We have reached the finish line for this year! I hope you have enjoyed reading Nurturing Faith. I keep a number of files of ideas to use when writing this blog and I still have a variety of interesting things that I would like to share with you below. Enjoy!
15 provocative things to read
Grand Rapids Christian High did an “old fashioned social network” and found it had unexpected results! Read about their “sharing wall.”
Want better student engagement in your class? See 7 Solutions for Educators Who Want 21st Century Students to Tune In.
The limits of standardized testing are well articulated by this AP student.
With increasing technology use, what is the role of the teacher – are they a dispensable algorithm or indispensable artist?
Helpful summary of how technology impacts the brain.
Can you get kids to talk about what you want them to discuss using backchanneling?
Take this 10 question quiz to see if you are a tech savvy teacher.
McREL says there are 5 things that make the biggest difference in schools.
A great resource site for new teachers divided by levels.
Best sites to check out how to use iPads in education.
Three reports that you should take a look at:
The-Rise-of-K-12-Blended-Learning – produced by Innosight Institute – it has very helpful explanations of blended learning models and gives 40 profiles of schools implementing new models.
The 2011-Horizon-Report-K12 “examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative expression within the environment of pre-college education.surface significant trends and challenges and to identify a wide array of potential technologies for the report. ”
The Story is a unique chronological version of the Bible written by Max Lucado and produced by Zondervan with a focus on God’s story to his people throughout history. CSI will be making this resource and accompanying materials available to schools – contact Bible specialist Kent Ezell (firstname.lastname@example.org) at CSI for more info. He has been blogging on this resource here and here.
RADCAB: Your Vehicle for Information Evaluation is a book written by Calvin Christian (Minnesota) teacher Karen Christensson that is designed to help upper elementary and middle school kids think critically about information online. The acronym RADCAB stands for six important concepts for evaluating information.
Book: 21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn – eds. Bellanca and Brandt, Solution Tree, 2010.
Book: 99 Thoughts for Parents of Teenagers: The Truth on Raising Teenagers from Parents Who Have Been There – the latest from Walt Mueller.
Your continued learning
In my speaking lately I have been encouraging schools to consider the power of PLN’s – Personal Learning Networks. If you are not familiar with the term or want to learn more, I suggest that you start here and here.
If you haven’t checked out Twitter, read why I am excited about it here and then get started!
Have a wonderful summer!
Yours for continued learning,