Saturday, June 5, 2010

Week in Review - Most Popular Items

Good morning from rainy Maine. I hope the weekend brings you all of the rest, relaxation, and fun that you want. As I do every week, I've compiled a list of the seven most popular items of the last week. Before you jump to that list I want to say thank you to everyone that has subscribed to Free Technology for Teachers and or become a fan on Facebook. I'm still amazed that one teacher with a computer can share ideas and resources with more than 22,000 daily readers. Thank you.

Here are the seven most popular items of the last week:
1. 100 Ways to Use VoiceThread in Education
2. Einztein - Locate Online Courses and Course Materials
3. If It Was My Home - Oil Spill Visualization
4. Podcasts in Education Made Simple
5. Fuel the Brain - Free Math Games and Printables
6. Historypin - Historical Images in Google Streetview
7. Buying Stuff Won't Fix Your or My Problems

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Lessons from John Wooden - Coach and Teacher

Hall of Fame basketball coach and player John Wooden passed away yesterday at the age of 99. Wooden is best known for leading UCLA to ten basketball national championships in twelve years. But if you watch and read interviews with his former players and associates you'll learn that Wooden rarely talked about winning. Instead he focused on teaching lessons of character, preparation, and doing things "the right way."

Here's Coach Wooden's 2001 TED Talk on Winning vs. Success. One of his rules for players that he shared in the talk, "no criticizing of teammates, I'm paid to do that," is a great rule that translates well to the classroom and the workplace.

Here's a video from ESPN about Coach Wooden featuring comments from his former players and sports journalists.