Ten Great Teaching Resources

I’m on all sorts of great mailing lists and this week quite a few great resources popped up in my email and RSS reader. Here are a few I thought YIS teachers would find useful:

  1. Top 25 Sites of 2010
  2. Top 10 YouTube channels for education
  3. Great Web 2.0 Resources for Students
  4. Top Web Tools for Enhancing Collaboration
  5. What Should your Students Consider for their Digital Toolkit?
  6. More Than Wordle… Ten Other Word Cloud Generators … Providing Unique Features
  7. Ten steps for better media literacy skills
  8. Youngzine: News & More for the Young
  9. Newspaper Extinction Timeline
  10. 2 presentations:

Great PD in Beijing: The Flat Classroom Conference

The Project Based Learning Conference for Students and Educators

A New Kind of Conference

  • Tired of going to conferences and just listening all day?
  • Do you wish you could use the tools and create new products for learning?
  • Do you want to have contacts who are ready to collaborate?

The NEXT Flat Classroom Conference is in Beijing, February 25-27, 2011. Join us at the W.A.L.L. – We All Learn and Lead in China!

The Flat Classroom™ Conference is a unique limited-seating conference including students and educators to envision the future of education as they use leading technology tools such as wikis, blogs, social networking and multi-media storytelling. The conference is diverse in participation while allowing smaller groups with leading world-class presenters in a “flattened” environment where virtual participants join in the conversation from remote corners of the world.

Educators will leave the conference understanding how to collaborate globally and with contacts in hand to start projects. Students will leave the conference with leadership skills, technology skills, presentation skills, and a better understanding of diverse cultures and collaboration.

Global Education Conference Begins!

Another fantastic (and free) professional development opportunity begins next week: The Global Education Conference.

Time: November 15, 2010 to November 19, 2010
Location: In Elluminate – see website for room details for each session

The 2010 Global Education Conference will be held November 15 – 19, 2010, online and free. Details about the conference are available at http://www.globaleducationconference.com. The conference currently has scheduled 50 keynote addresses and over 300 general sessions from 62 countries. Sessions will be held in multiple time zones focusing on teachers, students, curriculum, policy and leadership and global issues.

The conference is a collaborative and world-wide community effort to significantly increase opportunities for globally-connecting education activities and initiatives.

There is no formal registration required for the conference, as all the sessions will be open and public, broadcast live using the Elluminate platform, and available in recorded formats afterward. Actual session links will be posted the week of the conference. See the full hour-by-hour schedule in your time zone at http://www.globaleducationconference.com/schedule.html, and read more details about the sessions at http://www.globaleducationconference.com/all-sessions.html.

We encourage all to actively publicize the conference! Press releases, flyers, graphics and badges are available at http://www.globaleducationconference.com/press-and-promotional-materials-web-badges.html. The Twitter account for the conference is http://www.twitter.com/globaledcon, and the “hashtag” for the conference is #globaled10. The conference Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Global-Education-Conference/125602090788788?ref=ts.

Student Voices About 1:1

Short video about the practical advantages of going 1:1 from a student perspective (thanks to Brad for the link!):

And another fantastic video describing how one school has integrated QR Codes throughout the campus:

Don’t know what QR codes are? Check out this great Educase article: 7 Things You Should Know About QR Codes!

More info about integrating QR codes into teaching and learning:

Teaching with QR codes

View more presentations from Sidneyeve Matrix.

From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-Able

A fantastic TEDxKC talk by Michael Wesch, Cultural Anthropology professor at Kansas State University, about the shift from just knowing things to actually being able to manage information and create something new. Absolutely fantastic summary (in the TED style of the work he has been doing over the least several years). Well worth the 18 minutes to watch: