November 2008 Blog Posts (21)

check this out: Linda Darling-Hammond in the spotlight

"Professor Is Leading Ed. Policy Review"

Lots and lots to discuss here.

Added by Connie Weber on November 30, 2008 at 11:19am — 1 Comment

Fall: book cover (!) and Twitter (!)

Two quick items since today is very crazy for me - first, I had a Twitter epiphany this morning. Ning was down, and I had no idea how to get information on what was going on, since the Ning Status Blog was not updated, and of course it had just happened: how to find out about an event like that in real time...? TWITTER. Sure enough, I was able to search Twitter and found many people posting with the exact same problem I had, nobody had found any specific information from Ning, but at least we… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on November 25, 2008 at 4:20pm — 5 Comments

Civilization Regressing - On Zimbabwe, Pirates, More.

We're supposed to be going forward, making the world more civilized. Today a couple takes on places where things have been sliding.

And yes, I blame a lack of sophistication in education--primary, secondary, post-secondary, and graduate.

Zimbabwe on the Verge of Collapse Op-FOR

"This is just sad. Not just sad, but tragic. Students of history weigh-in: is this the most drastic peacetime… Continue

Added by Ed Jones on November 25, 2008 at 8:36am — 2 Comments

Fall: new Ning for my Aesop book!

Well, I'm here partly to apologize again - my editor moved UP the publication schedule for the book by one month, so it's been crazy... and will continue to be crazy for the next 10 days. I can relate to my students' end-of-semester crunch, that's for sure, since I'll be pulling two all-nighters on Tuesday November 25 and again on Monday December 1 in order to accommodate the crazy production schedule for the book... but then it will be DONE... and the fun can really begin.

And here… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on November 23, 2008 at 5:16pm — 1 Comment

Where I am today...

Where I am at today...

Well the end of the semester is drawing near and I am happy to announce that things are making sense to me. I struggled with the idea of starting with the big idea on the first day of school. I couldn’t really wrap my head around it and it just seems so contradictory to my education at GV that I nearly dismissed the idea all together. However, Dr. Navarro planted a seed in my head and now it has taken root and I now know how I can make this work for my… Continue

Added by Tashonda on November 20, 2008 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Thinking routines

As a student who is almost done with my education. I just found out about thinking routines and all the different types there are. I feel like I should have learned them a long time ago. I was wondering if teachers actually use them and if they do which ones they use. Does it help students think more about a particular subject? Does it getting them talking more in class and in groups becuase they are expanding their thinking and not just answering the yes/no questions? Is it just used for an… Continue

Added by Alecia on November 20, 2008 at 2:50pm — 10 Comments

making mammoths

Here's an article about something I've wondered about for a while: can we bring back extinct species?

"Regenerating a Mammoth for $10 Million"--NYTimes

and this:

"Mammoth genome approaching completion" in Science News.…


Added by Connie Weber on November 19, 2008 at 5:23pm — 1 Comment

Music Education

Does anyone know of a program that subsidizes the cost of graduate school in exchange for a teaching commitment after graduation? Music education is my area of interest.

Thanks in advance for any comments or suggestions...

Added by Jocelyn Bonadio on November 17, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Don't Dim the Light! - Education and censorship

I think many American educators but also teachers everywhere, should be VERY concerned about how governments and large corporations are trying to limit and filter the access to information online by students.

This is happening at a rapid pace and I'm horror struck. Please read the article below about pending Communication Commission regulations. The author makes the very sane arguement that not only is this against any notion of freedom of speech but it is "dumbing down" our… Continue

Added by ddeubel on November 15, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

the current issue of the New Yorker has the most beautiful cover

sorry, probably shouldn't be political here, but it's all I can do not to rave about this piece of art.

Now, home to read the issue, after working on school reports all day.

Added by Connie Weber on November 15, 2008 at 5:56pm — 2 Comments

nearing the end of Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman

and I feel like it's time to update my understanding of economics, as a discipline. Who know a good basic beginning text on the subject (college, 300 level or so)? I want something that will get me attuned to the most important thinkers, in an overview way. Particularly the important thinkers that have relevancy to our times.

Contemporary works are welcome too, perhaps Wikinomics? What else should I be considering?

Kristina, are you on yet? I think you have the knowledge I am… Continue

Added by Connie Weber on November 15, 2008 at 5:50pm — 7 Comments

Doing the Familiar: SecondLife Classrooms

While I'm on the subject of last week's convention, let me kvetch about another soapbox issue: Education in SecondLife. If you're not familiar with the place, see my post on it over at Phaedrus. The New Media Consortium piece is a couple of years old now, and it's an ad for NMC, but it does a credible job of at least giving you a sense of what it looks like.

There were several sessions on SL at the… Continue

Added by Nathan Lowell on November 14, 2008 at 9:54am — 6 Comments

Fall: surprise - an unexpected Latin opportunity

An interesting event has taken place in my Latin life over the past couple of days which I thought I would write about here, since Latin is a big part of my hopes and dreams as a teacher, even if I am not actually teaching Latin classes at this time (I'm just a Latin force on the Internet, I guess you could say!).

Anyway, what's happened is that the publishing house I just finished a book for would like to do publish some medieval Latin books - and they've asked me to head up a focus… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on November 11, 2008 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Podcasting and the Academy

I'm just getting back from a week in Orlando where I attended the Association of Education, Communications, and Technology's Annual Convention. I attended several sessions on podcasting and found a situation that aggravates me.

One morning a group of five educators from a large university presented the research they did on "podcasting" and student engagement in their instruction. They presented data on what kind of content they used, what purposes it was put to, and the student… Continue

Added by Nathan Lowell on November 9, 2008 at 9:21pm — 17 Comments

Repeat these news: web 2.0 shaped students

Last week I found myself watching a lecture online for a whole hour, I admit, for the first time in my life.

It's not new- it is from the "Educause Learning Initiative", a conference held in January 2008. Yet it's a lecture I would probably watch several more times.

The lecture is titled: "… Continue

Added by Or-Tal Kiriati on November 9, 2008 at 3:53am — 5 Comments

next education secretary

Is Obama considering the right people for Education Secretary? Where's Linda Darling-Hammond? Diane Ravitch? Deborah Meier? How can we go about putting some suggestions out there?

"Names Surface for Top Obama Administration Jobs"
in edweek.

Added by Connie Weber on November 8, 2008 at 9:37am — 2 Comments

Fall: happy blog grandma

Well, the past couple of weeks have just been a blur of the usual craziness plus unexpected events that really sideswiped me. I've managed to keep up with my classes, but other of life's essentials (such as LAUNDRY, ha ha), have suffered in the process. I'm hoping to get back to normal this weekend... plus I can begin counting the days until Thanksgiving break (we take a whole week off in my class) and very very very very soon: WINTER BREAK. I need it! At this point in the semester I am always… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on November 6, 2008 at 11:55am — 11 Comments

I wrote the book, the kids will illustrate it...

Two days ago I sat down to write a story for my kids. I do this sometimes, and let them in the process, either joining the writing or illustrating the story, and it's a perfectly fun therapeutic activity. So far I wrote several stories and two books (not for publishing, rather for our drawer...).

The trigger for the latest story was an encounter at the public library. A strange woman heard my youngest son read. She asked me how old he is. I said he is 6.5 years old and she commented… Continue

Added by Or-Tal Kiriati on November 6, 2008 at 3:30am — 9 Comments

Image of the Day

Added by Ed Jones on November 5, 2008 at 9:31pm — 5 Comments

Model UN

I chose to show above a clip of Ohel-Shem High School's TIMEMUN 2006 Iranian ambassador's (Eyal Balicer) speech. I think it's pretty impressive.

My daughter has joined her school's delegates to the 2009 MUN. Their school will produce two delegations - for Iran and for Austria. This seems like a fantastic project and a perfect opportunity to learn the so needed global… Continue

Added by Or-Tal Kiriati on November 3, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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