Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Privileged Education

Yacinta's Story: 'The lengths I went to get an education' from Camfed on Vimeo.

We are indeed lucky here in the USA. I spent most of my day online virtually attending Educon. That also would not be possible in countries without an internet connection. We are indeed lucky. Are we helping others in the world?
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Monday, January 25, 2010

Responding to Haiti

The Mennonite Central Committee, the governing body for many Mennonite churches, has pledged at least $100,000 U.S. or $103,420 Cdn. for immediate needs in Haiti. The Mennonite Church has been in Haiti since 1958 and now anticipates a multimillion-dollar response to this natural disaster.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Here it comes ... !

As anyone can see from this lovely cabgirl's expression, Educon2.2 is almost here!
Educon is THE conference which takes place at The Science Leadership Academy in Philly. Attending this conference the first two years was like going to a party with my Tweets and having a blast! Not only does one think, mull, resonate, participate, converse, and write, but one gets to eat great food and drink coffee too!
If you haven't registered or reserved a room, hurry up! I won't be there, due to a mishap on some ice, but you could be. I would love to meet you in any of the sessions virtually.
The conference attendees read like a "Who's Who in the world of educational technology, integration, & collaboration." I know the world famous cabgirl, k12online conference convener, cohost of It's Elementary, winner of ISTE's Kay L. Bitter Vision Award for Excellence in Technology-based PK—2 Education , presenter of a NECC session entitled "Global Connections in the Primary Classroom", so much more, and world-class kindergartner educator Maria Knee (pictured above) will be in attendance.
Other names to rattle off? @lizbdavis , @khokanson , @joycevalenza , @paulrwood , @kjarrett (who took the above photo) , and of course @courosa (who speaks Ubuntu to my netbook!). I know I have left you out, and I'm sorry. There are just too many "Rockstars" to mention!

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Photo courtesy of Kevin Jarrett, swiped from his flickr stream of Educon 2.1 covered under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 generic license and available in the original form at

Friday, January 8, 2010

Does it keep you awake at night?

After reading "What Makes a Great Teacher?" an Atlantic Monthly article by Amanda Ripley, I noted several points:

  1. Great Teachers raise the bar, setting high goals for students.
  2. Great Teachers are never satisfied with themselves but constantly seek to be more effective.
  3. Great Teachers partner with families in educating learners.
  4. Great Teachers focus on learning.
  5. Great Teachers plan, plan, and then plan some more.
  6. Great Teachers teach 24/7, not just in a particular room during a particular time of day.
  7. Great Teachers find a way even when there are no resources.
  8. Great Teachers constantly check for understanding, and reteach when necessary.
Do you have what it takes to be a great teacher? Does it keep you up at night thinking about your students and how best to lead them? Are you doing the above eight things? Or in the words of someone else I know, are you earning your salary?

Photo courtesy of Jsome1 shared under an Attribution 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license available at

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Empowering Learners

This video asks what are the important qualities that Drew Faust, president of Harvard University, feels girls should possess nowadays. I would reframe that question to ask what are the important qualities that all learners should possess now and in the future.
To extend this question, I would further ask what should we be enabling all learners to do now and in the future? Are we enabling learners to delve deeply into topics and yet obtain a wide berth of knowledge (or at least know where to find it) ?
I still think the three most essential skills past the three R's are the three C's, or connecting, communicating, and collaborating. I am hardpressed to think of anything a person may do in life that will not involve these skills.
So let's get busy enabling all learners to develop global PLE's, to comprehend and create using various mediums. Let us equip learners to collaborate across cultures and time zones. I challenge you blogosphere this year!