October 2009 Blog Posts (118)

Short survey about science teachers' needs in the 21st century


Added by Tzur Karelitz on October 19, 2009 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Seeking App Writer for Austic Children's Apps

The East Hill Academy Method:

I am a Director of the East Hill Academy.

EHA is a school for Austic and Asperger's Syndrome children in Pensacola Florida.

EHA is striving to make education available to a much larger number of children and parents through Virtual Learning using Mobile Learning (M-Learning) devices like the iPod Touch. EHA is developing a series of Apps, Pod Casts and Workbooks to assist parents in educating their Special Children.

You may… Continue

Added by Chev. W.D. Jack Moran, OSJ on October 19, 2009 at 10:42am — No Comments

Blogs as training agendas and forums

Anyone have any experience with this?

Added by Mel Cooke on October 19, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Oct 19: Day 1 - Waste Reduction Week - Canada

Waste Reduction Week (WRW) Canada Monday, October 19th to Sunday, October 25th.

The 2009 theme, Too Good To Waste, emphasizes conserving earth's resources to make life on the planet sustainable. We humans always talk about "saving our earth; saving our planet", but the planet isn't going anywhere. We just need to make sure that it stays habitable, and maybe even enjoyable, for our species -- humans!

In 2009, the provincial and territorial WRW organizers across Canada are… Continue

Added by Eric Snyder on October 19, 2009 at 7:01am — No Comments

Using Google Sites to create e-portfolios for students

Is Google’s “Sites” application the solution we’re looking for?

Following up on last week’s initial look into free tools for students to create and host an electronic portfolio of representational work, this week I am trying out Google Sites as a possible solution. Google Sites provides a free application for creating your own web site. Let’s… Continue

Added by Kelly Walsh on October 19, 2009 at 4:30am — No Comments

Hello, world!

This voicethread was created by my 8th and 6th grade general music students. We hope to meet students from around the world, discover what we have in common with each other, and strengthen our global perspective through meaningful conversations and engaging collaborations.

Please post your comments - text, audio, or video - and tell us about yourselves. What would you like us to know about you? What do you have in common with us? We look forward to meeting… Continue

Added by Ken Greene on October 18, 2009 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Information Literacy Games: Kermit the Frog Search Challenge

It ain't easy being green....

Finding Kermit was the inspiration for one of the first Internet Search Challenges created by Dr. Carl Heine. The task is to track down a picture of Kermit ready for graduation in the least amount of time.

Many teachers use this as a whole class lab activity. Put up a… Continue

Added by Dennis O'Connor on October 18, 2009 at 12:50pm — No Comments

The 2nd LAN Party of the k12Online2009 Conference

Please join us on October 20, 2009 at 22:00GMT/3:00pmPDT/4:00pmMDT/5:00pmCDT/6:00pmEDT for a live event of the 2009

K12Online Conference

On October 20, the K12Online Conference is hosting a LAN party from 6:00PM to 8:00PM EDT. We invite everyone to gather at the LAN party site with colleagues in order to view two past conference presentations and then engage in lively discussions in our chatroom. The presenters will be in attendance.… Continue

Added by Durff on October 18, 2009 at 11:56am — No Comments

Social Networking and Education

It took me awhile but now I can say that I am hooked on Social Networking! After playing around with many Web 2.0 tools like Wikis and Blogs, I didn't think that I could find a use for Social Networking such as Facebook. A co-worker encouraged me to try Facebook and within a few days I had numerous "Friends" and was instantly in touch with former students, family members and old friends. I moved to a new city a few years ago to start a new life and although I've been blessed with a great… Continue

Added by Bonnie Barnes on October 17, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Writing Process: Perspectives from a Published Author

So I have been getting lots of notes and the such as of late asking me to let a few people backstage, behind the scenes, into the kitchen to see how books get written, vetted, sold, and published.

Yes, I am a regular ol' high school English teacher working at Lynwood High in Los Angeles but I also moonlight as an author having published books with Disney, Scholastic, Recorded Books and, coming soon (I just… Continue

Added by Alan Sitomer on October 17, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Wave Gadgets ... we've begun work!

We have begun work on building a wave gadget ... here is our preliminary specification:

the work has begun.

Added by Geoff St. Pierre on October 16, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Help protect schools from budget cuts!


Schools have already endured harsh budget cuts this year. Now the governor is proposing to cut another $223 million from city schools. We must urge our lawmakers in Albany to protect our classrooms. Implementing such cuts at the midpoint of the school year would mean dismantling existing programs and reorganizing classes, which would be particularly disruptive for students. Remember -- kids don’t get a second chance.

Can you help out by participating in the UFT's fax… Continue

Added by Janet Lui on October 16, 2009 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Hands on learning

I am looking for research on the benefits of active or hands on learning. Can anyone point me to some? I am needing to define hands on learning, show the benefits in the classroom, how it is best incorporated, how it can keep students engaged, examples in schools, and how it can be integrated into the current classroom settings. Thanks for your help.

Added by Heather Dunlap on October 16, 2009 at 8:43am — No Comments

Google Wave

I've given Google Wave invites to a few Classroom 2.0 participants and a few folks from the worldwide ReUse movement.

I've been thinking that there could be some mutual benefits to connecting the two discrete communities of people. Perhaps we'll do a bit of playing around with that on Google Wave once a few more folks get connected.

Google Wave certainly seems to have lots of potential.

Added by Eric Snyder on October 16, 2009 at 7:03am — 3 Comments

Busy-interesting-learning -week

I am so looking forward to the weekend so I can play around with some of the tools I have discovered this week. Most recently xtranormal.com and the ability to make an animated video in minutes. It's clunky and a little bumpy but I never lost any work. The students reacted well to the presentations and tomorrow the students will give it a test drive.

Not doing too poorly in developing the habits needed to keep blogging at leat once per week. Finished reading Will Richardson's book,… Continue

Added by Artie O'Connor on October 15, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Wave, wiki and what not?

I have updated the JS Maths Wiki with some student contributions. Inequalities with examples and audio explanations. Listen while you try your homework.

My students and I have had our wave accounts for about a week now. We are, as expected, impressed. We are trying/toying with the idea of building a wave gadget in our Java class, but can not get GWT to work on Ubuntu?…


Added by Geoff St. Pierre on October 15, 2009 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Oct 15: Blog Action Day '09 - Climate Change

Blog Action Day is an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance. Blog Action Day 2009 will be one of the largest-ever social change events on the web.

Added by Eric Snyder on October 15, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

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