The Most Popular Post in 2009.

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As 2009 comes to a close I wanted to take a look back and see what post did people visit the most. So here, in all it''s glory (or lack there of) is the most popular post of 2009 on my blog. 2009 Most Popular Post edchat What a year it has been! Surprisingly it was a recent one. Each week after an Edchat (held on Twitter each Tuesday at 7pm EST) I do a post where I attempt to summarize the discussion and add some thoughts of my own.

The 2009 Edublog Awards-Vote Now!

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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!

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2009 MACUL Conference

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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.

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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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FEATURESThe “Blended” Classroom Revolution Virtual Technology Goes to SchoolWhile virtual schools, which currently serve only a tiny fraction ofthe nation’s 48 million K12 students, get all the buzz, a muchbigger, largely untold story of online learning is unfolding inAmerica’s brick. Techlearning News

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FEATURES FOLLOW THE MONEY PART 3 Read the last in a three part series on what the stimulus package means for education technology in America’s classrooms. Go online to techlearning.com for the full series. Smart Money By Ellen Ullman From. Techlearning News

20 WebCam Activities for EFL ESL Students

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Back in November 2008 I published Part 1 of a series of articles intended to explore the use of WebCams in education. I have now finally got round to writing Part 2 which is a collection of 20 activities EFL ESL teachers can do with their students. Here are some links to useful free video communication tools that you could use for these activities. MailVu is a simple to use app which runs in the browser and enables students to record a short message which can be sent by email.

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New Posted Resources 12/23/2009

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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 Is A Great Teacher?

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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." Here is what people were saying: Enthusiasm, dedication, compassion, ability to think on your feet. 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

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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? Can''t they just sit and be lectured to and take a test? Hum.see what they have to say.

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The PLN Is Powerful.

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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 wanted to be able to share with other teacher successes, in 140 characters of how the PLN makes us better educators.

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

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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. There are some tools that educators need to embrace and learn how to use both in and out of the classroom.

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

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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. While none of these are new, they might only be known in small circles of teachers or educational/instructional technologists.

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Google Tools For The New Year

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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. From the acquisition of Etherpad , to the unveiling of the Google Phone to the biggest news of the year, Wave , Google is always looking to innovate and change the way we access information.

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Winner of the Smart Software Contest Announced

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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!

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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. You are bound to find some really awesome things!

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New Posted Resources 12/17/2009

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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.

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A Common Sense Approach To Internet Safety

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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. First, telling parents they need to be involved and know what their kids are doing online and limiting the amount of time they spend online.

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

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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. In short, you take a picture of an object and the program returns search results. Want to know more about a restaurant?

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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!

Who Is The Enemy?

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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. They see your excitement. And then disappointment. Blocked!

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.

What Do You Mean I Can't Twitter?

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This morning I read a great post from Steve Wheeler over at his blog, Learning With ''e''s. The post deals with a ban of social media during the upcoming Annual Meeting of the American Society Cell Biology.

New Posted Resources 12/05/2009

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Prestwick Cafe: Building Something New: There’s Always Demolition Required tags : change , favorite Web 2.0 is highly interactive, accessible and collaborative. Learn how to utilize it in your classroom with free videos, activities and more from CDW-G and Discovery Education. tags : web2.0 , resources , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

New Posted Resources 12/03/2009

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Is your classroom mobile phone free? | Why did the Chickenman cross the road? tags : cellphones , favorite changED: Teaching Students to Dialgoue tags : discussion , dialogue , favorite Learn to Podcast | Podcasting 101 | Guide to Podcasting Basics "Learn to Podcast – A Mini-Guide" tags : podcasting , podcast , favorite Character Education Lesson Plans From CHARACTER COUNTS!

New Posted Resources 12/02/2009

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Flickr: The Commons tags : flickr , CCImages , creativecommons , favorite Wiki in a K-12 classroom - WikEd tags : wiki , resources , favorite YouTube - Twitter Kit - How do I get started with a PLN? Module 1 part 2 tags : PLN , twitter , favorite YouTube - Twitter Kit - What is a PLN? Why is it important? Module 1 part 1 tags : PLN , twitter , favorite Tagul - Gorgeous tag clouds tags : wordle , Tagcloud , favorite techitupvoicethreads / FrontPage tags : voicethread , favorite Posted from Diigo.

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The Edublog Awards

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Its that time of year again for the Annual Edublog Awards. These awards celebrate "the achievements of edubloggers, twitterers, podcasters, video makers, online communities, wiki hosts and other web based users of educational technology." Here are my nominations: Best Teacher Blog- Philly Teacher - Mary Beth Hertz is a Computer Science Teacher in an elementary school in West Philadelphia. She writes about technology, teaching, and the blending of the two in her classroom and school.

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New Posted Resources 11/26/2009

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livebinders4teachers / FrontPage tags : web2.0 , livebinders , resource , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

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Change? Darn Right We Need Some Change!

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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. But there is a movement brewing. On #edchat last night the topic was "Is a Shift needed in education?