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Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010

What it is: The Winter Olympics are just around the corner and Vancouver has created a website to track all things Olympics.  Vancouver 2010 has excellent information and links for your students to explore.  On the website, students can learn about each of the winter games sports, the medals, the athletes involved, current news relating to the Olympics, photos, videos, and more.  My favorite features is in More 2010 information.  Here you will find the 2010 Olympic torch relay route.  The torch is tracked on an interactive map. Students can follow its journey from October 30 to February 12. How to integrate Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010 into the classroom: Vancouver 2010 is a well made site where your students can learn more about the winter Olympics that will be taking place in February.  There are some great little videos that will teach students about each event, photos of the Olympic events, historical medals of the different countries, schedules of events, and much more.  The Olympic games is a fun time for each country, students can learn more about geography, other cultures, the Olympic games, and the history of the Olympics.  Track the torch as it makes its way to the games each day.  Talk about the places it has been and about this history of the torch.  Create a Google Earth Map where your students can keep track of the medals won by different countries throughout the games.  Assign groups of students to learn about the different competitions in the winter Olympics.  Each group can be assigned to learn more about the competition using the Vancouver 2010 website and use the photographs and pictures to help them present the event to the class. Tips: The Olympic games is a great time of year to teach about teamwork, doing your best, and supporting your country.  Great tie ins for character education!  Check out the education programs (More information for 2010) there are great lesson plans and ideas. Leave a comment and share how you are using Vancouver 2010 in your classroom.

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Internet panhandling to change education

Posted by admin | Posted in education reform | Posted on 04-10-2012

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Okay, here is the thing, we (the collective we) have exactly 25 days to raise $83,570.  This number represents change. This number represents personalized learning for our kids. This number represents revolution.

$83,570.

It is big. But not that big. Not that impossible.  We can do this. One dollar at a time.  When you view this campaign you will see suggested donation levels beginning at $5 and going all the way to $5,000.  Those are merely suggestions.  If we all take a minute out of our day, chip in one dollar, spread the word to one other person, this project is completed in no time.  Are we willing to give up a cup of coffee (and a cheap one at that!) to make education better for all?

We often wax poetic about changing education. This, right here, is your opportunity to really do it.  I wish I had a trust fund hiding out somewhere that could make this happen.  That just isn’t the case.  So here I am, shamelessly asking you for a dollar.  Kind of like an internet panhandler.

We have 25 days to do this. Make the choice right now to chip in click here:  The Learning Genome Project

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