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1 2 Issue #2, February 2012 IDEAS  Innovation  Design  Experiences  activities  Synergy  Check out the View! Mark your calendars Meet one of the Candidates Feb. 28th @ 3:30pm Come enjoy the beautiful scenery while you study. Ruby Takanishi Candidate for founding executive director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute Informal Reception to Follow Gaga for Blogs/Edublogs March 6th-9th Tuesday: 2:30pm Wednesday: 9:00am Thursday: 1:00pm Friday: 10:00am Cameroon School Library Book Drive February 27th-May 4th Bring new and gently used books for 6th-12th grade students to the IDEAS Room to provide a working library for Cameroon secondary schools. “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” –John Dewey A Note from Wendy Grojean, IDEAS Room Coordinator What is a GaGa Session? The IDEAS Room staff is Gaga!! Gaga for Google Docs, Gaga for Google Sites, Gaga for Wikispaces-you’ve seen the signs. Now, what does it mean and how does our gaga-ness affect you? “Gaga” sessions are opportunities for the students and faculty of the College of Education to get a quick and dirty, 45-minute orientation on a web 2.0 tool that can be a powerful addition to the classroom. We will show you examples on how the tool can be used in the K-12+ environment and how to use the tool. So, join us in March and go Gaga for Edublogs with us! Check out this Digital Resource: Edublogs Web logs, most commonly known as “blogs” are online journaling and discussion forums that can be used K-12+ and can be applied to a variety of content areas. Utilizing blogs in the classroom engages students in discussion and expands learning beyond the four walls of the classroom. “Safe, secure, reliable and trusted by over a million users…” is how Edublogs describes itself., but what does this mean for educators? Editor: Madeleine Moody is a blog hosting site used only for education purposes-hence its name. It does not allow any adult content on the site or links to other blogs within the site. It is also ad-free and gives teachers the capability to monitor and moderate posts to the blog. If you are interested in learning more about blogging in the classroom, attend a Gaga for Edublogs, session in the IDEAS Room-see the dates/times in the “Mark your Calendars” section. 1

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