December 2008 Blog Posts (111)




Added by Santa on December 17, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Effects of blogging, wikis, and social networking on education

I am trying to gather a list of resources, especially those based on research, which support the use of blogs, wikis, and social networking and it's positive effects on education. I am trying both build a case for the use of these tools, as well as provide a thoughtful and reasoned approach to safety issues, content management, and some effective safeguards and bets practices surrounding their use. Any help would be appreciated.…


Added by Scott on December 17, 2008 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

The Branding of a School by Lance Winslow

When it comes to education and parent piece of mind image may mean more than you think. Having happy and satisfied parents sure beats having obstinate and hostile ones. Anyone who has been involved in education for any long period of time knows very well how important it is to have the children and parents onboard with the school and staff.

This is where a little bit of solid branding will go a long way to helping build the… Continue

Added by Lance Winslow on December 17, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Share your great writing tips

Writing teachers can turn their favorite teaching tricks into gold in a contest aimed at gathering best practices for teaching writing in the classroom. The contest rewards the best ideas submitted by teachers as judged by their peers. Now through January 1, 2009, teachers who submit tips at http://contest.thewritingteacher.… Continue

Added by John Costilla on December 17, 2008 at 7:48am — No Comments

Building Personal Brand

"Interactions + Feelings = Brand"

Products are brands, Celebrities are brands and even ordinary people are building their own brand with Web 2.0. Influence and interactions can catapult your brand. David Armano provides a very practical overview of building your own personal brand leveraging social media.

5 Tips for Branding… Continue

Added by John Costilla on December 17, 2008 at 7:23am — No Comments

Asimov's 'The Fun They Had' - How much longer and how do we avoid the pitfalls?

I remember reading The Fun They Had in the 6th grade and thinking how fantastic and unreal it seemed. Having just re-read it (do it; it'll take you less than 3 minutes) I'd say Asimov was right on the money, what with all the talk of singularity and this Web 2.0 stuff. But he was off a hundred and fifty years or so in just how long it would take for computers to… Continue

Added by Patrick Kutkey on December 16, 2008 at 8:50pm — 1 Comment

Hello Anyone,

Is there anyone out there that is using in there classroom? I am trying to use this website in my resource classes to work on Ohio Graduation Test practice questions. Anyones in put on this website would be helpful.


Added by Luke Cripe on December 16, 2008 at 8:20am — No Comments

My Learning Life

Here’s the plan I want to create for my kids. I want to develop a framework that supports them as learners online. It is a living resource and evidence reference about ‘how I like to learn’. This is always a work in progress, and is created, edited and used by them, teachers and us.

Will it have a long tail? Absolutely. In the case of Mr7 it begins as a support – to help him and his teacher negotiate how he sees learning. We are I guess lucky in that we are able to ‘talk teacher’ and… Continue

Added by Dean Groom on December 16, 2008 at 4:25am — No Comments

NICE Mini-Conference 2009

Attention Chicago area ICE members.
Mark your calendars!
The annual NICE Mini-Conference will be held on January 31, 2009 at Stevenson High School.

Session topics geared towards K-12
- VoiceThread
- Comic Life
- Blogging
- Google tools
- iWorks
and much more!

Visit the NICE website for more information

Added by Mary Ann on December 15, 2008 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Classroom 2.0

Im excited about joining my first official social network, classroom 2.0. There is so much information here it will take awhile to figure it all out:) There is so much you can find just reading posts!!

I haven't decided if Im going to blog regularly here since I have a classroom blog, I am trying to limit the incorporation of 2.0 elements to a manageable load:)

Added by Lisa Dick on December 15, 2008 at 10:42am — No Comments

Preferred Student Communication Tools

I've discovered this information first hand when I first turned on text messaging on my kid's cell phones. My son, a freshman in high school, managed to rack up 3,500 text messages in one month, and that's having been grounded from his phone for two weeks that month. My daughter is much better, she still calls us, old timers, but chooses to text her friends in college.

Only 12% of students currently check email on their mobile, but eROI…

Added by John Costilla on December 15, 2008 at 7:08am — No Comments

Video Tutorial on How To Use a Nintendo Wiimote Whiteboard in your Classroom

Hey everyone thought id share how ive been using a nintendo wiimote whiteboard in my classes. The video also explains how to go about setting it up and a few other helpful hints and tips. I seriously recommend taking the time to investigate this low cost option futher even if you have tonnes of Interactive Whiteboards in your school.

In the video i show you how you can easily use it in conjunction with bluetooth and mobile… Continue

Added by Jarrod Robinson on December 15, 2008 at 3:00am — 3 Comments

Re: Best Grammar, Website Creation, Music & Sound Effects, & More lists

Hi, Everybody,

Here are the latest "The Best" lists -- this time with tiny urls!

The Best Fun Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too


The Best Life Expectancy Calculators


The Best Places To Get Royalty-Free Music & Sound Effects


The Best Sites For Grammar Practice


The Best Online Resources For… Continue

Added by Larry Ferlazzo on December 15, 2008 at 2:51am — No Comments

Are You Awake Yet? 이제 잠 깨셨습니까?

옴 샨티, 평화의 인사를 보냅니다. Om Shanti, Greetings of Peace!

지금까지 매주 1회 보내드리고 있는 영혼을 위한 좋은 글 나눔을 저자 마이크조지의 사정에 따라 당분간 격주로 보내드리게 됨을 알려드립니다.

We have been sending out this S2P(Something to Ponder) every week but from this week we'll send it every other week due to the author's schedule.

Are You Awake Yet? 이제 잠 깨셨습니까?

Although you believe you woke up this morning it is highly likely that you are still fast asleep. Not the kind of sleep that kept you unconscious during the night, but… Continue

Added by James Edward Charles Webber on December 14, 2008 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Ning Launch and 21st Century Literacy Lesson

Last week, I launched the ISA Internship Ning—a community for my students (12th graders at The International School of Americas) to share their career-exploration internship experiences with one another. This week, I had the chance to teach a lesson in which I tried to help them understand how participating in a professional social network fits into the… Continue

Added by Honor Moorman on December 14, 2008 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

My Podcast with Wes Fryer

A couple of weeks ago, I had an opportunity to attend a webinar in Oklahoma on Web 2.0 Collaboration and Communication. While I was there, I participated in a brief interview with Wes Fryer. Preview or download the podcast below to learn how this Web 2.0 organization that I am involved got started and where it is going.

A special thanks to…

Added by John Costilla on December 12, 2008 at 7:56am — 2 Comments

An open Invite

Hi Folks! Rhys Moult from Adelaide Australia. I am the E-learning Project Manager at BJ Network Consulting Australia on the Elearning Network Australasia Executive Committee (as of today) and I have my own growing Ning Network as an E-learning Jobs Board that I… Continue

Added by Rhys Moult on December 12, 2008 at 2:51am — No Comments


I'm just playing with a site for making widgets. I think it's pretty interesting, but last night when I went to bed I dreamed about it, imagining that I had made a widget that was actually a mini twist-a-plot book, and you clicked and made decisions all the way through, and I had conditional programming in it. Conditional programming. I haven't thought of that in years.

So, I'm wondering what my kids could do with it. We could maybe make widgets of their work in science, and… Continue

Added by Gwyneth on December 11, 2008 at 4:07pm — No Comments

Disrupting Textbooks: cK12 and Flat World Knowledge

In Nyack NY, north of NYC, a seed is forming. Flat World Knowledge, a company bent on disrupting the textbook business, is getting ready to move into a private beta next spring with 10 textbooks in business and economics. Jeff Shelstad, CEO, and Eric Frank, CMO, left regular textbook publishing where, as of late, publishers are fighting to keep their head above water by jacking up prices and skewing the revision process. After hooking up with David Wiley and Brad Felix, the group decided to… Continue

Added by Michael Staton on December 11, 2008 at 2:36pm — No Comments

I am looking for Preserved Beef Bones for my Anatomy class

I teach Anatomy and want to enhance the skeletal system unit. I have some preserved beef bones that I purchased many years ago. I want to replace my lab supplies. Does anyone know of a vendor that can supply preserved beef bones for anatomy classes??

Added by Holly Lowden on December 11, 2008 at 1:37pm — No Comments

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