May 2009 Blog Posts (115)

Using elluminate in the classroom

Having used elluminate for 12 months for regular global staff meetings, online conferences and online professional development, it has only been this year, that I have used it with students and realised its potential application for being the way to go for 21st century education for middle to senior school students.

Various benefactor organizations, and the… Continue

Added by Anne Mirtschin on May 31, 2009 at 7:30pm — 11 Comments

Network Challenge: Audiobook

A couple days ago I challenged people on Twitter and here I repeat my challenge. In these last days before summer, I challenge you to produce an audio book with students! Then disseminate!! There are numerous tutorials on how to do this and I won't repeat that here. Basically, all you need is something with which to record and students reading their original works. Why not have each student create a story? That project works in well with many content… Continue

Added by Durff on May 31, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Best Sites For Bloom's Taxonomy, Science Exp., Twitter & More

Here are some recent "The Best..." lists:

The Best “Week In Review” Sites For English Language Learners


The Best Ways For Students To Create Their Own Online Art Collections


The Best Images Taken In Space


The Best Ways To Make Awards & Certificates Online


The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What… Continue

Added by Larry Ferlazzo on May 31, 2009 at 5:12am — No Comments

Web 2.0 and Latin

WEB 2.0 and Latin

Web 2.0 is leading to a massive resurgence in Latin across the globe: A few months ago, an interview with Evan Millner was published in ‘Iris’ magazine. Evan had just started the Latinum podcast, and the project seemed quaint, and intriguing. Little were we, or he, to know how successful the Latinum podcast would turn out to be. Evan produced for free. His podcast has revolutionised Latin study, by making a full course in Latin… Continue

Added by millner on May 31, 2009 at 4:10am — No Comments

updates: math wiki; functions ;; windows seven termination sequence

Small content update on the JS Math Wiki.

My write up of my windows seven beta test:

Added by Geoff St. Pierre on May 30, 2009 at 10:29am — No Comments

Classroom Cloud Computing - enabling collaborative access for students, parents, faculty and school administration

“… And I have become convinced that the most revolutionary force for change is the students themselves. Give children the tools they need and they will be the single most important source of guidance on how to make the schools relevant and effective”.

Don Tapscott, author of numerous books that discuss technology’s affect on our daily lives, including 'Growing up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation', McGraw Hill 1998; and, one of the most sought after experts on how the… Continue

Added by Ed Schlesinger on May 30, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Entering the staffroom

Unusual, there is a deathly hush as Smithers enters the staffroom. Its full, but there is no hubbub, no chatter, no goss... everyone sits silently.

Smithers goes and sits in his usual, well worn and comfortably moulded armchair.... he looks left and right, somewhat disconcerted by the total lack of sound....

To his left, Marley scrawls a note on a 'post it' (these are suddenly all over the coffee tables. It is passed to him.

It reads, 'Don't speak, we are banned… Continue

Added by Roger Neilson on May 29, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

To know what they know …. That is THE question! Using games to assess trainees:

Have you ever wondered how much of your training really “sticks”? Are you looking for ways to find out what your trainees really know? This lively, 30 minute webinar focuses on the power of games as a tool for formal and informal assessment. We’ll explore the challenges that we face when assessing adult learners and introduce you to tools to meet those challenges. You’ll learn how Audience Response devices can be used to gauge, in real time, the effectiveness of your presentation. Attend this… Continue

Added by John Dillon on May 29, 2009 at 11:20am — No Comments

The Changing Nature of Professional Development In Education

This blog and it's sister blog has as its focus bringing to light the game changers of 21st century technologies and globalization as related to Education and how teaching and learning gets done in (U.S.) schools. The very first posts were critical commentaries about the perceived fear and obstruction of schools in terms of adopting new and potentially transformative learning… Continue

Added by Andrew on May 29, 2009 at 8:39am — No Comments

My first entry

I've always been a guy who likes to use his computer. Somehow, I never got into the social networking world, or the blog world. I'm working to change that now. I'm trying to become familiar with facebook and twitter. I'm typing my first blog post right now. I need to learn for myself and at the same time look to see how I can bring these resources into my classroom. I must admit, when I log into "Classroom 2.0" I feel a little lost, not sure where to look. Perhaps it's because I'm not quite… Continue

Added by Tim Lorenz on May 28, 2009 at 8:21pm — 1 Comment

Graduates Start New Life Via Second Life

The virtual world of Second Life has seen a host of experiences over the years, but on June 10th, the first Second Life college graduation will be held on the Second Life campus of the 150 year old Bryant & Stratton College. Approximately 40 graduates ranging in age from 25 to 45 will don their virtual cap and gown to receive their college degrees with all of the pomp and circumstance regularly witnessed in the real world, including the procession, the commencement speaker and the… Continue

Added by Erik on May 28, 2009 at 11:08am — No Comments

My ning experience

I am creating a Ning social network with old classmates. Very easy process. I just wish they would all join. :)

Added by Priscilla Lundberg on May 28, 2009 at 8:54am — No Comments

Sharing Teaching Experiences

Share your teaching experiences with educators and students around the world.

Added by Dr. Nellie Deutsch on May 28, 2009 at 5:33am — No Comments

Need New Ideas

I am desperately searching for ideas for my classroom blog. I want to have this set in place so that I am ready for next year.

Added by Cary Fields on May 27, 2009 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Are Computer Games and Simulation Going to Revolutionize Our Educational Future - By Lance Winslow

By Lance Winslow

Is the video gaming entertainment industry evolving into a more serious version, or has it come to a fork in the road where one species splits off from another. I am speaking of where entertainment becomes "entercation" or "edutainment" and the technology is being used for training, fun, entertainment, and educational simulation. We all know that pilots train in simulators much of the time, and have seen computer… Continue

Added by Lance Winslow on May 27, 2009 at 2:09am — No Comments

More Twitter iPhone App recommendations

I've had a LOT more iPhone apps recommended given by my Twitter friends. Remember that I learned recently that the maximum number of screens you can have on your iPod/iTouch is 9. Each screen can hold a maximum of 16 apps. This means the most apps you can have at any time on the device is 144.



Added by Glen Westbroek on May 26, 2009 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Last Day's Assignment

I am assigning the following for our last day in class. Tell me what you think...

1. Contact another person. Verbal speech will disqualify you.

2. Find out what your contacted person had for breakfast today.

3. Show their answer to me in order to get your points.

4. Post their name/pseudo, location, relation to you, & how you contacted them on your blog.

1 point = someone in this room

2 points = someone in this school

3 points = someone in Maryland

4… Continue

Added by Durff on May 26, 2009 at 4:49pm — 2 Comments

Taking chances and trusting in people

It seems a long time ago now, but way back then I was in charge of equipping all our staff with Laptops - we are talking about a decade ago, so back then it was pretty revolutionary. I was convinced, still am, that giving staff access would be the best way of moving everyone up in terms of their ICT use. This, of course, meant they had access to 'THE INTERNET' (shocked horror gasps in soundtrack), suspense builds......

I got asked the question, what can we do, how can we use this,… Continue

Added by Roger Neilson on May 26, 2009 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Seeking Technology Standards For Teachers

Just as there is a problematic digital divide among regions of the U.S., where some students have 24/7 access to information while others have no access, there is a problematic division between teacher's understanding of and use of technology for learning. I am talking, here, about situations where technology would actually be significantly more beneficial than traditional means of learning.

It seems we may be approaching a point where technology standards ought to be developed for… Continue

Added by Andrew on May 26, 2009 at 1:31pm — 1 Comment

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