September 2009 Blog Posts (134)

A Teacher's Guide to Web 2.0 at School

This is a fun PowerPoint about using web tools in the classroom. Thought you might like it.

Added by Jennifer Stadtmiller on September 3, 2009 at 12:08am — No Comments

Wondershare offers 50% Discount for Back-to-School Sale

- Wondershare honors trainers and training by offering up to 50% discount pricing on all products on this year's back-to-school shopping season. Considering economic downturn is still a major factor to affect customer's spending expenditure, all customers who need e-Learning authoring tools for training and learning could enjoy up to 50% discount on all products.

"We have great e-Learning authoring tools for money-conscious Windows users who want to seek for easy-to-use yet powerful… Continue

Added by Tim on September 2, 2009 at 11:41pm — No Comments

Using Technology to Teach Social Issues

School has just started or is in the process of doing so in most communities around the nation. It is always good to talk with your students during those early days about having empathy for others. Four years ago, a couple of my students became concerned about how people tend to view one another from only the outside. The movie, Kick Me, grew out of the discussions we had during class. It is an excellent example of how technology can be used in a classroom setting… Continue

Added by Joe Fatheree on September 2, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Writing, Students, and the New Literacy

Reposted from Meg's Notebook

There are endless articles clamouring about how active participation in social media and social networking sites by students is eroding their writing skills, and how literacy - or a borderline illiteracy - is emerging as a societal concern. The Stanford Study of Writing offers some data and conclusions which outline a very different picture.

The… Continue

Added by Meg H on September 2, 2009 at 3:40pm — No Comments

ICT competency standards for teachers: implementation guidelines, version 1.0. by UNESCO, 2008.

The ICT competency standards for teachers have been designed by UNESCO and its partners to help educational policy-makers and curriculum developers identify the skills teachers need to harness technology in the service of education.

Developed in cooperation with Cisco, Intel and Microsoft, as well as the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), the standards consist of three parts:

* a… Continue

Added by Kevin Chilton on September 2, 2009 at 8:51am — No Comments

Am I loopy for thinking looping is a good idea?

Meeting all my students is always a great thing. I truly enjoy it every year. But there's a part of me that knows deep down that if I had looped and stayed with my kids from last year for a back-to-back year of teaching the same kids for another academic turn, I would be spectacularly more efficient to start the school year.

I'd know names, proclivities, dispositions and so on. And they'd know me. We'd cut so much of the "learning curve" out -- the one that took me many… Continue

Added by Alan Sitomer on September 2, 2009 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

New Sources Added to Web-Based Sources and Print References on Mentoring Jewish Students and Teachers on September 2, 2009

Shalom Colleagues and Friends,

This is a collaborative post. We invite you to submit web-based and print references on mentoring Jewish students and teachers. We want this listing to be as complete and helpful to our readers as possible.

List of Web-based References Read Godsoe, Bethany et al. (2007) Experience Speaks: The Impact of Mentoring in the Classroom and Beyond. NY: AVI… Continue

Added by Richard D. Solomon, Ph.D. on September 2, 2009 at 5:43am — No Comments

What is the Future of Teaching?

You may be interested in this blog post on MASHABLE!

Added by Jennifer Stadtmiller on September 2, 2009 at 5:27am — No Comments

PowerPoint for Educators: How to Make Multiple-choice Quizzes with PowerPoint via VBA

PowerPoint is a multimedia courseware to create multimedia courses to enhance the classroom experience. Also, it is a great assessment tool to create quizzes. The VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) feature in PowerPoint gives educators an accessible way to easily create interactive multimedia quizzes. Here I will teach you how to create multiple-choice quizzes with VBA in PowerPoint for your courses with step-by-step illustrations.

Supposing you want… Continue

Added by William Peterson on September 1, 2009 at 9:36pm — No Comments

Adult Learners – How Do You Reach Them?

Here's a decent read for tips on TPD based on principles of andragogy..

Added by Shuchi Grover on September 1, 2009 at 5:28pm — No Comments

It's about time a school is looked at as a business.

I was fortunate to attend the PLC conference in Boston, Ma. this past week. The Dufour's and Soution Tree have done a great job at applying the best business practice to school systems throughout the country. Dr. Deming teachings about continuous improvement and total quality management hold true whether your product is a widgit or an educated child. As school systems get on board with the PLC Methodology you will see students learning at a record pace.

Added by Michael P. Looney on September 1, 2009 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Is Technology Creating the "Dumbest Generation?"

I enjoyed Clive Thompson’s recent piece on the potential effect technology may have on student literacy. Like many campuses across the country, mine is embroiled in an interesting debate about whether or not today’s technology is making kids… well stupid. Enter stage right "The Dumbest Generation." According to the author, Mark Bauerlein, Web 2.0 technology is distracting our kids and drawing them into an intellectual state of mindless confusion and half-witted thinking. But, is Bauerlein’s… Continue

Added by Shawn Roner on September 1, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Filtering Software and Permissions for Students and Teachers

I struggle with the very idea of filtering software. It stifles creative teachers and allows inappropriate content through anyways! Any suggestions? Creative ideas?

Added by KLJ on September 1, 2009 at 10:51am — 2 Comments

H.R. 1895: it's the thing I never knew which I now know I want to support.

I'd never heard of H.R. 1895 until very recently. Now that I have heard about it though, I wonder who in their right mind is not going to want to support this thing.

H.R. 1895 is also known as The Stand Up Act. Here's what it's all about:

The Safe Teen And Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act would establish minimum standards for state graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws, which are proven to significantly reduce death and injury among young… Continue

Added by Alan Sitomer on September 1, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

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