Sara Finney
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Sara Finney commented on Sara Finney's blog post Best Practices in Educational Blogging
"Those are all great ideas and suggestions.  However, I think it depends on the purpose and audience of their blog and the type of writing they are doing.  "
Apr 2, 2013
Benjamin Stewart commented on Sara Finney's blog post Best Practices in Educational Blogging
"I would add that students include an introduction, body, and conclusion to their blogs, and when abbreviations, to spell out the term first: acceptable user policy (AUP).  Students might also include alternative terms since writing for a global…"
Apr 1, 2013
Alison Saylor commented on Sara Finney's blog post Best Practices in Educational Blogging
"Great summation of of blogging safety and incorporation into the AUP."
Mar 31, 2013
Alison Saylor commented on Sara Finney's blog post 21st Century Classrooms and Learning
"Preview Thanks for pointing out that technology is not a stand along. I once heard the quote, technology should be like pencil and paper, just there. I totally agree with this. I like your discussion of what a 21st century classroom actually means.…"
Mar 31, 2013
Alison Saylor commented on Sara Finney's blog post 10 More Ways to Use Blogs in Your Classroom
"I love your idea of students posting homework to blogs. This has so many possibilities. Lit circles is another great idea! You really have creative ideas for blog use in classrooms!!"
Mar 31, 2013
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Mar 30, 2013
Sheri commented on Sara Finney's blog post Google Apps
"Hello Sara, I also use Google Apps for Education with my students. I have a class site that is the home page on the computers in our classroom. Our student site is private, and students just started a simple portfolio last spring.…"
Aug 26, 2012
Sheri liked Sara Finney's blog post Google Apps
Aug 26, 2012
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Google Apps

I have been using Google and Google Aps in my classroom and with my students for the past two years.  Each year I use Google, I am able to incorporate more of the Apps into my teaching.  My district has issued each student a Google account.  This has made the difference in using Google Apps with my students. Last year I utilized Google Docs in many aspects of my teaching.  I started the year with basis documents and taught my students how to share these with me.  From there the students began…See More
Aug 26, 2012
Sara Finney posted a blog post

Free/Open Source Course

I took an Elementary French I course through the Open Learning Initiative.   I have been to France several times and am planning on going back in the next year.  However, I took Spanish in high school and stumbled around France using that knowledge and a smile.  I have often talked about taking a French class to help me on my future travels.  So, I thought this was a great opportunity.  While I only took the first lesson in this course, I think I will be revisiting it.This course is offered to…See More
Aug 20, 2012
Rich White commented on Sara Finney's blog post Virtual Reality
"... Here is a project you may find of interest regarding 3D immersive environments in schools using highly visual & interactive hardware - its a bit dated as these prototypes are 5'ish years old http://edusim3d.com but it…"
Aug 7, 2012
Sara Finney posted a blog post

Virtual Reality

After looking at and reading about both sides of the argument, my feelings about virtual reality use in the classroom had not changed.  Just like most other things we have access to and have been introduced to in the world of education, there is a time and a place for everything.   I can usually find the place, but the trick comes in finding the time to implement these tools.  I do not think that virtual realities should replace live interactions.  I have decided that in most cases, they are a…See More
Aug 6, 2012
Sara Finney commented on Elana Kline's blog post Virtual Reality Reflection
"I agree.  As amazing as virtual realities are becoming, they are not a replacement for real life experiences.  They do, however, offer the chance to practice before the real thing.  We are losing our kids to virtual worlds so we need…"
Aug 6, 2012
Sara Finney commented on Elizabeth Gentry's blog post Virtual Reality in the Classroom
"I agree that games can be a great motivator, but I have found that with many of the educational ones, my students quickly lose interest.  I try to then use these games in moderation, and I find that helps.  It just becomes hard to find…"
Aug 6, 2012
Elana Kline commented on Sara Finney's blog post Social Networking
"Sara, I understand and share your fear of integrating blogs into your classroom.  It does feel like a big undertaking, but I think your right about it being an important step to take, and I wish you the best with it.  It seems like one of…"
Aug 2, 2012
Sara Finney commented on C Thomas's blog post Social Networking and Digital Citizenship
"Safety and security is a huge thing to teach our students.  Especially when it comes to passwords and sharing personal information.  While the Internet offers a lot of wonderful things, often times kids don't get how dangerous the…"
Jul 30, 2012

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Best Practices in Educational Blogging

Posted on March 30, 2013 at 8:44pm 3 Comments

Student Norms

  • have students and parents sign a district and/or classroom created AUP
  • determine consequences for failing to adhere to the AUP
  • review Internet safety procedures
  • review of socially acceptable blog posts
  • review of types of information that is not acceptable or safe to share on the Internet…

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21st Century Classrooms and Learning

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 10:27pm 1 Comment

I feel that there is a huge misunderstanding when it comes to a 21st Century Classroom.  In my experience, many people equate 21st Century classrooms and learning with the use of technology.  I have to admit that I too was initially confused.  Many think that by using technology, they are creating a "21st Century Classroom."  However, this is often not te case.  When used correctly, technology can enhance and contribute to a 21st Century Classroom.  Technology is not a stand alone; it must…

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10 More Ways to Use Blogs in Your Classroom

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 10:30pm 1 Comment

1. Instead of having students hand write their writing homework each night, have them post their writing to a blog so that other students can read what they wrote and share comments. 

Blogging? It's Elementary, My Dear Watson!  

 

2. Have students have literature discussions via a blog so the conversations can take place from different classrooms and can continue at home.…

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Google Apps

Posted on August 25, 2012 at 1:31pm 1 Comment

I have been using Google and Google Aps in my classroom and with my students for the past two years.  Each year I use Google, I am able to incorporate more of the Apps into my teaching.  My district has issued each student a Google account.  This has made the difference in using Google Apps with my students. 

Last year I utilized Google Docs in many aspects of my teaching.  I started the year with basis documents and taught my students how to share these with me.  From there the…

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