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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Web 2.0 Update

Just a quickie this morning to point you to a new blogpost at my Classroom 2.0 site. Why copy and paste here when I can simply link you to it!?

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Freyer Calls for Textbook Purchase Moratorium

Want to think outside of the proverbial "Box" today? Go visit Wesley Freyer's "Infinite Thinking Machine" and join in the conversation he's started about mounting a moratorium on the purchase of dead-tree-based textbooks. Note that he's not advocating the end of their publication, but calling for a movement to break the textbook industry's stranglehold on educational budgets. I'm wondering how much better my 1000 for my two kids texbooks this year might have been spent on a new laptop for each of them...

Vickie Davis bellied up her counter-opinion in her blog, CoolCatTeacher. What to YOU think?

Comment here (or anywhere--just comment!).

Sunday, August 19, 2007

MSNBC's The 10 Best Actors on TV!

I have to shareshare: This recent MSNBC article by Larry Carroll, describing "The Ten Best Actors on TV," includes my boy James and places him number 3 (though I'd put him higher, of course). The text is right on target, from my very biased POV. Can't WAIT to see the upcoming 24 season, which premiers November 6 on FoxTV.

Congrats, brother. It's about time!!!

Grab a visit to Jimmy's official website from the navbar to the right!

Friday, August 17, 2007

FlipVideo Hits Classrooms!

I have to cross-post this, knowing that not everyone reads my USN Lower School blog but wanting to shareshare with as many folks as possible. Here's a post I just slapped up on that blog for parents at my school:

Watch for more video from our Lower School, after Technology Director Kathy Wieczerza put one FlipVideo camera device in the hands of each grade level, K-4 during our final day of start-of-the-year teacher inservice on Tuesday. These handy little devices record internet-ready video at the touch of a button, store 30 minutes of video instantly uploadable to one's computer via the flip-out USB plug, and host the imaging software on the device, so there's no software to load on your computer, PC or Mac. Best of all, they can be bought for about 90 dollars at Costco and other local outlets, a much better price than the 139 dollars they retail for at the company's website.

If you're a teacher, the fine folks at FlipVideo offer a 10 dollar rebate per unit on purchases of 3 or more at a time. Wow.

USN Outdoor Education teacher Cynthia Lee took a Flip on a summer Kindergarten trip to Wyoming and recorded some funny footage at Yellowstone Park. It's hosted on TeacherTube, a sort of a YouTube for educators and students...

Here it is:

Friday, August 10, 2007

Starting the School Year 2007-8!

Wow, so it begins. All over the country, teachers are making ready their classrooms for an influx of new teachers--or they've already met them on that ground. My wish for all of us is that this year be the most inspiring for our children, the most pivotal in their path toward achieving the motivation to seek learning for the rest of their lives.

In my own school, it has been a great treat for me to be around the most dedicated group of educators I can imagine. I'm going to pop in a little video from the first inservice day breakfast, in which our fearless leader Vince Durnan cajoles us out into the 100 degree heat for a mass portrait on our front steps. One reason I'm doing this is to have a readily accessible video to share with my teachers when I hand out the grade-level FlipVideos we're buying, one for each grade level K-5. The other is for the world to see our professonal community at a rare moment of rest. We'll all be at work soon enough! Here's the video:


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