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Another great week at Gradeable in the books :)

Another great week at Gradeable in the books 🙂

Chirp your links
Nobody in their right mind wants to type out a URL. With Chirp share links to all the iPad in your classroom through sound (I imagine a unique frequency). By downloading this app to all your devices, you can send links out to your students even in a noisy classroom. Has anyone ever used this in their classroom? Does it work? Do you like it? What is the deal??

10 things disappearing from elementary schools
Raise your hand if you remember the struggles of learning cursive before recess… or a time of hand crank pencil sharpeners that were always mounted too close to the wall… and watching teachers laboriously spin that purple-inked copy machine. Classrooms like that are a thing of the past. If any of the things I mentioned jolted you with nostalgia, check out this article to see what else is no longer a staple in the classroom. Oh dear, what about staples?

Should I teach my students to be better test takers?
An anti-standardized testing teacher questions if her personal beliefs should affect the way she teaches. Standardized tests are a tough sell: the pressure it puts on students, the pressure it puts on teachers, and the way it affects a teacher’s job based on a single snapshot of a student’s performance. However, it’s part of the very slow changing, not exactly intuitive system. So even if you (teachers) don’t agree, should you still take time to guide your students to do well in the system?

WordPress 101 for Teachers
Are you ready to join the blogosphere? Almost there but kind of nervous? Curious about the new ways to engage your students on the interwebs? If you want to blog, a solid choice is WordPress, which powers 19% of the web, including this blog. I can’t say enough about people sharing their (thoughtful) insights. For me, when teachers get enthusiastic and dorky, it motivates me to keep up with them. Anyway, here is the case for WordPress as told by an articulate man with a British accent.

Why I became a connected educator
One French teacher’s spine surgery recovery time gave him the opportunity to explore what cyberspace had to offer for educators. He started out on Twitter to find that he “had been missing out on so many terrific resources.” On Twitter, he found he could engage in conversations via hashtags and interacting with thousands of people in the language learning community. From there he went on to find everything from Google+ to Pinterest. By embracing the internet, he understood his students better and had a World Wide Web of resources to better connect and engage them with the Francophone community. 

Some terms mentioned in this blog that I had to Google:

edutopia — A Star-Wars-backed education foundation 😉
mission statement: http://www.edutopia.org/mission-vision

PLN —  Personal Learning Network, an community (usually online) based on the common ground of education and learning
one blogger explains: http://onceateacher.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/pln-your-personal-learning-network-made-easy/

PBL for WL — Problem Based Learning for World Languages

Speaking of Twitter, we had an important Tweet this week:

Serious question, Teachers: our team wants to know how long it is socially acceptable to drink your morning coffee. We think 2pm- thoughts?

— Gradeable (@gradeable) October 31, 2013

 Have a great weekend, everyone. 

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