Episode 17 – July 12, 2010
Feature of the Week
- Steps Plus Program
- The Southern Oregon Education Service District will be opening STEPS Plus, for students with severe special needs.
- Will meet the needs of students with high sensory needs and other behavioral and cognitive disabilities.
- Using special education teachers and aide, speech pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, autism specialists and psychologists.
- Transforming education reform from discussion to action, #edchat = echo chamber, what to do?
- Paraphrased from Reform Vs. Transform – Tom Whitby
- Technology viewed as separate from education, debate its place. Will technology ever take the place of the teacher? All of this stalls any forward movement to change.
- Technology is ubiquitous, affects most of what we do – health, transportation, entertainment, manufacturing, communication, appliances, and leisure time… No debates, questions. We never halted progress by questioning if technology would replace people.
- Tech is a tool, a literacy, the platform our children must use to earn a livelihood. “Our children need to have skills that use the technologies that are ubiquitous in our society /the world. Educators do not need to teach technology, but they need tech to teach.”
- Whitby suggests we must first educate the educators how they can maintain relevance.
Watch and Learn
- What Teachers Make
- Slam poetry session about teachers
- Talks about what they make children do
- The passion that teachers should have in giving students the best education
- Teachers must build a personal brand online: as an eportfolio, a means of employment, a presence
- Blogger Stats
- Teachers who use Blogger for classroom blogs or PLNs
- Can now track stats and visitor traffic
- It will tell you which posts get the most visits and what sites send traffic to your blog.
- Can help better target your audience
- 3 Informational E-Books for Teachers and Educators
- The Beginner’s Guide to 21st Century Teaching and Learning
- Podcasts Made Simple
- Professional Learning Networks
So, What Do You Know?
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