Category: Ed News

These blogs have to do with education as a whole. I write about different topics concerning ed reform and educating our 21st century youth.

Oct 08

Save Icon Needs Updating

Office2 HD's save icon.

I enjoy learning things like this. Above is a screen shot of one of Office2 HD’s documents. Notice the floppy disk icon. I kept telling my 6th grade students to tap it to save their documents until I noticed that very few of them have ever even seen a floppy disk! Most didn’t know what …

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Oct 08

iPads Can Survive Fall

After the tragic fall and destruction of one our 13 iPads earlier this week, I’ve been very protective of the remaining 12. But yesterday I got confirmation of something I don’t ever want to see again. Another iPad fell. A student had her headphones connected to the iPad, she got up (forgetting the head phones …

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Oct 06

Future of Ed Webinar

After Monday’s epic webinar, I sent this email out to all the MS and HS school teachers in my district: If you missed the Elevating the Education Reform Dialog webinar and want to know what happened here is a link to the event recording page: http://www.learncentral.org/event/106358 The rest of the links came up during the …

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Aug 18

iPad’s Promise and How to Use it Now

This is another cross post I wrote on the IEAR website. Zemanta’s August 13 post regarding, “What do teachers really want in an ‘Educational App?’” has hit the nail on the head. Ever since I bought my first iPhone back in 2008 and since then seeing kids use their iPod Touch I wanted more than …

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Jul 21

Goals for my Students

Stream table exploration to see how to save homes.

After July 20th’s #edchat on the Goal of Education (see archive here) I got to thinking about my goals for the children I help educate. It helped me, with my thinking, to read “Backwards Design and Integrating New Technology” because I integrate technology whenever I can. I need to continually ask myself if what I …

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Jun 30

Reflections of 2009-10

Mr. G's sample progress report for standards based reporting.

This year I taught three 6th grade Science classes, which means I had all 90 of my middle school’s 6th graders, and two 7/8 mixed Earth Science classes. Being able to teach 7th and 8th grade Science is wonderful because that means that I get to have some of my former 6th grade students again! …

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Feb 16

Avatars

My photo, zombified.

You can make an avatar like the one below with Portrait Illustrator. You don’t even need to set up an account with any of these, just create the picture and when it looks ready just drag it to your desktop and upload it (Windows users might need to right click on the picture and save …

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