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. 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. On Nov 18 we discussed how to motivate teachers to use more technology in the classroom. So here, in all it''s glory (or lack there of) is the most popular post of 2009 on my blog.

8 Ways to Help New Teachers Thrive (and Veteran Teachers Too!)

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Immediately, we can start to help new teachers and help each other in the process. The research gives us some insight into how each of us can help other teachers thrive. We have to do better. 2009).

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The Essential Tools For The Connected Teacher-Part 4

The Web20Classroom

To wrap things up we are going to take a look at 4 tools for you to use, with students to create. 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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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. Remember to take it slow. Are there others you would add to the list?

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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. The video also speaks directly to kids, telling them why it''s important to keep their information private and how to do it.

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. On your drive to school you imagine the possibilities.

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

The Web20Classroom

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. 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. That totally went against what I was taught in college but I was young and new and didn''t want to make waves. They also examined the role of the teacher and the student when it comes to assessments.

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New Posted Resources 12/04/2009

The Web20Classroom

'Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry demo SixthSense | Video on TED.com tags : TED , SixthSense , favorite Google Tools for Teachers (NCTE 2009) tags : Google , resources , favorite 5 Google Wave Gadgets that You Will Most Likely Use tags : googlewave , favorite Open Thinking Wiki tags : digitalstorytelling , favorite Facebook privacy: a guide tags : facebook , favorite Educational Videos – The Best Educational Videos Online | Educational Videos Directory tags : video , favorite How to unblock Glogster EDU | Glogster tags : glogster , favorite Dodging Bullets in Presentations tags : powerpoint , presentation , presentations , favorite The 1900 House - Home tags : history , favorite Another Wordle tip tags : wordle , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.'

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Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter

EdTechSandyK

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. I almost titled this post How To Build a PLN on Twitter , but that would imply that there really is a specific "method".

New Posted Resources 12/05/2009

The Web20Classroom

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

New Posted Resources 11/21/2009

The Web20Classroom

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.

The Edublog Awards

The Web20Classroom

Her posts are resourceful and inspirational to all that read. Best Resource Sharing Blog- NCS-Tech - If there is one place I can always count on to get a new tool or idea to use with my teachers it is Kevin Jarrett''s blog. From tons of Google Tips to Social Media and Social Networking, there is something here for every educator. This post by Bud Hunt really spoke to me this year. Its that time of year again for the Annual Edublog Awards.

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5 Ways to Be Technology’s Master and Not Its Slave #productivity

The CoolCatTeacher

Do you really need the latest thing to be more productive? Today is a wake up call where we discuss five ways to take back control of your technology. Aaron Sams @ chemicalsams helps give us ways to master technology. Focusing on your workflow to save time.

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iPads for Masterful Math: Randomizing Formative Math Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Sean Nank’s research shows that the single biggest method for improving learning with iPads is to use online formative assessments. This intriguing research is a must listen for any school with access to technology. You do not need iPads to implement and learn from this research.

Can Music Aid Memory of Text?

Nik Peachey

The site is called P22 Music Text Composition Generator and you can find it at: [link] What the site does is to convert a written text into musical notation with a midi music file to play the notation. It's quite simple to do.

10 Teacher Development Task for Web 2.0 Tools

Nik Peachey

Over the last couple of months I've been busy travelling round a bit and doing some face to face training and workshops. I've decide now to share those tasks so anyone who wants to use them to train other teachers or to develop their own skills can take advantage of and make good use of them.

Research Shows Technology Strategies That Positively Impact Student Learning

EdTechSandyK

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. I was particularly intrigued by the West Virginia Basic Skills/Computer Education study by Dale Mann (1999) which Schacter referred to.

How to Use Brain-Based Learning in the Classroom

Waterford

In his book A Celebration of Neurons: An Educator’s Guide to the Human Brain , educational researcher Robert Sylwester wrote, “The human brain is the best-organized, most functional three pounds of matter in the known universe.” [3]. Educational Horizons, Fall 2009, 88(1), pp.

How to Promote Additive Bilingualism over Subtractive Bilingualism in the Classroom

Waterford

If you work with bilingual and English-language learning (ELL) children, the answer to this question could make a world of difference for your students. Read on to discover more about additive and subtractive bilingualism, as well as the many advantages of being bilingual.

Creating an Online Journal for CPD

Nik Peachey

Keeping a teaching or learning journal can be a really important part of this process of reflection and writing entries can help us to reformulate what we have read or analyse our experiences and draw conclusions from them which we can later return to, share and reflect on again.

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How Do I Introduce Twitter to Someone Who Is Interested?

EdTechSandyK

This is a follow-up to my last post. Before we talk about the logistics of using Twitter to communicate with stakeholders, I need to give him a high level overview of what Twitter itself is. Do you have a link to an already existing resource that you would recommend me using?

Help Me Help a High School Get Started on Twitter!

EdTechSandyK

First, thank you for taking the time to visit this post and offer your advice! :-) A public high school I work with is interested in broadcasting info to parents and students via Twitter.

Revising Short Texts and Syntax on IWB

Nik Peachey

Here's a short video showing you how to use it. WordMagnets is a simple tool that allows you to paste text into a field and then click a couple of times to change the text into word tiles a little like fridge magnets that you can drag and rearrange.

9 Ways to Use Google Wave

The Electric Educator

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. I am proud to be able to provide access to Wave for these 9 individuals. I hope you get a chance to try it out!

Using Online Sticky Noticeboards

Nik Peachey

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. Before you start to add content you'll need to check your email account where you should find your password. Feel free to contribute.

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Brainstorm and Debate Collaboratively

Nik Peachey

This morning I spotted Solvr on MakeUseOf and decided to give it a try. Solvr is a free easy and interesting way to collaboratively brainstorm and attempt to solve problems online. You just got to [link] type your problem into the field and then click 'Start'.

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Safely Blogging with Students

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

There are three very good reasons to consider using a blog as a tool to teach writing, online communication, safety, and etiquette all within the context of your curriculum. The teacher has the ability to monitor everything published on the blog, with proper setup.

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

EdTechSandyK

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. 10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know [link] How To Be Safe Online (MySpace) CBS News Video [link] MySpace Safety Tips and Settings [link] 2.

How to Use Kick Youtube

The Daring Librarian

Ever want to show a vid to your class but it''s on YouTube and YouTube is blocked by your firewall? Want to snag these graphics to use them on your blog or wiki? Well, download it on your HD in a few easy steps and play it as an MP4!

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How to Celebrate Creativity and Caring on International Dot Day

Edsurge

Making the world a better place—it’s not officially on the to do list as a stand-alone item, but it’s part of why we do what we do every day. And one of the celebrations I most look forward to every year is International Dot Day.

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My Twitter Journey So Far: Using Twitter as a Personal Educational Resource

EdTechSandyK

But I didn''t see any use for Twitter for me, an ed tech specialist with nothing to sell or promote. I signed on in April of 2009, but didn''t do much with it. I thought it was a mini-Facebook, with people constantly updating what they were doing, no matter how mundane. The little I did explore led me to view Twitter pretty much like this. And they encouraged us to use Twitter to share brief thoughts on what we were learning that day.

Planning for Student Centered Learning With Technology

EdTechSandyK

The first theme I encountered this week is that of planning for instruction and the needs of learners first, and then planning to use technology if it will help address learner''s needs. One example that stood out to me was from the book Web 2.0 On pages 92- 93 Christopher Johnston writes in a sidebar about using a blog in math to help students articulate their problem-solving strategies on a new problem posted each week.

Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences With Technolgy

EdTechSandyK

After working together to design an action plan for helping a teacher teach with technology, the project group I belong to started creating and uploading lesson plans and resources like crazy! It has been stressful trying to get everything in place in time to meet deadlines, but extremely rewarding as well. As a teacher I have asked students to cooperatively complete assignments and projects over the years, and I have been on many collaborative teams.

Operation Christmas Child - A Simple Shoebox Can Impact a Life!

EdTechSandyK

My blog is 99% edtech, but Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is such an important ministry to me personally that it gets to sneak into the 1% non-edtech. Each year they send millions of shoe boxes to children in desperate situations - poverty, war, natural disaster, famine - all over the world. The local ministries then follow up with the children and families who are open to continuing to receive help.

How's Your Web Presence?

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Unfortunately, the Internet does not allow us to categorize ourselves to make a distinction between our personal and professional selves. Do you think students, parents, and even prospective employers use Google to check you out? Do you think universities offering scholarship use Google to check out prospective students? Do you think students think about their own web presence and how it relates to their future.