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Why Choose Wikis over Google

Posted on March 21, 2010 at 8:19am 1 Comment

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For the last number of years educator's have been turning to wiki platforms to create collaborative spaces. The ease of use, access, and availability of wikis have made them a favourite option for teacher's hoping to create an online space to share with their students. But Google has quickly become an increasingly popular choice for use among educators, especially for district-wide implementation - a corporate,… Continue

Fotobabble - You can now do something "instructive" with class trip photos...and much more

Posted on March 7, 2010 at 6:37am 0 Comments

Reposted from Meg's Notebook

Fotobabble is a new web application which allows users to add audio to photos quickly and painlessly. Sign-up is free and all you need is a microphone on your computer, the rest is basic - you simply upload a photo, record a narrative, and Fotobabble attaches an audio caption.

Fotobabble does not appear to allow… Continue

Debating Cursive Writing

Posted on December 30, 2009 at 9:05pm 0 Comments

I wrote the assignment on the board, white chalk on black slate. When the kid in the back row asked me to read it aloud, I was worried that he might need glasses. So I asked him. His answer floored me: “I can see fine; I just can’t read cursive.” A Lost Art by J Amos. Education Week
Recently, the Toronto Star’s Education section… Continue

The days of the netbook are over...

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

Reposted from Meg's Notebook

Well, at least according to Stuart Miles, founder and editor of technology blog Pocket Lint, as quoted today in a BBC technology article. The article discusses the success of Netbooks as the very possible "undoing" of them as a sustainable, cheaper, popular option for portable computing...especially… Continue

Kids 9 - 16 and Writing. A UK Report on the Role of Technology

Posted on December 7, 2009 at 8:47pm 0 Comments

Young people and writing: Attitudes, behaviour and the role of technology, by the National Literacy Trust, looks at young people's views about writing in the UK, with a focus on exploring "what type of writing they engage in, how good at writing they think they are, what they think… Continue

Gaming and Education - Rethinking the Rules

Posted on November 1, 2009 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

Reposted from Meg's Notebook

We decided to explore these articles because of a recent announcement by our board to investigate and pursue the opening of all-boys schools (see article). Our board sees this as a means of dealing with the falling grades and general behavioural issues of boys in our schools. We're sure that this solution will work for… Continue

FastPencil - Collaborate, Write, and e-Publish

Posted on October 19, 2009 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

Reposted from Meg's Notebook

About two weeks ago I posted an article on Sony's eBook Platform for Self-Publishing and wondered aloud as to how we can tie this type of tool into creative writing activities. Well, along comes FastPencil, an application which combines workflow, writing, and… Continue

Survey of K-12 Educators on Social Networking

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 8:04pm 0 Comments

Reposted from Meg's Notebook, a social networking site for educators, has just published the preliminary findings (never quite sure what that means) of a survey of K-12 Educators on social networking and online collaboration tools. The online… Continue

"Pimp that Project" Presentation Resources for Students (and Teachers)

Posted on September 13, 2009 at 8:30pm 1 Comment

Reposted from Meg's Notebook

There are now a slew of web applications which students and teachers can take advantage of to create online slideshows, videos, and webinars, and to share them publicly or privately. These tools can provide a platform for delivering the perfect compliment to projects and presentations, and for creating a sharing, online community of similar interests and content. We've listed a few of the web-based video /… Continue

The Bookless School Library

Posted on September 5, 2009 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

Reposted from Meg's Notebook

"When I look at books, I see an outdated technology, like scrolls before books..." Cushing Academy (…

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At 12:48am on July 5, 2009, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Meg,

With your interest in Web Tools, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service. Here’s a public class recording conducted by Nellie Deutsch on Technology Integration.



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