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December 2010 Blog Posts (20)

Storybird in the Classroom

I made an entry today on my blog on using Storybird in the classroom.  Check it out: Caffeinated Teaching

Added by Betsy Spence on December 30, 2010 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Greetings - I'd like to introduce myself and http://msateaches.spelling

I'm glad I found this group. I'm an 3rd Grade Special Education Teacher in San Jose, CA. My passion is instructional technology and literacy. I started a blog a few months back to post my discoveries and work. I also created a keyboarding/spelling program called Phonetic Typing. The program is free to use. I developed it for my students; many have reading disability. I would take my students to the computer lab, and the computers would occupy them with Edutainment while I conducted…

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Added by Adrienne Akinsete on December 30, 2010 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Educators making a difference...

I recently asked principals and administrators across North America one simple question: What do you love about your job? Here are the responses I got...and I must say, they are pretty awesome. Enjoy!

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Added by Justin Tarte on December 29, 2010 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Science Fair Song

A song to introduce middle school children to the science fair. Animated by Land O Lakes, Florida High School senior Kevin Temmer.

 

The Science Fair Song

Added by Bryan Temmer on December 28, 2010 at 10:46pm — No Comments

Should we ban fiction from the curriculum?

NO. Absolutely not. No way. Hell to the no. NO.

Okay, that's out there. I feel better after having typed it, I really do. So let's take a deeper look at it.

Grant Wiggins started this call - and I don't really care if he meant this piece to be satirical or not - he's too widely respected (by myself as well) and too many people are running with it, one…

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Added by Jeremy Lenzi on December 22, 2010 at 2:39pm — No Comments

It's so easy a caveman can do it

It's so easy to blog. It's easy to set up a PLN. Its easy to tweet. Its easy to set up your own website. Its easy to do this. It's easy to do that. As a special education teacher, the one…
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Added by Chris Hulitt on December 22, 2010 at 10:41am — 1 Comment

Creative Conscience

Kristaweir.wordpress.com

feel free to comment this is learning for me. i have some misgiving about the post. Please know understand i am not exactly suggesting that children teach themselves, more like--- children should not be evaluated on their drawing as a means of demonstrating their understanding of concepts. As a parent with a visual arts background when my is asked to draw i feel pretty sensitive about any evaluations…

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Added by klweir on December 21, 2010 at 12:38am — No Comments

Online Resources: Literature Review

I admit, academic research can be overwhelming.  I have spent countless hours reviewing different research topics in my field in an effort to find my academic voice.  As an instructor, this is important.  It is important to present different types of research to support a the material being presented in class.  My students are very curious!  They want to know different resources that can help them in their research of technology.  On this site, we have discussed the reference list many times…

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Added by Nicole Hickland Harris on December 16, 2010 at 11:31pm — 2 Comments

Knowledge is free. Collaboration is priceless!

As I prepare my thoughts for the first brainstorming meeting for my new job (Instructional Technology), I'm thinking about what is obviously the future of education: 21st century skills. Weather you agree with this direction or not, the current vision of education is to put all our eggs in developing 21st century skills and expecting educators of all types to adapt immediately.  The pressure isn't just from administrators, school boards, and state and federal…

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Added by Jacob Standish on December 16, 2010 at 7:48pm — No Comments

iPads, A disruptive technology?

Rise of the iKids: Schools test iPads in classrooms

It's coming...

Is the tablet/slate an extension of the computer or a disruptive technology...

Will it change education dramatically?

Leon

Added by Leon Lenchner on December 16, 2010 at 1:14am — No Comments

Listened today to the Webinar "Launching a Mobile Learning Program: What Every School Leader Should Know"

Dr. James Tarwater, Superintendent of Lake Tahoe USD, "Lake TahoeUSD pays $39.95 per Netbook" and will soon be a totally 1 to 1 computing school board from Grades 3 to 12. The Board will provide the hardware and cellular access for every child in the district. Does this mean 'equitable access across all levels'? Has Seymour Papert's prediction come true... a desktop for every desk at $25 per computer.

Could 'mobile learning be at the tipping point'? as Linda Uhrenholt…

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Added by Leon Lenchner on December 16, 2010 at 12:39am — No Comments

Social Change

True or false? When our epistemological assumptions, experiential assumptions, communicative assumptions, or political assumptions come into question, then social change is… Continue

Added by mrsdurff on December 14, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Light Immersive Platforms

Light Immersive Platforms ... an example

http://www.shambles.net/pages/learning/ict/lip/



This is a recording of an event that took place online in a

"Light Immersive Platform"



Virtual (online) Photography Event http://www.pdnvirtualevents.com



This one day online event (8 Dec 2010) was focussed on the Photography…

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Added by Shamblesguru on December 10, 2010 at 6:20am — No Comments

The Brain, Processing Speed, and Fluency

The Brain, Processing Speed, and Fluency



More amazing things I’m learning in the BrainSMART graduate program...


Reading is not a natural act for the…
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Added by Diane Dahl on December 9, 2010 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Talking Tech with Robin

http://talkingtechwithrobin.blogspot.com/

Added by Robin Phares on December 7, 2010 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Share Files From Work, Home, and Your Phone

Share Files From Work, Home, and Your Phone

Have you ever had the situation where you had a file at work and wanted to edit it at home? Then to get it back at work you either had to email it to yourself or put it on a flash drive? There is a free service on the Web called Dropbox and its purpose is to…

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Added by Christal Thompson on December 5, 2010 at 8:36pm — 4 Comments

Online collaborative tools

At the Bangkok Teachers Network Annual Conference 2010. I presented a workshop on online collaborative tools which can easily be

used in the classroom with emphasis on the primary age range. The

workshop was only a taster in these tools and teachers can take from it

what they find useful. The presentation as you will see requires the

reader to explore the sites and think of interesting and creative ways

the tools can be used. The presentation is available by… Continue

Added by Lesley Morrell on December 2, 2010 at 10:26am — No Comments

A Brain-Friendly Comprehension Strategy

A Brain Friendly Comprehension Strategy



Sometimes, you just can’t appreciate the potential of a brain-friendly strategy until you try it. Today, I tried the “Oprah Winfrey” interview to help students think more critically

about a story we read. I was…

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Added by Diane Dahl on December 1, 2010 at 9:05pm — 2 Comments

Is Blended Learning part of the answer?

There was an article in the recent addition of eSchool News about “blended learning” models being used across the country. While there is no official definition of blended learning, in general, it can be described as an instructional approach that combines both face-to-face and online instruction.… Continue

Added by Scot Graden on December 1, 2010 at 8:45am — No Comments

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