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Virtual school and virtual classroom tool now FREE!

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If you want to see how you can use a social media tool as an extension of the classroom then go to www.meetatrecess.com and create your classroom there for…Continue

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How are you using social networks in your schools today? How would you like to be using them?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Len Rosen May 27, 2010. 9 Replies

Is your use of social networking focused on learning or measuring? Recently I wrote an article called "Academic Social Networking: Big Brother or Community of Learners?" I've attached that article to…Continue

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At 12:35pm on July 6, 2010, Kaviraj Goodoory said…
Thanks for the invite. I will check it out. Right now schools are in exams and then the winter holidays. Will get back to you for further information and details
At 12:30pm on June 24, 2010, Donna Lasher said…
Thank you, I will check it out!
At 8:06am on June 14, 2010, Jeff Meyers said…
Len, I will confess that I'm not familiar with what hosted remote application software is. I gather that it would let me host a website/social network outside of the school? If so, the most honest answer is: I don't know. about 5-6 years ago, I had a classroom blog and kids loved it. In fact, my principal loved it as well. However, i came into school one August morning 5 years ago and my blog was blocked... along with ANY blog out there. The district had decided it was too dangerous (kid could threaten another kid via blog and suddenly the district could be held liable). Despite my reassurances that nothing could be posted without prior approval- the district never eased up. Now the teachers have access to blogs again, but no student computers may access them. Furthermore, when I tried to officially use Twitter in the classroom, it was shot down as faddish.Right now, Wiggio is approved for use, but nothing else. Sooo... long story short, I am pessimistic about being able to utilize them.
At 8:29am on May 26, 2010, Neal McQuaid said…
I'll take you up on that offer once I've formed a few more thoughts/ideas! I've been using various tools in unofficial means when working in industry in the past few years so trying to get it a bit more structured for use in a school due to so many different classes (it was easy to manage when only involving a team!). I can only imagine how useful it could be.
thanks for offer.
At 5:04pm on May 25, 2010, Rob Residori said…
Hi Len - to answer your question about using technology specific interventions, we don't have one specific site or tool that we use. Our project employs many diagnostic assessments that help us paint a picture of our students and identify his or her strengths and weaknesses. From here, interventions are planned (some using technology, some not) that are aligned with the teacher goals as well as being on the student's instructional level. We use many websites that provide leveled texts (timeforkids.com is a good one) but it is specific to the content being taught. Diigo is a great tool for students to use that allows them to highlight and mark up text from sites that they're reading.
So...short answer - it varies. It's really all about the goal and the type of intervention needed. Check out my wiki page for some sites we frequently use!
At 7:48am on May 25, 2010, Neal McQuaid said…
Thanks for resource Len, I'll make sure to have a look at it and see if I can pass it to others in the school ICT department.
regards, Neal
At 6:30pm on May 19, 2010, Stacey Hostetler said…
Thanks Len.... it looks like a resource that I will investigate to see what opportunities could happen in my classroom! Nice to meet you!


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