Derrick Waddell's Blog (8)

Cr-48: A Teacher's Review

Last week, UPS showed up at my door with a box that held inside it a shiny (well, more of a matte-finished) new Cr-48. I've been using it as my sole computing device for over a week now, so I thought I'd offer my thoughts.

Added by Derrick Waddell on February 6, 2011 at 10:53am — No Comments

From the Labs: Google Tools You May Not Know

From Search to Maps to Docs, Google offers tons of free tools that have had a great impact on technology in the classroom. The best thing about Google, though, is that it is continually innovating. Here are some of my favorite educational applications from Google Labs, Google's test bed for new Internet technology.

Find out what my favorite Google Labs tools are here:… Continue

Added by Derrick Waddell on January 13, 2011 at 6:38pm — No Comments

Four Words to Improve Your Search

I'm a huge fan of the free tools that Google offers, as they integrate perfectly into my classroom. Google's best offering, though, is its original--search. Even with some recent competition hot on its heels, Google Search is the best search on the web. Here are four modifiers that I use on a regular basis that make Google Search even more…


Added by Derrick Waddell on August 18, 2010 at 7:40pm — No Comments

Bridging the Digital Generation Gap

I often hear the term "digital native" when discussing the current and upcoming body of students. The implication is that technology is a must use tool in today's schools because these students have grown up with high tech tools and they see the world through a digital lens.

So, if today's students are "digital natives," then my parents' generation of students were "book natives." They grew up with books, and they learned through that medium. That said, were my…

Added by Derrick Waddell on August 16, 2010 at 6:53pm — No Comments

Seven FREE Online Resources for Teachers

Yesterday I gave you my top seven cloud-based applications. Today, I decided to make that the first in a top seven series and offer you my top seven online resources for teachers. All of these are sites I've used in the past to find lesson ideas, videos, or interactive elements that I could use in my classroom, and all…


Added by Derrick Waddell on July 26, 2010 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Seven FREE Cloud Tools Every Teacher Should Know

As I've said before, cloud-based applications play a big role in my everyday computing and my classroom tech integration. Here's an annotated list of my seven favorite cloud tools.…


Added by Derrick Waddell on July 25, 2010 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

Get Better Google Search Results

Web searches are changing. Since Google's inception in the late 90s, the amount of information on the web has grown exponentially. With websites, blogs, images, music, videos and social networking from all over the globe, the amount of information online is simply astonishing. Sometimes, finding that information can be tricky. A recent trend is to crowd…


Added by Derrick Waddell on July 24, 2010 at 10:28pm — No Comments

The Cloud: Shifting Education


Added by Derrick Waddell on July 11, 2010 at 6:22pm — No Comments


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