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Tired of Learning

That's right, I'm getting tired of chasing edtech. While the technology is changing rapidly and it's incredibly exciting to be a part of these changes particularly as they relate to the world of education...I'm starting to tire of 'keeping up.' Please understand, I love the excitement and have always been an early adopter. What is exhausting is that sometimes I...

Student Competition

On Your Mark. Get Set. Doodle. Doodle 4 Google is giving U.S. students in grades K-12 the opportunity to design a doodle (see samples here) for the Google homepage. Students will be asked to draw a doodle that best represents the theme "What if...?" We ask ourselves this question every day when we build our products, so we thought we...

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Lulu Publishers. Using print-on-demand (POD) technology, Lulu Publishers can help you print and sell your book online - from a single copy to thousands. Create a book for someone's birthday present, or write a best-seller: you are in charge!

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How has a teacher sparked your imagination?

Posted on October 3, 2009 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

This is a promo video that we did to initiate broad conversations about the teachers who have inspired us. Tell me, how did a teacher in your life help ignite your… Continue

DoInk Talent

Posted on September 19, 2009 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

Okay, it's not animated but I like the strong colors and lines (cute puns too).

Not all Pun and Games by feebbycakes, made at DoInk.com

See more by feebbycakes here:… Continue

Web Adventures on Toolbar!

Posted on March 14, 2009 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

These web adventures as they're called by Rice University are interactive games about science in the following areas:


CSI: The Experience

Infectious Disease

Solve Medical Mysteries

Alcohol & Alcoholism

Solve an Alcohol-related… Continue

Just Tweeted: BrainyFix

Posted on January 25, 2009 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

@prodev Fun SAT Vocab Video Contest sponsored by MIT w/real money prizes for students & schools can be found here: http://www.brainyflix.com/

Create Video & Edit Photos

Posted on January 19, 2009 at 4:40pm 0 Comments

The newest additions to the Teacher Toolbar include:


* Blend Studio lets you make your own custom web videos! Use your photos, webcam video and audio, YouTube videos, custom animations, and more!

* Make Me Talk lets you add your voice to photos of your family and friends, politicians, celebrities, animals... whatever!

* E-card Creator but with… Continue

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I help teachers, schools districts, non-profits and religious institutions improve performance through the following:

Regardless of which type of course, self-study or facilitated, teachers engage asynchronously with the course content, instructor and their peers. This keeps teachers in their classrooms working with students, reduces substitute teacher expenses and provides increased job satisfaction for teachers who have real-time, job-embedded and relevant staff development learning and resources available.

The online PLC uses sound pedagogical principles that help educators create effective online communities that foster collaboration and learning across the district, grade levels and content areas. The most promising strategy for substantive performance improvement is developing the capacity for personnel to function as a Professional Learning Community.

While schools are experts in delivering classroom-based content, teaching in an online environment is a new discipline to most schools and teachers. PLB offers the Online Instruction Lab as a set of staff development curriculum designed to prepare the tech savvy and tech challenged teachers alike to teach online. In the Online Instruction Lab, PLB online instructors guide and mentor teachers.

The Synergy program is designed to increase student performance, especially on standardized tests, for middle and high schools. The core Synergy methodology was developed by a principal who became principal of a failing school and within six months met all 25 AYP targets and drastically increased student performance on state testing as well as classroom performance. He performed a similar turnaround in his district's high school the following year. The Synergy School Improvement Program can be implemented in one building or district-wide to create a sustainable school improvement program that is student-centered, teacher-driven and parent-involved.

Abuse in education is an issue that's making the news. Educating children in the 21st century includes providing children safe and secure environments in which they can learn. Through PLB training organizations can empower all of the people who work with and around children including administrators, teachers, staff, coaches, volunteers, parents and students with a basic understanding and knowledge to recognize child abuse and alert proper authorities early enough to minimize abuse. In essence, effective training creates thousands of trained eyes constantly watching for signs of abuse.

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