January, 2010

Axioms We All Should Educate By.

The Web20Classroom

Over the weekend was the annual Educon event in Philadelphia. Held at the Science Leadership Academy , the event aims to bring together all those with a vested interest in education for conversations and discussions about the future of schools. I really wanted to be able to go but because I committed myself to other events this year I was not able to attend. However I was able to quietly attend virtually.

Cropping YouTube Videos to Create Activities

Nik Peachey

Using YouTube videos with students can be really great, but finding a video with the exact language you want and at a suitable length with too many other distractions around can be really difficult. That's why SafeShare.TV is so useful. SafeShare.TV is a tool that has two primary functions.

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What's Your Sentence?

The Innovative Educator

"Whole New Mind" and, now, "Drive" author Daniel Pink shares two questions that can change the life of you and students in this video. Two questions that can change your life from Daniel Pink on Vimeo. Innovative educators, will recognize what a fantastic video this is to show students.

iGoogle as a Virtual Planner

The Electric Educator

Google has a lot of neat tools and most of them have great applications for the classroom. I am currently working on a podcast series for the MI Learning channel of iTunes titled " Google- More than Search " [iTunes link]. I haven''t posted any of the episodes on my blog yet, but yesterday I discovered a neat feature that I think is especially worth sharing. Fellow blogger Andrew Marcinek blogged this past April about replacing student planners with iGoogle pages.

Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

Networking for Professional Learning


For the current course I''m taking in my master''s degree, we were given an assignment to investigate two educational networks on the Internet and describe how joining them might impact our professional practice. Our final product was to be in the form of a PowerPoint presentation. I thought folks might benefit from seeing the final product.

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New Posted Resources 01/30/2010

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A really useful Wordle trick tags : wordle , favorite VoiceThread - Digital Library tags : voicethread , favorite Thirty-Six Interesting Ways* to Use Search Engines in the Class tags : searchengines , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

Apple iPad vs.the Lenovo U1 Hybrid

The Daring Librarian

Anyone who knows me knows i''m a Mac grrl. from way back. From my first apple classic, apple IIe, apple IIgs,my first Internet computer Apple LC3 with a 14.4k modem, to what i helped to furnish my first new school in 97 by ordering for every classroom the Mac5200 which featured the S-Video out to connect to the TV before the LCD projector was invented (and cheaper to run!)to to my beloved MacBook.heck, i''m head over heels in geek love with Jonathan Ive !

New Posted Resources 01/28/2010

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Copyright Resources tags : copyright , favorite edchat / 1-26-2010 - 7PM EST - Changing Curricula tags : edchat , favorite ASCD Inservice: Creative Leadership: Skills That Drive Change tags : Leadership , favorite 15 Interesting Ways to use Wallwisher in the Classroom tags : wallwisher , favorite Coudal Partners | The Museum of Online Museums | MoOM tags : virtualfieldtrip , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

New Posted Resources 01/27/2010

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Taking Diigo Beyond the Bookmark tags : diigo , favorite Guidebook To Internet Searching [MakeUseOf.com] tags : search , searchengine , favorite iPod touch in Education tags : ipod , favorite edtechpost - PLE Diagrams tags : PLN , diagram , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

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The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

The Disconnected Curriculum.

The Web20Classroom

I learned early on in my career as an educator to do first then beg for forgiveness later. Then it came to a point when I just "did" in my classroom and never really needed or wanted forgiveness. Lucky for me I had an understanding administration who would let me get away with things.like one time blowing a window out in my science classroom. But that is another story for another time.) When it came to what my students were learning I could be really flexible with what I taught them.

What's The Big Deal With Teacher Leadership?

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I was sitting in a meeting recently about the new evaluation standards for teachers and the question was asked to the group about how they are leaders in the classroom. Keep in mind there are some awesome teachers in this group that do amazing things with kids and in the school. If anyone observed them would say they were models of teacher leadership. When asked how they modeled leadership in their classroom and/or school no one responded. No one spoke up about themselves.

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New Posted Resources 01/22/2010

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New Posted Resources 01/21/2010

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The Ultimate Google Wave Guide for Students: 100 Tips, Tools, and Tricks – Online Degree Programs.org: Top Online Degrees tags : googlewave , favorite 4 Similar Tools to Wordle tags : wordle , favorite Google Earth Across The Curriculum tags : googleearth , favorite TeachersFirst: Copyright and Fair Use Resources tags : copyright , fairuse , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

New Posted Resources 01/20/2010

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Google Wave Versus the Rest, Feature by Feature - Google Wave - Lifehacker tags : googlewave , favorite Blogs - 94 Resources | EDUCAUSE tags : Blogs , favorite Encyclopedia of Educational Technology tags : edtech , encyclopedia , favorite Teachers and Community Members Practice TLC with PLCs | Edutopia tags : PLN , PLC , favorite Technology Tips for Classroom Teachers tags : technology , tips , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

The Possibilities.

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I once had a student that no one would teach. I mean no one. He was passed around from teacher to teacher with every explanation under the sun as to why he was "unteachable." He was a bad kid. He had uninvolved parents. He wasn''t that bright. The excuses went on and on and on. I volunteered to take him. Not because I am a saint or was looking to "save" him but I felt bad for him. Kids in Middle School are fragile enough.

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The Old and The New.

The Web20Classroom

I recently changed jobs. I went from being the Instructional Technologist for a district of 19 schools to the Instructional Technologist at 1 school in a larger district, much closer to home. It was a tough decision for me. The people in my former district are great. They really care about kids and love what they do. They also take care of each other. Before I left there was a small gathering of the media and technology folks in the district.

Why Have A Social Media Policy Anyway? Take 2

The Web20Classroom

I originally wrote this post in Sept. Since then I have done a lot of thinking about and talking about social media policy. I repost it now because we are heading into that time of year when people are starting to ask me and the rest of the members of their PLN''s about their best example of social media policies. Districts and district leaders are beginning to see how teachers are using blogs, wikis, Twitter and other tools to create really awesome classrooms and they are scared.

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

New Posted Resources 01/15/2010

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New Posted Resources 01/13/2010

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Google SketchUp Videos tags : googlesketchup , favorite Next Vista for Learning tags : video , favorite Updated Guide To Facebook Privacy tags : facebook , favorite 50 Plus Ideas for Using Document Cameras in the Classroom tags : documentcamera , favorite You Tube Tricks You Should Know tags : youtube , favorite Study: Facebook isn’t a grade killer | eSchoolNews.com tags : facebook , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

Beginning At The End.

The Web20Classroom

We have a problem in realm of edtech. I am guilty of it and chances are you have been too at some point. You and I are not guilty of it all the time and truthfully, it may have only happened once or twice but it is a constant problem and it is time we deal with it. There are so many cool tools out there. This blog looks at just a handful available. My Twitter stream provides more, but still, it is just the tip of the iceberg when we are talking about the tools available to teachers.

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New Posted Resources 01/12/2010

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Don''t Be illTwitterate or aTextual tags : Twitter , favorite YouTube - Personal Learning Networks tags : PLN , favorite Ipod Apps To Get Kids Reading And Learning tags : ipod , apps , favorite The End of Techno-Critique: The Naked Truth about 1:1 Laptop Initiatives and Educational Change tags : 1to1 , favorite Podcasting Tutorials tags : podcast , favorite What Do Educational Innovators Really Do?

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Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

New Posted Resources 01/09/2010

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25 Best Sites for Free Educational Videos tags : video , favorite Copyright Resources tags : copyright , favorite Diigo Tutorial tags : diigo , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

New Posted Resources 01/08/2010

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Give It A Ponder.Think Before You Text

The Web20Classroom

There is a really awesome ad campaign out from LG about texting. Aimed at teens, James Lipton (of Inside The Actors Studio fame) asks to "Give It A Ponder" before texting or sending that racy picture. Some of the best information is in the videos. Here is one of my favorites: Obviously, not for little kids but the message it clear. We really need to be teaching teens to think before they text and post.

New Posted Resources 01/06/2010

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PLN: Personal Learning Network for Educators tags : PLN , favorite How To Teach With Google Wave tags : googlewave , favorite Zinn Education Project - Howard Zinn tags : history , favorite The Google Story tags : google , favorite Tools for Finding Creative Commons Images tags : creativecommons , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

Interactive Whiteboards-Sage On The Stage?

The Web20Classroom

Over the past few weeks I have seen and been part of an ongoing discussion, on Twitter, on Interactive Whiteboards and their place in the classroom. It''s a topic that is near and dear to my heart as I have been a trainer and advocate for use of these devices in the classroom. However, since I have had the roll of trainer and had the opportunity to visit several 100 classrooms where these devices are used I have begun to grow skeptical.

New Posted Resources 01/05/2010

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Stand Up And Be Heard.

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It all started this morning with some questions posed by one of the educators I admire most, Bill Ferriter ( @plugusin ). To which I replied To which he replied There are two things going on in this conversation. The first point Bill raises about "Essential Standards" is one that we need to be questioning. Here in North Carolina it seems as if our curriculum change about every 3-5 years. When I was teaching Science we had radical changes among all the grade levels twice in no less than 5 years.