Students Wanted

11/12/2008 Update: We’ve decided to take a more grassroots approach and slowly grow interest in a student conference. I’ve debated whether to put this out here in the great wide open because it’s really an experiment in the making.  New at NYSCATE is a student symposium where students will attend (hopefully), share (double hopefully) and…

Maybe it’s semantics…

[Updated June 9, 2008] … but when I have to I’m going to start using the phrase social media instead of Web 2.0. Social Media in Plain English from leelefever on Vimeo. Based on my experiences, I think the use of Web 2.0 is just too confusing and too many people get caught up in…

Learning to Change

David Warlick posted the following video this morning. As I began to watch, I was thinking about the simplicity of the black backdrop and the pan and zoom effects involved. As Dean says, design matters, because I was pleasantly surprised to find Dr. Deborah Baker, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction for the Brighton Central…

Gaming & Education

Today, I woke up, grabbed some coffee and settled into my ritual of reading my daily feeds of news and blog posts. First in my aggregator as this post by Sylvia Martinez related to gaming and education. My comments on her post were from the perspective of professional development and how sometimes we don’t think…

Theories, Approaches & Teaching

I’m currently reading Communities of Practice by Etienne Wenger and as I began a question popped into my head. Do most educators knowingly base their practice within a particular theory or approach? A web search for theories of learning turned up a site that categorized learning theories into Paradigms: Behaviorism – Based on stimulus-response and…

Take a Risk

I’ve been helping to facilitate a Collegial Learning Circle (CLC) of 20+ educators who are dipping their toes into some new learning environments through the K12 Online Conference. This group is small and made up of professionals who have volunteered. We are using a private group in the K12 Online Ning as a space where…

Hey Kids! Google Wants You!

I know this has been all over the net by the time I post this, but for those folks that haven’t seen it check this out… Google wants students to Doodle for them. Pass this on to anyone who has that little knack for Doodling (Hint: teachers check those notebooks and textbooks… they just might…

Local Over Global Network Building

I’ve been thinking more and more about the networks/communities we build using technology. My experience at Educon had me thinking even more about it as several of the attendees discussed building global networks vs. local networks. Reading about the Science Leadership Academy’s culture you’ll see that local communities of learners (educators included) without the focus…

Multi-task with a Purpose

I’m not the strongest blogger. I honestly struggle with writing posts. Most times they just seem, to me, to be so thin and inconsequential. I’ve been told that some of my best posts/comments take place in a few Ning networks that are supporting some local initiatives that I am a part of. So, I decided…

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