"Holy macaroni, it’s the 2008 Eddies, which makes it 5 years of Edublog Awards! And these awards are going to better than ever!
First up - there are actual, genuine, prizes (as well as tasty badges and the respect of your peers). The winner of each category will get a years free Edublogs Campus subscription for themselves or their institution worth US$900… so that’s over $10,000 worth of prizes on offer!
Second - it’s time for you to show your love in public… all nominations must be made in the form of a blog post!
So, what are you waiting for? Nominations are open until the end of November, and voting will begin at the start of December. You can find all thenomination instructions here - but to sum them up: Write a post on your blog linking to http://edublogawards.com/2008/and the blogs that you nominate."
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Listen and Learn shares a great song that helps young students learn the concepts of wait, go, and stop.
Library Banter shares some interesting active learning techniques she recently experienced.
Redjotter shares a low tech technique to involve students in critically thinking about design.
Angela Maiers Education Services has a video mini lesson that demonstrates with elementary students how their brains learn best, where attention is controlled, and how motivation affects engagement and overall understanding.
Digital Storytelling Finds Its Place in the Classroom reports that after the Place Project, fourth and fifth graders responded to the survey. "Are you a writer?" Ninety-nine percent said yes.
Campus Technology has a great article about Avoiding the 5 Most Common Mistakes in Using Blogs with Students.
Active Learning in the News
The Times of Malta reports on a Grade 11-12 class that visited the Inquisitors Palace as part of their history class. To prepare for the visit, the students first held discussions, conducted research and wrote about the Inquisition. It was also decided to act a role-play at the palace, using a script based on an actual Inquisition case.
The Hindu reports nearly 1,000 newly appointed block resource teachers (BRTs) enjoy the advantage of undergoing an intense orientation into activities of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA), Activity Based Learning (ABL), and Active Learning Methodology (ALM), at the very outset.
After “seeing where the holes are and looking at what needs to be changed to make the learning experience the best for the students and to see what is needed to engage them in active learning,” two Deer Creek schools received perfect scores of 1500 on the Academic Performance Index (API) Oklahoma Core Curriculum test.
Active Learning Resources
Edublogs has a series of tutorials about using blogs to teach.
Larry Ferlazzo shares The Best Multilingual & Bilingual Sites For Math, Social Studies, & Science.
Thinkport has lots of interesting resources including Create your own museum.
Marilyn Western's Technology Tips for Classroom Teachers has a vast library of tutorials for k-12 teachers.
Thumann Resources shares 21 ed tech leaders you just have to meet
Widget of the Month
The Searchme Widget
Type in a search category. Clicking on the pages as they pass by will open the webpage.
Thank you to all the people who submitted articles this month. Submit your blog article to the next edition of active learning blog carnival using our carnival submission form before December 1st.