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The Vlog Bros talk maps

This is cool. Makes me wish I had my own classroom again.

Category:  Education ,Technology     

Techlandia podcast, episode 50 with Karl Lindgren-Streicher

The 50th Techlandia podcast was spent with Karl Lindgren-Streicher, Sconnie turned Cali.

Category:  Education ,Technology     

Techlandia podcast with the Bedley Brothers

Scott and Tim Bedley are both teachers in California. In this episode they share some great resources and people that will be a benefit to your students.

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Just be good and decent

Category:  Education     

Not Everyone Is Able to Tweet and Post Who They Are

The Wejr Board – Not Everyone Is Able to Tweet and Post Who They Are.

This is a great post — best thing I’ve read in a few weeks.

“…my view on the subject was coming from a lens of privilege – the lens of a middle class, white, heterosexual male. Where I fell short… was that I failed to empathize with those whose lives are considered less acceptable to some.”

Category:  Education ,Life in General ,Technology     

Complying with Copyright Just Got Easier

Google now has a feature to help you sort your search according to Creative Commons categories. Check out Dr. Bathon’s post below for the details.

The Edjurist – Information on School and Educational Law – Blog – Complying with Copyright Just Got Easier.

Category:  Education ,Technology     

Learn it, don’t earn it

This article from Katrina Schwartz at Mindshift is a good one.  I especially like this paragraph about formative assessments:

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I also like this line: This type of low-stakes assessment also makes it easier for teachers and students to become partners in learning, giving students ownership over their success and asking them to show responsibility for improvement.

Let’s keep working toward establishing a culture of learning meaningful skills, rather than earning meaningless grades.


Category:  Education     

Discuss. Decide. Do.

David Culberhouse wrote a great post this week about the importance of getting past trying to be perfect in the favor of just making progress.  I agree.  Here is a snippet of what he wrote, but do go read the whole post.

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David’s post reminds me of something that Tyler Gayheart recently shared with me and the other doctoral students in our cohort at the University of Kentucky’s School Technology Leadership program.  His encouragement to us was “Done is better than perfect.”

“Discuss. Decide. Do.” is a phrase that I first heard from Roger Fruit, who is a friend and my school district’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction.  He shares that educators, especially administrators, are great at the first two items, but need to focus more on the doing.  Discussing and deciding don’t amount to much if they don’t lead to well-intended action.

All of this talk about moving to action reminded me of Teddy Roosevelt’s quote below, which I turned into a slide.  (I love the new Keynote for iPad!)


Category:  Education     

People make stuff up on the internet. Other people believe it.

Just last week I had a conversation with my 11-year-old son about a “fact” he had read on the internet.  He told me that after the movie “The Princess and the Frog” was released, more than 50 kids were sickened by salmonella and treated in hospitals after being inspired by the movie to kiss frogs.  I was quite skeptical when my son shared this so I asked him what site he read that on.  The site name was quite sketchy so we then had a good conversation about credible internet sources.  I told him that some people make things up on the internet just for the purpose of getting attention or even to have fun fooling others.

Then I had my own “frog kissing” moment today with a post I saw on Facebook about Pope Francis’ address to the Third Vatican Council.  The “article” shared how Pope Francis said that it is time to be tolerant of other religions, lifestyle choices, and be inclusive of everything and everyone under the sun.  I didn’t doubt the veracity of the post at all as I had recently read about Francis’ attempts to expand the reach of the Catholic Church and make it more relevant to modern times.  After reading this, I even spent a few minutes orally sharing it with my wife and other family members who were in the room at the time I read it.  ”It’s about time we have more tolerance and acceptance in the world,” I declared, and then I went on to reshare and comment on the article on my own Facebook page (below).  Hook. Line. Sinker.

A short while after I shared the post, Josh Allen gave me a polite nudge to question the authenticity of the article.  A quick Google search confirmed that the story was false.  There has not been a Third Vatican Council. This speech wasn’t delivered anywhere.  I followed none of the advice I gave to my son last week. Didn’t check the source. Didn’t think it through before passing it on as truth.  The site hosting this article wasn’t trying to be sneaky.  Click on their “Disclaimer” page and it clearly states “The original content on this blog is largely satirical.”

So why was I so quick to believe it? A few things come to mind.  I wanted his words to be true as I do think we need more tolerance and love in the world.  I don’t know much about Catholicism or the Pope himself.  My own desires and ignorance did me in, and that recipe has been used to persuade people for as long as there have been people.

What did I learn? Take a few minutes to check sources. It’s that easy.  Just as important is how Josh politely prompted me to think about what I had shared.  He didn’t hammer me with my own ignorance and gullibility.  He offered me a path to find the truth and I took it.  I even came back to admit my error and maybe help others avoid similar issues.

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Category:  Education     

Should Schools Teach Social Media Skills? | MindShift

I work with elementary students, so I don’t think a lot about teaching them appropriate social media use.  We do focus on being good citizens, in a digital and virtual sense, but few of our students even have a social media presence (other than being featured in photos of their parents’ accounts).

Now that my oldest child is off to middle school and is starting to use social media, I’m glad to know that educators are recognizing that social media use is an important part of character education for our students.  I love the discussion of disinhibition in the post linked below.  Give it a read.



“You want the kids in the homerooms to start thinking about what it means to be disinhibited,” [Ian Enriquez] says. Disinhibition, for those who might not know, means acting impulsively, without showing due restraint, in a way that’s aggressive or plays up another personality trait. The teenagers get it right away.

via Should Schools Teach Social Media Skills? | MindShift.

Category:  Technology