March, 2009

About This Blog

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I decided to start this blog as a way to keep others informed about all of the Web 2.0 tools that are rapidly emerging. In all honesty, I hesitated to start it because I am already using various tools to publish on the web and collaborate with others, but the benefits of blogging about cool new instructional technology tools and the potential for posting information that arrives right in followers laps are too great to ignore. Here''s to one more blog

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Hybrid Courses?

The Electric Educator

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune published an article this morning about a hybrid education model that blends traditional and online learning. Students at Bloomington Jefferson high school attend class twice a week and finish online assignments during the three days the don''t attend class. Teacher like the arrangement because they are able to work with smaller groups of students and students like it because it gives them greater flexibility.

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

I decided to start with something simple and Wordle is simple indeed. Just go to the website, type some text into a box, click a button and your text becomes a "Word Cloud". Anyone can do it. The real trick is in how it''s used. After all, words that appear more frequently within the text appear larger in size within the word cloud, which means you can spend quite a bit of time experimenting with this concept.

Wiiboard Questions

The Electric Educator

After presenting on the Wiiboard at the MACUL conference, several people have spoken with me and e-mailed questions related to implementing the Wiiboard technology in their schools. In replying to them individually, I thought I would also share my thoughts here for others to read. Can/will the Wiiboard replace our commercial interactive white boards?

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

IR Pen Product Review

The Electric Educator

Please visit my updated review of IR Pens featuring Penteractive , IRPensOnline , Whalebone , and Infrawow. The infrared (IR) light pen is one of the essential pieces of hardware for the Wiiboard. The evolution of the IR Pen has progressed rapidly as the Wiiboard technology has taken off. Throughout the school year I have used my Wiiboard regularly and have been able to experiment with several different light pens. Here are my thoughts about the products that I have tested.

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2009 MACUL Conference

The Electric Educator

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.

Friday @ MACUL

The Electric Educator

Here are the highlights of what I''ve seen and heard here today at the MACUL conference: Opening Keynote: Alan November Alan spoke about collaboration and student centered learning. Here are three things that I took away from his presentation: Create a custom search engine through a new Google application. Use Jing to create screencasts. Assign a student in class to the be official "class researcher" and arm them with a web enabled laptop.