Amherst College freshman data

This is just amazing. 438 students are freshmen this year.

# Percentage of first-year applicants who applied online in 2003: 33%.
# Percentage of applicants who did last year: 89%.
# Year that an incoming Amherst College class first created a Facebook group so that they could socialize and otherwise get to know each other prior to arriving on campus: 2006.
# By the end of August 2008 the total number of members and posts at the Amherst College Class of 2012 Facebook group: 432 members and 3,225 posts.
# Students in the class of 2012 who registered computers, IPhones, game consoles, etc. on the campus network by the end of the day on August 24th, the day they moved into their dorm rooms: 370 students registered 443 devices.
# Number of students in the class of 2012 who brought desktop computers to campus: 14.
# Number that brought iPhones/iTouches: 93.

And I am running dittos and using a textbook. Sheesh. I have never felt like an old lady driving a 1970 Pinto in the slow lane of the 6 lane super highway. Teaching is passing us by.

1st days of school

From Vicki Davis’ Cool Cat Teacher blog. Of the many interesting things she discusses here, I will be doing the textbook scavenger hunt and taking away cell phones. The rest are blocked or can’t be accessed through my computer. Information Technology Skills??? I am sure we can’t even allow ourselves to use some of these. Although gCal, among others, would be helpful and a useful communications tool.

Twitter as professional development

This would be my ultimate professional development day. Communicate with colleges about how to implement changes in your curriculum connected to technology. Instead of taking us from the classroom for a day, set aside a time, (10 minutes) to communicate with others. Think of how much we would learn.

Cosand became a Twitterer about a year ago, and he now considers Twitter one of his best sources of real-time professional development. “I’m able to get information and find opportunities I wouldn’t have been able to gather on my own,” he says.

Twitter is the most popular platform for microblogging, which combines the features of blogging, text messaging, and social networking. Since it launched in 2006, Twitter has attracted more than a million users, including a growing community of educators.

What’s all the buzz about? Teachers who are fans say they appreciate the easy-to-use tool as a quick way to network with colleagues. They like being able to ask and answer questions, learn from experts, share resources, and react to events on the fly.