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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Governor gives up on email

In 2 of my early postings ( and I discussed the power and the danger of email. As one of my favorite super heroes says: "With great power comes great responsibility".

It seems that the governor of NJ has given up on the power of email entirely and is returning to only using face to face communications. Read the article excerpted below:

New York Region
Facing a Lawsuit, Corzine Swears Off E-Mail
Published: July 12, 2007
Gov. Jon S. Corzine of New Jersey has stopped using e-mail in response to a lawsuit seeking e-mail messages he exchanged with the state union president who is also a former companion, Mr. Corzine said he had decided simply to stop using e-mail. He has insisted that his e-mail essages from a private campaign account to the union leader, Carla Katz of the Communications Workers of America Local 1034, are private, and therefore insulated by executive privilege.
To avoid any problems, he said, he has decided to rely on a mode of communication that was in vogue well before he was born in 1947. “We’ll go back to the 1920s, and have direct conversations with people,” Mr. Corzine said.

While I understand Governor Corzine's predicament, I doubt that he can turn back the clock for long. A better approach would be for him to learn how to use email "responsibly" and harness the "power" of email while recognizing when direct conversation would be the better medium. Maybe he can start by reading the postings in my blog and the wonderful articles on email etiquette that I reference in them.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Can the Internet predict the future?

A fascinating article on the Internet (and Wikipedia's) seemingly predictive powers appears in the July 9, 2007 NY Times. Here is an excerpt:
Link By Link
In the Blink of a Byte, Future Becomes Past
Published: July
9, 2007
Coincidence or foresight? A mysteriously prescient note about a wrestler’s wife’s death highlights the predictive possibilities of the Internet.

I am not sure what I think but definetly worth reading.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Tech Tips for Teachers: Faculty Resources

Atomic Learning This site has video tutorials of most educational software.

Backflip A free Internet bookmark manager that you create and can access from any connected computer in the school or your home. Organize your resources by unit, class or course.

Brainy Betty Free teacher resources and PowerPoint templates

Discipline Help A great resource for handling 117 misbehaviors often displayed in the classroom. It also has sections for effects of the misbehavior, mistakes often made and corrective actions to be taken.

Discovery School Includes Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators

Free Clip Art Free Educational Clip Art & Printables

Free Clip Art Maps Continent Images, Flag Images, Globe Images,Outline Maps, USA Images, World Images

NJAET NJAET is a group of over 700 educators who are working to promote the use of technology in education.

Puzzle Maker Create all types of crosswords and word searches online for free.

Rubistar Create rubrics online for your project based learning activities and have students access them online, too!

Teacher Tools and Templates These templates can be downloaded from the site, saved to your hard drive, edited as necessary, and then printed. Or they can be downloaded, printed, and used as is.

Tech Trekers A wealth of teacher resources including webquests, virtual field trips, scavenger hunts, simulations, and PowerPoint resources.

The WebQuest Page Contains an extensive list of webquests grouped by keywords and grade level.

Tech Tips for Teachers: Educational Templates from Microsoft Office Online

Back to School Presentation (PowerPoint)

Certificate for Outstanding Class Performance (PowerPoint)

Certificate for Student of the Month (Word Document)

Certificate of Completion (PowerPoint)

Essay Test (Word Document)

Grade Book Based on Averages (Excel Document)

Grade Book Based on Percentages (Excel Document)

Grade Book Based on Points ( Excel Document)

How to Create a Seating Chart (PowerPoint)

Lesson Plan 1 (Word Document)

Lesson Plan 2 (Word Document)

Multiple Choice Test (Word Document)

Syllabus (Word Document)

True False Test (Word Doc)