June 2009 Blog Posts (133)

zooming 'round

Today's been quite a full day. I'm learning a LOT from the online Web 2.0 class. The journey to get assignments done takes me through miles of exploring, and I'm often side-tracked with the incidental learning that's going on. I am certain that's part of the design (because we have to explore so many sites), and it makes the whole learning process that much richer.

My find for the day: Jessica Clark's Public Media 2.0: Dynamic, Engaged… Continue

Added by Anne Bryan on June 16, 2009 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Cell Phones in the classroom

I'm interested in hearing from anyone who is currently using, or thinking about using cellphones as part of integrated classroom technology. Anyone?

Added by Gary Bates on June 16, 2009 at 11:55am — 8 Comments

Social-skills training, Talent Development

Fundamental elements of many dropout prevention programs include social-skills training, problem-solving skills training, and social-cognitive skills training provided within the school setting. According to a report from the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, the majority of successful interventions include a personal and affective focus: enhancing self-esteem, individual counseling,… Continue

Added by Mike Palmquist on June 16, 2009 at 8:26am — No Comments

Teaching the New Writing: on Teachers Teaching Teachers

Teaching the New Writing

On Wednesday night (9 p.m. eastern time), I will be guest-hosting this week’s edition of Teachers Teaching Teachers as we continue to explore the book I co-edited — Teaching the New Writing. This week, we’re going to focus in on the theme of collaboration with some of the chapter writers. It should be an interesting talk about how technology… Continue

Added by Kevin H. on June 16, 2009 at 6:27am — No Comments

info. that I have found so far

As I have been looking into the research, I am find common themes of course with the material. Here is what I have found so far.

Setting Objectives:

*be flexible with the goals, they can be changed

*students involved in goal setting

*general enough to provide that flexibility

*contracts with the students provide them some control (ownership)

*provide enough time

*provide a rubric so they know expectations

*18-21% gain for students that have this in… Continue

Added by Julie Little on June 15, 2009 at 9:26pm — No Comments

Classroom Blog Options

Searching for other blog options for my class.

Added by Cary Fields on June 15, 2009 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Demise of the Active Learning Blog Carnival

The June carnival includes some ideas about using Dr. Michael Wesch's approach to curriculum development in K-12.

I regret to inform everyone that the last edition of the Active Learning Blog Carnival has been posted. I began the carnival to promote Educational Blogging and there are so many blogs available today that that purpose no longer makes sense. Thanks to everyone who contributed articles over the years.

Added by Deirdre Bonnycastle on June 15, 2009 at 11:26am — No Comments

Teaching Technique-COACH-4teachers

Teaching Techniques-Coach

This will not work for everybody. But it worked for a dear friend of mine. Let us just call him Bob. Bob was the only Caucasian in an all Black school. He was also the only male.

He was 5’6” and weighed 130 pounds. He explained to me that the female teachers in the school were excellent teachers and they were demanding and hard on the students. He said they were ideal mother figures and ruled with an iron hand. He explained that he was reluctant to use… Continue

Added by William Lambert on June 15, 2009 at 10:38am — No Comments

Using Virtual Worlds in Education (Part 2)

Investigating VW alternatives to Second Life, for educational applications

Last week, I focused on education related uses of the premier Virtual World application - Second Life. This week I am looking into other Virtual World environments that are being used for education and instructional applications.

There are dozens… Continue

Added by Kelly Walsh on June 15, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

setting objectives and providing feedback

I am currently looking into setting objectives and providing feedback. Setting objectives is pretty old hat for me but providing meaningful feedback is an area that I purpose could grow in. If anyone has some ideas or websites that they could share on this topic, that would be great.

Added by Julie Little on June 14, 2009 at 5:48pm — No Comments

Frantically searching for ideas

I am still out and about looking for examples and ideas of classroom blogs.

Added by Cary Fields on June 14, 2009 at 2:36pm — 4 Comments

So, what does a web2 classroom look like?

Do we even call it a classroom? Maybe we call it an environment?

Here are suggestions - but they are speculative suggestions only.

1. Flexible

The traditional schoolroom was a place that was designed for all to follow the same thing at the same time and the technology that was in use was so specific as to be easily accommodated within a static set up. Now we need the utmost flexibility. Flexibility on terms of desking, or power, of ICT connectivity, of computers… Continue

Added by Roger Neilson on June 14, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

How much has changed?

The village school at that time provided all the instruction we were likely to ask for. It was a small stone barn divided by a wooden partition into two rooms - The Infants and The Big Ones. There was one dame teacher, and perhaps a young girl assistant. Every child in the valley crowding there, remained till he was fourteen years old, then was presented to the working field or factory, with nothing in his head more burdensome than a few mnemonics, a jumbled list of wars, and a dreamy image… Continue

Added by Roger Neilson on June 14, 2009 at 6:33am — No Comments

Web 2.0 Directory for Teachers

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to let you know that I have begun creating a Web 2.0 Directory for Teachers. Please visit my site, become a member if you like and let me know what you think. It includes links to all of the Web 2.0 tools I have used or come across in the last few years.


You might also like to visit my Year 3 class blog and my blog for… Continue

Added by Alisha Cunningham on June 14, 2009 at 5:49am — 1 Comment

The Gala Masquerade Ball awaits you!

On June 14th 1:00pm - 3:00pmSLT at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Southern%20Colorado/163/42/26

the Passionate Redheads Team of the Second Life Relay For Life will holding the first Gala Ball Event. A Fashion Show will follow the ball at 4:00pm - 6:00pmSLT.

On June 14th 6:00pm - 9:00pmSLT at…


Added by Durff on June 13, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Supplementary Educational Services Curriculum

Watch in HD, Full Screen :)

Standards and underachievement have been at the forefront of recent educational debate. I would like to introduce, for those interested, a specially designed rolling curriculum designed to address standards, attitudes and motivation in students 5-12 and continuously support learning in core subject areas throughout the primary/ elementary years.

TLC Kids is a unique education method and family of english-medium programmes… Continue

Added by Geoff Blaik on June 13, 2009 at 9:03am — No Comments

Summer To Do List 2009

I put over 130 miles on my minivan in ONE day this week just chauffeuring my two kids to ball games, practices, and "Driver's Ed" class. This time of year can be crazy, but I absolutely LOVE every minute of it!

Anyway, before the summer flies by, as it has a tendency to do each year, I'm writing down some goals to keep me focused.

Professional Goals:

1. Prepare for and lead session (Collaboration and Building a PLN) for… Continue

Added by Michelle TeGrootenhuis on June 12, 2009 at 8:36am — No Comments

Subscribe Online to the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry

With the first issue to be published in September 2009, we are pleased to announce that you can subscribe to the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry online at http://www.gylphi.co.uk/poetry

We are offering individual and institutional subscriptions, and details of the upcoming contents are online. If you are affiliated with an institution please recommend the Journal of British and Irish… Continue

Added by Gylphi Limited (Anthony Levings) on June 11, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

14 Signs That You Love Technology In The Classroom

Here are some of the signs that you love using technology in the classroom:

1. During a 2.5 hour dentist appointment, you spend 2 hours thinking about student collaboration projects with Google Docs.

2. At an In The Flesh Concert (local Pink Floyd cover band), you wonder how people are "connected" (like the facebook graphic)

3. You have accounts for Thinkfree, Zoho, and Google Docs, you login weekly to check for updates.

4. Each year you use different presentation… Continue

Added by Sheldon Huelin on June 11, 2009 at 10:33am — 5 Comments

Get Off Textbooks

"By second quarter, I had scrapped the textbook and was teaching entirely using unabridged novels and plays. I didn't last long at the school, but at least in my time there my kids got a more authentic experience of literature..."

Read the whole post: Get Off Textbooks.

Added by Shelly Blake-Plock on June 11, 2009 at 7:26am — No Comments

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