May 2011 Blog Posts (45)

Exploring Discussion Forums in Mathematics Education

Have you asked any of these questions about discussion forums?

  • What is it like to take part in online discussions?
  • How do moderators and contributors create active and successful conversations?
  • How is the technology employed in the management of discussion forums evolving?
  • What could be achieved through discussion forums in the future?

This free article at …


Added by Colin McAllister on May 20, 2011 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

A Principal of Change – An Interview with George Couros

Originally posted here -

I’m always interested in reading about educators who are trying to make a difference. I read a lot of blogs that teachers write, but I had never seen a principal with a blog until I discovered The Principal of Change by …


Added by Sal P on May 18, 2011 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Can Music Heal? Piano Teacher Edward Weiss says ... Yes!

Music … it has so many therapeutic uses. From a soothing background in hospitals to a relaxing ambiance in restaurants.

But the use of music as a healing agent isn’t anything new. It’s been around since people started making music thousands of years ago.

And now, pianist and teacher Edward Weiss wants to spread that message.

Weiss owns and operates… Continue

Added by Edward on May 16, 2011 at 11:17am — No Comments

Virtual Desktops – an Exciting Emerging Technology Platform for Academic Computing

With virtual server technology gradually becoming mainstream, the next big leap is the virtual desktop.

Many academic institutions are getting on board with the use of virtual server technology, and I’m proud to say that The College of Westchester is no exception (more on that in a minute). Right behind the implementation of virtual servers is the next big leap in virtual computing technologies – the virtual…


Added by Kelly Walsh on May 16, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Schmoker: Focus and teaching English Language Arts


Mike Schmoker’s new text Focus (2011) offers a passionate, persuasive call for a return to some old-school methods of teaching, especially with regard to the teaching of English. As a teacher at a school that is moving (finally) to a 1:1 computer environment, the risk is that we could forego much of the reading and writing we do in favour of more ‘creative projects’. What Schmoker calls for is simple: plenty of reading. He suggests that in each English course, students should…


Added by Jeff Leppard on May 15, 2011 at 10:26pm — No Comments

The Shallows

Nicholas Carr's latest, erudite work The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains is well worth reading. In particular, I would recommend the chapter "The Juggler's Brain" which does an excellent job of compiling and refuting such notions as multi-tasking. He refutes well the contention of Everything Bad Is Good for You (Johnson, 2005). With connections to work on working memory (cf. Alloway, Tracy) and suggestions as to how technology, when not used with circumspection, can change… Continue

Added by Jeff Leppard on May 15, 2011 at 9:35pm — No Comments

On Donald Runsfeld, tuning TVs...and face to face learning.

I’m a fan of online learning and learning via the Internet.   The treasury of knowledge that resides in “the cloud” magically captured and reproduced via a series of “1” and “0” is simply staggering.  Despite a lifetime of reverence to the printed page I have become an enthusiastic user of electronic learning. If you know what you are looking for and know how to ask the right… Continue

Added by nevbar1 on May 15, 2011 at 4:07am — No Comments

Shambles Newsletter May 2011 ... online

Shambles Newsletter May 2011 .. now online
and it lives at
or use the short url …

Added by Shamblesguru (Chris Smith) on May 14, 2011 at 8:13am — No Comments

The Pre-Test: A simple but EFFECTIVE AFL strategy

This was originally posted on Assessment FOR Learning.

My daughter's 7th grade English teacher at Andrew Lewis Middle School uses a time-tested easy-to-apply simple AFL strategy that motivates my daughter to work, helps her to learn, and ensures that her grade is an accurate reflection of that learning.


Every Monday the students are given a pre-test on that week's spelling words.  If the student spells 100% of…


Added by Scott Habeeb on May 13, 2011 at 7:56am — No Comments

Elementary IPod Touch Pilot

We are wrapping up the first year of an IPod Touch Pilot Program with our 4th and 5th graders.  Many of our experiences and resources can be found on our blog:


Check us out and consider following us.  We'd like to reach out a "touch" like minded IPod enthusiasts.

Added by Harry Walker on May 12, 2011 at 6:44pm — No Comments

Mobile Teacher Websites

You've got to check out my teacher's mobile websites created through Wirenode.  They are too cool.   



Added by Harry Walker on May 12, 2011 at 6:35pm — No Comments

e-Portfolios: Networking Across Continents

Cross-posted from TechChange Blog

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Whether you think of HTML as a familiar friend or a terrifying alien monster, we can all agree that sometimes code just takes too much time.  In an attempt to help a friend build her web presence, and …


Added by Nicholas Carl Martin on May 12, 2011 at 9:01am — No Comments

Vietnam War

Does anyone have any Vietnam lesson plans or projects that have worked in class.  I am a high school American history teacher looking to step outside the box to finish off the year.  If you have any ideas please collaborate with me on this.  Thanks, Andrew

Added by Andrew Rives on May 11, 2011 at 7:03am — No Comments

Last mentor meeting

Yesterday we had the last mentor meeting, that mostly consisted of the students presented their complete project to their mentors, as a mock Exhibition and a practice for the big day.  It was truly amazing to see how far along some of the groups had come and that they are solidified their understanding of their topic and were able to articulate it to an adult audience. 

The mentors used the oral presentation rubric and gave their group feedback, including the positive and the points…


Added by Christelle Thompson on May 10, 2011 at 11:07pm — No Comments

2o. Webinar titulado "Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones –TIC para la enseñanza universitaria"

Invitación al 2o. Webinar sobre TIC.
La  Re…

Added by Mario Echeverria on May 10, 2011 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Facebook Summit 2011 Part 2, Student Learning Overview

Concluding our look at this social learning project with a sampling of student reflections, and curriculum tie-ins.


Last week I published part 1 of this article, introducing this fun and well executed project, developed…


Added by Kelly Walsh on May 9, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Students leaving a legacy - Alan November

We live in an era of bells and whistles and razzmatazz, the 30 second sound bite, flash animations and “edutainment”.   For a message to “hit home” it has to be delivered with all the “bells and whistles” that are possible. Right?  Wrong.

Educational consultant Alan November proves that powerful thoughts, spoken softly in the most traditional manner of all - a teacher in front of some students with only some slides (still images) to help him, can be riveting.…


Added by nevbar1 on May 8, 2011 at 9:44pm — No Comments

Ancient Greece and Maths – Technology Integration Pt1


Our Year 5's are studying Ancient Greece as their topic this term. They kicked off with Greek Day which saw them experience what it was like to live in the Ancient World through a range of interesting activities. They are now busy learning more about this wonderful civilisation through a varied range of cross-curricular learning experiences.

I teach Maths to one of… Continue

Added by Chris Roche on May 8, 2011 at 1:53am — No Comments

The "M Generation"

If you have not seen this yet, check out the latest Verizon TV ad.  I saw it last night and had to pass it on as I thought it truly captured this new generation of kids we are teaching.

Added by Harry Walker on May 7, 2011 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Twitter – The first steps to your PLN


Added by Chris Roche on May 5, 2011 at 6:06am — 1 Comment

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