Sunday, May 25, 2014

Short Videos for Memorial Day

Photo by Graham Lampa
Used under a Creative Commons License
For the first time I can remember, my school district will be in session on Memorial Day this year. We have to make up for a day of school lost to ice earlier in the semester.

I'm not in the classroom now, but I've been thinking, if I were, how could I make the most of this opportunity? I know I would want to focus on the true purpose of the day, to honor and remember men and women who have died serving in the United States military.

Here are a few short videos I've collected which might serve as discussion starters or writing prompts in a classroom. One of them, I'm proud to say, is created by my school district, and will be shown to students who are in class tomorrow. Even if you aren't in class on Memorial Day itself, perhaps you can work in some time this week to have your students reflect on the real cost of the freedom they are blessed to enjoy every day.


















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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Leadership for the Digital Age with Alan November - Day 3

Tuesday, May 20th, was the third and final day of TASA's Leadership for the Digital Age with Alan November. This academy has truly been a privilege to be part of and a growth experience for me. November made me think deeply about what I already know and consider it from multiple angles. And the other districts which participated shared amazing ideas. I am full of things I want to do and try to further improve educational practice among the already wonderful educators I know.

The highlight of my day - Alan November sat at the table my boss and I were sitting at for lunch! So I was able to participate in a bonus conversation, face-to-face with a thoughtful, encouraging educational leader whose work I have followed for nearly 15 years.

There was much more Tweeting on this day of the academy than there had been on the first two days, so instead of taking notes on my own, I decided to curate the Tweets from the day. 

Just over 100 Tweets made it into my curation. I hope I caught them all! There are wonderful thoughts and resource links included throughout. You can view them in a slide-show format below, or view the original Storify in a vertical, multi-page format.

You may also be interested in my notes from the first two days of the academy.

  • For my notes on Day 1 of this academy from January 15, 2014, click here.
  • For my notes on Day 2 of this academy from April 8, 2014, click here.






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