Thursday, March 25, 2010

Google Apps Lesson from the Classroom - Post a comment

As you continue to explore all the features of Google Apps, below is a link to Webinar with various examples of a school using Google Apps in the Classroom. Now know many of the pieces of google I hope you find the webinar helpful.

Post a comment/update on the lessons you located or any new lessons you have tried with students.

Webinar - Google Apps Lessons from the Classroom
Posted: 25 Mar 2010 03:59 PM PDT Yesterday, Google Certified Teacher Henry Thiele conducted a webinar in which he shared examples of how his school district uses Google Apps for Education. The webinar includes examples of project based learning using online tools. You can watch the webinar in the video embedded below. The slides from the webinar are available here. The Q&A transcript can be found here.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

National Education Technology Plan 2010

“By 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.”

A link to the draft of the National Education Technology Plan.
You are encouraged to post a discussion groups with various stakeholders and share your comments, ideas, and links to appropriate videos, stories and research.

Commenting is available at the bottom of each page, enabling you to provide comments within the context of the plan and we will make this feature available for the next sixty days. Thank you. Video of Secretary Duncan. Read more ...

Books that you may want to review

Here are a few books you may want to consider for teaching with technology.

Teaching for Understanding with Technology shows how teachers can maximize the potential of new technologies to advance student learning and achievement. It uses the popular Teaching for Understanding framework that guides learners to think, analyze, solve problems, and make meaning of what they've learned. The book offers advice on tapping into a rich array of new technologies such as web information, online curricular information, and professional networks to research teaching topics, set learning goals, create innovative lesson plans, assess student understanding, and develop communities of learners. Read Excerpt: Chapter (PDF) and presentation and videos.

The Socially Networked Classroom (book)
Synopsis - Web sites like Facebook and Twitter have transformed the way young people interact and communicate. With appropriate guidelines, students' social-networking skills can be harnessed to develop new literacies and deepen teaching and learning in the 21st century.
The Socially Networked Classroom demonstrates how pioneering teachers have successfully integrated screen-based literacies into their instruction. This book includes
Real-world activities and lesson examples with assignment sheets, assessments, and rubrics. Ideas on fostering collaborative learning using blogs, wikis, nings, and other interactive media Tips on Internet safety, blogging etiquette, protected blogging sites, and more Blog entries from classroom teachers. With this accessible guide for Grades 5-12, teachers of all levels of technological expertise can help students develop the new literacies necessary to succeed in a digital world. Link to online discussion

Teen 2.0 - Robert Epstein PhD (Author)
Synopsis 0 Arguing that adolescence is an unnecessary period of life that people are better off without, this groundbreaking study shows that teen confusion and hardships are caused by outmoded systems that were designed to destroy the continuum between childhood and adulthood. Documenting how teens are isolated from adults and are forced to look to their media-dominated peers for knowledge, this discussion contends that by infantilizing young people, society does irrevocable harm to their development and well-being. Instead, parents, teachers, employers, and others must rediscover the adults in young people by giving them authority and responsibility as soon as they exhibit readiness. Teens are highly capable—in some ways more than adults—and this landmark discussion offers paths for reaching and enhancing the competence in America’s youth.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Google Resources and Lesson Plans

Here are a few addtional resources to preview this month.
Google Sites tip sheet
Google Docs - Tips and Resources

Google Apps Tips, Tricks and Even Lesson Plans
Want to learn the best ways to use Google Apps in your classroom? Visit Education Community Site, where you can learn tips and tricks on using Gmail, Calendar, Docs and Sites, join our education forum and read news all about Google Apps. Or check out standardized lesson plans at the new Google Apps Resource Center - for classroom use of our tools across K-12.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Session Three - Agenda and Survey

Session Three
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