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7 Reasons To Leverage Social Networking Tools in the Classroom

Instructional uses of social networking software can provide opportunities for learning, connecting, and engagement.


This year, I’ve written frequently about popular social media tools, and education-specific social networking apps. I’ve also noticed increasing coverage of this topic in the media recently. Maybe it’s just me paying more attention to it … or maybe it signals an increasing acceptance of these types of tools as legitimate and effective resources for the…


Added by Kelly Walsh on June 6, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Instructional Designer James Hill Discusses the Ups and Downs of Technology (Interview)

Experienced Instructional Designer provides insights into getting the most from today’s (and tomorrow’s) instructional technologies.


In his role as Instructional Designer at The Home Depot Inc, James Hill designed and developed training programs and performance improvement tools for front-line sales employees. He has also designed learning for the transportation industry and…


Added by Kelly Walsh on May 31, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Education Technology Leadership Spotlight: Celebrating the Work of Salman Khan

Salman Khan is an inspiring education technology leader on a mission.


If your interested in “ed tech”, you’ve probably already heard of him. I first wrote about Salman Khan work in this post in March…


Added by Kelly Walsh on May 23, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

Virtual Desktops – an Exciting Emerging Technology Platform for Academic Computing

With virtual server technology gradually becoming mainstream, the next big leap is the virtual desktop.

Many academic institutions are getting on board with the use of virtual server technology, and I’m proud to say that The College of Westchester is no exception (more on that in a minute). Right behind the implementation of virtual servers is the next big leap in virtual computing technologies – the virtual…


Added by Kelly Walsh on May 16, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Facebook Summit 2011 Part 2, Student Learning Overview

Concluding our look at this social learning project with a sampling of student reflections, and curriculum tie-ins.


Last week I published part 1 of this article, introducing this fun and well executed project, developed…


Added by Kelly Walsh on May 9, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Facebook Summit 2011, an Excellent Academic Use of the Popular Internet App

Come meet Aristotle Bedford, Vlad Dracul Bedfordii, and Tommy Jefferson Bedford … and the teacher and students who created them!


Canadian 9th Grade ELA Teacher Richard Cossette developed this highly engaging and fun project for his students, with Facebook playing a central role. Mr. Cossette did a wonderful job of defining and executing this, and I am delighted to be able to share…


Added by Kelly Walsh on May 2, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

10 Reasons Why Schools Should Be Teaching Financial Literacy To Our Kids

Thanks to guest writer Krisca C. Te for working with me to develop this week’s feature post on the importance of financial literacy education for our high school and college students.


Dollar sign clip art


In the past, a teacher telling kids how to spend their allowance money might be promptly put in her place by the PTA. Money matters were personal, and to…


Added by Kelly Walsh on April 25, 2011 at 6:13am — No Comments

TakingITGlobal – Social Learning With A Global Consciousness

This online community empowers students everywhere to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges.


TakingITGlobal has been around since 1999 and is a pioneer in the use of social networking to encourage global citizenship through collaborative projects for students and educators. TakingITGlobal (TIG) has partnered with thousands of schools and organizations, from just about every country, to inspire, inform, and…


Added by Kelly Walsh on April 18, 2011 at 6:15am — No Comments

Inspiring Learning Outcomes with Twitter in the Kindergarten Classroom

This teacher’s work with Twitter is building connections across the globe, and inspiring learning here at home.


I first learned about Amy Night’s use of Twitter in her kindergarten classroom when she submitted the following comment in response to the post, “…


Added by Kelly Walsh on April 11, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Social Learning With Social Networking Tools Designed Just For Education

Are you using one of these education-specific Social Learning applications?


Last week’s article, “Facebook in the Classroom. Seriously”, was the first in a series focused on the use of social networking tools in the classroom. I am writing this series of articles as part of…


Added by Kelly Walsh on April 4, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Facebook In The Classroom. Seriously.

Do Popular Social Networking Applications Have A Place In The Classroom? A Growing Number Of Educators Say ‘Yes’.


The post, “100 Ways To Teach With Twitter”, is the most consistently viewed article on Similarly, “…


Added by Kelly Walsh on March 28, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

EctoLearning is a Solid Contender for Best Free Online CMS

EctoLearning offers useful course management functionality for free (and it’s all free, no limitations).


Last week I decided the next step in searching for the best free online Course Management Systems was to take a closer look EctoLearning and…


Added by Kelly Walsh on March 21, 2011 at 6:35am — 1 Comment

Best free online Course Management Systems … the search continues

In this post we look at SchoolRack, then review results of our look at 4 different CMS apps, and decide what’s next.


So far in this series, we’ve looked at Rcampus and…


Added by Kelly Walsh on March 14, 2011 at 6:19am — No Comments

10 Excellent iPad Applications for Teachers

With the iPad2 on the launching pad, it’s a great time to share this list of useful iPad apps for teachers from guest writer Paula Dierkens.


There’s no doubt that the iPad is an excellent device, and if you own this gadget, it makes sense to pick up the applications best suited to your lifestyle and profession. So if you’re a teacher, here are ten great iPad apps that you must try…


Added by Kelly Walsh on March 7, 2011 at 9:28am — No Comments

Creating Simple Online Courses For Free With MyiCourse

Our quest for free web-based CMS and LMS tools continues with a trial run and overview of


This is the third in a series of articles in which I look at online LMS/CMS applications that offer free capabilities. In my first post, I…


Added by Kelly Walsh on February 28, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Free Online Course Management Systems, A Closer Look – Rcampus

Rcampus is a fully featured application that provides a lot of it’s capabilities for free, but you will need to pay for some “premium” functions.


Last week I started researching free, hosted Course and Learning Management Systems, in search of…


Added by Kelly Walsh on February 21, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Do you use Facebook or Twitter in the classroom (or know someone who does)?

I’ll be presenting examples of classroom uses of social networking tools at the Campus Technology 2011 conference. Do you have a story you would like share?


If you’ve used Twitter or Facebook in the classroom successfully, and would be willing to have your story…


Added by Kelly Walsh on February 16, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

What Are The Best Free Hosted Course Management Systems On The Internet?

“Round 1” in a look at the many free, richly featured CMS & LMS apps available in the cloud.

What options exist for teachers who want to try using a Course Management System, but don’t have one available in their school? Fortunately, there are many free CMS/LMS tools available on the Internet. The heavy snows across the US this winter pushed the value of these tools to the forefront of my mind – courses hosted in a Learning Management System position…


Added by Kelly Walsh on February 14, 2011 at 6:10am — No Comments

Tutorial – 5 Fun Free Photo And Image Editing Applications For The Classroom

An introduction to the ins and outs of 5 free online image editing application, and some suggestions for using them in the classroom.


Last year I wrote this short series of articles in which I looked at a slew of free image editing tools found on the Web, and ultimately boiled these down to a set of 5 recommendations.  This last…


Added by Kelly Walsh on February 7, 2011 at 6:03am — No Comments

Voki Is A Fun, Free Animated Avatar Application That’s Easy To Use In The Classroom

Voki makes it easy for educators to incorporate technology into lesson plans and assignments (and it’s advertisement free!).


A couple weeks ago in the post “3 Quick Lesson Plan Ideas That Utilize Technology”, we explored some ways in which animation web…


Added by Kelly Walsh on January 31, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

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