Linda Nitsche: Do You Have March Madness?

From Discovery Educator Linda Nitsche:

Words, what would a blog be without them?  Did you know that after sorting through thousands of user hits on Merriam-Webster Online during 2005, the site found the #1 Word of the Year to be… integrity. In keeping, it is with great integrity that I offer my Word of the Day– “March Madness…”
According to Dictionary.com, March n. Abbr. Mar. is: The third month of the year in the Gregorian calendar.  While mad•ness n. is defined as 1. The quality or condition of being insane. 2.  Great folly: 3. Fury; rage. 4. Enthusiasm; excitement. After a brief and noticeably unscientific survey, I gathered the following differing definitions for “March Madness n.  (march m d n s):”
1.  the frenzy that develops from watching the NCAA Basketball Championship
2.  excitement caused by the first pitch in baseball season, often accompanied by whoops and cheers
3.  state of euphoria induced by an onslaught of new technology tools and tips
4.  seasonal re-awakening accompanied by a need for new relationships and collaborations

Here are a few fun ideas to experience “March Madness” in its many forms!
For believers in the Basketball and Baseball definitions of “March Madness” I offer – what else, but games! Check out the sites BasketMath and Batter’s Up Baseball where you will find two great opportunities for your students to test (and practice) their mathematical skills while enjoying a bit of game playing fun. 

Or do you have Technology Tip Euphoria induced “March Madness” from reading the awesome PA Den Blog in the past week?  Podcasting, Blogs, Digital Storytelling, PhotoStory 3, CPS, Technology Integration, unitedstreaming, and now to put you over the top I suggest eScrapbooking.  Do you have an old scrapbook?  Pull it off the shelf and take a look at it.  The collection of photographs, memorabilia, and thoughts in a scrapbook shines a light backward in time revealing a unique perspective of history through its creator. eScrapbooking offers yet, one more format for students to present their unique perspective and voice on a topic. Through the combination of digital images and personal stories, our students can have an opportunity to do what The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University calls “democratize history.” What an awesome goal for our students! The site eScrapbooking presents easy to implement ideas to get you started with technology you have readily available. 

Feeling like Spring Fever has hit?  Then you appear to be inflicted with yet another form of “March Madness”- a seasonal re-awakening accompanied by a need for new relationships and collaborations.  To alleviate the symptoms, I offer you a vision of a world in which teachers and students across the world work collaboratively on projects that make a difference in the world.  Successful online collaborative learning requires curriculum-based content, reliable partners, the right tools, and effective implementation strategies. Judy Harris identifies three different types of collaborations: Interpersonal Exchanges, Information Collection & Analysis and Problem Solving. Your class too, can be one of those connected classrooms.  Reach out to Online Collaborative Projects to find a project, build a new partnership, and deepen the learning that takes place with your students.   

Harnessing the power of technology to connect and communicate with others might just bring on a case of “April Adventures!” 

So, did I skip your personal definition of “March Madness”?  How would you define “March Madness”?  Have a great idea?  Collaborate and pass it on!

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  1. RJ Stangherlin said:

    Hope you don’t mind if I add some of your links to my website. I am really excited with your link to Online Collaborative Projects. This year a colleague and I are retiring an interdisciplinary project we have done with our high school students for about 9 years. I’ve been looking for something to replace the project, something that would make me reach and learn with my students and make connections with other learning communities. Thank you so much for giving me a place to start.

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