Monday, September 21, 2009

Ideas to Inspire - Curriculum Ideas and More

Ideas to Inspire is a collection of ideas for using software, hardware, and online tools in the classroom. The ideas are presented in a style of suggestion rather than how-to. All of the ideas are presented in a slideshow format using Google Docs presentation. As all of the slideshows are Creative Commons licensed and in Google Docs, you can share these ideas with your colleagues on a district or department website. Ideas to Inspire was created by and hosted by Mark Warner.

Applications for Education
Not being a video game person (the last video game I played was on Coleco Vision) I found the section on using Nintendo DS in the classroom to be very interesting.

Justice, What's the Right Thing to Do?

Harvard is offering a free online course called Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? The course will explore compelling, difficult, questions of justice and morality. The course spans twelve lectures each exploring topics like "The Moral Side of Murder" and "A Lesson in Lying." In addition to the twelve lecture videos, the course website includes supplemental readings and discussion guides. The course website also includes the capability for groups taking the course together to create an online discussion circle.

Watch this video introduction to learn more about this free learning opportunity.

Thanks to Open Culture for the link to the YouTube Channel for this course.

Applications for Education
The questions and topics addressed in this course could be used to create a compelling elective course for college-bound high school seniors.

The Google Jockey

As I Tweeted last week, every time I read The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing EducationI get an idea that I can apply to my classroom instruction. Today, while reading The World Is Open I came across the idea for having a "Google Jockey" in my classroom. The idea is that you have one student in the room who is responsible for looking up terms or phrases that come up during the course of classroom discussion. Like everyone else, I've had students Googling terms informally as they came up in the course of the class, but I had not thought of formally assigning one student to be the "head Googler" for the day. All of my students will have netbooks starting next month and the "Google Jockey" is a term that I plan to add to my students' vernacular. Combining the use of a back channel along with a Google Jockey could become a good avenue for drilling deeper into the content of the day's lesson.

Harvard Offers Tuition-Free Graduate Program

Harvard has created a new doctoral program in education leadership. If you can get accepted to the program, which starts in August 2010, the tuition is free. The program will accept twenty-five applicants. Participants in the program will spend two years taking new courses designed for this program. Participants will then spend one year in the field working with a partner organization to make transformational change in education. It sounds like a very exciting program. You can read more about it, including how to apply, here.

Webinar Video - Teaching Search in the Classroom

Earlier this month Google hosted a webinar on teaching web search techniques. If you weren't able to participate in the webinar, you can now watch the whole webinar in this video of the event. The lesson plans and resources mentioned in the webinar can be found here. The video is embedded below.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Google Wonder Wheel in Action
Internet Search Strategies Explained
Five Ways to Visually Explore Wikipedia
Scoopler - Search Delicious, Digg, Twitter, and Flickr