"Curation" is the current buzzword

Posted by Debby on 10th May and posted in None of the Above

how do you organize and use the vast amounts of information you come across every day? How do you keep track of the good stuff? Here are some helpful tools.

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20 Free and Fun Ways To Curate Web Content http://t.co/cDlyDURV #edtech

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Opting Out

Posted by Debby on 8th May and posted in Educational Politics

We homeschool through a puclic school charter, which means that we are asked to participate in the annual state standardized testing debacal every year. This is the letter I submitted for one of our children last month. I will be using a similar one for the other children this week. I cannot claim originality as I modified it from another parent’s letter, but I fully stand behind what it says. From what I understand, it was read in a school wide staff meeting and caused quite a stir.

The mental dissonance that comes from seeing thousands of teacher laid off over the past several years, many of whom I know personally, juxtaposed with the billions being spent nationwide to support the testing industry is overwhelming. If the tests made a difference in student learning or helped individual classroom teachers work better with their students, I might feel differently, but the results don’t ever come until a student has moved on to the next class. The only purpose for these tests are to CYA for a school/district/state/nation so that they can point to a number and say “look, we’ve done something”. Can’t we find anything better to spend our money on… like, oh, I don’t know, maybe teaching and learning?

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Great resource!

Posted by Debby on 2nd May and posted in None of the Above

Great resource!

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I am very pleased to share our new Search Education hub, complete with leveled search literacy lesson plans, search activities, and trainings.

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Building Tomorrow's Innovators and Leaders with Robotics

Posted by Debby on 2nd May and posted in None of the Above

Building Tomorrow's Innovators and Leaders with Robotics

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Phil Wagner is hanging out with 5 people right now in a live Hangout On Air! #hangoutsonair

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Lots of good ideas here

Posted by Debby on 2nd May and posted in None of the Above

I'm learning a thing or two 🙂

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Lisa Thumann is hanging out with 9 people right now in a live Hangout On Air! #hangoutsonair

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STEMinist Profile

Posted by Debby on 24th April and posted in Cultivating Communities, STEM

Gotta admit, it was sort of cool to be profiled on the STEMinist site 🙂 The funny thing is that I didn’t realize the interview had published until I read about it today in the Post University newsletter that gets sent out every couple of weeks. How they picked it up, I have no idea!  I’ll post the interview below.

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Apples & Ideas

Posted by Debby on 23rd April and posted in Quotable Quotes

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”

~ George Bernard Shaw

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Tech comes, tech goes

Posted by Debby on 20th April and posted in Cool Tech

I guess that’s the nature of the beast, eh? One of my favorite sites closed up shop last night at midnight. I used it almost daily over the past several years for major and minor photo editing. It was perfect for doing quick edits on screen shots that I sent to students or used on class websites. It was easy enough that my computer literacy students learned how to edit their own pictures – a major accomplishment for newbies. It was sophisticated enough that you could do some really cool things with it. It was intuitive enough that you didn’t have to spend a lot of time figuring things out. You just got in there, had some fun, and got out. The interface was well designed and had nifty little widgets like a loading bar that said things like “packing the basket, buttering toast, watching butterflies, smelling the flowers…” What a cool metaphor!

When it was first announced that Picnik.com was closing it’s doors on April 19th, there was quite a bit of shock. Folks were worried when Google acquired the site, and the announcement realized our worst fears. Between January 20th and February 8th there were almost 2,000 comments before the Picnik guys closed down the thread. People ranted against Google. People raved about Picnik. “Real photographers” made fun of the “fauxtogs” who were making a living impersonating “real photographers” and were crying because they couldn’t figure out how to use the power tools like Photoshop. There were comments from little old ladies who wanted to edit pics of their grandkids and from teachers (like me) who used it with their students. Some folks complained that their premium account hadn’t been refunded as promised and wanted to know what to do. Others simply expressed sadness and disappointment that another web site was getting sucked in by the Google. We all knew it was useless, but we all had our say anyhow.

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