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NHN: 3/01/05 NETHAPPENINGS NEWSLETTER #16

NEW THIS WEEK for NetHappenings Newsletters
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Dear Readers,

Net Happenings Newsletter, launched by the Educational
CyberPlayGround, features both news and resources.
Karen Ellis* Founder of the Educational CyberPlayGround invites
others to help sponsor NHN sent to members of the NetHappenings Mailing List.

Written by Classroom Teacher Alan Haskvitz
1997 National Teacher's Hall of Fame
All USA Today First Team Teacher
Reader's Digest Hero in Education
Cherry International Award for Outstanding Teachers
1994 National Middle Level Teacher of the Year (NCSS)
[w] http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Ringleaders/al.html

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NHN: 3/01/05 NETHAPPENINGS NEWSLETTER #16

NEW THIS WEEK for NHN
<http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Community/NHnewsletter.html>
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Dear Readers,

Net Happenings Newsletter, launched by the Educational
CyberPlayGround, features both news and resources.
Karen Ellis* Founder of the Educational CyberPlayGround invites
others to help sponsor NHN sent to members of the
NetHappenings Mailing List.

Written by Classroom Teacher Alan Haskvitz
1997 National Teacher's Hall of Fame
All USA Today First Team Teacher
Reader's Digest Hero in Education
Cherry International Award for Outstanding Teachers
1994 National Middle Level Teacher of the Year (NCSS)
[w] http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Ringleaders/al.html

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IN THIS ISSUE
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IN THE NEWS

UNESCO Teachers Wanted
Perverse Incentives of NCLB
Blaster worm inventor sent to prison
School library grants
Are full day kindergarten classes worth it?
Librarians are once again fighting to keep public records public.

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INTERESTING SITES
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Ordering  Pizza and your Privacy Oooops you blew it.
Music sites that turn your students on
Civil Rights Leaders and lessons from C-Span
Education humor sites
Find a WiFi spot near you
Florida Offender Info Online
How irreligious our founding fathers really were.
Identity theft vulnerability concerns Online Resumes

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SITES YOU PROBABLY NEVER KNEW EXISTED
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Where to sell your old classroom resources
Write your students' names in several different languages
Google Maps
Car reviews of all the hybrids and more
Need to Understand the Lyrics of that song?

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QUOTES: 
Men are so easy and more
Annoying Cell Phone Fix

FACTOIDS:
What's a good teacher worth to student achievement?

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IN THE NEWS
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[Unesco]  Teachers Wanted
The United Nations is reporting a worldwide shortage of 30 million teachers. This article assesses the problems.
<http://portal.unesco.org/education/en/ev.php-URL_ID=8674&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html>

The Perverse Incentives of the No Child Left Behind Act
Professor James E. Ryan believes that NCLB unintentionally encourages states to push out weaker students so their scores wouldn't be counted.  Recommends the government not focus on absolute achievement levels as the basis for school accountability, but the rate of growth.
<http://www.law.nyu.edu/journals/lawreview/issues/vol79/no3/index.html>

Jeffrey Lee Parson was sentenced to 18 months in prison yesterday for releasing a version of the Blaster computer worm into the Internet in 2003. Shortage stay promised for time spent studying for college entrance tests. He also needs to serve community service time. If you are in the Seattle area this could be a good person to get those school computers up and running.

Improving reading and writing through school library grants
If at least 20 percent of your students are from families with incomes below the poverty line there are library grants available.
Deadline: March 14, 2005
http://www.ed.gov/programs/lsl/applicant.html
http://www.ed.gov/programs/lsl/eligibility.html

Are full day kindergarten classes worth it?
Both funding and maturity questioned.
Delaware's kindergarten graduates are expected to meet 116 performance indicators including recognizing various forms of literature, naming figures by shape and constructing simple graphs.
<http://www.delawareonline.com/newsjournal/local/2005/02/08isfulldaykinder.html>

Governing in the Dark
Librarians are once again fighting to keep public records public.
http://www.fwweekly.com/issues/2005-02-23/metropolis.asp
Uncle Sam first wanted permission to snoop on what youve been reading. Then he wanted to withdraw some public records from the public realm. And now, it seems, he wants to eliminate hundreds or thousands of government documents from the shelves of public libraries in North Texas and across the nation.



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INTERESTING SITES
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Ordering  Pizza and your Privacy Oooops you blew it.
http://www.adcritic.com/interactive/view.php?id=5927

Music sites to turn your students on,
ideas and resources for K-12 music and classroom teachers.
<http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Music/ideas_for_classroom_use.html>

Civil Rights Leaders and lessons from C-Span
http://www.c-span.org/classroom/govt/civilrights_leaders.asp

Education humor sites, including cartoons, true stories, and more. Refreshing.

Find a WiFi Spot near you
http://wired.jiwire.com/search-wifi-hotspots.htm

Florida Offender Information Online
http://www.dc.state.fl.us/AppCommon/

How irreligious our founding fathers really were.
http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/newteacherevolution.html

Identity theft vulnerability concerns on-line resumes (freely available to anyone).
http://privacy.cs.cmu.edu/dataprivacy/projects/idangel/index.htmlTitle: AI Technologies to Defeat Identity Theft Vulnerabilities
Abstract: When a large number of citizens are at risk to identity theft, national security and economic prosperity are threatened. This work shows that thousands of Americans are at such risk, and introduces technology, named Identity Angel,to help.
Identity Angels goal is to crawl through information available
on the World Wide Web (Web) and notify people for whom
information, freely available on the Web, can be combined
sufficiently to impersonate them in financial or credentialing
transactions. This is an ambitious goal due to the various
types of available information and the many inferences that
relate disparate pieces of data. Therefore, the work presented herein focuses specifically on acquiring information sufficient to fraudulently acquire a new credit card using on-line resumes.
An imposter needs to learn the {name, Social Security Number, address, date of birth} of a subject. Results show how resumes containing needed information can automatically be found and values harvested, and how many subjects removed such information from the Web once notified.

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SITES YOU PROBABLY NEVER KNEW EXISTED
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My reviews of all the hybrid cars plus all the new models.
http://www.motorists.org/new/carreviews/index.html

A very active and large group to buy, sell, trade resources
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TeachingTotstoTeens/

Google Maps - pretty great
http://maps.google.com/

Write your students' name in several different languages to decorate bulletin boards
http://www.omniglot.com/links/yournamein.htm

Need to Understand the Lyrics of that song?
MiniLyrics 3.3.137
a song lyrics viewer that displays the lyrics of the currently playing song
 timed with the music in a host of different media players, including
Winamp, RealPlayer, iTunes, and Windows Media Player.
<http://www.philocode.com/minilyrics/index.htm>

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QUOTES
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A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. ~Thomas Carruthers

There is one technique I have used successfully to alleviate the annoyance.
When someone talks on their cell phone, pull out a pen and paper and take
notes. I do this in airports, especially. Usually folks move away, but if
they ask, you remind them that it is a public space and all conversations
are in the public domain and may be used by journalists or bloggers.
The pen is mightier than the phone! Try it, I think you'll be impressed, or
at least amused, by the reaction. And you'll enjoy more peace and quiet. ~ annonymous

Men are so easy
Ad in the Atlanta Journal

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WHAT NATURE GAVE ME.  CALL (404) 875-6420, AND ASK FOR DAISY.  I WILL BE WAITING.

OVER 15,OOO MEN FOUND THEMSELVES TALKING TO THE ATLANTA HUMANE SOCIETY ABOUT AN 8-WEEK-OLD BLACK LABRADOR RETRIEVER. (MEN ARE SO EASY.)


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FACTOIDS
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The most effective teachers produce as much as six times the learning gains as the least effective teachers.

When teachers are certified, have advanced degrees and are teaching in their fields, their students make greater gains in every grade and subject, and are less likely to drop out, than students of less prepared teachers.
http://www.givekidsgoodschools.com/teacher_facts.html


Thanks for reading,

Al
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