
- Read each others posts
- Interact and comment on each others posts by challenging each others thoughts and views
- Write posts in response to each others posts
The class blog is the central hub that connects your student blogs together; making it easier to share their learning, interact with each other and a global audience.
I couldn’t agree with this more. If you do peer editing in class on research reports and such, then use a blog and students will get more input on their research from peers. Students want to create authentic material online which is why they are always posting on Facebook.
I started a blog this year with my class and so far it has been great and students are very receptive to online posts and assignments.
December 10, 2010
“Wikipedia deserves the same place in most modern assignments that Britannica did in most of ours.”
December 10, 2010
Now this is a school! Amazing article by the NY Times on a new way to approach educating students. I have always believed that educating students is much more successful when you take this approach and eliminate the confines of the typical four walled classroom. I wish my middle school was like this when I was in school. I probably would have done a lot better.
The thing in the article that stood out most to me was “The model we are using throughout the United States in kindergarten-to-12th-grade education is fundamentally the same as it was 100 years ago,” Mr. Klein said.
“Take a surgeon from 100 years ago and place them in an operating room and they would be totally lost. Take a teacher from 100 years ago and place them in the classroom and they wouldn’t skip a beat.” This statement will always hold true unless more districts and schools take a huge leap like this and change the way things are done.
December 2, 2010