Friday, December 31, 2010

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Time to learn

It has been awhile since my last written post and I find that each day it becomes harder to take the time to sit down, think, and write. As technology advances in school, I seem to have less time for it and on most days, that is frustrating. You see, I preach to the folks in my office how it is important to spend a part of each day learning something new. I love to be on the cutting edge of new technology resources and yet that is something that doesn't happen without some time management.


I say this in part because I have spent the past day and a half in a SMART Lesson Developer workshop for our district teachers. Last night (Friday) and today (Saturday), 14 teachers have been learning about best practices in developing Notebook files and incorporating the SMARTBoard in their classroom routine. They are talking and sharing and learning new things. Every few minutes you can hear someone say, "Wow" or "That is so much easier!" Teachers, like me, have less time for their own learning as the demands of the classroom increase. We had many more slots for teachers to participate and as the time has passed, the teachers here say they wish more people had taken the time to come.


I want to be creative and think outside of the box to give teachers that time that they so desperately need to play, learn, create, and share. That is difficult for me as I am not a school-level administrator yet at the district it is my job to do just that. How do we find time for such a valuable resource when time is already at a premium? I would love to hear about district and schools who have examined this problem. How do they evaluate the use of time and budget it wisely? How can you get the most benefits (student achievement) with so little? How do you prioritize?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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Saturday, October 02, 2010

Controlling the educator within


I am the proud mother of Mason. Mason started kindergarten this August. Although I am a big fan of change, I have dreaded this fall for years. Why? Because I have been in education for the past 16 years. In that time, I have been fortunate to experience several roles in schools and school districts including classroom teacher (K/1), technology teacher, technology facilitator, lead teacher for curriculum, and director of instructional technology. These roles provide different context or lenses with which I see schools, teachers, leaders, and districts.

As a teacher, I had one particular student whose mother worked in our district office. Susan Wells, now principal at Culbreth Middle in Chapel-Hill, NC, was a kind and knowledgeable parent who expected the best for her son and was not afraid to offer her advice. In thinking of Mason attending public schools, I aspired to be an educator-parent like Susan. The problem is how?

I read a blog post from Will Richardson about A Parent 2.0's Back to School Dilemna, in which he struggles with the same issue. He offers a few solutions:
1. Introduce you and your child to the teacher.
2. Co-school when you can.
3. Opt out when you can.
4. Occasionally send resources and copy the principal.

And although I agree (and will try) many of these strategies, I find myself wondering if my expectations are too high. Now don't get me wrong...I believe in high expectations. This was something modeled by my parents when I was in school. My parents were present at every event and in any way they could be involved. They believed that a B was OK but why didn't I get that A? A C was just unacceptable. And although Mason is only in the first quarter of kindergarten, we are raising him the same way. He told his Grammie the other night on Skype, "Green is good but white is unacceptable." (Behavior management program in his class is green, white, yellow, orange, and red) Where I am struggling though is with my expectations of the school but even more so with what the school's expectations are for Mason. That is a question that has not been addressed in any parent meeting so far. We have our first curriculum night this week and I have a few questions already forming:
  1. What should he know by now?
  2. What is he doing in class?
  3. What differentiation methods are being used?
  4. Where do you want him by the end of the year? (because I want to keep the end in mind)
  5. How is he interacting with other students and teachers?
  6. What does he show interest in and can that be tapped into for greater engagement?
  7. What are his strengths and weaknesses (both in academics and in social interaction)?
Even as I write this, I know there will be more. And I already know some of what I am asking but I want to see if they answer the same way. Unfortunately, these may not be questions to present in a large group. So how do I facilitate this conversation with the staff at Mason's school without being "that parent?" I am starting to believe that I need to come to grips with the fact that I am "that parent." Why? Because I believe in the best for my child. Because I work with schools everyday and see great examples of fabulous schools and teachers but I also see the opposite. Because my legacy as a parent will be what my child will be both inside and out. So as much as I am trying to control that educator within, I am learning that it might be OK to let it out when it is in the best interest of my child. After all, I am his best advocate.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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  • tags: Alice Programming

  • tags: Media Conversion

    • Very cool - I can't think of any reasonable file format that's been left out of this online conversion tool. Fairly quick, too, considering... - post by RJ Leaman
  • tags: Media Conversion

    • オンラインファイル変換 - post by hitoha
    • Media-Convert称得上是一个超级转换工具,它支持大量的文件格式之间的互相转换,包括视频、音频、PPT文档、Word文档、表格文档、图片等等数十种之多。比如你可以把 mp3转换成wav,把png转换成gif,把word文件转换成txt文件,通过这个工具,基本上都能满足你的要求。 - post by kusoooorz
    • 一个超级转换工具,它支持大量的文件格式之间的互相转换 - post by James Lin
    • From Lifehacker:

      Media-Convert is a free online service that will convert audio, video, and text files for you, from and to virtually any kind of format.

      All you need to do is figure out where the file is resting on your machine and what format you want it converted to (Media-Convert automatically detects what kind of format the file is in). For instance, maybe you need to switch an Access database over to an Excel spreadsheet - you can do that here. Converted files show up in a couple of different formats: URL, zipped, mobile, or downloadable from the site itself. - post by Bruce
    • From Lifehacker:

      Media-Convert is a free online service that will convert audio, video, and text files for you, from and to virtually any kind of format.

      All you need to do is figure out where the file is resting on your machine and what format you want it converted to (Media-Convert automatically detects what kind of format the file is in). For instance, maybe you need to switch an Access database over to an Excel spreadsheet - you can do that here. Converted files show up in a couple of different formats: URL, zipped, mobile, or downloadable from the site itself. - post by Bruce
    • From Lifehacker:

      Media-Convert is a free online service that will convert audio, video, and text files for you, from and to virtually any kind of format.

      All you need to do is figure out where the file is resting on your machine and what format you want it converted to (Media-Convert automatically detects what kind of format the file is in). For instance, maybe you need to switch an Access database over to an Excel spreadsheet - you can do that here. Converted files show up in a couple of different formats: URL, zipped, mobile, or downloadable from the site itself. - post by Bruce
    • Media-Convert is 100% free. No software is needed, and you don't have to register. You only need your favorite Internet browser. Your files are ready 7/7 days 24/24 hours.
      - post by Koji Azuma
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    • Media-Convert is 100% free. No software is needed, and you don't have to register. You only need your favorite Internet browser. Your files are ready 7/7 days 24/24 hours.

      How to convert a file ?

      Select input and output formats, submit the form. - post by Peter Meyer
    • Site permettant de convertir un fichier sans aucune install. - post by Fardeen GHULAM
    • ファイルフォーマット変換 - post by yuichi
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    • Media-Convert is 100% free. No software is needed, and you don't have to register. You only need your favorite Internet browser. Your files are ready 7/7 days 24/24 hours. - post by Wojciech Oracz
    • To convert a file located on your computer : Check File mode, click Browse and choose the file, select input format (if autodetection fails) and output format, submit the form.

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      To make a screenshot of any website (convert it into an image) : Check URL mode, enter the website URL and select an image output format. - post by dodo
    • Convertidor online de múltiples formatos de vídeo.
      - post by Jose Luis Pajares
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    • Looks to be a very valuable tool. - post by Christine Longe
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  • tags: Glogster

  • tags: Wikis Prezi Training


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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

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