This is so exciting! These two students have basically found a way to turn anything into a touchpad! Seriously cool - watch the video, you’ll see what I mean.
UPDATE: I found myself on their kickstarter page and couldn’t resist backing them & ordering one of their first manufactured units. This is such a great educational device, in that it’s fun & inspires creativity. I can’t wait to introduce this to my brother (he’s going to turn 11 so it’s almost the perfect age)! I don’t know if this comes across through all of my exclamation points, but I’m seriously excited!
This piece was inspired by a heated discussion I had with a man who believes that teachers have an easy job. Please feel free to share it with others if you agree with the message.
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Fearing that certain words and topics can make students feel unpleasant, officials are requesting 50 or so words be removed from city-issued tests.
The word “dinosaur” made the hit list because dinosaurs suggest evolution which creationists might not like, WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond reported. “Halloween” is targeted because it suggests paganism; a “birthday” might not be happy to all because it isn’t celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses.
So this is really a religious issue, and not an educational one. I would think a tenet of most major religions would be tolerance of opposing viewpoints and philosophies.
…it could be a tenet but that doesn’t mean people follow it. Also, what bunk!
This almost brought tears to my eyes. It’s so painful to listen to the public hate on teachers when I work my ass off every day at a job that most people I meet raise their eyebrows at and say, “I could never handle that job.”
Teachers who love YouTube will be interested to know that today YouTube have launched a channel specifically aimed at teachers : http://www.youtube.com/teachers.
It contains guides on how to use YouTube in the classroom, as well as curated video playlists that will be suitable for teachers to use.
You can also sign up to the YouTube Teachers Community and receive regular updates from the YouTube team, including tips and tricks for incorporating YouTube in your classroom, best practices from other teachers, and great new content uploaded on YouTube.
Oh, and a really interesting kicker:
According to Mind Shift, the new teachers site is part one of two big YouTube projects for teachers. In the next couple of weeks, a bigger announcement will be made about huge changes that will address many of the concerns teachers have had about using YouTube videos in the classroom.
You know, if Google is aiming for world domination, I think I’m ok with that. Especially if they help to make educational tools more efficient, accessible, and relevant.