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    Why Twitter is a Teacher's Best Tool

    Why Twitter is a Teacher's Best Tool
    Teachers are increasingly bringing the real-time communication power of Twitter into the classroom to help students learn. But I've come to the conclusion that it's great for helping teachers learn as well. Twitter has simply become one of the best places for teachers to collaborate, share solutions to common classroom problems, and discuss education policy. In fact, it might just be ...
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    All About Class Blogs

    All About Class Blogs
    What it is: Class Blogs is a fabulous new way for you to easily create and manage FREE classroom blogs! What makes Class Blogs so wonderful are all the extras that are built in. For example, with Class Blogs you can create a virtual classroom space. With just a few simple steps, you can create an online meeting space for your ...
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    Five Resources to Find Funding for Your Classroom

    Five Resources to Find Funding for Your Classroom
    As our technology and innovation develops, there are more options than ever to provide our students with a sensational classroom experience. The downside however, is new technology and resources costs money- and with widespread education budget cuts, teachers have been stretched to their limits as they try to provide for their students. Many teachers will resort to reaching into their own ...
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    17 Ways to Meet Individual Learning Needs in the Math Classroom

    17 Ways to Meet Individual Learning Needs in the Math Classroom
    Differentiating instruction can be challenging. Student's educational strengths and weaknesses can be widely varied, making it a difficult task to meet each student's needs in any given lesson. Math is one such subject area where student skill levels can be very different. Some students have their basic math facts so well mastered that completing more complex tasks isn't hindered. Other students ...
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    The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators: FREE eBook

    The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators: FREE eBook
    I am excited to announce the release of a free ebook: The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators- a comprehensive introduction to using technology in all k-12 classrooms. Think of this as an early Christmas present! [gate] Richard Byrne from Free Tech 4 Teachers is the brilliant mind behind this ebook. About a month ago, he approached some of your ...
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    The False Promise of Technology

    The False Promise of Technology
    Technology is amazing, hey? The fact that you’re reading this right now is nothing short of amazing. How many new tweets/blog posts/Facebook status updates have been projectile vomited into cyberspace in the short time it has taken you to read these three sentences? It’s like that scene in Stand By Me when Lard Ass Hogan barfs on four-time pie-eating champion, Bill ...
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    Professional Learning Communities: What They Are & What They Are Not

    Professional Learning Communities: What They Are & What They Are Not
    In education, as in many professions, the years become filled with the "next best thing," and often, those ideas fade away over time or morph into something else. Since the turn of the 21st Century, the concept of Professional Learning Communities has been on the rise in United States and throughout the world. What is a Professional Learning Community? Is it ...
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    28 Tech Tools to Bring Out the Story in History

    28 Tech Tools to Bring Out the Story in History
    When I was in school, I dreaded history.  I found it completely uninteresting, dry, irrelevant, and quite frankly...boring.  This was unusual for me.  Normally, I really enjoyed school.  Creative writing, language arts, science, and even math were fun.  History was unbearable.      I can count on one hand the things I remember learning in history.   I learned that in ...
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    12 Tools for Blended Learning

    12 Tools for Blended Learning
    With H1N1 lurking in our schools and the possibility of pandemic illness, there has never been a better occasion for blended learning. Blended learning occurs when schools and classrooms mix traditional face-to-face teaching, with online instruction and interaction. Aside from the flu, there are other great reasons to create an e-learning environment for your classroom. Natural disasters, weather, school closings, long ...
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    The Beginner Teacher's Guide to Social Media Success

    The Beginner Teacher's Guide to Social Media Success
    Getting connected online is practically a requirement these days. It's the latest way to make new friends, stay in touch, and — best of all — network. And with HR departments adding social media recruiting to their repertoire, it's also a great way to get a job! [gate] But jumping online isn't as easy as you might think. If you're going ...
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    Social Media Failure in Our School Districts

    Social Media Failure in Our School Districts
    By now, we've all heard the concerns about social media in the K-12 setting. The fears of teachers revealing their personal lives of Facebook. The worry of what can be accessed and posted on YouTube, revealing the good, bad, and ugly of the 21st century classroom. Even ongoing tweets about both policy and practice in the classroom or the central office. ...
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    Should Teachers Friend Their Students?

    Should Teachers Friend Their Students?
    On Facebook, how classroom rules do and do not apply. In real life, people don't just usually walk right up to you and ask you to be their friend. Little kids do, I guess, but adults generally see that sort of question as just plain weird. I think of this sometimes when my students friend me on Facebook—adding yet another ...
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    Help Students Understand Facebook Privacy

    Help Students Understand Facebook Privacy
    Facebook is the primary social network most of our students are accessing to manage their social lives. Are they going to stop using it anytime soon? No, they’re not. They’re not going to stop because it’s their communication platform- it’s where their friends are and it’s how they plan their lives. And that’s why we have to understand how it works ...
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    Teacher Podcasts, Students Tune into Learning

    Teacher Podcasts, Students Tune into Learning
    Amol Patel, biology teacher at Heritage High School in Leesburg, Virginia was a first-year teacher when he discovered that the use of podcasting can transform instruction in the classroom. The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellow initially implemented podcasts as a solution to poor attendance. “I made podcasts of lectures, including the best questions asked in class, so that students who missed ...
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    Math Live

    Math Live
    What it is: In honor of World Math Day (which took place on 3/3/10) I decided to pass on a fantastic math website that I learned about from The Techie Classroom Blog (one of the amazing blogs taking part in the edublogger alliance). Math Live has a collection of animated cartoons that teach students math concepts. 3rd through 6th grade students ...
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    NEO K12

    NEO K12
    What it is: Neo K12 is an outstanding online collection of educational videos, lessons and games for students in grades k-12. Neo K12 believes that “kids learn best by ’seeing’ the real world.” They have created this site with that belief in mind. Neo K12 has cataloged the best free online educational videos from the Internet in one place. Each video ...
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    Online Audio Stories

    Online Audio Stories
    What it is: Online Audio Stories is an impressive collection of free audio stories online. The audio books are all free and downloadable. The online version of the story includes accompanying text for students to follow along with. The short stories will transport students on a fun adventure of listening to fairy tales and classics. The extensive collection includes stories by ...
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    How to Integrate a Powerpoint Presentation into the Instructional Process

    How to Integrate a Powerpoint Presentation into the Instructional Process
    Students of today’s generation are much more technologically savvy and as a result, they can process information at a much higher rate than their counterparts of just a few years ago. For teachers, this means a lot more work in adapting user-friendly materials, but in a structured way that is also motivating and communicative. Plan a Powerpoint Just Like A Regular ...
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    Should Social Networking Sites Be Blocked at School?

    Should Social Networking Sites Be Blocked at School?
    I think part of the desire to block is fear of the unknown. When rock and roll first hit the scene, parents around the world were horrified and wanted this new type of music banned and hidden from their children. I’m sure that when the first automobile hit the roads, there was fear of how this newfangled thing would affect our ...
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    International Children's Digital Library

    International Children's Digital Library
    A Library for the World's Children URL: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/ Intended for: Kids ages 3 – 13 and Adults As a reading and ESL teacher in Cairo, Egypt, I was constantly on the lookout for interesting books that would appeal to the diverse group of students that I taught. I liked to think I was pretty up-to-date on what was available online. Without ...
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