March 2010 Blog Posts (139)

Great video explaining social networks

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Added by Paul Ramirez on March 21, 2010 at 7:36pm — No Comments

Web 2.0 Creations

I enjoy using web 2.0 software. It is software that is extremely handy while working in a classroom. A lot of the software that is avaliable is handy in helping students. For example, sliderocket and prezi are interesting new ways to show slideshows to students. The slide shows that are made in this programs will more easily keep the students interested in the information versus the simple slide to slide…


Added by Mandee Sargent on March 21, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments


I was just reading Drew's ideas if you get writer's block and unlocked something I was thinking about before spring break. Thanks Drew :-) I have a blog that I use(d) with my class over the summer as a teaser to read a book and have a book club online with me and future classmates. I had about 10 kids utilize this over the summer. Now that we are in school, I haven't used it as much as I would like. Last year, I used it in all of my book clubs as an assignment that would normally be done in…


Added by Christy Prudence on March 21, 2010 at 3:52pm — 2 Comments

Web 2.0 Project

In Ed. Tech. last week I learned about Web 2.0 - what it is and how to classify things within or out of it. In short summary, Web 2.0 includes social networking, interactivity, and is changable. In class, four groups were assigned to activities on different Web 2.0 sites such as Glogster, Wordle, Prezi, and Notaland.

For this week's assignment, we were to create something from Web 2.0, and I chose to…


Added by Katelynn Johnston on March 21, 2010 at 3:34pm — 1 Comment

Here Comes Everybody

I just finished reading the first 3 chapters of our book, and I am left feeling blown away by the amount of connections we can have with people all around the world due to technology today. You kind of take it for granted when you use various social media resources daily, but when you sit down and think about it, it's pretty amazing!

My friend just moved to a tiny town in Louisiana a month after having her first baby. She decided to start a blog to keep family and friends in the loop…


Added by Christy Prudence on March 21, 2010 at 3:21pm — 5 Comments

Don't Text and Drive

Please join our project. It is the epitome of 21st century learning. Students at Asher Public School, Asher, Oklahoma, are collaborating with students and/or teachers in a total of five different states (Illinois, Indiana, Washington, Texas, and Michigan) to advocate the serious issue of texting and driving. Using 21st century tools such as our project Ning, Wiki, Skype, and Epals we are broadcasting and networking to increase awareness and educate not only ourselves but others. Our Ning is… Continue

Added by Whitney Allen on March 21, 2010 at 1:59pm — No Comments

And the winners are …

Announcing the winners of the “Great Use of Ed Tech” story contest!

It’s my great pleasure to share some of the wonderful stories that were submitted to the contest I’ve been running for several weeks here [on], and to announce the winning entries.

With plenty of great stories about engaging,…


Added by Kelly Walsh on March 21, 2010 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Why Choose Wikis over Google

The Marketplace

For the last number of years educator's have been turning to wiki platforms to create collaborative spaces. The ease of use, access, and availability of wikis have made them a favourite option for teacher's hoping to create an online space to share with their students. But Google has quickly become an increasingly popular choice for use among educators, especially for district-wide implementation - a corporate,… Continue

Added by Meg H on March 21, 2010 at 8:19am — 1 Comment

Using Technology with Kids

I remember when I started teaching and my third grade team told me that our kids practice keyboarding in computer, I was amazed. I guess I hadn't thought about kids learning to type that young because I was not taught keyboarding until high school. Then it dawned on me that of course they need to be able to type early on in this day and age. The different activities we complete and educational websites we visit in class are so much more effective than when I was in school. I know our advanced… Continue

Added by Roxanne Warner on March 20, 2010 at 12:24pm — 2 Comments

"Here Comes Everybody"

After reading the first three chapters in our book, "Here Comes Everybody," it left me with a few thoughts to ponder. One point that intrigued me was reading about how professionals of any kind are valuable during ordinary times, but become invaluable during revolutionary times (p. 69) because professionals are always concerned with threats to the profession. The book discussed scribes vs. the printing press. I had never really contemplated that the technology of the printing press completely… Continue

Added by Roxanne Warner on March 20, 2010 at 12:10pm — 5 Comments

March 20: Today is... First Day of Spring 2010

Vernal (Spring) Equinox - 1:32pm EDT

Added by Eric Snyder on March 20, 2010 at 5:41am — No Comments

Barriers to technology integration: Hello! It's NOT always the teacher!

I recently posted about a classroom teacher's story about barriers to technology integration in her history class, a "classroom for the future" From my post, you can link directly to the teacher's M.Ed. thesis, which provides a good first-person insight about the barriers she faced in her attempts to effectively integrate a rich assortment of technology in her classroom.

Here is just one the examples from the…

Added by Lynn Marentette on March 19, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Do you want to be inspired?

Are you in the mood to be inspired? Take a look at this video

Welcome to the Future

Added by Carol E. Kubota on March 19, 2010 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Call for Nominations: 2010 Totally Wired Teacher Award

The Totally Wired Teacher Award, sponsored by Dell, is inspired by founder Anastasia Goodstein’s book, Totally Wired: What Teens & Tweens Are Really Doing Online, and the challenges she observed when teachers tried to integrate technology into their public school…


Added by Derek Baird on March 19, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

How To Choose Educational Software

Dr. Ethan Cancell of Brockton Public Schools in Massachusetts gives tips on how to choose educational software and what features to look for… Continue

Added by Kimberly Hulbert on March 19, 2010 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Finalists Cram for Race to Top Presentations

"With millions of grant dollars on the line, representatives of the 16 state finalists for federal Race to the Top prize money will go to Washington next week to make final, in-person pitches to the U.S. Department of Education for investment in their brand of school reform.… Continue

Added by Kimberly Hulbert on March 19, 2010 at 12:45pm — No Comments

PART TWO - Use Music to Inspire and Connect with Students

This post was originally on The Freshman Transition Network.

Recently I posted about ways to use music in the classroom and a list of specific songs that can be used. This post is a follow up to that earlier… Continue

Added by Scott Habeeb on March 19, 2010 at 9:38am — 4 Comments

Shifting Expectation of the School Institution

After a brief conversation yesterday with my Mentor Teacher (MT), I discovered the purpose of my teaching career. Granted, teaching kids is always the reason teachers get out of bed each morning, but there has to be some over-arching drive to anyone's professional career. Film makers want an Oscar, music artists want a Grammy, executives want to become CEOs, but what do teachers want? The education system is too flawed to be content… Continue

Added by Joe B. on March 18, 2010 at 1:25pm — 1 Comment

2010 MACUL Conference

The MACUL, Michigan Association for Computers Use in Learning, took place in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 10-12, 2010. It was the first conference that I had attended that was for teachers who use computers to further the learning of their students. It was great. I learned about so many e-learning tools and came away very excited to try some of the tools. I would like to share some very useful websites with you.…


Added by Carol E. Kubota on March 18, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

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