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5 Links Monday (on Tuesday) 10/15/13

The dust has settled and we’re back on track with this week’s 5 links actually going out on Tuesday. From culture to tracking data to school culture to the government shutdown, this week’s links promise a horn-o-plenty of Internet goodness. As always, if you have a link you’d like to share, please add it to the comments below.

Link 1 – Poorly “preventing” bullying could add to the problem

A new study out of the University of Texas Arlington reports that some anti-bullying measures might be arming bullies with the language and constructs they need to sidestep corrective actions and thereby continue their negative and dangerous behaviors. This release and the study itself are well worth the reading for anyone interested in keeping children safe and protected in our schools.

Link 2 – A visualization of the government shutdown

Using big data, the folks at enigma.io have created a real-time visualization of the effects of the government shutdown complete with a running tally of unpaid salaries and details on how each federal department’s services are affected. This is a great jumping off point for any classroom discussing current events and wanting to help students grasp the reality of this immense happening.

Link 3 – Siri speaks

From a cultural perspective, it’s interesting to imagine that the voice from within many iOS devices is actually a voice from within a human being. The piece above from CNN and this write-up sparked some philosophical conversations about how knowing the voice in the machine is walking around somewhere else might affect our interactions.

Link 4 – Keeping track of all sorts of data

Whether it’s in an elementary classroom or an advanced science class, there’s much data to be collected in classrooms around SVVSD to help students think about systems and structures. That’s where trackthisfor.me can come in. Customizable, the site offers to help folks track data and events of their choosing and produces easily consumable visualizations. Tracking the number of school days? They can do that. Tracking fruit fly genetic markers? Yup, that too. A great free tool for keeping track.

Link 5 – A Cultural Institute built for your screen

It’s never been easier than right now to visit and explore some of the world’s greatest cultural institutional with little more than an Internet connection and a few questions. The Google Cultural Institute allows visitors to investigate the collections and exhibits of cultural institutions around the world in immersive and interactive displays. A word of warning, you’ll always want to look at “just one more.”

Lesson Idea: The key to key words

Looking for lesson ideas? Here’s an activity that incorporates elements of language arts instruction with technology use from The Teaching Channel and Common Sense Media. In the video, teacher Olga Ramos instructs students in effective Internet search strategies and shares her strategies for involving students in collaborative conversations, using precise language, and the value of synonyms as search terms. If you look closely at the beginning of the video, you’ll even see that Olga starts her lesson by introducing the content and language objectives for the lesson to her students (just as our  SVVSD Tier I and SIOP strategies recommend!)


You can see the entire lesson and download the lesson idea from The Teaching Channel site by following the link here.

Check out even more lesson ideas and great resources at the Teaching Channel website.


Professional Learning Opportunities


As the summer winds down and you start thinking about the new school year, here are two learning opportunities to consider!

Teaching and Learning with iOS Devices
August 2, 2012. 8:30-12:30
Blue Mountain Elementary

Register through OPD here.

We’ve only got 10 spaces left for this opportunity to learn and share ideas for implementing iPod Touch and iPad devices into your classroom. Join your fellow St. Vrain teachers and Patrick Benko from Apple to explore new apps, new strategies and best practices to implement in your classroom.


Google Apps for Education Rocky Mountain Summit
August 2 & 3

Register for this event here.

The first annual Google Apps for Education Rocky Mountain Summit will be held at the Boulder Marriott on August 2 & 3, 2012. This high-intensity two-day event focuses on deploying, integrating and using Google Apps for Education to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education. The program features Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, solution providers, Google engineers, and representatives from the Google Apps for Education team, including St. Vrain’s own Kyle Addington!

(Note that this event is not sponsored by the district and will require you or your school to pay for the registration. However, individuals can still receive Early Bird Pricing. To take advantage of this promotion, choose the Standard Registration at checkout, and then enter and apply the promotional code promo. You will receive $50 off Standard Registration.)

Do You Want Faster Internet Access? Want to help students win an iPad?

google fiberCheck out this opportunity! St. Vrain Valley School District is assisting with the City of Longmont’s chance to become one of Google’s Gig Fiber cities.  To earn this opportunity, Longmont needs all of its residents and community group members to nominate Longmont.

Ridgeview Tel said they would sponsor a prize, an iPad, to the best student video submitted on “Why Longmont Should Be a Google Gig Fiber City?”.  St. Vrain Valley School District created the contest details with the approval of the City of Longmont and Ridgeview Tel.  Help us spread the word of the contest.  Encourage your students to enter.  An all@ email contains the flyer your school or you may include in newsletters, websites, blogs, or print out to send home.

Please help get the word out – YouTube video url links must be emailed to the city and Ridgeview by 5 pm on Wednesday, March 24th. Think of it like The Shoot Out 24 Hour Filmmaking Festival Boulder.  Make the short timeframe a positive exciting opportunity.

For further information, click on the link “opportunity” above or go to the district website “What’s New” section.

Video Clip:  Google’s Experimental Fiber Network

Wouldn’t it be great to have faster internet access in Longmont from which St. Vrain could benefit! Wouldn’t it be an awesome opportunity for our city, school and other community groups to be able to participate in this experiment.  What would you do with this access?  How do you think this opportunity and access could help student learning in St. Vrain?

St Vrain Apps – Google Apps Education Edition – Are You Interested?

Are you or your administrators thinking about using St. Vrain Apps (Google Apps Education Edition) in your school? Join others to hear from Clarkstown CentralSchool District in a webinar on February 10, 2010 (11AM PST/2PM EST) to learn how the district created a collaborative curriculum portal for teachers across all their buildings and campuses using Google Apps. Hear what factors helped them decide to “Go Google” and the results they’ve seen with school staff and students since making the switch. You can also submit your questions for Clarkstown School District and the Google team ahead of time to be addressed during the webinar.

Register here:  https://googleonline.webex.com/mw0305l/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=googleonline&service=6&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fgoogleonline.webex.com%2Fec0600l%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26confViewID%3D614400750%26siteurl%3Dgoogleonline%26%26%26

Cristin Frodella
Google K-12 Education Outreach

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