December 2008 Blog Posts (111)

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Added by Mary Ann on December 31, 2008 at 8:27pm — No Comments

Everything is Bigger in Texas

From the deserts of New Mexico, to the big state of Texas, and back to the sunflower state of Kansas. I’m back in Kansas now, but I thought that I would share with you a few of our stops that we made on our way back. Read More and see pictures on our BCRN Class Blog

Added by Donnie Smith on December 31, 2008 at 6:36pm — No Comments

7 Things You Don’t Really Need to Know About Me

Apparently we are playing tag today. I was tagged by GlenGarden with the challenge of 7 Things You Don’t Really Need to Know About Me- you have now been invited as will on this journey!

1. I use to be a LPN (nurse) and worked in a care facility with down syndrome, elderly and mentally challenged patients. I loved this job. I was appreciated by my administrator and the patients every day. They made me smile, laugh and I always felt… Continue

Added by Naomi Harm on December 31, 2008 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

7 Things You Don’t Really Need to Know About Me

Kelly Hines tagged me in her recent post, so I want to do my best oblige. Here are 7 things that you don’t really need to know about me.

1. I did volunteer service for two years in Vlaanderen (Dutch speaking Belgum) for my church. As a result, I learned to speak Dutch… Continue

Added by Glen Westbroek on December 31, 2008 at 12:31pm — 2 Comments

A Visit with the Head Master of the Guiyang Experimental High School #3, China

After the tours, we were able to visit with the head master of the school. She shared much information about the students and the building. The students in the school come from the Guizhou province. The teachers are very good, and she said that the “students are lively.” This is an experimental school because it is a relatively new boarding school funded in 2004. As a result, they are still in the experimental process of implementing the school. Only five teachers live here after 9 o’clock to… Continue

Added by Dr. Kari Stubbs on December 31, 2008 at 7:41am — No Comments

Online eLearning Education and Children's Self-esteem Issues - By Lance Winslow

By Lance Winslow

There simply is not enough information available on the synergies or detriments that online eLearning will have on our children psyche. Especially limited are issues of the children's "self-esteem" and self-confidence building using these eLearning educational systems. When the Online Think Tank recently brought this subject up at a small meeting many diverse opinions emerged.

Below are some of my… Continue

Added by Lance Winslow on December 31, 2008 at 3:19am — No Comments

Top 100 E-Learning Tools (And The Top 25 Free Ones)

Jane Hart over at the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies has compiled some great lists for e-learning tools. The lists are geared more toward educators, but I think a decent majority of the items are relevant for students as well, especially grad students who spend their days walking that line between penniless student and underpaid educator.

There’s the… Continue

Added by Sabrina Fu on December 31, 2008 at 2:30am — No Comments

Support Breast Cancer Funding for Underprivileged Women

The Breast Cancer Site is real and money paid by site advertisers does indeed go towards providing free mammograms. When a visitor clicks on the "Fund Free Mammograms" button on the site, another page opens that contains banner advertisements from site sponsors. All of the fees paid by these sponsors are used to fund free mammograms.

I must admit that initially I thought this was a hoax, but I checked it at several urban legend… Continue

Added by Gary Latman on December 30, 2008 at 10:57pm — No Comments

Re:Best Year-In-Review, Resources on Middle East, Best 2008 Books & More

Here are a few new "The Best..." lists to ring in the New Year:

The Best Posts Of 2008


The Best Sites For Learning About The Presidential Inauguration


The Best Temporary Email Address Sites For Students (Or Anyone)


The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2008


The Best Sources For Advice On Student… Continue

Added by Larry Ferlazzo on December 30, 2008 at 10:01am — No Comments

Disrupting Class Outside the Classroom

Probably out of context from the entire article, I read this excerpt from the following post: The Role of Educational Leaders in Implementing Web 2.0 from… Continue

Added by John Costilla on December 30, 2008 at 9:37am — No Comments

Screencasting Software - Easily Make Stunning Demos

Screencasting software — for screen capture, editing, and publication of video files - has been used to market software products and website service, and to train people in the use of those products and service. Screencasting is a powerful tool for presentation; if screencating software can be properly used it will enable us to achieve many of our goals, such as making a software tutorial, creating a shot how-to video, and producing a… Continue

Added by William Peterson on December 30, 2008 at 6:39am — No Comments

What Are Avatars and Why Should They Be Used for eLearning for Kids? By Lance Winslow

By Lance Winslow

Avatars are being introduced to assist kids in eLearning. It turns out the kids love the avatars and they can be used as teacher assistants. This helps with teaching in overloaded classrooms and increases the learning of the students. What is an Avatar? Well Glad you asked;

An "avatar" is a fictional character inside of Computer. For instance Microsoft word comes with a "Paper Clip" which… Continue

Added by Lance Winslow on December 29, 2008 at 11:42pm — 3 Comments

President Elect Links Ed Tech to Growing Our Economy

Obama Links Ed Tech to Economic Growth reads the December 3, 2008 Digital | Directions article. Those of us involved with education and technology have been chanting an ed-tech mantra for quite some time, having identifed it as the hook to engage and challenge 21st century students. We have experimented with various applications in our classrooms, trying to involve our students with their own education, and ultimately… Continue

Added by Gary Latman on December 29, 2008 at 10:49pm — No Comments

What I achieved this year by integrating ICT tools in my teaching.

Someone once said, “If students do not learn the way we teach, then let us teach the way they learn.”

Social Sciences in general and Geography in particular is a visual cum systematic subject which need lot of observational skills. It has been seen that the students lack interest in social sciences due to inability to visualize abstract themes/places. It creates a wide gap between teaching and learning. Today's traditional learning environment also does not allow the learners to… Continue

Added by suryaveer on December 29, 2008 at 9:12pm — No Comments

Happy New Year!!

I am wishing you all a happy new year! Hope you will have a great year in 2009, :)

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Added by Alfajri Alwis on December 29, 2008 at 3:09am — No Comments

Glutton for Gluten

This blog post is inspired by Brad Chapin's thoughts and way too much twittering lately.

Okay, I'm not sure if it's ASD, ADHD or ADD nor am I certain if it impacts the children and/or the adults in our family (both immediate and extended of course). What I am certain about? Gluten-free and dairy/caisen (what IS caisen anyway?)-free food choices make a world of… Continue

Added by Ellen on December 28, 2008 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

PhD research update

Good news!

The indepth interview research phase of my disseration is now complete. The next stages involve analysis and writing up the results. The goal is to defend in March 2009.

Topic: Youngest teachers. What do they experience working in public schools today? How do our youngest teachers (under age 28) describe their work? Do they plan to remain in the classroom? In the profession? What can we, as school leaders, learn from them?

It is all so fascinating. Their… Continue

Added by Hilary Greenebaum on December 28, 2008 at 7:20pm — No Comments

Looking Forward to a New Year

Christmas is over and I'm looking forward to a Productive New Year. I try to stay busy, but would like to be part of more conversations regarding the future of youth and mental health services in schools. It seems as if many of the same children that are identified by the school systems also make up the majority of children that we see in our Community Mental Health Services. Our state is also trying to figure out "who" is responsible for serving the growing population of children with Autism… Continue

Added by Brad Chapin on December 28, 2008 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Simple Pizazz

I must confess that I love simple solutions that add lots of pizazz. That's what these two newest additions to the FREE Teacher Toolbar are all about.

Animations - creatures 025

Professional Animations is full of FREE and fun moving graphics that bring life to websites, blog postings and online classrooms.…


Added by Ellen on December 28, 2008 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Guiyang Experimental High School #3, China

The first school that we were able to tour was a high school. Students at the high school begin their day by reciting political readings to help them pass tests. After these readings, students register for school for the day and go to the playground for morning exercises. Students are required to exercise. During the school day, students have four classes that are 45 minutes long with a 10-minute break between each. Between second and third classes, they have a 20-minute break for a whole… Continue

Added by Dr. Kari Stubbs on December 27, 2008 at 10:43am — No Comments

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