Middle School Matters
MSM-181 A Separate Peace
Oct 15, 2011
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Jokes You Can Use: On Our Mind: Congratulations to Dr. Monte Tatom NMSA/AMLE early registration extended a week. Dr. Debbie Silver is rumored to have a new book out soon on motivating the hard to motivate student. Eileen Award: Sara Kaviar Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Part 4 of the podcasts on Lab Safety. It is about the 7 Standards for Maintaining a Safer Laboratory Environment. From the Twitterverse: Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST. News: A Separate Peace http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2095385_2096859_2096805-1,00.html Resources: iPads in the Science Classroom Last year, around October 2010, I got 13 iPads for my Science students through a service-learning grant. This is the start of my second year using those iPads with my Science students. The summer before I got the iPads I was able to try one out myself and wrote about the possibilities here. I elaborated further on how I was going to use the iPads here. Once students started to use the iPads I used a Google form to see which apps they liked the best. Here are the results of that survey. http://www.educatoral.com/wordpress/2011/09/28/ipads-in-science-2/ Common Core Maps http://commoncore.org/maps/ National Geographic Xpeditions Geography lessons and free resources for your classroom: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/g68.html Better Lesson http://betterlesson.com/home Google Lit Trips The short version is simple. Google Lit Trips are free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. At each location along the journey there are placemarks with pop-up windows containing a variety of resources including relevant media, thought provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references made in that particular portion of the story. The focus is on creating engaging and relevant literary experiences for students. I like to say Google Lit Trips “3-dimensionalize” the reading experience by placing readers “inside the story” traveling alongside the characters; looking through the windshield of that old jalopy in The Grapes of Wrath or waddling alongside Mr. and Mrs. Mallard’s duckling family in Make Way for Ducklings.” What Google Lit Trips AREN’T Google Lit Trips aren’t like sparknotes and other resources that can be used to circumvent the need to actually do the reading. They are designed to stimulate higher level thinking skills and to connect the story’s themes and messages to the issues of the real world in which students live. http://www.googlelittrips.org/ Web Spotlight: Welcome to the 21things4Students Site This site was created by a grant from the REMC Association of Michigan for the creation of an educational resource for students preparing for 21st century skills. Members of the REMC Instructional Technology Specialists in Michigan along with teachers from around the state have created this site to provide project-based activities which are aligned to the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S), and the Michigan Educational Technology Standards for students (METS) as well as the Framework for 21st Century Learning identified by the Partnership For 21st Century Skills. http://www.21things4students.net/ For Educators: http://www.21things4teachers.net/ For Administrators: http://www.21things4administrators.net/ Strategies: Deb’s Data Digest A wide variety of resources and strategies. http://datadeb.wordpress.com/ ScreenCasts as Assessment/Instruction Here are some examples. http://wwcsd.net/groups/screencasts/ Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: NMSA News: National Conference: Thursday, November 08, 2011 —Saturday, November 10, 2011
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