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From the Twittersphere – 3-16-2011

Posted by magnethart on March 17, 2011

Here are a few tweets that stood out to me this week from my PLN.  Thanks for sharing the great resources and announcements everyone.

Xtranormal starts the ball rolling towards an EDU version http://bit.ly/h4ijLO
posted by @TeachaKidd on  Monday, 3/14/2011 at 9:52pm

Helpful list of Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs (helps determine the level of response u r anticipating from studnts): http://t.co/HwXT91M #edu
posted by @technology_tim on Wednesday, 3/16/2011 at 12:15am

[Webinar AND Workbook] Getting the Most Out of Your Interactive Whiteboard via SimpleK12 Blogs http://tinyurl.com/4h8cge5
posted by @SimpleK12 on Wedneday, 3/16/2011 at 2:07am

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Innovation in Magnet Schools

Posted by magnethart on November 9, 2010

In an interview with Dr. Tom King (@ProfTK), Shelly Terrell (@ShellTerrell) focused on what defines and innovative school.  The school used as an example is The Saturn School of Tommorrow, a Magnet School in existance from 1989 – 2003.  Shelly summarizes what innovation looks like in 8 points based on The Saturn School in her blog, Teacher Reboot Camp.

How did the Saturn school differ from the norm?

  • was a magnet school serving students in grades 4 – 8, many at risk, and parents could choose to send their children there instead of the local public school
  • noted for its innovative uses with technology at a time technology not as highly developed
  • visited by the current president at the time, President George Bush Sr., who spoke with the children
  • used local resources such as the public library, the science and art museums, state and local government
  • established mentorships and apprenticeships with businesses and agencies
  • had differentiated staffing: a lead teacher, associate teachers for curriculum, generalist teachers, intern teachers
  • had a longer school year, ungraded, no report cards or textbooks, instead had student portfolios
  • had a school council of staff, parents and students

                                                 From What Does the Innovative School Look Like? Interview with Dr. Tom King

After reading these eight points, I am glad to see that Magnet Schools and even the district as a whole in Hillsborough County strive to meet several of these.  Now, my question would be whether or not innovative practices from 1989 still count as innovative practices in 2010.  True, some innovations practices never change.  Innovative uses of technology will always be innovative, but are different staffing methods such as the use of resource and lead teachers still innovative?  Maybe I’m biased because I have been involved with magnet schools throughout my whole education career.  Things that I take for granted are may be seen as innovative practices by others.

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Technology Integration Matrix

Posted by magnethart on July 31, 2010


Students at Lee Magnet Elementary use laptops during their learning time

This is a great resource to measure how well you are integrating technology into your classroom or at your school site.  Also has supporting videos.  This was developed by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (sounds like a place I need to look into a little more) out of the University of South Florida.

Check out the link for more information and to view the matrix.

Technology Integration Matrix

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Re-blog – Yeah, You’ve Got Problems. So Solve Them

Posted by magnethart on July 31, 2010

Great post from @willrich45 on his blog webblogg-ed.

Yeah, You’ve Got Problems. So Solve Them.

Also has a great clip from Apollo 13 at the end.

I tend to run into a lot of these same comments during my trainings.  And I agree, often times they are not thrown out as a problem to solve, but as a road block to say why something can’t be done.

As I embark on a new role and focus on providing professional development at Young Middle, I’m going to keep these comments in mind.  Instead of getting to the point of saying “what about the digital divide that is present at our school?”, I’m going to say, “Okay, so now what?  What are we going to do to fix it?”

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Free Webinars from SMART Technologies

Posted by magnethart on July 31, 2010

Check out the link below for a free webinar from SMART Technologies on creating interactive content for your SMARTboard.

“This free, on-demand webinar, A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Content for the SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard, is your opportunity to learn how you can create new revenue opportunities. You’ll find out how to convert your existing print content to digital formats that work on the SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard, the most widely used interactive whiteboard i the world.”
From SMART Technologies

Watch the webinar here.

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