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February 2013 Blog Posts (72)

Challenge 7

Here's an interview I conducted of a sixth grade student with a Facebook account:

Age? 12

Do you have a Facebook account? Yes

How long have you had it? 2 years

Do your parents know about it? Yes, they helped set it up.

Do they know your password, and if so, do they monitor your account? Yes. They look at each about once a month.

Have you ever accepted a friend request from someone you don't know? No. 115 or so… Continue

Added by Nicole Hackett on February 17, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Challenge 7

Challenges 6 and 7--Toshiba Garner
                        Submitted by Garner, Toshiba (tgarner2) on 2/17/2013 7:19:19 PM…

Added by Toshiba Garner on February 17, 2013 at 9:36pm — No Comments

Challenge #6

I set up a netvibes account and put information and feeds for my students based on a biography project we are beginning this week. Still not sure if I'm doing these challenges correctly or included everything on this one, but it can be viewed at


Added by Nicole Hackett on February 17, 2013 at 6:41pm — 1 Comment

Reimagining Schools for All Learners

Original Post found here:

I'm reading about a new way to think about "school", here are some of my takeaways: …


Added by Chris McGee on February 17, 2013 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Fun, Awesome Science Project

Original Post found here:

Students get excited every year for the wiring project.  They know it's coming, they know it's awesome.…


Added by Chris McGee on February 17, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Pep Talk- Kid Prez

Here is a great inspirational video you can share with your students or other teachers

Added by Danielle Johnson on February 17, 2013 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Challenge # 7

Challenge 7 Social Media:

The social media I chose to explore was Twitter.  My personal use of social media has been limited mainly to Facebook.   However, lately I have had a curiosity and interest with Twitter. 

Twitter, is a social media networking service and  microblogging service which allows participants to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as "tweets". 

It's features include:…


Added by George Wilson on February 17, 2013 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Stabbed By a Pencil

Why are we allowing our students to use pencils in the classroom setting? Based on a Google search that I conducted recently, I was amazed at the number of pencil stabbing incidents that take place on a yearly basis. Don't get me wrong, pencils are great and they do wonders for a student's educational experience. Let's be real though, when is the last time you heard someone saying they should not be allowed in school?

Yet many schools are still reluctant to infuse social media,… Continue

Added by Brad Currie on February 17, 2013 at 11:27am — No Comments

Once You Go YouTube, You Can Never Go Back!

The teachers at the professional development session were visibly frustrated; I could hear the irritation in their comments. The presentation on the use of digital technology was to help them improve digital literacy across the content areas, but many of the sites in the demonstration were blocked by the school's Internet filter. I sympathized with their frustration because just three years ago, I was like them. Three years ago, our school's Internet filter blocked everything.…


Added by Colette Marie Bennett on February 17, 2013 at 7:35am — No Comments

Challenge 7

     Having students be mentors for teachers is not really a new idea.  If you think about it our students probably teach us something new every day just as we teach them.  As for digital citizenship students are usually far ahead of teachers where technology is concerned.  They can teach us how to keep track of students through Twitter, Face book, Blogs, etc.  By learning from mistakes they have already made on cyberspace they can help teachers and other students not make the same…


Added by Lori Thomas on February 16, 2013 at 11:42pm — No Comments

Challenge 6

I created a Wiki space and added a project for my 1st Grade class.  Only a few students in my class have home computers so response may be limited.  Check it out at:

Added by Lori Thomas on February 16, 2013 at 11:40pm — No Comments

Learning from our youth - A positive experience

Reverse mentoring is where the younger generation mentors the older generation. In the area of technology this can be invaluable for those who were born before the 1982. Millennials are born after 1982 and they have grown up with technology. They are digital natives who have grown up with internet service and technology in their daily lives. They tend to be multi-taskers, who are tech savvy and competent.  Knowing that the younger generation possess valuable skills and information, and many…


Added by Lori Ann Gibson on February 16, 2013 at 9:48pm — 2 Comments

FALLING FROM THE PLANK: Why teacher and student blogs fail

Blog post located here

Added by David Theriault on February 16, 2013 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Stepping onto the social media landscape

Getting started with social media can be daunting. I remember when I started exploring Twitter a few years ago. Like many others, when I sign up, I didn't get it. I was almost instantly overwhelmed with the amount of information and could not make sense of it.

As I stumbled my way through the seemingly strange social media landscape,  I've met some amazing guides who have paved a path. I began to read and explore the resources they shared and slowly...I learned more. As I learned, I…


Added by Jennie Snyder on February 16, 2013 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Digital Citizenship Awareness Module

  1. Digital Awareness could be defined as the appropriate and responsible behaviors that are used online or when using technology.

Students need to understand that digital citizenship will encompasses the human, cultural, and societal issues that relate to technology.  Therefore, they must keep a positive attitude and open mind towards collaborating and learning with peoples from differing backgrounds, ethnicities, and cultures.  They must be cognizant, sensitive, and…


Added by Lori Ann Gibson on February 16, 2013 at 2:01pm — No Comments


Okay, so I now have a wikispace. I have set up some students and a project.  I am confused though over the response of some parents and school administrators when you ask how they feel about these types of technologies.  Privacy of students is a huge obstacle and we should never compromise that. I also feel that we are scared of things that we do not understand.  Because we do not know how technology works and what types of information about our students can become public, we are hesitant to…


Added by Lori Ann Gibson on February 16, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

So proud of my students!

Poemas para el día de la San Valentin

Added by Gérard Gatoux on February 15, 2013 at 10:57pm — No Comments

Technology on Valentine's Day :)

I found this great video of a teacher who created an "e-Valentine's Day card" for all of her students. This is such a thoughtful and sweet way to show your kids you appreciate them!

This idea could also be integrated into the classroom to have students practice their video-making skills and learning how to utilize technology in day-to-day activities.

Added by Lacey Smith on February 15, 2013 at 1:11am — No Comments

Creating Classroom Rules

I found a short Youtube link that demonstrated a class working together to create their class rules. The teacher started off by having her students brainstorm a list of rules that they thought would be important to follow in the classroom. After they created their list, the teacher challenged them to place each of the rules into larger categories (such as "safety" or "respect"). Having the students categorize them improves children's understanding and ownership of these…


Added by Lacey Smith on February 14, 2013 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Why did your school bother with a strategic plan?

So here's the question for principals and leaders in schools.

If you randomly selected a member of your staff and asked them to name one objective or goal from your school's strategic or annual action plan off the top of their head, how confident are you that they could? Better yet, how confident are you that they can clearly articulate how their work aligns directly with any one of the objectives of your school's strategic or annual action plan? Go honest!

On a 1… Continue

Added by Phillip Tascone on February 14, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

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