"Tools and ideas for staying centered in exponential times

"We are living in exponential times" from Did You Know presentation

The Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer is one helpful resource for riding the
exponential wave. http://www.couragerenewal.org/

What if our students thought and believed, that people of letters and science were as much heros and heroines of the human enterprise, as the latest sports figure. What if we could displace ignorance with knowledge and relationship. Try an electronic filed trip, video conference, or other collaborative/debate/expert forums for promoting a sense of audience. Wikispaces, Blogger,

Tip for Increasing content quality and avoiding Powerpoint pitfalls-
Are you using Powerpoint with your students? You and your students Powerpoint presentations will increase in quality of content, if you incorporate the ideas from Edward Tufte's Essay, and avoid the pitfalls inherent in the tool:
The Cognitive Style of Powerpoint: pitching out corrupts within http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/books_pp

Quick, what qualifies as world class digital content?
World class K-12 digital resources are: mass adoptable, peer reviewed, standards aligned, content expert approved, easy to use, age and grade appropriate, and difficult or impossible to replicate with construction paper and crayons.

The visualization tools I have referenced:
Give unpracticed minds, an opportunity to see and interact with multiple representations of information in one eye span, providing instant feedback, and the ability to make visible and available complex and abstract concepts, processes, including scale, misunderstanding, and erroneous preconceptions.

K12 Information Literacy for Teachers

Internet Privacy, Safety, and Ethics
Discussion of privacy, safety, and ethics: direct supervision, Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA), District Appropriate Use Policy & Agreement, The Onion Router plus proxy servers (TOR), and general encryption services from Apple OS X, and MicroSoft Vista.
  • March 18, 2008 Article by Rich Mogull "Should Mac Users Run Antivirus Software? http://db.tidbits.com/article/9511
  • Free spyware, video's, Fact Sheets, PowerPoints and Brochure's from MicroSoft
  • Free Cybersafety poster, games, consumables, and PowerPoints, at CTAP region 4 http://www.ctap4.org/cybersafety/
  • i-SAFE Inc. is the worldwide leader in Internet safety education. Founded in 1998 and endorsed by the U.S. Congress, i-SAFE is a non-profit foundation dedicated to protecting the online experiences of youth everywhere: i-Safe America http://www.isafe.org/
PREDATORS ON THE INTERNET http://www.nap.edu/netsafekids/index.html
Hall Davidson's Copyright handouts http://www.halldavidson.net/index.html
Hall's article and copyright cheetsheet for teachers http://www.techlearning.com/db_area/archives/TL/2002/10/copyright.php

Differentiating Instruction, Best Practices
Using Technology to Support Diverse Learners at WestEd http://www.wested.org/cs/tdl/print/docs/tdl/home.htm
How to Teach or Learn Anything 8 Different Ways (Dr. Armstrong) http://www.thomasarmstrong.com/multiple_intelligences.htm
Taking Center Stage Act II, a portal for middle grade educators from the California Department of Education (CDE)
Doing What Works http://dww.ed.gov/
Mark Walker (from Ed.gov Teacher to Teacher Initiative) on Differentiated Instruction http://www.paec.org/teacher2teacher/differentiatedinstruction.html

World class content, aligned to California standards, with some resources CLRN reviewed
ThinkFinity (previously Ca. MarcoPolo), academic standards aligned and CLRN reviewed K12 electronic resources.
Ca. Learning Resources Network (CLRN) - Find & compare standards aligned electronic resources http://www.clrn.org/

Early Primary English Language Resources
Learners, Language, and Technology: Understanding Early Literacy http://www.netc.org/earlyconnections/
Interactive rhyming and onset activity at National Council of Teachers of English
Rhymezone supports rhyming activities http://www.rhymezone.com/
Second Grade Early Literacy Skills http://comsewogue.k12.ny.us/~ssilverman/autumn/index.html

Sampling of projects, content, and tools
and another one (does not create ALA) http://www.easybib.com
  • Great tutorial resource for teachers using TrackStar (free web based link list, and more)

Here is Sonoma COE, the Region 1 Lead Agency responsible for BTSA http://www.scoe.org/content.php?PageId=595

Scott Coletti scoletti1@mac.com
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