Friday, May 1, 2009
Download to Your Desktop
David Bowie explains how to use it on Maine iTunes
Judy Chandler presents Mathematics in Design - An Investigation Using GeoGebra at the 2009 Online Spring Institute on Tuesday, May 5, 3:45 - 4:45 PM.
David Bowie presents GeoGebra - Redefining Math Instruction & Learning at the 2009 Online Spring Institute on Thursday, May 7, 3:45 - 4:45 PM.
"What children need is not new and better curricula but access to more and more of the real world; plenty of time and space to think over their experiences, and to use fantasy and play to make meaning out of them; and advice, road maps, guidebooks, to make it easier for them to get where they want to go (not where we think they ought to go), and to find out what they want to find out."
~John Holt~ Teach Your Own
What Is Unschooling?
CitizenShift: Unschooling the Next Generation
Life Without School
Ivan Illich: Deschooling
Ivan Illich Archives
Ivan Illich's Deschooling Society
Illich's Tools for Conviviality
"We teachers - perhaps all human beings - are in the grip of an astonishing delusion. We think that we can take a picture, a structure, a working model of something, constructed in our minds out of long experience and familiarity, and by turning that model into a string of words, transplant it whole into the mind of someone else. Perhaps once in a thousand times, when the explanation is extraordinary good, and the listener extraordinary experienced and skillful at turning word strings into non-verbal reality, and when the explainer and listener share in common many of the experiences being talked about, the process may work, and some real meaning may be communicated. Most of the time, explaining does not increase understanding, and may even lessen it."
~John Holt, (1923-1985) American Educator, How Children Learn
An eight year tradition continued last night with the Oxford Hills M'iMovie Film Festival. Complete with donated fancy cars and red carpet, students, parents, and volunteers joined together once again for the culminating activity of a year's worth of video creation.
This is an email we received from a parent this morning:
"Dear Devoted Directors,
It is with much gratitude to you all that I write this letter. As a novice to your tradition, its history, and flair - I was amazed and impressed by how neatly and warmly the event occurred. Everyone seemed so happy to be there, not just the filmmakers and their family or friends, either. Every volunteer we encountered seemed to have some inner joy, some inner glow of pride that she or he carried around with them: the chauffeurs, the interviewers, (yes, the directors, of course!), even the ushers who had the dubious position of keeping the mass of parents out of the auditorium were delightful (and entertaining!)
I sincerely hope that my daughter enjoyed her first foray into the world of film, because I would love to see what she could make for a movie next year - but also because of the powerful experience you created for her and her peers.
Thank you for providing this opportunity for children of the area.
Bravo! I cannot wait to see the encore.
For resources, forms and more information, go here.
And an email this morning from a teacher:
"Just so you know-Most of the Otisfield sixth graders are wearing their medals today and they are still aglow from their fame! I know it is a lot of work but the festival really makes the kids feel special and CREATIVE!"
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Read Joe Makley's post, "Say Yes to Global Connections" at School Technology . . . no hype, no jargon.
Sign up for ePALS at Maine Connects
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
U & D: A Space for the Exploration of LD291 and Its Implementation
Wabanaki Studies Resources & Lessons
The Wabanaki Technologies Projects
Check out this gem of a website for 4th graders by Elaine Bartley: Wabanaki People
Additional Resources at LIM Wiki