Episode 2 – March 25, 2010
(Episode Length: 22 minutes, 58 seconds)
Pick Me Up
- Special Education Inclusion
- New Jersey high school students working to include special education students
o raise awareness through t-shirts
o working with officials for daily inclusion for students
- Children are invited to submit their original art work on any topic
- Great prizes to win
- Mangomon will post the winning art work on the web site (www.MangoMon.com).
- Ada Lovelace Day
- International day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science.
- Success – Over 2200 pledges to blog about women in science.
- Celebrate in class – Draw a Scientist
o interactive, cartoon site
o characters as parts of speech
o games, videos, songs
o fun way to practice grammar and reading
o Youtube for kids
o previously reviewed
o categories – most shared, popular, etc
o great for supplements, entertainment, etc
Hash Tag Talk
- #EdChat – 1 PM Discussion
- Recap: Recruit and retain great teacher-leaders
- Good teaching cannot be calculated with a formula; good teaching is an art form.
- This is not to say that great teachers are born. Indeed, with adequate training, support, resources, and mentors, great teachers can be made.
- Ineffective policy, inadequate pay, and increasing class sizes are leading to rapid teacher burnout
- Evening discussion: “What methods or techniques do we use to increase parent communication?”
- Gaining parent trust, sharing concerns and accomplishments with parents regularly and in a variety of ways – including taking advantage of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter as a school-home connection tool were just a few of the suggestions.
Blogger of the Week
- Joe Bower – Teacher Shortage or Teacher Leakage
- poor administration, poor policy
- teachers “forced” to leave
- Countries like Finland have immense amount of respect for teachers.
Watch and Learn
- Changing Now, Changing for the Future – Future Classroom
- as technology changes so should the way we teach
- children already using social media and technology
- will only prepare the students for the future
- Facebook Privacy Tips
- make lists
- change privacy settings
- remove yourself from search
- status control
- Facebook learning projects
- Facebook has begun to surpass Google in weekly traffic. How can we use it as an education tool?
- 1. Book/Peer Writing Reviews/Journal Entries
- 2. Lit Responses
- 3. Follow News Feeds and Current Events, Create a News Source for the Classroom or School
- 4. Poll Your Students
- 5. Practice Reading Skills with Facebook Games, Knighthood etc.
- Top 6 Free and Easy Web-based Mind Mapping Tools for Education
- Mind maps help students visually represent words and ideas, organize their thoughts, and make plans.
- Create virtual, colorful mindmaps, collaborative, link docs, images, websites, share, embed.
- Color Your Whiteboard- Teacher Resources
- interactive math games for whiteboards
- wide range of math topics
- links to others who use whiteboards and ideas
- 4 Teachers 4 You – Teaching with Technology
- inks to tools for teachers
- rubric makers, quiz makers, assignments, etc