February 2010 Blog Posts (135)

Mrs. Blossom’s SMART Board Course Featured in UK’s Education Business Magazine

With the many thousands of SMART Boards installed in schools across the United Kingdom, there is a real need for an affordable training solution that enables teachers in the UK to make the most of the investment schools have made in this wonderful…


Added by Mrs. Blossom on February 28, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Research for my thesis - new website

Hello everybody! My name is Julianne and I am working on my senior thesis this semester. I chose Web 2.0 as my topic but I am having trouble finding a place to begin with my research. I began with a simple google search and came up with Tim O'Reilly and O'Reilly Media. I've also been looking at the writings of Cynthia Selfe, Gail Hawisher, and Danah Boyd. I'll also be looking at this Ning site to talk to other teachers about your use of Web 2.0 sites in the classroom and your thoughts on…


Added by Julianne Jones on February 28, 2010 at 11:51am — 2 Comments

Aggregated to Death

It seems to me that there has to be an organized way to try to find other people that are teaching similar concepts of math in their respective classes, maybe not at the same time, but without returning 100+ comment returns. I wonder what I am doing wrong, because my google reader has about 100 comments a day.

Also --trying to come up with a good grant proposal to seek funding for Accelerated Math to target our at-risk students (and provide a guaranteed source of resources…

Added by Cory Sheldahl on February 26, 2010 at 8:49pm — No Comments

7th and 8th Literature Class

Added by Danette Grossnickle on February 26, 2010 at 8:08pm — No Comments

First Impressions of PLN

This seems to be a place chock full of information just waiting to be consumed. At first glance, I can see that it would be a great place to ask questions and get some quick feedback. PLNs look like a place to go when you don't know where to get an answer to a question...it looks like there a lot of people willing to help.

Added by Ellen Wilke on February 26, 2010 at 7:21pm — 1 Comment

School Allegedly Used Webcams to Spy on Students - Is this Unethical?

A school district in Pennsylvania is in a bit of trouble after allegedly using webcams on school laptops to monitor their students in and outside of school using spy software. The students and parents were uninformed about the use of this software and discovered it only after one student was called to his principal's office for bad behavior in his home. The principal then used a picture taken with the spy software to prove his case.

While the school district… Continue

Added by Kiwi Commons on February 26, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Typewith.me A simple web app that allows for collaborative word processing.


As with Google Docs or Zoho writer, you can create documents and share or collaborate with others so why even try it?

Three things:

1) You can export or import existing documents. This includes the various formats; HTML, Word, PDF, Open Doc.

2) You can make the documents pubic or private for sharing. Collaborate with students privately and then make the final work public if you want.

3) It works well on… Continue

Added by Jay Noggle on February 26, 2010 at 11:04am — No Comments

Use Music to Inspire and Connect with Students

This was originally posted on The Freshman Transition Network.

Kids respond to music. Use it to teach them lessons about life and to express your hopes for them. Use it to let them know you love them. Don't just wait for teachable moments to come along. Instead use music to create teachable moments.

Here are 2 ideas for how you can use these songs:

1. Use the song as a Do Now/Bell Ringer activity in your… Continue

Added by Scott Habeeb on February 26, 2010 at 8:04am — No Comments

OK... I'm Baaaaaccckkk!!

Obviously, I am some kind of addict…

Added by Alan Sitomer on February 26, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

E-Learning Assessment Final Project for University of Wisconsin

Would you like to take a look at my Final Project? Here it is.


Any suggestions, ideas, or complaints?

Added by Carol E. Kubota on February 25, 2010 at 3:20pm — No Comments

TPACK and focusing on the learner


Added by Drew McAllister on February 25, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Oh how the world has changed...

During my Master's course study at Drury University from 2001-2003, I wrote an essay about the influences of social media on image and self-esteem. At the time, I focused on music, movies and plays; however, there has been a huge shift in what is considered "social media". In 2010, we are faced with what was once unimaginable forms of communication and influence. Never did I think there would be internet network where I could find my friends from high school and catch up. Facebook has become a… Continue

Added by Amie Kirn Gossett on February 25, 2010 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

First Impressions of PLN

So my first thought when Drew said PLN, was actually “PLU”. For you non-retail workers, this is simply the number associated with a piece of clothing or some item you would buy in a store. Now before you think “is she

that blonde?”- There is a method to my madness. PLU- It’s one number for a

piece of clothing. When that piece of clothing changes (be color, size, etc),

so does the PLU. Now, PLN- I feel is just like that.…


Added by Laura Wiechert on February 25, 2010 at 6:39am — 2 Comments

And I'm overwhelmed again...

As I was watching the presentation and videos, I couldn't help but think how cool PLNs are. Then I thought, "I should get one started!" And then I had the horrible overhwhelmed feeling that comes almost every day when my principal or TIS or lit coach tells us about 10 more things we are responsible for and 100 more plan times they are going to fill with meetings. One of the blogs I read regarding PLNs commented on how teachers can't help but do anything more than react to everything that is…


Added by Meghan Tobin on February 24, 2010 at 9:23pm — 5 Comments

Online Keyboarding Instruction Tools

Hello Everyone,

I am looking for an online (preferably free) source to use in my high school computer class. We are in a temporary location and we don't want to purchase Mavis Beacon or another program. I found CustomTyping online (www.customtyping.com) for a reasonable price and am wondering if anyone has used it. Any feedback is appreciated.

Added by Joyce Rooks on February 24, 2010 at 9:17pm — 1 Comment

Core Learning Principle #4: Faculty are the Directors of the Learning Experience

Ten Core Principles for Designing Effective Learning Environments:

Insights from Brain Research and Pedagogical Theory

by Judith V.…


Added by Carol E. Kubota on February 24, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

First impressions about PLNs

When I first heard the term PLN, I was afraid this was going to be way over my knowledge base, but now I am feeling much more comfortable. Hopefully this will be a means of getting input from others without eating up a lot of time. I like being able to get connected with others who are coming from the same place.

Added by Rose Sapp on February 24, 2010 at 4:14pm — 3 Comments

Hosting "class" on Classroom 2.0

Today I'm beginning a class on social media. I've delivered this professional development workshop before, but always through traditional blogs and focused on them, calling the class 'Blogging 101'. Of the 30 or so teachers that have attended, only a couple have continued the use of their blogs, though all have been positive about the experience and felt it gave them a better understanding of what the web could provide them and their students.

Last semester, I changed the…

Added by Drew McAllister on February 24, 2010 at 4:13pm — No Comments

1st impressions of PLN

Honestly, I'm a little scared....I feel like I need to write something inteligent (and what I write may not be) and someone else will read it. We will see how it goes. I'm not a big fan of facebook and blogging as it is used in popular culture today...I feel it's a waste of time (for me). But I realize that the PLN is an entirely different use of these sites. So I guess I need to turn that frown upside down and find some kind of picture for my profile.....

Added by Francisco Navarro on February 24, 2010 at 4:11pm — 4 Comments


There are two new tools that content creators need to know about.

Why do they need to know about them? Because they are tools that people in media creation (Graphic Artists and Video Editors) are using every day in their own Industry Standard format. As a Graphic Artist will be familiar with Photoshop and a Video Editor will be familiar with Final Cut Pro or something like Premiere, these tools are making their way to the web. Although they may not be the exact tools, the functionality… Continue

Added by Jay Noggle on February 24, 2010 at 3:21pm — No Comments

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