Kirsten Carter's Blog (15)

Saturday Elluminate Session on Skype

Today was the first time I participated in the Classroom 2.0 Saturday Elluminate session, and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to follow along. I have used skype for personal reasons and have always thought that it would be an amazing tool to use in the classroom but never knew where to get more information on how to make it work or who to connect to.

My hope is that I will be able to connect to a few middle years classes who are interested in communicating with a… Continue

Added by Kirsten Carter on February 14, 2009 at 11:26am — No Comments

Interactive Whiteboards in the Classroom

I am one of the fortunate teachers who has been using a SMART Board in my classroom for a few years now, and I am always asked, "Where do you come up with such interesting ideas? Where do I start looking for some ideas for my classes?" One site that I recommend and check on a regular basis is the SMARTBoard Lessons Podcast. Joan Badger and Ben Hazzard are the hosts of the informative podcast and each week, they have great tips and lessons. Check it out, I know you will get hooked on this… Continue

Added by Kirsten Carter on August 31, 2007 at 9:58am — 2 Comments

Opportunities for Professional Development

I have finished the Microsoft Certified Peer Coaching© Facilitator Training delivered by

Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology. Here are some details about the training I received and what we (Ryan, Janet & I) plan to do this year.

Details: For a week in August 2006, as well as follow-up training for four days in April, 2007 to finish the certification process, we attended Microsoft Peer Coaching Facilitator Training in Winnipeg, MB.

Our time was…


Added by Kirsten Carter on August 17, 2007 at 9:19am — No Comments

Overload !

I am in overload. I haven't been faithful to my bloglines account and I have a lof of catching up to do.

Since joining classroom 2.0, I have been introduced to so many ideas I feel very overwhelmed. I tend to loose track of time, clicking here and there, following the fantastic links posted on various blogs......I understand how my students can get "lost in the web."

My goal with this blog is to create an opportunity for teachers to communicate and learn about new technologies… Continue

Added by Kirsten Carter on August 16, 2007 at 1:16pm — No Comments

How to pick a good password

'Tis the season - time to think again of passwords. Here are some great tips from Dave Warlick...

  • must have at least six characters
  • must not appear in any dictionary
  • must contain both lowercase and uppercase alphabetic characters
  • must contain a number
  • should contain non-alphanumeric characters such as !, #, $, %, ^, &, *, (, ), etc.

    From The Blogmeister - Dave…

Added by Kirsten Carter on August 13, 2007 at 9:31pm — No Comments

Math Sites

Check out these super math sites!

Math Mayhem from learning planet

Added by Kirsten Carter on August 13, 2007 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Digital Storytelling using Powerpoint

This is an excellent tutorial to teach digital storytelling using powerpoint.

Added by Kirsten Carter on August 13, 2007 at 9:07pm — No Comments

Online Tutorials

Here are some excellent online tutorials from Microsoft.

All you ever wanted to learn about documents

Adding graphics and keeping them where they belong…


Added by Kirsten Carter on August 13, 2007 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Copyright Questions?

BYU Copyright Licensing Office

Copyright information for Educators.

Added by Kirsten Carter on August 13, 2007 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Using Video in the Classroom

I constantly hear grumbles from staff about the out of date videos or machines that are constantly on the "to be fixed" shelf in the AV room....could online videos be the solution? This site (unitedstreaming) was recommended to me and I am in the process of checking it out. There is a 30 day trial and then you have to purchase a membership. It is American, which could be a little tricky for us Canucks but when I think about it, a lot… Continue

Added by Kirsten Carter on August 9, 2007 at 8:45pm — No Comments

A new direction

I have been doing a lot of reading and research over the summer to help guide me in a new direction for my teaching this next school year. Literacy with ICT, Peer Coaching, blogging, podcasting, Web 2.0 - what will all this mean to the teachers in my division? How can I model effective and easy ways to use technology for those who think they are interested in trying something new?

My teaching focus will be more group collaboration within the classroom as well as expanding out to other… Continue

Added by Kirsten Carter on July 25, 2007 at 10:55am — No Comments

What is a Blog ?

A blog is a web-based journal, a personal website. A blog offers features that make it particularly useful to educators, for their informality and ease of use.

Check out the link support blogging for very valuable information on blogs and blogging!

Added by Kirsten Carter on July 25, 2007 at 8:59am — 3 Comments

What is Web 2.0 ?

From Wikipedia

Web 2.0, a phrase coined by O'Reilly Media in 2003…


Added by Kirsten Carter on July 23, 2007 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Winding Down & Up

We are officially winding down the current school year and I am already getting ready for the next. I have some significant changes this next year, I am moving up and moving out - up to grade 8 as a homeroom teacher and out to another classroom. New curriculums, new administration, new programming and staffing as well.

I am really looking forward to teaching my first technology classes and am at a bit of a loss as to which direction I am planning to go. I want to integrate technology… Continue

Added by Kirsten Carter on June 23, 2007 at 10:17am — 1 Comment

Technology "Unplugged"

I hope that in this space I will be able to share some information about technology.

Added by Kirsten Carter on June 14, 2007 at 5:30pm — No Comments


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