Saturday, December 15, 2012

Talking With Children

Like all of you I was floored by yesterday's tragedy in Connecticut. Newtown is a town that know fairly well because as I grew up in Connecticut I competed in some interscholastic events in Newtown and I still have family in the area. My heart goes out to all of the families and friends in Newtown.

Throughout the afternoon and evening yesterday people sent me links and comments about talking with children about tragedies. With the exception of this resource from PBS, Larry Ferlazzo has already listed everything that was shared with me. I encourage you to visit Larry's list and subscribe to it as I'm sure that he will continue to update it.

On a related note, Kristopher Still, husband of Beth Still and law enforcement expert on crisis response, has written a good piece of advice for schools on preparing for the worst case scenario.

Video - How To Create Infographics

Infographics are everywhere these days. I've shared a bunch of them on here over the last couple of years. When they are designed well they can provide a good way to interpret and talk about data. Creating an infographic can be a good way to get students to think about they data that they have collected or found in research. In the fifteen minute video below Linda Braun explains how to create an infographic and some of the nuances of the better infographics.

Creating infographics | screencast tutorial from School Library Journal on Vimeo.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Guided Tour Inside the International Space Station

In the 25 minute video below former commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams takes viewers on an in-depth tour of the International Space Station. In the video you'll get the answers to almost everything you may have wondered about regarding living in space for weeks or months at a time. Williams shows us the laboratories, the space suits for space walks, the kitchen, and the sleeping quarters. Williams even shows us the space station's "outhouse" and goes so far as to explain the different types of toilet paper on the space station.

H/T to The Adventure Blog.

Common Curriculum Adds Support for Files and Links In Common Core Lesson Plans

Common Curriculum is an online lesson planning resource that aims to help you align your lessons to Common Core standards. I first tried it back in October. This week Common Curriculum added a new feature that allows you to add links and files to lesson plans you store in your Common Curriculum account. See how it works in the video below.

Links and Files in Cc from Common Curriculum on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
Anyone who has to align his or her lesson plans to Common Core standards could find Common Curriculum to be a handy lesson planning resource. 

By Popular Demand - A 3rd Offering of Google Drive and the Common Core

Earlier this week the January session of my new webinar series Google Drive and the Common Core sold out. I've had a bunch of people ask if I could offer another session of it so I've decided to do that. The new session will meet on three Thursday evenings from 7pm to 8pm ET. The dates are January 10, 17, and 24. You can register for it here.

Google Drive and the Common Core is a three hour webinar series. While at $87 the webinar series is not free it is significantly less than the cost of flying me to your school for the day.

Course Highlights
Creating and sharing documents, presentations, and spreadsheets.
Using Google Documents and Presentations for collaborative writing and reading exercises.
Using Google Forms and Spreadsheets for collecting and analyzing data.
Using Google Documents as a publishing platform.
Managing the flow of files in your Google Drive.
Registration is limited to 25 students per course.

This course is designed for educators who:
*Are new to using Google Drive/ Documents.
*Have previously used Google Drive/ Documents but would like a refresher course.
*Would like to learn how Google Drive/ Documents can be used to help their students meet ELA Common Core Standards.

The cost to register for either the December or January course is $87 USD per student.
The original offerings have sold out. There is a third section now available starting on January 10. There are 5 seats available as of December 24, 2012
If you're interested in the new January section you can register for it here. Payments can be made with a personal credit card, with a school district credit card, or with PayPal. Checks and purchase orders can be accepted however the cost of registration is $15 higher to cover additional processing associated with those payments.
Please contact me directly at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers (dot) com with questions about course registration and or payment processing.

Google Drive and Common Core Flyer 2