August 2011 Blog Posts (58)

Facebook and your school

I am interested in hearing ideas about starting a FB page in your school, or if your school already has one, how it is run. The what and waht nots of it. Please share your ideas. Thank you.

Added by Joanne Maria Formisano on August 31, 2011 at 3:52pm — No Comments

"T - 1": First Impressions on Parents and Students

Residents of Southeast Asia understand typhoons. As the winds pick up, people in the community scramble to secure windows, haul terrace furniture inside, and stock up on food.


The pre-service week has been a typhoon of activity, with my focus shifting to and from classroom arrangements, …


Added by Janet Abercrombie on August 31, 2011 at 9:21am — No Comments

The Uncertainty of Knowledge

“There is only one thing about which I am certain, and that is that there is very little about which one can be certain.” (W. Somerset Maugham).

To me this is very powerful statement that stretches across all of the areas of philosophy. For this response I am going to focus on epistemology. What W. Somerset Maugham is saying is that there are things that we may believe to be true, but then we find out that what we believed may not be true. To me this is very powerful. First…


Added by Keisha Anderson on August 31, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Using The iPad As A Digital Whiteboard (Plus 4 Cool Free Apps To Use To Try It Out)

There are some nice free Digital Whiteboards apps available for the iPad. Free rocks.


I found myself wondering how the iPad might work as a Digital Whiteboard, to project, as well as to use collaboratively. I also wondered if there might be some free apps that provide this kind of functionality (there are so many decent free apps for the iPad).


First step, hit the App…


Added by Kelly Walsh on August 29, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments


Perhaps if you read this blog, you might think I'm a workaholic with nothing more on my mind than teaching, ICT, and the mathematics progression points. You'd be wrong. I have many interests, but none more pervasive than my love of travel.

My love of travel began by realising that not everyone has my ethnic heritage. On this blog, I have mentioned my Italian connections, but on my mother's side, my ancestry is Serbian. This is a more subtle influence on my life, visible only through… Continue

Added by Rob Sbaglia on August 28, 2011 at 5:04am — No Comments

"T - 2": Preparing for the Extra Duties

At "T minus 2", I begin sifting through the calendars and emails about upcoming meetings, lunch duty schedules, curriculum planning updates, and more.

As I enter dates into my plan book and Google calendar, I remember the year that I was a substitute teacher. I arrived at 7:30 and left at 3:30 with all papers graded, plans for the next day solidified, and specific anecdotal notes on the progress of each child. I often wondered, Why is it that, when I teach full time, I stay until… Continue

Added by Janet Abercrombie on August 28, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

Mobile Applications Versus Mobile Web Sites In Education

The future of mobile development is a strong one. The question these days is..."Is it better to build a mobile website or a mobile app"? Will new and developing browser technologies like… Continue

Added by Jim Roberts on August 27, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Back To School Giveaway - Help Spread The News









Back To School Giveaway. Winners Will Be Randomly Selected. First Place Prizes, The…


Added by Donnie Smith on August 27, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

"T - 3": Zooming in and Zooming Out of Teacher Meetings

Students arrive in three working days.

The only thing I want to do is work in my classroom. But there are meetings. Obligatory attendance. Would admin know if I skipped?

I admit these feelings as a trained administrator, knowing the importance of the pre-service meetings. If I were to write objectives for the meetings we have had, they would be as follows:

  • Build a positive school-wide and divisional culture
  • Inform both veteran and incoming…

Added by Janet Abercrombie on August 26, 2011 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Newbie hoping I will have access at work

Almost every year I use my summer to try to find something new to incorporate into my classroom--some years more successfully than others. This year I am hoping to add to my toolbox with some new web 2.0 skills that I can use with my students to make me more effective and more able to capture the interest of our digital natives. As always I fear the site will be blocked by my district, but I will keep my fingers crossed and let you know when I get back to school next week.

Added by Mike Underwood on August 26, 2011 at 9:39am — No Comments

Short Story on The Future of Holographic Teaching Technologies for the Classrom


Stan was a high-school French teacher, he liked to teach, and he was good at it, he'd better be after nearly 15-years. Thankfully, he'd been a teacher that long, as even teachers with 10-12 year tenure had been laid off recently with all the budget cuts, scary stuff. Luckily, he was still working, because he had a daughter who'd cost him a pretty penny in the next 4-6 years. Yes, he enjoyed the world of education, but he also liked being a father, but was…


Added by Lance Winslow on August 26, 2011 at 12:08am — No Comments

Sometimes school is stupid

Every now and then, we all have “one of those days”. They usually start out bad and go downhill from there.   Mine usually start off without an alarm to wake me. My high-tech radio has an in-built compassion circuit - whenever it senses that I am tired enough to really need a wake-up call, it very kindly refrains…

Added by nevbar1 on August 25, 2011 at 10:42pm — No Comments

Comenius Meeting in Romania

Romania 03/11

Host school: Gimnaziul Europa

Date: 15-20th March 2011

Place: Tg-Mures (Romania)

Project work:

- meeting at school and welcoming the guests. Presentation of the town and of the school.

- presentation by each participating organisation about the first religious buildings.

- workshop: illustrating the short story (group work for children).

- visiting the two churches presented in the project.



Added by Gražina Likpetrienė on August 25, 2011 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Comenius Meeting in France

France 11/10

Host school: College Jean Moulin

Date: 09-14th November 2010

Place: Saint Memmie ( France).

Project work:

- presentation of the partner schools.

- presentation of the best logos by each participating organisation and vote to elect the best one.

- reading of the beginning of the detective short story by the pupils.

- creation of documents to evaluate the project.

- setting a detailed schedule…


Added by Gražina Likpetrienė on August 25, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Meet The Flat Classroom®

We are delighted to invite you to an online 'Meet the…

Added by Lisa Durff on August 25, 2011 at 9:42am — No Comments

Does anyone know of grants for i-pads?

Hi!  I work at a small school (150 people) in northern Minnesota.  We are looking for any grants to get i-pads.  Does anyone know of any good grants?

Added by Miranda Graceffa on August 25, 2011 at 8:11am — No Comments

"T - 4": Thinking Through Organization of Students and Their Supplies

Once the bigger pieces of furniture are in order, I begin working on the finer details. Specifically, I ask myself What processes can I put into place the will expedite student movement from one activity to another?

Teaching time is precious. If students take more than a minute or two to transition from one activity to another, a teacher can lose hours of important instructional… Continue

Added by Janet Abercrombie on August 24, 2011 at 3:17am — No Comments

Training leadership on PBL

Two weeks ago, I was asked by my Superintendent to work with our leadership team (principals and educational services) to train them specifically on PBL, but also on 21st century learning, 1-1, and individualized instruction...


It's encouraging to have a Superintendent who gets that we need to walk the talk, and wants us to have a game plan.


I've had two hours with them so far. During our time, they've set a few goals for how to bring it back to their…


Added by Tracy Watanabe on August 23, 2011 at 9:18pm — No Comments

Before the Students Arrive ("T Minus 5")

Today was "T Minus 5". Students arrive in five working days.

Two feelings: chatty and overwhelmed.

Importance of Chat

Each school year begins with faculty and staff assemblies. I look over a sea of roughly 300 people, about a third of whom I know fairly well. I want to hear about their summers. I want them to expand on their Facebook updates - all the fun stories they didn't post.

I think the importance of beginning-of-year chat is…


Added by Janet Abercrombie on August 22, 2011 at 3:05pm — No Comments

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