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Google Apps Guidance Needed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Aug 13, 2009. 16 Replies

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I have been in education since 1996 and have never taught in a classroom without access to at least 6 computers all online. After teaching grades 1, 2, and 3, I worked as a Curriculum Technology Specialist supporting 2 elementary schools. Then for 2 years I was the computer lab teacher teaching and supporting grades PK through 3rd. I am currently the Technology Coach supporting grades 4th through 5th in an all boys school.

Melissa Smith's Blog

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Posted on February 1, 2009 at 5:22pm 0 Comments

Would love for you to follow my blog, give me feedback, advice and input in what I am trying to do with my teachers and students. We are and I am reflecting on implementing wikis, blogs, voicethreads, podcasting, collaborative projects...

Diary of a Technology Supporter

Internet Safety

Posted on May 15, 2008 at 12:41pm 0 Comments

I am about to embark on creating an Internet Safety curriculum for grades 1 through 6. I am going to hit on topics dealing mostly with cyberspace; keeping your personal identification safe, choosing passwords and usernames, bullying. I am also going to be dealing with the parents. I am planning on having a "tea/coffee time" set up maybe once or twice a month to introduce web tools to them. How to talk to their children about Internet safety, etc.

This is going to be a huge project… Continue

Humorous Learning Experience

Posted on May 6, 2008 at 3:26pm 1 Comment

I am learning and rushing and trying to beat the clock to get things done each day but this is too funny. Instead of slowing down and finding resources' names who I am reflecting about, I have failed, thinking, "Who in the world will look at me, my page, my thoughts, my blog?" But when referring to a lady and a guy...few days later, they were there! commenting! I love it! Now I feel like I have actually people interested in my thoughts and am a part of their network. This is great! I have not… Continue

Views on wikis and blogs

Posted on May 4, 2008 at 8:00am 2 Comments

I was just reading someone's blog on wanting to know misconceptions on wikis and blogs. I have had many people confused about the two tools. A lady named Sylvia really summed it up well. "A wiki is a means to collaboratively get to an end product, something a teacher can look at, assess, and grade. It's easier to adapt your current curriculum to use a wiki, since curriculum is also product focused. (Of course, a wiki offers all sorts of… Continue


Posted on May 3, 2008 at 11:30am 2 Comments

I am having these huge desires to implement too many new web 2.0 tools and have no classroom of my own. It makes me miss being the classroom teacher. Here is what I am envisioning for the school 08-09.

Ning - My school is going to NING! That is so exciting! Our small group meetings, book clubs, grade level meetings are going into the group area of the NING. I am very interested in what the teachers area going to think about… Continue

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At 5:42pm on August 2, 2009, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Meliisa,

With your work as a Technology Coach, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service. Here’s a public class recording you might find of interest.

At 8:15am on February 11, 2009, Jane Maness said…
You did a very good job highlighting the different types of networking....if some had attended Gail's session on PLN, they would have been aware of what you were showing.
At 6:56am on February 11, 2009, Cullen Weeden said…
2nd comment - believe me, I didn't comment at 5:55 this morning!! Must be in a different time zone.
At 6:55am on February 11, 2009, Cullen Weeden said…
Hi Melissa,

I enjoyed learning about wikis, Nings, and Twitter yesterday. You are so enthusiastic and a great teacher. Have a good day!
At 3:34pm on February 10, 2009, Jane Maness said…
Great HOTS session today! I am going to try getting my teachers on NING this summer. I maybe contacting you all summer
At 6:12am on September 6, 2008, Nadine Norris said…
Hi Melissa! I'd be happy to help you with your blogs. I learned recently from my PLN (professional learning network) that Classblogmeister isn't excepting any more classes. We should check that out first. Lately, I've heard that a lot of teachers are going to edublogs. I have my personal blog here: Skype me at nnorris438. When ever I'm on line, my Skype is on.
At 3:08pm on May 6, 2008, Simon said…
I am not sure if I am that guy, but I have resorted to gmail for my students because my school does not have student email accounts.


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