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Systems Thinking In Education

Sunday, 15 July 2012 by

The Waters Foundation recently held the second annual Camp Snowball in Tucson, Arizona. The camp is designed to build capacity in teachers and students for systems thinking and sustainability education locally, nationally and throughout the world.

Marv Adams, Chief Operating Officer at TDAmeritrade, and Darcy Winslow, former Global General Manager and VP, Women’s Footware, Apparel and Equipment, Nike joined Peter Senge in speaking and a public forum discussing connections between education and business as teachers help foster growth of 21st Century future ready graduates.

“The purpose of Camp Snowball is to provide opportunities for communities and schools to learn how to enable their students to think deeply and critically and to achieve academically in order to become responsible, thoughtful citizens of the interdependent world that they will inherit.” Check out www.campsnowball.org to learn more. Next year, the camp will be …

The Alliance for Excellent Education has announced a WEBINAR on

The Role of Teaching in a Learner-Centered,
 Digitally-Empowered Environment

Thursday, July 26, 2012
 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., ET

 

Panelists
Ken Halla, Social Studies Teacher and Department Chair, Hayfield Secondary School (Fairfax, VA)
Patrick Ledesma, Director of Educator Engagement, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Terri Duggan Schwartzbeck, Senior Policy Associate, Alliance for Excellent Education

 As schools continue to work to meet learning demands required of today, it is increasingly important that they shift to a learner-centered instructional model driven by high-quality digital learning and the effective use of technology that provides a more personalized, rigorous, and collaborative learning environment for each student. Teachers must be empowered to take on new professional roles required through job-embedded and meaningful professional learning opportunities, including enhanced teacher training, collaboration and mentoring opportunities, …

The great thing about WALKIE TALKIES is the ability to use them as a communication device. Speaking and listening skills are indeed part of COMMON CORE English Language Arts instruction. They are also an important objective for our English Language Learners. This game allows studenst to use a technology medium at recess while practicing those standards. A teacher friend recently shared with me her idea to use Walkie Talkies with some of her elementary students as a communications device. She found a game on www.ehow.com titled:

Zombies

In this game, which works best with large groups and lots of playing space, all but one player has a walkie-talkie set to the same frequency. The player without the walkie-talkie is designated as the “zombie,” required to “bite” (tag) the “humans” to transform them into zombies. The humans are allowed to use …

Core Partner

Announcing Digital Learning Day

US Digital Literacy, in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education led for Governor Bob Wise, is pleased to announce our participation in the first ever Digital Learning Day campaign. This national campaign is designed to celebrate innovative teaching and highlight practices that make learning more personalized and engaging for students, exploring how digital learning can provide all students with the opportunities they deserve – to build the skills needed to succeed in college, career, and life. Through this campaign, we are hoping to build momentum for a wave of innovation that changes policies, shifts attitudes, and supports wide-scale adoption of these promising instructional practices.

By signing up now, participants will have access to targeted toolkits outlining ideas and ways to plan their Digital Learning Day celebration, as well as updates, informational videos, …

Digital Learning Day February 1, 2012

Friday, 27 January 2012 by

February 1st is Digital Learning Day –

Teachers may want to sign up to take part in Digital Learning Day on Feb. 1st. Your students can join 350,000 other students from 33 states to see exciting things happening with technology. Use the information as your own professional staff development on effective and innovative practices. You can add your class to the event by going online to www.digitallearningday.org

and also get information via Twitter @DLDay2012

facebook.com/NationalDigitalLearningDay

Why I Like Wikis

Wednesday, 18 January 2012 by

WIKI's are online databases that will store your information, much like a flashdrive. The thing about my flashdrive is I keep putting it down somewhere and I forget where it is. They also break and can easily get corrupted! My wiki's can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection with my user name and password.

Wiki's via a website such as www.pbworks.com or www.wikispaces.com are fairly user friendly and offer privacy if you want it. But the greatest thing I find about Wiki's is they easily let me share information with whomever I choose.

Wiki's are great for sharing lesson plans with other teachers, they are great for storing photos, and weblinks. With wikis you can sort information into folders, add information, and delete with the click of a mouse.

Check out this video to help you understand more …

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