Personalized Learning via Technology

Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology by Grace Rubenstein is an excellent article refered to me.
To challenge and support each child at his or her own level, the educators of Forest Lake Elementary deploy a powerful array of digital-technology tools. Discover what your school can learn.

Which took me to Digital tools, article By Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, for defining and targeting students’ strengths and weaknesses could help build a kind of individualized education plan for every student.

At this New York middle school, every student gets a laptop to help extend the boundaries of education.

One final note on a new find for me InterroBang is a socially-networked, problem-solving, service-learning game in which K-12 students complete missions in the real world — an extension of the Smithsonian’s online conference “Problem Solving with Smithsonian Experts.” InterroBang players and experts award points for completed missions based on a problem-solving rubric. Supported by Microsoft and with input from the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse. Teacher go right to the “teachers” page for full details.

Simplify Your Life During Summer

Schools out! Summers almost here, what better time to simplify and downsize your life!
Oh sure you have made the promise to clean the garage, paint the trim or pick a few weeds. But downsizing your life will allow you to be a better person and feel great inside. Joshua Becker reminds us that to simplify your life “…is the simple reality that it costs less. As you accumulate fewer things, you spend less money..” Just think, decluttering your house, garage, and life could improve your bottom line! Maybe this is the summer you give to the local charity, or start that e-bay account, and downsize your life. The ebook that Joshua wrote is a simple, straightforward guide to simplifying your life .

The Minimalist Business wrote of his To visit Becoming Minimalist.“ebook:
“One of the best minimalist books I have read in a long time… One of the most important aspects of this book for me is that it’s written from a family perspective. There aren’t many minimalist books like that and I can only be happy that thanks to Joshua we finally have one.”
“This e-book is an easy, quick read, and it flows nicely. It has some interesting differences from other decluttering books I have read, and presents the information in an accessible way.” -LJ at Simple Productivity Click here to visit Becoming Minimalist.“> And if you have not used an ebook before, they are wonderful. Never get dusty, or pages torn. They fit well on your computer. Here is a screen shot of this book:

See…perfect size too! So, put away the paint, cause you’ll never really do it, and try Joshua’s book. Click here to visit Becoming Minimalist.“>

GOOGLE DOCS

I was asked to place several links to Google Docs together for a fellow teacher to use.

The official Google Docs Blog is a great place to start. Here is a link to the improvements made recently.

Teaching with Google Docs shows applications that may apply to your school.
For those who still like print…this pdf may help.

Google Docs’ sharing features enable you and your students to decide exactly who can access and edit documents. You’ll find that Google Docs helps promote group work and peer editing skills, and that it helps to fulfill the stated goal of The National Council of Teachers of English, which espouses writing as a process and encourages multiple revisions and peer editing.

Last week Google introduced
a solution to that problem
in the form of Google Docs Demo.
Google Docs Demo provides a way
for anyone to try all of the
features of Google Docs
without having to create
a Google account.
Here is and excellent web article on Google for Educators, links take you to Google Apps for Educators.