February 2008 Blog Posts (82)

PETE & C Day One

Day One of the PETE & C is over and I opted to skip the festivities going on tonight since I live so close. A very long day, but totally worth it. I got lots of great ideas that I can't wait to try out. I'LL blog more about them as I check them out. And hopefully tomorrow I will be blogging fome the conference.

Added by Amy Clay on February 11, 2008 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Math-- Week of February 11-15

I just wanted to take a moment to congratulate all of the students in math class for their success in math last week! After a lot of hard work, we finally mastered adding and subtracting fractions. This week, we are ready to move on to multiplication of fractions.

As with addition and subtraction, some of you may need a refresher course on how to multiply fractions, in order to assist your children with homework this week. Here is a helpful website:… Continue

Added by Megan Jones on February 11, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Online Photo Sharing for Bulletin Boards

As I have mentioned in previous posts, my father has been in education for 35 years (and about to retire!). When I talk to him about using technology in the classroom, he usually doesn't want to be bothered more than PowerPoint presentations. I always talk to him about the new widgets and things that are out...but I never make any ground. Finally, last night I got him to see use out of Online Photo Sharing. Now, at first I wanted him to use it to send his students on a field trip through…


Added by Lisa on February 11, 2008 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Technology Funding in Jeopardy

This message from ETAN and CoSN arrived in my email box this morning. In addition to forwarding it to email contacts, I'm posting it here and on a social network or two. Please take action

yourself and pass along to your colleagues.

The President's proposed FY09Budget again calls for the total elimination of critical education…


Added by Susan Brooks-Young on February 11, 2008 at 1:01pm — No Comments

First Post

Alright, so I think I'm finally getting the hang of this thing... Hopefully I will find many more interesting topics to discuss with all of my new found and some "old" found friends. I am also creating a science education blog for all of my science buddies to discuss issues that we face in Science Education. You can find this blog, now called Science Island, by clicking the link. My goal here is to unite science educators to discuss, evaluate,… Continue

Added by Charles Miller on February 10, 2008 at 8:29pm — 1 Comment

Staff Development in Web 2.0

I have known since sometime in early December that come February 15, I would be teaching 3-75 minute sessions (the same thing three times) to the GMHS staff. My assigned topic in early December was Blogs, Wikis and Podcasts.

I spent the better part of six weeks wondering just what the heck I was going to do. The topic is too broad, the staff skill levels are all over the place. What to do.

Finally this week, I put a lot of things into place. With the help of a couple of other… Continue

Added by Mari Hobkirk on February 10, 2008 at 6:28pm — 3 Comments

Top 10 Web/Tech Tools For Music Educators

This list I made at the end of last year still has relevance-

Throughout the school year, I often reflect on the changes I have made with regard to instructional strategies. This year has been biggie for utilizing web tools and software in and out of the classroom. As a consequence, I have been more connected to student’s real learning needs. I have also been able to effectively handle the massive ‘data pile’ of student work and assessments…


Added by Andrew on February 9, 2008 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

The Best Ways For Students (and Anyone Else) To Create Online Content Easily, Quickly, & Painlessly

Here's the link to my newest "The Best...." list:


It shares over thirty web applications where people can create engaging online content, with the only skill requirement being having a…


Added by Larry Ferlazzo on February 9, 2008 at 11:22am — No Comments

Key points to variations of the Edusim IWB environment

In response to some much appreciated feeback I have been given:

The Edusim environment is more of a concept than it is a software I suppose (I have received comments/questions stating such) so I would

say that is correct. So I suppose a new paradigm to the classrom IWB

system would be an accurate statement.

Our implementation is built on Croquet which offers TPainter for the student (and teacher) to quickly and easily add to the environment

- so… Continue

Added by Rich White on February 9, 2008 at 11:20am — No Comments


Testing the blog

Added by Mohamed Azhar on February 9, 2008 at 6:40am — No Comments

Online Tutoring Using Advance Technologies

“Learning is a continuous process” it’s an universal truth that we all know, what we don’t know is that Learning has come a long way since the first schools began to the introduction of text- books and classrooms. Now, learning has taken a new dimension, it is gradually shifting its base from physical classrooms to virtual classrooms. Learning is now taking place in virtual environment i.e. on Internet with the help of various tools like web 2.0, collaborative technologies etc. All this has… Continue

Added by Jasonrichmond on February 8, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

What happened to January?

It's February and I missed posting here in January. I've lived the busy teacher's life since returning from winter break. It's been a whirlwind.

I can't access this blog from school and perhaps that's why I'm writing less, but I do want to continue to note and journal about the technologies I'm trying and how they are affecting student engagement and my own practice. So, what's changed? What's new this month? In terms of my practice, I started a blog and a wiki for my service learning… Continue

Added by Lee Ann Spillane on February 8, 2008 at 4:47am — No Comments

Online Tutoring

Online tutoring is more beneficial than physical classroom teaching as it is more focused on an individual's requirements with less or no interruption at all. Personalized lesson plans have made online tutoring even more helpful for the students because every individual has his own learning style and pace. Plus, it saves from the hassle of traveling or arranging for a private tutor thereby saving a lot of time and money. All you need is a high speed internet and a headset and you are all set… Continue

Added by Jasonrichmond on February 8, 2008 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

My head's spinning but I'm loving it [Classroom escapades 03]

It's the end of week 3 of my new Ning-multimedia class.

There's so much happening at times that I can scarcely keep up. So where to start? Well here's some of the highlights and issues I'm thinking about.

The building of community

The students are posting incredibly supportive comments to each other. And it's not empty rhetoric. They're making connections to their own lives - making comparisons and offering support and…

Added by Greg Oz on February 8, 2008 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

Open Source Social Networking for the K-12 Set

ISTE (the International Society for Technology in Education) has posted a feature article from the February/March issue of Learning and Leading with Technology entitled "Social Networking for the K-12 Set," written by yours truly (…


Added by Jim Klein on February 7, 2008 at 10:24pm — No Comments

Report on the Classroom 2.0 LIVE Workshop in San Francisco

This past Friday and Saturday we held the first ever "Classroom 2.0

LIVE" workshop in San Francisco, California. I've been trying to make

as many notes as I can about this event because I think the format of a

collaboratively-built workshop around the topic of Web 2.0 in education

has such potential, and I am anxious to do more of these and to keep

improving them. I apologize in advance for the length of the post--for

those of you who are interested, the detail may… Continue

Added by Steve Hargadon on February 7, 2008 at 6:53pm — 10 Comments

FreeRice.com: An Educational Game that's Philanthropic as Well!

One of my colleagues told me about FreeRice.com, a game that helps players to build vocabulary and donate rice to the UN at the same time.

Now I'm sure many are asking "How does it work?" It's actually very simple. Every vocabulary question that comes up has an accompanying ad below. Each time an ad is loaded, money is generated that is donated to providing rice to hungry people. I thought this was an ingenious idea and decided to add the site to a…


Added by Andy on February 7, 2008 at 10:48am — No Comments

Create an Edusim Lesson - Win a Nano !

We will be formally announcing the Edusim Lesson Ipod Nano Giveaway next week - but in a nutshell here are the terms.

(1) Create an Edusim lesson

(2) Save it

(3) zip up the Cache directory of the saved lesson

(4) submit a blog post describing the lesson at http://edusim.ning.com

(5) We will download it here at Greenbush

(6) Our 6th graders will load them up, navigate them, and vote for… Continue

Added by Rich White on February 7, 2008 at 10:24am — No Comments

Made it back from the METC in St. Louis

Not bad in general .... surprised the content was still largely blogs, video, podcasts, social networks, voicethread etc. ... was hoping for a little more evolved discussion on live video streaming, 3D virtual environments, mechanima as collaborative/mashable digital story telling platform etc.

Maybe next year.


Added by Rich White on February 6, 2008 at 7:57pm — No Comments

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