September 2009 Blog Posts (134)

Flip Video and Twitter

I just updated my technology blog to include 50 Terrific Twitter Tutorials for Teachers and 10 ways to use Flip Video in the classroom.

Read these tips and more at The Education Technology Blog

Added by Jonathan Wylie on September 26, 2009 at 6:42pm — No Comments

blogs, blogs, and more blogs

I've had the students create their blogs on the schools intranet worpressMU installation. So far I've got 25 of 60 blogs set up. Their were/are some minor problems, but I will get them all a blog eventually.

I had student reactions ranging from this is very cool ... all the way to you can't make us do this. It is math class and some of them are excited about reading and blogging and some not so much.

My blog about the book I'm reading:… Continue

Added by Geoff St. Pierre on September 26, 2009 at 4:24pm — 2 Comments

Student Efficacy

I am looking for research on student efficacy and Web 2.0 tools especially videosharing. Does anyone know of any?

Added by Kathy Stephanson on September 26, 2009 at 12:04pm — 1 Comment

My Condolences To Fellow Teacher

I normally like to post with ways to help others or something positive, but today is something that is very disturbing and sad. A teacher that I knew at a high school that I taught at for three years was stabbed and killed by a student this week. It's really sad and aggravating, as this teacher was trying to make a difference in this world. He had mentioned to his family members that he felt that he had found his calling in life. Todd Henry was a great person and an awesome musician. I would… Continue

Added by Donnie Smith on September 26, 2009 at 6:46am — No Comments

Merriam Webster for ESL learners

Confused by custom-made and tailor-made? The past perfect and simple past tenses? This site at Merriam Webster can help to answer all of your students' English grammar-related questions.

Added by Timothy L. Wahl on September 25, 2009 at 10:21pm — No Comments

Check Out How I Can Help You!

Added by Emilee MacPhee on September 25, 2009 at 6:35am — No Comments

Internet Safety Checklist for Students and Teacher

Kiwi Commons has provided some tips for both students and teachers. These tips can help teachers equip students with fundamental safe online practices for in-home use. As well, we've included Internet Safety 101 basics for the classroom that every teacher should go over before students start any Internet-based tasks.

You can find our checklist for Parents at

Checklist for… Continue

Added by Kiwi Commons on September 24, 2009 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Live Classroom 2.0 Event


Added by Cheryl Capozzoli on September 23, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

8 Ways to Create Online Quiz, Test, Exam

Online test brings a lot of benefits to assessment: time-saving, flexibility and economical. For test-takers, they can take the online test at their own preferred time - great flexibility. For trainers/teachers, it spares the time to mark the test because the test is graded automatically - big time-saving. For organizations, it saves a lot of cost to employ instructor designers and print millions of test papers - more economical.

Thanks to companies develop tons of useful products… Continue

Added by SunnyY on September 23, 2009 at 7:32pm — 3 Comments

"I Am What I Learn" ED's Student Video Content for middle and high schoolers

Sounds like a great idea. Obama and Arne Duncan seem to be shaking things up - the web 2.0 way! This contest is in partnership with Youtube! Details here -

Added by Shuchi Grover on September 23, 2009 at 6:43pm — No Comments

Looking to Connect

I work with students in a very rural setting of Pennsylvania. I am looking to build some connections with other classes around the world to foster a bigger world view for my students. I have lots of cool ideas of how we could collaborate, if you are interested, drop me a message.

Added by Ian Snyder on September 23, 2009 at 3:45pm — 4 Comments

How To Run A 3D Maths Test

As some of you may be aware I have been teaching a maths unit this semester, which although is out of my usual subject area of Phys Ed, Is probably shaping up to be one of my favourite classes. The unit is called ‘Space and Measurement’ and basically focuses on teaching perimeter, area and volume with a really strong emphasis on making the lessons hands on. With that last point in mind Ive tried to steer clear of the traditional approach to teaching maths and have moved towards running… Continue

Added by Jarrod Robinson on September 23, 2009 at 4:24am — No Comments

Primary Sources

In an earlier post I talked about the power of learning from the “Thing Itself”. The classroom environment is usually a permanent place inside a building where outside excursions require more money and resources than available to most teachers. Since time travel isn’t possible, just yet, there is a program available that is the next best thing. This program provides a way for students to experience the “Thing Itself” without leaving the classroom.

I am referring to the Library of… Continue

Added by Patty Cantrell on September 22, 2009 at 3:41pm — No Comments

I used to be a "Lurker"

It‘s almost comical how long it has taken me to become a contributor to the online community. To the online community I would be referred to as a lurker. The word “lurker” sounds evil but in reality a lurker is someone who reads and observes social networks but rarely contributes. I compare it to the student in the back of the classroom that never participates in the discussions but knows the content as well or better than those students participating. Apparently, I haven’t been alone but times… Continue

Added by Patty Cantrell on September 22, 2009 at 3:39pm — No Comments

K12Online2009 LAN Party

Please join us on September 26, 2009

for the first live event of the

2009 K12Online Conference

On September 26, K12Online Conference will host a LAN party from 2:00PM to 5:00PM EDT and encourages everyone to get together with colleagues in order to engage in lively discussions. Past presentations will be shown and you are invited to participate in live conversations about the presentations with the featured presenters. A… Continue

Added by Durff on September 22, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Will You Listen: Chapter 3

For those of you who have been following the Will You Listen documentary series created by my students, here is chapter… Continue

Added by Joe Fatheree on September 22, 2009 at 8:04am — No Comments

Look Before You Merit Pay Leap

Here's a quote from a major new study about merit pay:

Overall, our results consistently indicate that the increased focus on individual teacher performance caused a sizable and statistically significant decline in student achievement.

Read it again. It's a bold accusation. "...increased focus on individual teacher performance caused a sizable and statistically significant decline in student achievement."

That's right, a… Continue

Added by Alan Sitomer on September 22, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

10 free Educational Game sites

These free sites provide students an opportunity to learn in a fun, interactive environment.

I searched out and visited a bunch of sites with free educational games and selected the ten I thought were most useful and appropriate to education. In addition to a brief overview of each site, I have also attempted to define the grade range that each site is applicable to. I made my own judgement for most sites since it often wasn’t indicated (feel free to weigh in if you think I’m… Continue

Added by Kelly Walsh on September 22, 2009 at 4:39am — No Comments

The 3D Web Starts to Bloom

A great article on MaxPing - IT giants back up open source 3D Web


First prototype of the 3D web is already run at thousands of Opensim servers all around the globe. The 3D Web bears similarities to 2D Web; Users can follow links to teleport from a 3D world to another one. 3D Viewers are used to browse the 3D content on the servers.

The 3D web software… Continue

Added by Rich White on September 21, 2009 at 9:12pm — No Comments

New Bluetooth Mouse

Today I took delivery of a Bluetooth Rocketfish Wireless Laser Mouse! It connected to my Macbook with no problem at all and looks great. It has a range of about 30 feet, like most Bluetooth mice, and should be a useful tool for my classroom. No longer will I need to stand next to the LCD projector with my laptop. I can wander the room, or stand out the way of the screen. Best… Continue

Added by Jonathan Wylie on September 21, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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