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. Image from Google CC Image Search. 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.

2009 MACUL Conference

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Here is what I came up with: Thursday: 8:30-9:00 Opening Keynote-- Allen November "The digital learning farm" 10:00-11:00 Workshop-- Google: good to great 11:00-1:00 Tour vendor exhibit hall 11:30-12:30 Work at MI Learning booth in exhibit hall A kiosk will be setup in the exhibit hall to showcase the learning resources on the MI Learning channel of iTunesU K-12. You can find me on Twitter (@jrsowash), Google+, Linkedin (jrsowash), and YouTube (jrsowash).

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

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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. Ban the use of Google by all school-aged children. Learn to write "Google-proof" questions.

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Google Tools For The New Year

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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. Google Swirl Images from Official Google Blog.

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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. Introducing Google Goggles. Take a picture and Google Goggles will tell you the menu, reviews and even automatically dial the number to make reservations. So Google already knows a lot about me.

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9 Ways to Use Google Wave

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It has been great watching the stream of potential uses for Google Wave roll in. Here are what I believe to be the best potential uses of Google Wave. I could see the Google Wave being used for class discussions and assignments on these snow days. Google Wave

Google Teacher Academy

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Tomorrow is the 2009 Google Teacher Academy. I previously posted the published schedule provided by the folks at Google. You can find me on Twitter (@jrsowash), Google+, Linkedin (jrsowash), and YouTube (jrsowash). gtaco 2009 boulder colorado google teacher academy It was a long drive to Boulder, Colorado, but my wife, daughter, and I arrived safely.

A Common Sense Approach To Internet Safety

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Google and Common Sense Media make that job a little easier with the video I have embedded below. 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.

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

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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. Image From Google CC Search. Social Media and Web 2.0 Tools made huge inroads in education this year.

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Who Is The Enemy?

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We''re not doing them any favors by having a super restricted, database only searches when they get to HS or college they won''t know effective searching or Googling strategies. -A Image from Google CC Search.

Change? Darn Right We Need Some Change!

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Photo from Google CC Search. 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.

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

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Image from Google CC Image Search. 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.

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Google Teacher Academy Video Application

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I spent most of today working on a one minute video as part of my application for the 2009 Google Teacher Academy in Boulder, Colorado. I would appreciate any comments or feedback from my readers before it goes in to the hands of Google.

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Google Presentation for Guided Student Learning

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Google Presentation is a versatile tool. I''d like to share an example of a Google Presentation that integrates many of the Cool Tools discussed on this blog.

Google Teacher Academy Reflection

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I attended the 2009 Google Teacher Academy which was held in Boulder, Colorado this year. Corporate culture at Google is unlike any other company in the world. The familiar Google colors: red, blue, green, and yellow were everywhere. google teacher academy reflection

New Posted Resources 11/21/2009

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How to Manage a Group Project in Google Wave - Google Wave - Lifehacker tags : googlewave , google , favorite Google Wavers tags : google , googlewave , favorite Differentiated Instruction Made Simple tags : instruction , differentiation , favorite Posted from Diigo.

New Posted Resources 11/24/2009

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Google Earth and GIS Resources tags : google , Googleearth , gis , favorite Using Web 2 0 Tools To Enliven Projects "Using Web 2 0 Tools To Enliven Projects" tags : tools , web2.0 , technology , favorite Web 2.0 & ePortfolios tags : web2.0 , portfolio , e-portfolio , favorite Posted from Diigo.

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.

Google Wonder Wheel -- for the Visual Learner

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FAQ: Google Wonder Wheel to hit 1 million wheels! Google Wonder Wheel Internet search This fabulous SEARCH OPTIMIZATION tool clusters related terms so that you can narrow your searches.

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What Do You Mean I Can't Twitter?

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Image from Google CC Search. 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.

The Edublog Awards

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From tons of Google Tips to Social Media and Social Networking, there is something here for every educator. 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."

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Ready to Wave? Invitations Available Here!

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I was excited to receive an invitation email to join the Google Wave today. I haven''t had much time to explore Google''s latest innovation, but I am excited about its possibilities. The result, is Google Wave. The usefulness of Google Wave increases as users are added.

Ready to Wave? Invitations Available Here!

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I was excited to receive an invitation email to join the Google Wave today. I haven't had much time to explore Google's latest innovation, but I am excited about its possibilities. The result, is Google Wave. The usefulness of Google Wave increases as users are added.

Google Teacher Academy Agenda

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Late in the day on Friday I received an e-mail from the folks at Google containing the agenda for the 2009 Google teacher academy in Boulder, CO. I''m looking forward to experiencing the Google culture first hand and learning from their creativity! You can find me on Twitter (@jrsowash), Google+, Linkedin (jrsowash), and YouTube (jrsowash). google teacher academy mahara

Planet Google

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Starbucks, Apple, and Google are three companies which have amazing quantities of creativity and innovation. I began my quest by examining Google through the reading of Planet Google by Randall Stross (2008, Free Press) during my multi-leg, multi-day trip to and from Kosovo (see my previous post for an explanation of what I was doing there!). The first lesson on creativity and innovation that I gleaned from Google is to dream big.

Auto Fill for Google Docs Spreadsheets

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Here''s a feature of Google Docs Spreadsheets that will save you a ton of time! Learn how to automatically generate a list of practically anything using the power of Google Sets. Thanks again to Ronald Ho , Project Manager of Spreadsheets, for sharing this at the Google Teacher Academy. You can find me on Twitter (@jrsowash), Google+, Linkedin (jrsowash), and YouTube (jrsowash). Google Docs google teacher academy Spreadsheets

Accepted to the Google Teacher Academy!

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Earlier this week I was shocked and excited to learn that I have been selected as one of 50 educators from across the country to take part in this years Google Teacher Academy in Boulder, Colorado. This one day workshop will bring together educators who use Google products in their classrooms and actively take part in training other educators on using the wonderful projects created by Google. After the academy, I will become a Google Certified Educator!

Word Cloud Gadget for Google Docs Spreadsheets

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Ronald Ho , the project manager for Google Spreadsheets, demonstrated some awesome gadgets for Google spreadsheets at the Google Teacher Academy. You can find me on Twitter (@jrsowash), Google+, Linkedin (jrsowash), and YouTube (jrsowash). Google Docs Ronald Ho Spreadsheets Wordcloud One of them was a word cloud gadget. It''s a neat tool, here''s how to use it! Note: the size of the video in Blogger makes it very difficult to read the text.

New PodCast Series

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I recently submitted a proposal for another podcast series that I am calling "Google, more than search." The proposal was accepted and I am eager to beging putting together 20 or so screencasts illustrating classroom uses for some of the powerful tools that Google has put together.

Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose

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Ever since I visited Google for the Google Teacher Academy I have been mulling the idea of what Google calls "20% time." You can find me on Twitter (@jrsowash), Google+, Linkedin (jrsowash), and YouTube (jrsowash).

Google Presentation for Student Portfolios

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Compatibility with PowerPoint combined with the ability to easily publish slideshows online makes Google Presentation a Cool Tool for creating and maintaining student portfolios. Sign Up for Google Training Please comment to share your thoughts about these kindergarten portfolios of student work. I know of two innovative teachers in D97 who are building these portfolios, and they are definitely worth taking a look at.

Product Demo: Wiimote Ceiling Mount

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You can find me on Twitter (@jrsowash), Google+, Linkedin (jrsowash), and YouTube (jrsowash). This year I added a ceiling mount to my Wiiboard setup. Previously, I had been placing my wiimote on top of my ceiling mounted projector.

MI Learning Portal on iTunesU K-12

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Note: the following post was published in the Fall 2009 Edition of the MACUL Journal While some teachers are battling to keep iPods out of the classroom, I’m encouraging my students to use them as learning tools.

Education in Kosovo: A New Perspective

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You can find me on Twitter (@jrsowash), Google+, Linkedin (jrsowash), and YouTube (jrsowash This blog has been quiet for a while because I have been doing some educational work with the people of Kosovo.

Tech Training at Southfield Christian

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The Google Teacher Academy gave me lots of ideas that I''m excited to share with others. You can find me on Twitter (@jrsowash), Google+, Linkedin (jrsowash), and YouTube (jrsowash). This year I am leading monthly tech workshops for the teachers in my building.