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Google-Proof Questioning: A New Use for Bloom's Taxonomy

The Electric Educator

The internet has revolutionized information collection. The answer to virtually any question or problem is at our fingertips. Google has made this possible. While I am a great admirer of Google and an avid user of its products, in a way, Google has made my life as a teacher a LOT more difficult. Let me explain. Ask mom. If mom doesn''t know, ask Dad. If the answer isn''t in the textbook, give up.

Summative? Formative? I Just Wanna Know What My Kids Don't.

The Web20Classroom

I was once a young teacher, fresh out of college, bright eyed and bushy tailed, full of great ideas. There were all these things I wanted to try with my kids, new ways of teaching and figuring out I was doing the best job possible. Then reality. My teaching was stuffed into a box and I was told that the only way to understand what my kids were learning was through testing. Standardized Testing. Data, data, data.I was confused. That totally went against what I was taught in college but I was young and new and didn''t want to make waves. I fell in line and did what I was told.for a year.

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FEATURES Textbook Deathwatch The question it seems is no longer “if?” but “when?” Read why some sort of digital curricula is the next inevitable step for any school looking to do right by its students. By Judy Salpeter Eight Ways. Techlearning News

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Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter

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The Personal Learning Network (PLN) that I''ve built on Twitter over the past couple of months has become an amazing resource for learning about what''s going on in the educational technology world. I was excited when I had an opportunity last week to present using Twitter as a tool for personal learning to some of my colleagues. The list that follows is a result of that reflection.

The 2009 Edublog Awards-Vote Now!

The Web20Classroom

Yesterday the official nominations for the 2009 Edublog Awards were announced. I was both honored and very humbled that I had been nominated for Twitter User of the Year and that this blog was nominated for both Teacher Blog of the Year and Tech Support Blog of the Year. There are some amazing educators and blogs on not just these, but all the lists of nominations. It is going to be really tough to choose just one! I encourage you to head over to the Edublog Awards site and check out all the nominations and cast your votes. You have until Wednesday, December 16. So act fast!

Hybrid Courses?

The Electric Educator

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune published an article this morning about a hybrid education model that blends traditional and online learning. Students at Bloomington Jefferson high school attend class twice a week and finish online assignments during the three days the don''t attend class. Teacher like the arrangement because they are able to work with smaller groups of students and students like it because it gives them greater flexibility. This model also answers the most common complaint of critics of online learning which is the lack of face-to-face interaction. on-line learning

The Future of Education: a futurist's perspective

The Electric Educator

Stewart MacLean , a fellow ed. blogger, recommended an article titled " The Future of Education " by Thomas Frey, executive director and senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute. I read this somewhat lengthy article which predicts drastic changes in the educational culture as we know it today, and was struck by the plausibility of Frey''s ideas. I would strongly recommend this article to anyone interested in the future of education. I''ve done my best to summarize some the key points below. First, Frey makes use of a term that I have now heard in two different places: disruptive innovation.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

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GoAnimate.com: MHMS Media Center Adventures!

The Daring Librarian

GoAnimate.com : MHMS Media Center Adventures! by gwyneth Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It''s free and fun! OK, so i''m getting better at GoAnimate! and it really is a WAY cool, user friendly animation studio! blocked! rant) ANYWAY.i also just created my own character ! & yeah it''s a younger cartoon version of yours truly with rad glasses!) i''m still learning this.''cause

Education in Kosovo: A New Perspective

The Electric Educator

This blog has been quiet for a while because I have been doing some educational work with the people of Kosovo. My school has partnered with an American woman living in Kosovo who is building the Kosovo Leadership Academy, a private schools whose mission will be to educate the next generation of leaders for this struggling nation. The Albanians are wonderfully warm and hospitable.

Assessment Case Study Idea

The Electric Educator

This year I have been using a student response system (SRS) to give quizzes to my students each Friday. The SRS set that I have is made by einstruction. I have been fairly pleased with the performance of the system. The hardware works great. The software is a bit quirky. The SRS software loads into MS PowerPoint where I create multiple choice quizzes. They loved it! All students 2.

FUN WITH WORDS! Wordle (+ Kinetic Typography)

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" You have a way with words " takes on new meaning in this electronic age! Learned about Wordle , a FREE online creative word-play program, at the AASL conference, but discovered on my return that our 6th grade English teacher already knew about it and had done a fun word-play project at the beginning of the year, in collaboration with our computer teacher. Above are two student samples. And Ms.

Writing in Three Dimensions!

The Electric Educator

Journal , April 2009 Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I read the following quote in the April edition of the T.H.E. Journal. It was so insightful and contains so much truth that I am compelled to share it with others: "We''re not reading and writing across and down the page anymore. We''re reading and writing in three dimensions: across, down, and out, the ''out'' being hyperlinks. It''s a whole different kind of literacy; it''s a whole different kind of writing; it''s a whole different kind of reading. In " Facebook Training Wheels " by Jennifer Demski, T.H.E. Journal web 2.0

Top 10 Social Networking Guidelines for Educators Who Wish to Keep Their Career Intact

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NOTE: I published a brief follow-up to this post in August 2009. Above List Copyright ©2009 All Rights Reserved. I put this together about two months ago at the request of some educational technology professionals I know who were curious about boundaries when it comes to what to post and do on social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. I tweaked it just this week to present to a group of elementary (K-5) teachers. Investigate the privacy settings on your social networking sites and USE them. What first impression does your profile pic give? Yours or anyone else’s. Period.

2009 MACUL Conference

The Electric Educator

It''s been a busy month since I returned from Kosovo and I have not had time to do any blogging. Today and tomorrow I will be at the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning ( MACUL ) conference at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan. Conference attendance is expected to top 4,000 this year. The annual MACUL conference is an awesome opportunity to hear how other educators are using technology in the classroom and to browse the latest in ed. hardware and software. Numerous breakout sessions, workshops and keynotes will be given during the two day conference. Come and check us out! tech.

Start The New Year Off Right With The Essential Tools For Educators

The Web20Classroom

Recently I have been reflecting on the year and writing about some things to consider for next year like a few Google Tools or , as in yesterday''s post, Applications that will break out next year. Today I just want to highlight a 4-part series I did back in Late October/Early November on The Essential Tools For The Connected Teacher. for enhancing communication in and out of the classroom.

Web 2.0 Tools That Will Break Through Next Year, With Your Help

The Web20Classroom

Social Media and Web 2.0 Tools made huge inroads in education this year. From the Twitter explosion to Animoto to Google Apps there were several success stories of various tools making their way into the classroom for learning. But I think the trend will only continue. I predict that there will be further growth of several tools over the next year. But I guess that is the case with anything.)

Google Tools For The New Year

The Web20Classroom

Everyone has got one. A Year in Review. Whether its for the top news stories of the year , or top gadgets of the yea r or even the top apologies of the year these lists are everywhere. Why look back when we can look forward? This was a huge year for Google. Basically you take a singular topic like The Politics of Climate Change and Living Stories will show you all the related stories.

Winner of the Smart Software Contest Announced

The Web20Classroom

A while back I had the chance to give away over $1400 in Smartech Software. The competition was stiff and the decision was tough. Dustin Carson from Mt. Pleasant Elementary in Ontario, Canada submitted a great video on how his students use Smart Products everyday. Congratulations to Dustin and to all that entered! SmartBoard. Smarttech

Edublog Award Thank You!

The Web20Classroom

Last night was the Edublog Awards Ceremony. It was a wonderful experience to join Steve Hargadon, Sue Waters, and everyone else in Elluminate to hear the winners announced. There were so many awesome blogs, Tweeps, social networking services, audio and video sites that were nominated. If you have not already, head over to the Awards Site and check out all the nominees. edublog awards

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A Common Sense Approach To Internet Safety

The Web20Classroom

As educators, no matter our title, we are all responsible for teaching kids about the right and wrong ways to use the vast resource known as The Internet. Google and Common Sense Media make that job a little easier with the video I have embedded below. I like that there are 3 audiences. Yes, believe it or not, there are some parents out there that have no clue.) you might could use this video.

It's Great And All, But What About My Privacy?

The Web20Classroom

One of Google''s core missions is to catalog and categorize the world''s knowledge. They are well on their way with their in-depth search products, real-time search , book search , product search and more. But now they want to make it easier for anyone with a camera and a cellphone to know more about, well, whatever is around them. Introducing Google Goggles. Want to know more about a restaurant?

The PLN Is Powerful.

The Web20Classroom

I have had the opportunity lately to do a lot of talking about the power of Professional Learning Networks (PLN''s, or you might know it as Personal Learning Community, PLC, also.) to some of my teachers and to teachers around the country. For part of my talks I asked my PLN on Twitter this question: I really wanted to hear stories of change. I was truly moved. value of PLN = sharing of resources.

Who Is The Enemy?

The Web20Classroom

Picture it.you have discovered the latest and greatest tool/application to use with your kids. You spend hours at home learning, reading, practicing, getting things right to introduce it the next day in class. The morning comes. On your drive to school you imagine the possibilities. You think about the wonderful learning experience that you are about to create. The kids come in. Blocked! edchat

What Is A Great Teacher?

The Web20Classroom

What makes a good teacher? Is there a distinction between a good teacher and a great teacher? What skills do teachers in the classroom, right now, need to posses? Last night on #edchat, participants tried to determine what skills, traits, or characteristics were necessary for "21st Century Educators." Tech is not a requirement, but helps students learn through a modality they are familiar with.

The Essential Tools For The Connected Teacher-Part 4

The Web20Classroom

Over the past 3 weeks we have examined the tools that I think are essential for the connected teacher. So far we have looked at Tools For Communication , Tools For Student Collaboration and Tools for Professional Collaboration. To wrap things up we are going to take a look at 4 tools for you to use, with students to create. First, a video. Why do students need to create? mic and some free software.

Change? Darn Right We Need Some Change!

The Web20Classroom

There are some things in life we can count on. The changing of the leaves. The changing of the seasons. The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Most of these changes are welcomed and expected. Yet when it comes to education and the business of educating children one thing is for sure, change is absent. We, as a society, have become comfortable with the status quo. If so, who is responsible?

Voting is Now Open For The 2009 Edublog Awards!

The Daring Librarian

Photo Credit: Second Life Jokadia Island "You can now vote for your favorite education-related blogs — voting for the 2009 Edublogs Awards is open until December 16th. Here you can learn details of the voting, see all the nominees, and begin voting at The 2009 Edublog Awards ! You can see who I nominated at My Nominations For The Edublog Awards 2009. I was SO honored to be nominated in the Best Library/Librarian Blog category (thank you to Shelly Terrell and all of you who nominated me!), There’s an “embarrassment of riches” in the education blogosphere!" And yes! Whoohoo!

New Posted Resources 12/23/2009

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New Posted Resources 12/04/2009

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New Posted Resources 12/01/2009

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Spring 2009 tags : iwb , favorite GetBodySmart: Interactive Tutorials and Quizzes On Human Anatomy and Physiology tags : science , anatomy , biology , physiology , interactive , favorite LiveBinders: Easy "Trap and Keep" Online Teaching Binders - The Educators'' Royal Treatment tags : livebinders , favorite Technology and Writing: Using Glogster™ to Differentiate Writing Instruction tags : glogster , writing , favorite FAQ (diigo V4 help) tags : diigo , student , favorite Posted from Diigo. What next? The rest of my favorite links are here

New Posted Resources 12/17/2009

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The goal of summative assessments is to make a judgment of student competency after an instructional phase is complete tags : assessment , favorite The Math Forum Internet Mathematics Library tags : mathematics , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

New Posted Resources 12/16/2009

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85+ Resources: Educator Guide for Integrating Social Media « emergent by design tags : socialmedia , favorite Twitter in the Classroom: Studies Find Increased Student Engagement tags : Twitter , favorite 50 Web Applications for Teachers tags : web2.0 , favorite Using Wordle in the classroom (1 of 2) tags : wordle , favorite Cell Size and Scale tags : biology , favorite 5 Easy Steps to Stay Safe (and Private!) on Facebook - NYTimes.com tags : Facebook , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

New Posted Resources 12/15/2009

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New Posted Resources 12/12/2009

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edbuzz.org » Using Facebook to Improve School Communication tags : Facebook , favorite Technology Integration for Teachers - Home tags : web , 2.0 , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

New Posted Resources 12/10/2009

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Digitally Speaking / Various Digital Tools and Tricks tags : web , 2.0 , resources , favorite OMG! Teachers say texting can be good for teens - CharlotteObserver.com tags : texting , favorite edchat / 12-8-2009 - 7 PM EST - Balancing need for learning vs security and safety tags : edchat , favorite NETS Implementation - Videos of NETS•S in Action tags : ISTE , Nets , standards , videos , favorite 4Kids.org TechKNOWLEDGEy! tags : internetsafety , CIPA , COPPA , favorite DOPA, COPA, CIPA, COPPA oh my! The rest of my favorite links are here

New Posted Resources 12/08/2009

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Huge List of 125 Google Wave Robots – Add Bots and Enjoy Wave tags : googlewave , favorite CSI Twitter- Crime Scene Investigation by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano tags : PLN , Power , favorite Teach history with these comic collections tags : history , comics , favorite The Education Podcast Network | A Landmark Project tags : podcasting , podcasts , education , favorite Google Earth Tutorials tags : googleearth , tutorials , favorite Webquests tags : webquests , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here