Connie, one more thing! Show your colleagues THIS. If they / their students want to make any books - PM me back for the creator password. I've been really interested in what the world of technology for the learning disabled has to offer regular classrooms/EFL and this is one site I really admire. I'm hoping to get some people interested in doing something similar but reverse - for reading development. Meaning, using voice recognition, the students will see their spoken words put under the picture to make a book. Voice recognition can revolutionize reading acquisition/learning , it really can /will.
Connie, happy spring! (at least we have some here),
Great to hear from you and sorry to be so absent on Fireside. I have been reading there but really want as always, to have my head together when I write / respond and not just be jumping in for a few sentences. I'm sure you understand.
I do want to revive my old thread about "facts vs experience' - for one large reason which I'll explain there! Also, been wanting to let others know about this nice audio excerpt/pdf. Maybe you could use this for discussion in your prof. development session? I also made a blog post about less "command and control" teaching methodology which you might be interested in.
Thanks as always for the compliments. I'm doing my own workshop with colleagues today so prof. development is on my mind! There might be several areas you could show in reference to prof. dev. (but I'm proud of everything!).
1. Diigo -- Go under Resources and you get our Diigo bookmarks. Sharing bookmarks interactively is great for prof. Dev. They rss here on the main page to let others know.
2. Voicethread. We have a community voicethread. Most teachers use my voicethread for their students but it is a way to share one common application. Find it under TALK
3. Our scribblar room. This is just an amazing tool for group work. FREE and the voice works amazingly well. Just load up .jpgs or put in a url and the site page will come up for you to talk about, discuss. Mark it up, underline, add text and capture it. All while anyone talking. Really a great tool for teachers to talk about anything together.
4. Sharing resources. Most important thing I believe. Our resource area has grown and it has so much. That along with the threads that talk about specific content/lesson ideas. Even under videos now, teachers are adding new ideas to teach videos as videos become a much more standard tool. Also www.myplick.com for sharing slideshows/ppts. Get it under resources.
5. Prof. Dev. area. Not the best but I put that up there for others benefit, self education. Our TED player too, as well as Current events with videos and lots of materials/links.
That's about all -- you might show off DAVE for some fun. I'm proud of how I put up click drop boxes so students don't have to type to talk to him! I have to get him out of the house more!
Wow, too much. But thanks for showing others and the main thing I'm proud of though - is the politeness and level of discourse and respect here. It just happened but that I find great. Oh yeah -- please show Project Peace! if anything. I have done zero promotion of it but we have already so many great videos by classrooms from around the world. I'll be doing more there and hope to get a sponsor who'll offer some prizes...
I hope you don't mind I featured your profile! Ning took away so many faces from the main page with their horrible new icons! ugh... Such is life.
Good luck Friday Connie, I hope the Harvard course is coming along and keep me up to speed how that program unfolds. I read all your San Fran. conference reports and seems like you never can get enough! That's the spirit, we set our own limits....
Now back to my first coffee of the day -- got to start the fire..
hello Connie ! I like your pics very much were they taken by you? We have still a lot of snow here in Moscow It will be nice to receive a replay from you . I have been in Canada it's very nice there but your place is the best.
Connie! My house looks almost like yours does now! (It is snowing in Portland, it hasn't snowed like this in about 24 years!!) I am excited like a kid in snow, driving around with chains, being brave :))))...falling on my butt... In New England (where I grew up), this would be nothing! :D
It's nice to see you here, if only for a moment xox Happy Holidays!
Great to hear from you.... even if just to look at your pictures once more. So much beautiful nature where you live!
Yes, busy with "content" and trying to get the goods to teachers. But finally the presentation/workshop panic season is over and I can relax (so can my throat!). I'm going to be studying about reading over the holidays and Jan/feb. My new goal. Along with all the projects I keep going.
I hope you'll spread the news in the New Year about Project Peace. You'd love it. I made a great page of NFB videos here for teaching (use Firefox, still haven't figured out why IE takes so long to load!) but better yet, will make ones about peace for teachers on Project Peace. Don't worry! I'm going to make a public page too! These are so vital, the best videos in the world for teaching and the stuff teachers should be REQUIRED to have their students view.... Some I have are not available online but many are here...
I'll have more time to warm by the fireside now! I know I have a more extreme view of education than many but that's really only on paper. I go by that Shelley cry, "Our reach must exceed our grasp, or what's a heaven for?"
Yep, I'm back! But I don't miss that snow anymore!
It was soooo snowy and cold, the whole time. Really icy underfoot too. Just a typical Canadian winter lol. I was shoveling early yesterday morning so I could get to the airport. So much snow, took me an hour.
I'll be updating the site shortly with some new stuff and trying my best to keep the fires burning...
Hope you are doing well and I'll be browsing around the fire this weekend (though I have to start a two week masters course on Monday and desperately have to get work done on it...).
Thanks for listening in Connie...yeah it's about 26 mins long the whole doco. In regards to the voice, thanks. I had to do it a number of times being told how to say it, takes the naturalness out of it.