Educator, Teacher-Librarian, technophile, anglophile, francophile, bibiliophile, and more.
Evaluating multimedia presentations. I don’t like PowerPoint.
I’m happy to admit that; in fact I proclaim it loudly whenever I have the opportunity. PowerPoint became popular because it made presentations easy, but I would argue that it makes them too easy, encouraging and enabling presenters to dumb down what they have to say, letting the slides speak for them and condensing complicated arguments into simplistic bullet points from which the audience is continually distracted by a jumble of irrelevant images, sounds, and animations. It doesn’t have to be this way — and if we’re going to use PowerPoint in the classroom, we can’t allow it to be this way.
It’s possible to use PowerPoint as part of a presentation that is thoughtful, educational, and encouraging of higher-order thinking, that gives students a chance to apply, synthesize, and evaluate information rather than merely reciting it, that opens the door to debate rather than closing it. But to do that, we have to keep it in its proper context. 1. 2. 3. 4. Focus Style.
Is cursive obsolete? The power of penmanship in the 21st century. My handwriting is not beautiful.
It’s not stylish. It isn’t a model of perfect penmanship, with just-so descenders and ascenders reaching precise lengths and each letter curving gracefully into the next. When it fills my notebooks it’s often little more than a scrawl. But it’s mine. It came from my fingers, led by my brain, and it belongs to no one but me. Perhaps that’s why I’m so oddly attached to cursive writing – and why I can’t imagine a world without it. I got to thinking about the power of cursive the other day when I came across this great New York Times piece (posted on Twitter by @JuanitaNg).
Law professor's response to BLM shirt complaint.
TEDFest Pro-D Workshop. "And Then There Were None" Resources. EDEL 545 Integration of Emerging Technologies (Winter 2016) BBC’s And Then There Were None puts a darker spin on Agatha Christie. If you are expecting to settle down on the sofa to watch a cosy Agatha Christie whodunnit when And Then There Were None begins on BBC1 on Boxing Day, then think again.
As Sarah Phelps, who has adapted the gripping novel about justice, points out, “this book is genuinely terrifying ... nobody is coming to save you ... no dapper Belgian detective, no twinkly-eyed and steely spinster is going to arrive and unravel it.” While the cast, which includes Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson, Charles Dance and Aidan Turner, might lull viewers into thinking this is just another star-studded murder mystery, Phelps says they should be prepared for something much darker “that gets that little vulnerable spot in your brain and goes ...” (she mimes turning something).
Although her scripts contain humour, she says the book, which she had not read before, “profoundly shocked” her and is more “terrifying and brutal” than she expected. Merry Christmas viewers! “‘Why not?’ “‘Why not? Gregory’s iPhone Contract. Janell Burley Hofmann, July 08, 2013 journal Dear Gregory Merry Christmas!
You are now the proud owner of an iPhone. Hot Damn! I love you madly & look forward to sharing several million text messages with you in the days to come. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Flash Fiction. Inquiry Resources. M.Ed Project Portfolio. Grades & Motivation. Spoken Word Poetry. LGBTQ Literature Resources for LIS 516 (Su 15) Podcasts for English Students. Music. Grammar. Fanfiction for Literacy. "The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame. Workshops - Leslie K Maniotes. Leslie creates specialized professional learning experiences for each venue depending upon the context, learning goals and desired outcomes.
She has conducted workshops for educational leaders, teachers, coaches, librarians, tech integrators, curriculum coordinators and teaching teams who are interested in using inquiry learning to increase student engagement and deeper learning in their school/district. The Guided Inquiry Design process supports and enhances student engagement and deeper learning within each of the following contexts: Leslie has extensive experience working with students and educators that support each of these populations K-12. Guided Inquiry Offerings Guided Inquiry Design Institute A proven three day institute first implemented at Rutgers University at the CiSSL Summer session. Reflective Practice in Unit Implementation Data Team Cycle - Wrap Around A session would precede the unit to allow time for the team to determine the focus.
Local connections in the design. Dr.