Friday, December 7, 2007

New Student Blogs

I just spent an hour or so setting up 18 new blogs for my student groups. I teach 3 Reading classes, and my intent is to have them working for the next several weeks in small groups–6 per class.

At first I went down a false trail–I began by setting up gmail/blogger identities for each group. Then, as I began to think through the implications of that, I realized that I wouldn’t really have ownership of those groups once I gave the passwords to the students–they’d be easily hijacked or accidentally messed up. So I realized that I had to be the owner of all 18 blogs and the students would come on as “authors” to their group’s blog.

The process is pretty quick and painless, though 18 times is a teeny weeny bit tedious.

Step 1: Create the new blog. Easy!
Step 2: Change the Layout/Template settings so that the “about me” is not showing
Step 3: Edit the HTML of the Template so that the “Next Blog” is removed (see previous post).

Now I’m really excited to see what these kids do with their shiny new blogs! My next step is to make some links in my READING CLASS BLOG that link to each of those group blogs. My hope is that a sense of competition will emerge as students compare their blogs to those of their peers working on the same projects.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Did You Know?

You have to see Karl Fisch’s new edition of his famous “Did You Know” video. It’s great! It’s also too long to show my staff, so I sat down and worked with it a bit. This version is trimmed down to 5.5 minutes.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Bend La Pine Administrator Training

Over the next couple of days we’ll be working with Bend La Pine Schools administrators, and one of the sessions will be on tools that are relevant to secondary teachers AND that can be useful in the professional life of an administrator.

First stop will be the REAL website, where we’ll see how to access the benchmarks and especially the resources. From there we’ll dip into several of the content areas and finish with an example of using Atomic Learning to help solve a problem.

We’ll hopefully get to see Trailfire in action, but here’s the tour:

REAL

REAL: Geometry: Link to NCTM

NCTM Math Manipulative

Wikipedia

Language Arts (Rubric Evaluation)

Clusty Searches

Translated Pages (German to English)

Translations via Google

Using Atomic Learning

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Education Spoof from the Onion

In The Know: Are Our Children Learning Enough About Whales?

I’m not seeing an easy way to embed this into an edublogs blog . . . does anyone have better luck? It’s a thought-provoking and funny piece–worth watching!