Saturday, November 1, 2014
MzTeachuh: Google, Google, Google--Omnipresent And Now In The...: Awesome Helper or Big Brother? More teaching, Less tech-ing: Google Classroom Launches http://googleenterprise.blogspot.co...
|Awesome Helper or Big Brother?|
More teaching, Less tech-ing: Google Classroom Launches
One of the first schools to use Classroom was Fontbonne Hall Academy in Brooklyn, New York. Sister Rosemarie DeLoro, who has been teaching for more than 60 years, had never used computers with her students before Classroom was introduced at her school. Classroom made it easy for her to assign digital worksheets to students in her Italian class and provide direct feedback to help them learn. In fact, after just a few weeks, Sister Rosemarie was showing the other teachers how to use it. “You can’t stay in teaching and keep going to the old ways,” she said.
I say, "Go, Sister Rosemarie, go!" Everyone has a learning curve here, and it is grand to know Google isn't too tricky to implement.
Google's Classroom tool open to teachers worldwide
The goal is to help teachers "spend more time teaching and less time shuffling papers.
The communication potential is mind-boggling, and the writing apps are pretty good, too.
Google Apps for Education - Common Questions
Google Apps for Education is free. We plan to keep the core offering of Google Apps for Education free. This includes user accounts for future incoming students. As you may know, Google was founded by a research project at Stanford University, and this is just one way we can give back to the educational community.
It's all free. That is a great selling point.
Google Apps for your iPadhttp://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/10/a-list-of-great-google-apps-for-your.html
So you are looking for Google best apps for iOS ? Well you landed in the right place. I have just finished compiling and reviewing a bunch of Google apps that you can use on your iPad. All of these apps work perfectly well and can have some educational value as well.
Apple devotees can join the conversation. Google is negotiating a truce between the PCers and the Apple enthusiasts. Goggle isthe Henry Kissinger of tech.
10 apps that make Chromebooks feel like a real desktopWhile critics initially wrote off the Google Chromebook as a curiosity, Chromebooks are gaining traction with consumers, in education, and in the enterprise.
And we get to check it out.
Teachers Are Worried Google Will Data-Mine the Classroom
A Canadian teacher’s union is worried that Classroom will allow for the progressive ideas that proliferate in academia to be tracked and mined for data, potentially causing professors worried about becoming targets of government surveillance to self-censor. In other words, they claim Classroom is a limit on academic freedom.
Ah, there's the rub. I've been reading that all classrooms, including Special Education classes, are going toward Google Classroom. How much confidential data will be spilled--who knows? How much thought policing? We should be vigilant.
MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Teachers Talking To Each Other: 1. How to make friends and influence people - a teacher's guide http://www.guardian.co.uk/teacher-network/2012/sep/04/teachers...
1. How to make friends and influence people - a teacher's guide
2. 5 Tips for Bonding with New Teaching Colleagues
3. 25 Ways Teachers Can Connect More With Their Colleagues
4. Good teachers make colleagues better
5. Check out the comments
How much do your colleagues influence your teaching?
6. 101 Ways to Cope with Teaching Stress
Getting the Support You Need
Numbers 51 through 60.
7. How Can Teachers Be Stressed?
It's a little stressful to take this test.
8. Teacher Stress Test
MzTeachuh: Ten Books for Thanksgiving from Reading Rockets: Thanksgiving is about more than the turkey! He...
Thanksgiving is about more than the turkey! Here are ten recommended books for kids ages 0-9 that celebrate sharing, community, and family. Read these stories to the children in your life to help them see what the spirit of Thanksgiving is really all about. http://www.readingrockets.org/articles/books/c359
Gracias, the Thanksgiving Turkey
By: Joy Cowley, Joe Cepeda
Illustrated by: Joe Cepeda
How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story
By: Eve Bunting, Beth Peck
Illustrated by: Beth Peck, Eve Bunting
The Story of Thanksgiving
By: Nancy Skarmeas, Stacy Venturi-Pickett
Illustrated by: Stacy Venturi-Pickett
MzTeachuh: Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts About Thanksgivi...: This is probably my favorite cheesy joke of all time. Why did the Pilgrims eat turkey on Thanksgiving? The couldn't fit the moo...
This is probably my favorite cheesy joke of all time.
Why did the Pilgrims eat turkey on Thanksgiving? The couldn't fit the moose in the oven.
If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims.
What's the best way to stuff a turkey? Take him out for pizza and ice cream.
What did the turkey say to the hunter? Quack! Quack! Quack!
Teacher: Where did the Pilgrims come from? Student: Their parents, of course.
Time for a little serious talk about the Pilgrims. Let's delineate: they were not the Puritans. It was the Puritans and Henry VIII-inspired later purges that began the 'off with their head' programs that sent the Pilgrims, and groups like them, to the Netherlands, and later, to Virginia (woops, Plymouth Rock.) The Pilgrims were in search of religious freedom, and not only accepted help from the Wampanoag tribe--local Native Americans--but intermarried with them over the next few generations because so many of the Pilgrim group died the first year after they arrived in 1620. Many members of the Pilgrims left Massuchusetts during the Puritan's religious purges, like the Salem Witch Trials, and went to Rhode Island. The English have a dynamic history of religious freedom, for example, William Tyndale who translated the Bible into the English language and was martyred as a rebel. We have religious freedom now due to this legacy. Thousands of Americans have genetic ties to the Pilgrims (DNA evidence now shows) and that information is something to treasure. Now we live the liberty for ourselves and offer it to others.
What kind of music did the Pilgrims play?
Plymouth Rock and Roll.
Q: Why did they let the turkey join the band?
A: Because he had the drumsticks.
What do you call the dirt on a Pilgrim's hands?
What would you get if you crossed a turkey with a spooky spirit?
What's brown and white and flies all over?
A turkey when you carve it with a chainsaw.
How many cooks does it take to stuff a turkey?
One, but you really have to squeeze him in.
Q: What smells the best at a Thanksgiving dinner?
A: Your nose.
Why did the glutton get a traffic ticket on Thanksgiving?
He was exceeding the feed limit.
Grandma: What would you like for dessert, Joey?
Joey: Pumpkin pie!
Grandma: Pumpkin pie, what, dear? Say the magic word.
Joey: I'm sorry, Grandma. Pumpkin pie, abracadabra!
What is Math teachers favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner?
Knock, knock, who's there?
Arthur any leftovers?
What would you get if you crossed Easter and Thanksgiving?
What's the key to a great Thanksgiving?
A tur-key, of course.
This is my second favorite cheesy joke of all time.
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Friday, October 31, 2014
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Halloween's full moon will be first since 1955
Van Morrison - Moondance
The Value of Connecting the Dots to Create “Real Learning”
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Social-Emotional Learning and Spirituality
ADHD: A Parent's Dilemma - Does Your Child Need Stimulants?
A Single Set Of National Standards Is Just Creepy
More Than 100 Genes Tied To Autism
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MzTeachuh: MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 10/31/14: Educational Links--Major Website Resources http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/10/educational-links-major-website.html Let's Re...
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Fun in the Fall for Everyone
Halloween Edition: Lighten Up, Teach
When GenEd and SpecEd Collaboration Really Works: Differentiating Instruction
Silly Music For Halloween #4 ...you hear the door slam...
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Bullwinkle's Corner - The Raven
Bart The Raven
Thursday, October 30, 2014
|We know teachers are superheroes--why not dress like one?|
|The kids could make a joke book.|
Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts for Halloween
Silly Music For Halloween #1 uh wella...saw the thing acomin' outta da sky...
Silly Music For Halloween #2...I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts
Silly Music For Halloween #3...they're creepy and they're kooky...
Silly Music For Halloween #4 ...you hear the door slam...
Silly Music For Halloween #5: ...I was working in my lab late one night...
|Trick or Tweet, indeed.|
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Let's go outside! Such fun with nature!
1. Halloween and Bonfire Night
This site has so many diverse activities.
2. Autumn Fun activities
3.Kid-Friendly Fall Garden Ideas
4. Autumn Is the Best Season to Play Outdoors
5. The best Autumn Activities, Fall Traditions and Fun Fall Ideas
6. Outdoor Fall Activities
Playing outside in the crisp air makes a kid peckish; older kids, too, like me. The cranberry recipes look especially good.
7. 39 Favorite Fall Desserts
1. Teacher tips: How to be flexible and still enforce consistent classroom discipline
2. The Success of a Culture of Consistency
3. "No" Means "No":
The Importance of Consistency
4. Top 6 Keys to Being a Successful Teacher
5. Excellent teacher traits: Impartiality
6. Teaching tips: The importance of fairness in the classroom
7. Classroom Routines
Managing a happy classroom
8. 5 Smart Ways to Handle Teacher Troubles
9. Why Playing Favorites Is Bad For Classroom Management
|Daffodils (February) We can all use some Screaming Yellow
Daffodils during the dreary winter.
|A daffodil bulb; see you in February!|
In my zone, I start planting daffodil bulbs in fall so I can wander lonely as a cloud and come upon daffodils dancing spritely (reference to Wordsworth's poem.) There are other early spring bulbs, too. Children of all ages can participate and be astounded when such beauty comes up from something that looks like an onion. And they make an appearance every year. Bulbs are inexpensive, directions are not complicated; it is well worth the effort. Something to anticipate during the let down of grey, blustery days after the major holidays.
|Hyacinth (March) Great scent.|
I am always so thrilled to see the little plants coming up.
As Spring approaches, it is as if the flowers are playing Vivaldi, it is so joyous and lovely, straight through to summer. It is amazing every year.
Of course, I'm not alone in this celebration, even if I'm posting these pictures of my flowers as if they are my beloved children.
This is a sentiment I share with Vincent. (Van Gogh, that is.)
|Van Gogh, Flower beds in Holland|
|Van Gogh Irises|
|Lilies, Easter and Tiger (June)|
Some flowers are associated with holidays, like Easter Lilies--but spring flowers are always good for Mother's Day or even Father's Day (lots of dads, grandpas, uncles and cousins are gardeners. It is America's favorite hobby.)
|Matt's Ongoing Garden Gift to his mom.|
My nephew was a wonderful gardener, and put several winter bulbs in his mom's (my sister's) garden.
Sadly, Matt is no longer with us, but his gift of flowers comes up every year. What a lovely way to be remembered.
Bulbs will multiply every few years, so they will need to be separated and replanted, which expands your garden. Or, you can share the bulbs with friends or family. They can also be planted in small containers as gifts.
Some of my earliest memories are of my grandmother's garden, particularly the gladiolas. And my grandpa took time to tell me the names of all the flowers and plants when we would take walks around the neighborhood. So--it's now your turn to plant some precious memories!