Monthly Archive: September 2010

Sep 29

Sad story about our assessment-crazed school system

If you haven’t heard about this yet, please go read this article from the LA Times that describes the story of one LA area teacher who committed suicide due to the publishing (in the LA Times, mind you) of his “value-added” assessment scores as a teacher. While I’m the first one to argue that something like …

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Sep 26

Website Evaluation Checklist

I just created a checklist for evaluating websites for their validity/value. This is aimed mostly at educators (my primary audience), but college students and even high school students would also make good use of it (the younger ones, not so much). I used a page at Lesley University’s site as a guide for the content, …

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Sep 17

“Exposing What is True”

The second chapter of Warlick's Redefining Literacy 2.0 is entitled, “Exposing What is True.” In it, he discusses several tools and techniques that people use to identify the validity of resources found on the internet, as well as how to find the resources in the first place. Students, he says, used to be solely at …

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Sep 17

"Exposing What is True"

The second chapter of Warlick's Redefining Literacy 2.0 is entitled, “Exposing What is True.” In it, he discusses several tools and techniques that people use to identify the validity of resources found on the internet, as well as how to find the resources in the first place. Students, he says, used to be solely at …

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Sep 16

Fun with Google Instant Search

While you’re waiting for me to post this week’s reflection, please enjoy this video that employs the new Google Instant Search. (Again, edublogs won’t let me embed it below. If you figure out what I’m doing wrong, please tell me in the comments below!)

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Sep 11

Teaching Literacy in the 21st Century

As I was sitting, brainstorming, trying to imagine how one would go about teaching literacy in the 21st century, I was having a terrible time with it. My thoughts were random, disconnected, and all over the map. Even using mind maps, I couldn’t seem to organize my thoughts about what a 21st century classroom would …

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Sep 09

Social Media Revolution

The video posted (“Pay Attention“) in my class assignment this week reminded me of a video that was going around on Facebook and Twitter a little over a year ago that points out the power of social networking. While you’re waiting for me to do this week’s post, why don’t you check out this video …

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