Friday, February 29, 2008
So check out his excellent blog, especially this post: http://smartboards.typepad.com/smartboard/2008/02/smart-board-a-1.html
and also the Sketchcast website.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Considerations for Blogging Teachers
- Public v. anonymous: are you willing to sign your name to the comments you post?
- A blog has the potential to be read by thousands of people, including those you are writing about.
- Do not blog on the job.
- Use your own equipment, not the school district's equipment.
- The truth is always better than the opposite, so think before you blog.
- If your blog is public, do not use personally identifiable information when discussing colleagues, parents, and especially students.
Considerations for District Blog Policies
- Encourage bloggers to take responsibility for their postings.
- Prohibit the use of school mascots, symbols, logos, or other district trademarks on employee blogs.
- Prohibit blogging during the school day.
- Prohibit the use of school district property for personal blogs.
- Require the use of a disclaimer regarding the statements posted on blogs.
- Develop the policy with staff bloggers' input, make sure all staff are aware of the policy, and give notice that administrators may visit the blogs at any time.
You may read the entire article here: http://www.nsba.org/SecondaryMenu/TLN/TLNMembersArea/TechnologyrelatedarticlesfromSchoolBoardNews/SocialNetworkSitesIA08.aspx
Monday, February 25, 2008
If you and your students are studying weather, you'll find KML files that will open in Google Earth and provide you with a LOT of interesting data including radar, surface observations, flash flood, storm reports, satellite, hurricanes, rain and snow data and more!
Here's the link: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/gis/kml/
Friday, February 22, 2008
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Why reinvent the wheel-- print some of these and pass them out to teachers in your building to provide a nice, simple introduction to these hot tech topics.
I think this site would be an excellent resource in the hands of a science teacher wanting to show dynamically how weather and climate and global warming are related and the potential consequences. There are also pushpin-like links to news from around the world and interviews with scientists conducting research. I learned about a special mud in Louisiana that protects the coast from large waves, and that the Grand Canyon was created by volcanic activity as well as water.
There are several pre-made "stories" including one on the February tornado outbreak in the southern United States, or you can create your own story from the various layers of information. You're then able to share your story with a widget like the one shown here on La Nina.
Click on the widget below to get to the site, or go to: http://dsc.discovery.com/guides/discovery-earth-live/discovery-earth-live.html
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Personally, I find copyright and fair use very confusing. I've always given teachers this advice: "What happens in the classroom STAYS in the classroom," a take off on the Las Vegas slogan. Teachers and students get into trouble when they effectively begin "distributing" copyrighted materials either in printed form, or electronically on the Internet or on CD.
Barry is right when he says teachers need to begin to think about copyright. Teachers don't bother to teach their students about copyright law, ethics and ownership because it's not something they think about-- they're more focused on content, standards, classroom discipline...there's no time left to teach or even to think about copyright.
Even after students learn about "LEO", I believe they need alternatives to copyrighted media, like creative commons, or a subscription to a service like Soundzabound. That way the teacher doesn't have to be the copyright police, and students don't need to worry about obtaining permission to use copyrighted content.
Although it's 6 years old, THIS ARTICLE from techLEARNING by Hall Davidson is one of my favorites on copyright.
Barry made a great analogy for illegal downloading: just because you have a car that can go 160 mph does NOT mean you can drive 160 mph! There are speed limits that are enforced. Likewise for downloading: just because you can doesn't mean it's legal.
TeacherTube has a whole series of videos featuring Barry speaking about "Copyright Wisdom for Music in Multimedia." It's in 6 parts and you view can them HERE on TeacherTube. Here's the introduction:
I've not visited my Bloglines feeds in quite some time, so expect to find me quoting several pearls of wisdom on this blog. This quote comes from David Warlick's 2 cents worth:
"A Path to Becoming a 21st Century Literate Educator — Self Development
1. Find two or more other educators in your school who are interested in learning and using emerging information and communication technologies. It would be of enormous advantage if you can include your schools library media specialist.
2. Identify the appropriate person in your school or district who can provide technical support and configuration for your increasingly utilized computers and network. Bake them some chocolate chip cookies.
3. Identify some edu-bloggers who are talking about the emerging ICTs you are considering. See the Bloggers to Learn From wiki, contributed to by a world community of educators.
Delegate! Assign each member of your team some of the selected blogs to follow, and share specific posts with each other.
4. Read, study, and discuss books about teaching and learning and the world we’re doing it in. See the Books to Learn From. wiki, contributed to by a world community of educators.
5. Schedule regular meetings (once or twice a month) at a local restaurant, coffee shop, or pizzeria (preferably with WiFi). Meet and discuss what you’ve learned and what you want to learn.
6. Start a group del.icio.us (A social bookmarks service) account for organizing and sharing web resources.
7. Start a wiki for posting notes, links, and step-by-step instructions.
8. Join one or more of the Ning social networks, such as: School 2.0, Library 2.0, Classroom 2.0.
9. Start your own blogs for sharing your reflections on what you are learning and how you are learning it.
10. Start experimenting in your class and share the results.
11. Share your results with other teachers in your school and Invite them into your conversation.
Start to model, in your job as a teacher, the practice of being a master learner. "
Thank you David.
Michael Simonson, Nova Southeastern University
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Now I know where all the stuff from those graduate level textbooks comes from!
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
From Google Sightseeing: http://googlesightseeing.com/2007/11/09/google-sightseeing-safari/
Also check out the National Geographic Africa Megaflyover website at: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/megaflyover/
Also check out their virtual library home page: http://www.sdst.org/shs/library/
Monday, February 04, 2008
There are four different scenes with both animals and people. Clicking on one will allow students to read and interact with that character. Students can learn about fife and drum music, the farm animals that are being preserved through the Colonial Williamsburg rare breeds program, various trades, and historic figures like Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry.
There are links within each scene to various games and activities such as helping the blacksmith find the correct tools. Students may also click on links that will take them to a Colonial Williamsburg web page for more detailed information on a particular topic.