The Most Popular Post in 2009.

The Web20Classroom

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. Training needs to be scaffolded, accessible and continuous. 2009 Most Popular Post edchat What a year it has been! Surprisingly it was a recent one.

Tech Access in Schools: Making Edtech Accessible to All

Digital Promise

Access to technology for all students is a major goal for many schools, companies, and organizations—yet access is only part of the equation. Research suggests that when technology is effectively used in schools, access may help to bridge educational and social gaps (Warschauer & Matuchniak, 2010; Eccles, 2009; National Science Foundation, 2017). If you would like to see foundry10’s full findings, check out their ed tech access report and their website.


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New Posted Resources 12/05/2009

The Web20Classroom

is highly interactive, accessible and collaborative. Prestwick Cafe: Building Something New: There’s Always Demolition Required tags : change , favorite Web 2.0 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

The PLN Is Powerful.

The Web20Classroom

The value is the plethora of resources, viewpoints, & ideas I now have access to (has become an addiction and time hog :-) Beyond amazing tools, love connections made w/ real people who care a lot about kids. 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.

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The Essential Tools For The Connected Teacher-Part 4

The Web20Classroom

All you do is apply with a school provided email address and in a few days you have a 6-month pass for unlimited access. You will also receive a classroom code that you can give to your students so they have unlimited access also. 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.

Wiki 101

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

The Web20Classroom

Once you sign up fo an account you can request free educator access that gives you the ability to create student accounts and class accounts that have special features like privacy settings and broadcast messages. 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.

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Who Is The Enemy?

The Web20Classroom

Teachers- I understand that you want to have access to programs, applications and tools but that is going to take a little work. Picture 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.

Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter


You can now access my Twitter related links there as well.) 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.

Using Wise Quotes with EFL ESL Students

Nik Peachey

technology Lots of fast and varied ways to access the quotes There are loads of quotes from a real range of sources There is an iPhone ap which can enable you to get all this information via your iPhone or iPod Touch so great for mobile learners What I'm not so sure about The site is so dynamic that you can see then loose quotes pretty quickly if you are just browsing.

Creating an Online Journal for CPD

Nik Peachey

The entries are private, but be can be shared We can add images to make the entries more memorable It can be accessed from anywhere It’s quick and date stamps entries for us What I’m not so sure about It would be nice to be able to add a few hyperlinks (I think this is possible in the ‘Pro’ paid for edition.

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Drawing & Painting: Kerpoof Studio

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Teachers can create student accounts and also limit the features accessible to students using Kerpoof. Kerpoof Studio is another tool for drawing and creating on the computer. It''s kid-friendly, and again, no sign in is needed to use the tool in it''s most basic form. But, Kerpoof does offer free teacher accounts which are certainly worth the trouble of creating. As an added bonus, there is an entire Kerpoof for Teachers page with lesson plans, standards, a useful newsletter, and more.

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9 Ways to Use Google Wave

The Electric Educator

I am proud to be able to provide access to Wave for these 9 individuals. It has been great watching the stream of potential uses for Google Wave roll in. I wish that I had more than nine invitations to give out! Here are what I believe to be the best potential uses of Google Wave. Some are ideas for specific classroom lessons while others are big picture concepts. Your invitations should be arriving shortly!

VoiceThread - Online Conversations Around Media

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

View Examples Published on WallWisher Access VoiceThread at [link VoiceThread is an online tool for having conversations around media. The possibilities for use in the Classroom are tremendous. This powerful tool is not free, but you can sign up for a trial account to get your feet wet. Internet safety is a very important issue to address when using this tool for learning. A good way to protect students'' identities is to have them create Avatars to use in place of actual photos.

Using Online Sticky Noticeboards

Nik Peachey

This means that you can use your wall to focus students access to sites like flickr or Youtube and stop them drifting into other content. For the last few days I've been playing with WallWisher a handy tool for creating online noticeboards that you can add sticky notes to. You can see a wall that I created here with some notes about Web 2.0 Tools for EFL ESL Teachers.

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Glogs: A SlideShow of Samples

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

These launchers are easily accessible tools to guide and differentiate student learning in a variety of ways. We have created several glogs as samples for teachers and can think of many more to create. They are visual, fun to create and extremely versatile. Glogster''s education section allows glogs to be private. Google Presentation was used to create a slideshow of glog samples. Please remember to use caution when streaming in D97. View slideshow

Subscribe to Blogs: Let the Information Come to You

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

The Google Reader page is handy if you use Gmail because access to it can be found right on your Gmail screen. For a brief moment, I''m going to elaborate on an idea introduced to me by Helena Bowers at the Illinois Computing Educators conference. She described The New Digital Divide in great detail, but the one idea that encouraged me to start this blog can be found in her description of the difference between "Those who know who to get info to travel to them vs. those who don’t."

This Week's Cool Tool: GoogleDocs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Please consider the options before creating a generic email account, then providing students with access to it. Types of GoogleDocs: There are four types of GoogleDocs to use. The documents are collaborative, which means they are easily shared, stored and potentially published online. Document: This is a basic word processing document that integrates with Microsoft Word. Presentation: This is presentation software similar to PowerPoint, but without all the bells and whistles.

Getting Video Tasks Online

Nik Peachey

Great way to make YouTube videos accessible without sending students to the site. If YouTube is blocked in your school, this probably won't solve the problem, though you can get students to access your video activities from home.

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Research Shows Technology Strategies That Positively Impact Student Learning


December 1, 2009 During the second week of the Teaching With Technology course, I learned the most from the research studies we read such as Michael S. The finding that "Consistent student access to the technology, positive attitudes towards the technology (by both teachers and students), and teacher training in the technology led to the greatest student achievement gains" (1999, p.

EDLD 5364 Web Conference Reflection


I am immensely enjoying the convenience of an online program and the ability to access course materials and complete assignments on my own schedule. On Saturday, November 21st, I participated in my first web conference as part of the Educational Technology Leadership online master''s degree program I am enrolled in through Lamar University. It was an enjoyable and welcome experience.

What's The Most Important Thing Teachers of Today Need to Realize or Learn?


They certainly did not have the unsupervised access to technology that today''s students have - nor did they have the opportunities for global learning. An educator I follow on Twitter, thecleversheep , tweeted this this morning: Care to share your wisdom?

Shaping Well-Rounded Youth in a Digital World


if you want more in depth information about Virginia, her teacher, and her school, you can access it here. This video profile of 14 year old Virginia from Edutopia had multiple impacts on me. First, I was impressed with the balance this young lady is learning as she conducts her life on many fronts: home, church, school, service, and social.

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Did You Know? 4.0 - Shift Happens


I''m not sure why that shocks me or I have a hard time believing it), and that most of us will access the Internet off of handheld devices by the year 2020 are lost on me. Did You Know? was released today. This video, also known in some incarnations as Shift Happens , started out as a PowerPoint presentation by Karl Fisch at a high school faculty meeting in 2006 and was later remixed by Scott McLeod. Since then, these men have continued to collaborate on updates to the video.

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The Future of Education: a futurist's perspective

The Electric Educator

Schools will become tutoring centers and access points for courses rather than disseminators of instruction. 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.

Essential Reading

The Electric Educator

In this bold article Frey claims that a radical shift in education will occur due to the emergence of standard course-ware software so that companies, universities and school districts can quickly and easily create content that can be accessed from around the world. Those of us planning on being in education for a while need to think about, prepare for, and understand the coming changes in education. Here are three essential works that speak to each of these things: 1.

Carver STaR Chart Presentation


The slide show below will serve as a visual aid when I present to Carver Elementary staff on their most recent S chool T echnology a nd R eadiness (STaR) self-report regarding campus levels of technology access and integration. NOTE: This blog post is part of a requirement for Lamar University graduate course EDLD 5306 Fundamentals of Educational Technology.

Opinion on Texas LRPT: Educator Preparation and Development


Since a majority of campuses are at Developing Tech level, I assume the following trends: Most teachers have access to and have participated in nine to eighteen hours of large group professional development regarding increasing productivity and integration of technology into their content areas, and most have attained two or three of the SBEC Technology Applications Standards.

The New Literacy


In The New Literacy: The 3 Rs Evolve into the 4 Es , Armstrong and Warlick state: The challenge to us as educators lies in keeping up with an information environment that has changed dramatically in the past 10 years, a decade during which the very nature of information has changed in appearance, location, accessibility, application, and communication. One of my first assignments was to react to a quote from the first week''s reading. Below is the quote I picked and my response to it.

RP: Why your major academic conference doesn’t have (good, free) wireless internet

The Daring Librarian

Reliable, fast, and consistent Interweb access at conferences has been a source of constant consternation. Since NECC in Atlanta, AASL Pittsburgh, to NECC DC and AASL Charlotte (and other conferences in between)…Internet access has been frustrating! Aunty Tech aka Donna Baumbach compiled a free virtual AASL with links to the archive of Tweets here: [link] If you want to see the reactions RT also I blogged about my experiences at AASL Charlotte and access was a sore point!

Will the decline of AP course offerings spur the rise of Course Access?

The Christensen Institute

It’s also worth noting that because many of these schools serve far smaller numbers of students, the decline in percentage of schools offering AP classes does not represent a proportionate decline in the number of overall students able to access AP coursework. Still, the findings raise a much more fundamental question that states must grapple with: should the public school that a student attends dictate (and in this case, limit) the coursework that he can access?

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B There! A Pining Robot's Plea

The Daring Librarian

Full access to b there is included in your conference registration. Access all that b there – Your Virtual Track Pass has to offer and become an active member of this virtual community. What’s @ the Track All conference registrants will have access to content captured prior, during and post-conference via the b there – Your Virtual Track Pass Web site. All of this and much more is included in your registration, with an entire year of access post-conference!

275 Twitter Apps You Can't Live Without

The Daring Librarian

Stammy''s RSS To Twitter Not too many people have access to a Ruby-enabled server so the author decided to make a simple PHP script to get the job done. the Only Twitter Applications List You''ll Ever Need from Squidoo I stumbled across this list and was very impressed. in only a few short years so many ways to modify, use, manipulate and make a site like Twitter work for you and your individual needs. Does anyone really need 274 Twitter Apps in their life?

Neil Gaiman and Twittering the Exquisite Corpse

The Daring Librarian

Frances Harris "I’d love to know – for how many of you is access to 2.0 So, yesterday i got really excited about the Neil Gaiman Twitter writing opportunity the Exquisite Corpse.I instantly thought of our Writers Guild and how they could have really gotten involved with the writing experience. However, Twitter is now Blocked in HCPSS. WARNING: Mini-Rant & Personal Opinion Here Not Related to HCPSS or reflecting on them yada yada yada - yeah.i gotta big mouth!

Do Tech Companies Need To Step Up Their Accessibility Game?

The Innovative Educator

Is accessibility baked into to the development process? Their site says: When you Tweet photos using the Twitter app for iOS or Android, or on, you have the option to compose a description of the images so the content is accessible to people who are visually impaired. Who wouldn't want content to be accessed by people who are visually impaired? Twitter has not stepped up its accessibility game. Facebook has work to do in their accessibility game.

Biden’s infrastructure plan would create plenty of jobs, but who will do them?

The Hechinger Report

More than 60 percent of the construction workers who lost their jobs from 2007 to 2009 never returned to the industry, said Michael Ibrahim, an assistant professor of civil engineering at California State University, Los Angeles.