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Posted on January 8, 2008 at 9:03pm 0 Comments

Had a great meeting with the other Omaha Catholic technology teachers. I learned about a few new things and it was great to dialogue with the other teachers.

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At 6:53pm on July 13, 2009, Julie Baird said…
Definitely give her my email and I'll be happy to share with her some of the lessons I've put together for my students. I have 2 sample Notebook files with activities that I do with my students. I'm at an AP seminar this week and we have no wifi during the sessions. I might not be able to answer her quickly, but I will.
At 12:34pm on April 24, 2009, Jack said…
Hey Mike,

Our Brainyflix video contest just ended, and I wanted to thank you for helping us get the word out. We got 800 submissions from across the country!

That said, MIT was really happy with the results and will let us run another contest, so we're going for it! But this time, we're gonna have kids create Brainypics flashcards - which are images and sentences paired up with a one of our SAT/ACT words. The contest ends May 22nd, and there'll be iTunes and a cash prize like last time. To boot, we'll double the payout if the kids can hit a certain goal. More details at brainyflix.com/main/contest_rules.

Do you mind passing my message along to students and your colleagues again?

At 8:50pm on February 9, 2009, Mitch Coley said…
Thanks for posting on the blog - you're one of my few customers. I'm glad you commented on that particular post for two reasons. First, as I reread the post I found some grammatical oversights and second, it is a worthy subject to heavily consider for many reasons.

I only wrote the blog after reading your post in the discussion forum. However, I have been talking all year to my fellow teachers- all of them have a smartboard in their classroom- in an attempt to figure out how Smart Technologies are have changed how we teach. I can't get any answers that are legitimate enough to justify the price tag.

Aside from that, let's share current ideas and work on developing new ones.
Check out this Edutopia article that sparked my search of better ways of using technology: http://www.edutopia.org/adopt-and-adapt
At 10:30pm on January 19, 2009, Jack said…
That'd be fantastic, Mike! Thank you!
At 9:57am on January 17, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Mike. I was wondering if you have any colleagues and students who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
At 1:45am on December 27, 2008, Andy Pethan said…

I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this virtual Ning network is no exception. My name is Andy Pethan. I am a 21 year old student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin students (near Boston) who is taking a year off to pursue our interests in education, entrepreneurship, design and technology, bringing us to the logical project of a business that designs collaborative software for schools! I found you in a search for "middle school", and since our project is specific to middle schools, I thought you might be interested. Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:

We are working under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media and tools: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum, and internet-based software. We hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. More importantly, and unlike many of our competitors, our software will empower teachers to better integrate higher level thinking skills, individualized learning, goal setting, reflection, and effective feedback and evaluation. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2008, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools and individual teachers will want to use to improve their students' learning in and out of the classroom.

Our team is currently trying to win an idea competition on Ideablob.com You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975. We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start. Note that winning this contest will raise $10,000, a large and useful sum of money for a web-based company running on “sweat equity” and minimal costs.

Feel free to email me back, post on my profile, check out alightlearning.com, or do anything you like!

Andy Pethan
At 9:36am on October 1, 2008, Karen Fasimpaur said…
Thanks for the input. I did find how to turn off certain widgets so I think we'll try that.
At 9:59am on September 30, 2008, Karen Fasimpaur said…
Hi, Mike. I see that you've done some posting on running Google Apps under a school domain, and I thought I'd ask you a quick question. Do you know of any way to screen the available widgets to add to an iGoogle page? (There are some pretty objectionable ones we'd rather not have show up on a school page.)

Thanks in advance for any assistance you can lend.
At 3:01am on August 30, 2008, Patricia Donaghy said…
Hello Mike
Was just enjoying reading your blog - Realizing Your Personal Legend - and was wondering if you would be interested in adding your blog details to the Edubloggers Directory at http://edubloggerdir.blogspot.com?
Another place to share!
At 2:11am on July 13, 2008, Sigi said…
Thanks a lot Mike- I must have been blind ot to see.this button.... I've put your blogin my blogroll :-) Take care


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