May, 2009

Brainstorm and Debate Collaboratively

Nik Peachey

This morning I spotted Solvr on MakeUseOf and decided to give it a try. Solvr is a free easy and interesting way to collaboratively brainstorm and attempt to solve problems online. It's very simple set up. You just got to [link] type your problem into the field and then click 'Start'.

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Networked Student


Oh, Wow! This video does a nice job of showing how a student with 21st century learning tools at his fingertips can construct and become a participant in an authentic learning experience.

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Glogs: A SlideShow of Samples

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

We have created several glogs as samples for teachers and can think of many more to create. These launchers are easily accessible tools to guide and differentiate student learning in a variety of ways. They are visual, fun to create and extremely versatile.

Review Games: Battleship

The Electric Educator

Battleship is another old classic that is ideally suited for a whole class review session. The version of Battleship that I am using is a PowerPoint template that I found somewhere on the web.

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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.

Glogs as a Collection of Resources

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Glogs offer educators the opportunity to collect carefully chosen web resources and create an attractive package for students in order to guide the learning. Here is a Memorial Day Resources blog. View the Memorial Day Resouces Blog

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Top 10 Social Networking Guidelines for Educators Who Wish to Keep Their Career Intact


I put this together about two months ago at the request of some educational technology professionals I know who were curious about boundaries when it comes to what to post and do on social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. I tweaked it just this week to present to a group of elementary (K-5) teachers.

In the Beginning.


In just a few days, on June 2nd to be exact, I will begin my first class toward a masters degree in Educational Technology Leadership. I''ve thought about working on a masters degree for years, and thanks to a unique program offered by Lamar University , plus the encouragement and enthusiasim of a couple of colleagues who are jumping in on this along side me, I''m finally taking the plunge into a graduate education. I thought it would be interesting to blog about my graduate degree experiences.

Glogs as Curriculum Launchers

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Glogs seem to have many uses in the world of education. In this case a glog is used as a curriculum launcher, to help build background knowledge through video, and guide student learning. It includes a WebQuest for differentiated learning opportunities for students, and a Google Earth Lit Trips to provide students with visual experiences to enrich the reading.

Jing Video Tutorials

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Jing is a free tool from TechSmith that allows you to capture the screen on your computer to create a video tutorial. You do have to record your voice to narrate your video tutorial, but after a little practice this becomes more comfortable. Here is a Jing tutorial created to demonstrate how to upload a PowerPoint slide to a shared GoogleDoc Presentation. To learn more about Jing, go to Jing, by TechSmith

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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.

Develop Keyboarding Habits with Three Cool Tools

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Effective and efficient computer use is essential to students today and keyboarding skills provide an important foundation. For this reason, I am focusing attention and effort and helping teachers and parents assist students in developing keyboarding practice habits. The Cool Tools used are the blog, GoogleDocs and Custom Typing. Help Students Develop a Practice Habit A habit takes about five weeks to develop, which means this is the perfect time to help students develop one.

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Review Games: Jeopardy

The Electric Educator

This is an old classic with a 21st century twist. Once again I am using the PowerPoint template created by Mark E. Damon. I''ve modified it slightly by using it in conjunction with my eInstruction CPS clicker system. You can have each student participate individually or group them into teams.

Review Games: Hollywood Squares

The Electric Educator

As the end of the school year approaches, teachers will begin to prepare students for their final exams. If you''re like me, that means playing review games! I am in my final week of teaching and have dedicated the next four days for review for my final exam which I will be giving on Monday, June 1.

First 100% Online Christian School

The Electric Educator

Mark''s Academy is a brand new Christian middle and high school located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The opening of a new middle and high school is not very notable except that St. Mark''s claims to be the very first of its kind. Mark''s offers a 100% online, fully accredited, middle and high school curriculum. I have been blogging about the pending change in education for some time now. I believe that online learning will become the dominant form of learning within 20 years.

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.