Archive for November, 2010

Global Education Conference – November 15-19, 2010

Monday, November 15th, 2010

I just learned about the Science Sleuths component of Discovery Education Science. There are several interactive modules that really help students understand process skills in investigating science problems. I knew about the interactive simulations, but I had not yet discovered the science process modules where students get to solve a problem and have to access various resources from video to slide shows to print documents in order to gather evidence (written into a notebook that saves their notes) in order to solve a problem. I just started the module about the missing star. Believe me, it’s not easy. You really have to think. I am no where close to solving it. Check it out.

If you can, log into the Global Education Conference, set up by Steve Hargadon of Classroom 2.0 fame. There are multiple sessions to choose from at all hours of the day and night. Here is the link for the sessions in Eastern Standard Time or GMT-5:

http://www.globaleducationconference.com/schedule-gmt-5.html

Enjoy!

Tech or Treat Virtual Conference – October 23, 2010

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Copied from a post on my classroom blog:
http://evolvingclassroombethany.blogspot.com

Last Saturday, I attended the face-to-face CECA pre-conference sponsored by Discovery Education at Smith Middle School in Glastonbury, CT. This Saturday morning, while sitting in my nightgown at my laptop, I tuned into a virtual conference. There were a number of sites (not in CT) where educators were gathered together ( some in Halloween costumes) to watch the live steam projected onto a wall, but there were also hundreds of other educators tuning in from their homes all across the world. I did not plan to stay but a few minutes, but I ended up absolutely glued to my laptop as one presenter finished, and another began. I participated in the conference from 8:30 until 11:45 a.m. Then I had to force myself to shut down the computer and go for a lovely ride with my husband through the beautiful fall scenery . We went to Lyman Orchards; my husband had a craving for apple cider donuts. Luckily, I care nothing about donuts, so I wasn’t tempted to have more than a donut hole. The place was mobbed, and I was glad to see folks outside enjoying the lovely fall afternoon instead of sitting home glued to their computer or the t.v.
Anyway, getting back to the virtual conference, Steve Dembo moderated it. He is a man of amazing energy, but, as I said in an earlier post, he does not let his ego get in the way. He is a wonderful, enthusiastic educator.
The first session by Gail Lovely offered hints on “It’s not the Technology, it’s the Education. She went through a slew of wonderful resources. All of the sessions were recorded and will be available on the DEN site soon. That is great because I’ll have to go back and watch the session again in order to digest all the great information. Of course, that is no substitute for being able to participate live in the chat, sharing your ideas and getting feedback from others in the room. Here is the address she provided with the links to her presentation uploaded to slideshare:
http://www.lovelylearning.com/den-webinar-resources.php
Next, Porter Palmer gave us “Out of the World Ideas for Showcasing Student Work.”
This should be a very helpful resource to meet our goal at Amity to share more of the wonderful projects our students produce.
Finally, I was about to close the cover down when my hero, Whitney Mihoulides, our Northeast representative who encouraged me to become a DEN STAR, presented her session entitled “Digital Storytelling in a Web 2.0 World.” Needless to say, she did a terrific job, and it will take me a lot of time to investigate all the wonderful resources she introduced us to. She introduced us to a brand new resource from Discovery Education on tools to help students tell their stories digitally. While it is aimed at K-5, there are many resources there which can be adapted for older students:
http://hubforteachers.com/
She also told us about Photo Peach, an online site where one can upload photos and tell a story through a web-generated slide show.
Well, it’s nearly Sunday, and I’d best get to bed.
I hope someone reading this blog will find something useful. Please leave me a comment.
Thanks! and Good-Night!

Our 7th and 8th graders Logged in Successfully!

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

With the exception of oneĀ  8th grade team, we have had success with all of our 7th graders and most of our 8th graders able to log into DiscoveryEducation.com. The teachers are excited about being able to easily create classes and to deliver content to their students. They are also excited to have a tool available that will facilitate the task of individualizing instruction. The kids seem very excited to have this tool in their learning toolkit. I have asked many studenst to give me feedback once they’ve logged in at home and have used Discovery to explore personal interests as well as reinforce learning of tasks assigned by their teachers.