Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Connected Educators Month

The US Department of Education has named August Connected Educators Month, and there will be many free professional development opportunities around the web for teachers across the curriculum. The main site of the project is a good place to start for information about discussions, courses, keynote speeches, webinars and podcasts. The hashtag for the event is #ce12, for those of you on Twitter and the like. I'll blog things here as I find them, especially those events that are geared towards the teaching of English as a Second Language.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Media Center Board Activities: Summer Buzz

This summer, I hope to make new activities from week to week that reference pop culture that people are buzzing about. The first activities I've posted are a song by Frank Ocean (who made headlines for coming out in a blog post), and an interview with Lena Dunham and a clip from her show, Girls (which has made headlines for its portrayal of the lives of young women in New York City).

If you have ideas for buzzworthy topics, please email me the links!

Monday, July 23, 2012

New Materials on Media Center Wiki

Image from marvelsandwonders on Instagram
Thanks to Kevin, Neil, and Sherwin for writing some new lessons suitable for use in computer labs. We posted them on the Media Center wiki. If you are unfamiliar with our wiki or haven't used it in a while, it functions as an internet-based file cabinet that you can access from anywhere you have a web connection. There are a lot of teaching resources inside it, including lesson plans and links to websites for teaching. If you don't know how to log in, or you can't recall how it is set up, see Heather for assistance.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Humans Of New York

Do you know the photoblog Humans Of New York? The project's Facebook page is updated more frequently, so be sure to check that, too. These photos might serve as interesting writing or conversation prompts.

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