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Educational Technology: It's Gotta Be the Best of Both

Started this discussion. Last reply by Diann Caviness Mar 7, 2009. 3 Replies

The Times They Are A-Changin'

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Nelson Mar 4, 2009. 1 Reply

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Shelly Blake-Plock replied to Shelly Blake-Plock's discussion From the Digital Trenches: Free Advice
"Hello everybody who has replied recently! Rather than take up a ton of space here, I'd direct you over to www.teachpaperless.com where I have nearly 600 posts written in the last 10 months about the issues you've raised here as well as…"
Nov 6, 2009
Kari Duffy replied to Shelly Blake-Plock's discussion From the Digital Trenches: Free Advice
"That does! Thanks, Layman. I have already set up one wikispace site. So I think I will go in and set up some more. Do you use their e-mails or do you have wikispaces create usernames/accounts, etc?"
Nov 6, 2009
Kari Duffy replied to Shelly Blake-Plock's discussion From the Digital Trenches: Free Advice
"Hi Shelly, I am new to Classroom 2.0 and new to technology! I have been reading through the forums to see if I can find answers to my questions, and I have gotten a lot of answers, but I still have some very specific questions. If you have used…"
Nov 5, 2009
Shelly Blake-Plock posted a blog post

From Shakespeare to 21st Century Geeks: TeachPaperless Guest Posts at Change.org

Guest posts from Change.org's education blog: here's a week's worth of work covering everything from Romeo and Juliet to Geek Culture to Mobile Education to Digital Health.
Jul 22, 2009
Shelly Blake-Plock posted blog posts
Jun 11, 2009
Shelly Blake-Plock posted a discussion

What does Internet blocking suggest to students?

The discussion at ISTE Connects concerning Students and Internet Blocking has been remarkable.In the past week, we've had discussion between teachers and admins on all sides of the debate, IT and tech workers whose job description entails doing the actual blocking, and even executives from the filtering industry.Come join the discussion.See More
Jun 11, 2009
Shelly Blake-Plock posted a blog post

Participatory Media Rights in Education Now!

Participatory Media Rights in Education Now!I get sick to my stomach every time I hear of a school banning Twitter. I feel even worse for teachers and students who have never had the opportunity to use Twitter in the classroom.I've spent the past week live blogging what I think are very successful uses of Twitter in class. I dare any administrator to visit my Twitter-enhanced Latin classes and then tell me social media has no place in a school building.I wish I were more eloquent. If I were, I…See More
May 13, 2009
Shelly Blake-Plock posted a blog post

TP's Edcast Mix

I'm messing around with NPR's custom-podcast tool.Just created a custom-cast that ostensibly will fill up with NPR stories about education and digital culture.First story that popped up on my iTunes library was about colleges dropping textbooks in favor of e-books.Here's the link to my mix:…See More
Apr 13, 2009
Shelly Blake-Plock posted a blog post

Why Not Ask the Students?

There's been a lot of talk recently about 21st Century Skills. But most of this talk has been between folks who stand to make a lot of money off the use of tech on the one side and folks who are suspicious of -- if not fundamentally opposed to -- tech on the other. Like most discussions in education, the voice missing in the debate is that of the students themselves.So, I asked students in one of my paperless high school Latin classes to tell me how things were going for them. I wanted to know…See More
Mar 31, 2009
Shelly Blake-Plock posted a blog post

Trust.. [a snippet of a post from TeachPaperless]

Do you trust your students?A lot of the debate around the manageability of a paperless classroom has to do with trust. Of course there are going to be times when students are caught off-track doing something they aren't supposed to be doing. They are kids, after all. And they've gotten into trouble like this long before the advent of 1:1 computing. But what do you do now that instead of a student sneaking in a comic book to history class, the student's laptop is connected to thousands of comic…See More
Mar 22, 2009
Shelly Blake-Plock posted a blog post

TeachPaperless nears 125 posts in just over five weeks...

TeachPaperless roars towards 125 posts in the days leading up to the Ides of March!Recent discussion includes: 21st Century Skills, Tech Camp, Interactive Digital Storyboarding, and Online Texts. Come join the discussion.TeachPaperless: Helping Teachers Create Paperless ClassroomsSee More
Mar 12, 2009
Diann Caviness replied to Shelly Blake-Plock's discussion Educational Technology: It's Gotta Be the Best of Both
"I love your idea of Freshman Only computer camp. What a great idea! I too am in a middle school. The teachers assume the students know how to do this and know how to do that but in reality all they know is how to surf the internet, use myspace and…"
Mar 7, 2009
Shelly Blake-Plock replied to Shelly Blake-Plock's discussion Educational Technology: It's Gotta Be the Best of Both
"I disagree. It's a matter of streamlining. Keep it simple. Don't let them get caught up in the 'bells and whistles'; you are the teacher. Summertime is for getting outside and running around, not being trained on a…"
Mar 6, 2009
Sharon Stephens replied to Shelly Blake-Plock's discussion Educational Technology: It's Gotta Be the Best of Both
"Your point is why so many teachers avoid technology all together. Our middle school students get caught up in the "bells and whistles" and rarely get to the content. Time is the classroom teacher's enemy. Finding enough hours in the…"
Mar 6, 2009
Shelly Blake-Plock posted a discussion

Educational Technology: It's Gotta Be the Best of Both

From a recent four-part series on TeachPaperless..."I don't want us to lose sight of the 'educational' part of 'educational technology'. We can teach kids to use blogs til the cows come home, but if we don't give them the critical and creative skills they need to use their minds to produce content and analysis, well then we're just gonna be stuck with a bunch of mindless drones anyway. If however, we denigrate the 'technology' part of…See More
Mar 6, 2009
Bill Nelson replied to Shelly Blake-Plock's discussion The Times They Are A-Changin'
"It suprised me, when I was a lecturer in a computer science department at a state university, that the other educators did not build web sites for their individual classes. My lectures were built as Web pages which were projected onto the wall in a…"
Mar 4, 2009

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About Me
Like many artists, avant-garde Baltimore musician and composer Shelly Blake-Plock has got a day job. Between the hours of 7:30AM and 3PM, the Red Room Collective member uses the name written on his birth certificate -- R. Richard Wojewodzki -- as he dons the attire of a fair-mannered Latin and Art History teacher at Bel Air's John Carroll School. He does, however, manage to pull a little of the avant-garde into the classroom -- for his classroom is entirely paperless.

Shelly Blake-Plock's Blog

From Shakespeare to 21st Century Geeks: TeachPaperless Guest Posts at Change.org

Posted on July 22, 2009 at 10:51am 0 Comments

Guest posts from Change.org's education blog: here's a week's worth of work covering everything from Romeo and Juliet to Geek Culture to Mobile Education to Digital Health.

Get Off Textbooks

Posted on June 11, 2009 at 7:26am 0 Comments

"By second quarter, I had scrapped the textbook and was teaching entirely using unabridged novels and plays. I didn't last long at the school, but at least in my time there my kids got a more authentic experience of literature..."

Read the whole post: Get Off Textbooks.

Top Ten Most Requested Posts on TeachPaperless.com

Posted on June 11, 2009 at 6:37am 0 Comments

Here's a link to the Top Ten most requested articles on TeachPaperless.com as well as the series on using Twitter in the Classroom.



340 posts in four-and-a-half months, and TeachPaperless is going strong. I'll be continuing to post daily throughout the summer, and remember that every Friday TP runs the Friday Chat -- a 45 minute live chat discussion of topics important to educators in… Continue

Participatory Media Rights in Education Now!

Posted on May 13, 2009 at 9:51am 0 Comments

Participatory Media Rights in Education Now!



I get sick to my stomach every time I hear of a school banning Twitter. I feel even worse for teachers and students who have never had the opportunity to use Twitter in the classroom.



I've spent the past week live blogging what I think are very successful uses of Twitter in class. I dare any administrator to visit my Twitter-enhanced Latin classes and then tell me social media has no place in a school building.



I wish… Continue

TP's Edcast Mix

Posted on April 13, 2009 at 9:59pm 0 Comments

I'm messing around with NPR's custom-podcast tool.



Just created a custom-cast that ostensibly will fill up with NPR stories about education and digital culture.



First story that popped up on my iTunes library was about colleges dropping textbooks in favor of e-books.



Here's the link to my mix:… Continue

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At 11:49pm on July 1, 2009, Cliff Baker said…
I thought you might enjoy this article on a school that got rid of math books and began developing a new curriculum.
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/article1014663.ece#

BTW, I've enjoyed your NECC posts.

Cliff
At 12:47pm on March 31, 2009, gwyneth jones said…
Hello neighbor! love your paperless position...sometimes i wanna just say "it's the future people, just deal with it"
~Gwyneth
At 7:22am on February 11, 2009, Patricia Donaghy said…
Hi Shelly, just came across your blog. The paperless classroom is indeed a great idea!! Once the technology is available in all classrooms, there seems no excuse really. You may be interested in adding your blog to the International Edubloggers Directory. It would be a great thought provoking addition.
Patricia
At 4:32am on February 7, 2009, YvonneOsborn said…
Hello Shelly from Melbourne, Australia where it has been 115.5F today.Welcome to Classroom 2.0. I agree with your pholosophy regarding teaching paperless and enjoyed your blog.I will certainly be providing the link to to my colleagues. I am a Primary Visual Arts teacher so I need to use paper for Art work but I am hopless at using a photocopier as I wouldn't have produced a worksheet in the 22 years I have taught Art.What concerned me as I sorted out bags papers I had brought home from school at the end of 2008 was the sheer amount of paper that the Administration had wasted on us as teachers. I think it could all have been said on a blog or wikispace but I was left with 3 full garbage bags.
I look forward to reading more of your posts. Cheers, Yvonne.
 
 
 

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