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DEN in SL Event!!

Make plans to attend,"Searching Google in a Snap" by our own Lisa Thumann at the DEN in SL at 5pmSLT(8pmEDT) at http://snurl.com/gzmuw Sign up for a google account prior to the workshop. Lisa is a Senior Specialist in Technology Education in New Jersey. She is a Google Certified Teacher who will be talking about

* Search Features

* Web Search

* Insights for Search

* Language Tools

* Book Search

* Scholar Search

* News Search

* Blog Search

*… Continue

Added by Durff on April 29, 2009 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Be Heard on Earth Day 2009!

Earthcast is a 24 hour broadcast held on April 22, 2009. It begins on April 22, 2009 at 00:00:00 GMT, which is 8:00pm Tuesday in my time zone, and runs until 23:00:00GMT or 7:00pm Wednesday where I live. All the live action can be heard by navigating to http://earthbridges.net/live

and more information about the Earthcast is available at… Continue

Added by Durff on April 19, 2009 at 6:14pm — No Comments

Earthcast 09 - What Is It?

After a successful 24 Hour Webcastathon on Earth Day 2008, the Earthbridges community will be back for a second 24 hour live webcastahon on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009. We're looking for interested experts in the field, K20 students/teachers, or anyone with an interest in the environment to help out with this 24 hour live broadcast on the Internet.

Last year this promo was produced that explains what Earthcast is:

This year we are still… Continue

Added by Durff on March 8, 2009 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Parents on Facebook

A class entitled, "Parents on Facebook: Connecting with parents using Facebook & What does it mean to be a digital parent?" will be offered on Monday, February 23, 2009 at 8:00pm at https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/meeting.jnlp?sid=2008350%3DM.612F85D6F8C95E7398CA7C70EEFFB2 A post explaining how to participate is located at http://edtechtalk.com/node/3633 Please share this information with your parents, family, and friends. This informational session is being offered by Lorna… Continue

Added by Durff on February 19, 2009 at 8:39pm — 1 Comment

Barry Schwartz at TED

Are you celebrating moral exemplars with your…


Added by Durff on February 16, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Let's Disrupt the Educational Status Quo

"How do we move to a student centric system?" Michael Horn Jan 14, 2008 http://snurl.com/bwfl8 Your ideas? Here's more along these lines : http://www.edutopia.org/student-centric-education-technology and of course the Youtube at… Continue

Added by Durff on February 14, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Network Challenge

Random Acts of Kindness Week 2008: February 11-17, 2009 http://www.actsofkindness.org/ what will your classes do?

I challenge you to: (ideas from the website)

1. Welcome Winter Gloves

Purchase a pair of winter gloves for someone in your community.

2. Set up a Custodian Appreciation Day and have students clean classrooms for the custodian. Make a banner or card telling your custodian how much he is appreciated.

3. Create a bulletin board where kids write their… Continue

Added by Durff on February 7, 2009 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Online Safety

There are three things I teach learners never to put online:

1. their name
2. their photo
3. their location

We, in parentis loci, should not be doing these either. Learners in my rooms choose and use screen names and avatars. We will say the city and town and country of our school for collaborations but not our street address.
Alec Couros' recent post http://educationaltechnology.ca/couros/1203 puts this reason in perspective.

Added by Durff on February 7, 2009 at 12:55pm — No Comments


How do you define literacy? I'm tending to think literacy is the ability

to understand and convey meaning using a…

Added by Durff on December 3, 2008 at 5:14pm — 1 Comment

Network Challenge

I challenge the network to incorporate the use of one technology tool in their teaching in the next fortnight. Then tell us about it on your blog. For example, you may ask kids to interview the oldest person in their neighborhood using a podcast. This can be done through what many kids (or their parents) already own-a cellphone. The interviewer simply calls into a Gabcast channel, set up easily by the teacher in advance, entering the secret… Continue

Added by Durff on November 23, 2008 at 7:37am — No Comments

Who you gonna call?

You, that's who! I need your input answering this question:
What my PLN means to me, how SL helps develop it, helps me to be a 21 century teacher?
Please go to Durff's Blog and leave your comments on that post. That way all the answers are in one place for that day. Thanks so much!

Added by Durff on October 12, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

Network Challenge #3

The network is challenged to click on all the adsense advertisements on any three blogs. Generate revenue for some blogger by actually clicking on the ads you never see for the words...

Make sure you use the word "networkchallenge#3" all in one word (without the quotes) in a comment you leave on those blogs.

Tell us about meeting the challenge by leaving a comment here… Continue

Added by Durff on August 4, 2008 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Network Challenge #2

Why not a Twitterchallenge, you ask? This challenge is extended to the entire social network and to those who are online (which one must be to read about the challenge) but not in any particular social network.

I challenge you to navigate to two blogs to which you have never been, read their thoughts, reflect on their posts, & then leave an intelligent comment which you should use the word 'networkchallenge' in one word within your comment. Once you have met… Continue

Added by Durff on July 28, 2008 at 9:55am — No Comments

Enough is Enough

(crossposted at Durff's Blog)

This summer the Olympics are taking place in a country that is assisting genocide in another country AND in their own.

I call for a boycott! My small contribution will be to NOT watch the Olympics. I'm not an athlete (good thing or we would surely lose) so I can't refuse to participate that way. I'm not the CEO of a major funding source for the games. What I can and will do is not tune in to any tv… Continue

Added by Durff on March 17, 2008 at 6:46pm — No Comments

Edubloggercon East (PETE-C)

Why, pray tell, was it cancelled? Any informal gatherings that day?

Added by Durff on February 2, 2008 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Summer blogging

I need recommendations! I am teaching grades 4-9 summer
blogging - a one week crash course. Kids are likely to continue
blogging after the course ends. They are social creatures.
I would like you to suggest opensource, zero download, safe tools for this
bunch. I'm thinking I would like to set these up with safe email, too.
You're the educators, you tell me!

Added by Durff on May 27, 2007 at 5:20am — 1 Comment

Cybercompliment Day

To all members of this ning - Happy Cybercompliment Day!

Added by Durff on April 27, 2007 at 4:19pm — No Comments


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