Saturday, December 26, 2015

Apply Now for a National Geographic Teaching Adventure

Every year National Geographic Education seeks applicants for the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program. This program, open to teachers in the U.S. and Canada takes teachers on field work expeditions to interesting places all over the world. Some of the places teachers could go through the program include Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, Iceland, Greenland, and Norway.

Applications are due by January 3rd. You can get read a set of program FAQs here and see a sample application here. The program is limited to 3,000 applicants so click here to apply today.

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

Growth mindset is a term that pops-up a lot in current writing about education. My friend Vicki Davis has written some good blog posts on the topic in the last year. But what does that term really mean? Rita Kitchen and the PERTS research center at Stanford offer a great, short introduction to the term "growth mindset." That introduction is available in the form of a TED-Ed lesson titled Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset. I appreciated the lesson for the comparison chart that appears at the one minute mark in the video.

If you've been wondering what "growth mindset" means, spend a few minutes watching the short video embedded below.

Week in Review - The Boxing Day Edition

Good morning from Connecticut where I am spending time with family and friends on this holiday weekend. Like many of you, I spent yesterday entirely offline except for posting a few Instagram pictures taken with my new selfie stick. My uncle gave it to me as a joke, but little did he know how much fun I would have with it. See the family picture to the left as evidence.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Evernote is Closing Skitch for Windows, iOS, and Android - Try These Alternatives
2. 176 Practical Ed Tech Tips
3. How to Find Public Domain and Creative Commons Images
4. A Couple More Skitch Alternatives
5. Use Google Drive to Host Online Discussions of Primary Sources
6. 10 Good YouTube Channels for Math Lessons
7. ClassHook Helps You Find Educational Video Clips

On January 5th I'm starting a new section of Getting Going With GAFE (Google Apps for Education). Three graduate credits are available in that course. More information about that course is available here.

On January 11th I'm starting a new section of Classroom Blog Jumpstart. More information about that online class is available here.

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