December, 2009

What Is A Great Teacher?

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What makes a good teacher? Is there a distinction between a good teacher and a great teacher? What skills do teachers in the classroom, right now, need to posses? Last night on #edchat, participants tried to determine what skills, traits, or characteristics were necessary for "21st Century Educators."

Grading Shouldn't End With Meeting the Rubric


I just read You Can''t Get Too Much of a Good Thing (Not!) at The Educators'' Royal Treatment. The post was written by Adora Svitak , a 12 year old accomplished writer, educator, and student.

Alliteration in a 21st Century Learning Environment

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

The students in Debbie Creticos''s and Lucy Divis''s 2nd grade class learned about alliteration through painting and writing on the computer. Their work is impressive and delightful. They used Pixie 2 to create the work, then uploaded the images to Google Presentation for publishing on the class blog. Please enjoy the Alliteration Slide Show created by Longfellow 2nd graders

Product Demo: Wiimote Ceiling Mount

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This year I added a ceiling mount to my Wiiboard setup. Previously, I had been placing my wiimote on top of my ceiling mounted projector. This worked okay, but limited the placement of the wiimote in my classroom. The Wiimote ceiling mount is available from

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.

Christmas Storytelling Hour

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This will be a first for me: storytelling for the shorter readers, ages 3 to 6! Rebecca Serle (pictured above), of Nurturing Narratives, will be telling Christmas stories, and I will be helping her, in our school library.

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The PLN Is Powerful.

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I have had the opportunity lately to do a lot of talking about the power of Professional Learning Networks (PLN''s, or you might know it as Personal Learning Community, PLC, also.) to some of my teachers and to teachers around the country.

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Handheld Digital Magazines - An Intriguing Concept


Being that it''s almost 2010, it''s somehow appropriate to blog about this really cool concept video that came across my Twitter stream via @levarburton (Yep, of Roots , Reading Rainbow , and Star Trek fame!).

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Start The New Year Off Right With The Essential Tools For Educators

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Recently I have been reflecting on the year and writing about some things to consider for next year like a few Google Tools or , as in yesterday''s post, Applications that will break out next year.

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Web 2.0 Tools That Will Break Through Next Year, With Your Help

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Social Media and Web 2.0 Tools made huge inroads in education this year. From the Twitter explosion to Animoto to Google Apps there were several success stories of various tools making their way into the classroom for learning. But I think the trend will only continue.

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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.

Google Tools For The New Year

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Everyone has got one. A Year in Review. Whether its for the top news stories of the year , or top gadgets of the yea r or even the top apologies of the year these lists are everywhere. Why look back when we can look forward? This was a huge year for Google.

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Winner of the Smart Software Contest Announced

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A while back I had the chance to give away over $1400 in Smartech Software. The competition was stiff and the decision was tough. Dustin Carson from Mt. Pleasant Elementary in Ontario, Canada submitted a great video on how his students use Smart Products everyday.

Edublog Award Thank You!

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Last night was the Edublog Awards Ceremony. It was a wonderful experience to join Steve Hargadon, Sue Waters, and everyone else in Elluminate to hear the winners announced. There were so many awesome blogs, Tweeps, social networking services, audio and video sites that were nominated.

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A Common Sense Approach To Internet Safety

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As educators, no matter our title, we are all responsible for teaching kids about the right and wrong ways to use the vast resource known as The Internet. Google and Common Sense Media make that job a little easier with the video I have embedded below. I like that there are 3 audiences.

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.

It's Great And All, But What About My Privacy?

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One of Google''s core missions is to catalog and categorize the world''s knowledge. They are well on their way with their in-depth search products, real-time search , book search , product search and more.

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Who Is The Enemy?

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Picture have discovered the latest and greatest tool/application to use with your kids. You spend hours at home learning, reading, practicing, getting things right to introduce it the next day in class. The morning comes. On your drive to school you imagine the possibilities.

Summative? Formative? I Just Wanna Know What My Kids Don't.

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I was once a young teacher, fresh out of college, bright eyed and bushy tailed, full of great ideas. There were all these things I wanted to try with my kids, new ways of teaching and figuring out I was doing the best job possible. Then reality. My teaching was stuffed into a box and I was told that the only way to understand what my kids were learning was through testing. Standardized Testing. Data, data, data.I was confused.

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The Most Popular Post in 2009.

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What a year it has been! As 2009 comes to a close I wanted to take a look back and see what post did people visit the most. Surprisingly it was a recent one. Each week after an Edchat (held on Twitter each Tuesday at 7pm EST) I do a post where I attempt to summarize the discussion and add some thoughts of my own. On Nov 18 we discussed how to motivate teachers to use more technology in the classroom. So here, in all it''s glory (or lack there of) is the most popular post of 2009 on my blog.

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.

New Posted Resources 12/23/2009

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New Posted Resources 12/17/2009

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New Posted Resources 12/16/2009

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85+ Resources: Educator Guide for Integrating Social Media « emergent by design tags : socialmedia , favorite Twitter in the Classroom: Studies Find Increased Student Engagement tags : Twitter , favorite 50 Web Applications for Teachers tags : web2.0 , favorite Using Wordle in the classroom (1 of 2) tags : wordle , favorite Cell Size and Scale tags : biology , favorite 5 Easy Steps to Stay Safe (and Private!) on Facebook - tags : Facebook , favorite Posted from Diigo.

New Posted Resources 12/15/2009

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EdTech at School

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

New Posted Resources 12/12/2009

The Web20Classroom » Using Facebook to Improve School Communication tags : Facebook , favorite Technology Integration for Teachers - Home tags : web , 2.0 , favorite Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

New Posted Resources 12/10/2009

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Digitally Speaking / Various Digital Tools and Tricks tags : web , 2.0 , resources , favorite OMG! Teachers say texting can be good for teens - tags : texting , favorite edchat / 12-8-2009 - 7 PM EST - Balancing need for learning vs security and safety tags : edchat , favorite NETS Implementation - Videos of NETS•S in Action tags : ISTE , Nets , standards , videos , favorite TechKNOWLEDGEy!

The 2009 Edublog Awards-Vote Now!

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Yesterday the official nominations for the 2009 Edublog Awards were announced. I was both honored and very humbled that I had been nominated for Twitter User of the Year and that this blog was nominated for both Teacher Blog of the Year and Tech Support Blog of the Year. There are some amazing educators and blogs on not just these, but all the lists of nominations. It is going to be really tough to choose just one!

New Posted Resources 12/08/2009

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Huge List of 125 Google Wave Robots – Add Bots and Enjoy Wave tags : googlewave , favorite CSI Twitter- Crime Scene Investigation by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano tags : PLN , Power , favorite Teach history with these comic collections tags : history , comics , favorite The Education Podcast Network | A Landmark Project tags : podcasting , podcasts , education , favorite Google Earth Tutorials tags : googleearth , tutorials , favorite Webquests tags : webquests , favorite Posted from Diigo.

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.