February 2011 Blog Posts (58)

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Gordon Parks

Two words best describe Gordon Park’s life…groundbreakingand inspirational.

Parks was a groundbreaking American photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist and film director. He is best remembered for his photo essays for Life magazine. In the 1950s, Parks worked as a consultant on various Hollywood productions and later directed a series of documentaries commissioned by National Educational Television on black ghetto life. Beginning…


Added by Megan on February 8, 2011 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Ever Wanted to Learn More About Technology?

If you're like me, you get most of your tech tips from other teachers or great websites.  I've found Learn It In 5to be one of those great websites.  Learn a wide array of skills each in 5 minutes or less!


Erin Klein


Added by Erin Klein on February 7, 2011 at 7:12pm — No Comments

Wishing You Knew More About Technology?

If you're like me, I teach myself how to use most of the available tech tricks from other teachers or great websites.  I've found Learn It In 5 to be one of those great websites!  Super user-friendly videos that teach a wide array of skills all in 5 minutes or less... that, is something I certainly have time for.  :)


Erin Klein…


Added by Erin Klein on February 7, 2011 at 7:08pm — No Comments

Tutorial – 5 Fun Free Photo And Image Editing Applications For The Classroom

An introduction to the ins and outs of 5 free online image editing application, and some suggestions for using them in the classroom.


Last year I wrote this short series of articles in which I looked at a slew of free image editing tools found on the Web, and ultimately boiled these down to a set of 5 recommendations.  This last…


Added by Kelly Walsh on February 7, 2011 at 6:03am — No Comments

Cr-48: A Teacher's Review

Last week, UPS showed up at my door with a box that held inside it a shiny (well, more of a matte-finished) new Cr-48. I've been using it as my sole computing device for over a week now, so I thought I'd offer my thoughts.


Added by Derrick Waddell on February 6, 2011 at 10:53am — No Comments

10 videos that WILL ignite a discussion - Part 2

Here are 10 videos that will get you thinking and reflecting on your educational practices and beliefs. I did a post a few months ago with 7 different videos, and the response was quite positive. Leave a comment and let me know what other videos you would add to the list. Thank you and enjoy!



Added by Justin Tarte on February 6, 2011 at 7:08am — No Comments

7 videos that WILL ignite a discussion

One of the biggest reasons I enjoy using Twitter is it enables me to connect with educators from all around the world. Additionally, Twitter has proven to be an efficient and effective platform to discuss pressing educational issues. Unfortunately, most…


Added by Justin Tarte on February 6, 2011 at 6:58am — No Comments

Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented Educators

Today we presented Pop Goes the Classroom to Gifted and Talented Educators across Arizona. It was another standing room only presentation. Thank you for your kind reception today. As you scroll through the blog you will find resources for many of the topics we discussed today from cell phone usage to educational social networks, student film making, comics in the classroom and so much more.

There were some interesting discussions from today's presentation that I want to share with…


Added by KellyAnn Bonnell on February 5, 2011 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Engaging learners - Use their mobile phone!

No, no…I’m not talking about mobile learning here but rather on using mobile phone in a classroom for interactive learning. First, let’s picture this scenario: You walk into the classroom with high spirit and full of enthusiasm, eager to start your lecture. As usual, you have prepared well in advance and you have visualised in your head how you would deliver the lecture. You start the lecture and after 10 or 15 minutes you pause and ask, "Does anybody have any questions?" More often than… Continue

Added by A. A. Karim on February 4, 2011 at 8:15pm — No Comments

new to all of this

I am a world language teacher grades 10-12 (German and French this year) and new to Classroom 2.0. Hoping to find help using resources here to connect my Level 2 German classes with our partner class (level 3 English)  in Switzerland.

Added by Jodi on February 4, 2011 at 7:15pm — No Comments

My Vision for Meetings (AKA – Making Meetings Somewhat Useful)

I’ve been in a lot of meetings – some of them for work, some for volunteering and some for social purposes.  I was at a meeting last night and while it was run well there were some things that came to mind about making meetings better and using technology to do so.

There are a lot of commonalities to the meetings I’ve been to and they’re usually not good. I’m going to outline some of the annoying problems that reoccur…


Added by Sal P on February 4, 2011 at 2:33pm — No Comments

From 6th to 2nd

I recently got to experience a 2nd grade classroom for 3 days.  I learned many new things being in there-I must thank a certain 2nd grade teacher for going on a week long class trip!  Firstly,  I noticed that no matter what grade these students are in, there are some who are noticeably struggling & some who are far out reaching their expectations.  Some of the youngsters that I had the pleasure of working with could no doubt keep up in a 5th or 6th grade classroom.  Then, there were some…


Added by Jackie on February 4, 2011 at 10:53am — No Comments

Organised Minds

“The culturally-constructed spheres of knowledge must bear some kind of relation to the kinds of brains and minds that human beings have, and the ways that those brains and minds grow and develop in different cultural settings”

(Gardner, 2003)

Does the way we organize our society affect the way our brains are organized?



Gardner, H. (2003, April 21). Multiple intelligences after 20 years. Paper presented to the American Educational Research…


Added by Lisa Durff on February 3, 2011 at 9:45pm — No Comments


To put a finer point on it would increase the size of the mouse cursor.


It could be said that the infinite space we once knew as the internet is actually hitting a wall as of late.  Some believe that this space is running out.  There can only be so many servers in the world, right?  How true this is remains to be seen. I am looking for the answer as soon as my free time becomes free.


So, what can you do with a limited space?  Well, limit what you think is a…


Added by Clifton Fraley-Burgett on February 3, 2011 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Parenting 2.0: How to Help Parents with Digital Issues and Fears

Did your mama talk to you about sexting, cyberbullying, and watching what you post on Facebook? Parents today have a whole new set of challenges and issues, raised by technology at school and home. Learn how you can help parents understand the real issues, fears and challenges and support them in being great parents in a 2.0 world. Resources for schools and families will be shared, and the core presentation is based on presentations at school PTA meetings, Wired Safety, and Wired…


Added by Dr. Rita Oates on February 3, 2011 at 6:54am — 7 Comments

Why Your Schools Social Media Strategy Is Falling Behind.

Recently, a colleague of mine made me aware of this great white paper on schools and their social media strategy. It was very interesting and I thought I would share an excerpt with you.

"Two years ago, many administrators in higher education scoffed when they heard words like “tweet” and “poke.” Walk into an admissions office today, though, and you’ll no longer hear… Continue

Added by Jim Roberts on February 2, 2011 at 10:46am — 9 Comments

Leading by example...

A couple weeks I decided to do something most educators would never dream of doing. I gave all 140 of my German students the opportunity to assess me. I explained to my students that the assessment was 100% anonymous, and the most… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on February 2, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Wikipedia, 10 years of collaboration

Last January 15th, Wikipedia got his 10th anniversary. In Guadalajara, we’ve got a local celebration Mexican style, with mariachi and tequila.

Seeking for a free content encyclopedia, Jimmy Wales and…


Added by gabriela on February 2, 2011 at 8:06am — 2 Comments

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