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Forty-Two Years Ago

I'm having a reflective day today.



A page fell out of my scrap book this morning and reminded me that April, 1965, was when I won second prize in the junior high school science fair for my home-built computer. It was a five-bit binary adder. It only won second prize because the high school science and math teachers doing the judging really didn't see the value in an arithmetic that had only a 1 and a 0.



Over the last forty-odd years, I've changed base technology about every… Continue

Added by nlowell on April 6, 2007 at 6:45pm — 2 Comments

CyberCompliment

Today is CyberCompliment day - thanks to Jennifer Wagner.
I would like to compliment all the members of Classroom 2.0 for the thought provoking dialogue and deep insights into using technology for our students now and into the future.

Added by Sharon Betts on April 6, 2007 at 4:53pm — No Comments

The "Ed Tech" Study and why this is important for Classroom 2.0

Yesterday I posted about the pre-release headlines on a USDOE study that concluded that certain educational software packages did not increase standardized test scores, and why this will hurt efforts to promote ALL technology use in classrooms.



Today the study is out and here’s the link. It's called:… Continue

Added by Sylvia Martinez on April 6, 2007 at 2:57pm — 5 Comments

Social Networks

I posted about this the other day on my blog. There is power in social networks and it will be interesting to have all of use work through just how this will impact schools and classrooms in the future. I'm in the middle of reading the Horizon Report. Interesting stuff.

Looking forward to some deep thinking in this new social place.

Added by Jeff Utecht on April 6, 2007 at 2:12am — No Comments

Web Portfolio

This morning, Will Richardson posted a blog about University of Michigan's new degree in social computing. He questions its utility suggesting that one can become an expert in social computing by simply becoming part of the social computing community and developing the skills needed to function successfully. He writes that one can demonstrate success by, " building a rich, online portfolio that illustrates your ability to be an online community…

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Added by Andrew Pass on April 5, 2007 at 12:58pm — No Comments

OK, Now I'm Mad..

This morning's news brings the exciting headlines Education Technology Isn't Helping, and Study: No benefit going high-tech for math and science, because of a new study… Continue

Added by Sylvia Martinez on April 5, 2007 at 11:46am — 15 Comments

Visualizing your data...

First, Scott Mc Leod has a post on Hans Rosling (which I posted about earlier) and his…

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Added by Alice Mercer on April 4, 2007 at 11:19am — No Comments

Web 2.0 - share the adventure with students

Cross posted from the Generation YES Blog

It’s a daunting task to figure out all the options with Web 2.0 tools and choose the “best” one to introduce to students. But this pain

can be turned into a gain - by including students in the adventure.

Students can:

  • Research solutions and present options with pros and cons
  • Test hardware - even young students can…
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Added by Sylvia Martinez on April 3, 2007 at 7:24pm — 1 Comment

First Classroom 2.0 blog post

So, I already have a blog, what do I need another blog for? Don't know, we'll see. If I repost stuff here, is that cheating?

Added by Sylvia Martinez on April 3, 2007 at 3:14pm — 1 Comment

It's About the Kids

Chris Craft made an excellent point in our discussion yesterday:



After all, this is about the kids sitting in my classroom right now, and what is best for them, where best is defined as supported by

research, best practice, etc.




This has been echoing in my head ever since I read it.



I agree and support this sentiment.



But I feel compelled to point out that driver's ed teachers need to know how to drive. Part of what makes a… Continue

Added by nlowell on April 3, 2007 at 11:56am — 2 Comments

Spelling Counts

Images on ning are blocked at my school. There should be two pics. If it is blank let me know.

Added by Aaron Slutsky on April 3, 2007 at 10:37am — 2 Comments

Professional Development Ideas and Strategies

Hello All!



I am holding a meeting during April on Professional Development Ideas and Strategies AS WELL AS sharing Classroom 2.0. Any ideas anyone would like to share? I am looking for strategies to get educators on board with technology and using it daily ... transparent in the classroom ... instead of "Tech Tuesdays". What are training strategies you are familiar with that work with a teacher's busy schedule and aligns to the different learning styles and levels of technology… Continue

Added by Jody Oliver on April 3, 2007 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

My Forays into Classroom 2.0

A confession: I am still a newbie.



"I come from the Batman era, adding items to my utility belt while students today are the Borg from Star Trek, assimilating technology into their lives."



The following links are to… Continue

Added by David Truss on April 3, 2007 at 12:04am — No Comments

spirited

I would like suggestions on a short, but sweet, proper use agreement for using with my students on their cell project. These students are pretty "spirited" or as a good friend likes to say, "all horsepower, no steering wheel". I really want to set them up for success and I know that they can easily outsmart the school's attempts to keep them in line on the internet. I've done basic research with them on the internet, but now I really want to shift classroom content more and more onto the… Continue

Added by Shawn Moore on April 2, 2007 at 9:06pm — 1 Comment

After 35 years in the classroom

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 — 3 Comments

Free New Goodies From PBwiki

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...

http://pbwiki.com/edu.html

http://educators.pbwiki.com/



They are offering…
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Added by Aaron Slutsky on April 2, 2007 at 8:08am — 2 Comments

Happy Birthday, Blogs!

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 — 3 Comments

Middle School Students Have Their Say

Researchers a NC State University's William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation conducted the "Having Our Say" Project. The

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

April 13th.



The study was simple in nature. They wanted to know what skills and tools students feel they need in order…

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Added by Aaron Slutsky on March 31, 2007 at 12:38pm — 4 Comments

The Spark that drives Web 2.0 - Technology in the Classroom

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.…

Skype Day One


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Added by elderbob Brannan on March 31, 2007 at 11:00am — No Comments

What to choose

http://sbetts.edublogs.org/2007/03/31/what-to-use/

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 — 5 Comments

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