This past week we launched a public beta of FunnelBrain.com , an academic question and answer site that provides an environment for collaborative online learning. Students work in teams to create review questions and answers, paired with video explanations, for academic subjects. Wiki-style content creation tools including video, audio, text and images empower the group collaboration.
Finally!!! Mark has produced more than half of the videos from our six-day holiday to Connecticut and North Hampton -- our November 2008 Rock Stars of Reading road trip. This means we'll begin publishing the video series, one video at-a-time, beginning on March 31; filling up the "off-days" in the Just One More Book!! publishing cycle until all of the videos are available.
To prove this is really happening, here is a promotional video for the series. It's an extract from…
I do a lot of professional development on integration, and I am always surprised by how many teachers, even those who use computers every day, don't know what I consider "must-know" tech skills. I'm not talking so much about broad areas like word processing or spreadsheets, but more small skills that make life easier no matter what application you're using.
I was asked to help with a District Professional Development training on 21st Century Skills today. One of the first things that I did was to to Twitter and ask my PLN for help. I posted the following ... "In District PD on 21st Century Skills. Please reply w/where R you from, what is your favorite on-line 21st Century tool & why do you use it?"
Below are screenshots of the responses to my tweet. Thanks to everyone who responded - the information was well received!… Continue
I try to be creative and innovative in my approach to teaching . . . I've just about perfected the game show approach to education (name a tv show and I'll think of a classroom application!!) . . . but I'm not convinced about the Ultranet-everything-online-24/7 approach. I don't think that the majority of students are ready for it . . .
. . . however, today I took the next step in my personal evolution in online education . . . I now have a virtual classroom on moodle! I know it's… Continue
Who do you work for?
How would a typical teacher answer this question?
Maybe, they she would answer "John Doe Middle School"
or may be he would answer " the board of education" knowing that he could be transferred
from one school to another within the same system in one day for no obvious reason.
I personally had this idea.
Teaching was not a job. It was not even… Continue
If you are thinking to start an online teaching career or just started it, this online discussion might be useful for you. This free online class will show you how to start your online teaching brand using WiZiQ. Nidhi Sehgal, the presenter, will show you the benefits of using WiZiQ for your online teaching career. Hope you like it… Continue
I am a former teacher in the Memphis City school system. I have an experience I would like
to share. You decide if you can use the concepts.
I had a second job at a neighborhood community center at night.
Color Video cameras had just come on the market. I bought one to use in my teaching effort. I found some unusually
cool hand puppets on sale and I bought them. I got this great Idea.
At my community center job I used an overturned table, a small 13 inch… Continue
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, signed into law on February 17, aims to lend a helping hand to not only employment, health care and taxes, but significantly for the struggling state school systems: It more than doubles the education funding of the previous presidential administration.
I found the Discover March 2009 article "Are we still evolving?" by Kathleen McAuliffe very interesting. The article discusses evidence for human evolution that has taken place over the past 50,000 years. As an educator I found it particularly interesting when the writer discussed the possible evolutionary basis for ADHD. The notion that ADHD and the patterns of behavior that are associated with the disorder, could have at some point, provided our… Continue
We have created a new resource for teachers called, "I Education Apps Review", or IEAR.org. I Education Apps Review's goal and or focus is to take a look at practical, useful, and educationally sound ways to use the IPhone or ITouch in the classroom. The IPhone, ITouch and other similar devices are amazing pieces of technology. We believe that these devices have a place in today's classroom as long as they are utilized properly. There are a ton of apps identified as educational that are… Continue
Added by Scott Meech on March 25, 2009 at 12:45am —
Tonight in my Introduction to Educational Technology classroom, we took an in-depth look at Web 2.0. We started off the class exploring the internet and youtube compiling a list of ten adjectives that describe what we think Web 2.0 is. Through this rendezvous of a scavenger hunt, I came across wikipedia and their definition of what Web 2.0 is. Wikipedia explains Web 2.0 as a perceived second generation of… Continue