Archive for the ‘Middle School’ Category

Library Guides

April 16, 2012 Leave a comment

star I got a pointer to Spartan Guides, a treasure-trove of organized links to web sites useful in education. The home page lists the most popular guides. Each of the guides has dozens of categories, which then often break down to sub-categories. Each final page has lots of information. For instance, the New Tools guide includes Digital Storytelling and Google Docs and Apps among its nearly 50 sub-categories.

On the Google Apps page I’d recommend two downloadable Google for Teachers PDFs. The first includes info on uses of Google Maps, including Math Maps (has placemarks with related math questions identified by elementary grade level – Kindergarten through 5th grades) and Climate Change Data (has placemarks tied to current and historical weather data). The second has a section on building custom search engines which I may use to organize links to shareable images. There’s lots more than the few items I’ve mentioned here.

The library producing the above has a wiki page with yet more information. Many of the links take you to pages done by Joyce Valenza using Only2Clicks. These pages have a thumbnail of the relevant web page for each link. There are too may good categories for me to pick just a few. Have a look.


Rural School & Community Trust

April 16, 2012 Leave a comment

The Rural School and Community Trust ” is a national nonprofit organization addressing the crucial relationship between good schools and thriving communities.”

“The Rural Trust provides a variety of services—training, networking, technical assistance, coaching, mentoring, research—and materials to increase the capacity of rural schools, teachers, young people, and communities to develop and implement high quality place-based education.”

The site seems to get new material relatively infrequently. The information is accessible via targeted audience (administrators, teachers, students, etc.) and category (Funding/Grants/Scholarships, Networks/Groups, Place-Based Learning, etc.)

Praise effort, not intelligence

April 19, 2011 Leave a comment

BBC News reports on research showing that praising a student’s intelligence can diminish their motivation to perform, whereas praising their efforts can do the opposite. This is related to a “fixed mindset” versus a “growth mindset.” The former attitude is that talent is inherent – one has it or not; the latter attitude is that talent increases with practice and effort.

Technology Integration Matrix

March 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Florida schools are using a Technology Integration Matrix that has down the side types of engagement with technology – Active, Collaborative, Constructive, Authentic and Goal Directed. Across the top are levels of engagement – Entry, Adoption, Adaptation, Infusion and Transformation. For each box in the matrix, there is a description and links to further material – one link each for 1-to-1 and shared access computing environments.


November 11, 2010 Leave a comment

The following links come from an exchange among Vermont education/tech folks about copyright and fair use issues.

Elizabeth McCarthy’s diigo list of links on Copyright is a “list of current documents, writings re copyright and fair use in education”.

The resource she finds most useful is NCTE’s Code of Best Practices:

The Vermont Internet Safety Project has a page dealing with Copyright and related legal issues.

Kathy Schrock has a one-page overview of copyright and fair use guidelines for school projects.

Temple University’s Media Education Lab has an extensive collection of free resources that includes information on copyright.