10 Digital Writing Opportunities You Probably Know and 10 You Probably Don’t

http://tbarrett.edublogs.org/2008/12/12/10-digital-writing-opportunities-you-probably-know-and-10-you-probably-dont/

ways that technology could support the process of writing and drive the eventual outcomes in the classroom – interesting reading and some tools

The Presidential Inauguration – booklists, the speech, teacher resources and activities

This is such a significant event in history, and in the social arena for Americans and for the world
Download the Inaugural speech here
Find lesson plans and teacher resources here
Use the booklists of kids books – Inauguration Booklist, and The Road to the White House Booklist

A Science of Education Requires Explicit Goals for Education

In the world of education, science is in fashion.

When people debate policy you don’t often hear them say “everyone knows that thus and so is true” but you frequently hear them say “the data indicate . . .”

Although Americans are boosters of the scientific method, we are missing an essential component of a coherent scientific research program of education — a definition of our goals for schooling. Without that, science applied to education will be inefficient at best, and more likely will be misleading because education research will be guided not by the goals set for the field but more likely by expedience.

If that happens — and it may already be happening — we all get a warped view of what schooling is and of which outcomes of education are important.

more…

New year

I have just completed a page of resources for “New Year”. There are lesson plans, crafts and material for other cultures’ new years.

You can access it here.