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Why You Should Consider “Implementing Instructional Technology Innovations”

This 10 week online course provided an introduction to many Web 2.0 tools and ways in which they might be used in the classroom.


This past September through December, I had the good fortune of taking this online course, an offering from the University of Wisconsin – Stout.…


Added by Kelly Walsh on January 24, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

3 Quick Lesson Plan Ideas That Utilize Technology

Letting students use technology to create presentations, reports, journals, etc., can be an easy way to introduce technology in a lesson plan or project.

Guest Post by Rebecca Garland

If you’ve been teaching longer than a few years, you already know that it can be tricky to be a “perfect” teacher all the time. While we might play the part of perfect when it comes times for evaluations and such, most of the…


Added by Kelly Walsh on January 17, 2011 at 5:50am — No Comments

Survey Results – Professional Development Is Top Education Technology Wish List Item

Survey provides a clear mandate: teachers want more professional development focused on education technology, and more exposure to tech for the classroom.


The brief, informal survey that I ran here this week provided insight into what educators are looking from education technology in…


Added by Kelly Walsh on January 10, 2011 at 6:11am — 2 Comments

What Can Education Technology Do For You In 2011?

A simple but important question for teachers and technologists (and students too!) as we head into the new year …


2010 was a great year on EmergingEdTech, but now it’s time to get ready for 2011! I really want to know what you’re looking for from Education Technology, and as with 2010, I’ll use this knowledge to inform what I blog about this year.…


Added by Kelly Walsh on January 3, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Making the Rudolph Music Video (a Web 2.0 story)

Join me on a little diversion from Ed Tech, to explore some fun Web 2.0 tools that I use to create music videos.


I occasionally get asked what it takes to create videos like the one I made to accompany this year’s “musical Christmas card”, my version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (or last year’s rendition of “…


Added by Kelly Walsh on December 27, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Internet as a Study Buddy

College students share their tips about Internet resources that help them with their studies and school work.


Guest post by Alexis Pellegrino, Jarryed Scott, Berbely Zayas, Maritza Yuman, and Emran Rahim (all students currently…


Added by Kelly Walsh on December 20, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Learning about OER – Open Educational Resources

OER is a transformational idea that can play an important role in changing the nature, and availability, of educational materials, content, and tools.

I’m pretty sure that the first time I heard the formal phrase “Open Educational Resources” was during Josh Baron’s Disruptive Change keynote presentation…


Added by Kelly Walsh on December 13, 2010 at 6:42am — No Comments

Over 50 Great Free Productivity Resources for Educators, from across the Web

Over 50 Apps and Growing – New Resource Page Will Be Updated Frequently.

Last week I published a draft of this new page and sought feedback from readers. My objective has been the creation (and regular updating) of a listing of free Internet based resources that teachers can use to do some of the many things they need to do in their jobs, in a more efficient or effective manner (thus the label, ”productivity resources”).…


Added by Kelly Walsh on December 6, 2010 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Exploring the World of Free Teaching Productivity Resources on the Web

There are so many free productivity tools available on the Internet for today’s educators. I’m creating a resource page that list many of the most useful ones, and I’d love to have your input!

By “productivity” tools and resources, I am referring to tools that can help teachers get their jobs done more efficiently or effectively, at no cost (beyond the effort required to use the resources, of course). There are so many of these types of tools out on the…


Added by Kelly Walsh on November 29, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Importance of Writing Skills: Online Tools to Encourage Success

Good writing skills are critical for today’s students … here’s a few online tools to help develop and reinforce them.

As teachers, I think we’d all agree that communication is pretty important. In fact, it’s a necessary component of education, livelihood, and basic functionality in our society. It’s also fairly obvious that there are two main ways to communicate, although more obscure forms exist. Basically, we talk and we write. That’s how we let other people…


Added by Kelly Walsh on November 22, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

5 Internet Technologies That School Administrators Need To Know About

These technologies can enable educators to improve communications, enhance student learning, controls costs, manage Internet access in the classroom, and more.

There are many systems and tools available in today’s marketplace that can help administrators and faculty to succeed with some of the many things they need to do in their roles. Some of the technologies I’ve listed below are “back office” tech (not really visible to the end user), and some directly impact…


Added by Kelly Walsh on November 15, 2010 at 5:47am — No Comments

Moodle 2.0 versus Blackboard 9.1 – a Brief Comparison

Taking a look at some of the similarities and differences between the newest versions of these two popular LMS’s.

Thanks to contributor Olivia Coleman (olivia.coleman33 for collaboratively developing this guest post.

Moodle and…


Added by Kelly Walsh on November 8, 2010 at 5:39am — No Comments

More than a third of Higher Education Faculty are on Twitter

Twitter use by Higher Education Faculty is more extensive than you might expect, and it’s on the rise.

This last week I came across this report from Magna Publications, published last month, which discusses their second annual survey of Twitter usage among college…


Added by Kelly Walsh on November 1, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons, as they apply to Education

As we studied this topic in an online course I’m taking, I realized how little I understood it, and figured I wasn’t alone in that regard.

After studying this topic in the “Implementing Instructional Technology Innovations” course I am taking online at…


Added by Kelly Walsh on October 25, 2010 at 4:23am — 1 Comment

More fun, free online photo and image editing tools

Building on last week’s review of free image editing applications with a look at 5 more of these types of tools.

Last week we looked at 5 free online picture and image editing tools that I had seen mentioned in this Campus Technology article. A few readers responded to this post and mentioned some other tools they liked. I took a look at these tools, and share…


Added by Kelly Walsh on October 18, 2010 at 6:35am — No Comments

A closer look at 5 free picture and image editing tools

A closer look at 5 photo editing tools mentioned in this month’s Campus Technology article, “The Super-Secret, Never-Before-Revealed Guide to Web 2.0 in the Classroom“.

I read this article this week, and there is a section in it entitled “…


Added by Kelly Walsh on October 11, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

SchoolTool and other Parent Portals in K-12 Education

Parent Portals are gradually becoming an invaluable part of the K-12 education application environment.

I’ve just had my first hands-on introduction to Parent Portals. I live in the Wappingers Falls school district in New York state, and they’ve just launched the SchoolTool parent portal. I love this idea and I’m delighted to see it taking root here.

In today’s feature post we’ll examine some of the features these…


Added by Kelly Walsh on October 4, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

5 Examples of Improved Approaches to Assessment (from the 2010 NETP draft)

The 2010 National Education Technology Plan draft provides some great examples of formative uses of technology-based assessment tools.

I’ve been reading the 2010 National Education Technology Plan draft and I really appreciate the wealth of ideas and examples in it. I do wonder how much of what is proposed in this document will…


Added by Kelly Walsh on September 27, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

The Eno Whiteboard – A Teacher’s First Glimpse

In this week’s feature post, an instructor shares his initial experience with the Polyvision Eno Interactive White Board.

Guest Post By James Lines

Ed Note: This post is sort of a follow up to a series of posts I did here late last year in which…


Added by Kelly Walsh on September 19, 2010 at 4:54pm — No Comments

5 Easy Steps For Students To Establish Their Personal Brand Using Social Networking

Social networking sites can provide an excellent platform for students to begin establishing a professional presence.

Today’s students hear frequent warnings about being careful with what they post on social networking sites, in consideration of the long term damage such postings can cause. But whether through Facebook, LinkedIn, or any of the social networking sites and forums out there, students would also do well to consider how to turn these types of online…


Added by Kelly Walsh on September 13, 2010 at 6:36am — No Comments

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