So today I stumbled upon MentorMob.com. I was blown away by what I found. I had stumbled upon an on-line community where anyone and everyone can create learning playlists. Instead of navigating through a Google search that often presents you with tons of hits, but hours of weeding through, MentorMob makes it easy to get to the best quality answers. Playlists on how to add and subtract fractions to The Diary of Anne Frank, to how to conduct PBL lessons for teachers. All educators have got to check this out and integrate it into the classroom. Good Stuff!!
Twitter is exploding today with information about flipping the classroom. Check out the link posted here for some very cool resources and “how to’s” on flipping the classroom. There are so many layers to it in order to do it right! Educate yourself and be ready to implement at the start of next school year.
Check out this great blog. Sue Waters and Ronnie Burt regularly talk about resources educators can use in the classroom complete with a lot of “how to” instructions. A great blog to add to your daily reads.
If you are looking for a free comprehensive digital resource to use in the classroom, look no further than SAS Curriculum Pathways. The people at SAS have the model for the future of digital content and they have been feverishly developing it over the last few years. Here in Mooresville we have had a great partnership with SAS and our teachers have been vigorous users on the product for four years. The best part is it is FREE!!
SAS ranks as one of the top companies in the world. “SAS helps organizations anticipate and optimize business opportunities. We do this through advanced analytics that turn data about customers, performance, financials and more into meaningful information. The result? Fact-based decisions for undeniable bottom line impact – this is how we transform the way our customers do business.”
Over the past seven years I have had the good fortune of partnering with The Flippen Group at two different schools. The Flippen Group works with schools and organizations all over the country and is a leader in the development of culture and leadership. At two different schools now, I have had the pleasure of exposing those staffs to the training Capturing Kids Hearts. It is a transformational training that puts students at the center of the work and creates and environment of trust and helps schools have a consistent way to develop meaningful relationships with kids. My friend Chris Layton, an employee of The Flippen Group, recently shared with me his blog on Leadership in Education. It is a great read. I would encourage any school leader to follow the blog and to check out Capturing Kids Hearts and the many other service offered by The Flippen Group at http://www.flippengroup.com.
I absolutely cannot get enough of this site. So many times I have sat in a classroom and watched kids do vocabulary lists in isolation as they look up the word and write down the definition. With visuwords, you can Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.
Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree. Click and drag the background to pan around and use the mouse wheel to zoom. Hover over nodes to see the definition and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections.
- It’s a dictionary! It’s a thesaurus!
- Great for writers, journalists, students, teachers, and artists.
- The online dictionary is available wherever there’s an internet connection.
- No membership required.
It’s off the chain!!
How many times have you heard the excuse or even given the excuse, “We just can’t get the parents in for a conference.” It’s fallen on my ears way too many times. It’s time we starting thinking differently about parent conferences as well and using on-line tools. For example, http://www.yugma.com, is a free desktop sharing and video conferencing website. Check out the link here and begin brainstorming ways to have on-line parent conferences and eliminate any excuses with parent communication.