Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Today's Interesting Links

Links for 2009-06-02 [del.icio.us]
  • Web 3.0 or Not, There's Something Different About 2009 - ReadWriteWeb
    The presentation is embedded below. I gave the term 'Web 3.0' a bit of a ribbing. But my overall theme was that there is indeed a difference in the products we're seeing in 2009, compared to the ones we saw at the height of 'Web 2.0' (2005-08).
  • 21 Things for the 21st Century Educator - Home
    The purpose of this course is to provide "Just in Time" training through an online interface for K-12 educators based on the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T). These standards are the basic technology skills every educator should possess. In the process, educators will develop their own skills and discover what students need in order to meet the NETS for Students, as well as the new MMC Online Experience requirement. Participants who fulfill all of the requirements have the opportunity to earn SBCEU's.
  • Partnership Learning
    Partnership is coming to be regarding as an empowering alternative to more common patriarchal models of human interaction. Today, in disciplines as diverse as anthropology, organizational theory, philosophy of science, and educational theory, theorists are constructing a new partnership mindset as an alternative to the traditional partriarchy model. Running through the writing in numerous disciplines are principles representing the foundation of a partnership world view. Those principles, described below, are also the foundation of the Partnership Learning approach to staff development:
  • Instructional Coaching
    This page contains material that will be available to download for free.
  • Or Is It About the Technology? « Keeping Kids First
    A few weeks ago, James Beatti published a series of his thoughts on 21st century learning and teaching in a post titled "It's Not About the Technology." For a tech integrator and enthusiast, it was almost uncomfortable to articulate these ideas independent of technology. The main points were that educators must focus on the skills of problem solving, addressing the needs of individual students and learning, as opposed to teaching. This week, Ben Grey posted a thought-provoking article to "Tech & Learning" titled "Why Technology?" As ed tech positions across the United States are losing funding for their departments, and even their positions, Ben Grey's questions are all the more pressing.
  • Glogster Tutorial
    A glogster tutorial for teachers!
  • Best Sites to Find Public Domain Images and Sounds for Student Projects | audio public-domain reference images photos | Making Teachers Nerdy
    Now that more and more classrooms are publishing student work for digital storytelling, podcasting, or through wikis and blogs it is becoming increasingly critical students follow the copyright and fair use guidelines. To help you and your students, I've created another freebie post – free images and sounds for student projects. Yes, there are multiple websites out there for public domain images and sounds, but I tried to pull those that are safe for student searching. You will find glorious photo landscapes, character illustrations of fairy tale characters, tornado sound effects, and more. In addition, the links do have suggested curriculum units that could be supported through the use of the websites. Hopefully, that will guide your search.
  • Why Our Current Education System Is Failing
    So many students fail to realize their potential because a simple grade tells them they have none. They receive a D and thus feel they are worthless and have nothing to contribute to this world. This defeats the whole purpose of education. Education is meant to build not destroy.
  • Use Twitter in PowerPoint | Poll Everywhere
    How do you draw them into your presentation? By asking for their opinion, and displaying their tweets directly in your slides. With Poll Everywhere, you can invite people to tweet a short comment directly to your slide in real-time, while still blocking inappropriate or off-topic tweets. You can also ask multiple choice questions and watch a graph evolve as people vote.
  • New project-based tech literacy curriculum - TechYES TLC « Generation YES Blog
    TechYES TLC is all online, with nothing to install or download. It's completely new and (we hope) the best, most engaging project-based technology literacy curriculum out there. It's geared towards middle school, just like our TechYES Student Technology Literacy Certification model, but it goes deeper than just certification.
  • Clive Thompson on the Future of Reading in a Digital World
    Is this the future of reading? "You're far more likely to hear about a book if a friend has highlighted a couple brilliant sentences in a Facebook update—and if you hear about it, you're far more likely to buy it in print. Yes, in print: The few authors who have experimented with giving away digital copies (mostly in sci-fi) have found that they end up selling more print copies, because their books are discovered by more people."
  • The Right to Read
    Roughly one-fifth of the world's adult population cannot read or write. This figure has been linked to many, more troublesome, areas of society: Illiteracy can drive extreme poverty, gender inequality and even environmental instability.

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