A little movie showing the Edorble world and navigating in it. We use this movie to simulate movement and equilibrium in our Aging Simulation.
New Online: Today in History, Hispanic Heritage & Folklife Collections at this link.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 to October 15. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have influenced and enriched our nation and society. The Hispanic Heritage website has been redesigned and upgraded, featuring new content for 2016, a new adaptive visual design, new and improved video player and more. Click here to visit the Hispanic Heritage website.
Tips for National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)
Use a strong, unique password for every website. It is recommended that you install and use a password manager.
Having separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cyber criminals. At a minimum, separate your work and personal accounts.
Set your smartphone to lock after a short idle time, and set it to require authentication for unlocking. If at all possible, use something stronger than a four-digit PIN.
Never click links in emails or texts that seem to come from your bank, the IRS, or any other institution. If you think the message might be valid, log into your account directly, without using the supplied link.
Learn more at the NCSAM website.
Click here for a pdf poster and click here for a jpeg infographic from NCSAM
More tips to come next week… in National Cyber Security Awareness Month – Part 2
National Cyber Security Awareness Month – Part 3 Post
“…deficiency becomes identity, and inevitably learning is transformed from that early free play and exploration of the world to an habitualized task.” Papert, Mindstorms
One of the key ideas that emerged during research for last night’s webinar was that students need a return (or, for the fortunate ones), a continuation of exploration and play. Papert’s quote from Mindstorms still resonates. Here’s hoping that this weekend brings opportunity for all of us to play and explore and have fun.
More Weekend Ed Quotes
Learning a lot from talented educators in my webinar addressing the learning potential of simulations in blended learning for the Blended Learning Professional Group at James Cook University, Queensland. Just admiring the technology of clearly hearing each other with no delay from over 8548 miles between us. If you would like to have a customized version of this presentation delivered to your group, please contact me.
If you want kids to love reading, set up opportunities for kids to work together and with you around books. If you want them to be lifelong readers, work with them to encourage them to build reading into their daily life when away from school. If you want them to care about books, give them a chance to take on books that might be too hard for them. Give them ways to gain social rewards for using the knowledge that they gain from such reading. ~Tim Shanahan on Literacy, in this post
Did you know that PBS TeacherLine offers self-paced and facilitated professional development courses? PBS TeacherLine gives you the opportunity to learn new skills and enhance your career with courses on math, science, reading, social studies, instructional strategies and more. Check out the list of fall courses!
Here is information on a few new courses:
Developing Passionate Readers in a Digital World Grade: For Educators Teaching Grades K-6 | 30 hours
This course provides specific strategies and tools that will help your students understand and know the joy of reading. Learn how to ignite students’ interest! Explore this Course
Structure of the Earth System: For Educators Teaching Grades 5-12 | 30 hours
Develop content knowledge about land-form processes, data sets, and mapping tools while you learn effective teaching methodologies, strategies, and tools for use in teaching earth and space science concepts. Explore This Course
Enabling Students with Special Needs to Succeed in Math: For Educators Teaching GradesClass Grade: 4-8 | 30 hours
Make math accessible for all students by learning to adapt your own curricula and working with special needs teachers. Explore this Course
It’s a New Day / New Week / New Month! For October, I am starting the 1-3-5 Productivity Habit.
You see, I work between two offices, one car office, one online course PD powerhouse, two universities, one consulting business, four main airports, and four tech interfaces. My life is partly in the conference room, the car, and “the cloud. Want to see me panic? Take away my post-it-notes.
Something got to give. So I am going to implement and follow the 1-3-5 Rule
I’m keeping my comprehensive To-Do list of everything I have to do (mostly because I am afraid to throw it away)… but I’m whittling it down to a daily, prioritized triage list. On any given day, I’m going to target one big thing, three medium things, and five small things to accomplish. I’m also going to immunize myself against “Meetings” the most viral version of productivity sludge. Last night I attended an online meeting, completed in 25 minutes! It can be done, but not very often. Usually most meetings are just excuses for self-aggrandizing busyness. At the end of the day, I’m going to take a few minutes to define my 1-3-5 for the next day. Because my days often bring lots of unexpected tasks, I’m going to leave one medium and two small tasks blank, in preparation for the last-minute requests, often communicated as “emergencies” by bosses and clients. I’m using this template available here.
Read more productivity suggestions at this link