Saturday, December 31, 2011

Across the World from Teachers First!

Across the World Once a Week (XW1W) uses microblogging or blogging tools to share responses about everyday life from any corner of the world. The XW1W FAQ page explains it all. Make today's instant communications an instant learning experience.

How to champion students' social-emotional learning in 2012

I am thinking this type of an approach can be taught to our students and employed as they communicate with people around the world!  It is a frame of mind.  See what you think.
Educators in 2012 should resolve to become champions of students' social and emotional learning, writes Maurice Elias, director of the Social-Emotional Learning Lab at Rutgers University. This involves teachers making students' "needs and rights" the priority and protecting their dignity through high expectations for the adults who work with them, Elias writes. Elias' blog (12/27)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Exciting News!

We have begun to work on our project with the Sinarmas World Academy.  

Alison Prescott,

  Jane Ross, 

 and myself skyped on Tuesday night - 8pm here, 8 am there.

This was our first step towards planning collaborative projects between Alison's first grade in Winthrop, Maine and a first grade in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

Stay tuned!!!  More to come after Christmas break.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Do students understand potential consequences of social media use?

Educators in schools across the country are working to teach students about the potential consequences of their use of social media, which can affect college acceptance, but some say students are not getting the message. 

"The disconnect happens because of their age and level of maturity. We're constantly dealing with students who are inappropriate in what they say online," said high-school principal Franklin Caesar. 

Now, some schools are beginning digital-responsibility lessons earlier, while others are seeking a formalized curriculum. Education Week (premium article access compliments of