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September 2012 Blog Posts (42)

Skype in a preschool classroom

Below is a great example of a preschool teacher who uses Skype to connect with children all around the word. The children are learning a ton from this experience. I plan on doing some thing similar this coming Spring :)

Skype in the classroom

Added by Rachelle Babcock on September 24, 2012 at 2:04pm — 2 Comments

The future of Primary ICT

I think the ICT educational world is holding its collective breath about the DFE’s handing of the ICT PoS to BCS.



The DfE seem to think that everyone apart from those who actually teach and inspire children are qualified to decide what it is we teach. A bit like the patient deciding which surgical procedure is best for their ailment. However this would suggest that ICT is ailing in primary schools but the truth is far from it. There is a huge body of knowledge and expertise in… Continue

Added by andy mellor on September 24, 2012 at 5:55am — No Comments

Globalizing the Classroom

I just began research for an article, which will tie together technology use, 21st century global classrooms and interdisciplinary studies. While media are endless, ways in which teachers can use them often are not. My aim is to shed some light on the how global projects can be used across content areas to engage students in authentic and meaningful learning experiences.

An additional component of global classrooms that will need addressed is the resistance of teachers to rise…

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Added by Sasha Reese on September 23, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

The 6 "P's" of Education

Dell Computer has sponsored four education Think Tanks over the last year, or so, and I have been fortunate to participate in three of them. At each get-together educators, education related organizers, education industry executives, and most recently students, were brought together in an open discussion on the weighty topics of education and education reform. All of the discussions were video-taped, and live-streamed, and even animated on a mural to a viewing audience. The final production…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on September 23, 2012 at 8:11pm — No Comments

BYOT continued

After attending a workshop for the Southwestern Pennsylvania's Principals Academy this month, I had the opportunity to speak with an administrator from a nearby district.  The high school in this district became BYOT in the 2010 school year.  It was a very rough start because student guidelines and expectations were not given, teachers were not prepared, and discipline issues not discussed.  Eventhough this was not well supported, the middle school started BYOT in the 2011 school year and…

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Added by Lenni D. Nedley on September 23, 2012 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Two Cents in Twitter Chats, Priceless Results!



As I have become more actively involved in the education world online, joining Twitter, participating in chats like #edchat, #engchat, meeting like-minded colleagues who share my passion for education and technology, I have realized all is not lost in education reform. Twitter chats like #edchat and others are instrumental in creating the impetus we need to once and for all effect change for the better. While the physical world struggles to provide…
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Added by Ary Aranguiz on September 21, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Mural.ly the future of collaboration and presentation?

Just come across the online tool Mural.ly.

 

The tool allows you visually store collections of information. These can be web pages, images, pdf files and more. It seems to be like Wallwisher with an adrenaline rush.

I really like tools that offer visual ways to show collections of data.…

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Added by Richard Nelson on September 21, 2012 at 6:34am — No Comments

Screencasting Made Easy With CamStudio





Being able to create a screencast has become so much more important since the flipped classroom…
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Added by Lynda Hall on September 21, 2012 at 12:49am — No Comments

SpellingCity Now Has A Free App

Now kids are back to school.  This means weekly spelling lists started.  I found a great app that can help the busy parents keep track of the lists, and ensure the kids…

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Added by iGameMom on September 20, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Celebrate Teachers Today and Every Day

Great teachers are invaluable, yet too often their tireless work goes unnoticed or worse, unappreciated. While teacher appreciation week is in May, why wait to recognize the incredible work of our educators? These individuals dedicate their lives to developing the next generation. They come in early to prepare special lessons and stay late to help tutor struggling students.…

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Added by Rebecca Howard on September 19, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Unique History App – Timeline Eons

Timeline Eons is an app that displays major events throughout the history of the world.  All events are organized along the timeline.  You can choose to zoom the timeline to see more events during a certain time period.  Most events have pictures.  Tap on each single event will bring up more detailed information of that event.  If you are connected to the…

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Added by iGameMom on September 19, 2012 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Interactive App Exploring Frog’s Life Cycle

Rounds: Franklin Frog is a great interactive nonfiction app for toddlers.  It explores the life cycle of a frog — including feeding, hibernation, mating, birth, growing from tadpoles, and maturation — in a way that the toddlers can understand and are intrigued to explore more. ...[…

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Added by iGameMom on September 19, 2012 at 12:08pm — No Comments

The Oregon Trails - History Simulation Game

The Oregon Trail is an educational simulation game teaching kids what it was like to be a pioneer traveling west in the 1800s.  It is based on the classic PC simulation game The Oregon Trail, which was created in the 1970s.

In the game, kids join a historic wagon train traveling westward fromMissouri to Oregon. ...[…

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Added by iGameMom on September 19, 2012 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Vlogging What You Preach

I was meeting on Friday with Andrea Hernandez, our Director of Teaching & Learning (formally "21st Century Learning" - we are trying to message that "21st Century Learning" is synonymous with "Teaching & Learning"), who chided me for not role modeling what was expected of all our faculty.  Namely, where was my evidence for my own summer learning!

I blogged, …

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Added by Jon Mitzmacher on September 19, 2012 at 10:37am — No Comments

Teaching About the 13 English Colonies

Teaching About the 13 English Colonies

 

The Colonial Era is one of my favorite periods to teach. It is so dynamic, with so many forces at play. It formed the foundation on which all of the United States’ history and future is built. It is very important for us to help our students make these connections. In this post I will share some ideas for teaching about this exciting era when all was new in America.  Visit…

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Added by Debra Collett on September 18, 2012 at 11:22pm — No Comments

BYOT in Middle Schools

In a school district that has felt the hardship of budget cuts, creating a organized successful model for introducing BYOT is needed.  Questions and concerns from all stakeholders in the school rise concerning controlling usage, wireless connections, possible theft, and digital responsibility. 

The first challenge for an administrator is to have the faculty jump on board to this trend.

Added by Lenni D. Nedley on September 15, 2012 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Disabilities vs Differing abilities

As I have been travelling internationally speaking on assistive technology, I have been tuning into the fact that we tend to use the idea of disabilities incorrectly.  We tend to use it as a category where we can place children or adults who have issues causing them to be outside of the "norm."  The more I meet these people, the more I see that they have differing abilities from us, but still have a voice (figuratively) and a story to be told.  Do they lack certain abilities that we have,…

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Added by Dr. Raymond T. Heipp on September 14, 2012 at 8:01pm — No Comments

Free Readers Theatre About Colonial Period

My next post will be on teaching about the Era of Colonization. Right now I am

working on a student and…

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Added by Debra Collett on September 12, 2012 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Teamwork~Individual Commitment to Group Effort

Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

Vince Lombardi

 

As we open the 2012-2013 school year, I cannot think of a more important idea than the one that Vince Lombardi speaks to in the above quote.  Vince Lombardi, was an American football coach. He is best known as the head coach of…

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Added by Eric Skanson on September 12, 2012 at 11:27am — No Comments

Flubaroo: A Google Drive Online Marking System





 


Flubaroo in conjunction with Google Drive makes marking easier!



At this time of year, teachers are usually buried under piles of final exams that need to be graded quickly for the preparation of year end report cards.  Would it not be nice if in a couple of mouse clicks, all the…
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Added by Lynda Hall on September 10, 2012 at 12:02am — No Comments

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