April 2008 Blog Posts (99)

Give a blogger a boost

In response to a lot of discussion that's happened lately on edublogs about feelings of isolation and frustration, I came up with a few ideas for all of us to help fellow bloggers along, and maybe even get something back ourselves. Here's the short version. If you want to read more, click here.

1. Slow down. Take maybe 10% of the time you devote to your own blog, and use it to read a little… Continue

Added by Tom Hemingway on April 14, 2008 at 3:47am — No Comments

OLPC: $100 Laptop

I recently attended the Moodle Moot in New Zealand and an inspiring presentation by Martin Langhoff. Martin is a Moodle guru and works for New Zealand Moodle Partner, Catalyst IT. During his spare time, Martin is involved in the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project. I also had the rare privelege of test-driving an XO-1 prototype.

For those not familiar with the project, the OLPC social welfare organisation developed XO-1, previously known as the… Continue

Added by Chad Outten on April 13, 2008 at 9:58pm — No Comments

Google Generation: Myth?

'Google Generation' refers to a generation of people born since 1993, who have grown up in an Internet dominated world. According to Wikipedia, the phrase has entered common usage as a "...way of referring to a generation whose first port of call for knowledge is the internet and a search engine, Google being the most popular".

The Online Computer Library Center recently conducted a global survey that indicates the… Continue

Added by Chad Outten on April 13, 2008 at 9:41pm — No Comments

The Power of Digital Storytelling

By Alix E. Peshette

Cross-posted from EdTech Gold Rush

I’ve been absent from blogging lately as I’ve been consumed with writing an Enhancing Education through Technology grant. The proposal is to use digital storytelling with 4th–6th grade Special Education students and teachers as an English Language Arts strategy for achievement.

This latest grant has come down from the California Department of Education… Continue

Added by Alix E. Peshette on April 13, 2008 at 8:00pm — No Comments

When A "Good" Class Goes "Bad" (And Back to "Good" Again!)

I thought people might be interested in a post where I shared ten specific actions I took to get class management under control again after five new students entered my class at mid-semester:

When A "Good" Class Goes "Bad" (And Back To "Good" Again!)

Added by Larry Ferlazzo on April 13, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Howe Public Schools 1:1 Classroom

Oklahoma Howe Public schools provides laptop computers to all 5th - 8th graders. Check out their weekly podcast - ”CLE… Continue

Added by Jack Olmsted on April 13, 2008 at 8:12am — No Comments

Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0

"If access to higher education is a necessary element in expanding economic prosperity and improving the quality of life, then we need to address the problem of the growing global demand for education, as identified by Sir John Daniel. Compounding this challenge of demand from college-age students is the fact that the world is changing at an ever-faster pace. Few of us today will have a fixed, single career; instead, we are likely to follow a trajectory that encompasses multiple careers. As we… Continue

Added by Kevin Chilton on April 13, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

Safety Links

There are now over 50 links and resources related to safety on the Teacher Toolbar (http://professionallearningboard.ourtoolbar.com).

Look for all of the following plus so much more:

- Crisis Hotlines

- Dangerous Games Children Play

- Sex Offender Registry

- Poison Prevention

- Educational and Student Activities

- Internet… Continue

Added by Ellen on April 12, 2008 at 11:50pm — No Comments

Promethean in the Classroom

Some of our teachers were recently awarded Promethean Boards for their classroom. With few in our Parish, we are looking for a few good sites and teachers that have used and found success with these boards. If you have such experience, share, share, share!!! We have some wonderful teachers, with awesome ideas that will create, create, create!!

Added by Olivia Krause on April 12, 2008 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

1001 Tales to the Alien King

At the conclusion of our collaborative writing project, the Top Ten Writers have been named to the Hall of Fame, chosen by their peers. 1001 Tales is a multi school project which started last year, created by Clay Burrell, an American literature teacher in Seoul, South Korea. It had a high school group and an elementary group. Clay from Korea, Jeff Dungan of the Dominican Republic, and myself from Hannibal, MO met in Skype and in about 40 minutes had our plan together for how we'd use… Continue

Added by Terry Smith on April 12, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Interview with David Flink,

Yesterday, Melinda interviewed David Flink, the Executive Director & Co-Founder of Project Eye-To-Eye. Project… Continue

Added by Jack Olmsted on April 12, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Education 3.0 - Utilizing web 2.0 technology in education

Education systems around the globe need to change to prepare our kids with the right skills they need to survive in this global market. Education 1.0 focused in providing place, staff, books, and it is teacher centric. Education 2.0 focused on computerized and digitized curricula and teacher centric. Education 3.0 is about using technology (collaboration and communication) to enhance students’ outcomes. Students are connected, using web 2.0 tools in their daily activities but they get… Continue

Added by Al Suqi on April 11, 2008 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Randy Pausch Lives On In Alice

(Cross-posted on Education Musings)

Or I should say "Randy Pausch will live on in Alice".

55 minutes or so into his now famous "last lecture" (more on that lecture later), Randy Pausch (47-year old terminally ill star professor of Virtual Reality at Carnegie Mellon) states

"To the extent that someone can live on in something, I… Continue

Added by Shuchi Grover on April 11, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

Are We Ready to Leverage 1:1 Computing in Schools?

(Cross-posted on Education Musings)

Looks like HP is the latest entrant in the "classroom laptop" market. With the "Mini-Note", HP joins Intel (Classmate PC), the OLPC (XO Laptop), and Asustek (Eee PC) to bring lightweight, functional computers in the hands (laps?) of children in classrooms around… Continue

Added by Shuchi Grover on April 11, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

Cape Town Open Education Declaration

Cape Town, January 22nd, 2008 — A coalition of educators, foundations, and internet pioneers today urged governments and publishers to make publicly-funded educational materials available freely over the internet.

The Cape Town Open Education Declaration, launched today, is part of a dynamic effort to make learning and teaching materials available to everyone online, regardless of income or geographic location. It encourages teachers and students around the world to join a growing… Continue

Added by Kevin Chilton on April 11, 2008 at 10:10am — No Comments

District Podcast Policy - HELP please!!!

I am participating on a district committee to determine what policies need to be instituted in a new district policy. Our current district policy is "NO PODCASTS" (teacher or student.) Any links or copies of other policies that are more appropriate would be greatly appreciated! We are trying to create a policy that will allow Podcast Publication.

Added by Glen Westbroek on April 10, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Web 2.0 in Education International Points of View

In addition to the amazing speakers on the stage at the CoSN 7th Annual International Symposium, we had a fascinating discussion at my table. We had people from around the country and around the world, sharing our response to the speakers.

Presented with many examples of how Web 2.0 tools were changing teaching and learning around the globe, we kept hearing how the tools stopped short of widespread adoption. Most of the Web 2.0 tools such as facebook,… Continue

Added by Karen Henke on April 10, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Doodle 4 Education

My Graphic Design students competed in the Doodle 4 Google contest. Students were to join in the doodling fun around the intriguing theme “What if…?”

Here are the submissions … which one do you like best?


Added by Colette Cassinelli on April 10, 2008 at 4:12pm — No Comments

Mobile Learning at my institution

Added by Hans Feldmeier on April 10, 2008 at 12:56pm — No Comments

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