Thursday, June 20, 2013

Another Jewel from #clmooc!


I'm just happily clicking through and reading in the Connected Learning MOOC site, when I ran across this lovely little gem!  When something makes me this happy, I just have to share!  This is the absolute epitome of  a remix, creating something new out of something that already exists!  Thank you, #clmooc!

Connected Learning 2013 #clmooc

Man, oh man!  I don't think I knew what I was jumping into when I followed a link on Edutopia that said, "Make. Write. Remix. Share."  But now, I think I'm more excited than I have been in a long time, and that's saying a lot, seeing as how I'm pretty excited most of the time, about enhancing kids' educational opportunities through the use of technology!

So I've gone and signed up for a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) called Connected Learning 2013. I'm late to the game, so, as usual, I'm playing catch-up.  I just watched the recording of their kickoff Google Hangout and I've got so many tabs open on my computer that the smoke is rising!  I'm going to try to share as many of the links here as possible, as much for me, so I can get back to them as for you, my reader!  (Yes, I Diigoed them, too! But I've got to have something to blog about!)

First of all, all these opportunities are FREE!  Yes, I said, "FREE!"  They are also "opt-in" or be as involved as you want/can.  There are suggested timelines to keep the flow moving, but no one is going to call your parents if you miss a deadline!  The MOOC runs from June 14-August 4, 2013.

This is part of a larger initiative called Educator Innovator, sponsored by the National Writing Project.  I'm telling you, the web is intense.  There's a student branch called MakerParty.  And this article from the Innovative Educator blog probably does a better job of explaining how all this came into being than I can after one Google Hangout!

Anyway, I'm on my way to try to catch up by creating SOMEthing (it's all about MAKING!) to introduce myself to this global group!  I'll come back and link it up here once I'm done!  Wish me luck!
An emoticon ;-) compliments of http://www.picassohead.com/create.html

(All this while I'm getting ready to head to ISTE2013 ( #iste2013 ) and a regional Homebase training!  Well, I'm never satisfied unless I'm slammed!)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Preventing "Summer Slide"

Many parents are concerned about a phenomenon often referred to as "summer slide," the reality that some students will regress during their down time in the summer and need to review extensively in the fall.  In today's classrooms, we don't have time for summer slide, so here are some resources to provide some help to parents combating this malady!

Edutopia Fights Summer Slide
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Kudos to Cheerios!

It's funny how my blog is turning into a collection of things I find on the web that move me.  Well... this did!  Surprise, surprise!  It's a good read... and very powerful!  Enjoy!

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2013/06/why_everyone_should_eat_cheerios_and_celebrate_diversity.html?cmp=ENL-EU-VIEWS2

Here's the video they are referencing in the blog post.


Peter DeWitt, you said it!  Pass the Cheerios, please!