July, 2009

20 WebCam Activities for EFL ESL Students

Nik Peachey

Back in November 2008 I published Part 1 of a series of articles intended to explore the use of WebCams in education. I have now finally got round to writing Part 2 which is a collection of 20 activities EFL ESL teachers can do with their students.

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Classroom 2.0

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners


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Kids Teach Kids with Mathcasting

The Innovative Educator

At the Building Learning Communities Conference in Boston this week, I had the opportunity to meet an impressive teacher and two of his students who are engaged in exciting work involving kids who are psyched about math because they get to teach other kids how to get smarter.

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Susan Patrick: The e-Learning Challenge

The Electric Educator

Susan Patrick: The E-Learning Challenge from Education Week on Vimeo. The president and chief executive officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning talks at NECC ''09 about the drive to improve virtual learning in K-12 schools.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Concepts of Educational Technology Reflection


NOTE: The post below is a reflection on my experiences in Lamar master''s degree course EDLD 5306 Concepts of Educational Technology. What outcomes had you envisioned for this course? Did you achieve those outcomes? Did the actual course outcomes align with those that you envisioned? I envisioned gaining a broader knowledge of current effective practices in educational technology and gaining better understanding of the roles of an educational technology leader.

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Using Wise Quotes with EFL ESL Students

Nik Peachey

I've always found wise (and sometimes not so wise) quotes really useful, both within the classroom with students and as a way of introducing a topic when writing materials.

VoiceThread - Online Conversations Around Media

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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.

Why do people use the internet?

The Electric Educator

As I looked through articles in Google reader last night I came across this graphic (click to view larger image) which I found very interesting. The Ruder Finn Intent Index measures reasons individuals use the internet.

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Project Based Learning

The Electric Educator

Here''s an interesting article from smartplanet.com demonstrating an innovative use of distance learning technology. Several very large companies (Nokia, Sony, Philips, Rolls-Royce) are having their interns and management candidates participate in online business scenario "tournaments" as part of their training. Participants compete against one another to determine how their managerial decisions would affect the outcome of their fictional organization.

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5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

AP Biology Workshop

The Electric Educator

This week I am attending the AP Biology training workshop at Oakland University. I preparing to teach AP biology during the 2009-2010 school year. There''s lots to do to get ready, but I''m excited about teaching an AP class! The course is led by Ruth Gleicher , a veteran AP teacher from outside of Chicago. Although today was only the first day I''ve already gleaned several great new ideas from her! Ruth has put together a very helpful website for us on which she is posting all of her handouts.

Google Teacher Academy Agenda

The Electric Educator

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. It looks to be a full and exciting day!

Accepted to the Google Teacher Academy!

The Electric Educator

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.

Blogging in the Classroom

The Electric Educator

I just finished taking a course on supervision of instruction through Liberty University. As part of the class I completed some research on the affect of blogging on student achievement. In my research I reviewed five studies, three quantitative and two qualitative. From this literature I drew some general conclusions about how blogging can influence student achievement and make suggestions for the successful implementation of a blogging project in a classroom.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

Something Wiki This Way Comes

The Daring Librarian

Wiki''s in Plain English - a Great Vid! -- What''s a Wiki? A wiki is a web site that lets any visitor become a participant: you can create or edit the actual site contents without any special technical knowledge or tools. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection.

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Wakerupper.com & Using Twitter

The Daring Librarian

When searching for what to name this blog i came across two brilliant bloggers. Another Gwyneth got the gwyneth.blogspot.com before me. (so so after reading that.combined with the fact that she''s a techie grrl, i of course had to comment that i was proud to have the same name! see below).and

#NECC09 Conference - Washington, DC

The Daring Librarian

(click for full size image) WARNING: rambling post with many parenthetical interjections - also, this post originally was on my Second Life blog.and i brought it over here! don''t worry, it''ll make sense eventually. so the NECC conference in DC was just brilliant this year!

ISTEVISION News | Monday, June 29th | with KJ Hax, Chris Fitzgerald-Walsh

The Daring Librarian

ISTEVISION News | Monday, June 29th | with KJ Hax, Chris Fitzgerald-Walsh & more! Posted using ShareThis


EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

The Best Twitterers For Sharing Resource Links

The Daring Librarian

so, i''ve been following Larry Ferlazzo for a while now and he''s written an excellent post on his blog about which Twitterers to follow for Sharing Resources.here it is quoted: This is a companion “ The Best …” list to The Best blogs for sharing resource links. I developed this list by first going to Tweet Stats, typing in my Twitter user name (larryferlazzo) and then clicked on “Tweet Cloud.”

Blabberize & Podcasting

The Daring Librarian

-- This site as mentioned on my wiki inspired me to create this Twilight inspired Blabberize to get my kids to return their Library Media Books! Easy & Fun to do.i wouldn''t use kids faces.they can looks sorta odd.but more like animals, famous paintings, GREAT for biography podcasts.so many ideas. even Tiskers the Kitteh wanted to get in on it (did this for my auntie showing her how easy it was

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Colbert Report: Nailed 'Em - Library Crime

The Daring Librarian

The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Nailed ''Em - Library Crime www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Mark Sanford Dominic Philip gets banned from his local library after a photo of him tooting a kazoo in a parade is spotted. Loves me some Colbert! Join the Colbert Nation! This is SO Funny but brings up important issues. Out of district students? Conservation of resources? How is this kid different than an Inter Library Loan?

Musings & Lessons Learned from NECC09

The Daring Librarian

NECC09 Washington DC on PhotoPeach. Musings, & Lessons Learned from the NECC Conference, 09. First, you may want to take the test What Kind of Tech User Are You? then think about the ONE thing you would like to learn or apply to your career in the next year. " Our plates should be small but our appetite LARGE for new technology ". but what i''m saying is. pace yourself, you can''t learn AND use everything you hear about ALL the time!

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.