I'd like to share in this forum and would like others to share, short stories that might apply to education / teaching and that will inspire. I believe stories and a narrative are powerful, whether…Continue
Google settles suit over book-scanning project By Miguel Helft
Published: October 28, 2008
Google said Tuesday that it had agreed to pay $125 million to settle two copyright lawsuits brought by book authors and publishers over the company's plan to digitize and show snippets of in-copyright books and to share digital copies with libraries without the explicit permission.
Mention cell phones to teachers and "usually" you will get a groan and see their eyes roll. You are looking for trouble!
However, many teachers are realizing that the best way to fight something is not to oppose it but rather to harness its own energy and convert that energy into learning (kind of like what judo is all about...).
Cell phones can ignite student interest and they are an amazingly powerful tool, right in the… Continue
Music is one of my greatest loves in life so I will start posting a song of the week to start sharing what rocks my socks during the week. This week it is a band called Dr. Dog. When I saw their name on the NPR website I could help but stop to check out a band with a name like that. Sometimes they sound like classic rock, sometimes they sound almost like the Grateful Dead, sometimes they sound like Modest Mouse, and heck, there is even one song… Continue
Learn and Practice English with a dedicated teacher who:
- has over 3 years experience teaching tertiary level English course
- ha significant experience instructing Korean and Chinese adults (college levels)
- has attended postgraduate studies specializing in Literature; earned Bachelor's Degree in English (with honors)
- has excellent neutral English accent, a product of intensive experience teaching English and significant exposure to international… Continue
I am outright exhausted today and I am not entirely sure why. I was thinking about going to the Kotesol conference in Seoul this weekend but the website has so little information about the scedule and presenters that I say threw my hands up in frustration and said "forget about it".
I am trying to put togather a Chess Club at school. Against my better judgement I suggested that I do the club on my own time to show that it… Continue
This is a word cloud I made of my blog using Wordl. I discovered Wordl on Dan Meyer's excellent blog, dy/dan I haven't figured out how to use it very well yet. There's much more to it than simply copying and pasting if you really want to get anything really meaningful out of it. You can see an example of the potential of this tool in… Continue
I wanted to set up my own Polldaddy.com account and try it out. Today I thought of the perfect excuse. There are two female third grade students that come into my office everyday and try to get me to choose which one is cuter. There is hardly anything unsual about this as it seems that all middle school girls want to hear that they are pretty than their friends. Its only that I suspect that they get a bigger kick out of letting their "friend"… Continue
Thanks you to all those that helped me win the ELFClassrom Homesick Mixtape contest. That Amazon gift certificate will be put to good use keeping me up on me reading and new music. Thanks to Dave for running such a contest. In celebration I decided to release this mix from High School that I have been putting togather. Enjoy…
The United States government, despite being supposedly preoccupied with the impending economic DOOM that has captivated the nation recently, still found time to pass legislation that was crafted by recording and movie industry that effectively creates a new Piracy Czar. This new Caesar would be responsible for coordinating a government crack down on violations on Intellectual property rights. This NPR story has most of… Continue
For online training instructors, creating meaningful performance assessments for online training is a critical issue.
Nowadays, most online training instructors like to evaluate what learners learnt during the learning process through traditional summative evaluation. However, this assessment approach needs to be changed, as it only considers final learning outcomes without considering the learning process of learners. Actually, learning performance can be tracked by related… Continue
Today is my birthday. I'm 44. It means that i have spent 40 years of my life, around 16 000 days, into various schools, first as student, then as teacher. But I wasn't an ordinary student because i hated the walls of my schools, and i'm not an ordinary teacher because i continue to hate the walls of the schools... I'm teaching in a public middle school in South of France, Provence... I… Continue
I was in Boy Scouts, an Eagle Scout in fact. This was a fact that I was much more vocal about until the BSA made it clear that it doesnt want anything to do with people like me. I have fond memories of the camps that I attended as a scout and as a staffer. This experience has been the single most invaluable resource in trying to teach classrooms with 35 students here in Korea as in a Camp environment you much engage large groups of young people and do your best not to lose… Continue
Today was really laid back, so I had time to finally finish a video about what I have come to call the English Camp of Doom. I am not sure if you can tell exactly how tired I am in these videos. Most of these where taken during the last week just before EPIK Adventure 08.… Continue
I am a big admirer of the no B.S. of John Lennon and every year celebrate his birthday and death day. Just makes me feel more alive and ready to use my own life for some good while I'm here......
So happy 68th John! You live on... The struggle continues! I will be launching an international project of peace for classroom's around the world on December 8th - that other day I remember. I have fond memories of…