Good afternoon and TGIF!
Fall is in the air, and the sound of football helmets and pads crashing is everywhere. Everything is beautiful with the fall colors. You have to love it.
I have come across a few sites that might be of interest. Take a look at these cool (sorry, no pun intended there) resources. I hope you will try some of them.
Read this article for “5 Tech-Friendly Lessons to Encourage Higher-Order Thinking.” It gives possible software to use for implementing the lesson. We all know that our students should be using higher order thinking skills. http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/09/24/5-mediarich-lesson-ideas-to-encourage-higherorder-thinking.aspx
Here is a good one too. Those who are fans of Pinterest will especially like this site. Pinterest has posted many anti-bullying resources. There are websites, videos, and other material at this site. http://pinterest.com/teachingchannel/anti-bullying-resources/
Now, for something a little different from what I normally post, look at this website regarding Minesweeper. Yes, Minesweeper, the game, can be educational. Look at the math and logistics behind this game and talk your administrators into allowing you to use this hook for the classroom lesson one day. http://datagenetics.com/blog/june12012/index.html
Please be aware that the spring schedule is posted at the RCU website. Here is the link. http://www.rcu.msstate.edu/ProfessionalLearning/OnlinePD/CourseListing.aspx
We have created a new course called Blackboard Fundamentals. It is great for those needing a refresher in how to use Blackboard. It is also for new teachers that want a Blackboard course for instructing students. The new teachers can take this course as a pre-requisite for getting the Blackboard course. It can even be taken just for CEU or SEMI credit!
Learning Forward Mississippi encourages your participation in its annual retreat, Standards for Professional Learning, on November 5 – 6, 2012, at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond, MS. The Commission on School Accreditation and the State Board of Education passed policy actions in May and July 2012 to update Accreditation Standard #21 to include the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning. In light of these changes, this year’s presenter at the retreat will be Jacqueline Kennedy, Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives at Learning Forward. She is an expert in the Standards for Professional Learning, so you will be learning about the new policies and standards from the best. For more information about the retreat and to access the registration form, please visit http://www.learningforwardmississippi.org/attachments/File/Learning_Retreat/2012_Documents/Flyer_Registration_Form_2012.pdf.