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Happy Friday, Y’all!
There’s a TED Conference pass for sale on EBay. It’s now at $32,000 (starting price was $10,000 and it’s gone up $9,000 since I looked last night). Bidding ends on February 3rd so you’ve still got time. If you haven’t watched the TED conferences they are up for free on iTunes (video or audio) or the TED site. I’d check them out for three reasons. There are some great talks relating directly to education There are tons of options to pull these videos into class to introduce or enrich any subject you can think of This is a perfect chance to watch some really spectacular presentations and look for ways to use their techniques and style in your delivery
I got an email today passing on “The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009” list. I know I should have left when some people chose Animoto as their number one choice but I didn’t. I wanted to see what the compiled list from 278 people looked likeThere are a number of problems I have with the way the whole collection of items works but we’ll ignore that for now.. In order to look at it in a more interactive way, threw the data into Exhibit. It’s interesting to click around and see the data grouped in different ways. Mostly it makes me think that asking for a top 10 is about 5 items too many. I also wonder a good bit about what people think of when they list “tools for learning.” Photoshop made it to #35 this year.
—Because I want to share the voices in my head with others Footnotes, italics, scare quotes and a few minor deletions by me . . . Original Article By Tyler Whitley _________________________________________________________________ Published: June 20, 2009 Bowing to pressure, the state superintendent of public instruction has abandoned her proposal to end the third-grade history and social studies Standards of Learning test. The proposal drew a bipartisan outcry from legislators and objections from parents, educational groups and textbook publishers. And after all, who should know better than these experts in education and parties without any financial interest in continued testing? Does the state superintendent of public instruction think she was put in place to decide what is best for students? Of course not, that’s what textbook publishers are for. Superintendent Patricia I. Wright said she made the proposal to save about $380,000 a year and because she thought third-graders were being tested too much. “Poppycock” sneered Ms. Stanflowski, a textbook lobbyist. ” Every study we’ve paid someone to do for us proves exactly what we’ve always said. It is impossible to give expensive multiple choice tests too early, or too often.” But superintendent Wright said yesterday that she will recommend, at the State Board of Education meeting next Saturday, proceeding with the test and that the board approve a timeline for […]