June 2009 Blog Posts (133)

Not to be antisocial but...........

You know, I love having networks and web applications that keep me connected with professional and good ideas and resources, but I have to admit, I can't do it all! I'm a very faithful Twitter user and find it is very significant part of my PLN. Besides teaching and tech coordinating as well as my constant participation in many ways to educate others in this use of technology for their learning and teaching, I'd love to be active here on Classroom 2.0 as well. I see people joining as friends… Continue

Added by Gail Potratz on June 30, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Building Next-Gen Class Website - Looking for Feedback

I'm a brand new student teacher working with my mentor teacher on a new class website for our students next year. It's more than just a regular class website though. We're trying to build a collaborative learning network for our students. I'm new to this community, but anyone who would like to be our guinea pigs is welcome to check it out and give us feedback!

A little about the actual site. It was built using Ning and we're calling it "Die Quelle" (translation: The Source) right… Continue

Added by Chris Fritz on June 30, 2009 at 9:14am — 7 Comments

Digital Textbook Idea Spreading

The Lone Star State has jumped into the move toward digital textbooks. A recent bill signed by Gov. Perry allows for school districts to have more flexible spending with their textbook money to incorporate technology. This will allow districts to invest in other ways that may be far more affordable adding more "bang for the buck". California and Texas usually set the trend for how education goes, due to their large populations. Here is the… Continue

Added by Steve Tanksley on June 29, 2009 at 10:26pm — No Comments

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Written by Dr. Robert Nulph

Watching films is a classroom in itself, yet you really have to have the right tools to become a critical viewer.

All good directors are students of film. They devour film, looking at the way their peers chose to present the script - their shot choice, transitions, music and form. To get the most out of watching films and glean new ways of shooting scenes and presenting… Continue

Added by Angel Montoya on June 29, 2009 at 5:52pm — 1 Comment

Internet Safety Product Reviews on Software, Websites, Electronics, and Guides

Hey everyone!

We will be launching our upcoming web safety resource on KiwiCommons.com called Kiwi Reviews.

Kiwi Reviews was created to provide our readers with in-depth product, software and book reviews, in addition to the editorials, late-breaking news and resources available on the site. It will be useful for tech users, parents, and educators.

The bi-weekly reviews will be conducted by… Continue

Added by Kiwi Commons on June 29, 2009 at 1:50pm — No Comments

How to amp up your publishing parties

I've always liked the idea of the publishing party, however I've always found it a little hokey. Making a construction paper cover with yarn or lanyard binding is crafty, but it's a far cry from the experience of cracking open a crisp new permabound hardcover. Everyone plays along, but we all know there is something missing.

I've written about this in the past: The most exciting thing about using technology in a classroom is not necessarily enhancing the stuff you're already doing,… Continue

Added by Steve Kinney on June 29, 2009 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

“A Brand New You” – Create an Effective Brand Image that will Boost Your Career

APWT (Asian Professional Women in Technology) presents a practical workshop by marketing and branding expert Karen Kang, Principal of Karen Kang Consulting.

Learn how to brand from inside out, starting with an analysis of your current brand versus your desired brand. Think strategically about your personal brand development plan, and develop actions that can jumpstart your personal brand today. Understand the concept of portable… Continue

Added by grace esteban on June 29, 2009 at 8:40am — No Comments

eschoolnews Article Nine digital Cimenatography Tips

The article that I read from eschoolnews was Nine Digital Cinematography Tips.

I found this article very interesting because we did a video in class using shots such as over the shoulder, profile, a close up, full shot, eyelevel shot, high angle, and low angle. In this article it talks about how to get a shot from up high such as a ladder or a chair so things can look exciting and get the viewers attention. It also talked about how to get a shot from low such as the ground. There was a man… Continue

Added by Lori Sanchez on June 28, 2009 at 1:26pm — No Comments

The scales from my eyes are removed...

The past few months of Twittering have been eye opening and quite HUMBLING for me...

Please indulge me as I explain... of course it's MY BLOG... so I allow myself this indulgence. :-)

I came into teaching as a second career. I had wanted to be a music teacher when I first started college - specifically Orchestra or Choir - since I sing and play the violin. Upon listening to older students discuss how teachers were paid so poorly etc.. I changed my major and finished with a… Continue

Added by Candace Townsley on June 28, 2009 at 8:36am — No Comments

Web Quest for Lego Mindstorms NXT

If any of you use or interested in using the Lego Mindstorms NXT, I recently made a Web Quest to use in the classroom. It includes printable handouts that can be used in the activity, as well as lots of resources on getting started.

The Web Quest can be found at:


Added by Steve Tanksley on June 28, 2009 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Copyright Issues when posting music on videos By: Barry Stralin Britt

I found this article on copyright issues very interesting because it is so true that even as educators we sometimes forget when working on video projects or any projects for that matter about copyrights and getting permission to use such items. What this article referred to putting in music to enhance video projects yet most people do not obtain proper permission for its use. I think many people hide behind the fact that it is being used for educational purposes but as it states in the article… Continue

Added by Diane Leon on June 27, 2009 at 1:03pm — 1 Comment

Wall Calendar for the 2009/10 School Year

We have just added a new product to our website: a wall calendar for the 2009/10 School Year. The calendar is filled with pictures from the southern estates of Mexico: Chiapas and Yucatán. It also contains the most important public holidays of every Spanish Speaking country. You can see sample of the calendar in our website: www.bablingua.com

Added by Bablingua on June 27, 2009 at 7:59am — No Comments

Twitter This! -- my Twitter song

I wrote this as my students were writing their own songs. I also wanted to experiment to see how far the song might travel along various networks, so feel free to pass the link along through your networks.


Listen to the song: http://www.box.net/shared/5848z0cba8

Twitter This

I get up in the morning and I twitter all my dreams

140 characters is… Continue

Added by Kevin H. on June 27, 2009 at 7:25am — No Comments

#NECC09 & an iPhone

This year, I am going low budget... just me, my iPhone, backup battery and my digital toolkit:
These are the tools I'll be using while at NECC and EduBloggerCon. I use these tools on… Continue

Added by John Costilla on June 26, 2009 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Adventures in Web 2.0: Introducing Social Networking into My Teaching

I’ve shared a bit in previous posts about implementing a Ning to enhance the Internship Program at The International School of the Americas. It’s been a challenging and rewarding adventure. And this past spring I wrote an article about that journey, which has just come out in… Continue

Added by Honor Moorman on June 26, 2009 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Stop Signs

Added by Kevin on June 26, 2009 at 8:06am — No Comments

The Digital Dance

Added by Kevin on June 26, 2009 at 8:06am — No Comments

Student Created Content - You Tube and Curriculum

Re-posted from my blog http://mssigman.edublogs.org/

Today I am thinking about how I feel in long meetings that don't really relate to what I want to know. I'm thinking about that "glazed-over" look that comes to my eyes and brain. I see this reflected often in my students. They get that same "glazed-over" look. They are not interested in long presentations. This is not to say that I am a "bad" teacher. My students this year indicated that… Continue

Added by MsSigman on June 25, 2009 at 6:03pm — 1 Comment

Can Wordnik be Used as a Literacy Tool?

The common problem with getting students to turn to dictionaries or similar tools to verify spelling, pronunciation, or simply learn the meaning of a word, is the basic limitations of the experience. When a generation that has grown up participating in and / or leading the creation of narrative online (via their social networks and blogs) is faced with a non-to-low interactive and non-social experience, we can easily predict the outcome: boredom and disinterest, and they will only do it if… Continue

Added by Meg H on June 25, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Make a Screencast for Thesis Defense Presentation

A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output. It is widely used in illustrate technical concepts and operation procedures which are hard to explain in words. Most screencasts are generated by screen recorder software. So we can say screen recorder is a helpful presentation tool to create screencasts for software and system…


Added by Tim on June 25, 2009 at 3:58am — No Comments

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