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School / Work Affiliation
Middle School Tech Ed Teacher (Grades 6-8): Boone Middle School in Haines City, FL
Blog
http://notesfromtheridge.edublogs.org/
Skype Account
ksbluesbro
Twitter / Plurk / Other Account
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About Me
Well, let's see. I have a Master's Degree in Art History, but after meandering through the corporate realm as a business writer, I took up teaching and fell in love with it. Started teaching Math but shifted into Tech Ed and am really at home. I do put my MA to use as a Humanities professor at Polk Community College's Lakeland Campus teaching an Intro class as well as an upper level Contemporary Humanities class.

I cannot begin to tell you the life change that I've experienced since stumbling across Moodle in my search for a way to deliver course content in a more dynamic and engaging manner. Since then, I've created a Netvibes home page, have included some useful RSS feeds onto my Contemporary Hum course website, and am actively getting my Moodle classes up and running. Oh, did I mention Flickr? Yeah, uploaded more than 1,000 pics yesterday. I've also stumbled onto Mr. Wegner's Teaching Generation Z blog as well as the one hosted by Dean Shareski - both filled with lot of great info!

There's probably a really cool Web 2.0-esque term for what I'm going through at the moment. Whatever it is, I'm a newly born standard bearer for Web 2.0!

I look forward to learning and sharing with you all.

Best -

Kevin

Kevin Sandridge's Blog

Moving Towards Open Source

Posted on July 31, 2007 at 12:24am 1 Comment

While taking part of the July 29th EdTech Weekly – a weekly discussion of the latest news and resources of interest to the EdTech Community – an article pertaining to the Batavia, IL school district was passed through the chat. It seems that the Batavia School district is suggesting… Continue

The Pleasures and Pains of Lifelong Learning

Posted on July 28, 2007 at 3:51pm 0 Comments

In her post entitled Frustrating, life enhancing learning, educator and author Lisa Durff shares the frustrations and ultimate elations brought about as one embarks upon the attainment of new skills, knowledge, and levels of understanding. I've only just met Durff, but she has already left an indelible impression on me as an educator who is willing to stretch her boundaries and risk…
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Teach 21st Century Skills with Scratch!

Posted on July 28, 2007 at 11:06am 1 Comment

Thanks to Wes Fryer for his tip about Scratch, a new freely downloadable programming language based on Sqeak that will allow your students to create interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- all poised to share across the Web! Now we're talking!



According to Mitchel…
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Call for "Getting to Know You"/ First Week of School Activities

Posted on July 27, 2007 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Hello all! Figured I'd try reaching out to the Classroom 2.0 network for this one. A co-worker of mine is in charge of providing new teachers at our school with some handy "Getting to Know You" / First Week of School activities for Middle School-aged students. It's always a challenge finding things this age group will gravitate to. Often, they have one foot in elementary and one foot speeding towards....oh, Age 21!



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Tryin' on the Podcast with PodcastPeople

Posted on July 26, 2007 at 10:27pm 1 Comment

I know there are a ton of application purists out there who believe that the only way to go is to host software applications on their desktop, laptop, or server. While I can appreciate this viewpoint, and do have many software elements loaded on my laptop, I just can't shake the fact that I love hosted services - like PodcastPeople, a…
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At 9:16pm on January 30, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Kevin. I was wondering if your students would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. If not, perhaps you have some educator contacts you could direct me to. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
At 1:01pm on December 26, 2008, marcotuts said…
Hi,

I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) My name is Marco Morales; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham,MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. I found you when I searched for middle schools on classroom20, 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:

Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, 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. 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 want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.

Our project, titled Alight Learning, 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 many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.

Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!

Thanks,

Marco Morales
marcotuts@gmail.com
At 7:42pm on August 14, 2007, Lisa Parisi said…
Nice chatting with you in SL.
At 4:13am on August 2, 2007, Jason Hando said…
Great chatting with you today via Skype Kevin - keep up your great work!
 
 
 

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