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Gaby Rodriguez, Toppenish High School, Fakes 6-Month Pregnancy For Senior Project TOPPENISH, Wash. — When Gaby Rodriguez took off her fake baby belly and revealed to her classmates that for months they had been part of an elaborate social experiment, she did more than force members of her community to examine how they treat pregnant teens – she got the attention of the nation. The Yakima Herald-Republic detailed the experience of the 17-year-old Rodriguez in a story Wednesday that caught the attention of shows like "Good Morning America" and resonated with viewers of popular teen mom reality shows. School officials said they and Rodriguez would have no more comment until she returns from a class trip next week. But her action thrust her into a growing conversation. The profile of teen moms has changed in recent years. Kids on shows like MTV's "Teen Mom" and "16 and Pregnant" have taken spots alongside movie stars on magazine covers.

Collaborate On Multimedia Slideshows With Tumblecloud The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. Name: Tumblecloud Quick Pitch: Tumblecloud is a collaborative space for creating multimedia slideshows. Genius Idea: Drag-and-drop collaboration. Minecraft, virtual worlds, and other technology can help elementary schoolers with reading, writing, and digital citizenship. Photo by JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/GettyImages Kids love video games. And iPads. And even Twitter. interactive media resources present knowledge in different and (if you do it right) compelling ways engage active participation by the entire class instead of broadcasting to it like a passive audience This Mindmeister mindmap lists collaboration and interaction tools. Storify Drag and drop elements from Twitter, Flickr, Youtube, blogs to create a story that you can Tweet, blog, embed. Screenr

A comparison of 2 technology integration frameworks *** This is the third of a set of 4 blog posts relating to how we can better meet the needs of the digital generation in our classrooms. *** In my previous blog post, I argued for schools to move towards an integrated technology curriculum, rather than stand-alone, timetabled weekly ICT lessons that are often detached from content and learning in other subject areas. The danger with adopting a technology integration approach is ensuring that students get the same levels of access and exposure to technology.

Teacher Magazine: Community Forums I think the question here is less about whether or not master's degrees have a strict causal effect on teaching and learning and more about whether or not public schools should have lock-step pay increases (for seniority or degrees earned). Or, lockstep teaching assignments (5 or 6 classes with a prep, a study hall, and a 25 minute lunch). If I, as a teacher, can make a strong case that my degree in nursing will help students - for example, by creating an interdisciplinary courses that combine my practical medical knowledge with fields of biology and mathematic, or ethics and literature - why should I not be compensated for that? Especially if it really does impact kids?

About us: a peek inside Storybird mark says: @swiftiegal: official Storybird challenges will resume later this year. @bluebird26: the American Censorship site is organizing support against a bill that's been proposed in congress called SOPA. The bill is "officially" designed to help American media companies (Disney, NBC/Universal, etc) try to stop piracy on foreign websites (like, say, the Pirate Bay). But "unofficially" the bill introduces VERY scary control features similar to what China, Iran, and Syria use to patrol/control their citizens. It also proposes some very unsmart things that can literally break how the internet works. Millions of people have been protesting Congress to stop SOPA, but it's a LOT of work since some powerful senators are being helped by those big media companies.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 10 Excellent Alternatives to PowerPoint PowerPoint is absolutely one of the most popular presentation tool out there .I bet that the first presentation you have ever made was via PowerPoint, well at least that was the case with mine .There are, however, several other presentation tools that we can use as an alternative to PowerPoint and guess what ? they are way easier and simpler especially for use in education. I have handpicked some of such tools for you to check but you can also check this extensive list of some of the best presentation tools for teachers to explore more options. 1- Prezentit This is one of my favourite tools for creating presentations.It does not require any software download and all you need is a web browser. Przentit also lets you work on your presentation in real time and you can download your finished work or share it with others.

Creating Infographics with Students  I have been mesmerized by Infographics for a while now. Take a look at my previously written posts. What are infographics? Here are some definitions I ran across as I was learning and wrapping my mid around teaching with infographics: Four Strategies to Spark Curiosity via Student Questioning British archaeologist Mary Leakey described her own learning as being "compelled by curiosity." Curiosity is the name we give to the state of having unanswered questions. And unanswered questions, by their nature, help us maintain a learning mindset. When we realize that we do not know all there is to know about something in which we are interested, we thirst. We pursue.

What Does "Technology Integration" Mean? One reason why I love blogging is the chance to get a variety of responses to my ideas and thoughts. A reader of my last post commented: "This article describes how to help children learn to use an unfamiliar computer program. Is that what 'integrating technology' means?" Teachers The Zimmer Twins is a fun way to incorporate technology into the classroom. Watch your students expand their vocabulary, practice proper writing habits, and become junior movie producers all at the same time! Take a few minutes to explore the Zimmer Twins and so you are familiar with the site before using it with your students. Getting Started Top 5 Ways Schools Can Take Advantage of Quora I often find that the social networking and information site Quora is found amongst a list of the top social networks to use in the classroom. There is usually a little blurb about the network, and then the article moves on to a blurb about another network. However, there are so many things that a classroom can do with Quora that a short description simply is not enough. Although Quora has been available since 2009, many teachers are still writing this social media site off as something to worry about in the future. The truth is—many students have caught on to the benefits of Quora, and it’s time teachers did as well. For those who are unfamiliar, Quora is a social networking site that allows you to ask any question you wish and then receive answers from other Quora users.

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