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Barbara Bray
be creative, innovate, take risks, unlearn to learn

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Rules for Living

By Barbara Bray      April 17, 2009 -- 04:19 PM
If you're going to follow anyone's rules for living, why not the Dalai Lama. Here are 18 rules for living from Owenkelley.net.
  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, donít lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three Rs:
    1. Respect for self
    2. Respect for others
    3. Responsibility for all your actions.
  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  6. Donít let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  7. When you realize youíve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  8. Spend ...   more...
Comments: 1   Last Comment By Cheryl Vitali  April 18, 2009 -- 09:35 AM

What is eCoaching?

By Barbara Bray      April 6, 2009 -- 07:42 PM
You may think that eCoaching is online coaching. It is more than that. Are you a trainer, a mentor, and/or coach? You can provide online coaching support for others if you determine their purpose for being online. This is not as easy as it may sound.

When you look at your organization and where you fit in it, is it working? Has everyone defined their learning goals? Are they working toward them? eCoaching supports each person involved to help them meet their learning goals. This takes planning. You can do this alone with an eCoach in social networks if you build a network of people who want to ...   more...
Comments: 1   Last Comment By small Sara Zimmerman  April 7, 2009 -- 10:51 AM

Teaching in New Ways

By Barbara Bray      March 29, 2009 -- 09:52 AM
It's the teacher that matters most. Check out Chris Betcher's Slideshare. Saw Dr. Marzano at the CUE conference so this is great to see the data in this form. Thanks Chris!

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Bring Play back into the Classroom

By Barbara Bray      March 19, 2009 -- 11:16 AM
Something really got to me today. I received this report on Play Disappearing from the Kindergarten Classroom. What happened? We ask our children to grow up way too fast and then life comes hurdling toward them full speed. They have to be able to test well. Why? Whoís test?

A good friend of mine who was a Kindergarten teacher quit - retired after 25 years. She couldnít stand spending hours on hours teaching children how to fill in a bubble on the test sheet. She had to cut down on reading time, cut down on play time, cut down on singing, dancing, art. I even think this is starting to happen ...   more...
Comments: 1   Last Comment By Linda George  March 19, 2009 -- 12:37 PM

Challenge for our Future

By Barbara Bray      March 12, 2009 -- 09:19 AM
Today teaching and learning is changing before our eyes. This is the crucial time to design what learning will look like. I challenge you to come up with ideas for our children and grandchildren.

Take a look at most schools today They usually are placed centrally in a community. They start at 8 and close at 3. Very little happens before or after school now because of funding issues. It is a closed campus so community members are not allowed on campus. Students move from grade level to grade level. Teachers manage the classroom. Principals manage the teachers. Teachers tend to be isolated in their ...   more...
Comments: 6   Last Comment By Carlotta  March 26, 2009 -- 08:30 AM

Reviewing the Past

By Barbara Bray      March 8, 2009 -- 09:40 PM
Before discussing the future of learning and elearning, I want to review the past. Iím going to write a few posts about learning, teaching, and the Internet. This post is about how the Internet began from Aarpnet to the present with some background information with the following eight minute animated documentary.


History of the Internet from PICOL on Vimeo.

I started using computers in the early 80s. Think the first was a TRS-80 and a portable Compaq with 5" floppy disks using 64K memory. I was hooked. Started using FrEDMail and AT&T Learning Circles with students so we could connect online. ...   more...
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Who owns your content?

By Barbara Bray      February 16, 2009 -- 11:44 PM
Have you been reading about Facebookís new intent to use any of their membersí content as long as they want? [source] What do you think of this? What do you think happens to any of your content on FlickR, Google Sites, or other social networking tools? Looks like Facebook responded to the flood of messages about this. [source] Be aware though that if you made your content public and left Facebook, they can do anything they want with it.

I have joined lots of social networking sites including Facebook. I even created a My eCoach Share Place so eCoach members could share with the world what ...   more...
Comments: 1   Last Comment By Russ Knopp  March 22, 2009 -- 04:15 PM

What is the best way to use statistics?

By Barbara Bray      February 2, 2009 -- 03:08 PM
If we have good data, then we assume it will make sense to others. I suggest watching Hans Rosling show how he uses stats about poverty and disease for TED conference.


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Watch a baby learn and laugh

By Barbara Bray      November 26, 2008 -- 06:54 AM
Since the holidays are coming up, lots of families are taking time to enjoy each other. I am spending lots of time with my 9 month old granddaughter and am amazed at how much she is learning each day. I took Cali out to a local park and a father and son were flying remote control airplanes. We were watching. Next thing I knew Cali started talking and laughing.

The weird thing is that this laugh is the laugh I had when I was young. My daugher Sara, Caliís mother, had the same laugh. Are laughs genetic? In any case, I wanted you to have a good laugh and enjoy Caliís Laugh.


Caliís Laugh
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Comments: 2   Last Comment By small Sara Zimmerman  February 23, 2009 -- 04:06 PM

What does FREE mean to you?

By Barbara Bray      November 7, 2008 -- 08:28 AM
When you first see the word FREE about a product, you get excited. right? Free - for me? Yeah! Of course, youíre going to jump at the chance of getting something for FREE.

What does that mean to you? Do you value it if it is FREE? Letís take a look at what that might mean now in these scary economic times.

So you joined Google Groups, use Google Docs, uploaded a video to Google Videos, made a Google Site with Pages. Those are FREE and cool. I agree. Have you read the Terms of Use? Here's an excerpt from Google's Terms.

11. Content licence from you

11.1 You retain copyright and any other ...   more...

Comments: 1   Last Comment By Janet Bianchini  January 13, 2009 -- 11:20 AM

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