Friday, March 5, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
~ Diane Ravitch
NCLB Advocate Shifts Position
Diane Ravitch: First, Let's Fire All the Teachers
Common Dreams: Obama Backs Rewarding Districts that Police Failing Schools
Education Week: Obama Gets Involved in R.I Teacher-Firing Drama
Washington Post: Class Struggle (Jay Mathews): Obama Wrong, Weingarten Right
Maeve Maddox on Language and Popular Culture: Teachers as Scapegoats
The Sydney Morning Herald: Now the Class Scapegoat is the Teacher
J.B. Fabiano: Why Do Teachers Have to Be the Scapegoat of Public Education?
There has been a lot said about using Google Earth to show places and look up things in relation to a location. We have already begun to take Google Earth for granted - some of us are still in awe, but most have been using it matter-of-factly, and unless a new feature pops up or is demoed at a workshop, we are sort of "yeah, yeah, seen that" about it.
It has also been a while that Google Earth has had the feature which allows you to add your own placemarks, insert images and text, create a sightseeing tour, by clicking on each of your recent places.
Google, however, is notorious for changing and improving things - should I mention the infamous streetview? - and today - thanks to a request from a teacher - I have discovered that you can now create narrated tours in Google Earth and share them using a Google Earth embed widget! That is a wow update.
This is very important to me as educational technology specialist on two levels. One is the creative/productive aspect of the tool. We have lots of things to watch or read; expressing yourself and producing a new mashup is not as widely-spread as we might think (hence the whole plagiarism and copyright violations issue). This tool incorporates the ability to share and create.
Secondly, I am simply excited because I already see the integration side of the Google Earth story. I am already planning future workshops, incorporating this tool, and I know they will be a blast.
Google has put up lots of helpful info on how to create, use and share layers from Google Earth, whether you use a narrated recorded tour feature or a placemark tour. These tutorials and lots of other relevant information can be found at Google Earth Outreach.
P.S. If you are one of those who have long discovered this, please be generous and allow for some excitement! :)
Sunday, February 28, 2010
|Public hearings and work sessions for LD 1801, 124th Legislature.|
|Education and Cultural Affairs|
|SP 706, LD 1801||An Act To Promote the Establishment of Innovative Schools|
|Mar 4, 2010, 0100PM Room 202 Cross Building|
Clip Art Credit
What do you think? Is this selling our souls for money or a reasonable response to hard times?
See cartoon here. . .
|Education and Cultural Affairs|
|SP 704, LD 1799||Mar 4, 2010, 0100PM||Room 202 Cross Building|
This bill eliminates the prohibition on the use of student assessment data in the establishment of models for evaluation of the professional performance of teachers. It also extends the models for evaluation developed by the Department of Education to principals and requires that the models include multiple measures.it within the State shall have has the option to incorporate the models developed pursuant to subsection 1 for the evaluation of the professional performance of any teacher or principal employed by that school administrative unit.