October 2010 Blog Posts (77)

My Teaching World

My name is Rebekah and I teach High School Language Arts in an alternative high school. My classroom is geared towards students who are reading at a middle school level, but are between the ages of 16-21. These students need to bring their reading level up to a high school level as quickly as possible so that they can be successful in some type of high school completion program. We prepare students for credit recovery classes, online classes, and the GED. Some of the students ultimately end up… Continue

Added by Rebekah Engle on October 31, 2010 at 10:58am — No Comments

Prep Time vs. Student Time

I'm facing one of those personal conflicts I think most teachers struggle with. I'm a 3rd year teacher, and I teach high school engineering classes. Our school uses a block schedule, with 3 block periods per day plus a study hall. Most teachers teach 4 classes and have study hall responsibility. I'm one of the teachers who teaches 5 classes, so I have no study hall responsibility in order to provide me with a prep period. My struggle is accommodating students who need additional help. Because I… Continue

Added by Tom Baker on October 31, 2010 at 12:24am — 1 Comment

Spanish Elementary Technology Resources

I teach at an Elementary school with a Bilingual population and I would like to have some Spanish language online resources for my students. Even educational games in Spainsh would be great.

Added by Mrs. Wanek on October 30, 2010 at 11:41pm — 2 Comments

Technology with Special Needs Mainstreamed Students

I find that in each of my technology classes I have 2-6 special needs students. Students in 3rd-5th grade who do not know numbers or letters. Logging into the computer is difficult enough let alone working on a simple Word projects. Any ideas to support these kiddo's in technology while peers are doing more advanced projects?

Added by Mrs. Wanek on October 30, 2010 at 11:31pm — No Comments

Why are they lacking skills?

For over ten years I have had an interesting and fulfilling job as a business instructor at a trade school for young adults. Instructors are not given pre-fabricated curriculum or told what training materials are to be used. It is a wonderful sense of freedom to be creative and manipulate the material to fit the individual student's needs. Seeing them succeed is the greatest reward one could desire.

We are given a document listing the required skills and knowledge that the students… Continue

Added by Bird Lady on October 30, 2010 at 9:50pm — No Comments

New to Classroom 2.0

So I am a newbie, signed up for Classroom 2.0 as part of a class assignment. I am excited to see how other educators are using 2.0 tools in their classrooms, and I look forward to collaborating online. This is my first year as an elementary school librarian and I am always looking for ideas for lesson plans and activities, and how to integrate technology into the curriculum. So I would love to know what people are up to, and I will definitely bring my questions to Classroom 2.0!

Added by Cammy Monroy on October 30, 2010 at 9:01pm — No Comments

Hello Classroom 2.0

Hello! I am a middle school mathematics teacher in McMinnville, Oregon. I am currently attending Western Oregon University and working on my M.S.Ed. degree in Information Technology. I am joining this site as part of an assignment, but also hope to use it to become connected with more math teachers and to gain access to more technology resources. I am especially interested in using technology as a resource to individualize, extend, and strengthen student learning in mathematics. Is… Continue

Added by Michael Neeld on October 30, 2010 at 5:45pm — No Comments

The "real" stakeholders...students have voices too...

I experienced two very important things recently:

1) - If you ask, you shall receive...

Last week I asked 5 students to answer 5 questions related to

education. The questions have nothing to do with my class content, nor

will the students receive anything for completing the 5 questions. I

simply asked 5 of my students to give me their opinion and feedback on

certain education related issues. The… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on October 29, 2010 at 8:12pm — No Comments

Why Twitter should be a part of your PLN...

If somebody asked me about the last 6 months of my life, I would respond

by saying something like this; the past 6 months have been extremely

challenging, but yet at the same time I can say with little hesitation

that I have grown more as an educator in the last 6 months than in any

other time period in my life.

The world in which we live is changing faster than anyone could ever

imagine, and because of this the educational system must evolve and… Continue

Added by Justin Tarte on October 29, 2010 at 8:10pm — No Comments

Here's to forward looking!

I am excited to have been introduced to this website. I am looking forward to connecting with a bunch of like minded individuals and groups on this forum. I am taking a Web 2.0 class at Western Oregon University and hope this site will add to the already numerous tools and skills I have already picked up along the journey. Classroom 2.0, thank you for being here!

Added by Scott Bailey on October 29, 2010 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Social Networking

Hi everyone,
I'm in grad school and am in a class that is all about Web 2.0. We are studying social networks this week. It has really got me thinking about social networking and schools, which was the point :). I can see the benefits and pit falls of using social networking in a classroom. I was wondering if anyone on here has incorporated social networks into their classroom. If so how did it work? Good Bad. Even if you haven't tried do you think that social networks in schools should be…

Added by Ryan Winship on October 29, 2010 at 12:45pm — No Comments

My thoughts on social sites and internet posting...

Being in a class that is designed to expose me to as many of the Web 2.0 tools that are out there available to assist in education has been a bit overwhelming. I’ve never run my own classroom and am not sure whether I would be very good at it. But I can say that many of the available tools could definitely help get me organized.

I’ve been involved with repairing both software and…


Added by Todd Smith on October 29, 2010 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Blogs - What Free Internet Blogs Would You Recommend?


I am currently participating in a social networking study group. Our first assignment in this group is to explore "free" internet blogs. What blogs would you recommend for elementary as well as middle school/high school students? What kinds of curriculum integration activities have you done with a blog?

Thanks for your help.

Sue Johnson

Added by Susan Johnson on October 29, 2010 at 9:24am — 2 Comments

5 must haves to make videos with students

Movie production in the classroom can be a scary thing for many teachers, and to be honest, I have seldom done a video project with students where I was in total control. There is always something that I didn’t know or think about. However, I have done enough projects now to have some idea of what to expect. Having certain tools handy will certainly make the whole process run smoother, making those bumps that

do come up seem much…


Added by Jeremy Kaiser on October 28, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Essential Components of a Freshman Transition Program - Part 2 - Making Time for Teams to Meet

This was originally on The Freshman Transition Network.

This series of posts on the essential components of a Freshman Transition Program is based on ideas found in The Ninth Grade Opportunity: Transforming Schools from the Bottom Up by Scott Habeeb,…

Added by Scott Habeeb on October 28, 2010 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Moving to the Cloud? Learn the Risk, then move!

It's no secret that the world is quickly loving to the cloud, There are many benefits to moving to cloud based services like Google Apps and Microsoft's Live.Edu!

Download Top Threats to Cloud Computing from CSA, The Cloud Security…

Added by George Grachis on October 28, 2010 at 8:42am — No Comments

An Open Introduction to Technology Integration in Education

Please allow me to first introduce myself. My name is Greg Limperis and I am a Technology Facilitator in the city of Lawrence, MA working with very inner city middle school students. As most of you teachers feel, the work day is busy and hard and resources are tight. Because of this, I have often felt that I do not get the appropriate or enough professional development to help me do my job well. With this in mind, a few years ago, I decided to turn to the best resource I had, my… Continue

Added by Greg Limperis on October 27, 2010 at 2:51am — No Comments

Teachers. Who Needs Them?

encouragement I just came home from the movies. In the film I saw (The Kids Are Alright), one character when asked why he dropped out of school says, "I just thought it was a big waste of money for something I could learn myself, from a book."

This was something I had realized early, sitting in the town library one "PD" or professional development day, years ago in grade 8. I was flipping through a National Geographic and chanced upon an article about Jane Goodall. I was stoked, we had… Continue

Added by ddeubel on October 26, 2010 at 1:01pm — No Comments

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Added by Darlene Staimpel on October 25, 2010 at 8:45pm — No Comments

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