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Guess the Google: A game you'll love to hate!

OK, I am really mad at my friends, Doug Pete and Alec Couros, for sharing the link to this wonderful distracting game with me over the weekend!

Guess-the-google is an addictive guessing game based on Google's image search.

Guess

Here's how it works: You get 20 images and you need to make the connection between them with just one word.  It sounds simple, just imagine what "keyword" would be used to match all the images. The objective of the game is to be the fastest and most efficient at making that connection between search terms and Google's results.(That's where it gets fun!) The game does requires version 9 of the Flash player. (You can get the latest version here.)

This could be a great brain break for your students as well. Give it a whirl, and you can be mad at Doug and Alec with me! :-)

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Blogging Live with Entri at #ITEC10

During this week's ITEC Conference,I had a chance to try out a new blogging tool/collaborative writing tool called Entri.

It allows you to blog live, and invite others to join you in the process. Still getting a feel for the process of blogging outloud and in front of other writers, but it was definitley worth a try.

Here's my post from @coolcatteacher's session on Blogging in the Classroom

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Here is my post from @lesliefisher's session on Twitter

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Top 10 Quotes from ITEC 2010 - Day Two #itec10

2007ITEC In homage to David Letterman, the following are my TOP TEN QUOTES (in random order) from Day Two of the 2010 ITEC Conference.


  1. By blocking, are we setting up a challenge we can't win? -DougJohnson 
  2. It is important to think about purpose rather than tool, first, when planning instruction - @mctownsley
  3. Tech use must empower YOU before you can use it as a teaching tool. -@MrsBMG
  4. When in doubt, do NOT post. The internet is permenent. @krewerts
  5. Easier to change how we teach than to change the way students learn @blueskunkblog
  6. Don't we want our next generation of tax payers to like school.....? @blueskunkblog
  7. I had fun playing grown-up yesterday. Now back to my regular routine.  @Waukeestudent-6th grader who presented yesterday!
  8. Hard to transform others when you don't feel transformed yourself! @6minutes 
  9. If a teacher isn't going to use technology, then why give it to them, give it to the teachers that want to use it @dmourlam
  10. And, my contirubution...Imagine if schools started everyday with Learning Stories "This is what I learned,discovered,created in the last 24hrs..." #itec10

In case you missed it: Top 10 Quotes from ITEC 2010 - Day One #itec10

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Top 10 Quotes from ITEC 2010 - Day One #itec10

2007ITEC In homage to David Letterman, the following are my TOP TEN QUOTES (in random order) from Day One of the 2010 ITEC Conference.

My friend Vicki Davis, aka Cool Cat Teacher opened the day with a fantasic keynote, and had some amazing one-liners!

  1. "The decisions about what websites to block and unblock belong in curriculum not IT."  @coolcatteacher
  2. "Networked individualism" what today's students want. @KathyKaldenberg
  3.  Best Question of the Day from @jenwoodley24: Are you a transformer or transmitter? 
  4. "You can't take your kids around the world in an airplane, but you can online." @coolcatteacher 
  5. "Twitter is a modern day CB radio" @johnccarver 
  6. "Gameplaying is a vital educational function for any creature capable of learning" @Sylvia Martinez 
  7. Tchrs need to change from “Why would I want my students to do that?” to “How can I get my students to do that?” @DonaKimberly 
  8. Classroom blogging gives grammar a “meaning and purpose” @mctownsley: @waukeestudent at #itec10
  9. The #1 instructional decision-maker in a classroom is the student. He or she can opt in or out of the learning at any time. @B_Wagoner(FYI who was Attending and contributing virtually!)
  10. I think the vendors at #ITEC10 overheard that educators love chocolate. Good call!
    @Waukeestudent (I am so happy they got that tweet!~)
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Chalk Talk - 10/7/10

ChalktalkChalk Talk Friday represents conversations and brilliance I've discovered traversing my way through the Blogosphere.  From professional to personal development, these are the posts and links have in some way touched my head or my heart.

 

  • Goodreads is a free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone's bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future. Don’t stop there – join a discussion group, start a book club, contact an author, and even post your own writing. 
  • MyStickies allows you to add sticky notes to webpages while you’re visiting the page and save it for later. The saved web pages can later be reviewed and edited from any other computer. MyStickies not only bookmarks the webpages in its online repository, but also saves the pages on how you tagged content on it and presents it the same way later. MyStickies is completely free to use.
  • FindArticles.com - FindArticles has the text of articles from about 500 print periodicals with coverage back to 1998, and usage- also completely free of charge. While some of the more popular magazines aren't included on FindArticles, the collection is broad enough to be useful for many topics. It's no substitute for most library article archives; however, it can be a great resource for simple article searching and basic research.
  • INFOMINE   is a virtual library of Internet resources. It is a great reference tool for academic and scholarly resources. It contains useful tools such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, and directories of researchers. It functions similarly to a search engine except that the results are limited to academic sites and resources. (Be advised that not all resources it supplies are free of charge, but many that are fee-related can be found at your local library or university.)
  •  LibriVox is a nice resource for downloadable audiobooks from the public domain: Users download the audiobooks in MP3 format and listen to them on their computer or copy them onto an MP3 player. 

 

 

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TEDxRedmond - Power to the Students

I am a huge fan of TED, a platform for the nation's biggest and brightest thinkers to spread their world changing ideas.  But adults aren't the only ones with big ideas and talents. TEDxRedmond was the first ever TED-events arranged for kids by kids with a theme of "Power to the Students."

Over four hundred youth attendees packed the Washington theater last month for one of the largest TEDx events entirely for youth. I was unable to attend, but feel honored to know both the organizer, former TED speaker Adora Svitak, and several of the students presenting.

After speaking at the annual TED conference in Long Beach, California, Adora, twelve-year-old teacher, speaker, and author spoke about wanting to bring a TED-like experience home to Redmond, Washington. “I had such a great experience during my first time at TED, but I realized that not everyone had such an opportunity,” she explained. “Through TEDxRedmond, I’m hoping to share the magic of TED in an independently organized event.”

I am especially proud of Zoe Sprankle whom I had the honor of coaching as she prepared for this life changing presentation appropriately titled: Small Actions, Large Impact

Zoe, I could not be prouder!

 

 

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The "BESTS" from #BlogChat with @Copyblogger

Hashtag For the past two weeks, I have participated in #Blogchat; a Twitter chat organized by the amazing and prolific blogger (and my friend) Mack Collier. Last night was especially exciting as Mack invited guest host and blogging guru Brian Clark aka Copyblogger to ignite a conversation about writing compelling content online.

Ignite he did. It was a whirlwind of conversations, and even the most seasoned Twitter chatters had trouble keeping up as the tweets were flying at 100 miles an hour. Over 5,000 tweets were captured and archived here.

Here a look at THE BEST STUFF that whizzed by in my stream:

BEST ADVICE - GENERAL:
  • BE YOU! The rest will fall into place!
  • Dont just post information. Have an opinion. YOU are the value on your blog.
  • It's all about the human touch- strategy doesn't matter if know one cares WHO you are.
  • Think substance vs. success  Blogging is not about eyeballs it is about hearts and minds!

BEST ADVICE FOR BLOG WRITING:
  • Posts need 2 B clear, compelling, conversation-oriented, clever (images, humor)
  • Short and Sweet wins- dwell too long on a post, you can lose sight of what the purpose and lose readers in the process. Be kind and be brief when possible.
  •  A must follow writing rule- ALWAYS write with the reader in mind
  • @copyblogger is firm believer of the power of images (me, too!), they will draw you in esp w/ headline
  • Keywords matter- chose them wisely. Keywords tips from Brian here.
BEST TIPS AND TRICKS:
  • Turn Twitter conversations into posts. Start the questioning there, and curate the answers on your blog.
  • Link Genrously- posts can go far AND wide by linking outside not just within your community
  • Isn't a blogroll your "mentor" blogger list- mine is! Every day I read them as both reader AND writer.
  • Lists posts are powerful and almost always work.
  • Re-purpose blog posts (great examples here)
  • And last but not least, WRITE people WRITE! Consistency is key!
BEST ADVICE FOR HEADLINES:
  • Your headline is the first, and perhaps only, impression you make.
  • Think of your headline as a compelling promise to your reader.
  • Headlines need to hook the reader, make a promise about the post, and OVERdeliver with substance, honesty, intrigue in the writing.
  • Think about writing the headline first!
BEST TOOLS:
  • Entri  A simnple way to sharing your blog post before you publish...love this one.
  • Scribd - Great for series posts or any post you can turn into an instant white paper.  
  • Storify - Fun and easy tool to chronicle a twitter conversation.
  • I use compfight.com and flickrstorm.com for quick image searches
  • Blog smarter and more efficiently with post and image generator tools like Zemanta.
  • Archive tweets with Twapperkeeper- also great for analizing the conversations.
My final tweets of the night sums up the feelings of the hundreds that participated in this event:
Angela Maiers
@AngelaMaiers Angela Maiers
Smarter than I was an hour ago - thanks everyone! Have a GREAT week! #blogchat
Guys PLEASE make sure you follow @copyblogger & would be good idea to sub to http://bit.ly/9I1nt #blogchat
Phote Credit:  toprankblog.com
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My book is done, let the conversations begin!

Passion I feel like dancing! After a busy summer of teaching, researching, speaking, and writing....The Passion Driven Classroom is finally done! Big thanks to my wonderful and very patient publishing team at Eye On Education, and my writing partner and dear friend, Amy Sandvold.

Two books in two years was not my intention, nor an ideal plan, but this book on passion was truly a work of passion. I can personally say that your conversations, blog posts, chats and insight have helped us both conceive and complete what we feel is a critical topic in our discussions about the future of education.

I hope that it keeps the spark ignited and the conversations going about the role passion plays in our work, our lives, and our classrooms.

Here's a little "sneak peak" before the official release:


TABLE OF CONTENTS

About the Authors
Acknowledgements
Preface

1. Achievement Gap or Passion Gap?
            Listening To Our Students
            Minding the Passion Gap
            Closing the Gap
            More...
2. Let's Talk About Passion
            Defining Passion
            P.A.S.S.I.O.N.
            Passion-Driven Learning
            More...
3. Clubhouse Learning: Where Passion Meets Practice
            Our Very First Learning Club
            The Philosophy: Clubs Are Passion Playing Fields
            What Makes Club Life Enticing?
            More...
4. A Passion-Driven Classroom: The Essentials
            Essential #1: The Learning Clubs
            Essential #2: The Opening Message and The Daily Boardroom Meeting
            Essential #3: Reflection
            More...
5. Organizing the Clubhouse Classroom
            The Physical Environment
            Clubhouse Tools
            The Clubhouse Classroom Routine Sequence
            More...
6. Managing the Clubhouse Classroom
            The Three Phases in Action
            Phase One: Launching the Learning - Passion Discover
            Phase Two: Practicing Our Passion - Learning Is Thinking
            More...
7. From the Trenches: The Voices of Passion
            A Webinar with Sir Ken Robinson
            New to Edchat?
            Challenge
8. Closing Thoughts: Choosing Passion in Times of Change
            The Promise of Passion
            Closing Thoughts: Choosing Passion in Times of Change

References

Click here to read sample pages!

Whether you know it or not, you are a continual source of inspiration for me, and I am so grateful to be in your communities. We hope we have done you all proud, and look forward to your responses and reflections.

 

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Celebrating September

Celebrate...Image by Јerry via Flickr

Happy Saturday!

It is hard to beleive that October is already here. I have so enjoyed the conversations we began last month, and look forward to continuing them in the weeks and months to come.

Here are some of the most popular post from September:

In September, we celebrated Nonfiction in a BIG way with this annoncement: Authors on Call: Introducing the INK THINK TANK and LOTS of lessons!

 

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Chalk Talk 10/1/10

ChalktalkChalk Talk Friday represents conversations and brilliance I've discovered traversing my way through the Blogosphere.  From professional to personal development, these are the posts and links have in some way touched my head or my heart.

  • I am excited to give Entri a try this week. It is a free collaborative tool for writing and sharing documents. Say you are writing an article for your blog and you want to share with your readers before you publish it to get feedback and allow changes
  • Intute provides access to Web-based resources for science, technology, arts, humanities, and social sciences. The database contains well over 100,000 records and continues to grow. Subject experts review old records regularly to ensure that information is as current as possible.
  • Artcyclopedia - If you're looking for information on artists or art movements, Artcyclopedia is a great place to begin. The site provides links to museums worldwide where works by over 8,200 artists can be viewed. While most of the artists listed are painters and sculptors, you can also find photographers, decorative artists, and architects. Any art or art history research can benefit from this site, at least as a starting point.
  • PrintWhatYouLike If you are tired of printing web pages only to find your printout is full of ads, empty space and other junk you don't want? PrintWhatYouLike is a free online editor that lets you format any web page for printing in seconds. Check it out!
  • Wolfram Alpha now has an Android app. WooHoo!
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