Monthly Archives: May 2009

Calling all Fifth – Eighth Grade Math Teachers!

As many of you know, this past April 1, 2009, I decided to start a master’s program and enroll at Western Governors University. I am currently working towards a Master’s of Education in Learning and Technology. Previously, I solicited respondents for two survey tools for a different instructional process. I am now in the process of revising things and working with the following instructional problem:

MWSnap01000Teachers struggle to effectively teach the skills necessary for students to solve word problems in mathematics. To be successful in the 21st century, students need experience collaborating and opportunities to share multiple ways to solve word problems in mathematics. Teachers lack teaching strategies to help students acquire the skills necessary when solving word problems. Students need to experience real world problems and share their approaches to solving problems. Technology can help teachers deliver instruction that models problem solving strategies, guides students in the thinking process and  allows students to share strategic approaches to solving problems in mathematics.

As part of the needs analysis process, I would appreciate your thoughts on each of the following questions. The targeted audience for this survey and project is any teachers in a public or private institution that teachers math to fifth through eighth graders.

Survey link: http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=ck83WDh0YUx3eHlsSFp0SFQyUi1UR3c6MA..

Questionnaire link:
http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=cmhvekxZR3FIMDk3cDh3alVTR3VoNkE6MA..

Please tweet, plurk, blog, or email the links above to your colleagues that teach math to fifth – eighth grades. Thank you so much for assisting me with my capstone project!

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Nominate an Outstanding Teen to become an Olypmic Torch Bearer

Although I am a huge Pepsi drinker and fan over Coke, I wanted to share this comment that I received on my blog about nominating a well-deserving teen to become an Olympic torch bearer.

Hi Kim,

My name is Kimberly and I work for a digital marketing agency. Our client Coca-Cola was01714awarded spots on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. 10 of these spots will be filled by teens from across the country who are champions of positive living, and make impactful contributions to their school and neighborhood.

Coca-Cola is looking for teens who have created recycling projects, physical activity programs, or any community initiatives that have resulted in positive outcomes for others. If you know a teen who displays these qualities and deserves to be an Olympic Torchbearer, visit http://www.livepositively.com/olympic_torch_relay and tell us about them!

Help Coca-Cola reward inspirational teens with a once in a lifetime opportunity to carry the Olympic Flame! Hurry, nominations must be received by  5/31.

Thanks,
Kimberly

I nominated a great teen and hope you do the same. This would be a fantastic honor for all the wonderful great teen role models out there. Be sure to check out this opportunity!

Pump up your Summer Learning

WeAreTeachers Microgrant

WeAreTeachers Microgrant

WeAreTeachers is sponsoring another MicroGrant contest that officially kicked off today and runs until June 1, 2009. The theme for this promotion is ‘A Summer of Learning!’. I submitted a proposal entitled, “Pump up your Summer Learning!” My proposal can be found on the first page., sixth one down.  would appreciate your vote and efforts to spread the word to your colleagues about voting as well as I attempt to find ways to fund my passions of learning, technology and summer fun!

The grants that receive the top 10 most number of votes will win a Flip Video Camera and $200! Please vote by clicking here: http://www.weareteachers.com/web/weareteachers/solvote.  Thanks to everyone who helped in the past and I sincerely appreciate your assistance again!

EduBloggerCon DC/2009 and NECC 2009 – In Person or Virtually

After a recent broadcast of Classroom 2.0 LIVE! about tips for attending NECC 2009, Steve Hargadon, founder of Classroom 2.0 wrote this blog post. A central location for finding out information about streaming, live, remote, meet-ups and anything related to events surrounding NECC 2009 has been created at http://www.neccunplugged.com/. Be sure to check out the wiki and sign up for a session, whether in person at NECC 2009 or virtually via a remote session in Elluminate.

The wiki pages for EduBloggerCon 2009/DC and NECC “Unplugged” are both “live” as of this week, and have–I think–turned out great. Please visit them and consider being a part of these fun (and free) events.

EDUBLOGGERCON / CLASSROOM 2.0 “Meet-up”: This is an international all-day “meetup” of educational bloggers and those using social media and collaborative technologies in education, held on the Saturday (June 27th) before the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in the same venue (thanks, ISTE!). All are welcome–whether you yourself blog, are just an educational blog reader, or even just want to hang out with an interesting group of people. This event is based on the idea of an “unconference”, and is being organized by the participants in real time on the wiki and later on-site. There are no formal presentations, just “conversations” that you want to facilitate. Get different-sized “I’m Attending” web badges on the site.

Big Announcement: You’ll notice that we now have “virtual tracks” for those who cannot attend EduBloggerCon physically but want to participate remotely (thanks to Elluminate). You can even organize your own small or large EduBloggerCon physical “meet-up” in another city! More online…

Links: Main Page – http://www.edubloggercon.com/EduBloggerCon+2009

Who’s Attending – http://www.classroom20.com/events/edubloggercon-2009-classroom

NECC UNPLUGGED: Held during and as a part of NECC on June 28th – July 1, NECC “Unplugged” is three days of 30-minute presentations where anyone can sign up to present, either on-site or virtually–held on-site in it’s own “lounge” area and hosted virtually in Elluminate . Always wanted to present at NECC but weren’t selected? Or have a topic to present or discuss that wasn’t timely when formal presentation applications were due last year but is so now? Sign yourself up! (And then put the web badge somewhere for folks to see it).

NECC Unplugged will stream all its sessions (on-site and virtual) live through Elluminate. We’ll also be absorbing the functions that the NECCLive.com wiki performed last year: anyone streaming, liveblogging, back-channel chatting, Tweeting, or otherwise generating content for remote users can list those resources here in right-most column.

Link:  NECC Unplugged – http://www.neccunplugged.com/

Here’s to an ever-expanding and great NECC experience this year!

Check out Steve’s post and be sure to join in the conversations and events surrounding NECC 2009!