10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


Weekend Ed. Quote ~ July 30

“One of the major advantages of project work is that it makes school more like real life. It’s an in-depth investigation of a real-world topic worthy of children’s attention and effort.”- Education researcher Sylvia Chard


Stay Curious




Source: Edutopia (2007). Why Is Project-Based Learning Important? https://www.edutopia.org/project-based-learning-guide-importance



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Weekend Ed. Quote~October 5

“A lot of teachers make a PowerPoint and they think they’re so awesome,” said a girl in Florida. “But it’s just like writing on the blackboard.”
From the article, “The 21st Century Digital Learner” by Marc Prensky

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Mobile Learning and Engagement: Are you part of the 15%?

mobile devices

Are you part of the 15%?

First seen in this article: The 21st Century Digital Learner by Marc Prensky




Do you have any advice for new Teachers?

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Every year, U.S. schools hire more than 200,000 new teachers for that first day of class. By the time summer rolls around, at least 22,000 have quit. Even those who make it beyond the trying first year aren’t likely to stay long: about 30 percent of new teachers flee the profession after just three years, and more than 45 percent leave after five years.
Source: http://www.edutopia.org/schools-out


My daughter will begin her first year teaching  7th grade in just two weeks. I do not want these statistics to apply to her.

A tenth of teachers who began teaching in 2007/2008  only lasted one year before they quit, according to a new study by the National Center for Education Statistics. Teachers who worked under the supervision of a mentor or who made salaries of more than $40,000 were less likely to drop out over the same period. Source

Do you have any advice for her and all of the other new teachers beginning their first year in a matter of weeks?
Please feel free to comment here and include advice/quotes/anecdotes/links/ideas/programs…anything is helpful!

An Additional Source of information on teacher retention



While You Were Teaching…4OOPSs EduTech News Feed

The kids need you and the web keeps marching on…not to worry, 4OOPS’ EduTech news Feed has these top stories of interest to educators:

May 29 From Edutopia: Readers’s Reveal Education’s Best http://www.edutopia.org/readers-survey-2008 

May 29  From ASCD Maryland school first in state to attain 100% proficiency
Every third- and fourth-grader at one Maryland elementary school passed the state’s standardized math and reading tests last year, the first full-sized school to do so. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/27/AR2008052703151.html

May 20 From ASCD Will proposed federal funding shift threaten career tech programs?
A recent Bush administration proposal could redirect billions in federal funding intended for high-school career and technical education into NCLB mandate. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

May 21: From Freakanomics: The largest traceable correlation between a child’s ability in school and his home life are the number of books a family has in their home. Quoted in http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/05/21/olpc-20-a-striking-ebook-and-a-step-in-the-right-direction/

May 21: David Cook, the new American Idol wins by 12 million votes, over    million votes cast
This compares to 126 million who voted in the 2004 election www.census.gov/prod/2006pubs/p20-556.pdf and 111 million in the 2000 election  www.census.gov/prod/2002pubs/p20-542.pdf


While You Were Teaching…4OOPS EduTech News Feed

The kids need you and the web keeps marching on…not to worry, 4OOPS’ EduTech news Feed has these top stories of interest to educators:

May 12 From Yahoo Tech: XP vs. Vista, Possible Good News

May 15 From ASCD Smartbrief:  Collegeville, Minnesota school district will cancel classes on Monday next year and students will spend an extra hour in class on Tuesdays through Thursdays

May 9 From Teacher Magazine: Technology-Rich Classrooms Render Textbooks Useless

May 12 From Research Success: Google Scholar allows citation downloads

March, ’08 From Edutopia: “IYO txtng = NME or NBD?” Translation: “In your opinion, is text messaging the enemy, or no big deal?”Edutopia’s Poll says that majority of teachers think text messaging harms student writing skills.

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