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2010 - the year of the PLN?

One of the things I'll remember 2009 for is it was the first year that mainstream ELT teachers really took to using social media.



I think, however, that of all the internet memes that emerged in 2009, it was surely PLN (Personal Learning Network) that caught the attention of the blogging educators.



This was mainly due to the emergence of Twitter as an essential tool for the connected teacher, although there are still many teachers who have decided it's not for… Continue

Added by Graham Stanley on January 10, 2010 at 5:33am — 2 Comments

Connections

As I immerse myself more and more in the wealth of tools and platforms available to me in the world of Web 2.0, a peculiar thing is happening to me.

I have read FAR more over the past few months as a result of checking our recommended web pages and tools and blogs by educators around the world. I have a Personal Learning Network mainly through Twitter (@fullonlearning), my own website (www.zoeelder.co.uk) and my own blog (… Continue

Added by Zelder on January 10, 2010 at 1:48am — No Comments

Tweets, Wiki's, Blog's and Glog's

Education around the World has embraced ICT. It has grown from the first desktop machine in the Mathematics/Technology departments, to classrooms full of computers with full Internet access and ICT forming part of the curriculum. From the ‘ICT-free’ to the ‘ICT-critical’: Education is changing and so is learning. ICT and New Technology have been used to support the traditional methods of teaching for many years but are we now in a position to use ICT, New Technologies and the evolving ways of… Continue

Added by Jamie Bowring on January 9, 2010 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Will We make the No Child Left Behind Act's deadline of 2014?

I have been reading articles from administrators and parents about their dismay of NCLB. In Washington, DC, the educational system is racing to meet all of the proficiency requirements in Mathematics and Reading by 2014. Can that really be a realistic deadline especially including all the troubles all of the states seem to be having with different areas of proficiency? I realize some states are fairing better than others but how do you feel about your state?



See the… Continue

Added by Lorette Weldon on January 9, 2010 at 2:43pm — 1 Comment

Literacy and Education 15 January 2010, FON University, Skopje “Crossing the Bridges of Literacy” MaRA conference

Literacy and Education

15 January 2010, FON University, Skopje

“Crossing the Bridges of Literacy” MaRA conference

PRESS CONFERENCE

Friday January 15, 11.30am at FON in Skopje

The 21st century skills, development of teaching instruction, adult education, student achievement, critical thinking, media literacy, reading, writing, are just a few examples of the literacy concepts that are having a massive impact on the way we teach and learn nowadays. But where are the… Continue

Added by Anica Petkoska on January 9, 2010 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Another great Fireside Chat 1-9 6:30-8:30pmGMT

We will host our "week 2 fireside chat" for the 2009 K-12 Online Conference this coming Saturday, January 9th! The week 2 keynote speakers, Rachel Boyd and Diego Leal, will present and engage in Q&A with participants via EdTechTalk's Ustream channel and backchannel chat. Time: January 9, 2010 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm GMT. NOTE: This is 1:30pm EST on Saturday, January 9. Please click the following link to see your local time:…

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Added by mrsdurff on January 8, 2010 at 2:20pm — No Comments

It's good to share! Your suggestions please..



Being snowed in today gives a opportunity to reflect on an amazing half term. Before October I thought Twitter was a place for Stephen Fry to fall ever deeper into self analysis, or for Britney's agent to send out anodyne press releases.



Now I know different! I would go so far as to say that Twitter has revolutionised the way I think about my job. It has rekindled my enthusiasm, and I have seen the results in the classroom. I have… Continue

Added by Simon Howells on January 5, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Flickr CC (Creative Commons Images)

FlickrCC and Sprixi are two great sites for locating Creative Commons Images. These sites provide images that have been released under the creative commons license. FlickrCC allows you to edit the image in house (crop, resize, add text or a frame) or with Picnik (no need to log in).…



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Added by Kurt Schollin on January 5, 2010 at 3:57pm — No Comments

I wish you all a happy new year 2010

I wish you all a happy new year 2010



http://teacherluciandumaweb20.blogspot.com/2009/12/happy-new-year-for-all.html







2010 is coming Before 2009 ends,

let me thanx all the good people like u,

who made 2009 beautiful for me.

I pray u b blessed with faithful year a head.

I wish u a

fantastic JANUARY ;Love able… Continue

Added by LucianeCurator on January 3, 2010 at 10:32am — No Comments

Scrambled Eggs! Reflections of a Beginner on Web 2.0.

My brain feels like scrambled eggs! 6 months ago I didn't know what web 2.0 was. I asked my school ICT teaching and learning coordinator to set up a blog page for me and my students (I was not even sure what a blog page was) because instinctively I knew that it would be a great way for my students to communicate with each other, and for me to communicate with them in a logged, written format. My only previous exposure to blogging was due to the purchase of an iMac (you gotta love a piece… Continue

Added by Jennifer Potier on January 3, 2010 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Ending techno-criticism in education?

What must schools look and be like in order to take advantage of laptop computers and other technology? Here's how my colleague Alan Bain and I are thinking about that question: "The End of Techno-Critique: The Naked Truth about 1:1 Laptop Initiatives and Educational Change" http://bit.ly/4F8B5Z

Added by Mark E. Weston Ph.D. on December 29, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Technology Tools Used to Enhance Our Homeschooling

As the year comes to an end, I find myself, like many, reflecting on what worked and didn't work last semester. As I looked back through our projects, I was amazed at the progress made by our children. I want to share some of the ways we used technology to enhance the learning process. Even though some activities were not successful and we ran into the usual frustrations associated with technology, there were many exciting moments. Check out the full post at… Continue

Added by Ashley Allain on December 27, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Student Teaching and Learning Group

The Teaching and Learning Group



At Hawes Side we have worked for many years to develop student voice. One of the most important groups I meet with regularly is our T&L Group. This is made up of a group of children in Y6 (10 and 11 year olds). One day a week we have lunch together and share our thoughts on a range of topics that we feel will ultimately help us become better learners.



Our research recently has featured on the qualities of an effective learner. The first… Continue

Added by Michael Shepherd on December 22, 2009 at 10:13am — No Comments

A Journey in TEFL

LETTERS, THE TEACHER'S ELVES



I’m sure we sometimes finish the lesson before the planned time or we see that our students are lost and aren’t following us then we tend to find something to motivate them.



It’s always a good idea to have something ready for these moments. Fillers are great. They are short, energising and motivating.



Whenever I feel we are stuck in the middle of the lesson and have nothing to continue, I use one of the simplest tools that I have,… Continue

Added by Eva Büyüksimkeşyan on December 20, 2009 at 9:41am — No Comments

Ubuntu Educators Community

The world at times is a do-ocracy. Tonight I decided to create a Ning community for Ubuntu Educators. I wanted to create this community to give educators and those supporting educators a place to:



* Share ideas about how to use FOSS in the classroom

* Share success stories

* Ask questions on how to develop curriculum using FOSS



In short have a resource that discusses pedagogy. While there is a great amount of information pertaining to the more technical side of… Continue

Added by cprofitt on December 13, 2009 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Kepler Space University (Online)

Seeking professors and high school teachers.

Added by Robert L. Frantz on December 11, 2009 at 10:07am — No Comments

QUIET TUBE ROCKS!

I've always hated pulling up YouTube videos due to the comments, related videos, and other junk that are crawling all over the pages for individual videos. Well I have just found the cure from (@cliotech aka Jennifer Dorman on Twitter).

The cure is QUIET TUBE. All you need to do is drag the Quiet Tube button into your bookmark toolbar and when you find a video on YouTube or other related site you just need to click the Quiet Tube button and the video plays alone in a separate window...no… Continue

Added by Kurt Schollin on December 10, 2009 at 11:39pm — No Comments

Conquering History with Scratch

Our fourth grader created an interactive report on William the Conqueror using Scratch. Isn't it great to live in the Age of Web 2.0! Check out my latest post at HyperHomeschool.
Enjoy!

Added by Ashley Allain on December 10, 2009 at 6:59pm — No Comments

Fireside Chat with Joyce and Konrad: December 12th, 6:30 pm GMT

This Saturday there will be a live Fireside Chat with Joyce Valenza and Konrad Glogowski, the keynoters for week 1 of the k12Online Conference 2009. The live chat will take place at EdTechTalk --> http://edtechtalk.com/live where participants can hear the keynoters and chat in the chatroom. The Fireside Chat is scheduled at 6:30pmGMT -->… Continue

Added by mrsdurff on December 9, 2009 at 9:18pm — No Comments

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