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Just a reminder that I’ll be at the ASCD Conference in San Francisco this Sunday (tomorrow), and would love to meet readers of this blog!
You’ll find me at the Eye on Education booth #2423 from 11:45 AM — 2:00 PM (they’re the publishers of my new book coming out next month, Helping Students Motivate Themselves. Alice Mercer is also going to try to do a live webcast from the same place at 11:00 AM that day, and I’ll be there then, and she’ll be hoping to have other drop-in visitors speak. So come on by!
Other than that, I’ll be doing whatever Alice tells me to do, unless people have other suggestions!
I’ve previously written about the professional development effort we have at our school where Kelly Young at Pebble Creek Labs videotapes us teaching lessons, and how he and I showed my video and involved students in the process (see Videotaping teachers the right way (not the Gates way)).
One of the many reasons I wanted to involve students was to model the importance of accepting critique and working to get better at what we do.
This week, as part of our unit on Jamaica, students needed to compose, and perform, a song using Bob Marley’s music as a model. Two students chose to sing about me. In addition to commenting on the shine of my bald head, they sang about the videotaping experience. The one minute recording is pretty funny, and also shows that you never know what you do in the classroom will really “stick.”
Before I began my “hot spot interviews” ESL/EFL teachers around the world, I thought it would be helpful to see both my Facebook Friends and Twitter Followers on a map. The Facebook sites were particularly helpful. The problem with the Twitter tools was that I could not find any that would show all followers at the same time — they’d only show a limited number at once. But that information was useful, just slightly less convenient.
Here are my choices for The Best Ways To Make A Map Showing Your Facebook Friends (& Twitter Followers):
You might also be interested in My Best Posts Related To Twitter and A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Learning About Facebook.
Feedback is welcome.
The New York Times “paywall” goes into effect on March 28th. Since many teachers, including me, use The Times site, and since the topic itself of free or not pay access to content is in itself a good classroom topic (and the question about “gaming” the paywall could make for a good ethics discussion), I thought a “The Best….” list would be useful.
Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About The New York Times Paywall:
Many teachers, like me, are big fans of the New York Times Learning Network. They always have great resources. The site is on The Best Places To Find Free (And Good) Lesson Plans On The Internet list. Happily, the Learning Network will be exempt from the new Times paywall. In other words, it will continue to be free and accessible at all times, along with NY Times articles they reference in their lessons.
You can read more about how the paywall will work when it starts next week at this post.
That was quick: Four lines of code is all it takes for The New York Times’ paywall to come tumbling down is from The Nieman Journalism Lab.
All Blog Links To The New York Times Will Be Freebies. This Could Get Ugly. is from TechCrunch.
How To Keep Reading the NY Times For Free from Gizmodo
How To Read The New York Times Online For Free has the same title and is from Business Insider.
The great paywall debate: Will The New York Times’ new model work? is from The Nieman Journalism Lab.
How NY Times Paywall Could Turn Out to Be a Success is from Wired.
The New York Times’ Paywall Headaches Mount is from PC World.
Feedback is welcome.
Here’s the latest crop of good school reform related articles and posts:
5 myths about teachers that are distracting policymakers is by Barnett Berry and appeared in The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Providing An “Overall” Perspective On Education Policy.
Measuring poverty in education policy research comes from School Finance 101. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.
Among Charter Schools, Inconsistency Begets Opportunity is from the Shanker Blog, and I’m also adding it to “The Best..” list on charter schools.
Films and School Reform by Larry Cuban and Depictions of Education in Film at Learning First both provide good commentary on “hero” teachers in movies about schools. I’m adding the links to The Best Places To Learn About (And View Video Clips Of) Teachers In The Movies.
Overconfidence in the Value of Measurement is by Walt Gardner at Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments.
Here’s an interview with Finland’s Minister of Education. I’m adding it to The Best Resources To Learn About Finland’s Education System.
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