Comments for Organic Learning http://jstearns.org/wp Converstations about Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century Mon, 08 Dec 2008 16:20:34 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.5.1 Comment on About Me by Janice Stearns http://jstearns.org/wp/about-me/#comment-15763 Janice Stearns Thu, 04 Dec 2008 13:30:13 +0000 http://jstearns.org/wp/about-me/#comment-15763 Hi Cristian, Thanks! I need to start writing again... Janice Hi Cristian,
Thanks! I need to start writing again…
Janice

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Comment on About Me by Cristian Markovich http://jstearns.org/wp/about-me/#comment-15760 Cristian Markovich Wed, 03 Dec 2008 21:11:36 +0000 http://jstearns.org/wp/about-me/#comment-15760 Very nice website you have here, Janice. :) -Cristian Very nice website you have here, Janice. :)

-Cristian

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Comment on Grants and Funding Opportunities by Janice Stearns http://jstearns.org/wp/2008/09/23/grants-and-funding-opportunities/#comment-15485 Janice Stearns Thu, 30 Oct 2008 18:09:33 +0000 http://jstearns.org/wp/?p=77#comment-15485 Thanks Barbara, for the reply. Nice to hear from you. Running a school, the Thin Walls Classroom, creating a culture of change - no wonder things are swirling in your head! Thanks Barbara, for the reply. Nice to hear from you. Running a school, the Thin Walls Classroom, creating a culture of change - no wonder things are swirling in your head!

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Comment on Graphic Organizers Galore by Janice Stearns http://jstearns.org/wp/2008/01/12/graphic-organizers-galore/#comment-15270 Janice Stearns Fri, 10 Oct 2008 12:57:56 +0000 http://jstearns.org/wp/2008/01/12/graphic-organizers-galore/#comment-15270 Hi Tara and All, The new Webspiration, a web based tool from Inspiration, might be just what you are looking for. http://www.mywebspiration.com/ It doesn't have a venn diagram as one of the template, but you could easily upload one and collaborate with it. I'm excited that Inspiration has added their web based tool to the collection. Let's hope it remains free! Hi Tara and All,
The new Webspiration, a web based tool from Inspiration, might be just what you are looking for. http://www.mywebspiration.com/ It doesn’t have a venn diagram as one of the template, but you could easily upload one and collaborate with it. I’m excited that Inspiration has added their web based tool to the collection. Let’s hope it remains free!

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Comment on Grants and Funding Opportunities by Barbara http://jstearns.org/wp/2008/09/23/grants-and-funding-opportunities/#comment-15212 Barbara Tue, 23 Sep 2008 18:47:18 +0000 http://jstearns.org/wp/?p=77#comment-15212 Thanks Janice! Great post...I am taking advantage of the many great links! I seem to have writer block...can't blog...its like I have to many things swirling in my head. Take care Thanks Janice!
Great post…I am taking advantage of the many great links!
I seem to have writer block…can’t blog…its like I have to many things swirling in my head.
Take care

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Comment on Graphic Organizers Galore by Tara http://jstearns.org/wp/2008/01/12/graphic-organizers-galore/#comment-14917 Tara Wed, 06 Aug 2008 04:02:36 +0000 http://jstearns.org/wp/2008/01/12/graphic-organizers-galore/#comment-14917 Hi there, thank you for a great read! I'm a middle school teacher in Victoria, BC looking for an editable online venn diagram that is also collaborative. I've searched all the above resources with little luck. I can definitely be a little creative to get what I need, but I'm wondering if there is an easy version of what I want. Any thoughts? Hi there,
thank you for a great read!
I’m a middle school teacher in Victoria, BC looking for an editable online venn diagram that is also collaborative. I’ve searched all the above resources with little luck. I can definitely be a little creative to get what I need, but I’m wondering if there is an easy version of what I want.

Any thoughts?

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Comment on Awesome Professional Development in LAUSD! by Kip Leland http://jstearns.org/wp/2008/07/26/awesome-professional-development-in-lausd/#comment-14835 Kip Leland Tue, 29 Jul 2008 16:19:58 +0000 http://jstearns.org/wp/?p=75#comment-14835 Janice - it was wonderful having you be a part of the Thacher experience of week one! You were a terrific asset to the team and added so much to the week! The energy of that week surpassed all other years! Thanks so much! Janice - it was wonderful having you be a part of the Thacher experience of week one! You were a terrific asset to the team and added so much to the week! The energy of that week surpassed all other years! Thanks so much!

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Comment on What I Believe… by Antonio Hernandez http://jstearns.org/wp/2008/06/17/what-i-believe/#comment-14775 Antonio Hernandez Tue, 22 Jul 2008 23:47:35 +0000 http://jstearns.org/wp/?p=67#comment-14775 Thanks for the tag. I have also let time slip away, but here are my thoughts on the subject. I agree that our students need to have freedom of expression and be allowed to use different modalities to express themselves. It seems that Kindergarten is the only time children have a time to explore and learn by doing. And even that is beginning to dwindle away as we push more standardized testing and assessments for just about anything. Children need to be given their right to be kids. Allow them to learn through exploration, the arts, and through their own uniqueness. We are living in a time in which we need to embrace technology not as a method of delivery, but as a tool. We are doing a disservice to our children by teaching them in an environment that doesn't embrace the tools that students are already using. So who are the learners? The students using the technology of the times, or the educators that can't function without a teachers guide and their students seated in neat rows? Thanks for the tag. I have also let time slip away, but here are my thoughts on the subject. I agree that our students need to have freedom of expression and be allowed to use different modalities to express themselves.
It seems that Kindergarten is the only time children have a time to explore and learn by doing. And even that is beginning to dwindle away as we push more standardized testing and assessments for just about anything. Children need to be given their right to be kids. Allow them to learn through exploration, the arts, and through their own uniqueness.
We are living in a time in which we need to embrace technology not as a method of delivery, but as a tool. We are doing a disservice to our children by teaching them in an environment that doesn’t embrace the tools that students are already using. So who are the learners? The students using the technology of the times, or the educators that can’t function without a teachers guide and their students seated in neat rows?

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Comment on Dan Schmit, Keynote at Teach the Teachers by Linda Myring http://jstearns.org/wp/2008/07/20/dan-schmit-keynote-at-teach-the-teachers/#comment-14767 Linda Myring Mon, 21 Jul 2008 22:06:25 +0000 http://jstearns.org/wp/?p=73#comment-14767 Hi Janice, The keynote by Dan Schmit was excellent. I look forward to the Advanced Podcasting Tonight. Can you help me create an initial Welcome or Promo Podcast for San Miguel Math/Science/Tech Magnet School. We want to do for our school on an ongoing basis-probably montly. No podfadding-promise. Hi Janice,
The keynote by Dan Schmit was excellent. I look forward to the Advanced Podcasting Tonight.
Can you help me create an initial Welcome or Promo Podcast for San Miguel Math/Science/Tech Magnet School. We want to do for our school on an ongoing basis-probably montly. No podfadding-promise.

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Comment on The Embed Tag by Janice Stearns http://jstearns.org/wp/2008/07/12/the-embed-tag/#comment-14697 Janice Stearns Sun, 13 Jul 2008 04:39:58 +0000 http://jstearns.org/wp/?p=72#comment-14697 Hi Barbara, I'm glad you can find these useful. I seem to publish my work in so many places and then forget to post the work to my blog. :) I missed being at NECC, but with the budget cuts, the funding wasn't there. It sounds like it was wonderful! Hope we will see each other soon! Janice Hi Barbara,
I’m glad you can find these useful. I seem to publish my work in so many places and then forget to post the work to my blog. :) I missed being at NECC, but with the budget cuts, the funding wasn’t there. It sounds like it was wonderful! Hope we will see each other soon!
Janice

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