April, 2009

Using Online Sticky Noticeboards

Nik Peachey

For the last few days I've been playing with WallWisher a handy tool for creating online noticeboards that you can add sticky notes to. You can see a wall that I created here with some notes about Web 2.0 Tools for EFL ESL Teachers.

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Safely Blogging with Students

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

There are three very good reasons to consider using a blog as a tool to teach writing, online communication, safety, and etiquette all within the context of your curriculum. The teacher has the ability to monitor everything published on the blog, with proper setup.

Wikis in the Classroom

The Electric Educator

A wiki, from the Hawaiian word meaning "quick", is a web page that can be edited by anyone. The wiki concept has exploded in popularity primarily due to the following of wikipedia. The beautiful thing about a wiki is the collaboration that is encouraged.

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Wordle Fun

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Last week I had the pleasure of wordling with many people in our school district in one way or another. It was fun! If you are still thinking about wordling, please take a minute to view the list of great things to wordle , and let me know if you are trying this tool.

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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.

Writing in Three Dimensions!

The Electric Educator

I read the following quote in the April edition of the T.H.E. Journal. It was so insightful and contains so much truth that I am compelled to share it with others: "We''re not reading and writing across and down the page anymore. We''re reading and writing in three dimensions: across, down, and out, the ''out'' being hyperlinks. It''s a whole different kind of literacy; it''s a whole different kind of writing; it''s a whole different kind of reading.

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Subscribe to Blogs: Let the Information Come to You

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

For a brief moment, I''m going to elaborate on an idea introduced to me by Helena Bowers at the Illinois Computing Educators conference. She described The New Digital Divide in great detail, but the one idea that encouraged me to start this blog can be found in her description of the difference between "Those who know who to get info to travel to them vs. those who don’t." Blogs allow us to let the information travel to us via subscription to RSS.

Giant Insects are Taking Over!

The Electric Educator

For whatever reason, insects have long been feared by people. They have ferocious looking , lots of legs, and many of them possess surprising, superhero-esque talents like flying, jumping, stinging, and lifting tremendous weights. Take these atributes and super-size them and you have something truly formidable! Over the last two years I have been developing a project that encourages students to explore the world of insects.

Something Fun: Visual Bookmarks

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

MyClusta has created a cool tool called Visual Bookmarks , which is attractive for a few reasons. Creating a page of visual bookmarks is a nice way to build a collection of special bookmarks you want to keep handy, and the page can be fun to create. Also, unlike the Firefox Visual Toolbar, the page of bookmarks you design does not take up extra space on your screen with another toolbar. Visual bookmarks hold one page of bookmarks that are arranged by pictures, not words.

Youtube goes educational.the times, they are a changing!

The Electric Educator

On March 27, Youtube announced the creation of youtube.com/edu , a dedicated video channel for lectures and material from leading higher education institutions in the United States. Currently this channel hosts over 20,000 videos from prestigious schools such as Harvard, Yale, MIT, and the University of Michigan. Many of the videos posted are full length lectures from noteworthy professors including the ever popular physics lectures by Professor Walter Lewin of MIT.

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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.

This Week's Cool Tool: GoogleDocs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Types of GoogleDocs: There are four types of GoogleDocs to use. The documents are collaborative, which means they are easily shared, stored and potentially published online. Document: This is a basic word processing document that integrates with Microsoft Word. Presentation: This is presentation software similar to PowerPoint, but without all the bells and whistles. It does have enough features to create a very appealing online slideshow.

New Labcast Episodes Posted!

The Electric Educator

In December I was selected as one of a group of educators to create content for iTunesU K-12. I am in the process of creating 25 resources focused on high school biology labs that will be available for download free on iTunes. Time to work on this project has come in bits and pieces in between my teaching responsibilities and quest for my elusive masters degree from Liberty University. I''m on spring break now, and managed to edit and post four episodes over the weekend.

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