October 2009 Blog Posts (123)

Wolfram|Alpha Homework Day

Meet us here on October 21, 2009, for the first Wolfram|Alpha Homework Day. This groundbreaking, live interactive web event brings together students and educators from across the country to solve your toughest assignments and explore the power of using Wolfram|Alpha for school, college, and beyond.

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Added by Kevin Chilton on October 20, 2009 at 7:27am — No Comments

FastPencil - Collaborate, Write, and e-Publish

Reposted from Meg's Notebook

About two weeks ago I posted an article on Sony's eBook Platform for Self-Publishing and wondered aloud as to how we can tie this type of tool into creative writing activities. Well, along comes FastPencil, an application which combines workflow, writing, and… Continue

Added by Meg H on October 19, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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

Week 4 Brainypics Theme: TV (Really)

Each week we try to have a theme for the Brainypics Flashcard Contest. Inspired by a couple of our users for their Brainypics about "The Office" and "Saturday Night Live", we figured we might as well indulge in good ole fashion veggin' time...

This week's theme: Grab an image from one of your favorite (or not favorite) TV shows and give us a Brainypic flashcard!!! Go to… Continue

Added by Jack on October 19, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Brainypics Week 3 Winners

Root-doot-doot-doot-da-dooo! Congrats to ipopstar, jkollar, paco416, Marina, and tennisgirl101 for the top 5 Brainypics from last week! They now qualify to compete for our $200 Grand Prize and have also earned an iTunes song as an extra bonus.

You can participate, too! We'll pick 5 Brainypics each between NOW and DEC 7th. We'll also give out iTunes song to our top contributors (1 iTunes for every 5 Brainypics flashcards). Go to… Continue

Added by Jack on October 19, 2009 at 9:30am — 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

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