January 2008 Blog Posts (123)

Why Educators Should Read Seth Godin

Why should a teacher or any other educational leader read Seth Godin? There are two compelling reasons as far as I’m concerned:

1- He talks (writes) common sense.

2- He insists on evidence as a driving force for decision making and change.

Nearly every blog post he writes and every paragraph in his books contains these two elements. Why should common sense and evidence be important to…

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Added by Andrew on January 9, 2008 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Peer Editing 2.0

Last year, I put together a little project that I called the Wiki Mentoring Project. In a nutshell, middle school students wrote a story on their wikis and high school students offered feedback and critiques. All of it was done online. All who were involved loved it.

Today, I started putting the pieces together to relaunch the project with a larger group of students. The project itself will not launch for another week or two, but I will…

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Added by David James on January 8, 2008 at 10:35pm — No Comments

OPUG meeting

Had a great meeting with the other Omaha Catholic technology teachers. I learned about a few new things and it was great to dialogue with the other teachers.

Added by Mike on January 8, 2008 at 9:03pm — No Comments

Spring08: Study Tips for the semester

It was a slow day today (the semester does not officially start until next week, so the only students I am interacting with right now are the ones who are getting a head start). I did spend some time working on my Study Tips widget for this semester - it's HUGELY expanded over last year, and I am really happy with it.



Basically this is a widget that I use in the Desire2Learn Homepage space - every time the homepage loads, a study tip appears at random (created with the… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on January 8, 2008 at 3:42pm — 2 Comments

Third Edition of the Active Learning Blog Carnival

The latest edition of the Active Learning Blog Carnival is up at http://activelearningcarnival.blogspot.com/. This months Big Question is "What motivates students to be actively involved in learning?". Please take a minute to comment sent links to this months carnival.

Added by Deirdre Bonnycastle on January 7, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Spring08: Alas, plagiarism

Well, here it is, the first real day of classes for me this semester, and I am already dealing with a case of plagiarism. It is, alas, a really egregious case of plagiarism - instead of a student lazily paraphrasing (not cutting and pasting, but still scarily close to the original), this student simply cut-and-pasted from the Internet and turned in the work as his own, word for word.



Ironically... the source that he plagiarized from was me! Ha! I guess the universe does have a sense of… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on January 7, 2008 at 1:55pm — 2 Comments

It is time to use what I've got

Here it is January and I have hardly done anything that I have learned this school year. The fire went out or I lost touch with what is possible. I need to start using a network that already exists. Classroom 2.0 is filled with teacher that I need to learn from. Everything that I am looking for is right under my nose if I will just use it. I just wish that Ning was not blocked on my campus. I guess I will make lemonade out that lemon later on.

Added by David James on January 6, 2008 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Delicious Dysfunctional Tagging

By Alix E. Peshette

Cross-posted from EdTech Gold Rush

Anyone new to tagging bookmarks with Delicious seems to go through a predictable phase – dysfunctional tagging. Once I discovered Delicious and the concept of tagging, I must confess I went overboard. It wasn’t until a colleague kindly pointed out that my tags were out of…

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Added by Alix E. Peshette on January 6, 2008 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Why Integrate Video Production in the Classroom

Excerpted from Video in the Classroom.com

1. Student engagement. Too many students in urban cities are dropping out. Engaging students early and providing positive experiences with school can help to hook these students before they leave.

2. Student achievement. Every classroom has a few students who are below grade level. Traditional teaching is not working for these students.…

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Added by Mathew Needleman on January 6, 2008 at 11:02am — 3 Comments

NanoScience in Highschool education

Dear Friends!

My name is Andras Paszternak, I am the editor of the NanoScience Network (Independent Hungarian Virtual Network of NanoScience) on Ning. I plane to make in our virtual community one group about the NanoScience education at Highschools. If you have interest, please visit our network http://www.nanopaprika.eu…

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Added by Andras Paszternak on January 5, 2008 at 7:07am — No Comments

Sundry Items

Sundry Items

Added by Donna Hebert on January 4, 2008 at 10:28am — No Comments

Spring08: Decorating the Walls

As I explained in yesterday's blog post, my online course starts officially on January 14, but the early bird students are already getting a head start. Meanwhile, I am busy decorating my virtual classroom walls! College classroom walls are notoriously bare because they are transient places, usually without any kind of soul. I love the way high school and elementary school classrooms are often plastered… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on January 4, 2008 at 7:53am — 4 Comments

Day in a Sentence





Members of Classroom 2.0 are invited to submit their Day in a Sentence for the feature which I am guest hosting this month on the Creating Lifelong Learners blog.



It's a fast, simple writing activity that you may want to implement in your classroom after trying it… Continue

Added by Mathew Needleman on January 3, 2008 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Checkout my blogspot - M A G E E's Blog

M A G E E's Blog is my original blog and I don't feel like it gets any hits. It certainly doesn't get many comments. So, I'm writing about it here in hopes of gaining readership which will hold me more accountable for journaling on it. You can signup to have emails when I post something new.

The latest post is about the "Learning 2.0 A Colorado Conversation" Conference. You should check it out…

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Added by Connie Masson on January 3, 2008 at 11:26am — No Comments

Spring08: Meet and Greet

With the beginning of the new year and the new semester, I thought I would use this Classroom2.0 blog space as a way to keep a kind of running diary of the semester. I haven't really been sure what to do with this blog space since I keep some other blogs already (http://bestlatin.net), but it would probably be useful in all kinds of ways to keep a running record of a new semester, charting the ups and downs. Luckily, it is mostly ups! I love teaching my… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on January 3, 2008 at 10:54am — No Comments

Looking both ways before entering the new year

The new year has arrived and I’m spending time back in my hometown visiting family. It’s always nice to come home to take some time to just visit and catch up. It gives me time to do

some reading and blogging and just reconnect with my family -

dysfunctional as we are. As I drove home, a 6 hour trip, I was

reflecting on all the things that have taken place during the past year

and looking forward to where things might be going in 2008.As I…

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Added by Kelly Christopherson on January 3, 2008 at 1:24am — No Comments

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