Sunday, April 26, 2015

Bookmarks of Note (weekly)

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Bookmarks of Note (weekly)

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    • Your teaching philosophy should have at least two parts or paragraphs. In the first part or paragraph, I recommend you identify what your theory of education is. Why does education matter to you? Why do you want to teach? How are you qualified to do so? In the second paragraph, my recommendation is to explain how a Dean or faculty reviewer would see evidence of your philosophy in the classroom. How do you engage students? How do you put into practice what you believe and how would someone else see it? Take some time to think through this and write it thoroughly and elaborately. Try to keep it to 2 to 3 paragraphs.
    • If you choose to have a separate, longer version of your teaching philosophy statement, you may wish elaborate a bit. A good thing to ask yourself is, "if someone came to me asking if they should pursue an education, how would I answer and why?" Remember you should be writing this in first person and do not feel as though you have to leave emotion out of it. Showing passion for education is good in my opinion and I have seen it positively correlated with getting teaching jobs. Next, if you are comfortable, I suggest explaining a bit about why and how education has played a role in your own life. Personal stories and examples can help convey the meaning and value of education to you. You should also elaborate on what you find most important to students. Is it engagement? Is it retention? Is it leading by example? Feel free to explain as many of these elements as you feel comfortable doing. Finally, you should wrap it up with a paragraph identifying how a dean, should he or she visit your online classroom, would see evidence of your philosophy carried out into the class. Essentially the first element is theory, the second is practice and the third is application.
    • I highly recommend integrating the teaching philosophy statement into your CV as the very first thing after your contact information. Not only does this show that you "get" education and the requirements today, but it will help you convey a message to deans or human resources professionals as soon as they review your CV. It will also bump up the keywords for searching in HR systems, which is important (particularly so when there is a job pool where thousands of candidates may apply and you want to stand out among them).
    • The version on your CV may be a shorter, more concise version of the longer teaching philosophy statement. The teaching philosophy statement should convey your passion and dedication to the profession, and thoughtfully identify ways in which others will see evidence of your beliefs in the classroom.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Differentiating Instruction with Technology Webinar

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The webinar will include

  • Tips for making technology use routine and transparent
  • Ensuring technology is accessible for the task at hand
  • Strategies for using technology to support curricular goals
  • Strategies for using technology to help your students effectively reach their goals

Friday, April 10, 2015

Military Services Coordinator at Frostburg State University

Okay, so I am a little biased that my good friend and housemate is in the FSU magazine.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Differentiating Instruction with Technology: A Framework for Success - an EdWeb Webinar

Thursday, Apr. 23 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Differentiating Instruction with Technology: A Framework for Success
Presented by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher, classroom teacher/ IT Director - Westwood Schools

Community: Amazing Resources for Educators

Sponsor Line: This webinar is sponsored by
Co-hosted by: Big Deal Media
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The webinar will be recorded and archived in the community after the event.

Webinar Description
When technology integration is at its best, a student or a teacher does not stop to think that he or she is using a technology tool - it’s second nature. Students are more actively engaged in projects when technology tools are a seamless part of the learning process. In this webinar, "Cool Cat Teacher" Vicki Davis will present ways you can differentiate instruction in your K–12 classroom with technology. You’ll hear about integrating various types of technology—computers, smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, social media platforms, software applications, and the Internet—into daily classroom practices, as well as the management of a school. Vicki will focus on ways that you can use these technologies to transform your teaching and meet the unique needs of every learner in your classroom. She will share a proven framework for successfully differentiating instruction with technology, including the following:
• Tips for making technology use routine and transparent
• Ensuring technology is accessible for the task at hand
• Strategies for using technology to support curricular goals
• Strategies for using technology to help your students effectively reach their goals
Join Vicki for this live, interactive event to learn how to more effectively use technology to advance learning for all of your students. She will field questions from attendees after her presentation.

Presenter Bio
Vicki Davis is a classroom teacher, author of the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, and host of the biweekly education talk radio show Every Classroom Matters. Vicki has keynoted more than 30 technology conferences around the world. She shares messages of hope, practical applications of research to the everyday classroom, and ongoing improvement. Her books include Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds, and Reinventing Writing. Vicki is a Google Certified teacher and Discovery STAR. Follow Vicki on Twitter @coolcatteacher.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Concerts Under The Stars features a tribute to Earth, Wind, & Fire

                    ♪   C.U.T.S.  FRANKS ELITE JAZZ  ♪
April 10th - 8pm slt,

EURO CUTS SATURDAY -   April 11th  -  12pm slt, - CHER TRIBUTE

 Tribute Concerts are for *Members Exclusive* of Frank's Elite Jazz.

 Bring a friend...for a one-time membership fee of $500L.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Emerging Future: Technology and Learning
Join us on April 30th, 2015 for the Library 2.015 Spring Summit - The Emerging Future: Technology and Learning, a half-day conversation about technology issues and trends in the future of library and information services.  The Spring Summit will be held from 12pm - 3pm US Pacific / 3pm - 6pm US Eastern, and is designed to complement the fifth annual Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference on October 20th, 2015.  Facebook | Twitter | Google+ 
The technology landscape changes rapidly, and these changes have economic, social, and ethical significance for individuals, organizations, and the entire world. The Emerging Future: Technology and Learning brings focus to the planning skills that are needed, the issues that are involved, and the current trends as we explore the potential impact of technological innovations.
Part 1: Chasing Storms or Rainbows?
Panelists: Dan Cohen, Miguel Figueroa, and Jason Swanson
An opening panel looks at the effects of emerging technologies on current and future learning trends.

Part 2: In the Know
  • Mary Alice Ball: How to plan and fund new technologies
  • Tina Jagersen: How to stay up to date with new technologies
  • Samantha Adams Becker: A drill down on the key impact areas of new technologies

Part 3: The Here and Now
Panelists: Jen Jumba, Sarah Gillespie Swanson, and Joyce Valenza
A closing panel discussion on technology and social media trends.