The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

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In December 2010, The Journal –“t he leading Technology based education publication for K-12 and higher education”– published an article with a 5-prong prediction for the following year. But, how does the 2010 vision for edTech match what’s actually happening today?

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TeachMeet Nashville 2010

The Web20Classroom

Over the next 2 days I will participating in TeachMeet Nashville. TeachMeets are unique conference experiences where everyone has an opportunity to share, learn and grow as professional educators. I will be part of a panel on Social Media in Education.

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Edublog 2010 Nominations

The Web20Classroom

It is that time of year again when Edubloggers from around the globe make their pick for the Annual Edublog Awards. Last year this blog was nominated in several categories and I won Twitterer of The Year and #Edchat won for Best Series of Tweets. The awards are a great way to find new blogs to follow, twitterers to follow and resources to discover. So be sure to check out all the nominations and check back on Dec. 15 to see who the winners are.

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Final Reflections Of TeachMeet Nashville 2010

The Web20Classroom

What a great 2 days of learning in Nashville TN last week! There were large groups of teachers learning how to use Twitter and social networking for professional development to small groups of 2 or 3 people in impromptu learning sessions. There was talk about the closing of Etherpad and the use of alternatives like Typewith.me and Primary Pad. There was great discussion about meeting kids where they are and using music and the arts for assessment in the classroom.

The 2010 Edublog Award Nominations - Vote Now!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The full list of categories for the 2010 Edublog awards are listed below. In their 7th year, the Edublog Awards are a chance to celebrate blogging, social media, and Web 2.0 in education. I should note that I am co-host of the actual awards ceremony, that Classroom 2.0

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The 2010 Global Education Conference Starts Monday

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The free, all-online 2010 Global Education Conference takes place this coming week, November 15 - 19, 2010! We currently have 397 sessions from 62 countries scheduled, as well as 63 keynote speakers--an amazing lineup. Please take a look at all that is taking place: [link] The conference is a collaborative and world-wide community effort to significantly increase opportunities for globally-connecting education activities.

QR Huh? What The Heck Is A QR Code?

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Have you seen these around town where you are lately? I was a little surprised when I saw them all over the Black Friday ads back in November. This is a QR or Quick Response Code. Simply, put it is a 3D barcode. It''s a much more sophisticated version of the barcode on your bag of Lays Potato Chips.

My 2010 Edublogs Nominees Post

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Check out the 2009 nominees/winners , 2010 to follow! Wherein I start (and end) my campaign to get us SLPs and other Special Educators a bit more recognized in the edublogosphere. The Edublog Awards is an annual online "event" meant to recognize excellent use of social media in educational circles.

EduBlog Awards 2010 Nominations

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The 2010 Edublog Awards – Nominations Open! Nominations: Close Friday 3 December! Voting: Ends Tuesday 14 December! Award Ceremony: Wednesday 15 December!

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Why Not Invite TED Into Your Classroom?

The Web20Classroom

If you haven''t already heard, TED is one of the world''s coolest conferences. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Desgin) brings together some of the most forward thinking, progressive and really fascinating people on the planet to talk about, really anything they want.

Video Tutorial: Mastering Word 2010

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This comprehensive online training course produced by Microsoft® Certified Trainer Christina Tankersley covers all aspects of Microsoft Word 2010. Techlearning Resources PD Tips

Coolest Tools of 2010

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Time to reflect on some of the coolest tools. Diversions Sporcle.com - A place to go for mentally stimulating diversions Keep your mind active and use it to master one of many timed quizzes on your favorite topic. An added challenge is in the spelling skills required. Remember, it''s Sporcle with a c, not a k. Fruit Ninja HD if you need a 2 minute break and have easy access to an iPad, try this app. to experience the joy of slicing fruit and watching it splat.

Beautifully and Simply Explaining Technology

The Web20Classroom

One of the things that many of us who train teachers struggle with is finding explanations or the whys of certain types of tech. Twitter, blogs, wikis, RSS, podcasting, etc, all can be very complex for those just starting out and learning how they can integrate these into their classroom.

Time's Best Inventions of 2010

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Time Magazine''s web article on the 50 Best Inventions of 2010 meets both these criteria, as well as being a good opportunity to explore categories (note in the picture that the inventions are organized into categories) and descriptive schema.

Bring Those Boring Binders To Life With Livebinders

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I realized today that I have talked a lot about my various Livebinders but never really have taken the time to explain what they are or how they work. First, a video. Think of Livebinders as a virtual 3 ring binder that you can put pretty much anything in.

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The Super Book Of Web Tools For Educators

The Web20Classroom

There is lots of great information on there on Web 2.0 and using technology in the classroom for teachers. Heck, just check out the name of this blog. But often if you have teachers that are just starting out or need some help figuring all this tech stuff out, it can be a daunting task as there is lots of information.

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Why Are You A Life-Long Learner? The Follow-Up.

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Recently I asked this: We encourage our kids to be life-long learners. And when they ask why we tell them all kinds of things like it is important to stay relevant in our careers and it is important for humanity to have people who enjoy learning, etc.

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My 2010 MACUL Conference Sessions

The Electric Educator

I am currently sitting in the opening keynote session of the 2010 Michigan Association in Computer Learners Conference (MACUL) with 3,000 fellow educators. It will be a full two days of learning related to educational technology. Here are the sessions that I''ve chosen to attend in the next few days. Hope to see you there! Thursday: Transforming the Classroom With Google Docs Forms Grand Gallery E 10:00 AM 11:00 AM.

6 Nifty Ideas For Using Google Apps In The Classroom

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Over the past few weeks I have collected some great classroom resources surrounding the use of Google for various classroom activities. Here are a few of my favorites. (In In no particular order. I don''t want to make anyone jealous or anything.)

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My Faves of 2010

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2010 is wrapping up! Exploring Settings in Google Earth Choosing Classroom Activities- Intro to the FIVES criteria (and you can see a lot more on FIVES here ) FIVES as applied to Apps SLP Zen Saved by iPad, P art 1 and Part 2 ASHA Convention Philly Wrap-up and some favorite resources Humor and Social Thinking A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words PLNs and Keeping our Brains Moving Noms for 2010 Edublogs and Thoughts (!)

QR Codes: The Desktop Version And A Follow-Up

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When I wrote my post yesterday about QR codes I was just tossing around some ideas and putting some things out there that I had seen. I never expected the awesome feedback I have gotten and people wanting to know more.

The 2010 Edublog Awards - Nominations Open

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This year I''ll be helping to host the Edublog Awards again. Now in its seventh year, this is one of the more enjoyable events of the year, and celebrates the achievements of edubloggers, twitterers, podcasters, video makers, online communities, wiki hosts and other web based users of educational technology. The call for nominations is now open. The nomination process is described at the Edublog Awards website. Nominations close on Friday, December 3rd.

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Week of December 6, 2010 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org , the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate. The time of the events below will show up automatically in your own time zone when you are registered in LearnCentral and when you have chosen your time zone in your profile, or you can check the new event time converter on the event page. Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren''t able to attend them live.

Week of November 22, 2010 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

During 2010, Ping has been delivering recycled percussion and singing activities to 15 rural primary schools in victoria. Ajax McKerral - PingMusic''s project manager will present highlights from 2010 and demonstrate features arriving in 2011.Dont miss hearing about this innovative program. Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org , the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate.

Provide Answers To Tech Questions Effortlessly.

The Web20Classroom

This was a post I wrote over a year ago. I am reviving it in the hopes you will find it useful. I use this site almost once a week. It is a valuable resource to me and I hope you will feel the same. It is very challenging sometimes to provide the help that teachers and staff need.

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How Educators Connect With Kids On The First Days Of School

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Last week I asked for your ideas on how you make connections with kids on the first days of school. I am overwhelmed by the response. With right at 80 ideas there is surely something here for everyone, or at least a new idea to try. I wanted to highlight a few of my favorites: On day 1, I introduce my new gr. 7 students to their Google Docs account, along with the help of the my gr. 8 students who used it last year. All students fill out Google Forms (What are your interests?

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July 2010 Table of Contents

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FEATURESSCHOOL CIO Getting Easier to Be Green Faced with steep energy costs and shrinking school budgets, cash strapped IT directors are discovering that going green is not just good for the environment it’s good for the wallet. By Pam Derringer. Techlearning News

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Speak Up 2010

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Our district is involved in the Speak Up 2010 survey. made on Wondersay - Animate text with style The Speak Up survey collects authentic feedback from students, families, and educators across the country. Data from prior surveys show students are primarily interested in: 1) social based learning; 2) un-tethered learning (anytime, anywhere, any device); and 3) digitally-rich learning environments. When given the question, "What is the ultimate digital textbook?",

Week of November 29, 2010 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

EPORTFOLIOS COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: THE TRIALS 2010 (THE AUSTRALIA SERIES) Mon 29 Nov 08:30PM New York / Tue 29 Nov 01:30AM GMT / Tue 29 Nov 11:30AM Sydney Coach Carole. Data and results will be shared from the 2010 Eportfolio Implementation Trials. We will play games, share gifts, solve puzzles and have a virtual celebration of the end of 2010!

Sites we like: July 2010

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www.ocean.si.edu The Smithsonian Ocean Portal offers assets from the Smithsonian and more than 20 environmental organizations. Techlearning News

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Why You Need A PLN-An Excerpt From The Simple K12 UnConference

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The UnCon provides both live and recorded sessions from now until May 2010. Recently, I had the honor and pleasure of kicking off the Simple K12 UnConference. The "UnCon" aims to provide high-quality professional development to educators that is available anytime.

Ancient Rome Was How Big?

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Everything from environmental disasters like the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill to just how big an area the Three Gorges Damn is in China to the size of ancient cities. Today I came across a very cool site from the BBC.

What I Don't Know, Surely, Google Will Tell Me.

The Web20Classroom

There once was a teacher who taught down the hall from me. She was an ordinary teacher. Had several years of experience, rarely had much trouble with kids and by all accounts, was, just, well ordinary. Nothing really stood out about her. Except for one thing.

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Professional Development And The Modern Teacher

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My district is changing website providers over the summer. In anticipation of the change our teachers have been learning how to move their content from their current page to their new one. For most this is just another task in an otherwise busy day.

Week of November 8, 2010 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

link] MINI-GEEK FEST MONTHLY ONLINE CONVERSATION-NOVEMBER, 2010 (AZTEA) Mon 8 Nov 10:00PM New York / Tue 8 Nov 03:00AM GMT / Tue 8 Nov 01:00PM Sydney Peggy George and Kim Thomas. link] 2010 K12 ONLINE CONFERENCE POST-CONFERENCE SESSION WITH DAVID WARLICK (HOST YOUR OWN WEBINAR) Wed 10 Nov 07:00PM New York / Thu 10 Nov 12:00AM GMT / Thu 10 Nov 10:00AM Sydney Kim Caise. This event will close out the live events of the 2010 K12 Online Conference.

#LeadershipDay10-Some Questions To Ask.

The Web20Classroom

So for Leadership Day 2010 I don''t have a post full of suggestions for leaders. It is that time of year again. Scott McLeod over at Dangerously Irrelevant has challenged all Edu-Bloggers to write posts today on Leadership in Education.

Week of December 13, 2010 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

MINI-GEEK FEST" MONTHLY ONLINE CONVERSATION-DECEMBER, 2010 (AZTEA PD) Mon 13 Dec 10:00PM New York / Tue 13 Dec 03:00AM GMT / Tue 14 Dec 02:00PM Sydney Peggy George and Kim Thomas. As this is the last session for 2010, let’s celebrate with some fun, games and general sharing. Bring some food for the virtual feast (copyright free images etc) Share your most exciting moment for 2010 Bring any ideas you may have for this last session for 2010.

5 Sites To Explore This School Year

The Web20Classroom

In my neck of the woods schools have already started or will be starting soon. As we are going back and thinking of new tools to try or sites to explore I wanted to give you a few ideas of each that you may find have a place in your classroom this year.

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Week of November 15, 2010 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org , the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate. The time of the events below will show up automatically in your own time zone when you are registered in LearnCentral and when you have chosen your time zone in your profile, or you can check the new event time converter on the event page. Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren''t able to attend them live.

I Wonder If This Social Media Thing Will Ever Catch On?

The Web20Classroom

I have the honor of giving the Conference Closing Keynote for the 2010 Reform Symposium.

The Google Cr-48 Laptop. A Review.

The Web20Classroom

Yep, I am one of the lucky ones. On Thursday of last week I came home to a package on my front steps. Not expecting anything (and not noticing and weird markings or wires) I immediately opened the box to find a brand new Google Chrome Cr-48 Laptop.

Wanna Win A Computer?

The Web20Classroom

UPDATE: We have a winner! Congratulations to Derek Braman. He comment was chosen at random from almost 200 entries. Congratulations to him and his 5th Graders. Derek, I will be in touch!

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Social Media In The Classroom.

The Web20Classroom

Recently at NCTIES Kevin Honeycutt spoke on Personal Learning Networks. I did not attend the session however a quote from it, tweeted and retweeted several times really resonated with me (and several others). He said, "I am smart. But with my PLN, I am brilliant!" So true!