November 2008 Blog Posts (108)

21st Century Learning


Added by John Costilla on November 20, 2008 at 8:41am — No Comments

A not so LIVELY Google.

So is this caused by a down economy with cut backs or is this a result of less than desirable traffic, revenue models and stickiness? Earlier, I made a post about "Free" services moving to different models including the embedding of ads inside the content and deeper into the application vs. traditional banner ads. That did not sit well with some… Continue

Added by John Costilla on November 20, 2008 at 8:22am — No Comments

Technical Hiccups

Well, the project is finally gaining momentum after some technical hiccups. Technology does make teaching and learning more effective, but those benefits do not come without some bumps in the road. Some changes in our school's computers and server caused delay in getting started again (similar problems occurred earlier in the semester). Most of the delay is in using softwares on the student laptops. The wireless slate has definitely increased engagement in the classroom. The tool is still a… Continue

Added by Kirsten Warner on November 19, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments


So this is extremely stupid.
I'm just pissed that this school won't let us use Myspace or Livejournal.
And I don't know any proxy sites.

Added by Samantha on November 19, 2008 at 8:01am — 2 Comments

2009 Qwest Foundation Learning Technologies Grant

Washington State K-12 educators are invited to apply for a 2009 Qwest Foundation Learning Technologies grant. This grant application is the first step in a competitive process that will award $10,000 grants to individual public school teachers or teacher teams.

These grants reward learning projects that integrate technology into standards-based curricula. The grant is managed by Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Educational Technology unit.

Completed… Continue

Added by Derek Baird on November 18, 2008 at 4:12pm — No Comments

Update: Pixton for Schools

I just received an update from Clive over at Pixton about their very popular Pixton for Schools product. Due to the current economic climate and the limited budgets available to teachers, Pixton has decided to level out the cost to be $1 USD per student per month.

This discounted price makes Pixton for Schools equally accessible to classrooms, large or small. Remember that you can easily embed a Pixton comic into a wiki, blog or website. So why not grab your free PBwiki and use…


Added by Derek Baird on November 18, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

You got what you got.

Image by: by marisa_u
As my good friend Mary M. Bacon use to always say, "You got what you got."

I guess what she was saying is that as a teacher you are to teach those who… Continue

Added by John Costilla on November 18, 2008 at 9:25am — No Comments

A walk with Apple.

I came across the trip down memory lane and was fascinated by how many of these I have actually used over time. Apple has come a long way over the last 32 years. I remember being an avid Apple user in the late 80s early 90s and then just dropping off to the world of Windows. It wasn't so much the machine as it was the amount of software and access the company… Continue

Added by John Costilla on November 18, 2008 at 9:24am — No Comments

Exam 2.0: Host Your Next Exam Online at

News from sameshow blog:

Though little research indicates how we can upgrade our traditional exams with newly educational technologies, taking the advantages of Internet really will change any traditional ways. That’s what we expect from Exam 2.0: the efficient solution to host exams anywhere anytime. Transferring traditional exams… Continue

Added by Sabrina Fu on November 18, 2008 at 12:30am — No Comments

It’s not what you know, but how or if you share what you know.

21st Century Learning is based on the philosophy of “It’s not what you know, but how or if you share what you know.” As I reviewed the NETS-S provided by ISTE, it seemed that this Learning Target could be applied within each standard.

A review of the NETS-T provided the impetus behind… Continue

Added by Glen Westbroek on November 17, 2008 at 8:20pm — No Comments

GTA Tomorrow!

Going to Google Teacher Academy tomorrow in NYC. I'm so excited! Looks like an amazing group of educators will be there, including some twitter friends that I will finally get to meet in person!

Added by karenklieg on November 17, 2008 at 4:22am — No Comments

Live blogging in education

Live blogging using coveritlive

-is user friendly

-enables real time interaction

-allows chat in a moderated environment. Producers have full rights to moderate or block if necessary any comments received.

-allows polls to be set up quickly for quick feedback and variety

-will allow insertion of mp3 files, images and videos

-has a text toolbar

-is free and can be embedded into a blog, wiki or ning

-Stays… Continue

Added by Anne Mirtschin on November 17, 2008 at 3:30am — No Comments

Sunday Night and the Paper Ain't Done, yet!

Just a placeholder, really....

Am working on other projects, nothing yet.

Remember: Some schools think more is more--arrugh!

Added by Cathleen Randall on November 16, 2008 at 7:58pm — No Comments

The Art of Science is Phun

Here is the link to have Phun with Physics:… Continue

Added by Ellen on November 16, 2008 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Math Moves Me & More

Two new resources added to the Teacher Toolbar are listed here. And, if you don't have the Teacher Toolbar yet be sure to download it now.

Math Moves U is an engaging activity site for middle-grade level learners and older. Check out the fun baseball game!

If you haven't discovered Challenge Software's… Continue

Added by Ellen on November 16, 2008 at 12:02pm — 1 Comment


1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. & while you walk, SMILE. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'My purpose is to __________ today.'

4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, and almonds.

6. Try to… Continue

Added by Harish Rajpal on November 16, 2008 at 9:18am — 1 Comment

Screencast about Network COMENIUS Dialog on Ning

Since three month I´ve created my onw Network about COMENIUS Dialog. Feel free to… Continue

Added by Hans Feldmeier on November 16, 2008 at 6:30am — No Comments

Request for feedback on new SAT prep blog

Hello everyone,

Its a pleasure to be here at Classroom 2.0. Some colleagues and I have started a blog on SAT preparation tips and tricks particularly using online tools at:

Please take a look and let us know if we are missing any other great online resources. Thank you much.

Added by Sana Choudary on November 14, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Amazing connections from classroom20

Tonight I was on the computer late at night, trying to get organized for my two days in Melbourne, when a foreign language popped up on my screen, from my skype window. However, the text was in English and my first name was used. I quickly realised that this must be my newly acquired friend from classroom20 who was looking for schools to videoconference with. It was Ekaterina Zhdanova from Russia. How exciting is that!

She had just bought a… Continue

Added by Anne Mirtschin on November 14, 2008 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Web Retr.0

Look how far we have come, and I'm not just speaking about the technology. The shoes, the hair, the pencil pocket protector. I wonder what their conversation might have been about?

Hey can I borrow your Neal Diamond cassette?

If you send your Fotran assignment to my bulletin board?

Today kids have way more technology and can do so much more with… Continue

Added by John Costilla on November 14, 2008 at 3:45pm — No Comments

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