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NJAET News - February 2011

NJAET Newsletter February 2011

 
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  Six Sounds Contest Winners

 
NJAET Announces Winners of
Six Sounds in Search of an Author Contest

We are very pleased with the number of participants in the Six Sounds contest. Participants created a one-minute audio story that included six sound effects—a striking match, an engine roar, a beating heart, cricket chirps, a ringing phone, and a splash.

Congratulations to all participants and especially to the students and teachers in each winning school. The winners are:

Elementary School

Comedy/Romance:
Students of Mimi Rowland/Newell Elementary for "The Cricket Vacation"

Drama/Adventure:
Students of Heather Carline/John F. Kennedy School, North Bergen for "Fire Safety Dudes"

Horror/SciFi/Fantasy:
Students of Denise Harlem/Park Avenue Elementary School, Orange, for "Escape from Camping"

Middle School

Comedy/Romance:
Students of Debbie Knox/St. Augustine of Canterbury School, Kendall Park for "Diet Water"

Drama/Adventure:
Students of Ruthann Meyer/Brigantine North Middle School for "A Stranger Calls"

Horror/SciFi/Fantasy:
Students of Debra Goldberg/Lawrence Middle School for "Home Alone"

High School

Comedy/Romance:
Students of Jeremy Dusza/Monmouth Regional High School for "Dear Diary"

Drama/Adventure:
Jeremy Dusza/Monmouth Regional High School for "Unknown Love"

Horror/SciFi/Fantasy:
Michael Beckwith/Old Bridge School District for "Scary Story"

Every winning entry will receive a choice of either a Sanyo Digital Stereo MP3 Voice Recorder or a Coby - 3.0MP Mini Digital Camcorder.

  The Myth of Multi-tasking
by
David
Cochran
 
We are living in the age of distraction. It happens everywhere. People are trying to carry out one task while doing something else. They might be listening to their iPod while reading a book. Or, they might be talking with one person while texting another. Or, they might be checking their email while concurrently listening to a teacher dispense important directions.

Some call this multi-tasking, the ability to do two or more things at once. Its proponents are often young. They think they can pay attention to several things and do justice to all of them. When it comes to deep learning, we really cannot give full focused attention to more than one thing at a time.

Psychologist William James said that learning is a result of our experiences. In order to truly understand something, we need to experience it. He further said that experience is a result of what we pay attention to. Therefore, if we follow his logic, we learn when we pay close attention to whatever our pursuits are.

Problems occur when we try to pay attention to several things at once. The likely result is that we are getting limited or fragmented attention to any one thing. If the discussion is about Newton’s Three Laws of Motion and we are texting about who will win tonight’s basketball game, something will give. It will likely be Mr. Newton’s Laws.

Many of us think that we can multi-task. Some of us actually take pride in having this ability. However, the overwhelming majority of us can at best pick up fragments of topics when we try to multi-task.

The bottom line, especially for educators who use technology in the classroom, is to minimize multi-tasking possibilities. Instead, we need to concentrate more on the topic at hand. Most of those other things we think we need to do concurrently will not suffer if we wait awhile to do them.

At stake is real learning, so we need to keep our focus on that goal. When we minimize distraction and focus on attention, we do our students a big favor. Their attention will yield better experiences, which will result in better, deeper learning.

Join the Discussion

What are your thoughts about helping students keep focused? This article is also on our online Journal. Go to http://njaetjournal.ning.com/, login and add your voice to the conversation.

  Big Deal Book of Technology
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The latest issue of The Big Deal Book of Technology Newsletter is online on the NJAET Website. New issues will be posted as soon as received. Issues previous to the 2010 - 2011 School Year are located in the NJAET Archives.

  Google Science Fair

 

You and your students may want to participate in the world’s first online global science competition, the Google Science Fair! Google has partnered with CERN, The LEGO Group, National Geographic and Scientific American to create a new kind of online science competition that is more global, open and inclusive than ever before. Students aged 13 - 18 from around the world are invited to enter and compete for awesome once-in-a-lifetime experiences, scholarships and real-life work opportunities. Sign up today at www.google.com/sciencefair.

For tips on how to get started helping your students prepare for the Science Fair, register for this webinar on February 8, 4:30PM PT/ 7:30PM ET: Embrace your inner Einstein: Using Google Apps for the Google Science Fair Online.

https://google.webex.com/google/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=961203885.

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  Washington News

 
Keep up with the educational technology news from Washington at http://www.iste-community.org/profiles/blog/list.

  Grant Sources

 

NJEA HIPP Foundation
The only foundation of its kind in New Jersey, the Hipp Foundation supports initiatives to promote excellence in education. More than $1.35 million in grants for innovative educational projects that represent a bold, fresh approach by school employees has already been awarded. You can reach for your dreams. Apply for a Hipp grant and bring your innovative ideas to life.
http://www.njea.org/about/njea-hipp

The NEA Foundation supports a variety of efforts by teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to improve student learning in the nation's public schools, colleges, and universities.
http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/educators/grant-programs/grantee-resources/

NJDOE Grants
http://www.state.nj.us/education/grants/

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
http://www.nctm.org/resources/content.aspx?id=198

Digital Wish (Technology Grants)
Apply now for over 50 grants from Digital Wish!
http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/grants

  Education Grants - February Deadlines
   

February 12
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education
www.toolboxforeducation.com

February 17
Intel Schools of Distinction
www.intel.com/education/schoolsofdistinction

February 24
Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year
www.famlit.org

  Education Grants - March Deadlines

 


March 1 National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Seminar & Institute Programs
www.neh.gov

March 15 ISTE Awards

  • ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award
  • Kay L. Bitter Vision Award for Excellence in Technology- Based Pre-K-2 Education*
  • Outstanding Teacher/Leader Awards
  • Sylvia Charp Award for District Innovation in Technology*

www.iste.org


March 31 ISTE Awards

  • Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award
  • SIG Media Specialist Technology Innovation Award

www.iste.org

March 31 ISTE/SIGOL Online Learning Award
www.globalschoolnet.org

March 31 Captain Planet Foundation Grants
www.captainplanetfdn.org

March 31 The Tech Awards program
www.techawards.org

  Technology Grant News
   
The “Educational Technology” Index will allow K-20 schools, after-school programs, non-profit educational organizations, and colleges and universities to meet the constant challenge of providing up-to-date technological training, equipment and materials by drawing on new available resources. Expand your present offerings, or create new and challenging courses with the help of cash grants, hardware, software, computer/IT training, and staff professional development grants, as well as funding for new programs and curriculum development.

http://www.technologygrantnews.com/grant-index-by-type/educational-technology-grants.html

  US Ed Tech Grants

 


US Department of Education
Grant Programs
Office of Educational Technology

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/os/technology/edgrants.html 


 

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