METC 2009--Fighting Plagiarism: A Fence or an Ambulance?

Doug Johnson--A Fence or an Ambulance? Original poem by Joseph Malins

Simple Tip--when you copy and paste, change text color so students remember what is theirs and what isn't.

Put as in the hands of the students.

"The principal sin of plagiarism is not ethical, but cognitive" Brad Hokanson, U of Minnesota

How can we construct research assignments to minimize plagiarism and create more meaning

Anupholstraphobia-- Fear of not covering all of your material :-)

Elements of a good assignments:
The Four A's:

Assignments that Matter

  1. Have a clarity of purpose and expectation- WIIFM(What's in it for me).
  2. Give students choices--generate built in motivation
  3. Are relevant: personal, timely, local
  4. Stress higher level thinking skills--We don't want creative paraphrasing (compare and contrast, write a prevention article, story from POV, Analyze of fear of). Move up Bloom's! Research questions must move up the pyramid (Stay away from the three R's: rote, restraint, regurgitation).
  5. Answer a Question: legitimate and useful (level 1-4 questioning)
Ken Macrories I-Search Tips:
  • Let the topic choose you.
  • Use local experts
  • Tell your findings as a story
  • Reveal feelings to create a lively paper

Activities that involve

In the full presentation:

Assessments that help--formative assessments

In the full presentation:

Attitude is all (Teacher Attitude=Philosophy)

All kids are able to do creative work. J-curve--given enough time, every child can improve their skills

Engaging kids Spirit and creativity

Poem of the stick with it frog

METC 2009--Differentiating Instruction Using Technology

Meg Ormiston--Differentiating Instruction using Technology

METC 2009--Prof. Dev. Analysis

Christine Tomasino---The People You Meet in Training: Analyzing your Tech Professional Development.

METC2009-Gathering a Gaggle of Google Tools for HighSchool

Presentation by Cindy Lane, First Missouri Google Certified Teacher.

METC 2009--Computer Activities for Little Folks

Seasons, They Are A Changin'

While procrastinating doing the dishes this afternoon, I decided to peruse Facebook and catch up with some old friends.

There were the usual SuperPokes, Suggested Friend Requests, Snowball Fights, and "Hey, join this group dedicated to the saving of bald eagles from certain death" groups, but what started to really catch my attention wasn't the number of friendship requests, but the number of people who requested friendship that I hadn't thought about in 10, 15, or 20 years. You know what I'm talking about? Those people who were part of your life for a season!

There is the old saying that God gives you certain people in your life: Friends for a Season, Friends for a Reason, and Friends for a Lifetime. Those folks who you thought where only part of your life for a season are now coming back around and seeking access to your life again. Now adding them as a friends doesn't necessarily qualify as '"being a part of your life," but it does get one thinking about the power of social networking. Those friends, acquaintances, and"what-was-I-thinking" relationships start to come back around, and force you to contemplate how we treat the people around us.

With social networks, getting up in the morning and praying that God would use you to make an impact on others, starts to change ones outlook on our "seasons."

Open Channels: connections with people who you wished you had kept in touch with, but let slip away; folks you spent time with, but where glad to move on from; acquaintances and passers-by who you knew only by name; a boyfriend or girlfriend whom you hurt, or who hurt you; people who you have wronged or who have wronged you; anyone who you know or knew, and anyone who knows or knew you.
Social networks should force us to examine the expected and unexpected consequences of our relationships. I'm starting to realize how important it is to view others in light of God's Grace!

With the potential of us all being connected, what about those "seasonal" people?

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven" Ecclesiastes 3:1

I wonder what Solomon would say about Facebook??

Image: Seasons by ganzoman