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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Ruminating Out Loud 01/12/2012

  • Colorado state welcome sign, along Interstate ...
    Image via Wikipedia
    Sad state of Affairs when our state receives a B- in standards, assessment, and accountability, but doesn't fund induction, mentoring, and it is found that their pay for teachers is "lacking."
    Not surprised though, we love mandates and accountability, but according to the report we fail to fund it or reward our teachers for their work, expertise, or professional earning and transfer to the classroom.
    • The only other better-than-average grade, a B-, came in the area of standards, assessment and accountability, where Colorado’s system of school accountability achieved a perfect 100. But it flunked the standards portion of the category, because the state’s standards are not course or grade-specific.
      In particular, the state was dinged because it doesn’t fund induction, mentoring or reduced workloads for new teachers and it doesn’t allow pension portability across state lines.
      Colorado’s teacher pay was found lacking and not at least equal to comparable professions.
  • Google Hangouts keeps getting better and better. I've been really impressed thus far with its consistency, ease of use, and functionality. Screensharing is a must, Bigger video, less so for me, but the ability to draft, ,collaborate, and draw out ideas in this setting seemingly super easy is great.
    As an aside, I'm wondering how much I'll be using gmail, since Google plus, pretty much does everything I would need from an email already and then some.
    tags: G+ hangouts

    - Screensharing: share what’s on your computer screen with everyone in the hangout. This is the first of many extras we’re graduating to Hangouts proper. - Bigger video: we’ve put more emphasis on the live video itself by optimizing white space and other screen elements.
  • Image representing Creative Commons as depicte...
    Image via CrunchBase
    I'm always looking for creative comons photos and images to use and share with colleagues. This seems to do a decent job of aggregating those from the sources that many of us check already, like creativecommons.org, flickr, etc. I like the layout and the options to purchase images as well. 
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