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Throughout my career I have been privy to a number of conversations, debates, and discussions amongst educators on various educational initiatives and approaches.  During these discussions I have heard people refer to "The System" or "The District" in ways such as, "The System needs to change" or "The District ought to do something about that!"  It's as though "The…


Added by Tom Schimmer on September 29, 2011 at 7:14pm — No Comments

One Scoop or Two?

Building your own "sundae" of information is as delicious as a double scoop of chocolate ice cream with whipped cream and a cherry on top! Scoop.It is the banana split of bookmarking when browsing the web because you get to choose and garnish an information "sundae" with content you find deliciously interesting.  You can share your scoops of information with a community of readers on various social media, and on… Continue

Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 29, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Loving my i-pad in the Classroom!


I love using my i-pad in the classroom sooo much that I want more of them!  I know I may be a little late to this game and that many teachers who are reading this are most likely beyond what I have to report, but I am so excited that I have to report anyway!


Recently our district gave all Kindergarten and Grade One teachers an i-pad.  We were given it primarily to use with our class for a universal screening test called Dibbles.  While administering the test…


Added by Irene Farmer on September 28, 2011 at 8:31am — 2 Comments

List Two-Tech Terms All Teachers Should Know

Are you ready for List Two of Tech Terms All Teachers Should Know? Well, ready or not here it is! Quiz is forthcoming!

My next post will feature one more tech tool that supports vocabulary instruction. I have used again to create List Two to maintain consistency with the way the lists look and can be accessed, but this other tech…

Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 24, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Fuzzynyms: The Lexicon of Learning Connotation Using Lexipedia

Regardless of the grade or subject, all teachers teach vocabulary, but how often do students struggle with learning the lexicon of a particular subject or with just understanding what words to use to express themselves more precisely and succinctly in speech and writing.

All of the vocabulary web tools I will be sharing in the next couple of posts…

Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 24, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Do You Speak-a My Language? Tech Terms All Teachers Should Know-List One Using

In my last post I used the word “friended”.  After posting it, I thought what if some readers think I’ve made a huge grammatical blunder using “friend” as a verb. But then I thought, my readers don’t live under a rock. They must have heard this new techie vernacular. Which got me to thinking there’s so much tech talk out there, it’s difficult to keep up with it all.…


Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 23, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Have You Friended TED?

If you haven’t met TED, TED is waiting to inspire you and your students! TED is a non-profit organization first created to spread ideas about Technology, Entertainment and Design; however, since it’s inception in 1984, TED has expanded to spreading ideas online about so much more through TED Talks. Our technology has made TED Talks easily accessible anytime, anywhere on the web.  TED Talks feature short presentations of leading experts in all…

Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 22, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Peachy Keen Presentations!

Have you heard of ? It's just a peachy site! Students will be able to upload images, choose music to complement the image, add a brief description and voila, there's an amazing slideshow presentation!  Imagine the possibilities in your classroom! Students can use to summarize a text they have read, using images and sound that capture the main…

Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 21, 2011 at 2:46pm — No Comments

No Defending Illiterate Educators

I was always intrigued by the saying, “I taught him everything he knows, but not everything that I know!” I always thought that was a pretty clever saying. It was also true of educators in years gone by. They were the content experts. If you wanted knowledge, these experts had it. People paid good money to travel to the places where these content experts delivered their wares, universities, colleges and monasteries.…


Added by Thomas Whitby on September 21, 2011 at 7:25am — 1 Comment

Say Aloha To Wikis: Using Wikis to Teach the Writing Process!

What did one control freak say to another control freak? "Get your hands off my wiki!" 

If you've heard the word wiki, but are not quite sure what it means or how to use it, then you've come to the right blog! Wikis are webpages created for ongoing editing and revision by one author or multiple authors. …


Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 20, 2011 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Just 5 Tech Tools To Transform Our Classrooms!

If every teacher in America made an effort to learn how to use and implement JUST 5 Tech Tools a year, we can keep our "digital promise" and transform education. What do kids think when teachers use tech in the classroom? Check out the video to find out!

Try Just 5 Tech Tools In Your Class This School Year! What tech tools are you currently… Continue

Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 19, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Asking the Right Questions...


There was a recent article in the Harvard Education Letter about a technique to improve the questioning skills of students.  It explained a process called the Question Formulation Technique.

The article reminded me of two conflicting…


Added by Scot Graden on September 17, 2011 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Less Is More-"Let's Start A Just Five Movement!"

Since change is difficult, and many schools do not have the resources, nor do all teachers have the training or the confidence to incorporate technology in their classrooms, why not choose JUST FIVE Web tools or tech software resources every school must have NOW! For example, we have established that all American schools have at least one or more computers because our society entered the digital age decades ago. Education has not caught up!…


Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 17, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Inspired by Anna

This is Anna.  My family and I met Anna during our 10 day trip to Vietnam this past August.  We were in Vietnam as part of a working vacation.  I had conducted a 2-day workshop for the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) and also worked specifically with the Saigon South International School.  After four…


Added by Tom Schimmer on September 16, 2011 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Connect With Parents In A Snap!

There's another great service fresh on the tech scene that can empower your communication with parents and students. In a snap, can help you send texts and emails to your students or parents keeping your number private unless you give it to them.…


Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 16, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

What we LEARN that State Tests Don't Measure

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In my first two weeks of school I have witnessed things that are not assessed in state mandated tests, but are nevertheless cornerstones of a good education and strong school culture; acts of compassion, unselfishness & pride.  In a series of short stories I would like to share 3 unbelievable life lessons I've been fortunate enough to be part of in only the first 2 weeks of school.  These stories are why…


Added by Bill Burkhead on September 15, 2011 at 10:15pm — 3 Comments

Responsible For Happiness

Our district recently lost the life of one of its high school students.  No matter the cause or reason for a life cut short, the loss of a child is impossible to understand.  "Why?" is the question that gets turned over and over in your head without an answer. 
A student's death ultimately stops an educator in their tracks.  It forces many to begin to question the reason we work with kids at all.  Sometimes we are forced to unearth what is really important in a student's life --…

Added by Irene Farmer on September 15, 2011 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Teach, no, Raise Our Kids

The season premiere of the talk show Ellen, featured a principal from Las Vegas, Nevada. Her elementary school has a high concentration of homeless students and students qualifying for free lunch. She took it upon herself to seek donations to give out clothing, school supplies,  bedding, household supplies and pay electricity bills.


She talked about her first few days as a principal in this school. She says that she noticed students putting packets of ketchup in their pockets…


Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on September 15, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

A Message of Hope

Emad Rahim is a Kaplan Instructor and a KU Village 2011 presenter.  His session is about technology: "Managing Technology-Driven Learning for Nontraditional Student." but check out his amazing story of triumph:  Register for KUVillage here:…


Added by Laurie Hansen on September 14, 2011 at 12:19pm — No Comments

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