1. Storytelling has been at the heart of the human experience since the caveman sat around the evening fire grunting out stories of escaping saber-toothed tigers. History is filled with great stories created to explain difficult to understand phenomenon, illustrate points of morality and civility, and to entertain and help us dream of things to come. However, as the information age came upon us, story was seen as secondary to the importance of learning and memorizing facts. Daniel Pink (A Whole New Mind) states that the trouble with this logic is “it runs counter to how our minds actually work.” Example after example has been given that proves that we retain more information when it is delivered in the form of a story.

    Every person has a story to tell. Every age of student, guided by a brilliant teacher, can capture their story to keep or to share with the World. Through storytelling, students will unlock their voice, refine their conventions, develop their ideas, organize their thinking, choose fantastic words, and become more fluent authors of what matters most to them- their own experience.

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  2. Cell phones are everywhere. A recent survey reported that 60 percent of American teenagers own a cell phone, according to U.S. Cellular statistics, and spend an average of an hour a day talking on them—about the same amount of time the average teenager spends doing homework. What's more, most of these phones offer more computing power and capabilities than the computers we placed in classrooms 10 years ago. The debate over toys vs. tools continues with cell phones being at the forefront of the conversation. What can we do to harness this power and take advantage of the technology that kids are bringing to school and keeping in their pockets everyday?

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In The Loop

Dysart Unified School District

Do you love using technology in the classroom? Are you always on the look-out for the next new thing? Do you wish there was a place in the district you could go and learn about and discuss the latest in trends and instructional tools to support the 21st…


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Do you love using technology in the classroom? Are you always on the look-out for the next new thing? Do you wish there was a place in the district you could go and learn about and discuss the latest in trends and instructional tools to support the 21st Century Learner? Well if so, you're in luck!

In The Loop is a brand new series designed for those that want to go further and faster with technology. Topics such as using cell phones in instruction, video conferencing, and "hacking your classroom" will be presented and discussed.

In the Loop will be offered by Laurie King every month in the District Office Computer Lab. For your convenience, the session will be offered twice in the same day to better meet the needs of high schools, and first and second release schools. In the Loop for the Early Group will be from 3:00 until 4:00, and In the Loop for the Late Group will be from 4:00 until 5:00. In addition, both sessions will be streamed live at http://www.dysart.org/technology.

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