This is my 35th year of teaching social studied in York, Pennsylvania. The last fifteen years I've been teaching Advanced Placement U.S. history. I've seen educational reforms come and go, and none of them have changed much if anything in teaching and learning. It seems now that the reform will be from the bottom up. With the web 2.0 tools becoming available at an increasing rate, the way teachers teach and the way students learn are beginning to change for the first time in my career. Kids are… Continue
Added by Dave Ehrhart on April 2, 2007 at 6:09pm —
I got an email from PBwiki and figured this would be a good place to share. If you don't know, PBwiki offers ad-free wiki hosting for educators.
More information can be found here...
They are offering… Continue
Added by Aaron Slutsky on April 2, 2007 at 8:08am —
I picked up this item in my 'gator from Doc Searls
For those who thought that blogging was something new, ten years ago today, Dave Winer started blogging.
Despite the date today, I believe this is the real birthday of blogs.
Some will dispute this -- there's no acknowledgement of Dave Winer in the Wikipedia entry
, for example… Continue
Added by nlowell on April 1, 2007 at 10:10am —
Researchers a NC State University's William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation conducted the "Having Our Say" Project. The Continue
project explored a middle school students' perspective on classroom
teaching methods. The results will be presented during the annual
meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Chicago on
The study was simple in nature. They wanted to know
what skills and tools students feel they need in order…
Added by Aaron Slutsky on March 31, 2007 at 12:38pm —
The Web 2.0 is driven by sparks that fly when certain convergent elements collide and interact. For me, such an interaction occurred last week, when I had occasion to help connect a group of kids and their instructor in Nevada with another group of kids and their instructor in Virginia. But let me back up and give the full story first, and then tell why there was a spark in Web 2.0.…
Added by elderbob Brannan on March 31, 2007 at 11:00am —
Posted this on one of my other blogs - would love your input on what you tell your teachers and colleagues when they ask, "What tool to use?"
Added by Sharon Betts on March 31, 2007 at 8:50am —
My colleagues and I at my school, University School of Nashville, are monitoring developments in social networking closely as we struggle to help parents of our students acquire the language and understanding to talk with their children about this increasingly important arena of their lives.
Since you may not be GoogleNewsing "Second Life" and hence may not have seen this article, I want to share it here:…
Added by Scott Merrick on March 31, 2007 at 7:46am —
Well, I'm starting to see more web 2.0 sites getting blocked in my district. PB Wiki (which I used for a project with my kids) is not accessible. I'm looking at some other tools to see how to incorporate them in my classroom.
There are two tools I've seen recently that have different strengths (and weaknesses):
1. Tumblr.com: a REALLY simple an intuitive blog interface. I would LOVE an interface like this for student blogs.
2. 21 classes: Recommended by Will Richardson.… Continue
Added by Alice Mercer on March 31, 2007 at 12:13am —
I am deep in the planning stages of a project for my students to complete here at the end of the year. The premise is that they must devise some dramatic rendering of the functions of a cell. They have to include all of the different organelles and their functions within the dramatic framework. Their final product can be a play, puppet show, cartoon or comic strip/comic book. The play, puppet show and cartoon will be podcasted, while the comic will be viewable online. I found a very cool… Continue
Added by Shawn Moore on March 30, 2007 at 7:10pm —
It's great to be part of Classroom 2.0. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this blog, yet. If anybody has any suggestions I'd love to hear them. I could use it as a place to post some of my own answers to questions that I ask on my other blog,
OK, so here's a quick thought about bullying Continue
on off the Internet that I shared with my students at Hebrew School the other day. I have a gross motor skills deficit. It really…
Added by Andrew Pass on March 30, 2007 at 6:42am —
Last night I put my money where my mouth is and applied for a Technology Director job in a small school district in rural Texas.
It seems to me that the leverage points are going to be where people are really anxious to change and are willing to actually do something to make it happen. What I run into mostly is people who want to do the same silly stuff but get different outcomes. My goal is to take my 40 years of experience with technology and my 10 years experience with education and… Continue
Added by nlowell on March 30, 2007 at 5:54am —
Who can resist being part of an effort that includes so many edubloggers of distinction? I am not sure how active I will be but I will be checking in regularly to see what the chatter is on the site as I am sure it will be subversive and thought provoking. My kinda talk...
In the meantime, I am working at trying to get more teachers in my district excited about the 2.0 movement. Let's see that would be Web 2.0, School 2.0, Teacher 2.0, Library 2.0, now Classroom 2.0.
Did I… Continue
Added by Tom Kennedy on March 29, 2007 at 6:32pm —
The majority of parents in the United States are unsatisfied with the
way technology is implemented in K-12 schools. At the same time, the
majority of educators say that students are more engaged in school work
as a result of technology implementations and that there is a
corresponding increase in student achievement, according to a new
survey released this week by Project Tomorrow-NetDay....… Continue
Added by Sharon Betts on March 29, 2007 at 4:54pm —
I was just in the Library 2.0 group--a couple of interesting items to share.
Bill Drew created a Clusty Cloud for "library 2.0" which displays in the sidebar--helpful touch, I thought.
Also, a blogger Connie Crosby in Library 2.0 referenced an interesting article on Wired about an effort by the Charlotte Mecklenberg Public Library, Learning 2.0--called 23 Things, where they ask their library staff to… Continue
Added by Carolyn Foote on March 29, 2007 at 4:22pm —
My Advice - Stay Away from Toondoo
it is way too much fun.
Hours will pass in minutes, it is great for experiencing "Flow Theory" but not good if you need to get work done.
Added by qdsouza on March 29, 2007 at 9:18am —
I have been experimenting with Toondoo
and having some fun.
Here is my latest toon:
You can also respond to other peoples toons with a toon:… Continue
Added by qdsouza on March 29, 2007 at 7:50am —
I mentioned in the forum earlier that I found a cool link to ThinkFree in my new college alumni networking site... tonight I found something else that was interesting. It's the blog of another Beloit grad who is an innovation journalist/consultant
and she has some interested innovation references in her blog's sidebar. She also blogs about this… Continue
Added by Lucy Gray on March 28, 2007 at 9:56pm —
I have been on a mission lately to find out what Web 2.0 really is all about. I really enjoyed the video on the main page that explained Web 2.0. Still, I am not sure what it really entails and how it will revolutionize the web.
Added by Eloise Glorieux on March 28, 2007 at 4:34pm —
I am hooked on the WEB 2.0, learnertwopointo, the whole 2nd run at all that we are and can be doing with technology and ITS (Instructional and Information Technologies) use in our learners world. The potential is huge; the obstacles are too. Teachers time is a big obstacle as is an approaching point of exhaustion with just one more new thing. When I was working in higher ed. I attended one of the first internatonal conferences on Internet2. That was in 1998 or 9… Continue
Added by Larry Fallon on March 28, 2007 at 12:50pm —