I can tell you this – the worst time of year to have a birthday when you’re a kid – mid to late August. You wait and wait and wait all summer with great anticipation for the big day. It’s here and then gone. The moment it’s gone, you’re into back to school countdown. The coup de grâce? Getting new school clothes or new school supplies!
I guess the worst of the worst of the years would be the summer that you turn 16. You wait and wait and wait to get your beginner’s license and then it’s back to school and no practice driving for you.
Everywhere you turn, it gets rubbed in.
My wife and I just returned from a few days car tripping throughout southern Ontario. There was no time commitments so we took a lot of paths less travelled and passed a lot of schools. It’s amazing the number of times that you see signs like this sitting in front of schools.
The irony of the message is that school actually only starts for a few students – those entering junior or senior kindergarten. If we believe that learning is life long, I’ve often wondered by the signs don’t say “School Resumes …” or “School Continues …”
What would you put on YOUR sign? Serious and funny replies are all enjoyed.
Computer Science | Khan Academy
“If you’ve never been here before, check out this introductory video first. Then get coding! If you want to learn more about the platform please read the following post.”
Former Flip Video Execs Launch Educational Video Platform
“Long before the buzz about the “flipped classroom,” there was buzz about the “Flip camera,” a low-cost but good-quality, easy-to-use video camera. Teachers and students loved it. But the company behind the camera, Pure Digital Technologies, was acquired by Cisco 2009 and production was halted in 2011.”
2 things everyone wants SmartBlogs
“School already has started for me. It’s always exciting to start a new year, and, even better, I am in a new building. During my 10-year career, I have been in five buildings: two middle schools, two K-8 buildings and one high school. Even though there have been specific things that have set each building apart from another, there are two things they all have had in common: Everyone wants a voice and choice.”
HootSuite Adds Yammer to its App Directory
“HootSuite adds Yammer to its ever-growing App Directory”
Twenty five free online courses for learning iPhone and iPad programming — freewaregenius.com
“Do you want to learn to make iPhone or Android apps? If so then you’re in luck, as the internet is full of 100% free-to-take programming courses that can get you well on your way. This article will list 25 of these, and will tell you a little bit about each.”
One (Learning) Culture
“I am a big believer that within schools, we need one culture for everyone. We shouldn’t have a set of rules that are different for students, staff, and admin, but work to strive to create an extremely positive learning environment.”
Mapping The Future Of Education Technology | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation
The Future of Education Technology
Five Smart Habits to Develop for Back to School | MindShift
“The enemy of innovation and growth is routine. These auspicious weeks before the school year commences are the perfect time to create a new routine that will ensure innovation in your instruction and growth as an instructor. Here are some idea for those who want to take advantage of these next few weeks to guarantee the best year they’ve ever had.”
The 7 Side Effects Of Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC] – AllTwitter
“So, you’ve heard all these things about social media, but has anybody told you about the side effects?”
Google Updates New Orleans Street View Imagery
“The history of Google’s Street View is rife with cities and towns that are less than thrilled at the sight of those little cars driving down the street (remember when a Street View driver ran into an angry mob of UK villagers?), but the reaction today is quite different in New Orleans.”
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