November 2007 Blog Posts (113)

2007 VITTA conference

I'm off to the VITTA conference again this year and looking forward to hearing Stephen Heppell talk about 21st Century Learning with ICT. I'm interested to hear his views on how education is changing. I sometimes wonder if it is actually changing or if it is just dressed up prettier in our schools!

I'm running my Peer Coaching session this year with more of an emphasis on my research in US.

I've attached the link to the conference below.… Continue

Added by Helen Otway on November 17, 2007 at 3:16am — 1 Comment

Secondlife WindLight on a Smartboard interactive whiteboard

Added by Rich White on November 16, 2007 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Ning Uses

Well, I'm starting to narrow down how I'll use this site. I was going to post pics and get really involved but I think I'll use my FaceBook account for pictures. I think I'll spend more of my time on this site networking for now and see where it takes me from there.


Sean M.…

this is Sean's profile

Added by Sean Martinson on November 16, 2007 at 2:30pm — No Comments

XOs - SO Excited

I can't wait to learn from and with other educators who are participating in the OLPC XO Give-1 Get-1 Campaign. If you of someone you know is getting involved, please join the XO group in Clrm 2.0.

Added by Jane Krauss on November 16, 2007 at 1:59pm — 1 Comment

Getting Started

I am attempting to use more technology in the classroom by incorporating blogs and wikis into my curriculum. I teach high school social studies and have found many resources on the internet to aid in teaching U.S. History and Civics. I would love to create a wiki for my classes and have the students use these, but I haven't been trained in using them and I am still somewhat uncomfortable with how to use them. Are there any suggestions on what other teachers have done and how it worked? I would… Continue

Added by Kyle Bille on November 16, 2007 at 11:15am — No Comments

Conversation with Pre-Service Teachers - Teacher as Learner

Cross-posted to blog of proximal development.

First of all, thanks to those of you from Brigham Young University who added your thoughts to my first post on the set curriculum. I enjoyed…


Added by Konrad Glogowski on November 16, 2007 at 9:30am — No Comments


I have just started exploring the world of 2.0 and trying things out to see what they can do. I found out about this resource at a workshop. I can't wait to see what this world can do for me and my students.

Added by Karen Hull on November 16, 2007 at 8:24am — 1 Comment

Jeopardy PowerPoint Game

I just updated my website (and personal blog there) with an updated version of my Jeopardy PowerPoint game template. You can find it on my website at . Th new version is one file with sound embedded that contains both regular and double Jeopardy Q&A's and works with Office/PowerPoint 2003/XP and newer. The old version works with earlier versions.…


Added by Lynne Bailey on November 16, 2007 at 5:12am — No Comments

Bad economic news and its effect on education?

More bad economic news today - the dollar sinks with no real relief in sight.
I wonder how this will affect online for-profit schools? Will the number of instructors be cut as student enrollment goes down (IF it goes down), and will the pruning start with the more experienced and higher paid teachers?

Added by Jeff Prentice on November 15, 2007 at 11:07pm — No Comments

Dino Land Lesson is now available (finally)!

Dino Land Lesson is now available (finally)! We are using it with a class in the Science Center.

Stop by and grab it here! …


Added by Rich White on November 15, 2007 at 2:28pm — No Comments

The water's edge

Of all the online spaces and places I've found to play in, this one elicits the most interesting internal response. The Ning platform is really lovely. Signing in here feels like coming to the waters edge of a secret swimming hole. I know I can swim and that it will be wonderful to swim with so many others who appreciate this place, but I have not jumped in. Why?

Added by Sue Wolff on November 15, 2007 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Voicethread - Looking for classes willing to "surprise" my students.


My 5th grades started using voicethread last week to practice their English. They have recorded themselves on the thread that can be seen on this page:

It would be a fantastic surprise for them (and extremely motivating) if they discovered the voices of other kids on the thread. Our next lesson is Sunday, if any of you have the time and the equipment, please consider letting your…


Added by SusanTsairi on November 15, 2007 at 11:22am — No Comments

Need your hep TODAY! Urgent!

Dear TCEA member,

On Thursday night Congress votes on overriding the President's veto of education spending. Now is the time to make your voice heard.

Action: This Thursday night, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on overriding the President's veto of the FY08 Labor, HHS and…


Added by Tim Holt on November 15, 2007 at 6:46am — No Comments

The beginning of my research

The following was written the beginning of September. We were asked to start coming up with ideas of what we wanted to do for our research, in my grad level class. Now I will be honest, I found it a bit wierd to do this, since it was a grade level course, but I am thankful that the research advisor had us do this.…


Added by Lucas Fox on November 14, 2007 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Sacramento Bee Story on Technology and ESL

I thought people might be interested in an article the Sacramento Bee just wrote about our school's family literacy project of providing home computers and DSL service to immigrant families.

Added by Larry Ferlazzo on November 14, 2007 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Embracing Change

As I have been preparing for Tuesday's Secondary Quarterly Meeting, I've been doing a lot of reading. I've attached an article by Mike Schmoker that I commend to you. Schmoker is a passionate advocate for effective teachers and effective teaching.

In his book, Results Now, he argues that in most schools and districts a "buffer" exists which works against innovation and improvement.

"…school culture and supervision tend to ignore or divert teachers from implementing and… Continue

Added by Cathy Gassenheimer on November 14, 2007 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Hello world~!

My first attempt at social networks, taking it a step at a time.. Let's hope that I get it right!

Added by Kevin Lee on November 14, 2007 at 12:16am — No Comments


An interesting tool for creating a short video clip "Animoto"

Here is my first trial --…


Added by Ben on November 13, 2007 at 1:02pm — 1 Comment

Dino land work (for 1st-2nd grade) coming along - video soon to follow

Edusim Dino Land
Dino land is about wrapped up ... video & lesson should be up Friday'ish

Added by Rich White on November 13, 2007 at 6:29am — No Comments

Smart Board Twitter Network

The people responsible for bring you the excellent "SMARTBoard Lessons Podcast" are putting together a network using Twitter.

From their show notes:

"Help us create a high quality ‘Twitter’ SMARTBoard professional network that is only a quick question away. Join Twitter and then “follow” Ben: benhazzard and… Continue

Added by Chris Prout on November 12, 2007 at 3:50pm — No Comments

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