Podcast episode 61 – Should homework go? – April 11, 2013


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  1. How was everyone’s spring break?
  2. 6 tech skills expected of all incoming freshmen – Doug Johnson at the Blue Skunk Blog – What do you think, anything missing here? Which is most important?
    1. Word processing
      1. Word, Google Docs, OpenOffice (etc.)
    2. Spreadsheet use and graphing
      1. Word, Google Docs, OpenOffice (etc.)
    3. Multimedia presentation software
      1. PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, etc.
      2. Does iMovie fall in this category?
      3. Basic image editing
      4. Using royalty free images
    4. Online communications
      1. email, chat,  learning management systems, etc.
    5. Internet enabled researched
      1. Not just Google/Wikipedia!
      2. Organizing the information using Evernote, Delicious, Diigo, Simplenote, etc.
    6. Managing one’s online presence
      1. Managing and understanding privacy settings
    7. Backing Up Data and Syncing Data
      1. Basic external hard drive backups
      2. Cloud storage backups
      3. Dropbox, Google Drive, Sugarsync, etc.
        1. This stuff needs to be explicitly taught
    8. Managing files
  3. Parent/Teacher conferences
    1. How to use tech to make them better
      1. Edmodo/Evernote/Moodle/etc.
      2. Digital Portfolios – Whose conference is it anyhow? by Kathy Cassidy
    2. Why do parents come?
    3. Should we open this up to online meetings (Skype/Hangout)
  4. Could the End of Homework be on the Horizon? by Tina Baresghian & New Recruit in Homework Revolt: The Principal by Winnie Hu
    1. Why do teachers assign it?
    2. If homework goes, what does this do to a classroom structure
    3. How does technology facilitate this change

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Schoolbookings.net – Why didn’t we do this earlier?!


Parent conferences are very important. I don’t think any teacher/parent finds them useless. There may be the occasional unnecessary conference but for the most part we find them all helpful, enlightening and I wish they would happen a lot more often (that’s for a different post). However, there are some nuts and bolts that have to be considered when running/organizing a parent conference. The main points are the following:

  • How to get the word out?
  • How will parents book the appointment?
  • Where will the individual meetings take place?

The first and last of those our school does very well. It was the booking appointments that was the problem. Lucky for us there is www.schoolbookings.net. They provide an online booking system that is designed for parent teacher conferences. The service is awesome, the people are friendly and professional and best of all, it works really well. Intrigued? Want some more info, the click on past the break to see all the goodness that made this year’s parent teacher conference at my school a lot better.

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