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I don't know how some of you keep up with a webpage, blog, wiki, Classroom2.0, and teaching a full load of classes!! I have a blog where I keep tips and tidbits collected from my educational reading so I can share them with my colleagues here at CFPMS.

Added by Robin Martin on April 10, 2007 at 10:32am — 2 Comments

Getting into ning

I'm starting to get involved with this place and it definitely has me intrigued. I've already learned a lot here and my mind is spinning. I'm still trying to figure it all out. Like this blog thing. What do I want this place to be about and how is it different from the forum? Also, the chatter thing. I really don't get that yet. At times this site also seems slow.

I can see how environments like this can take up a lot of time and become somewhat addictive. I can identify with some of… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Davis on April 10, 2007 at 7:56am — 3 Comments

More on the History Project

Last year in our AP History classes (3 classes with 48 kids) we decided to try a project after the AP exam. The juniors still have 3 weeks of class and the pressure of the AP is gone. The basic project was to research their topic and then as a group to prepare an electronic museum exhibit The exhibit would also need a one page abstract with an image to be placed in the museum booklet.Parents, younger students and school administrators would be invited. In preparation students were told to visit… Continue

Added by elizabeth helfant on April 10, 2007 at 6:44am — No Comments

Online Social Communities and School Improvement

Research clearly demonstrates that the most effective schools focus on learning, not teaching. Everybody learns in these schools from the students to the teachers to the maintenance people. Research also demonstrates that too little authentic learning actually occurs in schools. Many Some of us simply close our doors and teach the same way we have been doing for many years. We are intimidated about opening our practice to the scrutiny of others.

Recently there's been…


Added by Andrew Pass on April 9, 2007 at 9:44pm — 6 Comments

About Me

I work at a k12 school in instructional technology. We are doing a decent job integrating web2.0. We have used newsvine, googledocs, fleck, flickr, diigo,, wikis, and blogs. We have given up the 11th grade US history exam in favor of a research project that concludes with a tech presentation. Things are good but there is much to learn.

Added by elizabeth helfant on April 9, 2007 at 9:03pm — 2 Comments

First Timer

This is my first post to this particular blog. I am a late career teacher having graduated in 2003 with a degree in Secondary Eduation - English. I will complete my master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction in May 2007 through a cohort program. During the past 2 years I have engaged in action research in my classroom focusing on the effect of technology on student reading comprehension and success in the classroom.

I have embraced using blogs in the classroom just recently. I…


Added by Teralyn Cohn on April 9, 2007 at 8:48pm — 1 Comment


I just finished blogging this on my own site.. PodCamp NYC was held thi past Saturday, April 7 at the New Yorker Hotel in NYC...

Get Out & Play! PodCampNYC Report

What a Great Day! Though I must say, I thought it would be more crowded. I actually ran into a couple of people I know: Sarah McPherson one of my…

Added by Lynne Bailey on April 9, 2007 at 6:48pm — No Comments

How will this blog be unique?

I have more blogs than I know what to do with. I like the look of this site and the opportunity to share with an educational group. After a full year of writing on a blog and an online writing journal and a tech team blog, without too many comments to respond to, it was more about writing asa personal habit and that's great! And I do have a collaborative blog that I know is read and that one.

I have invited lots of members to be friends. I have 31 already.… Continue

Added by Bonnie Kaplan on April 9, 2007 at 12:31pm — 4 Comments

365 days

Over at the Library 2.0 group, Libraryman(Michael) who is a power Flickr user, posted a great idea that I wanted to share here.

He's starting a 365 Library Days project, where you document your library for a year, and post 365 photos to the Flickr library group.

I thought this idea had a lot of connections for Classroom 2.0. What if we contributed 365 photos to a classroom 2.0 group on flickr? Or just took this idea back to our individual schools?

More on my…


Added by Carolyn Foote on April 9, 2007 at 7:28am — 2 Comments

little cogs

I watched the TED talk that was posted yesterday. The one of Sir Ken Robinson, who asks the question: does education kill children's creativity? This really struck home with me...

I have been one severely angst ridden teacher this year. Nothing seems to go right and I find myself trying to instill creativity, collaborative skills and interdisciplinary thinking into students who not only aren't receptive, but whose parents aren't receptive either. I think I'm beginning to get ground up… Continue

Added by Shawn Moore on April 9, 2007 at 7:27am — 1 Comment

AWESOME Digital Learners Video!!

I came across this insightful video this morning about Digital Learners and why technology is important to incorporate when teaching students.

This is not a new idea, but one that is dear to me. Use this video anytime

you have a room full of teachers and you're trying to help them see why

technology is important. Not just to help them… Continue

Added by Jeff VanDrimmelen on April 9, 2007 at 7:00am — No Comments

Bluebonnets in the Snow in the Texas Hill Country

Ok, so it is not what I usually blog about, but I had an interesting adventure this last weekend, and I want to share it.

My wife, my 80 year old Mother, and myself, all decided on the spur of the moment to head for the Texas hill country for a couple of spring

days of wildflower viewing. We had been in this area before, on about

the same time of year, and found beautiful diplays of our native State

Flower, the Bluebonnet.

Our plan was to stay out at Joan Myers… Continue

Added by elderbob Brannan on April 9, 2007 at 6:43am — No Comments

What are friends for?

I came to Classroom 2.0 without any idea about how things really worked. Even though I've been on Linked In for a while and I sort of knew about the whole friends thing on MySpace, I hadn't experienced it myself.

What I've seen people post so far is that it's a tool to gain visibility, a competition for attention and/or a way to deal with larger crowds. (sorry I don't have the energy to link to these ideas or properly credit them!)

However, none of those things really applies… Continue

Added by Sylvia Martinez on April 9, 2007 at 12:27am — 5 Comments

An Easter/Passover Thought!!

Many of my current colleagues don't know that I have a B.A. in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. At one time I thought very seriously about becoming a rabbi. (Actually the word rabbi means teacher.) Though I'm no longer ritually observant, I still very much enjoy thinking about religious ideas.

So, on this day that is sacred to multiple both Judaism and Christianity, I want to ask three questions:

1. What does the word freedom mean?

2. What… Continue

Added by Andrew Pass on April 8, 2007 at 2:21pm — 1 Comment

NECC anyone?

I'm heading to Atlanta this week (on Spring Break) to go to a Braves game and scope out the lay of the land for my upcoming June NECC. It's a mere 4 hour drive from here.

Added by Cathy Nelson on April 8, 2007 at 11:52am — 5 Comments

Classroom 2.0 needs Educational Technologist 2.0

So I've spent my weekend (1am on Friday night and 2am Saturday night) migrating my schools moolde and wordpress mu site.

The moodle migration went find...due in part to the the fact that I've migrated moodle sites 5 times now...I pretty much know what I'm doing.

The wordpress mu site is another story...and as I go to bed tonight still is not ready for students to use tomorrow.

In a classroom 2.0 environment I think we're going to need educators that understand more… Continue

Added by Jeff Utecht on April 8, 2007 at 8:54am — 5 Comments

Why Wiki?

So, this is the first time I've been involved with Ning or any kind of social network. Normally, I lurk. Big time lurk. I have a pretty good list of Google Reader feeds and my own diet of info that I hoover semi-omnivorously (Arts and Letters Daily, Will R, Metafilter, Bookslut, Mr. Verb,… Continue

Added by SparklingDrift on April 7, 2007 at 11:10pm — 4 Comments

This is very new to me

Okay, I'm here to learn.

Added by Cathy Nelson on April 7, 2007 at 6:46pm — 4 Comments

Today's Thoughts on a Degree in Social Computing

So, I've been thinking about the role of a university program in social computing. I'll never forget speaking with my undergraduate advisor at Columbia. I told him that I wanted to major in business. He told me that I came to the wrong university. "The Ivy League doesn't teach people how to do specific things," he explained. "It teaches people how to think."

I'm not very familiar with the University of Michigan program. But, if it's worth consideration it probably does not teach…


Added by Andrew Pass on April 7, 2007 at 1:58pm — 1 Comment

The products tested in the USDOE study of educational software

The recent study from the US DOE about the impact of certain educational sofware packages on test scores was discussed here and here.

First grade reading software products (11 districts and 43 schools. 158 teachers and 2,619… Continue

Added by Sylvia Martinez on April 7, 2007 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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