The K12 Online Conference 2008 invites participation from educators around the world interested in
innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve
learning. This FREE conference is run by volunteers and open to
everyone. The 2008 conference theme is ďAmplifying PossibilitiesĒ. This
yearís conference begins with a pre-conference keynote the week of
October 13, 2008. The following two weeks, October 20-24 and October
27-31, forty presentations will be posted online to the conference blog for participants to download and view. Live Events in
the form of three ďFireside ... more...
Last Comment By Ken September 15, 2008 -- 08:38 PM
I am learning different programs to create a teaser for my presentation at the K12 Online Conference on Cross-Age Cross-Curriculum Projects from Pinellas County Schools in Florida. This presentation will be sharing how these projects were developed, impacted student achievement, and new projects they are starting this year. Hereís one I made this morning with Animoto. Each of the presenters will probably create one or more teasers for their presentations. Iím still learning so will probably make a few more with different programs. Any feedback is welcome!
I cringe when I hear anyone say that school is/was boring! Isn't it time we put our (really) best practices back in school? School reform has brought about many changes through the years, but the one area that has really been catching the joy of learning again is career technical education and regional occupational programs (CTE/ROP). Students that do not pass a high school math class are required to repeat it. Ugh! No wonder a student can feel bored if he or she is forced to sit in the same seat and hear the same curriculum and still not understand ... more...
Last Comment By Barbara Bray September 13, 2008 -- 10:22 AM
I was just in Portland and went with my son and niece to watch the Vaux Swifts funnel into a chimney at Chapman Elementary School. There must have been over 50,000 swifts flying in formation, diving at the chimney, and then flying off again for 2 hours. It was a beautiful dance where the audience (thousands of people) would ooh and ahh as the birds got closer to the chimney and then flew off again.
Then they somehow knew it was time to swirl and funnel into the chimney.
How many times have you heard from students "School is boring?" That doesn't have to be the case. I read Joy in School in the latest Educational Leadership and it all made sense especially now with the emphasis on testing. We need to bring back Joy and an excitement about what people learn. Not just memorization. My take on the points in this article:
Make Learning Pleasurable When you were young, why did you learn? Not what you learned in school, but outside of school. Most of the time it was because you were excited about something. You wanted to learn how to ride a horse - not because it was ... more...
I read this article on Slate after finding a link to it on Twitter. Maybe this article is a little disheartening but I am finding that I am and others in my family are spending less. Iím relearning all the things I learned when I was a little girl (long ago) that "a penny saved is a penny earned."
Credit made life too easy. See an outfit you need, buy it. So what if you donít have any money, charge it. Want to go on a trip? Charge it. Pay for it later over several years. It got too easy for all of us and now itís coming to back to us. We became too greedy and wanted stuff. The best cars. A bigger ... more...
What students do in the classroom is what they learn (as Dewey would say) . . . Now, what is it that students do in the classroom? Well, mostly, they sit and listen to the teacher. . . . Mostly, they are required to remember. . . . It is practically unheard of for students to play any role in determining what problems are worth studying or what ... more...