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November 2012 Blog Posts (35)

Again; Relevance, Why Twitter?

Twitter has been a topic for educational Bloggers for several years now. I believe that those educators using Twitter are drawn to those posts, while other educators, not using Twitter, are driven away. Maybe the problem is the emphasis, or focus of the blog posts. Maybe the focus should be on relevance and no mention of twitter. Are educators relevant in our technology-driven society?  The obvious answer is that some are, and some are not. A more important question is which of these two…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on November 29, 2012 at 5:58pm — 2 Comments

Teaching About the Road to Revolution

It’s one of my favorite seasons. Of course it’s the holidays, but it’s also time to teach one of my favorite topics in American History-the Road to Revolution. I love this era so much not only for its excitement and concentration of iconic historic figures and events, but also because it offers such a…

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Added by Debra Collett on November 28, 2012 at 12:18am — No Comments

Angry Birds Do Math

Caffeinated Teaching

Added by Betsy Spence on November 27, 2012 at 8:29pm — No Comments

How to Remotely Control Your Computer on a Mobile Device?

Do you like to take your laptop with you when you travel?  Now, if you have a smart phone, be it an iPhone or an Android phone, or if you have a tablet, such as an iPAD, you don’t have to take your laptop with you anymore.  Use LogMeIn, you can remotely access your home and work computers and work on the computer like you are…

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Added by iGameMom on November 26, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Cross-grade level poetry using technology

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Added by Karen Fadum on November 26, 2012 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Reading Eggs

Soon I will be using the Reading Eggs programs with my first grade students. Has anyone used the program?Does anyone have helpful hits or suggestions for using the program? It looks effective and fun!

Added by Mary Grace Stutzman on November 26, 2012 at 6:15am — 1 Comment

Students aren't scores

I have long concerned myself with the notion of grading, its need, it accuracy, and its future.  Grading is a long standing, though never ending, train every teacher must have an engine for and a caboose that always comes last.

»Why grade

If grading is such a drudgery, why do teachers take so much time doing it?  In part, it is part of the job.  The greater need to grade is knowing how well students are…

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Added by Scott Kinkoph on November 23, 2012 at 6:32pm — No Comments

A Conference Perspective

When I accepted an invitation to attend the World Innovation Summit on Education, WISE2012, in Doha, Qatar, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into. In my own arrogance I thought I was a seasoned education conference attendee. I have been to maybe a…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on November 23, 2012 at 4:15pm — No Comments

App Review and Giveaway: Meet the Insects – Forest Edition

Meet the Insects: Forest Edition is a multimedia encyclopedia of forest insects.  What I am most impressed are the images and videos.  They are so real that you feel the insects can jump out of the screen.  Another thing I really enjoyed is how different elements come together – content, transition between sections, background,…

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Added by iGameMom on November 19, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Learn Ancient Rome History With Britannica Kids App

Britannica Kids: Ancient Rome is such a great app for upper elementary and middle school kids.  It has rich content yet all at the appropriate age level, no matter it is the length of each article or the vocabulary choices.  The games are fun and are tied very well with the main contents.  As an app full of historical facts, it is…

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Added by iGameMom on November 19, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The Teacher's Apple (Infographic)

An Infographic by Open Colleges

Added by Tess Pajaron on November 18, 2012 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Magic of Collaboration

Caffeinated Teaching

This magician shows us just how magical collaboration can be...

Added by Betsy Spence on November 16, 2012 at 7:08am — No Comments

What is a WISE Conference?

A few weeks ago I received an email invitation to attend an education conference with all expenses paid. This is done to get the conferences noticed in the education community. It is an expense and a necessary element of Public relations. Depending on the quality of the conference, sometimes it pays off, but sometimes it exposes flaws of a conference to the world of connected educators. This is not an uncommon practice, and as a connected educator, I look upon it as an opportunity with each…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on November 15, 2012 at 10:58am — No Comments

Telling Time Strategies

I am currently working with a 4th grade student in an after school program. The student is currently struggling with telling time, such as understanding 10 mins after 10, a quarter to 11, half past 12. What strategies would you suggest that I use to help the student understand time vocabulary? 

Added by Megan Dodson on November 13, 2012 at 11:42am — No Comments

Learn Spanish with Book App

Little Blue Jackal is a bilingual app.  In addition to an interesting story, it also teaches kids Spanish.

The story starts with the little jackal trying to run away from a village after being caught of stealing food.  He fell into a bucket of blue paint and his entire body turned blue.  Looked…

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Added by iGameMom on November 12, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Flipping Lincoln



Flipping Lincoln: Watch the movie Lincoln & discuss at #edfocus on Lincoln's…

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Added by Bill Burkhead on November 12, 2012 at 8:01pm — No Comments

Are EDU conferences meeting our needs?

Today I attended the 39th Annual Conference for the Association of Middle Level Education in Portland, Oregon. I actually presented for this group for a couple of times about 25 years ago when it was The National Middle Schools Association. That was back in the day when we had far fewer middle schools. The model most often employed back then was the Junior High School. Junior high schools were 7-9 mini high schools. Little kids, little problems (what were we thinking?).

The…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on November 10, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Classroom activities: write poems using certain tenses

Here are the poems and short explanations of two students:



Katherine  Cross:



As a way to practice verb tenses, we were asked to write a poem. By doing this assignment I learned the proper way to use the conditional form, both in Spanish and in English. We had to manipulate different verbs in order for the poem to flow. On top of that, it was actually really fun to write because it allowed me to be creative. I chose to write mine on nature while others wrote about their past…

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Added by Gérard Gatoux on November 10, 2012 at 4:01pm — No Comments

MOOCs Boldly Go Where We've Never Been Before!

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Added by Ary Aranguiz on November 10, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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