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Scrambled Eggs! Reflections of a Beginner on Web 2.0.

My brain feels like scrambled eggs! 6 months ago I didn't know what web 2.0 was. I asked my school ICT teaching and learning coordinator to set up a blog page for me and my students (I was not even sure what a blog page was) because instinctively I knew that it would be a great way for my students to communicate with each other, and for me to communicate with them in a logged, written format. My only previous exposure to blogging was due to the purchase of an iMac (you gotta love a piece… Continue

Added by Jennifer Potier on January 3, 2010 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Ending techno-criticism in education?

What must schools look and be like in order to take advantage of laptop computers and other technology? Here's how my colleague Alan Bain and I are thinking about that question: "The End of Techno-Critique: The Naked Truth about 1:1 Laptop Initiatives and Educational Change" http://bit.ly/4F8B5Z

Added by Mark E. Weston Ph.D. on December 29, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Technology Tools Used to Enhance Our Homeschooling

As the year comes to an end, I find myself, like many, reflecting on what worked and didn't work last semester. As I looked back through our projects, I was amazed at the progress made by our children. I want to share some of the ways we used technology to enhance the learning process. Even though some activities were not successful and we ran into the usual frustrations associated with technology, there were many exciting moments. Check out the full post at… Continue

Added by Ashley Allain on December 27, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Student Teaching and Learning Group

The Teaching and Learning Group



At Hawes Side we have worked for many years to develop student voice. One of the most important groups I meet with regularly is our T&L Group. This is made up of a group of children in Y6 (10 and 11 year olds). One day a week we have lunch together and share our thoughts on a range of topics that we feel will ultimately help us become better learners.



Our research recently has featured on the qualities of an effective learner. The first… Continue

Added by Michael Shepherd on December 22, 2009 at 10:13am — No Comments

A Journey in TEFL

LETTERS, THE TEACHER'S ELVES



I’m sure we sometimes finish the lesson before the planned time or we see that our students are lost and aren’t following us then we tend to find something to motivate them.



It’s always a good idea to have something ready for these moments. Fillers are great. They are short, energising and motivating.



Whenever I feel we are stuck in the middle of the lesson and have nothing to continue, I use one of the simplest tools that I have,… Continue

Added by Eva Büyüksimkeşyan on December 20, 2009 at 9:41am — No Comments

Ubuntu Educators Community

The world at times is a do-ocracy. Tonight I decided to create a Ning community for Ubuntu Educators. I wanted to create this community to give educators and those supporting educators a place to:



* Share ideas about how to use FOSS in the classroom

* Share success stories

* Ask questions on how to develop curriculum using FOSS



In short have a resource that discusses pedagogy. While there is a great amount of information pertaining to the more technical side of… Continue

Added by cprofitt on December 13, 2009 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Kepler Space University (Online)

Seeking professors and high school teachers.

Added by Robert L. Frantz on December 11, 2009 at 10:07am — No Comments

QUIET TUBE ROCKS!

I've always hated pulling up YouTube videos due to the comments, related videos, and other junk that are crawling all over the pages for individual videos. Well I have just found the cure from (@cliotech aka Jennifer Dorman on Twitter).

The cure is QUIET TUBE. All you need to do is drag the Quiet Tube button into your bookmark toolbar and when you find a video on YouTube or other related site you just need to click the Quiet Tube button and the video plays alone in a separate window...no… Continue

Added by Kurt Schollin on December 10, 2009 at 11:39pm — No Comments

Conquering History with Scratch

Our fourth grader created an interactive report on William the Conqueror using Scratch. Isn't it great to live in the Age of Web 2.0! Check out my latest post at HyperHomeschool.
Enjoy!

Added by Ashley Allain on December 10, 2009 at 6:59pm — No Comments

Fireside Chat with Joyce and Konrad: December 12th, 6:30 pm GMT

This Saturday there will be a live Fireside Chat with Joyce Valenza and Konrad Glogowski, the keynoters for week 1 of the k12Online Conference 2009. The live chat will take place at EdTechTalk --> http://edtechtalk.com/live where participants can hear the keynoters and chat in the chatroom. The Fireside Chat is scheduled at 6:30pmGMT -->… Continue

Added by mrsdurff on December 9, 2009 at 9:18pm — No Comments

Dissertation buy or not to buy-that is the question?

The pressure of writing a dissertation is most monstrous and unimaginable. Due to inability to handle the ginormous task on their own and deadly threatening time constraint, many people decide to buy a dissertation.



It is neither an easy task to decide where to buy dissertation from nor ask for an advice on it. Judgmental as advisors may be, they regard buying dissertation online unethical which is… Continue

Added by Gaili Jensen on December 2, 2009 at 1:37am — No Comments

Edchat Wordle from 12/1/09

I have yet to have the chance to participate in an Edchat discussion on Twitter, however I have spent some time looking over a few of the transcripts. I think this is a great tool/forum and look forward to participating in the near future. After looking over the transcript this evening, I decided to copy the text and create a Wordle (subtracting date, time, usernames, and other things like "RT", "@", and "#edchat")...it was easier than it might sound.



I thought it was neat to see the… Continue

Added by Kurt Schollin on December 1, 2009 at 11:59pm — No Comments

K12 Online Conference 2009

The K12Online Conference 2009 is about to begin! So far this year we have enjoyed 3 LAN parties leading up to the main conference. The LAN parties featured past presenters, their presentations, and chat room hullabaloo. While this was all connecting and learning, the main event really gets me dancing! The preconference keynote goes live on Monday, November 30, 2009 at 12:00:00GMT --> Time Where You Are. This doesn't mean you have to be there the… Continue

Added by mrsdurff on November 28, 2009 at 6:11pm — No Comments

A journey in TEFL

Would you like to join us?

Christmas is a time when we come together with our families or share the joy of the kids at home or remember people who need our help, affection or concern.



For us, the EFL teachers, Christmas is a time when we try to do fun activities with our classes.



Watching the movie, About a boy, with my students and listening to the Christmas song Will’s father wrote rang a bell and I just jotted down the ideas to start this project. I’ll do it… Continue

Added by Eva Büyüksimkeşyan on November 27, 2009 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Building Delicious Network

Looking to connect with HS English teachers and HS journalism teachers.

Added by Deborah Aughey on November 27, 2009 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Watch Know: Videos for kids to learn from



As we all know, there are some great educational videos out there to use with our students. Some of us have the luxury of using Discovery Education Streaming, Safari Montage, Learn 360, BrainPop, or other subscription-type services. For those that do not, WatchKnow is a terrific site that "organizes all of the best free educational videos made for children."



"WatchKnow is both a… Continue

Added by Kurt Schollin on November 25, 2009 at 1:26am — No Comments

A journey in TEFL

I just posted a list of the web 2.0 tools and how I used them on my blog. http://evasimkesyan.edublogs.org/ and later I found out PinDax, an online message board creator with colorful post-it note options and I prepared a noticeboard with the tools I've used so far.http://www.pindax.com/myboard If you add the ones that you like to use, I'll be very happy.

Added by Eva Büyüksimkeşyan on November 23, 2009 at 5:04pm — No Comments

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