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Entries Tagged as 'web 2.0 tools'

I LOVE Dropbox

February 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on I LOVE Dropbox · Digital Spaces, web 2.0 tools

I love, love, love Dropbox, which makes it so easy to store and manage documents in the cloud. No longer do I have to rely on a usb drive, which I may or may not have. Instead, I can work from either of my computers at home or from any computer at work on the […]

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#slate2011: There but not there

December 7th, 2011 · Comments Off on #slate2011: There but not there · Professional Learning Networks, web 2.0 tools

One year ago, along with five of my colleagues, I was physically present at Wisconsin’s SLATE conference (School Leaders Advancing Technology in Education). This year, I was not able to attend, but through the hashtag #slate2011, I was able to follow some of the energy through my PLN peeps who were there in person. Not […]

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Why I don’t love Moodle

January 26th, 2011 · 4 Comments · CyberEnglish, Technology and Education, web 2.0 tools

A recent comment I made in Twitter about not loving Moodle prompted this post. My explanation needs more than 140 characters. First, a bit about my Cyber English background: in 2001, freshmen at SFHS began creating their own websites, stored on a school web server. On these creative, individual, wonderful sites, they published their writing, writing […]

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Engagement is the only thing

December 16th, 2010 · Comments Off on Engagement is the only thing · Improving Education, Technology and Education, web 2.0 tools

If  students spend the day at school watching  teachers work, they’re not engaged and they’re not learning. When Dewey spoke of hands on learning, he no doubt meant that if one is to learn to build, one cannot discover the craft through a book but only by actually building. Today’s technology allows us to engage all students […]

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Yes, they are sixth graders

May 30th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Technology and Education, web 2.0 tools

And technology and freedom to choose have given these students a strong purpose for learning. This class is highly engaged. We’d not pound a nail into a board with a screwdriver, so why are so many schools still expecting to prepare students for the future with paper and pencil? Meredith Stewart has the right idea!

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Posting from Diigo

December 5th, 2009 · Comments Off on Posting from Diigo · blogging, Technology and Education, web 2.0 tools

I was reviewing my Diigo links and rediscovered Gail Desler’s post about PhotoStory. As we’re going to have our 9th graders us PhotoStory soon, I thought her post would be good to review. I also wanted to share it with my CyberEnglish9 colleague. In the process, I discovered one more cool thing about Diigo: I can […]

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A burst of bloggers, ningers

October 21st, 2009 · Comments Off on A burst of bloggers, ningers · blogging, Technology and Education, web 2.0 tools

I had a great day today. A somewhat foggy morning did not mar my appreciation for seeing Green Bay (the water, not the town) from Hwy 57 on my way to Sturgeon Bay in Door County, Wisconsin.  The fall colors were still vibrant, perhaps even more so as they had to fight for their dominance […]

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Convergence, Facebook, Nings, and CyberEnglish

October 5th, 2009 · Comments Off on Convergence, Facebook, Nings, and CyberEnglish · Technology and Education, web 2.0 tools

Henry Jenkins from MIT predicts that we are facing a change in culture comparable to the Renaissance, which he says will proceed from a convergence of media. Technological Convergence, says Jenkins, has come from the digitization of all media content. “When words, images and sounds are transformed into digital information, we expand the potential relationships […]

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NEA article on technology in education

September 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment · CyberEnglish, Technology and Education, web 2.0 tools

Tim Walker interviewed me for the article Turning the Page: Students live in a Digital World. Are schools ready to join them? As always, I cannot believe the company I am privileged to keep.

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Visual Taxonomy

September 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on Visual Taxonomy · Technology and Education, Techo Zone, web 2.0 tools

A Visual Representation of Bloom’s Taxonomic Hierarchy with a 21st Century Skills Frame The graphic is very, very cool. I wish I could reproduce it here, but it would be best not to. I love how the tools that achieve the skill are shown at that level.

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