All Blog Posts Tagged 'collaboration' (64)

I hope you realize you have the best job...

The last 4 weeks have been extremely busy for me. We recently started a brand new gradebook and website system in my school district. This has proven to be an amazing tool and

resource as we look to ways to improve education. For all the greatness

this new opportunity provides, we have been faced with the never ending

battle of growing and developing educators so they can utilize this new

resource. As exciting as it is to work with educators…

Added by Justin Tarte on September 18, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

5 ways to share how you light the world on fire...

Last week I was speaking with a colleague of mine, and we were discussing activities we could do during one of our professional

development days. As we discussed potential ideas, we turned our focus

to activities that teachers could employ immediately. We wanted to

avoid activities that would require a lot of time and preparation in an

effort to provide our teachers with several very strong and powerful

strategies they could… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on September 11, 2010 at 9:15am — 1 Comment

Changing the culture of professional development...

Most students from across the country have returned to schools refreshed, recharged, and rejuvenated to continue their journey through

the educational process. As students use their summer break to relax

and simply be kids, teachers and administrators utilize their time to

both improve and develop their skills as educators. The summer provides

an excellent opportunity for all educators to refine and enhance their

abilities as… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on September 3, 2010 at 6:50pm — No Comments

The unspoken hero of education...the sharing of experiences and knowledge

Last night as I was sitting in my doctoral class I was reminded why I thoroughly enjoy the cohort format of educational leadership classes.

By no means am I the smartest, most intelligent or most knowledgeable

person in my class. To be honest, I would say I am probably closer

toward the bottom of the class in terms of my educational experiences

and knowledge. As weird as it might sound, I am completely okay with

being toward… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on August 9, 2010 at 6:17am — No Comments

7 proven strategies that WILL engage your students...

Over the last 5 years as an educator, I have learned so much about student motivation and student engagement. Recently, I started reflecting on my current practices and strategies I have used to engage

my students over the years. The program I am with has doubled in size

from roughly 140 students to over 280, so I feel confident these

strategies can, and will work.

1. Don't just care...really…


Added by Justin Tarte on August 8, 2010 at 5:39am — 1 Comment

Good ideas spread...and win - what are your good ideas?

As mentioned in previous posts, I have really tried to utilize my summer to better myself. I wanted to refine my skills as a progressive

educator who is able to meet the needs of students in a meaningful and

influential way. As such, I have concentrated on new ways to integrate

social media and technology into my classroom instruction. All of the

ideas and suggestions I plan on using started out as ideas. In

particular, they… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on August 6, 2010 at 8:22pm — No Comments

Human nature - why sometimes we should fight to ignore it...

I will preface this post by saying I am only 15 pages into the book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System, by Diane Ravitch. Despite not being too far along in this book, I feel empowered to share my experiences thus far.

In my short 5 years in education I have learned many things, however for

this post I will concentrate on just one. There is one thing for

certain in education...and that is, there is… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on August 4, 2010 at 4:06pm — No Comments

What should busy administrators be reading (or watching)? - Leadership Day 2010

This is my first time participating in Leadership Day 2010, and I must say I am really excited to be a part of this fantastic movement. As

educators, I would argue we all need to be inspirational and progressive

leaders in our own right; however in education's current form we have

building administrators and central office administrators as our

leaders. Their jobs are extremely difficult, and I can honestly say

most people… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on August 4, 2010 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Why leading from the middle is the future, and why being compared to a pez dispenser is okay...

As education continues to evolve and change, it is necessary for our educational leaders to adapt and change

as well. All too often we see schools and districts that lead with a

top down approach. Even though this type of leadership has proven to be

successful in certain circumstances, the level of effectiveness drops

off over time and any future potential positive impact dissolves.…

Added by Justin Tarte on August 4, 2010 at 11:46am — No Comments

Students Must Own Their Learning | e-Learning Today TV

Click here to view show notes, including the best part - the links.

Added by Amanda Kenuam on June 23, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Curriculum Mapping

I am a 6th grade teacher in Oklahoma. I am looking for another 6th grade teacher to check out my curriculum mapping for Social Studies and let me know if the content is similar to what you teach, or completely different. I have aligned with the PASS Skills for Oklahoma. My wiki can be found at:

This is my first time blogging and using a wiki. Thanks a lot for taking…


Added by Carrie milburn on April 7, 2010 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Free K12 Education Templates

Creately for Graphic Organizers

Creately is a web-based software for creating interactive graphic organizers - Venn Diagram, Storyboard, Mind Map, Cycle Diagram, Fishbone Diagram, KWL Chart, T Chart, Y Chart and…


Added by Charanjit on March 7, 2010 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment A simple web app that allows for collaborative word processing.

As with Google Docs or Zoho writer, you can create documents and share or collaborate with others so why even try it?

Three things:

1) You can export or import existing documents. This includes the various formats; HTML, Word, PDF, Open Doc.

2) You can make the documents pubic or private for sharing. Collaborate with students privately and then make the final work public if you want.

3) It works well on… Continue

Added by Jay Noggle on February 26, 2010 at 11:04am — No Comments

Etherpad does not take you to the Heavens, but it comes very close to it

I had been using Etherpad ––for a while, but had never experimented its potential as a collaborative tool in the classroom.

Etherpad is one of the best online-based word processors out there not only because it is free (and now open source since Google acquired it) but also because it enables users to create a public pad without having to sign up for an account. Etherpad has many other wonderful features such as easy… Continue

Added by Imwinkelried on December 9, 2009 at 4:08pm — No Comments

CoboCards - What do you think about collaborative flashcard creation?

Dear members,

just joined your community and wanted to introduce our tool which you can use collaboratively in a classromm. Really interested in your opinion, suggestions and critics.

What is CoboCards?

- CoboCards Is an Impressive, Collaborative Flash Card Webapp

- Check out the Lifehacker article about CoboCards:

How does it help me?

-… Continue

Added by Ali Yildirim on December 6, 2009 at 1:48am — No Comments

Face to Face networking at Tutor/Mentor Conference in Chicago on Nov. 19 and 20

I meet many different people via my Internet work, and share many of their ideas on my blog and the links at

Every six months I host a conference in Chicago intended to draw together people who focus on volunteer based tutoring and mentoring, online learning, workforce development and other strategies aimed to help kids… Continue

Added by Daniel Bassill on October 4, 2009 at 9:38am — No Comments

Collaboration Ideas

I am looking for a class to have a book club with. We would have weekly readings. Each student would weekly write a comment and respond to a comment. We are a second grade class and would like to work together with a class close to our age. We also need to be able to communicate in English only sorry.

Please Let Us Know!

We are also looking at a paper airplane project in the Spring.


Added by Ian Snyder on September 28, 2009 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Flight Simulator on a Microsoft Surface Table, set to 80's music

The above is a link to a recent post on my Interactive Multimedia Technology blog. The application looks fun!

Added by Lynn Marentette on August 9, 2009 at 8:40am — No Comments

Are librarians leaders in collaboration and professional development?

Started a teacher librarian program in July. Amazed at all I have learned in a few weeks. Class discussion centers around how teacher librarians should be leaders in technology use through collaboration and professional development within their schools. In your experience are the librarians leaders in technology, collaboration, and PD? I already have much to share, but I don't want teachers to tune the message out. What approach works best to convince teachers the web tools interactive features… Continue

Added by Ann Knipper on July 19, 2009 at 3:10pm — 2 Comments

What do you think about pre-bundling video clips for lesson plans?

I grab YouTube clips that effectively communicate multi-step tasks to moderate to severely involved students on the Spectrum. I find that using sequential clips engages students quickly, more effectively and for longer periods of time.

I would like to collaborate with people who think this could prove valuable and would like to explore the potential.

Use Video Tab. Search: "Hygiene", "Oral Hygiene" and "Use a Tissue"

Added by Michael Leventhal on June 6, 2009 at 5:25pm — 1 Comment

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