Thursday, April 25, 2013

Strong, Curated Links from My Reading

From the Principal's Office: 10 Things School Leaders Do to Kill a Teacher's Enthusiasm for Technology
Here's a list of ten things a school leader does to kill any teacher’s enthusiasm for using technology in their classrooms. An alternative title for this list might be, “10 Things a 21st Century School Leader Will Not Do to Discourage Teachers from Engaging in the Use of Technology.”

Distinguish Yourself
Creative Commons photo by ernest figueras
From Apple Distinguished Educator to GoogleCertified Teacher, these days it seems like every ed tech behemoth has an award to bestow on educators. . . . You’ll certainly come away knowing you were chosen over scores of other applicants. Most significant, you’ll also have gained entry into a select group of passionate educators who want to collaborate on projects, share ideas and resources, and may even prompt you to take on challenges you wouldn’t otherwise have thought of.

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning
“There are so many ways that kids can be active in their learning, beyond the standard call-and-respond business,” [Diana] Laufenberg said. It may be hard to do with 140 students, but if you consider all the available tools at your disposal, ideas can start to take shape.

Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning Education 3.0
Education 3.0 is based on the belief that content is freely and readily available. It is self-directed, interest-based learning where problem-solving, innovation and creativity drive education.

The 8 Elements Project-Based Learning Must Have
The checklist is by the PBL masters over at BIE and they’ve outlined 8 different ‘essential elements’ that must be present in a project in order for it to be considered PBL. While you may agree, disagree, or think there should be some additional elements, this checklist is phenomenal.

Top 10 must-have apps for the iPhone and Android smartphones
You can do a lot with smartphones these days, but unless you're downloading the best apps for your device, you aren't really using it to its full potential.
So if you aren't sure what to download, just make sure you have these 10 apps on your iPhone or Android device.

The Google Graveyard
It’s hard to lose a loved one, especially if that loved one is a Google service. That’s why we’re opening the gates of the Google Graveyard, a virtual space for grieving.  Leave a flower for a deceased Google product. 

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