A couple months ago our team attended your workshop in San Francisco and were totally inspired. We spoke to you afterwards about running a virtual session over video conference (H.323). We have a dozen schools across N.America that would love to attend as well as a few hundred teachers in Edmonton, Canada. Please let me know if you are still willing.
I am working on a project involving aligning our district curriculum with the Common Core English Language Arts standards. Our elementary reading program is a spiral curriculum based on a reader's workshop model. I am looking for examples of reading curriculum maps that are not based on units, ones that help teachers understand and document the spiral of a spiral curriculum within a standards-based framework. Do you or any of your site readers have suggestions for me as to where to look?
I loved the wmv movie from Shodack. I presented at the Capital Region BOCES reading conference this summer and Donna (the girl in the blue in the video) was there. You had introduced her to me in Latham. She is working on establishing Readers' Workshop in the district and I loved her instantly!
The video is a great way to open the school year!
I just saw your post in Steve Wilmarth's group here in Classroom 2.0. You also might be interested an a group I've started called the Global Education Collaborative which is where I met Steve, too. There's a group in there that's very interested in figuring out how global awareness concepts can be infused into curriculum.
Please join and/or pass the info on to interested teachers!
With your work in Curriculum Design, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service. Here’s a public class recording conducted by Nellie Deutsch on Technology Integration.
At the NYC DOE your name is always floated around (Kyle Haver, MAK Mitchell) as the curriculum mapping guru. The NYC DOE is looking for tech savvy staff developers with Curriculum Mapping experience (details http://tinyurl.com/title2Djobs). If you know of anyone who may be interested in a position, please share this link . Feel free to email me at email@example.com for more information.
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!
Great to see you on Steve Hargadon's Classroom 2.0 network! This is great stuff, these build-your-own social networking tools. (I was among the first 100 members of this community... which now numbers in the thousands of members.) I've created 2 social networks that you should take a quick look at:
Ningxia Dragon Student Ambassadors - a network for people who are interested in or participating in educational and cultural exchanges that I've set up around a blended learning, project-based curriculum. The site has details of our upcoming trip to northwest China, Mongolia, and Sichuan province where our students will "adopt" a school damaged in the recent tragic earthquake.
New School Curriculum Group - This site is operated through a 501c3 non-profit foundation (New School Student Ambassadors, Inc.), which I've created to build on international cultural and educational exchanges featuring collaborations between students around the world. I've started with China and the US, but will soon expand to include Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Korea, India, South Africa, Canada, the UK, and Russia. You'll find information here about the programs, curricula, and exchanges we're working on, and I'd enjoy adding any participants from your community. (The site's still "under construction, so please be patient.)
Regarding my work on the chapter, I have put together a deep library of resources and citations as part of the preparation and research. You should know that the topics touched upon in the work have resonated deeply within the education community. (As you know, I've received an appointment as a Fellow at the Academy for Global Economic Advancement at UConn, and will be presenting my thesis at a meeting of business school deans at a conference on "Preparing MBAs to be Globally Competitive" in November.) So, my concern is that my research be as thorough as possible and that I review the most current and important literature on the subject. I have taken a leave from The Center for 21st Century Skills so that I have more bandwidth available to devote to my writing, and I will have a draft available for you by the end of July. I suspect that your comments and editorial suggestions will result in a substantial amount of work needing to be done over the balance of time left this summer, so I have made every effort to "clear the decks" for a focused, substantive, and creative effort on my part. Please know that I hold this project as the highest in my list of priorities, and a critical opportunity for an expression of creative and innovative ideas in the future of curriculum design.
Do not hesitate to contact me and seek any information or clarification you need. I'll be in China until July 28th, but can generally respond to you within a few days.
Welcome, I hope you enjoy your stay at Classroom 2.0. I have used Curriculum Mapper in a district where I taught. Previous to that, I found your theoretical foundations for developing curriculum to be very intuitive.
I would like to learn more of what you are thinking about the learning process today;D
Hello Heidi, I responded to your request. I am also an author and just finishing up a few chapters for the 2nd edition of my book "1-to-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work." Hoping you might be send me an email and perhaps there might be some synergy possible. firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks -- Pamela