Infographics for Language Teachers and Learners and More

Why InfographicsInfographics (short for information graphics) are neat visual tools that can be used to convey several different topics. The use of colorful graphics and clear concise text makes organizing information a snap and allows teachers to present this information in a nice visual matter. Students benefit by the fact that they are not overwhelmed by lots of text and they don’t have to listen to the teacher lecture them on the stats and facts that can otherwise be shown by the infographic. There are also several sites that allow folks to create their own for FREE (see the resources below.) This post will share some of the resources I have collected on infographics.

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Ten PR Tips for a Superintendent’s Personal PR Primer

communication(article from Rich Bagin, Executive Director National School Public Relations Association)

Many veteran superintendents will note that great communication skills will add years to your tenure as a successful superintendent. Dr. Jerry Weast, the now retired, long-term superintendent of the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland notes, “You can have the most innovative reform plan around, but if you are not effective in communicating about the plan, it will fail. I have seen good superintendents who do not put a priority on communication forced from their jobs … it happens because communication has not been made a priority, and is often approached only as an add-on or after thought.” NSPRA Executive Director Rich Bagin, APR, recently crafted ten PR tips for superintendents.

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Speeding Through the World One Map at a Time

World mapI have always been amazed by time-lapse photography. Now there are even ways, using digital technology, to time-lapse world maps from as far back as history can go. This post will share some of these maps with you so that you may share them with your students.

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QR Coded For The Future

About Don Mace!Maybe you have seen some of the strange-looking images like the one at the right. These are QR Codes that first became popular in Japan a few years back and thanks to the earthquake and tsunami we learned about the in the US. If you are already familiar with them and have a scanner, go ahead and scan that one – don’t worry it is just going to some information about me. Most businesses have recognized the power of marketing using these neat little barcodes and have even designed codes that resemble their logos. This post will give you some resources and examples about using QR Codes in the classroom.

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Causing Your STEM To Grow

Stem Logo“Science is for nerds, math is too hard.” How many times have your heard students express this sentiment.  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are all important disciplines in education. Guiding our students to learn more about and participate in these subjects is paramount to the success of our economy in the future. According to Acheive, Inc, students that complete Algebra II in high school more than double their chances of obtaining a four-year college degree. This post will give you some resources for using STEM in your school.

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Public Relations 101: How-To Tips for School Administrators

Principal screamingThe following article by Colleen Newquist first appeared in Education World in 2004 and was updated in 2007. The principles outlined still apply to today’s schools for effective public relations.

Are you looking to improve communications between school and home? Do you want to get the media to pay more attention to the good things that are going on in your school? Do you know how to handle a crisis? Public relations consultant William Harms offers tips for school administrators looking to put their best foot forward.

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Where Are My Sticky Notes When I Need Them?

Sticky-Notes on computerSince April 6, 1980, when Post-it-Notes debuted for public consumption, people have been awed by the usefulness of these paper, restickable and handy notes. In the web2.0 era several companies have created “Sticky Note” sites for folks to be able to use electronic versions of Post-it-Notes. Teachers in the classroom have started using them as well. This post will give you more information about one such site and its usefulness in the classroom.

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When Was the War of 1812 Fought?

Teaching History dot org logo“When Was the War of 1812 Fought?” Maybe you used to ask your buddies this question to make them think really hard or to make them look stupid. But how much do you know about the War of 1812? What is you are an American History teacher and you are looking for resources to help your students understand more about the War of 1812; where would you go? AS we celebrate 200 years since the War of 1812, this post will help you answer that question and give you a source of primary authentic documents and information that you can use to teach any topic in American History.

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Tips for a Successful School / District Website

under constructionYour school’s or school district’s website is the number one communications tool that you have available. Designing an effective website is paramount so that your public will receive the message you are trying to communicate. Maintaining and updating your website is even more important in projecting the image of your school or district. In my job, I have the privilege (some would call it “the chore”) of visiting school and district websites from all over the nation. Unfortunately, most of those sites do not come close to meeting the standards necessary for communicating with your public. One reason this is so is because the Technology (not the Communications) department is responsible for the maintenance of the website (but that’s another story for another day.) This post will give you some tips so that you can create a site that will communicate a consistent, clear and concise message to your public.

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Tweeting Can Be Fun Too!

twitter birdTweeting does not always have to be about reading 140 characters or searching for interesting tools or techniques to use in the classroom or trying to make connections to strengthen your PLN. Tweeting can also be fun – or at least the way we view the tweets and their impact around the world. Using some of the free tools that are available online, you can visualize tweets in different ways and this might even help to attract the tweeting interest of students and staff. This post will discuss some of those tools as well as provide links to other tools that you might want to explore yourself.

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