Archive for November, 2011

EduNationCast 011:  Should Bill Gates Stay Out of Education? November 30, 2011 6:32 pm

EduNationCast 011: Should Bill Gates Stay Out of Education?

This week on The EduNationCast: Great discussion on whether or not the private sector belongs in education, plus we welcome innovator Lisa Highfill to the EduNationCast Roundtable! This Week’s Contributors: James Sanders,  Jim Sill, Adam Bellow, and Dan Rezac.   Special Guests This Week: Lisa Highfill The complete show notes can be found on the EdReach Wiki.       Call us on our comment line! If you’d like to leave some feedback you can call us on our very own EdReach Comment line: That’s: (443) 93REACH.

aRTs Roundtable #2: Creating in the Music Classroom November 30, 2011 6:00 pm

aRTs Roundtable #2: Creating in the Music Classroom

This week on the aRTs Roundtable we discuss how we “create” in the music classroom by making purposeful projects. The music classroom is not just a performing class, but we create music in a variety of areas and subjects. Show Host: Carol Broos Show contributor: Jennifer Kolze The complete show notes are now on the EdReach Wiki.   Call us on our comment line! If you’d like to leave some feedback you can call us on our very own EdReach Comment line: That’s: […]

LiTTech #7: Teachers and Information Literacy November 30, 2011 11:00 am

LiTTech #7: Teachers and Information Literacy

  This week on LiTTech: Emily and Adrienne chat about putting Information Literacy into classes outside the library and the correct way to teach peers new technology. Show Host: Emily Thompson Show contributors: Adrienne Matteson The complete show notes are now on the EdReach Wiki. Call us on our comment line! If you’d like to leave some feedback you can call us on our very own EdReach Comment line: That’s: (443) 93REACH.

November 30, 2011 10:07 am

Just Try Something…and Share How It Goes

Making the move to a 1:1 environment this year at Burlington High School has been exciting.  The move has gotten us a lot of attention from area schools that want to come out and speak to our staff and students to see how we got this point.  Being a big proponent of sharing and the fact that we have a moral imperative to do so, we have welcomed everyone who has inquired about a visit. During the course of each […]

Be Ready! Learning Happens Anywhere November 29, 2011 9:00 pm

Be Ready! Learning Happens Anywhere

The iPad 1:1 in Forreston is moving along nicely. Our bandwidth usage has curtailed a bit. Students and teachers have become more comfortable with the technology in the classroom. And so far there have been two casualties with equipment. One iPad, out of almost 500 handed out to students grade six through twelve, has suffered drop damage due to just too much on the desk (cannot wait for the paperless/textbook-less classroom). The other casualty shows that learning does really happen […]

The Demands of Learning November 29, 2011 4:30 pm

The Demands of Learning

Pink Floyd’s notable lyric from Another Brick in the Wall (albeit edited for conventions) has been trending in educational commentary as of late, and the recent issue of Time is no exception. In Teacher, leave those kids alone, Amanda Ripley reports on the intensely demanding, ferocious study habits and schedules of South Korean students. Ripley follows a group of Seoul government officials whose evening mission is to patrol and discover children who are studying after 10 PM and to stop […]

EdCeptional #23 – 25 days ’til Christmas November 28, 2011 9:11 pm

EdCeptional #23 – 25 days ’til Christmas

Today we veer a little from our normal show and talk about what tech goodies do you hope to find in your stocking and share some geeky gifts and places to pick these up for the holiday season. We also talk about EduBlogger Award Nominations and how you can find the best blogs to reader from these nominations.  Show Host:  Anne Truger (@atruger) Show contributors: Deb Truskey (@debtruskey) Tricia Lazzaro (@tlazzaro11) Subscribe to The EdCeptional Podcast on iTunes Subscribe to […]

The Flipped Classroom Revisited November 28, 2011 9:00 am

The Flipped Classroom Revisited

Lately, there has been a lot of interest and controversy about the flipped classroom. For those of you who are still trying to get your mind around what the flipped classroom is, most people are currently defining the flipped classroom as a class in which the lectures are watched at home and the class time is used to work on what used to be assigned as homework. But this version of the flipped class, is only one iteration of the flipped classroom. To understand more, I would encourage you to read Aaron Sam’s post: “There is No Such Thing as THE Flipped Class.” His main point is that the flipped class is not a narrow methodology, but rather a philosophy, which has many different applications and modifications.

Top 10 Educational Videos of 2011 November 28, 2011 1:00 am

Top 10 Educational Videos of 2011

Another year is coming to a close. And with the New Year approaching, it’s a great time to reflect on topics and issues that impacted our learning in 2011. I traveled all over the country again in 2011 speaking to K-12 educators on the power that video can have on student learning. I have personally witnessed the amazing influence video has had on my own students’ learning during my past nine years in education. 2011 was no exception in the […]

EdGamer 31: Can Learning Be Fun? We Have Proof. November 26, 2011 6:00 pm

EdGamer 31: Can Learning Be Fun? We Have Proof.

This week on EdGamer Episode 31 we have a special guest who will give us some proof that games and learning can be combined to equal some serious fun. Dan Rezac shares his perspective on the introduction of Civilization IV within his middle school. We also discuss a new app for the Field Museum in Chicago and how Zack is addicted to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Holiday Gaming Picks by EdGamer November 25, 2011 1:13 pm

Holiday Gaming Picks by EdGamer

Holiday shopping is here and every year I am asked about the best games to purchase. I am asked by parents and fellow teachers concerning games for their children or other family members. There are many categories and many platforms. These choices might not be the best for you, but they are the ones that I own or have on my wish-list. Some of these games are great for the classroom, some are totally not appropriate, and some are just […]

MacReach Show #29: Feeling Thankful! November 24, 2011 5:00 pm

MacReach Show #29: Feeling Thankful!

This week on MacReach: We are feeling very thankful for some of our favorite Apple technologies, accessories, and Thanksgiving apps! Appy Thanksgiving everyone! Show Host: Meg Wilson (@iPodsibiities) Co-Host: Kelly Dumont (@KDumont) Subscribe to the MacReach Podcast on iTunes Subscribe to the EdReach Podcast Feed View the complete show notes here on the EdReach MacReach Wiki to see all the links and apps discussed in the show.  

5 Simple Ways To Be A Thankful Principal November 24, 2011 12:00 pm

5 Simple Ways To Be A Thankful Principal

Research shows that merit pay dosen’t work.  What surveys of teachers do show is that teachers want to be appreciated for what they do, they want to know that what they are doing matters.  Think about it, good teachers don’t start teaching for the pay they start teaching because they believe in the value a good education adds to society and the difference they can make. Teachers want to work in professional environments that supports this desire and as principals and school leaders […]

EduNationCast #010: Flipping Teaching on its Head November 23, 2011 4:00 pm

EduNationCast #010: Flipping Teaching on its Head

This week on The EduNationCast: We get the pleasure of welcoming Ramsey Musallam of Flipteaching.com, who joins us for our roundtable discussion about the controversy over the Flipped Method and what it’s really all about. Also, we get real heavy into science videos, and Ramsey shows us some great apps and methods for publishing video tutorials. This Week’s Contributors: James Sanders, Jim Sill, Diane Main, and Dan Rezac.   Special Guests This Week: Ramsey Musallam  The complete show notes can be found on the EdReach Wiki. […]

LiTTech #6: Awesome Presentations and Hybrid Courses November 23, 2011 11:00 am

LiTTech #6: Awesome Presentations and Hybrid Courses

  This week on LiTTech: Emily and Adrienne chat with their special guest Abby about how to make your online tutorials and presentations really sing and embedding librarians in online/hybrid courses. Show Host: Emily Thompson Show contributors: Adrienne Matteson, Abby Bedford The complete show notes are now on the EdReach Wiki. Call us on our comment line! If you’d like to leave some feedback you can call us on our very own EdReach Comment line: That’s: (443) 93REACH.

aRTs Roundtable #1: Arts PLN November 23, 2011 5:00 am

aRTs Roundtable #1: Arts PLN

This week on the aRTs Roundtable we discuss how important it is to be involved with an arts PLN, with arts educators being the only teacher in the building and/or district. Hear how other visual arts and music educators developed their own PLN. Show Host: Carol Broos Show contributors:   Trisha Fuglestad and Jennifer Kolze The complete show notes are now on the EdReach Wiki   Call us on our comment line! If you’d like to leave some feedback you can call us […]

Giving Thanks for Apps that Assist November 23, 2011 12:46 am

Giving Thanks for Apps that Assist

A colleague of mine recently asked me to share my top ten favorite apps for “Special Education in the Inclusive Classroom”, which is actually something that I am asked to do quite often. Unfortunately, that list does not exist. In the realm of using technology as assistive technology for individuals with special needs, it is extremely important that it be about the individual. What are the student’s strengths, weaknesses, and specific needs? What environment is he/she working in? What task […]

iPad 1:1 Early Reflection/Reaction November 22, 2011 6:00 pm

iPad 1:1 Early Reflection/Reaction

Probably one of the scariest propositions of the iPad 1:1 Program at Forreston Junior/Senior High School was the idea that we were filtering only gambling and pornography via our Lightspeed filter system. Facebook is available. YouTube is available. iMessage is available. FaceTime is available. We have made our expectations of appropriate behavior clear to students and parents through documentation and meetings. We have almost five hundred students in grades six through twelve who have full access to these tools and […]