Thursday, June 30, 2011
Whether ultimately a boon or a bane (or somewhere in between), only educators from another planet haven’t somehow encountered opinions regarding Wikipedia’s presence in their industry…
Just about as many ideas about its influence exist as there are individuals to even hold them, but nobody can deny that the online encyclopedia, not to mention the other Wikimedia websites, certainly left a splash in the classroom and mainstream society alike. And here, for reader consideration, just happen to be a couple of examples.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Waiting for a Google Plus invite? Google is rolling out the service in waves and you can expect it to become a ubiquitous social option in the coming months. We have been playing with the service since getting invites yesterday and there are a lot of things to like about Google's new social initiative.
Finding good iPad apps in these new fangled app marketplaces is hard enough at the best of times, so let me show you 5 of the best sites I use to find great iPad apps and those little hidden gems, without having to trawl through the entire app store.
QR Codes (Quick Response Codes) are just barcodes. There is nothing fancy about them.
Just like the grocery store clerk uses barcodes to look up the product and scan the price into the computer, your mobile device or computer can look up QR codes to:
take you to a website,
read some text,
give you a phone number, or
generate a text message.
Here’s yet one more “The Best…” list — this time focusing on web tools that let teachers and students create their own online learning games.
If you find this list helpful, you might want to also review The Best Online Learning Games — 2007 (a couple of the sites on that list are repeated here), The Best Online Video Games For Learning Language & Content Knowledge, and The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too.
When I talk about “learning games,” I also mean sites where students can easily create online video games that might not have an overt learning purpose.......
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
If you couldn't make it to ISTE in Philadelphia this week, you can still learn from home with these three tools.
Follow the #iste11 hashtag on Twitter
Lots of educators are sharing what they learn at ISTE in real time through Twitter. As they go to sessions, they're tweeting main session points and their thoughts through the #iste11 hashtag. They're also using specific hashtags for individual sessions.
Along with the highlights of formal learning sessions, you'll see links to resources and ongoing discussions about what educators are learning and who they're connecting with.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Follow the steps below to setup Google Sync on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch....
Last #elemchat discussion on blogging with elementary students was really inspiring! So many wonderful resources, ideas and stories were shared! What I loved the most was that a lot teachers expressed their willingness to start blogging with their students and many others said to be really looking forward to continuing blogging next year.
Monday, June 20, 2011
With the coming of the 21st century, technology has added a new twist to our traditional storytelling. Beyond the scope of pen and pencil, we can now easily tell and share our stories digitally with mobile phones, flip cameras, recording our voice or using free web tools. There is no doubt that today’s students are more motivated and interested in using digital storytelling just like any other multimedia. It offers us, educators, a new and a very 21st century way to captivate students’ attention, facilitate learning, reach shy students and increase collaboration and community in a classroom. It’s a great way to give voice to ourselves and our students in an out of the classroom walls.
Interested? Which of these topics and time-frames would you prefer?
I’d like to offer a free online workshop for teachers (and anyone else who is interested) this summer. I’m planning on a 4 week workshop that would probably require around 2 or 3 hours of work a week. This would be a hands-on, interactive experience, in which all participants would communicate with me and with each other as we learn how to use one (or several) free web-based applications in the classroom.
For those of you venturing to Philadelphia next week for ISTE11, we hope you will join us on Monday, June 27, at 2:30 PM for a panel session led by Dr. Scott McLeod, where five of our Connected Principals contributors will discuss what it means to be an effective technology leader in education.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
With the evolution of the web and social networking in particular I decided to compile a list of educational apps for the most popular social network in the world, Facebook. The use of Facebook in education usually brings about some controversy but there is no denying the impact it has on collaboration for it's users. While Facebook might not be allowed in most districts there is definitely an educational benefit that students and teachers can gain alike.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Own a domain? You need to read “Go Google: Free Email and More On Your Domain.” This manual, the latest from Lachlan Roy, explores the amazing free power of Google Apps. Even if you don’t own a domain right now you just might find yourself buying one after reading this guide......
Thursday, June 09, 2011
See that beautiful bald eagle image to the left? I found it on the site of Ken Thomas. That image and dozens of other great images of animals and other natural beauty are created by Mr. Thomas and released into the public domain. Mr. Thomas releases these images into the public domain because, in his own words, "When it comes to photos, I’m not trying to make art here. I take pictures of things. About 99% of the time, those are things that don’t belong to me. Claiming that I own the rights to a picture of a mountain, or a tree, or a sunset, just seems absurd to me when I don’t own the mountain, the tree, or the sun."
Mahara is an open source e-portfolio system with a flexible display framework. Mahara, meaning 'think' or 'thought' in Te Reo Māori, is user centred environment with a permissions framework that enables different views of an e-portfolio to be easily managed. Mahara also features a weblog, resume builder and social networking system, connecting users and creating online learner communities.
Use Smartphones in class, say school principals
The National Association of Secondary School Principals have been trying to make sense of the whirlwind that is Social and Mobile Technologies.
They have just released a position statement, summarizing their thoughts on the matter … and it is surprisingly good!
They actively encourage schools to accept smartphones, and social networking as part their educational provision, and offer a range of guidelines and advice to different levels of practitioner.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
eezzle is a free stock photo search engine, we are indexing free photos from big communities such as SXC, RGBStock, StockVault ...
This way, you can quickly and easily find high quality free stock photos from other websites.
You can also register and be part of the community, share your photos, create collections etc.
"Our" photos are made to be distributed over the Internet so you have the RIGHT to use them online or in your work.