Thursday, May 26, 2011
Building Your PLN-A Primer For Anyone
Here is the first part of the interview on Building A PLN.
What do you think? What are some other important aspects of PLN building or just network building in general. What works for you?
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Technology Training...In Pictures
In the past I have blogged about TechEase. This is a great training resource out of the University of South Florida that provides some really basic information for teachers on how to do everything from burning CD's to using email to hardware/software troubleshooting. While I love this site I needed something else to help give teachers a leg up on specific software they use in their classroom and I needed it to be easy to follow and understand.
In Pictures does exactly that. According to their website the In Pictures project was created as a research project for the U.S. Department of Education, with the ultimate goal of providing easy to use computer tutorials to students and adults with learning disabilities. The site contains tutorials for all major Microsoft Office Products like Word, Excel, Publisher, Power Point and Access, both the 2003 version and the 2007 version. There are also tutorials for Open Office programs, creating basic webpages, MySQL, Perl, and PHP basics.
What makes this site stand apart from all the others is their approach. Quoting from their website:
- The simpler, the better.
Tutorials should be as simple as possible. Multimedia animations may look nifty, but they can be hard to follow. That's why these tutorials use static screenshots.
- Black-and-white is better than color.
Color screenshots can create a "kaleidoscope" effect that makes it difficult to focus. Black-and-white doesn't. That's why these tutorials use black-and-white screenshots.
In Pictures-Computer Tutorials In Pictures, Not Words
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
New Posted Resources 05/17/2011
Neotake: Your ebook search engine
Developing a 'Tech Bill of Rights'
tags: digitalcitizenship favorite
How Do You Measure the Effectiveness of Professional Development?
The Evolution of Classroom Technology - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com
tags: technology education edtech favorite
The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook
5 Free Online Encyclopedias Suitable For Kids
tags: encyclopedia favorite
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Questioning The Value Of RSS
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
New Posted Resources 05/11/2011
Main Page - Copyright for Librarians
The Best Sources For Advice On Student Blogging
12 videos to spark educators' thinking
Using Wikis at the Primary Level
Technology a key tool in writing instruction
23 Resources about Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)
Evaluation Rubric for Educational Apps
ePortfolio Levels (K-12 Schools) - ePortfolios with GoogleApps
tags: eportfolio googleapps favorite
4 Ways to Transform Your School Culture
tags: culture schoolculture favorite
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Next Vista For Learning
I consider Rushton Hurley one of the most forward thinking educators around. He has been a Keynote speaker all across the country this year at several state technology conferences and other places. I had the honor of hearing him at my state conference, NCTIES, a few months ago. Just a brilliant mind. I also got to talk to him for a few moments and I can just tell he really cares about kids and improving learning.
Now, I had heard of this website, Next Vista, before but it wasn't until several months ago that I made the connection to Rushton. See, Next Vista, is one of Rushton's projects. And I am so glad it is!
Alright, so what is Next Vista? According to the website:
"Next Vista works to make learning more engaging, with a focus on helping students start strong with any topic they study. Its central project is a free, online library of teacher- and student-made short videos for learners everywhere. Next Vista believes a strong four-minute video could save students days or weeks of frustration by providing a variety of presentations on the topics that give them trouble."
Videos are made by adults, but mostly by kids. They are also reviewed for content so you can trust what you get here. And you know, they are really good.
There are three collections.
First is the Light Bulb Collection. These are videos to introduce topics to students. They also can serve to show a different way of thinking about particular topics. This collection is organized by subject area and topic. There are your standard math, language arts, history, etc. But there is also videos related to careers, technology, world languages and visual arts.
Here is a video I found on FOIL in math.
Just an example of the type of video you will find. Short, fun and engaging.
Another collection is Global Views. As the site says, reading about another place or community can help to make a connection but when there is a video it is a bit more easier to make that connection. These are videos, organized by continent, created by kids that share what life is like in their corner of the world.
Here is a video about what life is like in Lagos, Nigeria.
The last collection is all about Seeing Service. These are videos all about good deeds and kids doing for others. It's a small but powerful collection from around the world.
Here is one on efforts to eliminate poverty in South America.
All the videos are downloadable and embeddable so you can use them in class or kids can use them in projects.
Perhaps you have an idea for a video. Go ahead and submit one and add to the collective knowledge. Or better yet, maybe your kids could create some videos.
So add Next Vista to the ol' bookmark bar or save it to your favorites and the next time you are needing a new or different way to introduce or reinforce the content in your classroom head over to Next Vista and see what they have.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
New Posted Resources 05/03/2011
10 Ways to Archive Your Tweets
10 Ways to Use NYTimes.com for Research - NYTimes.com
The Directory of Google Custom Search Engines
Seven top tips for building your professional learning network with Twitter
Why Is Project-Based Learning Important?
tags: projectbasedlearning pbl favorite
10 Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Google
The Ultimate Twitter Guidebook For Teachers - Edudemic
Using Google Sites to create e-portfolios for students | Emerging Education Technology
tags: googlesites eportfolios favorite