Friday, February 11, 2011

Assessment and Digital Media

CourseSites - a free online course System

Blackboard Press Releases
Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) today announced the launch of CourseSites by Blackboard, a free, fully hosted and supported online course system featuring the Company's latest teaching and learning technologies. The offering gives individual K-12 and higher education instructors an innovative, high quality cloud-based option to host online courses or add a Web-based component to traditional ones.

The simple, easy to use system gives educators greater choice and flexibility for online courses in a system with cutting edge features that encourage experimentation. CourseSites is designed to support instructors who may not have access to a learning management system at their institution or school, or who may have access to an older platform system from Blackboard or a competing course management provider. There is no license fee, no hosting fee and no additional setup required for instructors to get started.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011


Typically I post things on here that are technology related - but this video caught my attention.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Supporting 21st Century Learners

The Innovative Educator: 10 Ways Technology Supports 21st Century Learners in Being Self Directed
Life in the 21st century provides a whole-new world of opportunities for self-directed, passion-driven, personalized learning. Educators who are ready to move on from teaching the way they were taught, and administrators who will let them, can begin supporting students using tools and strategies available to the 21st century learner.

Articles on Web 2.0 in Education

Friday, February 04, 2011

Free Learning Mnagement System

Collaborize Classroom - Online Education Technology for Teachers and Students
Collaborize Classroom is a free online learning platform that allows teachers to transcend the boundaries of their physical classroom to engage students in an online collaborative learning environment. Collaborize Classroom offers a variety of compelling and intuitive structures for online discussion that are designed to support innovative teaching and promote higher level thinking skills to produce more powerful learning opportunities.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011 – read Twitter and Facebook as a daily newspaper – read Twitter and Facebook as a daily newspaper organizes links shared on Twitter and Facebook into an easy to read newspaper-style format.
A great way to discover content that matters to you - even if you are not connected 24/7!

Lets Get Teachers Started

How many of these things do you know?  If you don't know how to apply these technologies - which might you learn?

11 Ways Schools Can Be Relevant, Compelling and Effective in the Coming Transformational Years

11 Ways Schools Can Be Relevant, Compelling and Effective in the Coming Transformational Years | Connected Principals
This particular list is intended to present eleven ways schools can continue to be relevant, compelling, attractive, and effective to both students and parents in the coming years. This post, more than most, is an ongoing work in progress, a post I might be choosing to update annually as my understanding and thinking evolves, and as the rate of educational change accelerates.