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Online Content Creator

I've just been playing at Tackk, a new online content creator. No need to register, design and share instantly. Customise by font, colour, add media etc. Here's the link to a sample one I made: http://tackk.com/dzncje Sign up though does mean they store your Tackks. 

Added by Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook on January 7, 2013 at 8:28pm — 1 Comment

For new school term, encourage students to create a daily comic diary to encourage writing, reflecting and drawing

Dear colleagues,

If you’re looking for an exciting new literacy activity for the new school term why not start a daily 20-minute comic strip segment during which your students create a comic diary about something they learned or read or experienced that day?   Creating such daily comix diaries provides a way for students to digest and integrate key material that they are taught as well as to reflect on their lives and experiences. And what better way for all students, including…

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Added by William Zimmerman on January 3, 2013 at 9:57am — No Comments

"Out of the Public School Grows The Greatness of the Nation"; the 112th Anniversary of Mark Twain's Boxer Speech

The health of the American Public school system is under debate in many different arenas: political, financial, social, ideological, and now, technological. At the root of these debates is our collective recognition or understanding confirmed by the author Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens):

"We believe that out of the public school grows the greatness of a nation."…

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Added by Colette Bennett on November 21, 2012 at 12:21am — No Comments

Classic Educational TV Programs that Still Rock Today

Want to school your kids in some science and sociology? Why not go old school? Some of the educational shows that you grew up on are still just as excellent — and relevant — as they were back in the day.

Here are 10 educational programs from decades past, that are still totally worth watching today

Added by Frank W. Baker on November 16, 2012 at 7:11am — 1 Comment

Reaching Kids from a different angle- Virtual Worlds - Quest Atlantis

Quest Atlantis -- For elementary teachers, another way to reach kids using a research based approach of questing in a world of science, math, art, literacy, ecological concerns, and social justice - Quest Atlantis. I used it in my grade 4 classroom for 3 years as a part of my general project based approach. It is way more than a program installed on computers, it is a teacher facilitated, worldwide venue for global awareness and learning. Comes at no charge as it is a research project via…

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Added by Terry Smith on November 10, 2012 at 10:26am — 1 Comment

Mankind Connected: A Global Teach In Live Webcast (November 8)

Mankind Connected: A Global Teach In

Live Webcast,

Thursday, November 8th, at 12pm EST/9am PST

Register

Today!




We have diverse cultures, varied traditions and we speak

many languages, yet across the globe people share two things in common: our past

and our future.



HISTORY® invites young people across the world to join us

for MANKIND CONNECTED: A Global Teach…

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Added by Frank W. Baker on November 5, 2012 at 6:47am — No Comments

Alternatives to Book Reviews

Being able to consume, critique, and create media is so important for our 21st century students. While I love to write about books in my book reviews, lots of children don't share my enthusiasm. If your kids or students groan at the mere mention of writing a book report,…

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Added by Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook on October 2, 2012 at 3:44pm — No Comments

What would happen to Education if paper and pencil were banned?

The very simple answer is that Education would finally move into the 21st Century.



Look at today's preschool children. The iPad has become their busy box.  They are confused at paper magazines that do not scroll to touch.  They can have relatively complex conversations and they understand pictures and icons.  They are on cell phones and would soon learn to text just as they learned to speak and listen.  And these children come to school in a 21st Century environment.  And then, we…

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Added by Robert Zenhausern on July 7, 2012 at 11:21am — No Comments

Foreign Films in the Classroom

I am taking a Film class that focuses on using media in connection with the school curriculum. My interest is in Foreign Films and hope to synthesize the films with reading material and writing prompts in a community college English setting. I am seeking any sources that I could use for both a paper and eventually in my own classes.

Thanks

Added by Lynn Eager on July 1, 2012 at 5:32pm — 1 Comment

The Film Canon Project for Teacher K-12: What are your favorites for your students?

We are working on a Film Canon Project for eventual publication and sharing with teachers regarding recommended films for students K-12.  Our list will be developmental, annotated, and vetted.   This is work on the part of our Curriculum 21  faculty and will appear in a new series that I am editing for Solution-Tree.  Thank you! Heidi Hayes Jacobs  …

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Added by Heidi Hayes Jacobs on June 8, 2012 at 10:32am — No Comments

Pop Culture Criticism as 21st Century Skill

As part of the Digital Youth Network's professional development, DYN set out to explore how critical media literacy can help Chicago middle school students become responsible and savvy digital producers.

Added by Frank W. Baker on June 1, 2012 at 12:08pm — No Comments

The end of the year & perhaps start of a new beginning...

We are quickly approaching the end of the school year.  My kids take their SOL (standardized state test) on Tuesday - so I'm searching for things to run them through on Monday - drill and kill.  But, I'd also like to find some games to play with them that will teach them.  Any ideas?  My boss has mentioned cause & effect - and I have a Smart Board "game" with figurative language.  I'll probably use that.  I could really use some help.  And any suggestions for the rest of the year - we're…

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Added by Jennifer Sekella on May 20, 2012 at 4:11am — No Comments

Pepsi Unwraps ‘Pulse’ Digital Dashboard for Pop Culture

Pepsi Pulse, a social media-driven interactive dashboard for everything pop culture, went live Monday morning in preparation for PepsiCo’s new celebrity-infused “Live for Now” global ad campaign, premiering May 7.

The real-time platform (see above) lives at Pepsi.com and curates trending pop culture and entertainment news. You’ll also find original content, such as deals and celebrity challenges. The dashboard also highlights…

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Added by Frank W. Baker on April 30, 2012 at 11:15am — No Comments

Lessons In Pop: Does Popular Culture Belong in The Classroom?

Well, I think we KNOW the answer to this question. But just the same, here is  a piece I came across  from INSTRUCTOR Magazine, November/December 2011 issue.

Added by Frank W. Baker on March 31, 2012 at 11:24am — No Comments

Upcoming Webinars: Pop Culture; To Kill A Mockingbird

Media educator Frank Baker is pleased to announce that he will host two Fall 2012 webinars for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).  Please feel free to share this information:



October 2    Using Popular Culture & The Media to Teach 21st Century Media Literacy Skills

Description and registration info at:…

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Added by Frank W. Baker on March 28, 2012 at 8:07am — No Comments

Introducing Kickstarter!

I've just discovered a crowd funding site, called Kickstarter and launched a campaign for my project, Arithmetic Village.  Have a look at it, it may be a great way for teachers to finally find funding to create projects they know work!

Added by Kimberly Moore on March 10, 2012 at 4:42am — 1 Comment

Sibling Rivalry short story to use with "Tangerine"

My 7th grades classes are reading "Tangerine." I am looking for short stories to complement the theme, sibling rivalry.  Any ideas? 

Added by nina stoker on March 3, 2012 at 9:49am — No Comments

Antisemitism and Stereotyping resource

Hi everyone,



I have used this resource for a few years now, so thought I should. Book and videos are can be ordered or found on the site itself. It deals with Antisemitism and stereotyping. The readings are high school level, but can be adapted. The site is :

http://www.fightingantisemitism.com/

They are a wonderful organization, and will send out as many packages as requested (I believe they have sent out…

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Added by Colin Edward MacKenzie on February 17, 2012 at 7:45am — No Comments

Hi everyone,I have used this resource for a few years now, so thought I should. Book and videos are can be ordered or found on the site itself. It deals with Antisemitism and stereotyping. The readin…

Hi everyone,



I have used this resource for a few years now, so thought I should. Book and videos are can be ordered or found on the site itself. It deals with Antisemitism and stereotyping. The readings are high school level, but can be adapted. The site is :

http://www.fightingantisemitism.com/

They are a wonderful organization, and will send out as many packages as requested (I believe they have sent out…

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Added by Colin Edward MacKenzie on February 17, 2012 at 7:45am — No Comments

Thanks to Big Brother, I am Dick-less

 

Big Brother is watching me.

 

ME?

 

I am a mild mannered high school teacher. I pay my taxes. I read a book a week. I don’t own guns. I have never been arrested. I haven’t even had a speeding ticket. I wear a blue button-down shirt and tan trousers, for heaven’s sake.

 

But yes, Big Brother is watching ME.

 

A few years ago, every public school teacher in our tiny Canadian province was given a laptop computer by our employer. I…

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Added by Mike Gange on January 29, 2012 at 12:56pm — No Comments

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