Friday, November 27, 2009


Now that I am subbing and know I have a 3-day gig for a hs Englsih teacher, I am getting fired up about E/LA resources! Look @ this great resource for creative writing! I just joined this free site - it is awesome! First attempt is here:
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Muppets sing Bohemian Rhapsody

This is way too funny! Again, I would not have found it w/out twitter!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

New Literaices -What It Means

I read, when I have time, Stephen Downe's OL Weekly & came across this today in explantation of new literacies - much beyond the 2 R's - reading & writing. Here's what Stephen had to say:
by Stephen Downes
November 13, 2009

Speaking in Lolcats: What Literacy Means in teh Digital Era
The internet has introduced us to a world in which we can communicate with each other in a wide variety of media. Where formally we could only talk and sing to each other, now we can create videos, author animations, link to videos and images and cartoons, and more, mix and match these in a complex open-ended vocabulary. What it means to be literate in such an information age is fundamentally distinct from the literacy of the 3Rs, and teaching new literacy an evolving challenge for those of us still struggling to learn it. This talk looks at the elements of 21st century literacies, redefines critical thinking for the internet age, and suggests a redefinition of what we think of as 'core' curriculum.
Presentation by Stephen Downes, Educational Computing Organization of Ontario, Richmond Hill, Ontario

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ohio's Institute on Creativity and Innovation - Questions to be Addressed

Am looking for your responses to the questions we'll discuss this coming weekend.  I am representing OELMA, the Ohio Educational Library Media Association,  in this endeavor.  I first attended the Governor's (Ted Strickland) Institute in June of 2008 .  It was created to begin the facilitation and planning of Strickland's educational reform plans for Ohio.  Feel free to comment on all or only one question!  BTW, the Institute is still in its visonary stage and has the support of Ohio'sSuperintendent of Schools, Deb Delisle, and First Lady Francis Strickland. It is part of the recently passed/long-debated budget bill HB 1. Looking for some collective wisdom.  Thank you in advance!
1. If you were designing a Center for Creativity and Innovation from the ground up that would have significant impact on student achievement, what would be its purpose and primary goals? What
would it be accomplishing – short and long term? What should its required outcomes be if it is to accomplish its purpose?

2. In what ways might a Center for Creativity and Innovation enable excellent teachers to use a greater variety of innovative teaching strategies? How would it enable schools to make significant changes in
organization structures, including the use of time? What outcomes would have to happen for it to be successful? What changes could be stimulated by the Center that would make for a better learning environment, but not require new monies? (Ah, there's the rub - no new monies!)

3. Two of the Governor’s principles have to do with identifying the great strengths within our schools, and consulting our creative and innovative teachers for what works best and follow their lead. If the Center is to address these principles, what are the best ways of doing this?  

4. What role could a Center for Creativity and Innovation play in helping demonstrate that educational reform is possible?  What aspects of the public education system do you believe are the most important to transform in order to have the greatest impact on student achievement?

5. Who are the essential partners outside the field of education that the Center needs to cultivate and build relationships with to advance educational reform? What do you view as their greatest potential impact?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Fair Use Fairy Tale

Great copyright explanation of the key concepts that 4-12 graders and teachers will love!  Of course, I found it on twitter via classroom 2.0!  The fact that the youtube video uses Disney clips makes it quite ironic since we all know how stern the Mouse is about infringement!  Show it & kids will pay attention!