Monday, 30 November 2009

Quote of the day

I don't care if I lick windows, take the special bus or occasionally pee on myself... My mom says "Hang in there, Sunshine, you are special."

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Quote of the day

Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back, it simply means that you are two steps ahead.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

SCCS Travel Blog 3



Not enough school administrators are visionaries? - Dangerously Irrelevant

I wonder if this is the issue with P-12 school leadership. Are most of our school administrators just 'steady-as-she-goes functionaries?' Are they too bland, concerned more with not rocking the boat than they are with facilitating meaningful organizational change? Do we have too many managers and not enough visionaries? If so, is it possible to foster more visionary leaders within our current P-12 organizational and higher education preparation systems or is there no hope unless our systems change? Thoughts?

Not enough school administrators are visionaries? - Dangerously Irrelevant

Developing a Professional Online Presence

Before you make any decisions about your online presence, you should be very clear about your goals: why are you online? Who is your audience, and what do they need to know? Collect and/or list all materials you think are relevant to your online presence and the needs/expectations of your audience. After collecting or listing these materials, decide exactly what you want to illustrate about yourself and select materials that do this. In a
teaching portfolio, this process can be interwoven with writing a teaching statement in which you reflect on and make claims about your teaching and then provide evidence to support your claims. You can write other statements (e.g., research) similarly.

Developing a Professional Online Presence

Casual Friday for the Telecommuter.

Don't know who made this, I would like to give credit.



SCCS Guest Blogger

My sister is writing a blog for the cyber school about her time in television you might want to connect your students to it...

http://blog.scs.sk.ca/celebinsider/

If you know of anyone else that would like to guest blog and has an interesting career put them in contact with the admin team and we could get them started.

One silly little video...

So it started as an activity with my son, and my flip video. We were video taping him and playing and in about half an hour of me feeding him words and him repeating them, we had the rough that would make "You can't be My Teacher". I have been amazed at the number of people who have watched, commented and told me how to make this video better. It is an example of the power of social networking. I then cut it down to a minute and it helped me get accepted to the Google Teachers Academy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VSymMbMYHA

Some of the comments

What a phenomenal video Mr. Cannell! To the point, valid statements by your manchild...I couldn't help but laugh...because not only is it true, but he is so expressive. LOL. 5 Stars!

Super video that hopefully will make many educators think

Great video. It's a great food for thought because teachers complain that nowadays kids don't like to study but that's not the question.The question is: are we reaching them? Are we engaging them? or... Are we using the same procedures and techniques from the last century?

Outstanding. (that kid is adorable too, such an expressive little face!)

That was GREAT!! I may show this at 2 trainings I am doing tomorrow. I love it!

Great little video, a simple, yet powerful message, I really liked it.

Cute kid with powerful message!

seriously, that was fantastic-- I viewed it w/ my 13 year old-- she LOVED it too. Showing it to my Gr 9's tommorrow, if that's ok? Alright, I showed my Gr9's this: A little confused, but good convo

I like the video... a kid saying what we're afraid to say.... :-)

Quote of the day

Any anally retentive person will happily tell you, "anal-retentive" takes a hyphen.

-Dan Martinez

Handbasket

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You can't be my teacher.



Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Living Will

Last night my parents sat me down to have a deep discussion.
They said that they never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.

So I got up, unplugged their Computer, and threw out their wine.

I thought it was funny.

Quote of the day

To get something you never had you must do something you have never done before.

Agree

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Monday, 23 November 2009

Quote of the day

Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: You find the present tense and the past perfect.

Memories

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Grooveshark -- Listen to Free Music Online

Grooveshark -- Listen to Free Music Online -- Internet Radio -- Free MP3 Streaming

Mt Rushmore Canadian side.

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Google Tools for Schools

This hands-on workshop will focus on all the free applications from Google that support teaching and learning. Click on the links below to explore the applications we will learn in this workshop.

Google Tools for Schools - Home (Google Tools for Schools)

100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom

Facebook isn't just a great way for you to find old friends or learn about what's happening this weekend, it is also an incredible learning tool. Teachers can utilize Facebook for class projects, for enhancing communication, and for engaging students in a manner that might not be entirely possible in traditional classroom settings. Read on to learn how you can be using Facebook in your classroom, no matter if you are a professor, student, working online, or showing up in person for class.

100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom | Online College Tips - Online Colleges

E-reader textbooks and students

As Sony's e-book devices vie with the Kindle to win over readers, the real showdown may come later, when a shift to electronic textbooks at schools threatens to eclipse the current market for the products.

Textbooks will be the next frontier for e-reader sellers | StarTribune.com

The benefits of digital textbooks are numerous: they're potentially cheaper, they're better for the environment (at least so long as you don't continually need to upgrade your electronic book reader), they weigh less, they can be updated more easily, and they're more easily searched. But for all that, a number of hurdles still exist.

Digital Textbooks: 3 Reasons Students Aren't Ready

Is there a difference in the way the brain takes in or absorbs information when it is presented electronically versus on paper? Does the reading experience change, from retention to comprehension, depending on the medium?

Does the Brain Like E-Books? - Room for Debate Blog - NYTimes.com

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning

Keeping Pace has several goals. First, it strives to add to the body of knowledge about online education policy and practice and make recommendations for advances. Second, it serves as a reference source for information about programs and policies across the country, both for policymakers and practitioners who are new to online education and for those who have extensive experience in the field. Third, because there has been so much online education activity in the past year, the report attempts to capture new activity.

Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning

Quote of the day

When I read about the evil of the internet in a book, I gave up reading books.

Scared

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Friday, 20 November 2009

Looking to get this translated

I am looking to try to get the following text converted into as many languages as possible...if you speak another language, could you translate this for me...it goes on the youtube video called You Can't Be My Teacher

Please add your translation as a comment...thanks

Are you going to teach me in a school?

Are you going to make me sit in a desk all day?

Is this what you are going to use to teach me with?

Is this what you are going to use to teach me with? (echo)

Do you know how to use a computer?

Do you know how to use a computer? (echo)

Are you a teacher?

Are you my teacher?

Are you going to teach me using the internet?

Are you going to teach me how to be safe on the internet?

Do you know what goes on on the internet?

Are you sure you are my teacher?

Are you sure you are my teacher? (echo)

Are you going to learn how to use the technology?

I am a digital native.

Do computers scare you?

Are you afraid to use them?

Have you been on facebook?

Have you been on twitter?

Have you been surfing?

Do you even know what is on the internet?

Are you going to be my teacher?

Or just that textbook?

Because I want to know...

what the world has to offer

And if you are not on the internet...

and know nothing about computers.

you can't be my teacher!

I said you can't be my teacher.

Make room for somebody who knows how to use the internet.

Do you think I am going to be ready?

Do you think I am going to be ready?

Do you think you are preparing me for the
world that I have to live in?

Do you think I am going to be ready?

That's your job!

That's your job! (echo)

These are the languages we are looking for... How many do you think we can get?

Abkhazian, Afar,Afrikaans, Albanian,Amharic,Arabic,Armenian, Assamese, Aymara, Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Basque, Bengali, Bhutani, Bihari, Bislama, Breton, Bulgarian, Burmese, Byelorussian, Cambodian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Corsican, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faeroese, Fiji, Finnish, French, Frisian, Gaelic, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Greenlandic, Guarani, Gujarati, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Interlingua, Interlingue, Inupiak, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Kashmiri, Kazakh, Kinyarwanda, Kirghiz, Kirundi, Korean, Kurdish, Laothian, Latin, Latvian, Lingala, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay , Malayalam, Maltese, Maori, Marathi, Moldavian, Mongolian, Nauru, Nepali, Norwegian, Occitan, Oriya, Oromo, Pashto, Persian , Persian (Afghanistan), Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Quechua, Rhaeto-Romance, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Sangro, Sanskrit, Serbian, Serbo-Croatian, Sesotho, Setswana, Shona, Sindhi, Singhalese, Siswati, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Sudanese , Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Tamil, Tatar, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tigrinya, Tonga, Tsonga, Turkish, Turkmen, Twi, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Volapuk, Welsh, Wolof, Xhosa, Yiddish, Yoruba, Zulu

Vitamin

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GoAnimate - Create your own cartoons and animations easily.

GoAnimate.com is an entertainment website that enables the simple creation of unique computer animated stories, satires and sentiments that can be shared with the entire online community. The site offers simple to more advanced innovative features that provide users with a multitude of possibilities for customizing their animations. We will constantly be enhancing and adding features, popular licenses and animations from well known comedians, animators and writers.

GoAnimate - Create your own cartoons and animations easily. Our tools are free and you don't need to learn Flash.

Gcast. Make your voice heard.

What's a podcast? Your own audio broadcast, where you can easily record voice messages, mix in your favorite music, and share it all for the world to hear.

Gcast. Make your voice heard.

Blabberize.com - Make a Blabber!

This allows you to make any image talk...very funny.

Blabberize.com - Make a Blabber!

Moviestorm

Short Fuze is opening up the world of digital animation to a worldwide mass market of predominantly young amateurs with little or no experience. We are offering an affordable suite of market-leading products that are fun and easy to use, which inspire people to do more, and which combine to form a full-featured movie-making environment.

Moviestorm

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Teachers discover new ways to ignite love of reading

Penn-Trafford students soon will be scrolling through the electronic pages of a novel rather than flipping through the pages of a printed book.

The district plans to order nearly 100 Kindles, Amazon's handheld electronic reading device (or e-reader) for use in its READ 180 classes, a course for struggling readers in grades three through 12, said Matt Harris, Penn-Trafford's head of student proficiency.

Teachers discover new ways to ignite love of reading - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Parents, teachers share education responsibility

How would your child react to the following statements?


My school offers a quality education.

My community is proud of our school.

I feel I have good communications with my teachers.

I feel like I belong here. I feel safe and liked.

My parents are involved with my teachers and communicate with them.

When children have these attitudes, they have better grades, better school attendance and fewer behavior problems.

Parents, teachers share education responsibility | INFORUM | Fargo, ND

SCCS Credit Recovery

We are exploring an idea... any comments.

The concept behind credit recovery is to provide a service for face to face schools. There is much research that explains credit recovery as a successful venture in retaining and motivating students to complete their high school. The relationship between Saskatoon Catholic Cyber School and face to face school is that the online school will provide the service of teaching the content and assessing the students.


  • The credit will be awarded by the face to face school.

  • The face to face schools will determine the units/modules required for a student to achieve credit recovery.

  • Only the face to face school can register a student in a credit recovery course.

  • Students cannot register themselves in credit recovery.

  • The grade (report card) will be sent to the registering professional from the face to face school.

  • Students need to complete the cyber school general registration and preparation course before they will be eligible to be enrolled in a credit recovery course.

  • The length of time given to the student to complete the credit recovery will vary based on the modules/units choosen by the face to face school.

  • Modules/units can be seen under the appropriate grade level tabs above.

  • No extensions will be given to credit recovery students.

  • Online teachers will not spend time on credit recovery students attendance and motivation.

  • Online teachers will work on educating and assisting the students in completing the requested modules/units






SCCS Credit Recovery

Life after Death by Powerpoint



Quote of the day

One man working with you is worth a dozen men working for you.

Herman M. Koelliker

Frankly

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City Creator

Choose a city from the selection on the right, and click the corresponding 'build' button to begin.

Drag and drop pieces from the palettes on the left onto the space on the right. Clicking on a piece brings it to the front.
Arrange them to make your city. (It might help to start by adding the roads)

City Creator

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Monday, 16 November 2009

Mindset list for the class of 2013

If the entering college class of 2013 had been more alert back in 1991 when most of them were born, they would now be experiencing a severe case of déjà vu. The headlines that year railed about government interventions, bailouts, bad loans, unemployment and greater regulation of the finance industry. The Tonight Show changed hosts for the first time in decades, and the nation asked "was Iraq worth a war?"

Mindset list for the class of 2013

Quote of the day

We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.

Friday, 13 November 2009

A State-by-State Report Card on Ed Innovation

Two years ago, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Center for American Progress, and Frederick M. Hess of the American Enterprise Institute came together to grade the states on school performance. In that first Leaders and Laggards report, we found much to applaud but even more that requires urgent improvement. In this follow-up report, we turn our attention to the future, looking not at how states are performing today, but at what they are doing to prepare themselves for the challenges that lie ahead. Thus, some states with positive academic results receive poor grades on our measures of innovation, while others with lackluster scholarly achievement nevertheless earn high marks for policies that are creating an entrepreneurial culture in their schools. We chose this focus because, regardless of current academic accomplishment in each state, we believe innovative educational practices are vital to laying the groundwork for continuous and transformational change.

A State-by-State Report Card on Ed Innovation, US Chamber of Commerce Report « Virtual High School Meanderings

TypeIt.org - Type foreign characters easily

TypeIt.org - Type foreign characters easily

bubbabrain - K-12+, Elementary, Middle School, High School, AP, IB, SAT, College, Trivia, Interactive vocabulary practice!

bubbabrain - K-12+, Elementary, Middle School, High School, AP, IB, SAT, College, Trivia, Interactive vocabulary practice!

Unleash the students

Empowering students to become more responsible for their own learning can boost their confidence and raise the morale of the whole school community with the sharing of new skills and resources.
We are starting to see signs that indicate within five years, students will expect as much control over their online learning environment as teachers.
However, questions may be asked about whether students are being given too much control too soon. While schools should be implementing initial plans now, a step-by-step approach is imperative to ensuring a successful cultural shift in the long term.
It is a journey that Ninestiles School, a secondary school in Birmingham with 1,500 students on roll, has already embarked on with its learning platform.

SecEd | Features | Unleash the students

How long Have I been on twitter?

Missed my year anniversary.

1 year, 3 weeks, 6 days, 8 hours, 17 minutes, 48 seconds

October 17, 2008

Quote of the day

A word to the wise: Trust everybody, but cut the cards.

Happening

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Thursday, 12 November 2009

Quote of the day

"I installed a skylight in my apartment... the people who live above me are furious!"

- Steven Wright

How Web 2.0 has changed the face of education

Young people are reported to spend almost as much time online as they do watching TV, and they are particularly attracted to many Web 2.0 developments, finding the social aspects of easy communication, co-ordination and online expression of personal identities appealing. The speed at which the internet has developed is phenomenal, and the rapid way that young people have taken to Web 2.0 can be challenging to comprehend for those who haven't grown up with it. However, it is vital for teachers, lecturers and parents to really take the time to understand the way students are using the latest technology, and the various unique features of these new services.

Young people regard many Web 2.0 applications, such as social networking, as just another part of their social life, and they are more likely to have learnt these skills from their peers than from parents or teachers. However, these tools, used correctly, could bring huge benefits and support learning in more creative, social and participatory ways.

How Web 2.0 has changed the face of education

Funny

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Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Lest We Forget

Remembrance Day is the kind of holiday D and I try hard to observe. We decided if the weather was nice we would take the kids to an outdoor service in our old neighborhood. We awoke to the temperature on the + side, so away we went.

In our old neighborhood, the streets are all named after places like Dieppe and Normandy or after war heroes like Merritt. The area was established for war veterans after WWII and so most families who grew up there have a relative who went overseas. For me it was my Step-Dad's father.

When you are young and you learn about the wars, it cannot possibly register unless you have lived through one. The reason why we are so oblivious in our youth is because we are living the peaceful life these men and women fought for us to have.

Why it Doesn't Take a Heartless, Multinational Corporation To Raise a Child.: Lest We Forget

Gritty Teachers

The Journal of Positive Psychology recently put out an article called Positive Predictors of Teacher Effectiveness. In it, the authors suggest that novice teachers working in poor public schools do better if they have certain traits like grit. One of the authors of the paper, UPenn psychology professor Angela Lee Duckworth, has researched the "grit factor" quite a bit and even has a grit scale. So what is grit? Think diligence, ambition, perseverance, an affinity for hard work and high achievement, and an unwillingness to give up or fail.

Gritty Teachers « The Quick and the Ed

Quote of the day

No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions.

-Charles Proteus Steinmetz

Electrons

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Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Why Teenagers Are Growing Up So Slowly Today

Allen has concluded that our urge to protect teenagers from real life - because we don't think they're ready yet - has tragically backfired. By insulating them from adult-like work, adult social relationships, and adult consequences, we have only delayed their development. We have made it harder for them to grow up. Maybe even made it impossible to grow up on time.

Why Teenagers Are Growing Up So Slowly Today - NurtureShock Blog - Newsweek.com

Will the Digital Divide Close by Itself?

There's the growing divide between kids who have access to technology and those who don't; kids who participate in creating content with technology at home and school, and those who can't; and the kids who know a lot about technology, and the parents who fear them.

Will the Digital Divide Close by Itself? - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

Sevier principal subscribes to educator's idea to encourage students to turn in homework » Knoxville News Sentinel

Wonder if this concept could be applied to online education?


No zeros: Sevier principal subscribes to educator's idea to encourage students to turn in homework
» Knoxville News Sentinel


Free Scanned PDF to Word Converter Online

Turn hard to use Scanned PDF into editable Word documents free and easy.

Free Scanned PDF to Word Converter Online

Quote of the day

Teaching is not rocket science. It is, in fact, far more complex and demanding work than rocket science.

Richard Elmore, Harvard

If you can't use technology get out of teaching!

Teachers should focus on information and learning, not on the technology and simply getting ICT into their classrooms, believes David Warlick.

NZ Interface Magazine | If you can't use technology get out of teaching!

Think

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Monday, 9 November 2009

Quote of the day

Are we preparing kids for their future or for our comfort zone?

Are Schools Preparing Students for 21st Century Learning?

There's a "disconnect" between school administrators and parents. While more than half of America's school principal's said they think they're "doing a good job" preparing students for the 21st century, only a third of parents of middle school and high school students agreed, according to research released by Project Tomorrow and Blackboard.

Are Schools Preparing Students for 21st Century Learning? -- THE Journal

Free Music Archive

The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads. The Free Music Archive is directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet.

Free Music Archive

KUBBU: Create online educational games, websites and activities

Create activities, crosswords and quizzes for online practice, revision and examination.
Easily create and manage students' and groups' accounts
Track students' and groups' progress using result database


KUBBU: Create online educational games, websites and activities

Top 12 Ways to Increase Student Participation

Call it "active learning," or "classroom participation" -- every teacher wants more involved students and fewer apathetic ones. With a little extra planning, that is possible. Below are four common reasons students don't participate and techniques to solve those problems and spice up your lessons.

Education News Archive :: Top 12 Ways to Increase Student Participation

One in every crowd

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Saturday, 7 November 2009

Give Obama A+ for school reform ideas

President Obama deserves an A+ for his agenda for education reform. His decision to nominate Arne Duncan as U.S. education secretary was inspired, and his comments on holding the system accountable are honest, refreshing and insightful.

Give Obama A+ for school reform ideas - CNN.com

Quote of the day

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

-A.Einstein

Imbecile

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Thursday, 5 November 2009

OnlineVideoConverter.com

This is a very cool and useful video online converter...bookmark this one.


OnlineVideoConverter.com | Convert & Download YouTube videos...


Military Tries Out Virtual Schools

It awarded a $6.2 million contract to UNLV's Division of Educational Outreach to develop 33 courses that would encompass the virtual high school.

Officials say students should no longer run into problems about missing courses. The virtual courses will stay on track with the courses in the actual schools.

Military Tries Out Virtual Schools - Las Vegas Review-Journal « Virtual High School Meanderings

Technology not causing social isolation

Contrary to popular belief, technology is not leading to social isolation and Americans who use the Internet and mobile phones have larger and more diverse social networks, according to a new study.
"All the evidence points in one direction," said Keith Hampton, lead author of the report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project released Wednesday. "People's social worlds are enhanced by new communication technologies.
"It is a mistake to believe that Internet use and mobile phones plunge people into a spiral of isolation," said Hampton, an assistant professor of communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

AFP: Technology not causing social isolation: Pew study

More Schools Opening Door to Technology

In the span of three years, Holy Cross has joined the increasing number of schools in the region that are in the process of supplying all their students with portable computers for use at school and at home.
The programs, called one-to-one initiatives, are the vanguard in technology and education. High schools in Lower and Upper Merion Townships, and Springfield, Delaware County, this fall became part of the growing contingent, which has distributed laptops, netbooks, and tablet PCs.
"It will become even more widespread as computing and computing tools become more ubiquitous and less expensive," said Holly Jobe, an educational consultant affiliated with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. "A computer is a thinking tool. You wouldn't send a student to school without a pen and paper."

Education Week: More Schools Opening Door to Technology

Facts

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Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Quote of the day

You Shouldn't Complain, Because 80% of the People Listening Don't Care, and 20% Are Glad it is happening to you.

Seventeen Interesting Ways* to use Voicethread in the Classroom

This is a great collection of ideas...check it.

Seventeen Interesting Ways* to use Voicethread in the Classroom

Ten Twitter Mythconceptions

Poor Twitter! It may be the hottest service on the Web, but it's also profoundly misunderstood. Lots of people cheerfully admit they don't get it. Others emphatically believe things about it that aren't true. I encounter confusion over Twitter every day, especially in the real world as I chat with folks who have either never used it, or have tried it and then walked away.


Ten Twitter Mythconceptions | Technologizer


Teach Your Teachers Well

ARNE DUNCAN, the secretary of education, recently called for sweeping changes to the way we select and train teachers. He's right. If we really want good schools, we need to create a critical mass of great teachers. And if we want smart, passionate people to become these great educators, we have to attract them with excellent programs and train them properly in the substance and practice of teaching.

Op-Ed Contributor - Teach Your Teachers Well - NYTimes.com

Subtitle movie with BombayTV

This is fun...


Subtitle movie with BombayTV

Experiment between Twitter, FaceBook and TADO.

My son and I made a video called "You can't be my teacher". I wanted to see if more people would watch it because of twitter or facebook or TADO.

The total number of views from October 26th 2009 until November 4 2009 was 630 views on YouTube
By my guess I would say Twitter brought about 301
TADO about 124
While facebook had about 35 views.

Twitter is amazing in how the information spread...very cool.
TADO brought students and educators
While facebook brought friends and family and comments about my son the actor.
I think all three tools have their uses, but it did clarify for me how I can use each in my role.

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Math Test Activities

An online assessment tool for teachers of all subjects and grade levels.
A skills site for students, especially useful for math practice and testing.

That Quiz - Math Test Activities

Advice

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The Search for Thirsty Teachers

Many times, I've been asked by colleagues: "Why do you use the World Wide Web to connect with other teachers?" My response has always been: "It's where the learners are!"

The Clever Sheep: The Search for Thirsty Teachers

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

7 Very fun games that are actually good for your brain

This title says it all..check it out.

7 Very fun games that are actually good for your brain

Are Schools Preparing Students for 21st Century Learning?

The research also showed that only 40 percent of students in grades 6 through 12 think their schools are doing a good job preparing them for the future.
"The disconnect between educators and parents reveals the need for schools to improve the integration of technology into the learning environment and students' learning experiences," said Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow. "Parents do not feel that schools are effectively preparing students for the jobs of the 21st century, and view technology implementation as essential to student success."

Are Schools Preparing Students for 21st Century Learning? -- THE Journal

Welcome To The Revolution

The prediction, as we now know, was spot dead on. The technology has transformed our relationships, how we are able to collaborate, how we now define communities, what constitutes a network, and what kinds of work we are able to do.

Education Innovation: Welcome To The Revolution: The Professional Networked Learning Collaborative

Bear arms

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Quote of the day

My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.

Charles Kettering

Monday, 2 November 2009

1-click Award

This made me laugh.

1-click Award by 株式会社リクルートメディアコミュニケーションズ

Quote of the day

"If nobody hates you, then you're not very interesting."

Schools' zero-tolerance policies tested

Parents and elected officials across the USA are demanding that schools slacken zero-tolerance policies that are meant to reduce violence because strict adherence has lead to some students being forced out of school for bringing items such as eyebrow trimmers and a Cub Scout's camping tool to campus.

Schools' zero-tolerance policies tested - USATODAY.com

Learning - E2BN

Welcome to Learning and Teaching. This section of the site is for learners, teachers and schools. You can find resources and information you need for your learning and teaching.

Learning - E2BN

Illitrissy

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Ensuring the Net Generation Is Net Savvy

Although the current generation of students may have never known life without the Internet, they are not necessarily "net savvy." Exposed to huge quantities of information on the Web--in text, audio, image and video formats--sorting valid information from misinformation is a constant challenge. Beyond the quantity and variety of information, students are now creating information, not just consuming it. This white paper explores the challenges of functioning in an information-rich environment where students must blend skills in finding information, using technology, and thinking critically.

EDUCAUSE
Ensuring the Net Generation Is Net Savvy


Young Canadians in a Wired World - Phase II

Young Canadians are more connected than ever, and at a surprisingly early age. The second phase of the Young Canadians in a Wired World (YCWW) research project reveals that an astonishing 94 percent of young people access the Internet from home, with students as early as Grade 4 beginning to rely on the Internet to explore social roles, stay connected with friends and develop their social networks.

Young Canadians in a Wired World - Phase II | Introduction

Remembrance Day Teacher Resources

Remembrance Day Teacher Resources

SCCS H1N1 Survey

We asked the students at the Saskatoon Catholic Cyber School what they thought of the H1N1. This is what they said...

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Comments


  • I think if people were more sanitary and aware of what was going on, this problem never would've became so extreme!

  • I have done extensive research on the influenza of 1918 and I feel as though society is in that same position. We do not know what is causing the H1N1. I personally don't know if it is a virus or a disease or what it is. I am very concerned.

  • I have a feeling that this whole H1N1 flu has been blown out of proportion. My Dad has had H1N1, one of my good friends and many other have had this flu and the symptoms and feelings are just as if they were to have any regular cold or flu. I think that the only people who are in serious danger are people who are not healthy and do not have a good immune system. If you take care of yourself and respect cleanliness, everyone should be fine.

  • i think it is pretty stupid on how people get so caught up in everythig that is in the media, if a couple people got bird flu everyone would freak out and want to get vaccinated just because a couple people got it.

  • I am counting down the days until I get H1N1 becuase if someone is going to get it is going to be me. I guarentee.

  • I think everyone is overreacting quite a lot. My uncle had it, then my dad and I think we had it too. It's no joy ride, but neither is the common cold.

  • I can't help but consider that the media has possibly created a frenzy. Epidemics/Pandemics are a natural part of life. Scientists are able to predict when we may be expecting pandemics by studying history. I do not dismiss the severity of H1N1 but I don't know that I feel as fearful as others. I do not know the amount of illness and death per capita but from my recollection it is not a huge number. I am sure our odds of being hit by a car and dyeing are greater than contracting H1N1 and it being fatal.

  • I don't think it's anything to worry about, personally. My brother had H1N1, but I never got it.

  • h1n1 might be dangerous but who cares!

  • I think H1N1 poses a threat to those who are elderly, particularly immune deficient, and have respiratory complications that may make the influenza virus dangerous. It has also been shown that obesity, diabetes and heart failure will contribute to a more severe illness. However, for these people, the seasonal influenza virus poses a significant threat on its own, and many are hospitalized who become ill from it. I don't think the H1N1 2009 virus will be more vigilant but I think it will sicken many more people because of its status as a new virus.

  • Fate has the final say...

  • I think that it's overrated. H1N1 isn't any more deadly than the normal flu.

  • What is H1N1?

  • I think the idea of not shaking hands anymore to "stop the spread of H1N1" is ridiculous. Practice some basic personal hygiene and that alone should help stop the spread.

  • more people die of the regular flu per year the media is just looking for something to focus your attention on

  • Its just the flu... I don't see why people should worry lots. Every year in the fall and spring people get sick from the flu, they are just saiding this commen flu is now the H1N1. If you stay health you should be fine. As normal, old people and young children get the flu easier, and these are the people that are reported to have the H1N1.

  • Doing simple things will help to stop its spread but people will still get it and no flu shot will prevent it.

  • I do believe that H1N1 is something to be concerned about. If it gets out of hand many people could get sick quickly. To control the spread of H1N1 everyone will have to work together on keeping their immune systems strong and keep their hands clean to minimize the spreading.

  • i think people should work extra hard on personal hygiene but i don't think people should go as extreme as not shaking hands during mass or taking out the holy water. if people want to stop doing those things then they can choose not to do them. i am personally not all that worried about it but i think people have to be careful and take care of their bodies so that they are more capable of fighting it off if they do get it. and i also think that if people are sick that they should stay at home so that other people don't get sick...

  • It's a scary flu, and more ppl should wash their hands, get their shots.

  • the flu is the flu

  • everyone is just too hyped up about the H1N1 disease. it has killed way less people than the common cold. it's only treated so major because it is new.

  • i think people should calm down.

  • Interesting survey.

  • I am a person who has had the H1N1 virus. It's a terrible virus but it's nothing to really be so concerned about. People die from the regular flu, this type of flu is just worse. It's just a sickness

  • I'm not really to concerned about it, because I believe everything happens for a reason, or more so God can take something bad and turn it good. If God thinks it's time for me to see him, or just to get immunized I'll get it, but if he doesn't want me to get it, it won't happen. And that whole flu shot, well, my mom told me last time something like this happened, more people died from the shot then the actual sickness. So I figured, I'll just let God decided what he wants for me. :)

  • I'm affraid of havin H1N1 because I have Athsma... And folks say that people with lung problems gut H1N1 way harder then others.... Joe Bro

  • I think people with healthy immune systems should not be worried about H1N1. Even if they do get it then they won't die from it. People die from a regular flu so what makes this one so scary?

  • I think as long as were aware of the problem we can keep it under control.

  • I understand that H1N1 is a health risk, and that we definitely have to be a little more careful because of it, but I hate how the media is playing up the "we're gonna die" bit. It's a flu! It's not what we're used to, but it's still a flu. Wash your hands, cover your mouth when you sneeze, get the shot, and stay home if your sick!

  • H1N1 I don't feel will become an epidemic of any kind. I think that it's just a one-time thing and it'll go back to being unheard of soon enough. Everyone who's getting the vaccine I think is just wasting their time and money.

  • I think all the hype is stupid and ridiculous. People get so worked up sometimes about stuff that isn't serious. Sure it's bad but honestly there are worse things that a person can get. Everyone just needs to calm down and shut up about it already.

  • nice quiz

  • I think the H1N1 virus is a serious pandemic and that people need to help prevent it from spreading. The vaccine sounds nice, but how can someone trust a vaccine that has been created in only a few short months, most vaccines and medicines go to countless tests and screenings beofre ever being released for the public. I think that the vaccine has just as many risks when taken as opposed to not taking it and toughing out the H1N1 pandemic..

  • I think people should just be more cautious and cleaner, and be more concered about themselves. It's also good to pass on the message as well.

  • Pretty sure H1N1 is inevitable. It is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when

  • I think H1N1 is something we should be concerned about but not let it take away normal aspects of our lives.

  • Its really to bad that this is going around and I hope that no one I know gets it

  • I am not totally sure how severe the virus is getting but it does concern me and the range of people it is affecting.

  • I don't think people should be so concerned about H1N1.

  • I really dont think this will be a problem. Remember SARS a few years ago. That was susposed to be a big thing but it never was.

  • You cant prevent this and the media is making this more of an issue than it needs to be more people have died from the normal flu than they have from this swine flu virus if your a healthy person and you trust your body to do its job then it will and you will be fine theres probably a ton of people who have had swine flu and never thought anything of it just thought it was a normal flu stayed home rested and got better on there own. Have a little faith!

  • This was a boring quiz!

  • My doctor told me that i came in contact with the H1N1 and i was really sick, I missed a month of school, and couldn't go to school till i got a note from my doctor that i wasn't going to spread it.

  • I dont think that this infection is as serouse as the media and government are trying to make it seem.

  • wash your hands and stay home if you are sick. cough and sneeze into your arm

  • h1n1 is dangerous to those with comprimised amune systems, i have not gotten sick since march of last year. when i get sick or become comprimised, i will start to worry then

  • I believe that if we pay close attention to the virus and proceed to take care of ourselves with checkups and immunizations than we shouldn't have to worry. In our modern day society we have the technology and medicine to cure these virus's and sickness.

  • People are over reacting. We need to settle down, wash our hands but not go ver board.

  • no big deal

  • I think that people are too concerned about it. By washing your hands, it will help to prevent it a bit, but you can't wash your hands all the time. Bacteria also travels just by air, so by walking around you could probably get H1N1 as well. The only people who have died from it have been the elderly, kids, or those with weak immune systems. It's just like any other new flu out there, we just need to get immune to it.

  • Scary

  • i dont even know what is a h1n1?

  • H1N1 is bad, we should stop it.

  • My sister did a project on H1N1 and I feel we are making too big of a deal about it. It is an important issue but not necessarily to the exten we've taken it to.

  • Don't know much about topic.

  • If people really do not start taking this a bit seriously, than the virus is defiantly going to spread which could lead to something bad. All i want to get out there is for people to cautious and always wash their hands and take their vitamins haha

  • I think H1N1 can be best prevented by people washing their hands after going out, staying home if they become sick, and limiting contact with large crowds, also keeping your immune system strong.

  • i just think its not a big consern i am healthy and after people hace had the shot they got the H1N1 and died. so i dont want to get the shot

  • the H1n1 flue is everywhere so we should not stop traveling becuase you could get it anywhere

  • I believe that you can fight the disease only if you stay in the house for the first eight days. Also wash your hands all the time.

  • This is very interesting that we would get a survey regarding H1N1. It seems that in the past few weeks society has been extremly concerned with H1N1.

  • i would like to know how that got started and how come its so deadly to babys and older people but not the young ones....

  • Find a Cure.

  • The whole hand being related to it is over reacted. cleaning your hands and general hygiene overall is great, although is not the main spread of H1N1. Its just being in the general vacinity of someone infected & the risk of getting the flu that way. As for the travelling, its already here. why worry & let that keep you from going elsewhere. Also the flu shot id full of controversy right now, with bad side effects and even a death.

  • bad flu

  • More people have died from the common cold then h1n.Its the governments way of scarying people just like the government did with west nile, sars,and foot and mouth dieses ecetra.There is no reason people should be vaccinated with the h1n1 flu shot when it has not been proven to work. Its just like when a drug came out in the 70's for whomen to stop having morning sickness and ended up making there child deformed. who knows what the shot could do because it has not been proven to work or help the curccumstances.

  • i think h1n1 is a bad virus. so to protect ourself we should get the shot. expecially health care workers and children iin school

  • I think that as with any other illness we need to be informed, take what precautions we can, and not panic. Forewarned is forearmed, so get your flu shot, wash your hands and keep them away from your face, and stay home if you are sick.

  • I think H1N1 is completely over-blown basically. It doesn't concern me too much. And I'm not interested in the vaccine, because it has not been around long enough.

  • Isn't this just like the bird flu the other years? It seems each year they have a new name for the flu that is worse than the next.

  • No comment

  • I'm traviling in 10 sleeps and i am scared

  • I am not too concerned. As long as you do what you can and stay home when your sick, I think you will be alright.

  • I understand that H1N1 is a big problem in today's world. I understand that it does cause deaths, but personally I think some people are overreacting. It's just a new type of flu, and I know the only reason I am getting the flu shot is because I will be traveling in February.




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