I'm a classroom teacher (mostly middle school humanities) currently working for the Elk Grove School District, a huge, rapidly growing area in the south Sacramento area, as a technology support specialist.
For the past 12 years, ever since the Internet arrived at my classroom doorstep, I've been dabbling with technology as a tool for catapulting learning. I've always realized we were on the edge of something great, but never could quite articulate what that "something" was. With the arrival of Web 2.0, I see everything changing about the way we teach and learn. That's another piece I'm trying to wrap my brain around, but the possibilities are just so mind boggling.
I love gardening, walking with my dog Nola, bike riding, and hiking in the Sierras.
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I'll have the opportunity to help write curriculum for our new middle school humanities (grades 6 and 7) starting in the fall. What grades do you teach and what do you include for the history/social studies part of your curriculum. We have not included American History (6-8) up until now. I was an ELA teacher but my degrees and certifications are English and HIstory. You can imagine how excited I am to be able to combine the two. Love to hear what you do.
Hi! Please fill out Alice Mercer's Google Doc regarding setting up future meetings in Sac. It will just take a minute. Thanks for your feedback. :) (I'm sure you probably already did, but wanted to tell you just in case.) ;)
Hi Gail. I was wondering if you have students or educator friends who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. 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!
Great--and thanks so much for the recommendation to NWP institutues. A fabulous network for thinking about PBL, collaboration, and technology. We'd love to talk with teacher leaders. Just let us know what works with your schedule.
Thanks for the speedy reply. Let me get with Paul Allison, who organizes the program, and see if next week would work. I've recommended the book for National Writing Project summer institutes, so it would be great if the teacher leaders could meet online with either you or Jane!