Thursday, January 19, 2012

SOPA

For some reason I have become engrossed in this new bill in Congress. It is a bit complicated, but it is a major issue relating to our connected lives on the internet. Came across a man named Clay Shirky who is a professor. He has a Ted talk about this law. Worth a view I think.

Copyright

We regularly have conversations at school about copyright. The current debate about the SOPA bill now in Congress highlights this issue. I related to my students that it is very similar to them following rules. When they stay within our expectations they are allowed much more freedom. When they break the rules we tend to take away their choices. I am hoping that they will see how respecting copyright laws could be to their benefit. CNN had a nice segment on their student news today. See below:

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

High Stakes Testing

We seem to be in a conversation, on a regular basis, about standardized tests. I personally think that using tests as a diagnostic tool is a good idea. We regularly test our students on literary skills such as fluency and comprehension. The pendulum, however, seems to have swung far to hard in this direction. Testing should be used as a tool, not as a comprehensive evaluation of our educational system. With this in mind our tech educator sent out this link. I found the article to be work reading.
Washington Post

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

30 Day Challenge

In my PLP course we were asked to watch a TED video about challenging yourself to do something for 30 days. Sounds simple, but the video made it more concrete somehow. My first challenge is to not eat until I really feel hungry at least once during the day. Going fine on day 4. I showed it to my students to see if they could come up with 30 day challenges. Take a look at the video to see what I mean....