Thursday, July 30, 2009

OER, MLR & Wikis

MLR OER Workshop

MLR OER Home Page

Games for Change at Summer Tech Institute Castine

by Ed Latham and Olga LaPlante

Please select one of the questions below and respond to it as a comment. If you would like people to know who you are, but you do not wish to log into Blogger, you may include your name in your comment.

1. What do students need to know about a community's energy needs?

2. If students were given control of energy policy, what might the outcome look like?

3. Briefly share one example of an activity you provide students in which the student can quickly and easily try different scenarios to see results.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Videogames in Education

Ruben R. Puentedura, Ph.D.

Founder and President
228 Main Street, #412
Williamstown, MA 01267
(413) 441-6467

Videogames are becoming a progressively more important component of teaching today. They can provide learners with rich worlds and complex narratives that both enhance and transform their educational experience in previously unexplored ways. Because of this, we are pleased to announce that, as part of a joint research project between MLTI and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Dr. Ruben Puentedura has created a 14-part podcast series on videogames in education. This mini-course, available now in its entirety from iTunes U, provides educators with the knowledge needed to successfully use educational gaming in their classroom. The podcast series will be supplemented by ongoing posts and discussions on Dr. Puentedura's blog, with more materials to be announced in the coming months.

iTunes U URL:


Welcome to the 2009 MLTI Summer Institute at Castine

"Setting Sail"

Monday, July 27, 2009

Wicked Decent Learning Call In Show

From Jeff & Dan:

"Join us for a Wicked Decent Listener Call In Show... Tell us what excites you about the upcoming school year."

"We are scheduling another Wicked Decent Listener show via Skype on Tuesday, July 28th at 8:00PM Eastern Standard Time. If you'd like to join us, all you have to do is..."

MORE . . .

Yong Zhao: A 21st Century Education

A 21st Century Education: No Child Left Behind and Global Competitiveness

Related: "A Tender Promise"

Aligning Open Educational Resources to the Maine Learning Results

Workshop LINK

Home Page of MLR Open Resources

Setting Sail at Castine

Setting Sail 2009, the MLTI Summer Institute, will be happening this week. For additional information, check here. Feel free to join the Learning in Maine Community to share information and happenings at the Institute.

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Reading and the Web

Essential Question: Is there a difference between reading a book and reading on the Internet?

Audio Interview with Don Leu on New Literacies

NYT: Online, R U Really Reading?

DistrictAdministration: New Literacies

Don Leu et al.: "Toward a Theory of New Literacies Emerging from the Internet and Other Information and Communication Technologies"

David Warlick: "The New Literacy"

MICDL: Maine Professional Development Collaborative - New Literacies Research Lab

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Avoiding Pretentious Words

"Never use a long word where a short one will do." ~ George Orwell

utilize . . .use
exceedingly . . .very
sufficient . . .enough
commence . . . begin (or start)
demonstrate . . . show
accordingly . . . .so
cognizant . . . aware
facilitate . . . assist
transform . . . alter (or convert)
assessment . . . test
implementation . . . taking action
initiative . . .project