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When students from her 10th-grade honors class returned from summer break, Arrowhead High School teacher Kathy Nelson organized an online open-house activity to discuss three novels they had read during their time off.
After six hours, the English teacher at the Hartland school had a 178-page transcript of her students' dialogue and a new appreciation of the power the remote technology of the Internet can lend to the sometimes intensely interpersonal field of teaching.
The approach makes sense not only pedagogically - based on the idea that students learn best from each other through sharing ideas - but also as preparation for higher education, in which combining online learning with lectures is fast becoming the norm, said Myragene Pettit, a librarian and technology director for Arrowhead.
Read more from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ...
JS Online: Web opening new classroom doors
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Pennsylvania is fourth in the nation, according to the Organization for International Investment, a Washington, DC-based business association for U.S. subsidiaries of companies headquartered abroad, in “insourced” jobs – employment by companies based outside the United States. About 233,000 Pennsylvanians work for subsidiaries of foreign firms -- almost 35 percent of them in manufacturing, according to the association.Read the full gantdaily.com story ...
DCED says PA Becoming Serious Player in Global Economy
Friday, December 7, 2007
Language arts teacher Phil Overeem and social studies teacher Jami Thornsberry, both longtime educators and club sponsors, say the site Facebook provides a faster and more effective way to communicate with students than other methods. Students don’t pay attention to morning announcements, they said, and teens rarely check their school e-mail accounts.
"What it boils down to is that students think it’s the corniest and squarest thing in the world to use their student e-mail," Overeem said. "They just won’t. They will not regularly check their student e-mail, and that causes problems, especially for extracurricular sponsors who do a ton of stuff."
Read the entire article from the Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune ...
Warnings aside, teachers embrace Facebook
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
An independent study of Pennsylvania’s innovative Classrooms for the Future initiative has found that the program is improving the quality of high school instruction, resulting in stronger engagement by students and teachers and an intensified focus on critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
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Classrooms for the Future Shows Positive Impact
Monday, December 3, 2007
Step 1: From Google's main search page, click on Advanced Search
From the Yahoo! for Teachers team:
Check out the all-new Yahoo! for Teachers Beta
We've been working hard to get Yahoo! for Teachers ready to use
in the classroom. We've made some improvements to help you easily
create and share classroom projects that meet state standards.
One thing hasn't changed -- Yahoo! for Teachers is FREE.
No annual dues. No membership fees.
Go to http://beta.teachers.yahoo.com and enter the following user
name and password to access Yahoo! for Teachers:
- User name: yhallpass
- Password: g0bbler (please note that your password uses the
numeral zero, not the letter O)
To start using Yahoo! for Teachers, enter your Yahoo! ID and fill
out a short (we promise!) registration form.
For a quick reminder of how Yahoo! for Teachers can help you in
the classroom, go to http://beta.teachers.yahoo.com/howto
We look forward to hearing what you think about the new
Yahoo! for Teachers.
Techlearning > > Creating Picture Shapes in PowerPoint
Sunday, December 2, 2007
In the 21st century, everybody has access to all the information and knowledge of all the ages. No longer is the teacher the primary information source. Our job has changed. Now, we need to teach kids how to access, interpret, communicate, and produce information and knowledge.
The time a teacher spends lecturing and presenting information to large groups of students in traditional classroom settings is diminishing. The teacher is becoming a facilitator of learning and problem-solving, Working side-by-side with kids to help them acquire knowledge and develop skills on as-needed basis.
We need to have contact with our students, sit down beside them, talk with them, not at them.
Watch and listen. Guide and encourage.
If you aren't changing and evolving, you're falling behind.