Sunday, March 9, 2014

What I Learned @teachSDA


I had a productive Spring Break!  I spent time with my family and got to lay tile flooring in our bedroom. (No, I don't think I have time to help you lay tile for your next home project.) ;)  We are in the downhill portion of the roller coaster known as the school year.  Hang on tight and we'll finish strong!

Don't forget to join us on twitter #teachSDA as we discuss utilizing Social Media (#SM) for Personal Development, Monday @ 8pmET. Please share!  Home Work:  "Social media: like the staffroom, but without all the negativity"                                                                                                                                

Here's this weeks articles:
1. Become a Google Educator!  
I'm starting classes online this week and my goal is to try and be included as a Google Certified Teacher this summer.  It's an group of 50 educators who are invited to join a summer conference. 

2. Tornado by American Red Cross
Get your family and home ready for a tornado. The American Red Cross tornado app is the complete solution you need to understand and prepare for a tornado and all that comes with it. With interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to be ready!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tornado-by-american-red-cross/id602724318?mt=8

3. First Aid by American Red Cross
Accidents happen. The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Get the app and be prepared for what life brings. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/first-aid-by-american-red/id529160691?mt=8

4. The Internet Archive
The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. There are tons of videos/documentaries that have been released to the public domain.

5.Are kids learning? How one of the best public high schools in Pennsylvania gets education right
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/03/pennsylvanias_best_school_hamp.html

6. Teaching Students Not Standards
I think it's important to clarify that we don't really teachstandards. We teach children. Standards are simply guidelines, and these guidelines will and should adjust and modify according to the needs of an individual student and the groups we teach.
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teaching-students-not-standards-rebecca-alber?utm_content=buffera2371&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

7. SURVIVING THE DIGITAL ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE
#BRAINZ – The Antidote Acronym: Today he offered a cure, an antidote if you will, for digital addiction in the clever form of an acronym.  Let me unpack it for you.

8. Helping Students Understand What a Test Is and Is Not
We are facing a problem with tests in education.  Students are strongly influenced by the implied messages they deduce from what is being tested, especially when the test is emphasized as high stakes in terms of their grades. Further, they can draw dangerous conclusions about their own role in the learning process by what is done with the assessment results.

9. Demand Different
School leaders, teachers, and those that surround the work of education are in a difficult space. The demands to achieve are higher than ever, and the needs of kids, both academically and in the other spaces of their lives, are growing in intensity and complexity, while the resources are growing more narrow in scope. Think of resources broadly. Resources not only include the money used to run schools, but the people and ideas used to feed the schools as well. It is true that teachers and school leaders are working harder than ever, and for most, the work rate is reaching a breaking point. This is creating an unsustainable system. In addition, the metrics of success are often a moving target. Educators see the goalposts as either moving, invisible, or always under construction. Even with this, schools are working to get better each day, but unfortunately, this idea of working to get better may actually be the greatest limiting factor on education today.

10. 6 Educational Web Tools to Teach Writing Using Comics
Writing is a tedious cognitive act that is intellectually demanding for students.The approach we teacher and educators adopt towards  writing makes the different between a real engagement and apathy. Students usually view the writing process as personally revealing and thus they loose any kind of connection with it. Our job as teachers is to build this connection between student writers and the writing practice through engaging them in real and authentic tasks that speak to their immediate environment and provoke their intellectual curiosity.
http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/03/6-good-educational-web-tools-to-teach.html

11. Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration
Dance in science, pop art in Spanish, or photography in math -- there’s no end to the ways arts can be integrated into other curricula. Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school.
http://www.edutopia.org/stw-arts-integration-resources-lesson-plans?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=STW-arts-integration-download-56-repost-STW-repost

12. Girl costs father $80,000 with 'SUCK IT' Facebook post
(sigh) Please remember that nothing has changed.  What you say matters and what you say in public carries real consequences.
http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/02/us/facebook-post-costs-father/index.html?hpt=hp_t2