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Exploring All Things Web 2.0

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Comp. Sci. teacher - High school - Grades 9-12; teach a class on Web 2.0 technologies, a class called Photoshop for the Web, and a class called Animation with Flash
About Me
Trying to learn/share everything Web 2.0 -- primary idea is to have students use Web 2.0 tools to bring about social change. I love blogging, wikis, digital storytelling, social networks, social bookmarks, webware, creating online video tutorials, open source items, and much more. Will be trying to learn more about creating a hybrid online course this summer. Have been teaching students since 1988. :)

J Black's Blog

ISTE Technology Standards for Students - Creativity and Innovation

Posted on August 2, 2008 at 9:38am 1 Comment

Woke up early this morning and started some curriculum work on my Web 2.0 technologies class. After spending some time looking at the ISTE NETS*S, I thought I'd jot down a few ideas for what "Creativity and Innovation 1. a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products or processes" might look like if taught/explored more in the classroom. Here is my resulting brainstorm session. Ideally, I'd like to do this for all the NETS*S, but even better yet, would be to get some collaboration… Continue

The Last Lecture is My First Stop this Academic Year

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 10:43am 0 Comments

was moved after watching Diane Sawyer's last coverage of Randy Pausch. As I get ready to start the new academic year, I continue to mull over his words about brick walls and obstacles that loom in our way. They are words worth sharing with our students - not once, but weekly. Read More

Virtual Fieldtrips and Second Life

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 10:42am 1 Comment

I really don't know much about 3-D worlds, virtual reality, and such, but I'm taking my plunge. About three weeks ago I received an email invitation reading,

"On August 4th, 2008, and again on August 6th, Alliance Library System, in cooperation with LearningTimes, will offer a one-day conference exploring the possibilities of using virtual worlds to teach literature and to promote its appreciation for people of all ages. The conference, entitled "Stepping into Literature: Bringing New Life… Continue

Quick Website Creation for Educators

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 10:40am 0 Comments

I've had to learn to make web pages the hard way -- first by hand coding HTML, then later by learning the nuances of several HTML editors. Several other teachers have asked me how to go about creating one and, until now, I'd have to sigh and say, "well first you have to learn a program like DreamWeaver or FrontPage, and then you have to have a server or rent space on a server to put your website on". That's a big learning curve for someone who just wants to post daily assignments or keep a list… Continue

Ready to go

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 10:39am 0 Comments

Sometimes ya just gotta take a break. Technically, I can’t say May was a break, though I failed to get anything up on my blog. But all teachers know that May is absolutely crazy, and so no more needs to be said. June, however, has been my respite, and it’s felt good to just step back for a while and rest. Read More.

Thinking About Teaching Blogging to Your Students?

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 10:37am 0 Comments

Everybody probably goes about becoming a blogger and becoming a teacher of blogging a bit differently. For me, here's how it went. Read More

Video Tutorials for Educators and Students - How to Create a Blog in Blogger

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 10:30am 0 Comments

I've been wanting to get this done for some time now and am chipping away at my goal. I am attempting to make a series of online movies that can be used by both educators and students who are new to blogging. Watch for new tutorials over the next few weeks. Enjoy -- I hope they are helpful to anyone just starting out. Read More

Adobe's Photoshop Express - A Review

Posted on March 29, 2008 at 10:00am 0 Comments

I've been waiting on Adobe to toss its hat in the ring. Finally, it's been tossed. About six months ago, Adobe started promising an online photo editor totally web-based, and totally free. In the mean time, I've had my students...read more

The Arrival of Change

Posted on March 22, 2008 at 10:00am 0 Comments

It's spring time here in the Rockies as well as spring break. With a cup of home-made Verona coffee in hand this morning, I put on my favorite blue jean jacket ... read more

Temporarily Derailed...

Posted on March 19, 2008 at 10:00am 0 Comments

It's been awhile since I've last posted. Much has happened. Early March I experienced a fair amount of disillusionment that brought my personal posting to a halt. My efforts to quietly lead the way in Web 2.0 technologies in my little corner of the world seemed pointless early March. Why? Read More

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At 11:28am on September 7, 2009, Maryanne Burgos said…
I think your screencasts for using Blogger are the best I've seen, but lately my students are having difficulty accessing them. Are they still available?
At 9:08pm on January 17, 2009, Jack said…
Hi J. I was wondering if you and your students would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. If not, perhaps you have some educator contacts you could direct me to. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
At 10:17pm on November 9, 2008, James Edward Charles Webber said…
do you personally recommend photobucket or flickr
I have started with the former ( as i was quite unsure of my past yahoo id !)- for flickr
At 8:24am on May 9, 2008, Roland O'Daniel said…
Great question and i can honestly answer that I know that it is a CMS and that's it. I have never worked with it. I did do a comparison of some CMS platforms a year ago and it was strong for the expense issue (my understanding is that it is free). We didn't pursue it as an option because Moodle offered us more value in terms of add-ons than joomla at the time. Sorry took so long to respond, I've been at IRA and just got back.
At 5:16pm on May 3, 2008, Thomas Murphy said…
A belated thanks for the welcome. Perhaps the summer will offer the time needed to develop the skills needed for implementation of new possibilities.
At 11:30pm on May 1, 2008, Yu-Fen Wu said…
I teach 7th to 9th grade in junior high school in Taiwan. Now I am in ITEC program at San Francisco State University. If there is an opportunity, I would like my students to connect with other people from different cultures.
At 8:48am on May 1, 2008, Joel Carda said…
I saw your blog on cacao and child labor - my classes have been studying the Mayans, cacao, and the Caribbean this week and, as usual, your material gave me a lot of new ideas. I created a MyStudio Quiz. Check it out here when you get a moment. On the same page, you'll also see one of my animoto/garageband creations. Plus lots of interesting info on the chocolate and cacao farming.
At 6:16pm on April 30, 2008, isobel.lowther said…
Hello, thanks for the invitation to join your party - I'll bring the cake

At 1:10pm on April 30, 2008, Joel Carda said…
Thanks for sharing your blog today. I'm pouring over the wealth of resources that you have discovered. I might be up all night!
At 12:12pm on April 30, 2008, Greg Smith said…
Thanks, J Black, for coming by. I've been using Diigo as the biggest part of my networking so far. I've just now moved to classroom2.0. I'll get it all figured out soon, I hope. Seems friendly so far. ;-)


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