All Blog Posts Tagged 'technology' (253)

Create Educational Interactive Timelines with TimeRime

Create interactive and informative educational timelinesin an extremely easy manner.  Students will love being given the option of creating a timeline.  Use Timerime for history, art, science, social studies or just about any subject in which they are required to understand the time frame at which events occurred.

Added by Brian Weir on February 27, 2012 at 5:04pm — No Comments

GoingOn & Emory Announce Free Webinar on the Emerging Role of Social Academic Networks in Higher Ed

GoingOn Networks, in conjunction with Emory University, today announced that it is a hosting a free webinar for higher education professionals interested in understanding the role of social academic networks in helping modernize communications and to increase engagement across faculty, students and staff. The webinar, “Building an Engaged Campus,” will be held on February 9 at 11am PT (2pm EST) and led by Alan Cattier, Director of Academic…


Added by Crystal T on January 31, 2012 at 4:02pm — 1 Comment

Announcing the 2012 Free Education Technology Resources eBook from EmergingEdTech

This year’s updated digital booklet contains 65 pages of articles and insights into dozens and dozens of the Internet’s best free Ed Tech resources.

Last year we published the first edition of this compilation of free web based apps and other resources for teachers, and this year we’re excited to offer an updated version.

We’ve added a lot of new content, including chapters focused on…


Added by Kelly Walsh on January 30, 2012 at 6:20am — No Comments

Using Technology to Teach Language Arts

Today in class, I guided students through the steps of creating their own introductory wikipage for my Language Arts class. On this page, they included a welcome greeting using a “cool” text generator, uploaded a favorite picture using, and added a favorite quote from a quotation site. These pages will be linked from a Student Pages site on our class wiki, and students will be responsible for maintaining them throughout…


Added by Melissa Johnston on September 26, 2011 at 9:23am — No Comments

Quick Formative Assessment of Student Writing

Since reading Bill Ferriter's post on whether or not true formative assessment is possible, I've been wondering how I could make my own formative assessments more efficient. This post features a screencast of me looking at student work for the purposes of formative assessment.


Formative assessment is continuous assessment. In the context…


Added by Janet Abercrombie on September 24, 2011 at 1:56am — 2 Comments

10 Ways to Help Students Create Quality Video and Audio Productions




I shied away from tech productions projects. I was a scaredy-cat. Why? Whenever I gave my students a video project, the products demonstrated fun and engagement, but little learning.


I needed to learn how to help students create quality productions.


Over the past three years, I've discovered a system that helps me help students create media productions that…


Added by Janet Abercrombie on September 19, 2011 at 7:13am — No Comments

#25wordstory Challenge

I happened across the Twitter 25 Word Story writing experiment and challenge a few days ago and thought this would be a great idea to share with my 6th grade gifted class. The goal is to tell a story in exactly 25 words. To introduce them to the concept, I shared Kevin Hodgson’s Prezi  titled “Sixty 25-Word Stories”. I really didn’t do much more than that and hoped that some of them would take interest.…


Added by Melissa Johnston on September 16, 2011 at 11:49am — No Comments

Parent Night Activities: Getting Parents and Students Actively Involved

It's never too early in the year to begin thinking about Parent Night.


The thought of talking for an hour to a group of adults seems daunting. Even with children, I try to speak no more than five minutes before directing them to an activity that synthesizes what was shared.


I have parents and students do the talking. Here are some suggestions if you want to get parents and students more active in the process:


1. Have parents active from the…


Added by Janet Abercrombie on September 16, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments

Bookcasts: Podcasts that Demonstrate Reading Comprehension

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When you talk to a 10-year-old about a book, the child will most often give you a rundown that includes a string of "And then...and then...and then..." How can…

Added by Janet Abercrombie on September 6, 2011 at 4:29am — 1 Comment

Visual Literacy: Teaching Students How Video Can Fool the Viewer

One of the most important things we can teach students is to be a critical viewer of visual media. Can we believe everything we see?

My teaching partner and I created a 17-second iMovie:

We then gave students access to the 18 smaller clips from which the movie was…


Added by Janet Abercrombie on September 5, 2011 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Back To School Giveaway - Help Spread The News









Back To School Giveaway. Winners Will Be Randomly Selected. First Place Prizes, The…


Added by Donnie Smith on August 27, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Last-Minute Classroom Purchases

I've never met a teacher who didn't spend personal time and money shopping for classroom resources. By contract, I begin work in two days. I spent the afternoon picking up some last-minute items.

In order to purchase items, they need to fulfill at least two of three criteria:

  1. They must enhance student learning
  2. They must increase classroom efficiency
  3. They must be cheap (i.e. under US$1.50 per student)
Plain-Colored Cotton…

Added by Janet Abercrombie on August 8, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments

Organizing the Wealth of Resources

I check email on vacation. I leave the technical emails alone but, while my hubby reads the newspaper, I enjoy reading the blog subscriptions that come to me by email. This summer, posts from educators like Cool Cat Teacher,… Continue

Added by Janet Abercrombie on July 31, 2011 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

Forward to 1960 ...Marshall McLuhan’s “Tribal Drums” – more relevant today than ever?

It is common when blogging  to re-post video that is current, up to date, modern.  I’m breaking with that trend on this post by linking to a clip dating from 1960.

 Marshall McLuhan was a key thinker in the early days of electric  media – when television and radio were emerging forces.  He achieved near guru status with his concept of “The Global Village”.   The…


Added by nevbar1 on July 19, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

Drowning in the Sea of Technology

For the past few weeks I have been trying to keep my head above water in the gigantic sea of technology that is available to teachers and students. It's almost more than I can handle. It is no surprise that many teachers get frustrated and don't want to make any changes to their daily routine by including technology. I have always been able to work through technology to figure things out, but I know there are those out there who hit the first stumbling block and give up. There is just so…


Added by Amie Cole on July 18, 2011 at 6:36pm — 1 Comment

Understanding by Decision: When You Can't UbD a Unit

My school has adopted the Understanding by Design (UbD) model of curriculum development - and I love it. Educators first identify Enduring Understandings and… Continue

Added by Janet Abercrombie on July 10, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Another Research Tool: Google Image Search

A colleague passed this on today. This will help students in their research as with citing the media source.

I tried it with a couple images. I found matches, but couldn't identify the original source. What is your experience with it?

Added by Janet Abercrombie on July 5, 2011 at 2:39am — No Comments

Fear of Commitment: Looking for the Perfect Bookmark and File Sharing Site

I have a fear of bookmarking sites.


Maybe I'm too picky. I'm waiting for the "Holy Grail" of sites: The free site that easily organizes both documents and websites and then pushes those items to my mobile devices. I want to put everything in one place - for free. I dream that this perfect system will one day appear on my dashboard and it will be love at first sight.



Added by Janet Abercrombie on June 29, 2011 at 12:50am — 1 Comment

Algodoo Physics App, now optimized for the SMART Board (800 series), supports multitouch and multi-user interaction

Here is a link to my blog post, along with videos and related links:


Algodoo Physics App, now optimized for the SMART Board (800 series), supports multitouch and multi-user interaction!


Note:  I am not marketing this application- I just like it. I've been following the evolution of this app. since it was PHUN beta.


Added by Lynn Marentette on April 24, 2011 at 10:03am — No Comments

Play and Experiment with Music with NodeBeat Music Sequencer, for the iPad, Phone, and iPod Touch

If you love music and have an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you'll have fun exploring and experimenting with NodeBeat. As soon as I get my iPad, I plan to get this app!  This would be a great asset for music educators, and at 99 cents, it is very affordable.…


Added by Lynn Marentette on April 23, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

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