March 2010 Blog Posts (139)

Bring PRI's THE WORLD into your science classroom with new FREE Podcasts!



Are you a fan of National Public Radio?



Are you looking for ways to bring science current events into your classroom?



Teachers' Domain, WGBH's free digital media library for K-12 classrooms, has just launched a collection of downloadable audio segments drawn from PRI's The World. Check… Continue

Added by Daniella Quinones on March 31, 2010 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Scvngr: A cool tool for the classroom

I have read about Scvngr a few times, but yesterday finally decided to give it a try in class. We are studying Shakespeare right now which is not a favorite topic of study for most students. I hoped that by using something like Scvngr might engage them in the subject. Boy howdy, did it do the job! The students loved it.

Basically, I used Scvngr to set up a scavenger hunt within a copy of text that we read in…

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Added by Jeremy Kaiser on March 30, 2010 at 10:02pm — No Comments

COMUNITY PICASA IN EDUCATION

Greetings from Spain



I am a teacher of elementary education (6 to 12 years) and I want to introduce the community…
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Added by Francesc on March 30, 2010 at 2:57pm — No Comments

TESOL Confgerence 2010 Re-Imagining TESOL, Boston, Mass

I have just returned from the annual TESOL Conference in Boston, Mass. I am so energized with all of the information that was provided in the CALL sessions. There are so many online tools that can be used with our ESL/EFL students in the classroom. I would like to share some of the sessions that I attended.



Alice.org



Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an… Continue

Added by Carol E. Kubota on March 30, 2010 at 8:55am — No Comments

Chapter 11: The Reality of Challenging Texts in High School Science and Social Studies. (Eric Sandstrom, Eric Mason)

This chapter dealt with the mediation of knowledge in a cross content manner through six specific types of knowledge or skills needed for critical reasoning and comprehension:

Semantic Skills - word knowledge of the particular teminology of a given subject area.

Mathematical Skills - application of mathematical concepts to social studies…

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Added by Eric Sandstrom on March 29, 2010 at 9:40am — No Comments

Great Education Technology Story: CPS Student Response System helps to improve FCAT scores

7th Grade Math Teacher shows clear learning outcome improvements while engaging students with this interactive education technology.

As announced last week, one of our two winners in…

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Added by Kelly Walsh on March 28, 2010 at 2:25pm — No Comments

"Water: Our Thirsty World" free download til 4/2 from National Geographic

This single-topic issue of National Geographic magazine highlights the challenges facing our most essential natural resource. "Water: Our Thirsty World" is available for free download starting on World Water Day, March 22, and extending through April 2, 2010.

This interactive edition of National Geographic magazine presents complete content from the print edition, plus extra photo galleries,…

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Added by Dr. Rita Oates on March 28, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

DIY Interactive classroom Whiteboard for less than $100 (Chapter2)

Edited by: Ronnie Ji

Email: jdengfeng@gmail.com

Please let me know if you want to use anything in this post.





Required software list:

iWiiBoard (Current version: Pro V4.0) $29.99

Interactive whiteboard software

Publisher: http://www.iwiiboard.com



Use built-in automated Wiimote connect to search and connect your Wiimote





1. Click Wiimote search… Continue

Added by Ronnie Ji on March 28, 2010 at 4:13am — No Comments

Commentary on the State of Education

Tim Stahmer offers his take on the state of education in his recent blog Not Asking the Right Question. It's a quick read, but it does imply that educators and policy makers need to sit down and look at what we want 21st century education to look like and then develop methods to get there.

Added by Gary Latman on March 27, 2010 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Of Mobile Devices, Apps, Games and Casual Mobile Learning

With fresh inspiration from a course I just finished here at Stanford on "Casual Learning Technologies for the iPhone" in which we designed casual apps for kids and adults, I've authored a 2-part article for Smartbean. The first is a brief discussion of research on the power of learning through games (including Gee's principles on "good learning" with well-designed games) -… Continue

Added by Shuchi Grover on March 27, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Childhood Obesity. Fact or Fiction?

Childhood Obesity!

This is a very popular subject now.....BUT, I have visited many schools this past year, and don't recall seeing a large nimber of overweight or obese students in the classes or in the halls. In fact, I cannot remember seeing one pudgy kid!

Do you think that this is a regional or income related issue?

I visit schools in New Jersey, most have been in middle class neighborhoods, with a good mix of incomes and ethnic…

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Added by John J Caprice on March 27, 2010 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Running for ISTE PK-12 Board of Directors -I would Love Your vote! :-)

Isn't this a face and a cartoon you can trust to represent you in the PK-12 for ISTE Board of Directors?

Voting for the 2010-2011 ISTE Board of Directors will begin March 11 and end April 12, 2010.



Hi everyone! Well, I've never run for a position like this before (local sure, but not international!) so I'm not sure this blog is… Continue

Added by gwyneth jones on March 26, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

SPEAKING HIS MIND: Marcelas Owens Speaks Out for Healthcare

by Brennan LaBrie





History was made last Tuesday when President Barack Obama signed the healthcare bill into law.



Marcelas Owens, an 11-year-old from Seattle,… Continue

Added by Jack Olmsted on March 26, 2010 at 7:31am — No Comments

Hurrying towards the AIEEE solutions…

With only one month to go for the AIEEE 2010 exams students are fretting, burning the midnight oil night after night. It won’t be long before the D day comes and it will be time for students to perform, using everything that they have learnt through the months of preparing for the AIEEE 2010.



Just a day of relief and fidgety students will spring back into action the next day of the AIEEE exams searching for AIEEE solutions &…

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Added by Saumil Shrivastava on March 25, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Two Videos That Demonstrate the Importance of Technology Literacy

From the "Did You Know" video, I learned the power of collaboration is not limited to educators in the educational process. Our students must be able to collaborate with their classmates as well as students of other countries.This global network is one in which our students must become proficient. As educators we seek to keep things in a more controlled environment. We eliminate the useage of cell phones in our buildings and prohibit access to servers from handheld…

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Added by David Jaroscak on March 25, 2010 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

eTextbook Update

According to the Columbus Dispatch, some Democratic legislators in state of Ohio are pursuing mandatory e-textbooks for college students. The hope is that it will reduce the cost of textbooks for college students by as much as 50%. Should save a lot of trees and money on chiropractor bills, as well.

Added by Steve Tanksley on March 25, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Publishing Student Work in the Elementary Grades

I am gathering ideas to share with an elementary school in Waltham, MA. They have a writing initiative and they are looking for good ideas for students (K-5) to publish their writing so that the writing is meaningful and purposeful. I have been gathering websites and examples and posting here:…

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Added by Sandra Roby on March 25, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

They Are Already Here!



I must admit that I find Shirky’s book fascinating and find myself quoting or mentioning it in conversation, or even worse, interrupting my husband to read an excerpt to him. The author brings up some interesting points, as many have mentioned, including the issues surrounding the theft of the cell phone. I particularly found it interesting to take note of the schematic drawings in chapter two of…

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Added by Janice Burroughs on March 25, 2010 at 1:02pm — No Comments

The Third International Online Conference, "Opening Gates in Teacher Education, 2011: Teacher Education in the Age of Globalization

The Third International Online Conference, "Opening Gates in Teacher Education, 2011: Teacher Education in the Age of Globalization," will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 25-26,…

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Added by Reuven Werber on March 25, 2010 at 1:00am — No Comments

Symbiosis Pune Distance Learning MBA is the Savior in disguise!

The competition faced by MBA aspirants every year from their counterparts is not an easy hurdle to cross. It might easily happen that an individual not lacking in potential may be unable to find a place in any of the reputed MBA Colleges in India. Many think this juncture to be an end of all possibilities. However, that is not the case with MBA courses available to students in modes namely, symbiosis distance learning MBA and…

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Added by Saumil Shrivastava on March 25, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

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