Alice

Alice is a free, open source software used to create animated ‘worlds.’ It provides the opportunity for teachers to expose students to using basic code and experience programming. This is my Alice world. I had to use Screencast-O-Matic to be able to upload it here, since the ‘export as movie’ option is not currently functional….

Where Do I Start? Day 2 of NECC, Part 1

The Welcome Ceremony So, Day 2 is over and now I’m sitting in the “Blogger’s Cafe” trying to piece together the events of yesterday. I got into the Convention Center after having a wonderful brunch with a friend around 1:30pm. Just enough time to get seated for the Welcome Ceremony. The ceremony had a Movie…

Why I Don’t Have a Twitter Account

Why I Don’t have a Twitter AccountJust to show how obsessive people get about Twitter, here is a blog with the top ten (no joke) Twitter songs–songs written specifically about Twitter.http://www.bspcn.com/2009/02/28/top-10-twitter-songs-of-all-time/ I currently have a Facebook account and a MySpace account AND a Friendster account. This shows the progression of social networking (SN) sites over…

Thoughts about Project Based Learning

Technology and Project-Based LearningAs I think about planning for my summer lessons and begin putting together some projects I find that I keep coming up with ideas that involve technology. I know that this is not a bad thing, but I’m realizing that anyone planning a project that integrates technology requires access to technology. Perhaps…

Why teach?

While visiting my family in New York, my mother asked me what I would do if I wasn’t teaching. (I may not be wording the question correctly, but it was to that effect.) All I could think was that teaching is what I know how to do and it’s what I do, and I really…

Ah Rumors, Sweet Rumors

The new developments…So after getting my feathers in a bunch, it seems that we are getting a new school after all. However, it looks as though we may need to relocate first. This means we have to empty the entire school of everything we need and move to another building, only to pack it up…

I’m Not the Only One!

I just received my copy of Teaching Tolerance‘s magazine (Spring 2009) and I was both inspired by and happy to read the article called “Crossing the Gap” about students from the South Side of Chicago who protested inequalities in the system on the first day of school by traveling to a wealthier section of Chicago…