October 2009 Blog Posts (124)


I enjoy how easy Kidspiration is to navigate. I had no problem figuring out what to do. It was fun adding pictures and images. Writing out the prayers for my friends and family was a great time to reflect and i even found myself getting teary. I really enjoyed this project. I will definitely use kidspiration for other projects in the future.

Added by Ashton Servies on October 6, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

My Life Mind Map

So...my first time really using Kidspiration! And the verdict is.......it's functional enough so that I will probably use it in the future in some way, and it's easy enough to use that I CAN use it in the future! I am always scared when I am forced to experiment with a new piece of technology, but in the end, I am always amazed at what happens when I step out on that limb. Once again, I have learned about myself through the discovery of the new program, but also through the fulfillment of the… Continue

Added by Maegan Freese on October 6, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Ways to View Video in the Classroom

Cross-posted at The WebFooted Booklady.

A tweet requesting some ideas for engaging students during video screenings in class got me thinking. As I couldn't cram it all into 140 characters I responded on my blog:

- Show the video with no sound or with sound but no picture. Ask students to tell what they have understood and what questions they have. Show the video again with both sound and visuals and have them complete their summary.

- Show the video without sound and… Continue

Added by Lesley Edwards on October 6, 2009 at 8:27am — No Comments

War People Farming Kill Alpha Ranch Passive

Soldiers, politicians and the Holy Church all declare war to be an abomination and yet two global wars were fought in the last century and many conflicts since, some deliberately escalated. At first glance, it would appear that war is fought for two reasons defense or conquest. If this holds true than every military engagement can be quantified as either defensive or offensive. The problem with attempting to explain every military operation as either defensive or offensive comes with three… Continue

Added by H2onE2 on October 5, 2009 at 7:09pm — No Comments


I really enjoyed working on my Kidspiration project. By doing the project and using the program myself, I was able to see how students in my future classroom would benefit from using the program. It is a great way to organize random brainstorms into ordered and manageable outlines.

Not only can you make outlines, but you can also apply visuals so that you can see the big picture and how each idea comes together to form the main idea- and in this case, it was what important… Continue

Added by Sarah Schnautz on October 5, 2009 at 10:17am — No Comments

Google Apps for Education vs Microsoft’s Live@edu

The second part of our look at the free online apps for education from these kingpins of the software industry.

One of the first things that struck me about Google’s “Education Edition” of Google Apps was that their informational pages seemed a lot less cluttered than Microsoft’s. You get a cleaner, more precise overview, and while there is some depth to the information and links provided, I didn’t find myself… Continue

Added by Kelly Walsh on October 5, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Napsterization of Books Freaks Me Out!!

Jim Burke turned me onto this NY Times article about the "Napsterization of Books" and I gotta say, it kinda sends a chill up my spine. Why? Well, because first and foremost, I am an author. I feed my family, pay my house bills and supplement my teaching income working in a high school (because who, in California, can afford to… Continue

Added by Alan Sitomer on October 5, 2009 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

College Fair in Second Life

College Fair in Second Life
Presentations: 24th and 25th October 2009
Exhibits displayed: 24th Oct to 13 No. 2009
Venue; International Schools Island
Full details at ... http://bit.ly/SLCF09
Tag: #SLCF09

Added by Shamblesguru (Chris Smith) on October 5, 2009 at 6:07am — No Comments

Starting to start getting started

So what have I been up to?

I have a Ning for my class groups to communicate through. Did the Wordle stuff and found it potentially very useful for presentations. Uploaded a SlideShare and added a Youtube videos to the presenation (even though my district blocks Youtube and i won't be able to use the slides there). Began creating a wesite with Weebly to see what could be done by little ole me. Skyped, twittered and looked at plurking. Last week produced a few podcsts with my students,… Continue

Added by Artie O'Connor on October 4, 2009 at 7:28pm — No Comments

Possible websites/Tools I will use in my future classroom

Cool Tools for Schools


Demo: http://www.viddix.com/watch.php?v=47f43c36a5ed5

- In using Viddix, my students will do their presentations via Viddix instead of standing in front of the classroom talking. An example would be the left screen will showing the student speaking and the right screen showing a student’s meal/exercise plan for one day of the week.



- In using Ask, students can research current events… Continue

Added by Sarah Thomas on October 4, 2009 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Radically Student-Driven Learning

As an interning teacher of high school German, something I'm really struggling with is when students just don't put a lot of effort into my assignments. But not because I can't understand why - it's because I DO understand. The activities I give in class and assignments I give for homework can't be flexible enough to perfectly accommodate every student. Some don't really need the practice, others need to work more on the basics, and perhaps most of them would learn better some other way. Like… Continue

Added by Chris Fritz on October 4, 2009 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Face to Face networking at Tutor/Mentor Conference in Chicago on Nov. 19 and 20

I meet many different people via my Internet work, and share many of their ideas on my blog and the links at http://www.tutormentorconnection.org

Every six months I host a conference in Chicago intended to draw together people who focus on volunteer based tutoring and mentoring, online learning, workforce development and other strategies aimed to help kids… Continue

Added by Daniel Bassill on October 4, 2009 at 9:38am — No Comments



Added by Michel Reverte on October 3, 2009 at 2:38pm — No Comments

How has a teacher sparked your imagination?

This is a promo video that we did to initiate broad conversations about the teachers who have inspired us. Tell me, how did a teacher in your life help ignite your… Continue

Added by Ellen on October 3, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

New month--putting ideas to work

In the library, my stats are down compared to next year. I'm not to worried yet...We did have computer problems at the beginning of the year (anyone out there using Follett). Many of my classroom teachers have classroom libraries. Some students are not checking out because they are reading a novel in class, and don't want to get the plots mixed up. Oh, did I mention the library down the street?

The first 20 min of the day are at the descretion of the teacher--so the kids can be doing… Continue

Added by Dana Buchanan on October 3, 2009 at 12:19pm — No Comments


Come Help us

Added by Manjula Deshappriya on October 3, 2009 at 11:25am — No Comments

Thông báo tuyển sinh

Với trình độ, kinh nghiệm và uy tín lâu năm trong giảng dạy của đội ngũ giáo viên, được sự hưởng ứng cao của các bậc phụ huynh, đồng nghiệp và các em học sinh, hiện nay Trung tâm Đa năng SNM mở các lớp đào tạo tiếng Anh qua mạng như sau:

I. Chương trình đào tạo:

1. Tiếng Anh Xuất khẩu lao động(XKLĐ): Dành cho những ai có nhu cầu học tiếng Anh để đi làm việc tại các quốc gia có sử dụng tiếng Anh trên toàn thế giới.

2. Tiếng Anh trẻ em: Dành cho các em học sinh từ Mẫu giáo đến hết… Continue

Added by Mr. Nguyen Duc Sang on October 3, 2009 at 9:49am — No Comments

When losing 7 billion isn't that big a deal.

Turns out that Bill Gates lost 7 billion dollars last year. That's billion with a B. I gotta say, he's a better man than I cause if I had lost even a mere 7 million last year -- that's million with an M -- I'd certainly be doing some very vocal complaining to whomever would listen right now.

Funny thing is though that I don't really get a sense that this loss affected his life all that much. I mean did he suddenly start carefully selecting where it makes fiscal sense to eat… Continue

Added by Alan Sitomer on October 3, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

Connected Marine Biology Students Host Public Movie Screening

The problem

According to NOAA, over half of the population of the United States lives within 50 miles of the coastline. This trend holds up over the vast majority of the world, and… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on October 2, 2009 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Red Ribbon Week Ideas

This year Charlotte Wood is planning to forgo the "Sage on the Stage" assembly for $1000.00. Instead we are working with Leadership, Danville PD, and video production to put 5 - 5 minute videos with strong anti drug/alcohol messages. Each morning of RRW, via the closed circuit television, the student body representative will introduce the theme for the day, and then the video. We have created some of our own videos and have taken some from Natural High 3. Wish us luck!

Added by Karen Schneider on October 2, 2009 at 10:13am — No Comments

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