Adolescents send an average if 200 texts a day.
Students learn, unlearn, and relearn.
3L’s: They link (into the world via the Internet), lurk (watch others), and lunge (jump right into it)
Teachers are not connecting on social networks while all students are doing it, even if they don’t have computers at home.
Zinch is a social networking site used to network high school seniors with colleges.
The number 14th most downloaded application for the iPhone is Facebook.
Students interact with media more than 72 hours per work, only 10% of which is for education.
Information is cheap today.
Bloom’s taxonomy was modified in 2001: create is now the highest level of the taxonomy.
All children have incredible abilities and we squander them.
None of the top 10 jobs today will exist in ten years so it’s critical we teach students to learn how to learn.
Read A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink. He states that the future belongs to “designers, inventors, teachers, and storytellers.” He continues by noting design, story, symphony, empathy, play, and meaning will be the most important skills for the future.
“Textperts”=Tech Experts (each class has 4-5 textperts); Texpert selection needs to be skilled at computers, they have to be friendly to others, they have to be responsible academically (complete their other work, Testperts get special chairs and a table. They have to complete all the work just like the other students. Students rate textperts every few weeks. The teacher also asks whether any of the textperts were rude, who was most friendly, and whether they’ve received help from each textpert. This is feedback to the teacher and students receive some feedback (only the positive feedback). This encourages a sense of community and empowerment for the students.
Recommended classroom rules: Help others when asked, share ideas, respect all ideas, have fun, and make it meaningful.
Early finishers help others, finish projects from other classrooms, and have “creative free time” (and they must be creating something).
Google’s employees spend 80% of their time is spent doing their work, and 20% is spent doing something creative.
Apple Remote Desktop allows you to see all your student’s screens and to double-click to take over the screen. It also allows you to collect artifacts of what students are doing.
The fine for using someone’s photo without asking for permission is $1,400.
Creative Commons: Allows users to share work with anyone. When ever you create something, you receive copyright protection. Creative Commons allows you to choose the level of copyright. Google and Flikr all offer Creative Commons sections. You can search in Google for Creative Commons items (can you specify images?). You can go to http://www.flikr.com/Creative Commons to access free photos.
http://FreetypingGame.com is a free online typing game.