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Book Fairs offer fantastic Teaching Ideas

State book fairs are a fantastic place to come up with teaching ideas.  This past weekend the Kentucky Book Fair found teachers, librarians and the public meeting and greeting authors.  If you have not taken the time to go to a state book fair, you might be surprised.There were so many ideas for teaching at this book fair.   The workshops and opportunity to shake the hand of authors you appreciate will give you great ideas and get your creative juices flowing in the classroom. Read more

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Podcast 15 – School Safety and Classroom Technology

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Podcast for August 17  - School Safety and Classroom Technology

The Team: Kate Nitzken, Cana Herron, Mary Nitzken, Matt Nitzken

Making the Grade -

1) Research Says Screen Time Can Be Good For Your Kids

Read More: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jordanshapiro/2013/07/17/research-says-screen-time-can-be-good-for-your-kids/

Read More about British Censorship: UK considers stepping up Internet blocking

https://www.google.com/webhp?source=search_app#bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=d750b992d784f8&q=article+about+British+Schools+Blocking+internet+Content

2) Adaptive Testing Gains Momentum – The team discusses adaptive testing for school use.

Read More: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/07/10/36adaptive_ep.h32.html?tkn=ZNPFLnR1qhQvTMzXikdrLFzjI%2FeU3jVaIzs9&cmp=clp-edweek

3) School Nurses new role in Children’s Health – The team discusses how to team with the school nurse effectively. Read More:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444358804578016221407143166.html

Mary provided tips on healthy habits at home will help provide a healthy school environment including the –Vampire sneeze, handwashing 20 sec, best use of hand sanitizer and more.

Read more: My Healthy School Tips: http://www.myhealthyschool.com/wellness/nurse.php

4) The latest technology for teachers – Teh team discussed some of the new apps on Pinterest.

Read More: http://eatoneducationalinsights.edublogs.org/category/tech-gadgets/

Quick Topic:

5) Last Discussion Topic:  Meet your child’s New Teacher –  The team discussed the robotic teacher concept.

Read More: http://www.usaweekend.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013308090008

 

Final Thoughts and ideas for Parents and Teachers

Read More: Matt talked about new developments fro teachers at Google:  http://9to5mac.com/2013/07/16/revamped-google-maps-for-ios-launches-adds-ipad-indoor-maps-enhanced-navigation/

 

Kate discussed lesson planning apps  to help first year and returning teachers to get organized early.  Some of the highest rated are i Plan Lessons (which costs $4.99) and  Teacher Plan Light (free) to keep digital lessons that can be shared with students and administration. They can be reused and updated very easily and you don’t jam up your schools server with your personal work.

Quote:

“The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.” –Edward Teller (Hungarian Born Theoretical Physicist)

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Teacher Learning takes Place on the Internet

If you are a teacher looking to learn more about the content you are  teaching, there are lots of internet options.  Teacher learning takes place in many forms including  article based websites, blogging websites and pod-casting options  and webinars with valuable content for the classroom.  The advent of Skype helps teachers link to other professionals though pod casting.   These internet sources can help teachers find inspiration to motivate our students and stay engaged.  Incorporating to the ideas of teachers outside of your content or region can help you stay on the cutting edge of education practice.  Read more

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Shaking Up Shakespeare Instruction with Shakespeare Behind Bars

Alter your viewpoint and shake up your Shakespeare Instruction with suggestions from Shakespeare Behind Bars.  I was fortunate to attend a highly unusual production of “Richard III” at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in Crestwood, KY.  The performers were inmates of the prison, and the program is made up of a highly celebrated performance and performer talk back.  You might think that you know what the experience is like, but attending a production here will surprise even the most knowledgeable Shakespearean. Read more

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Digital Badges The New Wave of Student Recognition

It is possible that digital education badges will become part of the new wave of student recognition.   The MacArthur foundation says it’s “a validated indicator of accomplishment,skill, quality or interest,” there are various sources that describe the system of badging as something more important.  The Chronicle of Higher Education says that these badges are based on  core competencies—”systems thinking,” for example. Badging is designed to evidence that students have received  formal and informal learning, from within traditional higher education. Read more

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