Friday, October 30, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Smartboards for Special Needs Students

Check out this short video highlighted some teachers work with smartboards in special ed classrooms.

Google Docs Presentations and Collaborative Peer Review

Tome Barrett shares some great ideas and successes about using Google Docs with his class. Check out what he has to say. I plan to share this with teachers ASAP and see if I can get any takers to give it a try. I'm thinking it's a good ideas to ease into these tools with examples like this before going into full blown student projects.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

YouTube - SMARTClassrooms's Channel

Looking for some help with with ideas and working with your smartboard.  Check out these video tutorials produced by Smarttech

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Weebly Educational Version - Proves to be simple and safe

New tools become available at an astounding rate. There is a point at which you need to choose what you're going to use and get familiar with it, and then stick with it.

I've spent quite a bit of time getting familiar with Google Apps. In our district we've set up accounts for all teachers (hope to have students on board soon) and have been working to help teachers create websites and ideas for a more paperless classroom that can communicate more effectively with students and their families.

All this said and done (somewhat) I have now discovered a new website building tool that is so simple a first grader could use it. This is not so true for the Google sites application. Google is powerful, but has various limitations and difficult work-arounds that need to be used to accomplish some desired tasks. In comes Education Weebly...a new online tool which can make things easier for those teachers who have been struggling a bit.

The question is, to change gears, or leave well enough alone. My thoughts at present are to show them the tool, and let them determine what direction they want to go. I will wait to do this, until the new features of class blog monitoring and listing become available.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Glogster – Poster Yourself | Text, Images, Music and Video

"Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each." - Plato

I am anxious to see learners begin to share their creativity and learning with new tools like this. 
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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Learning Just-in-time, instead of Just-in-case

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Some Recent Diigo Tags

Catching up....
Just getting started with Tech Ed blog, but wanted to share some of the more interesting recent finds on the web.

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