My bookmarks for September 26th through September 30th

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Steve Dembo on 30-09-2009

These are my links for September 26th through September 30th:

  • Picture This! – I teach photography skills to my middle schoolers- What better subject than my favorite place in the world – Walt Disney World!
  • Respect – Love, love, love the Playful Learning Blog. The author of that blog wrote this wonderful article on teaching children respect which can be easily adapted for classroom use.

My Tweets for 2009-09-29

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Laura Smith on 29-09-2009

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My Tweets for 2009-09-24

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Laura Smith on 24-09-2009

  • getting ready for 5th grade typing class- let those fingers fly! #
  • @imcguy i feel your pain… #
  • rt @coolcatteacher Happy! Punctuation! Day! Really? Yes! #

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My bookmarks for September 24th

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Steve Dembo on 24-09-2009

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Faith Without Work is Dead. How Busy Are You?

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Laura Smith on 24-09-2009

I drive by this church sign every day on the way to work.  It makes me laugh.  Because I am CRAZY busy!  I must have a pretty strong faith!  But seriously, yes I am busy.  This year, in school, I have the following list of duties:

  • Teaching 19 classes per week.
  • Writing original curriculum for 14 classes. (some of my classes are split, so i teach the same lesson 2x)
  • Grading student work
  • Entering grades in headmaster
  • Updating homework blog
  • Homeroom duties
  • Fixing lab computers on a daily basis- minor things (terminals not starting up, internet cache clogged, mouse malfunctions, updates, crashes, freezes, kids deleting desktop icons or lab folders by accident, etc.)
  • Laptop Maintenance and send-out for repairs
  • Network maintenance
  • School computer maintenance
  • Integration and support for teachers
  • Chapel powerpoint
  • Chapel tech (i run the powerpoint and soundboard for our weekly Chapel service)
  • Website maintenance
  • New website make-over
  • Administering email accounts for school/childcare teachers
  • Email training for childcare
  • Installing new equipment

And that’s just the things I can think of off the top of my head. There are countless details that pop up during the day.  The thing that I have been working on most is my curriculum.  I spent most of my summer working out new middle school curriculum and trying to integrate in new web 2.0 technologies, collaborative learning, and other 21st century skills.  So here’s what our plans look like for the rest of the year:First Semester:6, 7, and 8th grade will all study the same three units, on different scales appropriate to their age and abilities:

  1. Internet and Email Usage
  2. Research, Evaluating, and Using Information
  3. Privacy and Security

Then, in the Second Semester, each grade will focus on a different topic.6th:

  1. Parts of the Computer (they will get to take apart and re-build a computer)
  2. Computers in Society (career applications, social impact, etc.)


  1. Software and Operating Systems
  2. Networking
  3. Video Production


  1. Digital Citizenship
  2. Problem Solving, Programming, and Algorithms

I think it’s a pretty good plan, and I can’t wait to see how the year unfolds.  I based these ideas off of the NETS standards, and also the MD State Tech Curriculum.  Now that our first month of school is over, we’re really starting to get into the meat of our first unit, and the kids can’t wait to use their new emails to start collaborating with other classrooms around the world.  Contact us if you are interested in a collaborative project!

Hey! I’m not Steve Dembo!

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Laura Smith on 19-09-2009

I just noticed that in my RSS feed, my delicious posts say they were written by Steve Dembo.  How in the ?

My bookmarks for September 18th

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Steve Dembo on 18-09-2009

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My bookmarks for September 17th

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Steve Dembo on 17-09-2009

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Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Laura Smith on 13-09-2009


My bookmarks for September 12th

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Steve Dembo on 12-09-2009

These are my links for September 12th:

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