These are my links for June 11th:
- YouTube – Introducing : Sketchcasting – I would love to assign a topic to my students and have them create a sketchcast to demonstrate learning!
- Chain Reaction – Build a Food Chain –
- The Road to the Capitol – amazing civics game that lets students run for congress and learn about the election process along the way
- OpenClipArt – searchable collection of clip art in the public domain
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Steve Dembo on 10-06-2010
These are my links for June 9th through June 10th:
- iCivics | The Democracy Lab – oh, this site looks cool! you can play civics games where you can be a lawyer, a supreme court justice, or even the President! heck with my class, I want to play these!
- City Brights: Howard Rheingold : Crap Detection 101 – “Crap Detection!” Love it!
- Wiki:main-page | Social Media CoLab – Syllabus for Howard Rheingold’s Social Media class
- Free stock photo search engine – the largest free stock photo resource available on the Internet. – search for royalty-free photos
These are my links for June 8th:
- YouTube – HCS Digital Citizenship Teaser – this is an advertisement for a parent workshop on internet safety, but I think the main portion of the video could be shown to students to discourage sexting…
- Welcome to Reading Rewards – allows kids to track their reading minutes and exchange them for fun things, like games, jokes, and more. encourages kids to share and review books.
- Togetherville – a kid-safe social networking site
- Podcasts in Education Made Simple – the who, what, why, and how of podcasting
- VoiceThread – Group conversations around images, documents, and videos – 100 ways to use voicethread in education
- YouTube – Hot for Teachers w/ Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green – Celebrities jump on board to fight education budget cuts in this funny, yet all too true viral video…
- The National Academies presents: What You Need to Know About Energy – As debates about energy grow more intense, Americans need dependable, objective, and authoritative energy information. The National Academies, advisers to the nation on science, engineering, and medicine, provide the facts about energy?a complex issue that affects us as individuals and as a nation.
- Grockit Test Prep – SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, and LSAT – Interesting- banking on the popularity of Facebook, Grockit creates a social network for learners to collaborate in an engaging online space.
These are my links for June 7th:
- Tap into the World of Comics Primary School version – nice slideshow on how to integrate comics into your teaching
- micromobs | real time messaging for your groups – for some reason I keep looking at the title of this page and want to say “micro-moobs!” but anyway, this is a way to create your own private (if you wish) backchannel chat.
- Furbles | ptolemy.co.uk – cute “furbles” will help your students learn sorting and classifying skills
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Steve Dembo on 04-06-2010
These are my links for June 3rd through June 4th:
- Brewer pupils finish 50-state ?tour? – Bangor Daily News – A Web-based project started several months ago as a way for pupils to stay connected to a classmate who moved to Minnesota last year has sparked a new educational tool that has spread across the Internet like cyberwildfire.
- Technology – An interesting article on how to teach thinking skills…
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Steve Dembo on 02-06-2010
These are my links for May 27th through June 2nd:
- EarthEcho International – An overview of Earth Echo media, education, and community action programs, including the Water Planet Challenge
- dipity / mojodave – amazing Oil Spill timeline. Don’t like the Ad on the right side of the page- Obama is NOT to blame, people!
- What Would Yoda Do? – i love this slideshow, not so much for its tidbits of wisdom, although those are nice, but for its amazing photography of two stormtroopers in such curious situations that they seem to be alive! I smell a photography/writing assignment here…
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Laura Smith on 01-06-2010
I love reading Seth Godin’s blog… he always has inspirational things to say and make you think. One of his recent posts was about the different “voices” we have in our heads.
The ego–seeks applause and recognition.
The lizard–seeks safety, wants to fit in and not be rejected or criticized.
The artist–wants to be generous, creative and make positive change with impact.
The boxer–wants to poke and be poked, seeks revenge and ultimately victory.
The zombie–wants to turn off and be entertained.
The carpenter–seeks to do useful work, and finish it well.
The philanthropist–wants to help, anonymously.
The evangelist–wants to spread an idea.
And the hunter–wants to successfully track and bring down a target.
My mind has been pulled in what seems like a thousand directions lately, and I thought maybe I was just scatterbrained. (Which I am, but that’s another story! ) But looking at it this way makes more sense, and makes me feel a little more normal! These various agendas are at work in our minds every day, and also in our STUDENTS’ minds. We have to find ways to satiate the Zombie while still engaging the Carpenter. Maybe through meeting the needs of the Artist and the Ego this can be accomplished.
My goal this summer (and in the future) is to resist the urge to be a Zombie, because that’s too easy. I also want to resist the urge to allow my students to be Zombies. That’s only one of the many needs that they need met. They just don’t realize it yet.