Twitter Tuesday

Hello, hello…for your intertube enjoyment…

From @NewAtHeineman: a webinar about using iPods in the classroom–and not just to play music.

From @unomahametlink: a fabulous opportunity to hear Kelly Gallagher speak!

From @thesupermikey: non-essential mnemonics from McSweeney’s.

From @mashable: good news for an informed citizenry, bad news for print journalism.

And this gem, from @FakeAPStylebook: “If you can’t find the source of a quote, attribute it to Kurt Vonnegut, Einstein, Dorothy Parker, or H. L. Mencken and move on.”

Twitter Tuesday

From @mashable: why you absolutely must know about social media to stay relevant…it's not going away.

From @ted_com: Sugata Mitra on technology's impact on education in developing countries.

And then from @henryjenkins: how New Media Literacies, or 21st Century Skills aren't solely about being able to use an iPod or computer.

From the New York Times: can teachers actually run a school?

And in other news…

Since I am still part of the evaluation cycle in my building, I have to set a Personalized Enrichment Plan, which is essentially setting a goal for the year.  I set two this year.  First, to limit my time working to 60 hours a week.  Second, to maintain an education-focused blog–which I had already decided to do.

Cutting my hours to 60 might take some practice at first, but I'm ready for the challenge.  Stay tuned to see how I do…

Twitter Tuesday

Oh my, have I been neglectful.  But I was sick last week and focused on getting home, sleeping, and getting well.  It worked–I’ve never in my life recovered from an illness as quickly as I did last week.  On to the goods…although it’s been another paltry week for educators on Twitter, so I’ve included quality finds from my RSS Feed as well.

From @unometlink, a conference for people interested in non-profits…like the school some colleagues and I dream of starting one day…

From Huffington Post, commentary about what future journalists REALLY should study in college.

From @ted_com, a different take on how we define progress and what makes life worthwhile.

And something I’m thinking about doing…you know, Julie Rowse, B.S., M.A., G.C.T.

Tomorrow is September 1st, which means three weeks from today is my debut as a session presenter at ESU #3.  I’ll post the PowerPoint here after the presentation.  Session title: “Extending the Classroom with Social Networking.”  Here’s the blurb I wrote for it:

.Students who enroll in college are often expected to engage in online discussion and collaboration, but rarely do high school educators prepare students for this type of discourse.  “Extending the Classroom With Social Networking” will offer participants several options for teaching and encouraging student participation outside the traditional classroom environment.  While the presentation will focus mostly on how to safely and effectively use Facebook with classes, other platforms such as Ning and Posterous will also be highlighted.


Twitter Tuesday

Twitter was unusually quiet today in terms of education-related information.  And I’m quite ill, so my own zeal in tracking down interesting stories and links is diminished.  But still, a couple of goodies for you…

If you haven’t read Dan Meyer’s blog, it’s worth a peek.

The New York Times has consolidated some great resources on how to use infographics across the curriculum.  Can’t wait for Thursday, when they tackle my subject area!

And finally, if you’ve never sifted through Edutopia’s site, you are missing out.  Here’s a blog sent to me through NCTE’s weekly newsletter about setting routines for writers.

According to the Nebraska Dept. of Ed Website, last springs State Reading Test Scores were released to the media today, and are supposed to be available to the public tomorrow.  No word yet on how the Omaha World-Herald plans to release the scores–by district, building, or teacher.  If you haven’t heard what’s happening at the LA Times right now, see what they plan to do with test scores.

And with that, I’m off to curriculum night…