The Daily Find: February 14, 2012

NOTES FROM NAISAC12

Submit Your Blogs

If you are an independent school educator and maintain a blog, consider submitting it to the list of independent school bloggers that is being compiles as part of the NAISAC12 online community. Simple email the URL of your blog to naisac12@gmail.com and we will do the rest. By doing this, you will have your blog added to the blog roll of independent school bloggers. Additionally, your blog will be added to a feed so that your content can be highlighted in The Daily Find during which is part of the Annual Conference Online Community.

Comment on Blogs
Feel free to comment on the blogs that are highlighted through The Daily Find. While it is standard to comment on the actual blog post at the hosted site, it would be wonderful if you also included a copy or at least a link to your comment in the comment section of the NAISAC12  blog. This will allow all of us to enjoy your thoughts and reflections as well as your comments.

The Wall of Innovation
Here is a challenge for you. It will only take a few moments to leave your mark on the wall and it will give all in the community something to think about. What do you see as innovations in education? Take your idea and throw it on the wall. Let’s see how many innovative ideas we can add to this list and where that takes us as we prepare for three days of talks about innovation in schools and teaching. You can post your ideas on the Wall of Educational Innovations at: http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/naisac12innovation

Pre-conference Reflections
What are you thinking about as the NAIS 2012 Annual Conference approaches? What do you hope to learn? Who do you really want to hear from? What do you think will challenge you to grow? Jot these ideas down in a blog post and send the URL to naisac12@gmail.com to have them included on the community blog. You can also post this to your personal blog and send the link to naisac12@gmail.com to be included in the conversation. Now is a great time to look over the sessions, speakers and think about the connections you will be making in Seattle at this year’s Annual conference.


INDEPENDENT SCHOOL BLOGGERS

Kim Sivick- Teachers of the Future
NAIS Challenge 20/20, Our Story
The following is a great story of one educators journey with education in Uganda and the NAIS 20/20 Challenge…I visited Uganda after receiving the Trustees Fellowship award at Chestnut Hill Academy.  I was able to use the awarded funds for travel. My goal was to volunteer in a Ugandan school, teach some basic computer skills and build a relationship that would eventually benefit students in Uganda and the United States.  I was fortunate to take 10 donated laptops with me….MORE

NOTE: You can learn more at the NAIS Annual Conference as Kim will be one of the panelists on the Thursday session on the NAIS 20/20 Project.

Martin Moran- Teachers of the Future
I’ve Finally Cracked it: The Homework Dilemma
Steve Jobs, before his death, used the phrase borrowed for this title when describing his efforts to make Apple a viable contender in the television world. I can only imagine the sense of accomplishment and, frankly, relief he felt when years spent trying to figure out how something can effectively be implemented finally yields a satisfactory response. This is how I feel about student homework. I have always felt that student homework was…MORE

Susan Carter Morgan
Frustration
I tell my young writers, “Don’t focus on the product. Work through the process.” This is how we grow as writers. And, yet, this morning, I can’t seem to follow my own advice. Each Thursday, I participate in what Elizabeth calls “An Art Experience.” She offers a small group of us the chance to…MORE

Jim Heynderickx
Bring Your Own vs. School Provided 1:1 Laptops
There’s been some great discussions about “bring your own” vs. “school provided” 1:1 laptops on the ISED-L discussion list.  The following are some thoughts. In my experience, either program could work at a school, but the determining factors are school culture and the targeted objectives of the program. For example, the “bring your own model” has the strengths of…MORE

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