San Diego County Office of Education, District Administrators-San Diego, California-March 25-26, 2010

Bloom's Taxonomy tutorial flash
Visual Bloom's
Bloom's taxonomy and ICT Tools

"You must connect yourself to connect your students."
"Because of technology, I have a network of advisors accessible to comment to and advise me at any time."
"Education has moved from consuming information for set answers to producing information to engage in conversation."

"Start Where Your Students Are" by Robyn R. Jackson
Good grades. A quiet classroom. These are often what teachers value. But what if students come to class looking for something else?

Horizon Report 2010: A Condensed View
Innovative Educator Blog-very cleaver and informative
Reflective Blog reviewing this video

KnowledgeWorks Foundation-Stanford University on Facebook

KnowledgeWorks Foundation: Making School Innovation Work Blog


A Guide to Designing Effective Professional Development: Essential Questions for the Successful Staff Developer

Let's stop motivating our students. Engage and inspire instead!

Assessment Literacy is Self-Efficacy

What Questions Should School Boards Be Asking about 21st Century Learning?

Can't Get Kids to Read? Make It Social

The Three Important Lessons Banning Cell Phones Teaches Kids

In his post “I lost something very important to me” Will Richardson shares three important lessons that banning cells teaches kids. They are:
1-It teaches them that they don’t deserve to be empowered with technology the same way adults are.
2-Tools that adults use all the time in their everyday lives to communicate are not relevant to their own communication needs.
3-They can’t be trusted (or taught, for that matter) to use phones appropriately in school.

There is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch: 8 Free and Easy Ways to Begin Educating Innovatively

The Tool: Reading Level Check in Word and Google Docs

external image google+readability.pngBoth Google Docs and Microsoft Word provide three indicators of the reading level of the document you're creating. They will each calculate for you the Flesch Reading Ease, Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, and the Automatic Readability Index. In Google Docs you visit the tools menu and select the word count option. In MS Word, you click on the Microsoft Office button, then select Word Options, Click Proofing, make sure Check grammar with spelling is selected, under When correcting grammar in Word, select the Show readability statistics check box. Then open your document in word and run a spell check.
This allows teachers and students to instantly see the difficulty level of their writing. Are they writing at a 2nd grade level or 12th grade? What level is right for the audience they are trying to reach? Writing teachers can use this to assess growth of their writers across the year. For reading instruction this is a great way to be able to determine the reading level of student and teacher created work that can be used for mentor texts.