July, 2009

20 WebCam Activities for EFL ESL Students

Nik Peachey

Back in November 2008 I published Part 1 of a series of articles intended to explore the use of WebCams in education. I have now finally got round to writing Part 2 which is a collection of 20 activities EFL ESL teachers can do with their students. Here are some links to useful free video communication tools that you could use for these activities. MailVu is a simple to use app which runs in the browser and enables students to record a short message which can be sent by email.

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Project Based Learning

The Electric Educator

Here''s an interesting article from smartplanet.com demonstrating an innovative use of distance learning technology. Several very large companies (Nokia, Sony, Philips, Rolls-Royce) are having their interns and management candidates participate in online business scenario "tournaments" as part of their training. Participants compete against one another to determine how their managerial decisions would affect the outcome of their fictional organization.

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Kids Teach Kids with Mathcasting

The Innovative Educator

At the Building Learning Communities Conference in Boston this week, I had the opportunity to meet an impressive teacher and two of his students who are engaged in exciting work involving kids who are psyched about math because they get to teach other kids how to get smarter. Eric Marcos is a middle school teacher who had created a video using Jing to help a struggling student understand a math concept.

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Concepts of Educational Technology Reflection


NOTE: The post below is a reflection on my experiences in Lamar master''s degree course EDLD 5306 Concepts of Educational Technology. What outcomes had you envisioned for this course? Did you achieve those outcomes? Did the actual course outcomes align with those that you envisioned? I envisioned gaining a broader knowledge of current effective practices in educational technology and gaining better understanding of the roles of an educational technology leader.

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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.

ISTEVISION News | Monday, June 29th | with KJ Hax, Chris Fitzgerald-Walsh

The Daring Librarian

ISTEVISION News | Monday, June 29th | with KJ Hax, Chris Fitzgerald-Walsh & more! Posted using ShareThis


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Susan Patrick: The e-Learning Challenge

The Electric Educator

Susan Patrick: The E-Learning Challenge from Education Week on Vimeo. The president and chief executive officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning talks at NECC ''09 about the drive to improve virtual learning in K-12 schools. Take-away #1: Policy, not technology is preventing widespread use of online learning in K-12 environments. Take-away #2: Students are reporting higher levels of engagement in online vs. traditional school courses. Thanks for subscribing to my blog.

Why do people use the internet?

The Electric Educator

As I looked through articles in Google reader last night I came across this graphic (click to view larger image) which I found very interesting. The Ruder Finn Intent Index measures reasons individuals use the internet. In their own words: "Ruder Finn''s Intent Index is an ongoing online research study that provides a comprehensive analysis of the underlying motivations or reasons people go online-- their intent."

AP Biology Workshop

The Electric Educator

This week I am attending the AP Biology training workshop at Oakland University. I preparing to teach AP biology during the 2009-2010 school year. There''s lots to do to get ready, but I''m excited about teaching an AP class! The course is led by Ruth Gleicher , a veteran AP teacher from outside of Chicago. Although today was only the first day I''ve already gleaned several great new ideas from her! Ruth has put together a very helpful website for us on which she is posting all of her handouts.

Google Teacher Academy Agenda

The Electric Educator

Late in the day on Friday I received an e-mail from the folks at Google containing the agenda for the 2009 Google teacher academy in Boulder, CO. It looks to be a full and exciting day!

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).

Accepted to the Google Teacher Academy!

The Electric Educator

Earlier this week I was shocked and excited to learn that I have been selected as one of 50 educators from across the country to take part in this years Google Teacher Academy in Boulder, Colorado. This one day workshop will bring together educators who use Google products in their classrooms and actively take part in training other educators on using the wonderful projects created by Google.

Blogging in the Classroom

The Electric Educator

I just finished taking a course on supervision of instruction through Liberty University. As part of the class I completed some research on the affect of blogging on student achievement. In my research I reviewed five studies, three quantitative and two qualitative. From this literature I drew some general conclusions about how blogging can influence student achievement and make suggestions for the successful implementation of a blogging project in a classroom.

The Best Twitterers For Sharing Resource Links

The Daring Librarian

so, i''ve been following Larry Ferlazzo for a while now and he''s written an excellent post on his blog about which Twitterers to follow for Sharing Resources.here it is quoted: This is a companion “ The Best …” list to The Best blogs for sharing resource links. I developed this list by first going to Tweet Stats, typing in my Twitter user name (larryferlazzo) and then clicked on “Tweet Cloud.”

Blabberize & Podcasting

The Daring Librarian

-- This site as mentioned on my wiki inspired me to create this Twilight inspired Blabberize to get my kids to return their Library Media Books! Easy & Fun to do.i wouldn''t use kids faces.they can looks sorta odd.but more like animals, famous paintings, GREAT for biography podcasts.so many ideas. even Tiskers the Kitteh wanted to get in on it (did this for my auntie showing her how easy it was

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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.

How to Use Kick Youtube

The Daring Librarian

Ever want to show a vid to your class but it''s on YouTube and YouTube is blocked by your firewall? Well, download it on your HD in a few easy steps and play it as an MP4! UPDATE Feb 20, 2012: I now use Keepvid.com ! Want to snag these graphics to use them on your blog or wiki? Download them from my Steam Powered Wiki either in jpeg form (both black background or wiki white) or snag the the Comic Life docs. dowload mp4 technology education youtube

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Colbert Report: Nailed 'Em - Library Crime

The Daring Librarian

The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Nailed ''Em - Library Crime www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Mark Sanford Dominic Philip gets banned from his local library after a photo of him tooting a kazoo in a parade is spotted. Loves me some Colbert! Join the Colbert Nation! This is SO Funny but brings up important issues. Out of district students? Conservation of resources? How is this kid different than an Inter Library Loan?

Musings & Lessons Learned from NECC09

The Daring Librarian

NECC09 Washington DC on PhotoPeach. Musings, & Lessons Learned from the NECC Conference, 09. First, you may want to take the test What Kind of Tech User Are You? then think about the ONE thing you would like to learn or apply to your career in the next year. " Our plates should be small but our appetite LARGE for new technology ". but what i''m saying is. pace yourself, you can''t learn AND use everything you hear about ALL the time!

Something Wiki This Way Comes

The Daring Librarian

Wiki''s in Plain English - a Great Vid! -- What''s a Wiki? A wiki is a web site that lets any visitor become a participant: you can create or edit the actual site contents without any special technical knowledge or tools. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection. A wiki is continuously “under revision.” It is a living collaboration whose purpose is the sharing of the creative process and product by many.

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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.

Wakerupper.com & Using Twitter

The Daring Librarian

When searching for what to name this blog i came across two brilliant bloggers. Another Gwyneth got the gwyneth.blogspot.com before me. (so so after reading that.combined with the fact that she''s a techie grrl, i of course had to comment that i was proud to have the same name! see below).and and as a thank you i''m going to steal one of her AWESOME posts that i found very helpful! grins] we teachers are prone to do that.professional thieving.with full creds, of course! it''s like Re-tweeting!

#NECC09 Conference - Washington, DC

The Daring Librarian

(click for full size image) WARNING: rambling post with many parenthetical interjections - also, this post originally was on my Second Life blog.and i brought it over here! don''t worry, it''ll make sense eventually. so the NECC conference in DC was just brilliant this year! the Twittering back channel conversation was so stimulating and i made so many new Twitterfollowingfriends!