The Education Buzz

Mamacita says:  Welcome to the Education Buzz, where parents and instructors and good citizens find out what’s really going on in the world of education by actively participating in the sharing of ideas, information, and suggestions. Remember, if you don’t keep up on what’s happening, you won’t KNOW what’s happening. And if you choose not to know what’s happening, you forfeit all whining rights. Yes, ALL of them.

Polski3 presents I Heard. . . and I Wonder. . . . posted at Polski3’s View from Here.

Allison Coates presents MSMI 2011: Fractions and Rational Numbers posted at kitchen table math, the sequel.

Sage presents Academically Adrift posted at Free the Sage.

Joanne Jacobs presents Lashing the anti-testing backlash posted at Joanne Jacobs.

Sophia Dell presents Health and Medicine Open Courseware: The Ultimate Guide posted at Nurse Debbie.

Socratez presents This Is Why Life Is Simple posted at Socratez Online.

London Jenks presents What is that? QR Codes in the Library? posted at digitalteach.

Mathew Needleman presents Reading Remedies for iPhone and iPad posted at Creating Lifelong Learners.

vh presents I Hate Blackboard posted at Funny about Money.

Carolyne Hall presents What do you want to be when you grow up? posted at Lady on a Roof.

Darren presents Community Service as a Graduation Requirement posted at Right on the Left Coast: Views From a Conservative Teacher.

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Pat presents 8 Ways to Avoid Procrastination posted at Successful Teaching.

oldandrew presents The Aim of Education posted at Scenes From The Battleground.

Steve Spangler presents Science Fair Boot Camp – An Intense Training Program That’s Changing the Science Fair Experience, posted at Steve Spangler’s Blog.

Susan Wells presents It’s Time For Spring Science, posted at Mile High Mamas.

Cybrary Man presents A Catalogue of Educational Websites.

T_Shaka Zulu presents Cologne and Coming of Age, posted at Dads Talking.

Mister Teacher presents Looks Good on Paper, posted at Learn Me Good.

Siobhan Curious presents Character=Behavior: A Lesson Plan, posted at Classroom As Microcosm.

Every Tuesday at noon and 7, EST, the Twitter EdChat – #edchat – a collaborative conversation among educators from all over the planet, overflows with useful tips, hints, advice, plans, and links galore. You’re sure to be more and more enriched every time you participate.

Pat Hensley presents To Dream the Impossible Dream, posted at Successful Teaching.

Ms. Cornelius presents So You Think Teachers Are Overpaid, posted at A Shrewdness of Apes.

Mrs. Chili presents What Would Jesus Teach? posted at A Teacher’s Education.

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Bellringers wants us all to know that Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

Nancy Flanagan encourages us all to sing I’m A Bee Eater, with apologies to the Monkees, over at Teacher in a Strange Land.

Larry Ferlazzo presents Earth Day Resources, posted at Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day.

Finally, right here at Scheiss Weekly, Mamacita presents Audio-Visual was Cutting Edge, and the Projectionists Ran the School.  And NASA. Shades of the past!

That’s it for the Education Buzz.  I hope I haven’t left anyone out, except, of course, for the free essay people and the salespeople and the “10 Things” people and the people with a political agenda and that same guy who submits his business catalog every time.  I also didn’t include any posts that didn’t accept comments, because the Education Buzz is about interaction, not lecturing.  If anyone would like to duke it out with me over any of these factors, bring it on.  If I have omitted your perfectly good post, however, PLEASE let me know right away, for it was not my intention to leave out anyone who actually had something relevant to say.

The next Education Buzz will be hosted by the one and only Steve SpanglerHere is the Education Buzz submission link!


Comments

The Education Buzz — 8 Comments

  1. Thanks for including my rant about the endlessly annoying Blackboard. The last straw came a few days ago, when we got a notice that if you’ve updated to IE9 or Firefox 4, you can’t get into the system. Yea, verily, so it proved to be for a number of my students.

    Can you imagine? The two most commonly used browsers are now incompatible with Blackboard!!!!!!!

    I spent the weekend figuring out how to make a WordPress.com site work for pedagogical purposes, both for a fully online course and for two f2f courses. And it works!. Now all I’ve gotta do is figure out how to get my students past the site’s “private” gatekeeper, since I have a feeling the school will be less than thrilled to see their pay-to-play courses posted on the Internet.

    WordPress is more robust, faster, and simpler than BB. And you can use Excel to track their grades.

  2. Thanks for including my rant about the endlessly annoying Blackboard. The last straw came a few days ago, when we got a notice that if you’ve updated to IE9 or Firefox 4, you can’t get into the system. Yea, verily, so it proved to be for a number of my students.

    Can you imagine? The two most commonly used browsers are now incompatible with Blackboard!!!!!!!

    I spent the weekend figuring out how to make a WordPress.com site work for pedagogical purposes, both for a fully online course and for two f2f courses. And it works!. Now all I’ve gotta do is figure out how to get my students past the site’s “private” gatekeeper, since I have a feeling the school will be less than thrilled to see their pay-to-play courses posted on the Internet.

    WordPress is more robust, faster, and simpler than BB. And you can use Excel to track their grades.

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