June 2009 Blog Posts (133)

What's going in with Virtual Worlds in Education today?

Exploring current uses of Virtual World tools in educational applications.



Over the next few weeks I want to catch up with what’s been going on in the fascinating world of “virtual world” tools (like Second Life) and how these tools are being used in educational applications.



Second Life remains the “gold standard” in Virtual World applications, but there are… Continue

Added by Kelly Walsh on June 8, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

SISIFO - an Educational Sciences Journal



SISIFO is an Educational Sciences Journal of the Educational Sciences R&D Unit of the University of Lisbon.

We invite you to read this very interesting journal which give us some insights of the research done on the field of education in Portugal. It is online available from here: http://uidce.fpce.ul.pt

The last issue is about Teacher… Continue

Added by fernando albuquerque costa on June 8, 2009 at 4:36am — No Comments

e-Portfolio in education. Practices and reflections



This recent publication is about the use digital portfolio for education goals. It is one of the last activities of an european Comenius/Socrates project concerned with the utilisation of digital portfolios as a strategy of professional development of teachers: DIGIFOLIO - Electronic Portfolio as a strategy towards Professional Development of Teachers. The… Continue

Added by fernando albuquerque costa on June 8, 2009 at 4:12am — No Comments

Liven up eLearning course to engage learners with funny quiz

Originated from: E-Learning Zone: Liven up eLearning course to engage learners with funny quiz



Making good eLearning courses is a developing art. As a trainer, your goal is to make the training memorable. As you design the course, you must design not only the "what" (or content), but also the "how" (the delivery mechanisms). Integrating funny quiz (like "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire") into…

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Added by William Peterson on June 8, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Professional Development Meme 2009

This meme is circulating around the edublogosphere and I thought it was very motivating. I first heard about it on Twitter, and then again from LoonyHiker at Successful Teaching and Clif Mims at ClifNotes. I wasn't tagged -- but they say anyone can participate! I invite all my readers to do so. (Are there any readers? LOL)



FishEyeLearningDirections



Summer can be a great time for professional development. It is an opportunity to learn more about a topic, read a particular… Continue

Added by L. Suzanne Shanks on June 7, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Sonoma Charter School

I just returned from a reunion of the original founding members of the Sonoma Charter School in Sonoma California of which I am proud to say, I am one of. The Sonoma Charter School was the 9th charter to be granted in California where there are now over 1100 Charter schools. This was a grass roots organization started by a handful of concerned parents more than 16 years ago. In those early charter days, we battled the district, the state and the California Teachers Association for the right to… Continue

Added by Blaine Transue on June 7, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Excited but overwhelmed...

A little over a month ago I started to use Twitter. I kept hearing Ellen DeGeneres talking about it - so I thought I would try it out. Being a "Facebooker" I didn't quite understand how Twitter worked. I certainly never thought I would like it better than FB - but boy was I wrong!



Since my tweeting has begun, I have started following teachers and teacher educators that have enlightened me as to how I can use technologies that I've used as a grad student (webinars, distance learning,… Continue

Added by Candace Townsley on June 7, 2009 at 9:03am — No Comments

What do you think about pre-bundling video clips for lesson plans?

I grab YouTube clips that effectively communicate multi-step tasks to moderate to severely involved students on the Spectrum. I find that using sequential clips engages students quickly, more effectively and for longer periods of time.

I would like to collaborate with people who think this could prove valuable and would like to explore the potential.

Use Video Tab. Search: "Hygiene", "Oral Hygiene" and "Use a Tissue"

Added by Michael Leventhal on June 6, 2009 at 5:25pm — 1 Comment

Video modeling clips

For the past 2 years, I have used the computer to successfully engage nearly 200 language-impaired students on the Spectrum in activities that promote metacognition, language and communication. I believe the computer is an under-utilized tool that can be of immediate benefit to any classroom without regard to academic, social, intellectual or communication skills.



For additional background information, please check out Pivotal Response Therapy and the Koegel Autism Center… Continue

Added by Michael Leventhal on June 6, 2009 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Meet Commander Phil. And listen

Autism Processing Information #6

Added by Michael Leventhal on June 6, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Meet Allyson. And listen.

Forgotten Child

Added by Michael Leventhal on June 6, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

I Created A Skype Chat Message Translator That Translates in 43 Different Languages in Real-Time and Speaks 10 of them

This is a FREE program, it can be used to learn how to read, write, and speak languages as well as communicate with others and NOT know their language.



My goals are to help people meet others worldwide, and remove some of the language barriers that have been in place, in the past.



Hopefully, both teachers and students will make attempts to make friends in far away places, learn about cultures and share their experiences, maybe even try to learn new languages, at their own… Continue

Added by TheUberOverLord on June 5, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Students Seeking Relevance In Education



Ben Grey raises one of the most fundamental questions regarding our present situation:

What are we doing for students accomplishing their most amazing feats of education outside the education system?
Information has become decentralized.… Continue

Added by Andrew on June 5, 2009 at 1:25pm — No Comments

FunnelBrain and DemiDec Partner to Bring Academic Decathlon Flashcards Online

FunnelBrain will host DemiDec’s 2009–2010 Decathlon flashcards online, giving over 10,000 DemiDec subscribers the opportunity to join the growing FunnelBrain student community and to benefit from FunnelBrain’s learning management application, the FUNNEL.



To read more about this exciting partnership, please check out the press release on the… Continue

Added by Joe on June 5, 2009 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Summer 5! What are you reading?

beach chairs



The last day of school for students is in a few days.



I'm in project mode. Working on 7 projects this summer.



I'm in a reflecting-on-the-past-school-year mode. Will be blogging about it soon.



I'm in a getting-ready-for-summer-reading-mode. Went on Amazon last night and ordered books.…



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Added by Donelle on June 5, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

ASL website

I just found this new website: ASLpro.com

Check it out if you want to learn American Sign Language or just brush up on your skills. It's free, but they do ask for donations to help keep it a free service.

Added by rauchell mann on June 4, 2009 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Wiki Syntax Part One

Here is a screencast on creating sections and line breaks:





Hope this… Continue

Added by Geoff St. Pierre on June 4, 2009 at 1:44pm — No Comments

GradePad Blog Post

Hi

I've posted my first GradePad blog.

Added by Mike Palmquist on June 4, 2009 at 10:32am — No Comments

Founder and Chairman of Second Life to Speak at Bryant & Stratton Second Life College Graduation

Bryant & Stratton College announced today that Philip Rosedale, Founder and Chairman of Second Life, will speak at its graduation, the live Second Life college graduation to be held June 10, 2009. Mr. Rosedale has agreed to speak at this historic event to the approximately 40 graduates from the 150 year old institution’s online degree program as they receive their hard earned diplomas in their avatar form on the college’s virtual campus… Continue

Added by Erik on June 4, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

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