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Webinars in Oct and Nov

By Sara Zimmerman      October 20, 2010 -- 07:27 AM
Webinars are a convenient way to participate and gain professional development without the hassle of flights and travel details. Here are a handful of upcoming FREE webinars for educators:
  • Joy of Learning at Classroom 2.0 Live with Barbara Bray on Saturday, October 30, 2010 9am PST will provide an overview of learning, the background of flow, where technology helps, and why it is important to bring back joy to learning so students and teachers are engaged in a joyful learning experience.
  • Understanding Common Core Standards This free session by Leslie Noonan of Collaborative Learning addresses ...   more...
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October's Newsletter Tip: Projects Encourage Sharing

By Sara Zimmerman      October 19, 2010 -- 05:37 PM
Sharing ideas, websites, projects, and products helps teachers and learners alike. When you share, you get back more than you give. You can build a collaborative, learning environment by building in activities that encourage sharing.
  • Create projects that have students work in pairs or small teams.
  • Encourage students to communicate with each other while they are working on projects.

  • Have students to come up with a guiding question and support questions.
  • When you introduce new projects, have students use think/pair/share groupings whenever you can. 

  • Use mind mapping activities...   more...

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Current My eCoach Projects

By Sara Zimmerman      October 19, 2010 -- 05:36 PM
Individuals and groups are regularly using My eCoach, with many users returning to realize the benefits of their lifetime memberships. Below are some exciting projects currently happening in My eCoach:
  • Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, Hawaii teachers are including inquiry and project-based learning in their lessons. Barbara worked with an amazing team of facilitators who guided 15 teams of 8-10 teachers to create public service announcements about their school. Read more...
  • Madison Middle School in Oakland, CA is creating exciting learning environments where teachers participate in job-embedded ...   more...
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Featured Projects and eLibrary Spotlights in October

By Sara Zimmerman      October 19, 2010 -- 05:35 PM
Featured Projects eLibrary Spotlights    more...
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Educational News, Grants and Updates

By Sara Zimmerman      October 19, 2010 -- 05:33 PM
October's Educational News, Grants and Updates:


Grants, Contests and Resources
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Conferences and Events

By Sara Zimmerman      October 19, 2010 -- 05:32 PM
Here are some current and upcoming online conferences and events for educators:
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Common Core Standards Available in My eCoach

By Barbara Bray      October 18, 2010 -- 01:09 PM
The Common Core Standards (English/Language Arts and Mathematics) are available in the My eCoach standards alignment tool. We encourage you to add the standard that meets the learning objective or target with your lesson or project. There are a few projects matched to the standards.

Add The Common Core Standards to your Standards List. Go to Toolkit > Standards.

Choose Common Core Standards and any other standards you want in your Standards List. Then click Save.

Go to My Locker > My Standards and ...   more...
Comments: 1   Last Comment By Rebecca Jones  December 28, 2010 -- 12:34 AM