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  • What is the Purpose of Education?
  • January 19, 2009 - David Warlick’s thoughtful post on the driving question, “What is the purpose of education?” digs deep into the essence of why we are in the educational field. If we are just preparing of factory line of input with quality control, then we aren’t preparing them to make our world a better place. In this conceptual age, being able to problem solve, think outside the box, and bring new experiences and knowledge to the task is what matters. Focusing on meeting standards, passing tests, and producing a competitive workforce can’t be what our priorities should be.

  • The Death of Big Ideas or: Who Wants to Get Fired?
  • January 17, 2009 - Clarence Fisher talks about what we need to do now to affect the change we need in education. We have the tools, but now we need to advocate for change in the classroom. “setting kids loose to solve community problems, questioning who gets to organize learning experiences and perform evaluation”. Those are the actions that are important to move forward with.

  • Which way? Planning for the future….
  • January 17, 2009 - Wish some of our schools had a plan like that of St. Elizabeth’s in Los Angeles. Barbara Barreda is truly a leader with vision for the future.

    The proper link to visit this website is here: http://i2dare2dream.blogspot.com/2009/01/which-way-planning-for-future.html

  • Animation-ish Clips
  • January 17, 2009 - Tim Lauer, a principal in Oregon, shares the animation work of his students about King/Obama using the software, Animation-ish

  • Transitioning Schools into the 21st Century workshops
  • January 10, 2009 - Scott McLeod is working with administrators in Iowa on learning about how schools (and administrators) keep up with the change that’s happening in the world. He offers them tools to begin doing this.
    This is something that needs to happen in every school district.

  • What We Measure
  • January 10, 2009 - Beautiful post by Doug Noon on the importance of educating the whole child, and getting away from the thinking that we only teach what can be measured. The quote from Robert Kennedy is moving and so relevant for today and the state of education in our country.

  • Method vs Approach
  • January 10, 2009 - Great post by David Warlick as he reads Presentation Zen on the importance of emphasizing approach not method as we share our passion for learning with others.

  • Educon Bound
  • January 5, 2009 - Wishing I could attend this outstanding conference. At least, I’ll be there virtually.

  • Moodle.org: Modules and plugins - In Maintenance Mode
  • January 4, 2009 - Cool Skype module for Moodle. Will LAUSD install this module? :)

  • Social Media “Using Our Kids”
  • January 4, 2009 - Will Richardson quotes Michael Wesch on the importance of using social media in the classroom. It’s not about using it because it’s what the students are using, but more about learning to not use it blindly - having it use us.

  • Skype Virtual Guest Speakers and Collaboration wiki
  • January 4, 2009 - How can the classroom teacher connect with other like minded teachers across the globe to do collaborative projects and to video conference? Wes mentions several sites that help educators connect. I especially like the the new Skype for Teachers site. It has great potential.

  • Seeing Mindfully, Thanks to D’Arcy
  • January 2, 2009 - Thought about doing this last year, but never got around to it. I think I’ll join this year. It’s a great way to gain new perspective of the world. Take one picture a day and post to Flickr. It won’t be hard now that I have an iPhone G3 and can access the pictures at school without the filter.

  • Webapps as desktop apps with Prism and Fluid (site specific browsers - SSBs)
  • January 2, 2009 - Wes Fryer suggests some very useful browser apps that allow the user to run web apps as separate applications. Very useful.

  • Don’t be awed by enhanced access to administrative academic data - Look for pedagogic changes instead!
  • January 2, 2009 - Wesley Fryer writes about what makes something transformative. A new iPhone app that helps students access grades, information, and class schedules is cool, but doesn’t help with learning in new ways. The two teachers who decided to give their recorded lectures as homework so that students had more time to interact and learn with them during class time is transformative.
    Great ideas to think about

  • Toodledo: My quest for a web-based and iPhone friendly GTD organizer is over
  • December 31, 2008 - Wes Fryer shares which Getting Things Done app he will use in the coming year. I admire Wes for all that I tirelessly does. His podcasts help me learn on my commute and I get through about half of his posts. Amazing that this person is worried about time management. He seems to do a very good job of it.
    I loved the quote, “I ALMOST finished David Allen’s … book, Getting Things Done.”

  • How do you keep up?
  • December 31, 2008 - One administrator on Leader Talk talks about how to juggle information and contribution to the network. It’s essential to be a good role model, but sometimes, it’s hard to find the time to do all we want to make sure that happens. Great reflection.

  • Let’s Get Rid of Acceptable Use Policies
  • December 30, 2008 - AUPs should be done away with, in favor of RUP’s - Responsible Use Policies. Imagine if you had to sign a document to agree to a list of ideas of all the ways educators and students CAN use the internet for learning, instead of the ways you can’t use it. Great thinking material by Karl Fisch.

  • Publish in Wikipedia – or Perish?
  • December 30, 2008 - Karl Fisch writes about how scientists are now submitting work on RNA molecules to Wikipedia as well as to their journal. Besides the 15 or so core editors to the Wikipedia articles, there are some scientists in the long tail who also contribute and refine these entries. As Karl states, “…this hold real promise for realizing the potential of Wikipedia and other socially co-constructed content.” Agreed.

  • We Have to Write the Rest of the Song
  • December 30, 2008 - Karl Fisch reflects on the work of one teacher, Anne Smith, who uses blogs as a place for students to reflect on their learning and to make suggestions to improve that learning. I wish more teachers would use this kind of tool in the classroom.

  • EduCon Sessions Are Up!
  • December 30, 2008 - Wish I could be there in person. What an incredible learning opportunity this will be.

  • My EduCon 2.1 Session
  • December 30, 2008 - Chris Lehmann talks about his presentation for Educon 2.1 called, Where Does it Live: Building Systems and Structures Around What You Believe I really wish the budget cuts wouldn’t have cancelled our plans to go to Educon 2.1 live. Our superintendent and directors were going to go, and it would have been such a great experience for them. I only hope they join me virtually for the great presentations and learning that will be taking place at the outstanding conference.

  • Why Assess?
  • December 30, 2008 - Chris Lehmann continues the conversation about assessment on his blog, Practical Theory. He quotes Gary Stager who says that assessmnt is an interruption to the learning process, and goes on to justify how assessment can be of use, particularly formative assessment. If assessment is only for policy and not for learning, then it truly can be an interruption to the learning process.

  • Edutopia: “World Without Walls: Learning Well With Others”
  • December 29, 2008 - An excellent read in Edutopia by Will Richardson. How could learning look different in our networked, connected world?

  • The Ultimate Disruption for Schools
  • December 29, 2008 - What if we were allowed to pool our interests, hire our own teacher, and design our own learning to earn a degree? How would networked learning change the way education looks? Will Richardson offers this challenge.

  • Meet the New Story, Same as the Old Story
  • December 29, 2008 - Will Richardson shares his disappointment with the recent choice of Arne Duncan as the Secretary of Education. Change is not coming to those of us in education who can see what could be possible but is out of our reach.

  • At some point it’s about the technology
  • December 29, 2008 - Jeff Utecht talks about the importance of both the why and the how of using the new collaborative tools that help us connect with the world. It’s important to make sure educators understand the how as much as the why. Sometimes, the how is the hard part of the professional development.

  • Teaching administrators about Wikipedia
  • December 28, 2008 - Scott McLeod’s assessment of Wikipedia and how many school librarians ban its use rings true in my district. It’s time to teach information literacy using the tools that make it so rich. He shares how he helps administrators understand the power of Wikipedia. Excellent read.

  • Slide - No generation in history…
  • December 28, 2008 - Scott McLeod shares interesting slides from different posts he reads. This one by David Warlick says it all.

I don’t write much, not because I don’t want to, but because it takes a lot of dedication and time - for me. I love learning from my network of educators in my RSS reader, on Twitter, in the podcasts, but I don’t give back as much as I get. I wish I could, but I can’t right now. Life gets in the way.

So, as I was happily catching up on my rss feeds in my Google reader account during my winter vacation, I came across the posts of Tim Lauer on his blog. In particular, I noticed the posts that started with: Recently Found Items…(from Google Reader). I use Google Reader, and often share items (that no one reads), and even add notes occasionally. I searched for a Wordpress plugin that would pull these shared items into my blog and found The Google Reader Shared Items Plugin. I installed it, and configured it to post the new items I’ve shared to my blog. At least now, those items will be shared and date stamped, so I can find them for quick and easy reference. Maybe some others will find it useful too.

I know others post their social bookmarking links and twitter responses to their blog, but for me, that’s not interesting. I find I gloss over those posts most of the time. Others have probably used this plugin for a while, but I just didn’t notice. It’s a great way to share what I’m learning. Blogs are still my favorite way of learning, when I have the time to read, so this will be a great way to give back a little of what I’m learning.

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