Students Blogging Safely Online

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Tweet My students are now blogging online!  It’s quite exciting.  We started by working through the blogging concept and process using paper blogs and a week later, we put those same ideas on our class blog. But first, we needed to make sure we were safe!  In fact, I first had to have multiple meetings […]

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Making Paper Blogs to Prepare for the Online Experience

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Tweet I’ve decided to take my students on a fun-filled blogging journey for the last few weeks of school.  In some ways I think I might be crazy trying to do this in such little time, but my guts are telling me to, “Just do it!”  I’m glad I listened! I decided to start as […]

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Using YouTube to Supplement Lessons

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Tweet In the spirit of the end of year and potentially trying something new, we bring you a guest post about how to use YouTube with your teaching.  If you’ve tried it or not, here are some great ideas.  And we welcome your comments on other ideas and challenges of how to bring YouTube into […]

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5 Reasons to Add Technology to Your Classroom

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Tweet It seems like a simple notion. Technology is an enormous part of contemporary life, why wouldn’t it be incorporated as part of education? But some school systems just don’t appear to grasp the concept. A portion of the problem is monetary – technology is costly. Another portion is the foreignness. The teachers don’t know […]

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Teaching Language Arts Using 1:1 Technology

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Tweet 1:1 technology implies that each student in a classroom has access to a piece of effective technology be it a computer, laptop, tablet or other electronic devise.  Many classrooms across the country and around the world are implementing, this while others are barely there…yet!   It may be the classroom of the future for some […]

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Revising Homework

Tweet Over the last few, well, years, I have been really contemplating homework: Why do we give it?  What good is it doing?  What level of quality are we getting back?  Who is taking it seriously? In short, I have come to this sad realization that homework seems to be a more of a hassle […]

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Flashmob at ISTE

Tweet What a way to start off the summer – a tech in ed convention.  This was, by far, the biggest thing I have been part of!  There were 11,000 people at the ISTE convention housed at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  The buildings covered 4 blocks in the downtown, there were 1000s of sessions and […]

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Animoto for the Classroom

Tweet I love Animoto!  It is so easy to use and fun too!  I’ve been trying to make more videos for my class and for my You Tube channel and have been stuck on Windows Media Player.  But since I have really started using Animoto, it will be my go to movie creating platform for […]

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Skyping with Cybraryman

Tweet He’s been asking for over a year, and finally I was able to say, “YES!”  Well, actually, I told Jerry Blumengarten, AKA “Cybraryman” yes when he first asked if my class would like to Skype with him, but the process to make that happen was a little long and slightly complicated. My district, at […]

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