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Showing posts from November, 2008

2008 Edublogs Nominee

My nominee for the 2008 Edublog Awards for Best Resource Sharing Blog goes to Jackie Roehl's Edina National Urban Alliance Program Blog.
For those unfamiliar with the National Urban Alliance (NUA), they are an organization whose mission is:
to substantiate in the public schools of urban America an irrefutable belief in the capacity of all children to reach the highest levels of learning & thinking demanded by our ever-changing global community.

Through the use of Thinking Maps, teachers and students use specific strategies to give meaning to their learning. Developed by David Hyerle, Thinking Maps identify the 8 ways to visually represent information. Jackie has done an exceptional job on her blog offering resources and insights into incorporating NUA strategies into curriculum from a variety of disciplines. She is very deserving of this award!

Dr. Burke visit to Mill Creek Middle School: Kent, WA


Mill Creek Middle School
Kent, WA
On-site visit by Dr. Michael Burke

District Demographics
770 students from poor and lower middles class, 65% on free and reduced lunch
Classrooms all have:
LCD projectors
Color & B/W printers.
Document camera
Each room has a wireless hub.
All students have e-mail.
District has 26,000 students
2,200 staff
4 high schools
6 middle schools
Most classes only had 20 students

CISCO switches and wireless equipment and hubs
HP low end laptops
Purchased computers
Use Moodle for MLS
Bought extended battery (6 hrs.)
Private fiber between schools

For more information:

Teacher Interviews
8th grade science teacher
Easier to differentiate
Student in her class have had 1 year experience, no problem using them as tool
She can do more with laptops as tool, more access to resources.
Students were using spreadsheet for lesson.
She received training and laptop 3 months before students.
They have classroom set of t…