Real Challenges in Rural Alaska Education

June 4th, 2011

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When the only road to school melts during the year, there has to be a backup plan for educating students. But virtual education may not provide all the answers.


By Cynthia Kopkowski McCabe



Ed4Lead Board Minutes April 22, 2011

April 23rd, 2011

Notes from Educating for Leadership meeting.  Full web site: meeting:  Monday, August 1, 2011.

Ed4Lead Board Minutes November 18, 2010

November 19th, 2010

Notes from Educating for Leadership meeting.  Full web site:

Ed4Lead Board Minutes June 2010

November 18th, 2010


Ed4Lead Board Minutes Aug 2010

November 18th, 2010

See the full web site for Educating for Leadership:

Living in Digital Communities

October 18th, 2010

XKCD Updates Its Map: We No Longer Live In Actual Countries But Digital Ones

Alexia Tsotsis  Oct 9, 2010 

A lot has changed since illustrator Randall Monroe drew up the original XKCD “Map Of Online Communities” in 2007. In testament to how far we as Internet denizens have come, earlier this week XKCD updated its beloved classic to more accurately reflect the rapidly changing online world of 2010.

From Monroe in 2007:

“I’m waiting for the day when, if you tell someone ‘I’m from the internet’ instead of laughing they just ask, ‘Oh what part?’“

Until that day is here (and it’s coming VERY soon, like tomorrow) here’s a quick state of the Internet union; In 2007 the most prominent digital countries were Myspace, FriendsterAOLLive Journal and Xanga … In 2010? Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Skype, QQ, Happy Farm and FarmvillePlus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose?

Um, Happy Farm? Yeah that’s right, Chinese MMOPG Happy Farm is bigger than Farmville on the most recent map based  on an interesting Wikipedia statistic of 228 million active users, which would make Farmville at 62 million monthly active users the “second biggest browser based social networking centered farming game in the world.”

Zoom in for  hidden gems like “Social Media Consultant Channel” and “Bieber Bay.” Double zoom in for the island of TechCrunch/Crunch Gear, off the nothern tip of the Tech Blog peninsula.

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Digital Storytelling

October 17th, 2010


“Students understand how to shape information and ideas to best present them to any audience in the world.”

11 Factors

March 6th, 2010

What Works in Schools by Robert Marzano

Published in Educational Leadership by ASCD

School Level
•    Guaranteed and viable curriculum
•    Challenging goals and effective feedback
•    Parent and community involvement
•    Safe and orderly environment
•    Collegiality and professionalism

Teacher Level
•    Instructional strategies
•    Classroom management
•    Classroom curriculum design

Student Level
•    Home environment
•    Learned intelligence and background knowledge
•    Motivation

ASCD Calls for Changes to NCLB

Peer Review

December 13th, 2008

This tool was developed by the New Technology Foundation (Napa, Ca).  It is a process to use in receiving constructive criticism for a unit.  Having peers hear about the unit, they can then make suggestions that you might not of thought of.  It is also useful in the classroom, when students present.  It allows for feedback in ways that are not threatening to the presenting, and keeps things positive and helpful.

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Multiple Intelligence Tools

December 13th, 2008

Howard Gardner has identified and developed tools for what he considers “intelligences” that everyone has, in one area or another.  The on-line survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.  Once done, students can print out their “graph” showing their areas of strength and weaknesses.


This is a great tool for matching students’ strengths with possible projects, across the curriculum.

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