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Friday 5: Newsletters for Teachers

Hi Everyone -

I know I've been MIA, but it's been a busy couple of weeks. Here's a double list of sites where you can sign up for newsletters. I tend to get information via RSS and news aggregator software these days, but I realize that this is still a pretty new concept to teachers. Many of youstill prefer to learn about new teaching ideas, products, and events by subscribing to good "old-fashioned" e-newsletters. If you know of any other newsletters worth perusing, please let me know and I'll add your suggestions to this list.


Lucy Gray

All Kinds of Minds Newsletter Archives

Dr. Mel Levine is a neurologist who specializes in treating kids with learning differences.

ALTEC Newsletter

This is a newsletter from the people who brought us the fabulous Rubistar among many other great resources.

Annenberg Foundation's Newsletter

Blue Web'n Weekly Update

Blue Web'n is a classic site for finding the best sites on the web.

Education World Contact Center

Education Worlds publishes a plethora of newsletters. I wish they were available via RSS!

Eduptopia Magazine

Hands down, Edutopia is my favorite online educational resource and their magazine is exceptional, too.

The Family Center on Technology and Disability

George Lucas Educational Foundation/Edutopia Newsletter

In addition to the Edutopia magazine (see above), GLEF publishes a few e-newsletters.

Inspiration Software Newsletter - Flashes

Inspiration now has an online community. My new school recently purchased InspireData and I'm looking forward to learning more about this program.

Librarians' Internet Index: News This Week

Library of Congress's Learning Page Newsletter

Middleweb | Middle School Newsletters

National Geographic Education Update

Newsletter@Web English Teacher

November Learning: Mailing List Signup

Primary Source Learning - Library of Congress Teacher Treasures Newsletters Publications is focused on learning disabilities, and it's a great resource. They also have a great site for kids called Sparktop, which helps kids think about how they learn best.

Smithsonian Education Newsletter

T.H.E. Journal Newsletters

T.H.E publishes several newsletters including one called Eduhound.

Teachers' First Newsletter

Teacher Magazine: News and Information for Teachers

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Today, at the invitation of our drama teacher, I accompanied some middle school girls from my new school to a screening at the Chicago International Film Fest. This was my first time visiting both the Harold Washington Cultural Center which is just down the street from the schools and it was also my first time partaking in the CICFF's offerings.

This movie is so provocative and important for adults and young women to see ( I don't know if adolescent boys are ready for this). The story of a young model is told and interwoven with themes on plastic surgery, cosmetics and marketing to teens. The model and the director of this film made an appearance at the cultural center immediately following the screening, too. I was really alarmed by the girl's mother in the movie, and in person, she appeared to be just as aggressive and fame seeking. All she did while her daughter was speaking to the kids assembled was busy herself taking pictures of the audience and her daughter. I'm not just talking a few snapshots; she was making a spectacle of herself taking pictures the entire time.

Anyway, I'll be curious to hear the feedback from the kids about the movie; many seemed just star struck by the star of the movie!

Below is a You Tube interview with the director.

Illinois Technology Conference For Educators Ning

Link: Illinois Technology Conference For Educators.

I've gone NIng happy, I think. I really like this tool for community building, and I've started one for our upcoming Illinois Technology Conference for Educators. In the past, we've had individual blogs for each conference that had mixed participation. It seemed that the blogs lent themselves to one-way communication, and I'm hoping a ning community will be a little more dynamic. I think one factor will be that people can participate at various levels by simply posting a profile, tagging a resource iltce in, adding photos or video, or by writing a forum post. I am also hoping to draw more outside participation, similar to the international audience that was apparent with the Learning 2.0 conference in Shanghai, China.

If you can't join us in person for this event, join us online. Keynote speakers will include Dan Buettner and Mitch Resnick; spotlights include Vicki Davis, Tim Tyson, Steve Hargadon, Jenny Levine, and Dave Edyburn. Karen Thompson, Vinnie Vrotny, Katie Kirsch, Erin Wyatt, and a panel of Second LIfe experts will serve as local spotlight speakers.

New Global Project: citiesaroundtheworld » home

Link: citiesaroundtheworld » home.

I've created a wiki in hopes of luring the teachers I work with into trying wikis. Here's the description of the project and if you'd like to take a peek or join, visit the above link and request an invitation.

"Many students around the world study geography and specifically, cities. In the United States, this commonly takes place in third grade. This project, however, is open to any school class that would like to participate.

The main purpose of this online space is to provide a place for students and teachers to store information and artifacts created during these city units of study. Because material related to several different cities will be published here, students will be able to compare and contrast their home cities with those of other kids. Teachers will benefit as well by establishing relationships with teachers around the world and by gleaning project ideas from these online colleagues. All people involved will also hone their technological and collaborative skills by working in this wiki environment.

There are no hard and fast rules for the Cities Around the World wiki. Teachers can select any activity in which to participate, and are encouraged to edit the wiki by adding their own ideas.

Right now, this is a private space. Feel free to refer other teachers and kids here. Eventually, our wiki may be open to the public, so please take precautions to insure your students' privacy. Do not use students' full names in this space.

Remember that Wikispaces will create accounts for students without using email addresses if you give them usernames and passwords. See this page for more information!!!"