Monday, June 06, 2011
"Teachers aren't going to be clamoring to get into the classroom if the teaching profession continues to be thrown under the bus at every single opportunity," said panelist Diana Laufenberg.
Laufenberg, a teacher at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, says the conversation around teachers both in the community and in the media needs to change so that everyone can be successful.
A necessary conversation...Check back on http://www.educationnation.com/ on Monday 6/6 to see the townhall meeting in it's entirety.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Book talk a day
Joyce shared Book trailers for all https://www.4shared.com/u/ZiDT_kOV/Book_Trailers_for_All.html
and how she makes Summer Reading transparent http://springfieldreading.wikispaces.com/
http://www.paperbackswap.com/index.php Great way to stretch library budget and it is FREE print out mailer, wrap book in it.
LiveBinders, Google Sites
I don't think that she could make finding the google tools any easier than THIS http://joycevalenza1.edu.glogster.com/googlesearch/
wow, Wow, WOW shouldn't all the PA SGPs be done like THIS http://tinyurl.com/4ao5oj2 via @joycevalenza #petec2011
As soon as she has her slides posted on slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/joycevalenza/presentations I will be sure to post them here but I think this tweet kind of sum's up my feelings about this session.
And here are her slides if that wasn't enough
Saturday, February 05, 2011
What happened with the Internet in 2010?
How many websites were added? How many emails were sent? How many Internet users were there? This post will answer all of those questions and many, many more. If it’s stats you want, you’ve come to the right place.
We used a wide variety of sources from around the Web to put this post together. You can find the full list of source references at the bottom of the post if you’re interested. We here at Pingdom also did some additional calculations to get you even more numbers to chew on.
Prepare for a good kind of information overload.
READ MORE & see the STATS royal.pingdom.com
It is fascinating to me how MUCH information is out there...Just this morning in frustration over her spelling ...my 8 year old turned to google to help her find the song lyrics for a favorite song. Even mis-spelled, her new friend google helped her to find About 534,000 results (in 0.58 seconds).
Are we doing enough to help our kids learn how to navigate this information landscape?
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Watching Groundhog Day Livestream from Punxy, PA the inner circle mentions it's Phil's 125th BDA10yo says "no way, 125 years..." disappears, comes back 10 min later, "it's a lie mom, I looked it up- groundhogs only live 10 years in captivity" LOL
Funny that when my 10 year old hears something he questions on TV or in conversation, his first thought is to go "look it up". He is curious, creative and knows how to seek out information. He thinks deep and is a great problem solver.
It is unfortunate though that he is good at "school" too. in school he is learning that in order to succeed, he needs to know what's "in the book" and nothing more. When he does dig deeper he has found that his answers are counted as the "wrong answer"
Where is the disconnect? and how as educators do we fix it in our current system of recall & standardized testing?
Monday, January 31, 2011
So I realize the importance of reflections I also realize that in a world where people (ok people like ME) are used to getting their information in 140 character twitter-like sound bits, in order for me to get my thoughts about Edcon in writing (and for folks to actually stop and read them) I really shouldbreak them down into multiple posts. What I realized as I started to jot down my main ideas was that they all seemed to follow the same theme...
A quote from Chris Lehman's blog from Friday morning of Educon pretty much summed it up for me
There's going to be a horde of kids at SLA tomorrow. This is EduCon, and this is their school, and a little snow isn't going to stop them.
Education is a game and people have their priorities backwards. -- This probably sounds like I'm the child of Chris Lehmann, Zac Chase, or one of the many other wonderful SLA teachers, but I agree with them. We've made education into a game and it's no longer about teaching skills, it's about teaching facts. Data retrieval is incredibly easy. But the ability to process and synthesize the information is difficult. That's what we need to foster; the ability to combine and organize ideas is one that deserves much more time in the classroom.
I look forward to seeing all of my educartor friends next year and hope that we can actually talk retroactiveally about some changes to our education system.