Sunday, October 18, 2009

Wikis in Schools

Eight Ways To Use School Wikis
Wikis are a great tool to help a school enrich instruction, and increase communication and collaboration among staff. They are also free (for educators using wikispaces) and provide unlimited storage for digital materials including video, screencasts, presentations, pdfs, etc.

When I explain these benefits to educators and their administrators they often nod in agreement, but still want to know the nuts and bolts of what this looks like in practice. The best way to explain this is to use examples of actual school wikis in use here in New York City:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Libraries - lets have them change.

Things That Keep Us Up at Night - 10/1/2009 - School Library Journal
The library, as we once knew it, may no longer be relevant. School librarians, as we once knew them, may no longer be relevant. And, yet, this is undoubtedly the most exciting time in history to be a librarian.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Create a free website and free blog

Weebly - Create a free website and a free blog
What can I do with Weebly?

* Easily create a classroom website & blog
* Manage your students' accounts
* Accept homework assignments online
* Keep your parents up to date

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

SMS and Google Calendar

From Toy to Tool: Cell Phones in Learning: Students Can Use SMS to Check & Post to Their Google Calendar
Students Can Use SMS to Check & Post to Their Google Calendar
Posted by Liz Kolb at 1:36 PM

While the lucky ones who have smartphones can use their quick mobile Internet connections to check up on their Google Calendar or other web-based organizers, the rest of us (yes I am in this group!) cannot! However, if you use Google Calendar, you can use text messaging to post and read your calendar events. Here is a link to the all the information on how to do this with Google. It is very simple:

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Web Meeting and Document Sharing

Web Meeting, Document Sharing | ShowDocument
Show Document is a Net Meeting platform for instantaneous and spontaneous online meetings where people can work together on the same document at the same time. All the Net Meeting collaborative services can be used to work together at the same time. The web meeting platform offers the following interactive services:
  • Share documents online
  • Share document from URL
  • Shared Text Editor
  • Share Google Map
  • Shared Web View
  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • Shared Web View
  • Share You Tube