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Comment by Ryan Goble on September 15, 2009 at 3:27pm
Hey everyone - great new PDF from Edutopia- "Top Ten Tips for Teaching with New Media" - posted today in the New Media & Technology Group discussion forum. If you're into using new media and tech, consider joining that group!
Comment by Ryan Goble on September 13, 2009 at 5:43pm
Thanks for sharing that Kelly!
Comment by Kelly Farrow on September 13, 2009 at 2:58pm
NCTE's National Day on Writing is coming up! http://www.ncte.org/dayonwriting

FROM THE WEB SITE:
Writing is a daily practice for millions of Americans. But few notice how integral writing has become to daily life in the 21st century.

To draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in and help make writers from all walks of life aware of their craft, NCTE has established October 20, 2009, as the National Day on Writing.

To celebrate composition in all its forms, we are inviting diverse participants --students, teachers, parents, grandparents, service and industrial workers, managers, business owners, legislators, retirees, and many more -- to submit a piece of writing to the National Gallery of Writing.
Comment by Ryan Goble on September 9, 2009 at 9:06am
This resource might lean toward the 4-6 set but y'all might get some useful text ideas from this post GRAPHIC NOVELS: The Beatles and Other Rock and Roll Comics in the popular music group!

Hope everyone is groovy!

RRG:)
Comment by Ryan Goble on September 3, 2009 at 3:08pm
Hey folks,

If you haven't joined the fledgling "Gaming Group" you might want to check it out. Today there was an, I think, "essential," article about Quest To Learn - a new video game based school in NYC. Frank Baker hipped me to the article.

Note: It is from the British version of The Economist so you'll read about "maths" and other such linguistic curiosities :)

An excerpt...
Periods of maths, science, history and so on are no more. Quest to Learn’s school day will, rather, be divided into four 90-minute blocks devoted to the study of “domains”. Such domains include Codeworlds (a combination of mathematics and English), Being, Space and Place (English and social studies), The Way Things Work (maths and science) and Sports for the Mind (game design and digital literacy). Each domain concludes with a two-week examination called a “Boss Level”—a common phrase in video-game parlance.

In one of the units of Being, Space and Place, for example, pupils take on the role of an ancient Spartan who has to assess Athenian strengths and recommend a course of action. In doing so, they learn bits of history, geography and public policy. In a unit of The Way Things Work, they try to inhabit the minds of scientists devising a pathway for a beam of light to reach a target. This lesson touches on maths, optics—and, the organisers hope, creative thinking and teamwork. Another Way-Things-Work unit asks pupils to imagine they are pyramid-builders in ancient Egypt. This means learning about maths and engineering, and something about the country’s religion and geography.
Full post here - I would love to hear what folks think about this school concept.

BTW - For the record - I'm awful at video games - even Pac-Man.
Comment by Ryan Goble on July 8, 2009 at 9:34am
For those of you who teach about ancient Egypt check this post in the World history group.
Comment by Ryan Goble on May 29, 2009 at 2:47pm
Just started a new group on fashion and education - kicked off with a review of Where Am I Wearing?
A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories and People that Make Our Clothes
- If you like the idea of teaching with Project Runway you'll want to check the link, and join the new group!

http://mcpopmb.ning.com/group/fashioneducation/forum/topics/book-where-am-i-wearing-a
Comment by Ryan Goble on May 7, 2009 at 11:28pm
Eric Kursman posted a great set of Game Show PPT templates in the forum that folks might want to download/ check out/ use:

PowerPoint Meets Game Shows - Template Time!

If you like them be sure to thank the Kurs
Comment by Ryan Goble on April 20, 2009 at 11:41am
Cool lesson plan from the New York Times Learning Network today...
"Bronx Elementary Students to Take a Trans-Cultural Trip, to German....
TODAY'S LESSON PLAN:
THE HOLOCAUST: Lessons, Multimedia and Archival Materials for Teaching and Discussion
 

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