Tapped In Newsletter: September 2011

...On the Tapis
September 2011
Issue 157

In This Issue

[1] RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge
[2] Tapped In Calendar of Events Up & Running!
[3] News Nuggets
[4] Tips and Comments to TI via Twitter
[5] Comments from the Experts
[6] About ...On the Tapis

Quote of the Month - "One of the hardest tasks of leadership is understanding that you are not what you are, but what you're perceived to be by others." --Edward L. Flom, CEO of Florida Steel

[1] RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge

Registration is OPEN for RealWorld-InWorld (RWIW), NASA's engineering design challenge. Face-to-face and virtual reality experiences related to the James Webb Space Telescope and Robonaut 2 will be the basis for the middle and high school challenge. See the RealWorld-InWorld web site.

RWIW is well-suited for formal and informal educational groups (e.g., teachers, home schoolers, etc.). Free, flexible online educational resources can easily be used to develop an activity, after school science/robotics camp, or unit study for middle and high school youth (teens). These materials guide teachers and sponsoring adults through the challenge so their teams may submit their final project solutions.

If you have questions, contact the RWIW project manager, Sharon Bowers, at rwiw@nianet.org

[2] Tapped In Calendar of Events Up & Running!

As if the above announcement about RWIW isn't exciting enough, Sharon Bowers is leading a virtual tour of this project via Tapped In on October 12! The Tapped In calendar is chock full of great PD opportunities. Take some of the stress out of back-to-school by meeting with other community members to collaborate. To view the calendar in your time zone log in to Tapped In and select the Tapped In tab at the top of the web window. Then select Calendar in the blue menu bar. All the calendar events are free and are led by leaders in the education field (see Lesley Farmer's News Nugget, below). In addition to providing updates in their various fields of expertise, all the presenters give you the opportunity to ask questions and suggest topics for discussion. Fabulous discussions that are personalized to your needs and a transcript to boot! What more can an educator ask for?!

[3] News Nuggets

Tapped In member, Cybrarian, and ISTE MS discussion leader Lesley Farmer had a busy summer. She's trying to finish writing her book on library services to youth with autism, received an ALA award for contributions to library education, and presented at Comic-Con about libraries and graphic novels from a research perspective. In addition, the California School Library Association is co-branding Lesley's Digital Citizenship training modules, and they won the International Association of School Librarianship Library Innovation award for it! To keep up with Lesley (wear your track shoes!), see Lesley's K12 Digital Citizenship Wiki.
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Seamus Clune is a PhD candidate in Organizational Leadership at Eastern University and a middle school principal. As mentioned in the last On the Tapis, Seamus will be conducting survey research with Tapped In members to investigate the impact of online communities of practice (CoPs) on instruction. Keep a lookout for the survey and please take a few minutes to respond!
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Do you have a News Nugget about yourself or another member of the Tapped In Community? Send your News Nugget to BJ Berquist at bjb@tappedin.org

[4] Tips and Comments to TI via Twitter

teacherrogers (Tapped In member Sandra A. Rogers)
@tappedinorg Thanks, BJ, for this article on Internet safety. I bookmarked it for the next time I give a session for young learners. [June is internet safety month-- safe & resp. online citizens w/resources from #Thinkfinity http://ow.ly/5kvb1 http://thinkfinity.org/search [keywords: "internet safety"]
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tappedinorg BJ Berquist
Information Age Education Newsletter http://t.co/VO7UChp June Issue: Beyond Consciousness
teacherrogers Sandra A. Rogers
@tappedinorg I signed up for the newsletter. I didn't even know that it existed! Thanks for sharing ;)
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For updates on news related to Education and daily reminders of Tapped In calendar events follow Tapped In on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/tappedinorg

[5] Comments from the Experts

During a chat with Tapped In member Catharine Reznicek she had this comment: Ok, think I am going to explore for a bit. Thank you so much for your help. The great help desk support is one of the things I always appreciated about this community.
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If you have a comment or experience to share with the Tapped In community, please submit the information to BJ Berquist at bjb@tappedin.org or post to How You Use TI.

[6] About ...On the Tapis

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