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Advantages of Google for teachers





For schools, Google holds a number of…
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Added by Benjamin Darr on May 3, 2012 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Content knowledge and digital literacy



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Added by Benjamin Darr on April 17, 2012 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Twitter, teaching and what is learned

Twitter is a funny animal. Many school districts block its use due to the serious risks that it poses. However, if your district is willing to give it a try, Twitter is really worth using. There are important skills students can learn from using Twitter in…

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Added by Benjamin Darr on April 10, 2012 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Language Arts and the Internet

There are specific differences between traditional language arts and the reading/ writing that is done for the internet. Since the amount and variety of online materials is exploding, it's important to understand some of those differences.…



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Added by Benjamin Darr on April 3, 2012 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Navel gazing. Compliments of Google



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Added by Benjamin Darr on March 30, 2012 at 10:33pm — No Comments

Space for learning

One of the great things about word processors is the ability to manipulate documents in any way you see fit. Whichever program you use, you should be aware of the importance of blank space. Emptiness is not the same thing as "nothing". If you're purposeful about the way you use emptiness, it will work to promote learning in…

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Added by Benjamin Darr on March 28, 2012 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Take note...

Tablets are taking the academic world by storm. They're light, compact and extremely multifunctional. They also do things differently than a laptop. One of the really interesting areas tablets are being used is as a notebook.…



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Added by Benjamin Darr on March 26, 2012 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Digital disease

People get sick by doing one of the following things:

1) A lot of interaction with the public.…

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Added by Benjamin Darr on March 22, 2012 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Teachers, stay safe.

There has been an awful lot posted online about how to keep students safe on the Internet. However, I haven't run into very much focusing on teacher…

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Added by Benjamin Darr on March 6, 2012 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Classroom communications and the computer

We're in the communications business. We need to get our lesson across to kids, let our administrators know how well we're doing in the classroom and help parents understand how to help their child succeed in academia. As in all other communication fields, there are 4 primary ways we get information across. Each of these is important and each can be improved by technology.…

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Added by Benjamin Darr on February 28, 2012 at 9:15am — No Comments

Teachers of robots so students can learn more

As teachers we are charged with increasing the amount of knowledge in the world. We work with our students whatever their age to help them gain skills and information. Most of us, though (myself included) are in the business of spreading information rather than generating new knowledge. Now, what if you knew you could aid researchers by playing online games? What if, just by goofing around on the internet, you could add to the knowledge pool in addition to passing it on to students? Well,…

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Added by Benjamin Darr on February 23, 2012 at 10:27pm — No Comments

Digital substitue teachers

Technology can improve learning on days that teachers have a substitute teacher. The teacher and the sub can both make online preparations to ensure a sick day is still a day full of learning.

Lets first consider the classroom teacher. There are any number of ways that you can prepare for a sick day. Traditionally, a teacher will have a subfolder prepared with a map, the teacher's schedule, trustworthy students and some simple lesson plans. If you know in advance, you can also have…

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Added by Benjamin Darr on February 19, 2012 at 4:37pm — 1 Comment

Digital reading and 'riting in education

Reading and writing used to be much simpler. We would get some sort of sharp stick (a pen or pencil) and scratch at paper until the marks we made could be interpreted by someone else. Well, our writing has evolved somewhat and along with it, so has our reading. Nowhere is this change more evident than in the home of reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic... academia.

Lets start by looking at our writing tools. Lets start off with PDF's. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, PDF's are…

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Added by Benjamin Darr on February 10, 2012 at 9:58pm — No Comments

Digital Common Formative assessments

Teachers around the U.S. are struggling with just how to create common formative assessments. Of course, it's a lot more complicated than just coming up with a little quiz or thinking up an exit ticket at the end of class. A lot of the work deals with meetings within our department. We get together to discuss the scope and sequence of what we teach. Then we have to generate the actual assessment.

Once the assessment is deployed, of course it has to be analysed. We once again have to…

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Added by Benjamin Darr on February 5, 2012 at 10:02pm — 2 Comments

Critical thinking and internet research

Critical thinking has always been tied to the search for answers. In the past, this search involved speaking to respected leaders and reading authoritative books. Now of course, we type in a few key words into our favorite search engine and hope to find the answers. For students, this is often a haphazard affair. It is important, however that they understand how to critically search for good information. I developed a search guide for students to address this issue after I was inspired by…

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Added by Benjamin Darr on January 29, 2012 at 11:04pm — No Comments

External memory

Today I had so much to do I barely had time to stop for lunch. The day started with a long list and then I started to get emails requesting technology help and teaching opportunities.  Without a list, I would have been sunk. I just cannot keep all the information that I need inside my skull. Physical notes are fine, but with the tools Google provides me, I don't even bother.…

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Added by Benjamin Darr on January 26, 2012 at 11:48pm — 1 Comment

An online place for everything

Teachers have a lot of stuff. Never mind all of the posters and popsicle sticks we reuse year after year. I'm thinking more about what we have electronically. From lesson plans to movie clips, there's an awful lot of valuable material on our computers. Should that computer get lost or damaged, all of those wonderful resources will disappear. There is a safe place to keep it all though- or rather safe places. Not…
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Added by Benjamin Darr on January 24, 2012 at 10:21pm — No Comments

Learn anything...really?

There is a flurry of competition in the arena of free online education. Major universities have put classes online for free. There are dozens free books, movies and courses available from…

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Added by Benjamin Darr on January 22, 2012 at 11:16pm — 1 Comment

Searching for lesson materials

As teachers, we search a lot. We go online for a more useful lesson plan, a good picture to go along with our powerpoint or even a quick fact check before a lesson. Even though we're all pretty good at finding what we need, it always seems to take a bit longer than it should to find what we want. It doesn't have to be terribly difficult to get good things fast. Here are my recommendations for getting your hands on quality online material.



Useful lesson plans-…

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Added by Benjamin Darr on January 18, 2012 at 11:47pm — 2 Comments

I, Robot, have a PLN

A PLN is a personal or a professional learning network. Typically, they consist of a group of people who help you learn and grow in whatever it is you do. This covers everything from rock climbing to high school administration. These networks have always consisted of other humans. The internet, though has changed all that in amazing ways. Robots now join in the mix. Please don't start…
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Added by Benjamin Darr on January 14, 2012 at 6:31pm — No Comments

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