September 2012

Once again Jackie Gerstein, as a few others, remind us that in the flurry of discussion about the importance of using technology…we must not forget the students! Simple, yes, but a necessary and important reminder.   14 Tweets or small “t” truths About Educational Reform « User Generated Education.


Are these values really “old.” In my classroom, we – yes we, I’ll explain in a minute – have one principle. That is RESPECT. At the beginning of each semester each class develops an understanding of the interconnectedness of respect. And, by the way, I include myself as being accountable. If I have made an error of disrespect, I do, have and will apologize to students, either quietly outside of  class or if necessary in front of the class.

What I think is important is this, that values become integrated into the psyche of each student. As more than one student has reminded me, “rules are meant to be broken.” Respect acknowledges the “other” and becomes an internal orientation or compass. Yes, we as teachers as much as we may not like it at times signed up for the role modeling contract – so respect starts with us. This is not top down in orientation, rather lived – modeled. When this is true, then and only then, can students or teachers, “walk the walk and talk the talk.

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I am posting this article because it is interesting and thought provoking.

To start, I am going to have to think about the proposition of this article. I think that opening a discussion about critical thinking is positive. It is good to review, ponder, discuss in light of new information, or to simply to reflect on and rethink what we consider obvious.

Objections to Critical Thinking « Teaching EAP.

What made Wayne McGregor want to become a choreographer? Onstage at TEDGlobal 2012, he revealed his two childhood inspirations—John Travolta’s moves in Saturday Night Fever and a forward-thinking dance teacher who encouraged him to invent his own dances.

“I’m obsessed with technology of the body,” says McGregor, founder of the company Random Dance who is also known for choreographing Radiohead’s “Lotus Flower” video and for serving as movement director for the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. “And I’m obsessed with finding a way of communicating ideas through the body to audiences that might move them, touch them, help them think differently about things.”

via TECHNOLOGY OF THE BODY – Tips for thinking like a dancer, from acclaimed choreographer Wayne McGregor.

via TED Blog | TEDYouth 2012, a chance for high school students to get the TED experience.

CFC – ideaBOOST.



2012-09-10 13:43:57

�nomad is an eReading app for phones and tablets that connects books with geography to offer a deeper reading and travelling experience.

Books and traveling have always been essential aids to gaining an understanding of where we are. nomad will enhance that experience by connecting books to the places they’re set in and about.

via App can connect eBooks to where the story is told.

via WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson – YouTube.

Teaching technology? Using our minds to generate and develop new ideas through the connecting with others. Ultimately our minds/thinking is the most powerful technology of all…isn’t it?

via WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson – YouTube.

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