August, 2009

Using Avatars to Teach Internet Safety

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Using educationally appropriate online tools with students opens up a world of possibilities, but it''s important to communicate a clear and consistent message about Internet safety every time you introduce a new tool.

My Twitter Journey So Far: Using Twitter as a Personal Educational Resource


Like many of you I started hearing buzz about Twitter this year. Everyone was on it. The local news station. The radio station. Technology gurus. Celebrities. But I didn''t see any use for Twitter for me, an ed tech specialist with nothing to sell or promote. I signed on in April of 2009, but didn''t do much with it. I thought it was a mini-Facebook, with people constantly updating what they were doing, no matter how mundane.

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Essential Reading

The Electric Educator

Those of us planning on being in education for a while need to think about, prepare for, and understand the coming changes in education. Here are three essential works that speak to each of these things: 1. Disrupting Class by Clayton Christensen.

Save The Coffeeboy: Ransom Note Generator

The Daring Librarian

Great for Wiki or Blog headers.or Just for Fun ! I really like this Ransom Note Generator.but it''s a bit have to play with it to get good results adding spaces and the like.

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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.

Back To School: Cool Tools Preview

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

It''s time to get back to school, which means it''s time for me to start blogging regularly about Cool Tools again. I spent a good chunk of my summer using cool tools with fabulous teachers who were eager to use the tools in innovative ways.

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More Trending

U.S. Recruiting Cyber Patriots to Defend the Interwebs


As I feared, the combination of full time job and part time masters degree leaves me little energy for blogging. I have some thoughts I hope to post soon. Maybe when I get a break at the end of the second class - school law - which I am almost finished with. In the mean time, wanted to record for myself and share with any stumbling across my blog this interesting report on recruiting efforts for young people to become the defenders of the Internet. Fascinating.

Feeling Change

The Electric Educator

I''m currently reading The Heart of Change by John P. Kotter. I''m part of the vision team at Southfield Christian School that is working toward fundamentally changing the way that we educate students. Instigating and sustaining such radical organizational change is very difficult.

Tech Training at Southfield Christian

The Electric Educator

This year I am leading monthly tech workshops for the teachers in my building. I did a couple of workshops last year which were well received and encouraged me to continue this year. The Google Teacher Academy gave me lots of ideas that I''m excited to share with others.

eBeam Edge Interactive Whiteboard

The Electric Educator

I was browsing through the pages of the July edition of Tech and Learning and saw a new product from Luidia : the eBeam Edge. This product promises to turn any projected image into an interactive whiteboard.

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 Teacher Academy Reflection

The Electric Educator

Yesterday, I got to be a Googler for the day. I attended the 2009 Google Teacher Academy which was held in Boulder, Colorado this year. Corporate culture at Google is unlike any other company in the world.

Auto Fill for Google Docs Spreadsheets

The Electric Educator

Here''s a feature of Google Docs Spreadsheets that will save you a ton of time! Learn how to automatically generate a list of practically anything using the power of Google Sets. Thanks again to Ronald Ho , Project Manager of Spreadsheets, for sharing this at the Google Teacher Academy. Click here to view in full screen. Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I always appreciate feedback on my posts. You can find me on Twitter (@jrsowash), Google+, Linkedin (jrsowash), and YouTube (jrsowash).

Word Cloud Gadget for Google Docs Spreadsheets

The Electric Educator

Ronald Ho , the project manager for Google Spreadsheets, demonstrated some awesome gadgets for Google spreadsheets at the Google Teacher Academy. One of them was a word cloud gadget. It''s a neat tool, here''s how to use it! Note: the size of the video in Blogger makes it very difficult to read the text. You can view a full screen version here. Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I always appreciate feedback on my posts.

Pictures from GTA

The Electric Educator

Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I always appreciate feedback on my posts. You can find me on Twitter (@jrsowash), Google+, Linkedin (jrsowash), and YouTube (jrsowash). google teacher academy

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.

Google Teacher Academy

The Electric Educator

It was a long drive to Boulder, Colorado, but my wife, daughter, and I arrived safely. Tomorrow is the 2009 Google Teacher Academy. I''m excited about the opportunity to rub shoulders with a very distinguished and influential group of educators from around the country. Tomorrow will be a full day starting with breakfast at 8am and ending with a "celebration dinner" at 6:15. I previously posted the published schedule provided by the folks at Google.

Siftables: The next thing in Hands-On learning?

The Daring Librarian

- "MIT grad student David Merrill demos Siftables -- cookie-sized, computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too. Is this the next thing in hands-on learning?" I''m frankly gobsmacked!

Discovery Shark Week

The Daring Librarian

Discovery Shark Week starts tomorrow Aug 2 And there are events in Second Life celebrating it! Learn more about Shark Week Aug 2nd Grand re- opening of Dive World You are invited to attend at 12 PM SLT.