Today, Google is celebrating the 132nd birthday of the guy who invented the zip! Check out www.google.com to see today’s Google Doodle special and learn about the history of the zip(per). You actually get to pull the virtual zipper which I’m curious to see how they did that… (that’s the geek in me).
Two: If you have a personal iPad or iPhone and would like to use them to add content to your blog, we recommend the free WordPress app for iOS. You can learn more about setting it up in this video I produced.
Third: I know everyone is focused on beginning our SOL testing soon. But I thought it might be interesting to re-visit concepts we started the year with… if you remember, I spoke at convocation with this opening slide:
I also shared with you this quote, about what it means to be “well educated.” Our goals for students always go beyond the standards.
One way we frame that vision is through our G21 projects. A teacher recently came to me and asked… “I am not sure I’m doing a lot of twenty-first century skills stuff in my classroom. How do I know?”
I keep this chart close at hand:
You know you’re helping students develop twenty-first century skills when:
- You talk about events going on in the “real world.”
- You don’t answer their questions, but hand them an iPod or a laptop and challenge them to see what they’ll find.
- When you work on how they can better express their ideas verbally or through writing.
- When an assignment you gave 10 years ago involved reading several pages and now involves watching a video on YouTube.
- When they go home and talk with a parent about the cultural differences between their family and those of someone they interfaced with online in class.
- When you no longer have to remind students that an assignment is due.
- When the end of a unit involves a student teaching someone else new.
- When students working together are arguing about how to proceed, and they change focus on how to get back on task and blend a diversity of thought towards a solution.
And the list is never-ending, of course.