I’m Ba-ack!

This post is an explanation of my absence, and a preview to anticipated changes over the next several months.  Read on…

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything.  A few days ago, when I tried to enter a new post, I discovered it had disappeared.  All I could think about was years’ worth of data down the tubes.  Quite a bit of activity involving this site occurred during the past several months, it turns out, which collectively resulted in the site “going away” temporarily.  No, I didn’t miss any payments; and no, I didn’t accidentally wreck it myself. Here’s what happened.

Recently, this site was to be updated by someone, a professional site developer and marketing person who also happens to be a relative. Instead of being updated, the site was basically destroyed.  My suspicion is that the updater was less familiar with the site configuration than she believed herself to be.  Unfortunately, she did not want to admit this and made the classic “young person’s” mistake of not backing up the site before “updating” it.  I was afraid I would need to start all over again.  However, between WordPress and GoDaddy (where I host this site), enough backup information was available from the last successful post on this site that everything was restored.  (Hooray for WordPress and GoDaddy!!)  From now on, all changes will be done by me, regardless of my limited computing skills. Both companies offer plenty of resources and certified web site developers that, if I get frustrated, professional help is available.

Another reason for no activity here: a month or two ago, a serious illness knocked the wind out of my sails, leaving me unable to work much on the computer at all, much less at almost anything else.  Although I still have more “off” days than “on” ones, I’ve made the decision to concentrate on my blogs and the distribution of information related to education, and stop worrying about consulting.  There will be some changes to the way the site looks as well as the way the site operates.  However, the information will be as up to date as possible, and I hope to reach not only education professionals, but also parents and other professionals who work with children.  Features I hope to add include webinars and recorded videos targeted at learning problems and behavioral issues.  There will be guest blogging professionals, both in text and visual media.  Links to related reading and other materials and resources will be increased for your convenience.  These changes will take place gradually, so don’t expect everything at once.  As I said, I’m no longer a professional computing person, and it will take some time to get everything up to speed.  But updating this site will be as much a learning experience for me as a way to share what I know, especially about special education and behavioral issues.

So please bear with me as this site gradually develops into something more useful to all of us.  Thanks for your patience with me and support for the posts to date.  Without your readership, this blog would have folded long ago.

Watch for the changes!

Mostly, watch for my next posts that might be important to you and your students or offspring.

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Free Teaching Tools from Digital Learning Day

Teachers, for those of you counting down to Digital Learning Day (6 days and counting down…), here are some lessons, complete with plans, that have been developed for the DLD Team.  I received them as part of an organizational email, and thought you might be interested. The links are active, but will probably take you to a registration page.  The registration is free, and the lessons may be created by some of the Alliance for Excellent Education sponsors, along with some interesting advertisements from sponsors, such as Intel.  However, the materials and ideas included are interesting and useful, and offered with lesson plans(!).  For many of educators, paging down through some ads is worth the materials that are offered.

Enjoy!

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Awesome, Brand-New, Interactive Science Lessons Available!

In addition to the great ideas you will find in the teacher toolkits, the Digital Learning Day team is pleased to offer Digital Learning: Lessons in Action. These lessons incorporate multiple strategies with digital learning, such as collaboration, personalized learning, project-based learning, flipped classrooms, virtual access to experts, and simulations.

Check them out at Try a Lesson Now! If you like what you see, try one of these lessons and blog about it as we lead up to Digital Learning Day. Join the tens of thousands of educators who will tailor these lessons for use in their classrooms on Digital Learning Day and beyond.

Successful Student Book Review Blogging – In order to promote independent reading and scaffold the language arts curriculum, students write and post book recommendations on their school-based book review blogs. 
Video Introduction   Lesson Plan

Visual Book Report – Students will use primary source images or videos in order to create a book report/book trailer.
Video Introduction   Lesson Plan

SAT Comic Strips – Students will utilize technology to create vocabulary comic strips in order to demonstrate their nuanced understanding of a selected vocabulary word. 
Video Introduction   Lesson Plan   Sample  Rubric   Virtual Gallery   Vocabulary Usage   Analyzing Stereotype

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More Free Teaching and Learning Resources from Intel®:

  • Tools for Student-Centered Learning create active learning environments where students can engage in discussions, analyze information, pursue investigations, and solve problems. You’ll also find free teaching resources, including lesson plans, assessment strategies, and technology-enriched project ideas for all K–12 subjects.
  • Intel® Teach Elements—Online Professional Development Courses help K–12 teachers of all subjects learn to engage students with digital learning, including digital content, Web 2.0, social networking, and online tools and resources. This professional development empowers teachers to integrate technology effectively into their existing curriculum, focusing on their students’ problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration, which are precisely the skills required in the high-tech, networked society in which we live. Intel Teach Elements courses are free, just-in-time online courses that you can experience anytime, anywhere, and are designed to prepare teachers for transition to the Common Core State Standards.

Awesome, Brand-New, Interactive Lessons Available!
We encourage you try one of these lessons and blog about it as we lead up to Digital Learning Day. Join the tens of thousands of educators who will tailor these lessons for use in their classrooms on Digital Learning Day and beyond. Try a Lesson Now!

Today’s lessons are:

Hunger Games: Avoiding the Path to Panem – After reading the novel and researching their social, poliitical, environmental, or economic theories of why Panem occured, students write an informative essay.
Video Introduction    Lesson Plan

Inquiring Curiosity and Developing Inquiry Based Research Projects – Effective ways to ignite curiosity at the beginning of inquiry based research projects.
Video Introduction    Lesson Plan

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Making the Most of Connected Educator Month | Edutopia

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan declared it; Edutopia is following up in full force. Find out about how Edutopia can help you get the most our of Connected Educator Month!

Making the Most of Connected Educator Month | Edutopia.

URL: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/connected-educator-month-suzie-boss

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