September 2009 Blog Posts (134)

Summarizing and Note Taking

Hello! I am a reading teacher for struggling 6-8th graders. I have been trying to teach my students to summarize but they are really struggling with the concept. They seem to have trouble deciding which details are important and usually include many that are not needed. I have tried selective hi-lighting but many of them end up hi-lighting almost the whole page. Are there any ideas on how I can help my student determine what to include in a summary? I would like this skill to lead into… Continue

Added by Diana Irvine on September 30, 2009 at 8:35pm — No Comments

The Custodian and the Ditcher

Here's a little true tale I'll call The custodian and the ditcher.

Walking back to class during my planning period I just spied a student being read the riot act... by the school's custodian. It was an African American man speaking to an African American teen telling him about how "he needed to get to class, grab onto this chance for school" while giving him a heads up as to how there are just a whole "mess of people that want to simply turn kids like him into little… Continue

Added by Alan Sitomer on September 30, 2009 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

12 Free Online Quiz Creators for Teachers to Create Online Quizzes

Here is a collection of 12 free online quiz creation tools for teachers to create quizzes for free. These 12 free quiz creators will help teachers make quizzes for teaching online for free, such as ProProfs, Classmaker,…


Added by SunnyY on September 29, 2009 at 9:35pm — No Comments

PDF Technology Boosts the Campus Productivity

With the development of technology, education is not the way it was before. Educators are facing the challenge of finding creative ways to teach. Students have to prepare themselves to the competitive world. Colleges need to work more efficiently, put the energy actually in teaching and doing research.

As we know, PDF format is rich in file integrity, regardless of the application used to create them, PDF files can look the same as the original format. No matter text, video, 3D,… Continue

Added by Melvin James on September 29, 2009 at 8:50pm — No Comments

Tips For Using Facebook with Students

Facebook just posted some useful tips for educators who use the popular social networking service to communicate with their students. They are pretty basic tips that are good reminders for any adults who work with kids as a teacher, scout master or youth pastor. And parents too.

Privacy is important, especially on social networking…


Added by Derek Baird on September 29, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Will You Listen: Chapter 4

For those of you who are following the story, I have just uploaded chapter… Continue

Added by Joe Fatheree on September 29, 2009 at 8:20am — No Comments

Life Long Learning Virtual Conference

Life long learning!

I would like to develop a virtual conference, for life long learning

basically we would have a schedule of talks every week.

here is the first ten minutes of my intro talk:

Please join our new network and prepare a… Continue

Added by James Michael DuPont on September 29, 2009 at 8:03am — No Comments

Is it okay to feel GOOD?

Is it okay to feel good? Is it okay to be FIRED UP? Do we spend enough time genuinely recognizing the joy that is the teaching profession?

I mean I just got done with an IMMENSE amount of work. Papers, lesson plans, a trip to Jacksonville, Florida where I did a student assembly for a few hundred at-risk middle school kids about the value of school, education and making good choices (a total HOME-RUN, btw... I mean kids are kids are kids and anyone who doesn't think so,… Continue

Added by Alan Sitomer on September 29, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Are we ready for electronic books and study materials in classrooms?

The latest news is that Sony has also entered the E-Book reader market. The mobile eBook applications are not far behind, Safari's bookbag application for iPhone is one such example. This indicates that the eBook technology is definitely gaining momentum.

Combining eBooks technology with the collaborative social learning platforms will definitely changing the way we study in classrooms.… Continue

Added by judy jacob on September 29, 2009 at 5:01am — No Comments

Collaboration Ideas

I am looking for a class to have a book club with. We would have weekly readings. Each student would weekly write a comment and respond to a comment. We are a second grade class and would like to work together with a class close to our age. We also need to be able to communicate in English only sorry.

Please Let Us Know!

We are also looking at a paper airplane project in the Spring.


Added by Ian Snyder on September 28, 2009 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Microsoft’s Live@edu versus Google Apps for Education

What free tools are these giants of the software industry providing to Education?

Both Microsoft and Google offer an evolving set of free online tools specifically for the education community. This week and next we’ll take a brief look at these offerings. I imagine we’ll find a good deal to like about both sets of applications, given the price and ease of a hosted (i.e. Internet based) tool set. Before starting I should add that Microsoft and Google are certainly not the only… Continue

Added by Kelly Walsh on September 28, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Help me get started

I'm new to Ning and would like to use it to promote professional dialogue among staff members. Any advice for where to start and how to really motivate healthy discussion? :)

Added by Tami R. Crader on September 28, 2009 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Are Ebooks the Future of Textbooks

There has been a lot of talk about the rising cost of textbooks and different methods of helping defray those costs for students. MORE..

Added by Shawn Roner on September 28, 2009 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Living in a land where incarceration is a bigger need than schooling.

Turns out the jails in Los Angeles will not have to endure financial cuts. And to the average citizen, I am sure that brings a sigh of relief.

But our schools of course, aren't so lucky.

To read this article is to see that in the prisons,"the department has managed to find $25 million in additional savings and… Continue

Added by Alan Sitomer on September 28, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Story Cove

iLearn have a link to a great site called Story Cove. After you register, (a quick and painless process), you have access to online stories that are told through short movies and come complete with teacher notes. All the stories are based on popular folk tales from around the world. A great resource for K-2.

Originally published on The Education Technology Blog

Added by Jonathan Wylie on September 27, 2009 at 10:27pm — No Comments

Best Sites For Learning Games, Fun Sites For Learning, Plagiarism, & More

Here are the latest "The Best..." lists:

Part Thirty-Nine Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly


Not “The Best,” But “A List” Of Ways To Convert PDF & Word Documents


The Best Online Learning Games — 2009


The Best Online Carbon Calculators


The Best Sites To Learn About The September… Continue

Added by Larry Ferlazzo on September 27, 2009 at 3:04pm — No Comments


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Added by Alex on September 27, 2009 at 8:24am — No Comments

Why Learning French?

Hello / bonjour,

I am sure that you have encounter the same questions, over and over, about why learning French. I did and for that reason, I strongly beleive that when school start in September, foreign language teachers should begin with a lesson plan that may last for a week on the reasons to learn a foreign language.

For French, often I hear that we do not need to learn it, because Spanish is more important. I like to answer them but prefer when they found the answer… Continue

Added by Andree Carten on September 27, 2009 at 7:22am — No Comments

Social issues through visual art

The Elsewhereness online weekly magazine is an outgrowth of the "Elsewhere" social community network project - a grassroots movement and independent community dedicated to fine art and social visualization driven by a Middle East-based team of photojournalists and visual artists. Both projects are completely volunteer-based.

The… Continue

Added by Yossi Nahmias on September 27, 2009 at 3:23am — No Comments


Just came across Hyplet - a digital signature tool for your email or blog. Here is an example...…


Added by Jonathan Wylie on September 26, 2009 at 9:39pm — No Comments

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