November 2008 Blog Posts (108)

Busy Busy

Reports are finished so now it's time to get organised for the coming year. We have a lease expiring and I have to order new computers to replace the old lease. We have decide to go to laptops in our upper grades. This should be exciting as it will free up space on the benches where the computers are now located but it will allow for the children to collaborate in their classrooms and at different spots around the school. I am also going to order some netbooks for use in classrooms around the… Continue

Added by Maree Leopold on November 30, 2008 at 6:05pm — No Comments

All things in moderation, including moderation?

Title aside, I'm just wrapping up administrivia for the teaching year. I am awash in a sea of paper. It's all over my desk, littering my other desk, stacked on my equipment table, scattered over the lab benches, stuffed into envelopes and piled high in file boxes. I feel like we should have a pulp and paper mill at the back of the playing fields, just to keep the school supplied with forms and test papers and timetables and calendar dates and process reminders and leaving forms and testimonial… Continue

Added by Gwyneth on November 30, 2008 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Your ideal writing space?

In reference to this post.

Two things:

1. i really love this guy's art.

2. i am really trying to get some feedback from people who write.

we are doing a pretty comprehensive set of action research projects all under the heading of:

what are the characteristics of online writing?

how do the characteristics of student writing change when they write online as… Continue

Added by Sean Nash on November 30, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Third Grade Teacher in SWFL Seeking BLOG Help

I am interested in incorporating blogging into my third grade classroom. I have a million ideas, but am not sure where to start. I also want to begin small at first. Suggestions? Ideas?

Added by Michael Miller on November 30, 2008 at 12:48pm — No Comments

The Irony of Gratitude

It's odd to me that we spend a day giving thanks for what is precious, and then the very next morning our culture is all set up for Black Friday (which sounds grim even though I guess it's not meant to be)....where we are all meant to rush out as early as we can and as maniacally as we can to BUY things. So we were grateful for one day, for all those intangibles, but then the very next day this American culture is telling us: better get ready to WANT all the things you don't have, that you wish… Continue

Added by Pam Allyn on November 30, 2008 at 11:51am — No Comments


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Added by Ellen on November 29, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

5yo+ Fun Rating

Check out Drawminos ( for some good ole fashion 5 year old type fun. The name really over delivers in cleverness but I still lost several minutes to this almost engaging activity and my son loves it.

And what is it that has me losing lots of time (I mean doing serious time in the name of online 'research?'). Visit Zoopz ( and tell me how to get… Continue

Added by Ellen on November 29, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Drawn to DoInk

Being drawn down the road to

Added by Ellen on November 28, 2008 at 10:02am — No Comments

Book the Time

I'd love to begin a movement that would culminate in the spring called the Book the Time Campaign: getting as many people as we can to read aloud to a child or many children. Then we could have one day, in March or April, that is the culmination of those efforts, with lots of celebration for the importance of reading aloud in a child's life. Would anyone be interested in joining in and figuring out how to make this happen? I love the idea of it being worldwide!!! I could ask my wonderful… Continue

Added by Pam Allyn on November 28, 2008 at 6:54am — 3 Comments

Last Minutes Tips From Devil to Boost Cyber Monday Sales

Help E-retailers Capture Dollars on Cyber Monday

Story from DMO Blog:

As this time of year is make it or break it for many retailers, now is the last chance to prepare for the busy period. E-retailers are ramping up heavy-duty deals to turn skittish shoppers into buyers during the crucial Thanksgiving weekend and "Cyber Monday" -- but even so, online sales are expected to be fairly flat after… Continue

Added by Sabrina Fu on November 28, 2008 at 6:23am — No Comments

Free Online Workshop on How to Use Wikieducator

WikiEducator is a dynamic and exciting community of educators who believe passionately that learning materials should be free and open to all. The WikiEducator is an evolving community intended for collaborative instruction and learning.

Get started today and register now for free wiki training. The next online course for 2008 is scheduled for November 24 - December 5. The course will be moderated by Nellie Deutsch and Patricia… Continue

Added by Alfajri Alwis on November 28, 2008 at 1:27am — No Comments

Online Collaboration

Tell me what you think!

Added by Jesse Peters on November 27, 2008 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Global Literacy

This past summer, I traveled to Kenya and Liberia on behalf of my organization, LitWorld, to share teaching ideas and practices with teachers there. It was a deeply moving journey and I was honored to spend time with the teachers there (some class ratios: 120 kids to ONE teacher!). They are heroic for doing their work in such extreme conditions. We brought with us a software called Realebooks which gets kids publishing their own stories online. Now, schools here are sending kidmade books to… Continue

Added by Pam Allyn on November 27, 2008 at 4:28am — 2 Comments


Everybody go to this site and write one thing you are grateful for! This would be great for the grandkids.

Forward to your own networks. I'd love to see how far this can go!

Added by Allison Weiss on November 26, 2008 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Aumento dramático en la necesidad de inglés en los negocios de alcance mundial

En boca de nuestros clientesA medida que las empresas buscan expandirse hacia nuevos mercados e integrar operaciones internacionales, se encuentran cada vez más con el problema de que sus empleados deben trabajar juntos desde diferentes regiones y en diferentes idiomas. Esto ha recalcado la importancia del inglés como el idioma empresarial común más práctico. Además, la tecnología permite la comunicación entre empleados más que nunca y el inglés es ahora parte de la jornada laboral para muchos… Continue

Added by Dante Garcia on November 26, 2008 at 11:12am — No Comments

Publish a Quiz on Your Blog and Track the Quiz Results Online For Free

Here is a step-by-step tutorial from, Our teachers could rapidly create a multimedia quiz and publish it to web or Blog. It also provide Quiz Management System to track the quiz results online For Free.

Added by Sabrina Fu on November 26, 2008 at 5:36am — No Comments

I reviewed the technology survey I gave to the students two weeks into the school year today. I tabulated the data for the second survey and wanted to look back at the first survey. The survey asks t…

I reviewed the technology survey I gave to the students two weeks into the school year today. I tabulated the data for the second survey and wanted to look back at the first survey. The survey asks the students to rate the use of technology as a tool for different levels of learning and thinking, computer applications used at school, and level of engagement when using technology at school. The computer applications used the most are Word, Excel and Powerpoint, but students are interested in… Continue

Added by Kirsten Warner on November 25, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments


A ning is easy to set up and is intuitive to use. It combines blog posts, discussion forums, text, photos and videos. It would be interesting to checkout the forums to gain extra information about a topic eg. moodle

Added by Libby Delbridge on November 25, 2008 at 8:29pm — No Comments

Electric bicycles

I am interested in setting an electrical bicycle such as a regular racing bicycle with electric attachment. Interested in any info on this.
Two reasons for this: I am interested in environmentally efficient transport, and secondly my car was stolen this morning.
I would like to ride to work but 15 K is a little to far. Electric assistance could be the answer.

Added by Robert Russell on November 25, 2008 at 8:29pm — 1 Comment

Derek Robertson at VITTA

On Tuesday 25th November I was able to attend an excellent presentation by Scotsman Derek Robertson on using Nintendo DS games in the classroom. It was a most entertaining and educational session and I was able to come away feeling excited about using these products. I was impressed with the data about student attainment and engagement through these tools. Well worth going to.

Added by Scott Whittle on November 25, 2008 at 8:27pm — 2 Comments

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