MSET Discovery DEN STARS Dinner April 11,2011

DEN STAR Winner

DEN STAR Winner

The Discovery Maryland Leadership Council sponsored a DEN STAR activity at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on April 12, 2011 as part of the MSET conference.The DEN STARS had the opportunity to visit the museum  complete a savager hunt, meet DEN STARS and have great food served by Mother’s Federal Hill Grill. The hit of the evening was the Maryland Crab Soup.  Each Den STAR had an opportunity to earn DISCOVERY BUCKS by completing a variety of activities. Each DISCOVERY BUCK became a raffle ticket for the great prizes. Thank you to DISCOVERY Education for sponsoring the Maryland Leadership Council and helping to make the event a success for all the DEN STARS.

DEN STAR WINNERS

DEN STAR WINNERS

Angry Birds in the Classroom

angry_bird

Angry_bird

Joe Bower  teaches in Red Deer, Alberta and has successfully used Angry Birds in his classroom. He has two iPads for student use. In his Blog “for the love of  learning” at http://www.joebower.org/ he tells the story of a seven yer old boy he calls Allan. He describes him as a student that has difficulty staying on-task. Allan got involved in “Angry Birds” and Mr. Bower found out that it “… was a great way for Allan to work on his perseverance, patience, focus and fine motor skills.” The moral of the story is that there is a use for Angry Birds in the classroom. Thanks Mr. Bower!!

Carmella

21 Things That Will Become Obsolete in Education by 2020

I came across this a few days ago and wanted to share it. It really made me think about how fast technology changes. Here today, gone tomorrow. What happened to the floppy disks, the VCR, the ____? (Fill in the Blank)

Originally Published by The Daily Riff 12/19/10

21 Things That Will Become Obsolete in Education by 2020

by Shelley Blake-Plock

Last night I read and posted the clip on ’21 Things That Became Obsolete in the Last Decade’. Well, just for kicks, I put together my own list of ’21 Things That Will Become Obsolete in Education by 2020′.

1. Desks
The 21st century does not fit neatly into rows. Neither should your students. Allow the network-based concepts of flow, collaboration, and dynamism help you rearrange your room for authentic 21st century learning.

2. Language Labs
Foreign language acquisition is only a smartphone away. Get rid of those clunky desktops and monitors and do something fun with that room.

3. Computers
Ok, so this is a trick answer. More precisely this one should read: ‘Our concept of what a computer is’. Because computing is going mobile and over the next decade we’re going to see the full fury of individualized computing via handhelds come to the fore. Can’t wait.

4. Homework
The 21st century is a 24/7 environment. And the next decade is going to see the traditional temporal boundaries between home and school disappear. And despite whatever Secretary Duncan might say, we don’t need kids to ‘go to school’ more; we need them to ‘learn’ more. And this will be done 24/7 and on the move (see #3).

5. The Role of Standardized Tests in College Admissions
The AP Exam is on its last legs. The SAT isn’t far behind. Over the next ten years, we will see Digital Portfolios replace test scores as the #1 factor in college admissions.

6. Differentiated Instruction as the Sign of a Distinguished Teacher
The 21st century is customizable. In ten years, the teacher who hasn’t yet figured out how to use tech to personalize learning will be the teacher out of a job. Differentiation won’t make you ‘distinguished'; it’ll just be a natural part of your work.

7. Fear of Wikipedia
Wikipedia is the greatest democratizing force in the world right now. If you are afraid of letting your students peruse it, it’s time you get over yourself.

8. Paperbacks
Books were nice. In ten years’ time, all reading will be via digital means. And yes, I know, you like the ‘feel’ of paper. Well, in ten years’ time you’ll hardly tell the difference as ‘paper’ itself becomes digitized.

9. Attendance Offices
Bio scans. ‘Nuff said.

10. Lockers
A coat-check, maybe.

11. IT Departments
Ok, so this is another trick answer. More subtly put: IT Departments as we currently know them. Cloud computing and a decade’s worth of increased wifi and satellite access will make some of the traditional roles of IT — software, security, and connectivity — a thing of the past. What will IT professionals do with all their free time? Innovate. Look to tech departments to instigate real change in the function of schools over the next twenty years.

12. Centralized Institutions
School buildings are going to become ‘homebases’ of learning, not the institutions where all learning happens. Buildings will get smaller and greener, student and teacher schedules will change to allow less people on campus at any one time, and more teachers and students will be going out into their communities to engage in experiential learning.

13. Organization of Educational Services by Grade
Education over the next ten years will become more individualized, leaving the bulk of grade-based learning in the past. Students will form peer groups by interest and these interest groups will petition for specialized learning. The structure of K-12 will be fundamentally altered.

14. Education School Classes that Fail to Integrate Social Technology
This is actually one that could occur over the next five years. Education Schools have to realize that if they are to remain relevant, they are going to have to demand that 21st century tech integration be modeled by the very professors who are supposed to be preparing our teachers.
(Ed. Note: Check out Plock’s 2010 nomination for best blog post: “Why Teachers Should Blog”)

15. Paid/Outsourced Professional Development
No one knows your school as well as you. With the power of a PLN in their backpockets, teachers will rise up to replace peripatetic professional development gurus as the source of schoolwide prof dev programs. This is already happening.

16. Current Curricular Norms
There is no reason why every student needs to take however many credits in the same course of study as every other student. The root of curricular change will be the shift in middle schools to a role as foundational content providers and high schools as places for specialized learning.

17. Parent-Teacher Conference Night
Ongoing parent-teacher relations in virtual reality will make parent-teacher conference nights seem quaint. Over the next ten years, parents and teachers will become closer than ever as a result of virtual communication opportunities. And parents will drive schools to become ever more tech integrated.

18. Typical Cafeteria Food
Nutrition information + handhelds + cost comparison = the end of $3.00 bowls of microwaved mac and cheese. At least, I so hope so.

19. Outsourced Graphic Design and Webmastering
You need a website/brochure/promo/etc.? Well, for goodness sake just let your kids do it. By the end of the decade — in the best of schools — they will be.

20. High School Algebra I
Within the decade, it will either become the norm to teach this course in middle school or we’ll have finally woken up to the fact that there’s no reason to give algebra weight over statistics and IT in high school for non-math majors (and they will have all taken it in middle school anyway).

21. Paper
In ten years’ time, schools will decrease their paper consumption by no less than 90%. And the printing industry and the copier industry and the paper industry itself will either adjust or perish.

###
Editor’s Note: A “classic” from the Teach Paperless blog and previously published. Shelley Blake-Plock is a self-described “artist and teacher . . . an everyday instigator for progressive art, organization, and education. In addition to his work teaching high school Latin and Art History, Shelly is a member of both the experimental Red Room Collective and Baltimore’s High Zero Foundation . . .” It will be interesting to see how his predictions fare over the next few years . . .

Teaching Podcasting to Teachers

Our training team at Prince George’s County Schools has been teaching Podcasting to teachers who are part of the Sharing Technology with Educators Programs (STEP) This is a year long program where the Instructional Technology Team works with a group of schools throughout the year. Each team has a choice of strands to select. The strand that I am working with is Podcasting. In this posting, I have given you the links to each of the Podcasters. This is the first Podcast that most of them made. They did fake interview and they are really creative. Each entry is only a few minutes. Take a minute to listen and smile.

Intro. to Podcasting at Charles Carroll & B.D.Foulois Schools

Nov.3, 2010, we did a session with the team at Charles Carroll Middle School. The team consists oft Ellen Clark (ESOL), Sarah Beth Hansen (Social Studies), KIirby Jarrell (Language Arts), James Scaringi (Science) and Eric Wood (Principal). We had a great time making podcasts today. This was a great group to work with.

Nov. 4, 2010, we did a session with the team at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performaing Arts Academy. This is a Creative Arts K-8 school. The team is made of Aaron Smith (Technology), Michael Feagans (Band) and Brennan Tanner (Music). The participating administrator is Omar Gobourne (Assistant Principal)

Cougar Podcasters from Charles Carroll MS

James Scaringi http://Scaringicougarcast.podomatic.com

Kirby Jarrell http://jarrellcougarcast.podomatic.com/

Ellen Clark http://clarkcougarcast.podomatic.com/

Beth Hansen http://hansencougarcast.podomatic.com/

Falcon Podcasters from Benjamin D. Foulois

Michel Feagans http://hansencougarcast.podomatic.com/

Brennan Tanner http://fouloismusic.podomatic.com

Aaron Smith  http://theartguy.podomatic.com/rss2.xml

Election Day 2010

Woman Suffrage Headquarter in Cleveland, Ohio

 Exercise Your Right  to VOTE

Sometimes we need to remind our students, children and grandchildren that not everyone had the right to vote in this country when it was founded.  Originally the right to vote was a privilege given only to white men wealthy enough to own land. Men and women fought for the right to vote for all citizens regardless of race, religion and gender.

Our Grandmothers and/or Great-grandmothers who lived 90 years ago were the first group of woman able to vote. It was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go the polls and vote. Search in Discovery under “Suffrage” and take some time to see how these women fought for all woman to vote. So, refresh my memory, why are not all woman voting this year? Why exactly? Carpool duties? Work? Your vote doesn’t matter? Raining? I hope not.

If you have children, nieces, nephews, or grandchildren, take at least one of them with you to  model how easy it is to vote and discuss that it is a right for all American citizens. As adults we must model how important it is to go out and vote.

View the Discovery Video “The Almost Painless Guide:Election Process”. You might consider showing a short segment to your students and take a minute to discuss Election Day.

HAPPY ELECTION DAY!!

 

 

Extensions For Every Blogger

I came across this Blog post about extensions for Bloggers on WEB DESIGNISH. The posts discusses what a blogger extension is and how to them.  The posting is titled “15 Best Google Chrome Extensions for Every Blogger”. Links are provided to related articles and extensions available on other browsers. If you are a Blogger, don’t miss reading this post. http://www.webdesignish.com/15-best-google-chrome-extensions-for-blogger.html

Web 2.0’s top 1,000 List!

Found a great site through Twitter today

Web 2.0’s Top 1,000 List!

The list is broken down by categories i.e. Audio, Animation, Polls etc. A simple but interesting site. You can get lost for hours checking out the links. Happy exploring. http://www.web20links.net/

Ten Web 2.0 Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes

10 Things to doTEN WEB 2.0 THINGS YOU CAN DO IN TEN MINUTES –  the title caught my interest. I came across a video on You Tube that referenced the article and then searched for it. The author,

http://www.elearnmag.org/subpage.cfm?article=60-1&section=articles 

TEN WEB 2.0 THINGS YOU CAN DO IN TEN MINUTES TO BE A MORE SUCCESSFUL E-LEARNING PROFESSIONAL

The following list was inspired by eLearn Magazine Editor-in-Chief Lisa Neal’s blog post “Ten Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes To Be a More Successful e-learning Professional.” We’d like to offer the “Web 2.0 Edition” of Lisa’s list:

  1. Listen to a conference presentation. When you run across conference presentations while reading your RSS feeds (EDUCAUSE Connect is a prime source, as is OLDaily), save the conference site as a bookmark and revisit it to hear a presentation.
  2. Record a 10-minute presentation about something you are working on or learning about, either as audio (use Odeo) or video (use Ustream), and post it on your blog.
  3. Do a search on the title of your most recent post or on the title of the most recent thing you’ve read or thought about. Don’t just use Google search, use Google Blog Search and Google Image Search, Amazon, del.icio.us, Technorati, Slideshare, or Youtube. Scan the results and if you find something interesting, save it in del.icio.us to read later.
  4. Write a blog post or article describing something you’ve learned recently. It can be something you’ve read or culled from a meeting, conference notes (which you just capture on the fly using a text editor), or a link you’ve posted to del.icio.us. The trick here is to keep your writing activity to less than 10 minutes—make a point quickly and then click “submit.”
  5. Tidy your e-portfolio. For example, upload your slides to Slideshare and audio recordings to Odeo and embed the code in your presentation page. Or write a description and link to your latest publication. Or update your project list.
  6. Create a slide on Zoho. Just do one slide at a time; find an image using the Creative Commons licensed content on Flickr and a short bit of text from a source or yourself. Add this to your stick of prepared slides you use for your next talk or class.
  7. Find a blogger you currently read in your RSS reader and go to their website. Follow all the links to other blogs in their blogroll or feedroll, or which are referenced in their posts. Well, maybe not all the links, or it will take hours, not ten minutes.
  8. Write a comment on a blog post, article, or book written by an e-learning researcher or practitioner.
  9. Go to a website like Engadget, Metafilter, Digg, Mixx, Mashable, or Hotlinks and skip through the items. These sites produce much too much content to follow diligently, but are great for browsing and serendipitous discovery. If you find something interesting, write a short blog post about it or at least a comment.
  10. Catch up on one of your online games with a colleague—Scrabulous on Facebook or Backgammon on Yahoo. Or make a Lolcat. Or watch a Youtube video.

About the Author
Stephen Downes works with the E-Learning Research group of NRC’s Institute for Information Technology and is based in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. He spends his time working on learning object and related metadata, blogs, and blogging, RSS and content syndication, and raising cats.

Tech Tips for Kids by Kids

Baby and Computer

I am always looking for Tech Tips and today I found a great blog called “Computer Tips Written for Kids Developed by Kids”  http://computertipsforkids.com. Here you will find great tips written in straight forward language, easy to understand along with screen shots. There is a great range of topics covered – game reviews for iPad and Nintendo, tips on Internet safety, Excel, hardware and more. This is a great site to share with students and even adults. I learned a few things from the young scholars. Don’t miss this resource.

Rain Rain and more Rain

whitehouse.jpgWhite House Rain Sept. 30, 2010  It has been raining heavy since last night in the Washington DC Metro Area.  Everyone came to work today wet. Children had indoor recess all over the school district. What a good time to go to Discovery Education and learn indoors! If you have set-up a Student Center for each of your students, this is a good time to allow them to explore Discovery. It is a safe place for them to explore and learn. If you have not set-up Student Centers for your students, you are missing a great way to use your Discovery Education Account and what a great way to spend a rainy indoor recess for students.

Carmella