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Title: The Power Of One: Changing the World of Education One Teacher At A Time


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The Power Of One Changing the World of
Education One Teacher At A
Time
  • Howie DiBlasi
  • Emerging Technologies Evangelist
  • Digital Journey
  • howie_at_frontier.net
  • www.toolsfortheclassroom.com
  • Presentation 2009

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What Are You Reading???Little BrotherCory
Doctorow One of the most awesome books any young
adult could read this summer and one of the most
important novels anyone of voting age could read
in the months leading up to our next election.
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Edutopia Magazine http//www.edutopia.org/
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My favorite bookGREEN EGGS AND HAMBy Dr.
SeussI am Sam , I am Sam , Sam I am
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That Sam-I-am! , Than Sam-I-am! , I do not like
that Sam-I-am! Do you like green eggs and
ham?I do not like them, Sam-I-am.I do not like
green eggs and ham.Would you like them here or
there?I would not like them here or there.I
would not like them anywhere.I do not like green
eggs and ham.I do not like them, Sam-I-am.
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Did You Know? V
  • Durango Florida Texas California
  • To China to Norway to???
  • You Tube 519,026 Views

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anhywhays (his spelling) lol, im 15 and i wish
we had a class for dealing with massive ammounts
of info, global communication, and be
self-directed in my own learning. i already
cannot keep up with this flood of information
comming at me in 2008.
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There's something going on here that's hard to
explain.Bob Dylan Quote .. on a visit to
Israel in the early 1970s
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As Jobs Leave America's Shores...The New Face
of Class WarBy PAUL ROBERTS GROUP
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  • Last year, of the 2.8 million science degrees
    awarded around the world, 1.2 million were gained
    by Asian students
  • -- in Asian universities.
  • Friedman, Thomas L. The World is Flat A Brief
    History of the Twenty-First Century. New York
    Farrar, Straus Girous, 2005.

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  • 30 40 of the people we depend on for computer
    science and engineering are FOREIGN BORN.
  • Under the age of 45, it is nearly 70. for
    computer science and engineering are FORIGN BORN.
  • Florida, Richard. Flight of the Creative Class.
    New York HarperCollins, 2004.

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  • In China last year B.S.s in engineering
    represented 46 of all university degrees
  • In America, it was 5.
  • Friedman, Thomas L. The World is Flat A Brief
    History of the Twenty-First Century. New York
    Farrar, Straus Girous, 2005.

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  • We will require 200,000 workers in science and
    engineering, 400,000 in arts, music, culture, and
    entertainment, and millions in other creative
    sector jobs.
  • Florida, Richard. Flight of the Creative Class.
    New York HarperCollins, 2004.

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Globalization to wipe out U.S. makers of
surfboards.Austun American April 2008
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A factory in China that makes 20 million irons a
year 76,629 a day 9,578 an hour 159 every
min.
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Bottom line 42 million to 56 million U.S. jobs
could be lost to offshoring.
Alan Blinder's Shift Spotlights Warnings Of
Deeper Downside
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4-year colleges graduate 53 of students in 6
years
  • Hundreds of schools are failing to graduate a
    majority of their students in six years, a report
    says today.
  • Nationally, four-year colleges graduated an
    average of just 53 of entering students within
    six years, and "rates below 50, 40 and even 30
    are distressingly easy to find," says the report
    by the American Enterprise Institute, a
    conservative think tank. Bsed on data reported to
    the Education Department of 1,400 schools about
    full-time first-time students who entered in fall
    2001.

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High School Graduation Rates Plummet Below 50
Percent in Some U.S. Cities
  • WASHINGTON   Seventeen of the nation's 50
    largest cities had high school graduation rates
    lower than 50 percent, with the lowest graduation
    rates reported in Detroit, Indianapolis and
    Cleveland, according to a report released
    Tuesday.
  • Tuesday, April 01, 2008

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"When more than 1 million students a year drop
out of high school, it's more than a problem,
it's a catastrophe," said former Secretary of
State Colin Powell, founding chair of the
alliance.
  • Report, issued by America's Promise Alliance,
    found that about half of the students served by
    public school systems in the nation's largest
    cities receive diplomas.
  • Students in suburban and rural public high
    schools were more likely to graduate than their
    counterparts in urban public high schools, the
    researchers said.
  • Nationally, about 70 percent of U.S. students
    graduate on time with a regular diploma and about
    1.2 million students drop out annually.

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Parents around the world see the change and know
that the traditional 3 R's reading, writing,
and arithmetic are necessary, but not enough.
Their children need to become far more
responsible, creative, and tolerant of
differences. They need to increase their ability
to think for themselves, take initiative, get
along with others, and solve problems.
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Digital Kids-Analog Schools
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Digital Kids-Analog Schools
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If you want change be the changeGhand
,Michael Angier, guykawasaki , Will Richardson,
Angela Jackson, Shri Ram Katha , John W. Snider,
Howie DiBlasi
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Have we changed our classrooms in the last
20-30-years?
  • Starbucks
  • McDonalds
  • Your bank On-line banking-bill paying
  • Malls
  • Sports stadiums
  • Cameras
  • Pay phones
  • Travel agents
  • On-line shopping
  • Cars-motorcycles
  • Churches
  • Schools classrooms ???

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Who said that.
  • I am not complacent at all John. I have gone
    through experiences such as this for a very long
    time. I know I am right. I make the good
    argument, write the wise articles, and the
    persuasive letters. And sometimes I feel as
    though I am preaching to a stack of wood. People
    do not easily embrace change. Convincing them to
    turn in a new direction requires a patience and
    persistence that tax everyone. It does not help
    matters that the course we are attempting to
    follow could get us all hanged
  • Ben Franklin talking to John Adams , June 7, 1776

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Lifelong KindergartenAn interview with Mitchel
Resnick
  • The director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group
    at the MIT Media Lab, Mitchel Resnick discusses
    the role of play in the innovation process and
    the imperative of creativity and innovation
    today.

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Lifelong KindergartenAn interview with Mitchel
Resnick
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On or off the bus??? Good to Great by Jim
Collins
  • How to change and transform a good company into
    a great company.
  • 1. Get the right people on the bus.
  • 2. Get them in the right seats- Put the right
    people in the right place in the bus
  • 3. Get the wrong people off the bus.

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Schools are stuck in the 20th century. Students
have rushed into the 21st. How can schools catch
up and provide students with a relevant
education? .Marc Prensky
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What does the Dept. Of Commerce have to say about
education..Where does it rank ?
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Learning To Change..Changing To Learn
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-- students are mind-numbingly bored in class.
Listen up"I'm bored 99 percent of the time."
(California)"School is really, really boring."
(Virginia)"We are so bored." (Texas)"Engage us
more." (Texas)"My teachers bore me so much I
don't pay attention." (Detroit)"Pointless. I'm
engaged in two out of my seven classes."
(Florida)
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How do we prepare our students to become not
only readers and writers, but editors and
collaborators as well?
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We are currently preparing students for jobs that
dont yet exist . . .
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Why do people resist Change?
  •  Nudge your neighbor.

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Why do people resist Change?
  • Routine is disrupted
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Purpose is unclear
  • Tradition resists change
  • Creates fear of failure
  • To much effort
  • People are satisfied with the way things are

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  • What will the world look like 30-40 years from
    now?
  • What kind of skills and knowledge will today's
    school kids need to thrive in the world?
  • What's education's role?
  • What are we currently doing to help
    administrators be effective technology leaders?
  • What are we doing to help non-positional leaders
    ( people who lead but lack authority/power) ?
  • What kind of research do we need on this topic?
  • What kind of research do we need on this topic?
  • What could/should educational leadership programs
    be doing to help admin be effective tech leaders?

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How has the world changed since you graduated?
Has education at large made the same strides?
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Featured Video America's Innovation
Shortfall.The Failed Promise of Innovation in
the U.S.
  • During the past decade, innovation has stumbled.
    And that may help explain America's economic
    woes.
  • http//www.businessweek.com/magazine/toc/09_24/B41
    35magazine.htm

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Is this what will happen if we do not change our
classrooms?
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Is this what the future in the U.S. looks like?
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Think Different.
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Think Different..Apple 1997
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Name the 17 people in the Apple, 1997 commercial
  • You have 3 min.

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Lessons in Politically Incorrect Accountability
by Dave AndersonWhat's Your Excuse, White Boy?
  • How can you rationalize, trivialize, or
    marginalize the fact that you aren't successful?
    It's been a white male's world in this country
    since it began. You've made the rules, held the
    highest offices, run the major corporations, and
    controlled the country's purse strings. Compared
    to your coworker counterparts, you haven't had to
    fight prejudice, march for civil or equal rights,
    petition for the right to vote, or sue for equal
    wages in the workplace. Your color and gender
    have made you more immediately acceptable,
    preferable, and prone to promotion for centuries.

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If you are a mentally and physically healthy
white male and can't find success in this
country, under these most favorable conditions,
you are without a doubt the biggest loser in the
history of mankind. Whine all you like about
affirmative action, reverse discrimination, and
other injustices you see, as the balance of power
begins to slowly shift away from your domain.
While these corrupt practices are misguided and
wrong they're not to fault for your sorry state.
Your problem is that you surrendered much of the
head start granted at your conception to a
combination of smugness, laziness, arrogance,
sloppy character, absent discipline, failure to
educate yourself, and complacency-and now you've
got to suck it up, swallow your pride, and get
back to work before you become an irrelevant
pimple in the white trash wing of the has-been
hall of fame. Don't expect anyone to shed tears
for you. It's high time you put down the can of
Meisterbrau, get off your puke green sofa, pull
up your pants over your butt cheeks, bleach the
tobacco stains from your hands, brush your tooth,
and get a job!
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What Are 21st Century Learning Skills
  • Digital-Age Literacy
  • Inventive Thinking (creative)
  • Effective Communication
  • High Productivity

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1. Deal with massive amounts of information2.
Become self-directed3. Create global
communications and connections4. Create
life-long learning skills5. Collect and/or
retrieve, organize and manage information6.
Interpret and present information7. Evaluate the
quality, relevance, and usefulness of
information8. Generate accurate information
through the use of existing resources9.
Information and effective communications
skills10. Thinking, problem-solving
interpersonal skills11.Self-directional
skills12. Use digital technology tools 13.
Teach and learn in a 21st century context.14.
Understand Digital Age Literacy15. Understand
Inventive Thinking 16. Produce High Productivity
content
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What needs to change about our curriculum when
our students have the ability to reach audiences
far beyond our classroom walls?
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  • 10 Questions to ask yourself on new technologies
  • Is it focused on student learning?
  • Can I observe and show the results?
  • Does it meet the standards?
  • Does it increase research skills?
  • Does it improve communication skills and help
    students communicate globally?
  • Are the students accountable?
  • Does it improve student collaboration?
  • Does it help students deal with massive amounts
    of information?
  • Does it teach our students to be self-directed
    and understand how to organize more of their own
    learning?
  • Is it sustainable?

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Quote from Alan November
  • The six jobs described below outline creative
    ways that your students can make valuable
    contributions to their learning community. While
    these jobs can be successfully implemented
    individually, it is bringing them together in
    harmony where we can create a more balanced
    vision of teaching and learning.

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Change the classroom
My Digital 21st Century Classroom
  • Team of students
  • Researchers Goolge AltaVista Search
  • Tutorial Designers Jing (Create Screencasts)
  • Curriculum Team Podcasts (Recordings)
  • Official Scribes Google docs (take class notes)
  • Collaboration Coordinators-Global team e-pals
    Skype
  • 6. Contributing to Society World issues are
    important, and we can use them to teach students
    about social justice and empathy.

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Rules For Changing The World of Education-One
Teacher At A Time
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Institute Project Based Learning
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What is Project Based Learning?
  • Students engaged in project-based learning (PBL)
    activities "work in groups to solve challenging
    problems that are authentic, curriculum-based,
    and often interdisciplinary" (McGrath, 2003). 
    Project-based learning is a component of an
    inquiry-based approach to learning. In this
    approach, students create knowledge and
    understanding through learning activities built
    around intellectual inquiry and a high degree of
    engagement with meaningful tasks.

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2 min. version of P.B.L.
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4.5 min. version of P.B.L.
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Students prefer dealing with questions rather
than answers, sharing their opinions,
participating in group projects, working with
real-world issues and people, and having teachers
who talk to them as equals rather than as
inferiors.
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Develop Information Processing Skills
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We need to teach our students to deal with
massive amounts of informationAlan November
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Searching the NET- The Good-Bad-Ugly
  • Think about your search
  • Checking the source
  • Reading Web addresses
  • Determine the page authorship
  • Check vital information
  • Check the content
  • Assessing the Web page stability
  • Is the information current?
  • Are links made from the site relevant?
  • Who links to the site, and why?
  • What organization/person is behind site?

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Develop Problem Solving Skills
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6 Steps To Problem Solving
  • Define the problem and set a goal for change.
  • Brainstorming options.
  • Evaluate options.
  • Making a plan of action.
  • Evaluation
  • Modification.

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Lets solve a problem
  • Winner groups get a CD/FREE BOOK or a Educational
    Game

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Knock to the Noggin
  • A man wanted to enter and exclusive club but did
    not know the required password. He waited by the
    door and listened. A club member knocked on the
    door and the doorman said, TWELVE. The member
    replied ,SIX. And was in. A second member came
    to the door and the doorman said, SIX. The
    member replied, THREE and was let in. The man
    thought he heard enough and walked up to the
    door. The doorman said. TEN and the man
    replied, FIVE. He was NOT let in..what should
    he have said?

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ThreeThe doorman lets in those who respond with
the numbe ofletters in the word he says
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Creative problem-solvingCritical and analytical
thinking .Lets see if this individual
understands the concept and can apply it
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Critical Thinking Skills
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http//www.edheads.org/ http//www.physicsgames.n
et/http//www.coolmath-games.com/
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Critical Thinking Skillshttp//fantasticcontrapti
on.com/index.php
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Scratch - a language developed and made freely
available online by the Lifelong Kindergarten
research group at MIT Media Lab
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Tile-based visual programming environment and
toolkit, lets kids make games, animated stories,
interactive art, and share with others on the
Net.
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Over 136,635 Projects to be shared on the Net
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Does this individual have good critical and
problem solving skills ?
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Creative problem-solvingCritical and analytical
thinking .
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Team of studentsTutorial Team Jing (Create
Screencasts)Jing Projecthttp//www.jingproject.
com
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Jing Screen Shot
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Team of studentsScribes TeametherPad or
Google docs(take class notes)
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Google Docs and Spreadsheets - Docs and
Spreadsheets also has one clear advantage over
the desktop version its collaborative. While
editing a document, you can invite other people
to work on it with you. Windows or Mac, Firefox
or Explorer, Docs and Spreadsheets has everything
youd expect in a word processor and spreadsheet
program. Throw in the ability to import and
export in a variety of formats,
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Why Google Docs ?
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Curriculum Team Podcasts
(Recordings)Students and Teachers, From K to
12, Hit the Podcasts
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We need to teach our students to be
self-directed and understand how to organize more
and more of their own learning -Alan November
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Podcasting-What is it?
  • Tivo for radio-an audio broadcast similar to a
    news or entertainment radio show.
  • Audio- images video) online and uses the
    Internet
  • Works on any Internet-enabled computer
  • Can be downloaded to MP3 player (iPod)
  • Configure the latest episodes of your favorite
    Podcasts to automatically download to your
    computer and/or audio player whenever it is
    updated.
  • You can subscribe to a Podcast through services
    like iTunes, Podcast Alley and Yahoo Podcast,
  • Anyone with a computer and a microphone can
    record a show about any subject

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Why Podcast ?
  • Allows students and teachers to publish to a
    global community ..with global content
  • Distribute information
  • Share performances
  • Improve verbal skills
  • Oral presentation
  • Skill development
  • Address Multiple intelligence
  • Adjust to various learner skills
  • All learners can be successful

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Ideas -Podcasting
  • Travel Guide
  • My Town
  • Science Experiments
  • Writers workshop
  • Lectures
  • Student dramatizations
  • News Broadcasts
  • Meetings
  • Beginners guide
  • School Concerts
  • Writing
  • Poetry
  • Scientific experiments
  • Social Studies reports
  • Interviews
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Speaking
  • Lecture and Notes
  • Tell me about your first.
  • Day at school
  • Love

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Room 208
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This I Believe Thirty Things I Believeby Tarak
McLain
I believe life is good. I believe God is in
everything. I believe we're all equal. I believe
we can help people. I believe everyone is weird
in their own way. I believe hate is a cause for
love. I believe we should be generous. I believe
I should not whine.
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This I BelieveNPR
  • Essays New and Old
  • Thirty Things I Believe
  • January 18, 2009 When Tarak McLain's
    kindergarten group celebrated their 100th day of
    class, some kids brought 100 nuts or cotton
    balls. Tarak brought a list of 100 things he
    believes. Now a first-grader, Tarak shares his
    top beliefs about God, life, nature and war.

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Audacity with Podcasting
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Lets make a PODCAST !!!
  • Need 6 volunteers
  • Narrator
  • Captain
  • Mr./Mrs. Microphone
  • Alien
  • Engineer
  • Sample

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Global team e-pals SkypeWe need
to teach our students global communication,
starting with Kindergarten. ..Alan
November.. 
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Welcome to the world's largest K-12 connected
learning community!ePals is the leading provider
of school-safe collaborative learning products
for K-12 across 200 countries and territories.
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SkypeGlobal Connections
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WEB Cameras - 19.95 - 89.95
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3. SKYPE
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Where Do I go to find Global Partners?
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I.V.C. Interactive Video Conferencing
  • Use the Internet to communicate with audio and
    Video
  • Take a field trip around the block or around the
    U.S.
  • Visit and communicate globally
  • Share and communicate student projects
  • Get started for 198
  • Camera 49.00PolyCom IVX 149.00 H323
    Standard IVC

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IVC 3
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1st Graders-Seahorse
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1st Graders-Seahorse-Video
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To Blog or not to Blog. That is the Question!
BLOGS
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What is a blog?
  • The term blog is a shortened computer-lingo
    word for web log.
  • Online discussion thread
  • Weblog database of writing and links
  • Organized by date
  • Sorted by topic/category
  • Updated regularly current
  • Allows users to read the comments of others and
    to respond with their own comments.

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Top 100 Education Blogs http//oedb.org/library/f
eatures/top-100-education-blogs
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Why would I use a blog in my classroom?
  • Encourages students to engage in discussion.
  • Gives all students an equal opportunity to
    participate.
  • Increases opportunities for reading and writing
  • Students see their work published
  • Students are able to share their ideas and
    opinions with other and contribute their own
    ideas to the discussion.

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My First Blog Experience
  • I created a blog and in the first 24 hours this
    was posted
  • Hey Howie-hows it goin..Im Kristy and I just
    moved to Durango.I would like to meet a nice guy
    like you. I came here 2 weeks ago and I have
    nothin to doI read your profile and youre cute
    and I liked what you had to sayI am 21-f-/single
    and I like a guy who is easy to be comfortable
    around. I really like guys who are a little bit
    older than me and 64 is just about right. I have
    posted my profile and have lots of photos of
    me.come check it out ..OK

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e-Pals Blog---FREE
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WebLogs In EducationWill RichardsonBlogs,
Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for
Classrooms
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Will Richardson collects ideas for Web logs
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David Warlick 2 cents Worth
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Wikis
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Whats a Wiki? Why
  •   Online database
  • Built for collaboration
  • Access to free information
  • Kids can synthesize and produce content
  • Global collaboration
  • Writing across the curriculum
  • .
  •     Example http//www.wikipedia.org

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Natalie Watt Pitot House, on the site
  • Natalie Watt has taught her third graders in New
    Orleans how to deeply understand the
    inner-workings of Wikipedia by organizing the
    class to publish an article about a local
    historic mansion, the Pitot House, on the site

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Pitot House
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What are 21st Century Learners ? Who are the
21st Century Leaders?
  • My final question

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What are 21st Century Learners ?
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Can your students?????
  • Make a Global Connection
  • Make a Authentic Connection
  • Make a Family Connection
  • Be self directed by writing, directing and
    producing
  • Make a contribution to the community
  • Be empowered to make a legacy
  • Engage with others so they will contact authors
    and researchers
  • Credit to Alan November

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Now, reflect on your classrooms
  • What are you doing that is innovative?
  • How is what your students learning pertinent to
    todays world?
  • Will what you are teaching your students help
    them be successful in todays global economy?

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  • from the book The Backdoor to Enlightenment
  • Eight Steps to Living Your Dreams and Changing
    Your World

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Will you be the 10th person?
  • For every nine people who denounce innovation,
    only one will encourage it.
  • For every nine people who do things the way they
    have always been done, only one will ever wonder
    if there is a better way.
  • For every nine people who stand in line in front
    of a locked building, only one will ever come
    around and check the back door.
  • Our progress as a species rests squarely on the
    shoulders of that tenth person. The nine are
    satisfied with things they are told are valuable.
  • Person 10 determines for himself what has value.

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Digital DisconnectIn it's fifth annual survey of
more than 367,000 educators and students, Project
Tomorrow found a growing "digital disconnect"
between what role technology should play in the
classroom and how well schools are preparing
students for the workplace. While 66 percent of
school administrators think their schools are
"doing a good job preparing students for the jobs
and careers of the future," more than 40 percent
of middle and high school students said teachers
actually limit their use of technology. In
addition, 45 percent of middle and high school
students indicated that tools meant to protect
them, such as firewalls and filters, actually
inhibit their learning..
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School Library Journals 10 Best Digital
Resources for 2009The must-have products for
next fallBy Shonda Brisco -- School Library
Journal, 6/1/2009http//www.schoollibraryjournal
.com/article/CA6660872.html
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American Indian ExperienceAs students and
teachers continue to explore issues in American
history, and begin their search for more in-depth
content, this type of resource will become a
definite supplement to the curriculum. (Reviewed
February 2009, p. 62.)
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  • Big Universe (www.biguniverse.com), created by
    Anil Hemrajani, offers teachers and librarians a
    program that allows readers and writers of every
    age to create digital content. Big Universe
    expands the writing curriculum by providing the
    tools necessary for students to create and share
    their own ebooks. With over 7,000 books already
    created by current users and over 900 additional
    titles available for purchase from publishers

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  • Books and Authors by Gale Cengage pushes the
    envelope for readers advisory databases by
    providing one of the most visually attractive and
    socially interactive databases available. By
    reinventing their own What Do I Read Next
  • Britannica Online School Edition has tipped the
    scales of online encyclopedias by including four
    different products within their Online School
    Edition. Through each of the age-appropriate
    resources, Britannica provides instructional and
    research content that will fit the needs of every
    user from one simple access point.
  • Global Issues in Context from Gale Cengage
    provides todays classrooms and libraries with
    up-to-date contemporary perspectives on global
    issues. Through the combination of over 400
    global newspapers, magazines, academic journals
    from news sources such as NPR, PBS, NBC, UPI, and
    AP, Global Issues in Context provides unique
    perspectives and information.

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  • The H.W. Wilson Core Collection includes the
    Childrens Core Collection, the Middle and Junior
    High Core Collection, and the Senior High Core
    Collection. Whether youre just starting out or
    youve had years of experience selecting
    materials, these resources are (and Ill say it
    again) the Mother of All Selection Tools.
    Unlike the book suppliers that provide school
    librarians with free access to their online
    ordering programs with reviews and reading
    levels, the Core Collection provides a detailed
    listing of the must-have resources that all
    school libraries should have on their shelves.
  • EBSCOs Novelist K8 Plus is perhaps the best
    readers advisory database available for students
    in elementary through junior high school. By
    providing over 17,000 nonfiction titles, 9,000
    fiction and nonfiction series titles, 450 award
    lists, and over 700 booktalks, Novelist K8 Plus
    is the cornerstone in assisting students
    searching for just the right book.
  • Pop Culture Universe from Greenwood is all about
    fun. Or maybe its the excitement this database
    generates that makes it seem that way. With a
    strong online visual presence, Pop Culture
    Universe makes researching the decades or
    exploring our cultural history exciting for
    students (and their teachers).

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Lets look at a sample PhotoStory
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New stats- April 2008-AARP Bulletin 4-2008
  • Internet connections 218 Million
  • 92 of Americans, ages 18-29 use the Internet
  • 85 of Americans. Ages 30-49 use the Internet
  • 72 of Americans. Ages 50-64 use the Internet
  • 37 of Americans. Ages 65 use the Internet
  • 97 billion e-mails a day April, 08 PC World

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Finding, Choosing and Collaborating via ePals
  • Original Message ----- From Still,Beth
  • To Howie Joan DiBlasi Sent Monday, February
    25, 2008 902 PMSubject RE Thanks from
    Scottsbluff
  • Howie,Thank you for keeping in touch. I have to
    share one thing that I have done this week. Out
    of all of the suggestions you shared last week I
    was most intrigued with the ePals program. I
    immediately registered and posted a profile. I
    literally got goosebumps when I sent my first
    international email-----which was to Greece. Over
    the last few days I have heard back from schools
    in Japan, Germany, and Colombia. By the end of
    the week several of my students will
    probably receive their first correspondance from
    their penpals. I cannot even begin to tell you
    how excited my students are about this project!
    Thank you for telling me about it.  

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  • Travel Buddy Exchange
  • Sat, 10/20/2007 - 0110 sandim1
  • I would love to set up a "travel buddy" project
    for 1st or 2nd grade level students in my school.
    Years ago, I had done this via snail mail and
    would like to update it using ePals email.
  • Basically, 2 classes (one from each
    school-preferably far away) would exchange a
    small doll or stuffed animal and send it to the
    other school along with a blank journal notebook.
    The receiving school would send the doll and
    journal home with a different student each night
    and the family would write down what "the doll"
    had seen or done that day.

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What is the primary purpose of education?
  • Prepare students for higher education and the
    world of work
  • To pass along knowledge and values to the next
    generation of society.
  • To mold a new generation of good citizens
  • Creating good citizens
  • Preparing workers for jobs
  • Helping the industrious raise their social
    standing
  • To learn how to learn
  • to learn how to research
  • to develop your body
  • to develop artistic skills

to have fun to become well-rounded to make
friends to learn job skills to increase
IQ to meet boy/girl friends to learn social
skills to prepare for living in society to
become open-minded to prepare for tests to
become cultured to make connections
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  • Adaptability
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Time management and organization
  • Oral and written communication
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Ability to apply discipline knowledge and
    concepts
  • Emotional intelligence interpersonal skills
  • Balanced lifestyle and capacity to manage stress
    levels
  • Community involvement
  • Personal attributes such as ambition,
    self-awareness and an inquiring mind.

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  • Generation Y (children born between 1978-1991)
    for corporate leaders and managers at time when
    the corporate world is desperate to recruit and
    retain worked in this age group.

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  • Animoto (animoto.com/education) may have
    single-handedly resuscitated the art of
    booktalking. It allows users to quickly mix
    book-cover images, photos, text, and music to
    create a 30-second online video that will
    definitely grab the attention of most middle or
    high school students.
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