Hope you're enjoying the winter break. I was wondering if you, your educator contacts or students would be interested in participating in a Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. We'd really like to get NC students involved.
You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) My name is Marco Morales; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham,MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. I found you when I searched for middle schools on classroom20, and since our project is specific to middle schools, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:
Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2008, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.
Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win an idea competition on Ideablob.com You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975. We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.
Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!
Yes, I've gotten the box. One area I knew I was week in was parent communication. I never felt like Newsletters really made much of a difference. Anyway, one of my goals this year was to have more involvement with parents and the community within my class. Most of my parents work, and found it difficult to "volunteer". So, I've set up a Ning for my Investigative Environomental Science class. Obviously, it's new, but I'm starting to have the parents interact with the students in ways I had hoped for... Like, one found a cool website and posted it on the discussion board--inviting the students to comment.
Yeah! I'm curious to see where that will go.
As for Twitter. I had signed up, and then did nothing with it for a couple of weeks. I finally got back to it Twitter: terri_science.
This is funny! Sean is a colleague of mine in St. Joseph! I guess we both sense the energy in your words! I felt the same way with trying everything out--I've got the Delicious account , Shelfari, my blog for professional development, and a classroom Ning, called Ecotigers. (Ecotigers is password protected, but if you're ever interested, I'd be happy to invite you to join.)
Anyway, I've done all this in the last 2 months, with nashworld's help! I'm hoping I can find others to encourage me to continue to stretch my boundaries in technology and to provide ideas when needed. For example, my latest project is to figure out how to take 60 seconds out of a utube clip and post it in a blog. I'm part way there!