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The title caught my eye while scanning the news on my smartphone.  Back at my desk I read the entire article and wanted to share.  How do we change the equation?

“…….research suggests that if you have the time and money to argue over the merits of a Waldorf preschool versus a Montessori one, little Emma isn’t going to suffer either way. In fact, she probably doesn’t need to go to preschool at all. The kids who truly need early education have parents who, sadly, can’t afford it……”

read the article here: http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/the_kids/2013/01/how_important_is_preschool_if_you_are_researching_early_education_philosophies.html


Join Southern Arizona afterschool and youth development professionals for the 14th annual Sonoran Alliance for Youth Conference on Saturday, January 26, 2013.

Keynote and Workshops Featuring Enrique Feldman, Founder of the Fostering Arts-Mind Education Foundation

Choose from a variety of additional workshops on building relationships, literacy, science and art and receive a certificate for 3.5 hours of training!

Cost: $20 per person

For more information and to register visit www.sonoranallianceforyouth.org, space is limited!

Creating with the iPad

From TCEA (http://www.tcea.org/)
Want to have your students working at the highest level of Bloom’s Taxonomy this school year on their iPads? The apps below allow for content creation, come highly recommended from TCEA, and are all FREE!

CloudOn brings Microsoft Office to your iPad and links it to your Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive accounts. Create, review, and edit documents; add charts; change formatting; track changes; and more.

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese “Dinner, Not Art” is a fun app that takes you back to when you made art with noodles as a child (or an elementary teacher!). Now you can use digital macaroni to create masterpieces. And for every noodle used, Kraft will donate 10 real noodles to Feeding America.

Create your own animated shows with a Western theme using Puppet Pals HD. Simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap “Record.” Your movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback later. Additional theme packs are available as an in-app purchase.

Scribble Press is a book creation platform that allows kids to imagine, create, and share their own stories, and it includes great drawing and writing tools. Completed books can be instantly sent to their iBooks library. Students may either write their own story or use one of over 50 story templates.

A great app for elementary students to use in creating stories is Story Kit. The app includes four public domain children’s books that can be rewritten and rearranged into a new story. Take “The Three Bears” and make them four. Rewrite “The Three Little Pigs” with the wolf as the victim. Or start with a blank book and write whatever story is on your mind. Students may draw their own illustrations or include photos they’ve taken.

Edweek.org is hosting this webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 11

Innovative efforts are under way around the country to teach and engage students outside the traditional classroom using digital tools. These initiatives range from mobile gaming in after-school programs to high-tech public libraries that target youths. This growing interest comes hand in hand with discussions over whether the traditional definitions of schooling and learning need to change in the 21st century. Join two experts who will take a look at cutting-edge, on-the-ground examples of this work and the forces behind this emergent field.


From TCEA TechNotes 08.14.12

If you only have one iPad, what are the best apps to put on it for student use? The apps below come highly recommended from TCEA, and they’re all FREE!

BrainPOP Featured Movie, BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week, or BrainPOP: Pelicula del Dia are great for centers. Develop a set of standard questions for students to answer about the movie each day. The questions can focus on whatever comprehension or writing skill you are practicing at the time, such as main idea or vocabulary.

SpellingCity is a tremendous way for students to practice spelling words, and it works for grades K-12. Students can access lists created by others to study through one of the seven included games. Vocabulary practice, including for the SAT, is also included.

Have students in grades 2 through 12 create a fast puppet show about something they are currently studying using the app Puppet Pals HD. One free theme set is included; others may be purchased. If you want more sets, look at buying the Director’s Pass, which includes all current and future content for $2.99.

Students can access Flash-based web games and practice many different skills by using Rover – The Browser for Education instead of Safari. From Discovery Education, Rover streams filtered educational Flash content to the iPad.

Create a fast book with more than 50 story starters using Scribble Press. Scribble Press for iPad is a book creation platform that allows kids to imagine, create, and share their own stories with great drawing and writing tools. Students can use their own photos, the included sticker album, or the 500 drawing tools in the app to illustrate their stories.

Students of any age can practice their vocabulary words or math facts together using the app StoryLines for Schools. One student selects a vocabulary word from several included lists or types in a word and definition of his own. The next student must illustrate the word The final student gives the drawing a title. The storyline then is played back for all to see.

Have a “Scribe of the Day” whose responsibility it is to take notes of what the class does that particular day using QuickVoice Recorder. This one-touch app is simple enough for even a first grade student to use. When the recording is done, it can be emailed to the teacher to post on a class website or blog.

Practice knowledge of important dates in U. S. history by playing others on the History Line app. A series of historical events are presented on the screen; students place the events onto a timeline at the bottom of the screen in the correct sequence. When the event placed on the line is correct, the date appears.

Lowering the Temperature on Claims of ‘Summer Learning Loss’: via HuffPost http://huff.to/O0JAOy

The Sonoran Alliance for Youth is hosting two training events back to back in January featuring Dr. Gale Gorke (http://galegorke.com/Welcome.html):

Friday, January 27th, 2012,  1:30-4:30 pm
Child and Family Resources, 2800 E. Broadway Blvd. Tucson, AZ
$20 per person
Afterschool Leadership Training Info and Registration

Saturday, January 28th, 2012, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Empire High School, Vail, AZ
$25 per person
SAY Conference Info and Registration Form