Friday, April 10, 2009

Five for Friday: The Particularly "Good" Edition

Here's this week's collection of resources and interesting ideas:
  1. Carnival of Education #214: The Day to End All Days [via So You Think You Can Teach?] - No matter where you are in your career (or school year), the COE should be on your weekly must-read list. If that isn't enough to convince you, this week's edition is hosted by one of my favorite fellow edubloggers, so you know it's good.
  2. Flickr and the Library of Congress [via Technology Education Know-How] - Flickr apparently has a growing, frequently updated collection of historical photos from the LOC. This could help many teachers avoid buying expensive source books to have these kinds of resources in print.
  3. Teaching in a New Networked World [via Jen Carbonneau's Web Log] - Jen, the second teacher to participate in the 52 Teachers, 52 Lessons Project, reflects on issues of motivating and engaging students with and without technology.
  4. What is school for? [via High Techpectations] - Marketing guru Seth Godin starts a conversation about the purpose of school by creating his own list. I don't believe he actually believes these are the main purposes, but what he thinks most people accept (no matter how ridiculous). In any case, what scared me most is the common thread running through #8, 19, and 20 that I still hear echoed by politicians and others with agendas besides what's best for our students.
  5. Hot Cartoon Makes Understanding Credit Crisis Simple and Fun [via Consumerist] - If your students are asking about the recession and what the heck is going on, show them this animation that explains things in terms just about anybody should understand.