February, 2010

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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Using Google Calendar for Lesson Planning

The Electric Educator

Google calendar is a great tool. My wife and I have been using it for over a year to keep track of our family activities. A new feature currently in calendar labs adds the ability to attach a Google Doc to a calendar event. This makes using Google Calendar for lesson planning a powerful tool.

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Educators & Technical Folks Should Play Nice


This blog post started out as a comment on Ten Commandments of School Tech Support , but it got way long before I knew it! Probably because this is one of my pet issues. I''m an instructional technologist who often serves as a bridge between educators and technical staff.

Screencasting Tools

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

ScreenToaster : This is a free online screencasting tool with plenty of handy features. The site itself is a great source of already created tutorials and it''s worth checking out. ScreenToaster was very easy to use, and publishing a short screencast was painless. This seems like a wonderful screencasting tool and I will use it again. Go to ScreenToaster Jing: Jing is an old, familiar application that works well and has exciting potential, but it tends to take a long time to load and play.

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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.

Reusable cooking objects

Learning with 'e's

Recently a lot of emphasis has been placed on sustainability. Sustainable this, sustainable that. Here at the University of Plymouth we actually have a CETL - a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning - dedicated to Sustainable Futures.

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Cultivating The Passion

The Web20Classroom

I once taught a kid that I knew was going to grow up and do great things. From the moment I met him there was just something about him that made him stand out from all the other kids that year. He would never settle for just average. He always had to be the best at everything.

Why can't schools be miniature Magic Kingdoms?

The Electric Educator

I''m spending my winter break this week in Orlando, Florida with my wife, daughter, and in-laws. We visited the Magic Kingdom yesterday and Downtown Disney tonight. Throughout our visit I vacillated between disgust and amazement at the Disney empire.

Two Teachers from FRONTLINE: digital_nation


If this video doesn''t summarize the pedagogical questions we are wrestiling with in education, I don''t know what does. Is either teacher completely right? Completely wrong? Definite content to ponder, here. link] Wish I could have gotten the video to embed. May try tomorrow when I''m more awake! Thanks to @wfryer for tweeting this. 21st century learning edtech education K-12 education pedagogy

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

WallWisher is a free tool that allows you to create a page of online sticky notes. In addition to text, the notes can include images, links and videos as long as that media is already stored somewhere else online. Create a themed wall, then invite others to add stickies. Just think of all the ways this Cool Tool can be used

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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.

Portal to Copyright Friendly Images, Clipart, Music, and Sound

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

Just discovered copyrightfriendly.wikispaces.com ! I like their comprehensive lists of copyright-free resources so much that I pasted three of the lists into our school library''s website, under Technology (with credit given). Public Domain Images and Sound Copyright-free Music and Audio Image Generators and Clipart These sources are GREAT for student (and teacher) media projects, papers, wikis, blogs, etc. No wonder the site is so robust -- its author is Joyce Valenza, super star librarian!

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Sqworl is More Tasty than Delicious

The Daring Librarian

Sqworl is More Tasty than Delicious Dear Sqworl.I Love You! my new obsession is Sqworl ! or for my Tweeps. Sqworl ! i mean, i seriously have a super geek crush on this site!

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Liberate Your Data!

The Web20Classroom

I dunno about you, but more and more I find my data being housed somewhere else, mainly " the cloud." Meaning that my calendar, documents email, photos and more are not stored locally on my machine, they are stored on some other computer in some far oft land. And that can pose a problem.

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Dear Google: Please let us use YouTube at School!

The Electric Educator

Google''s products are wonderful classroom resources. Sadly, one of my favorites, YouTube , can not be accessed by students in educational settings. My school completely blocks student access to YouTube; both the site and embedded videos.

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Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

What Was She Thinking??

The Web20Classroom

Please tell me that I am wrong in the way I think. Let me give some background. I am taking classes to be an administrator. This week during one of my classes the discussion centered around accountability, mainly should test scores be used in evaluating teachers.

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Evaluate Me.Please.

The Web20Classroom

Besides Race To The Top and NCBL the hottest topic in education has to be teacher evaluations.

Why Do We Have To Learn This?

The Web20Classroom

I can remember some days when kids would ask me that. I could be in the middle of a conversation about convection currents and a kid would raise their hand and ask, "What''s the point? Why do we need to know this? What''s the point!" I would get so angry.

Michael Scott and Technology In The Classroom

The Web20Classroom

Over the weekend I was catching up on some blogs and found myself reading the most recent entry from Michael Wesch. If you don''t know who he is or his work it is really worth your time to check out his stuff. Dr. Wesch explores the impact of new media on society.

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

Think Before You Tweet.

The Web20Classroom

Social Media is a funny beast. Sometimes it can be your best friend. Like finding that long lost high school BFF on Facebook or coming across that link that fits right into your lesson in the morning. But sometimes it can be your worst enemy. Like it was for me recently. I was misquoted, backhandedly called a racist and, in not so many words told that I might be the most unintelligent teacher around. And all of this happened, out in the open, in 140 Characters or less. First, I made a mistake.

New Posted Resources 02/27/2010

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Connect Safely |Connect Safely | Online Safety 3.0 - on and off the fixed and mobile Internet tags : internetsafety , favorite Support for the Web 2.0 Principal tags : administrator , web2.0 , favorite The Ultimate Guide to Special Needs Teaching: 100+ Resources and Links tags : specialeducation , favorite Ten Big Ideas Of School Leadership | Edutopia tags : leadership , favorite Ten Twitter Turn-Off''s To Avoid When Building Your Teacher PLN tags : Twitter , PLN , favorite Posted from Diigo.

New Posted Resources 02/25/2010

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School law feeds (and other resources) for Google Reader - Dangerously Irrelevant tags : GoogleReader , schoollaw , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

New Posted Resources 02/24/2010

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Why Teachers Should ''Friend'' Students Online - Murry''s World tags : facebook , internetsafety , favorite Seth''s Blog: The lesson from two lemonade stands tags : Leadership , favorite 5 Reasons Why Educators Should Network tags : PLN , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

New Posted Resources 02/23/2010

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10 New Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know tags : facebook , favorite Netiquette Tutorial tags : netiquette , favorite Book Trailers - Movies for Literacy! tags : reading , literacy , favorite Formative assessment tags : formative , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

New Posted Resources 02/20/2010

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Google Earth Resources tags : googleearth , favorite Google Earth - List | Diigo tags : googleearth , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

New Posted Resources 02/19/2010

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Jimmy Wales on the birth of Wikipedia | Video on TED.com tags : wikipedia , favorite The Data Liberation Front (the Data Liberation Front) tags : google , favorite TPCK - Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge - TPCK tags : tpack , favorite Differentiation Strategies tags : differentiated , instruction , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

New Posted Resources 02/18/2010

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Docs for students - Google Docs Help tags : googledocs , favorite Blogs and Blogging Resources tags : blogging , favorite Mathtrain.TV tags : math , video , favorite Alfie Kohn Live Chat - The Educator''s PLN tags : alfiekohn , favorite 11 advantages of using a blog for teaching tags : blogging , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.