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    One Teacher Reflects on a Wiki Lesson Gone Wrong

    One Teacher Reflects on a Wiki Lesson Gone Wrong
    It can be hard to admit when a lesson goes terribly wrong. But rather than bottle is up, Teaching feature writer, Kate Olson, share with us how one of her Wiki lessons didn't turn out the way she planned. As technology becomes more common in the classroom, it's especially refreshing to hear from a teacher who has tried to something and ...
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    Switcheroo Zoo

    Switcheroo Zoo
    What it is: Switcheroo Zoo is a site I learned about from Kevin Bibo on his outstanding blog Cal Teacher Blog. Switcheroo Zoo has fun interactive games and activities such as “Make New Animals” where students can create their own animal combinations, “Build an Online Habitat” where students choose animals and match them to the correct environment, “Switch Zoo Puzzles”, “Where ...
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    Activinspire from Promethean

    [photo:62030] What it is: ActivInspire is a new software from Promethean that is free! The free edition is a ‘personal’ license that can be used by anyone. The ActivInspire software works with ANY interactive whiteboard (SMART, Mimio, Wiimote Whiteboard, eBeam, etc.) and even for those of you who do not have an interactive whiteboard, use the software with just a computer ...
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    Techno-Transformation: Is it Working?

    Techno-Transformation: Is it Working?
    Technology is on the brink of transforming education, argue Clayton M. Christensen of Harvard Business School and Michael B. Horn of Innosight Institute, authors of Disrupting Class, in Education Next. So far, the $60 billion investment in education technology has been used to support the status quo, they write. _Computers do not deliver instruction. The teacher is still at the center ...
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    Teaching Students About Money and Math

    Teaching Students About Money and Math
    Part of being a great teacher is making learning fun. Teaching students about money and math together can not only meet your standards, but help students learn lessons that they will use on into life. Start with a free program like Moneyopolis. It is an awesome game for teaching kids money and math! Each math question in the game is correlated ...
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    Why the Web Won’t Kill Books

    Why the Web Won’t Kill Books
    Are you worried about the death of print? Are you concerned about the disappearance of newspapers, magazines, books … even, maybe, literature? Who’s not worried? Over the past decade, the digital world has captured children’s attention and affection like perhaps no other invention ever. Kids’ time spent on other activities—reading, playing sports, watching TV—has been dropping. And remember that Apple guru ...
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    New and Improved: Free Rice

    New and Improved: Free Rice
    Free Rice is an amazing website that I have written about two or three times in the past. It has been a site where students can play a vocabulary game and earn 20 grains of rice for each correct answer. The grains of rice are distributed to hungry people all over the world through the UN World Food Program. Two of ...
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    The Great Plant Escape

    The Great Plant Escape
    The Great Plant Escape is a wonderful interactive website created by the University of Illinois Extension for fourth and fifth grade students. Every school that I know of teaches a plants unit at some point in the curriculum. This is a great way for your students to interact with their learning in science class. Each lesson in The Great Plant Escape ...
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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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    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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    Garage Band Introduction

    Garage Band is a program that comes on Macintosh computers. It lends itself to many uses, both in the music classroom, computer class and general classroom. h4. Music Classroom Uses With No Additional Equipment h4. 1. Record Live Music Create a new project. It doesn't matter what tempo or key if you're recording live music. You do, however, want to turn ...
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    Friending Your Students: A Researcher’s Perspective

    Friending Your Students: A Researcher’s Perspective
    When I was in Form 6 (today’s Yr 12) I had a teacher who gave us his phone number so that we could contact him if we needed clarification about the work we were doing out of school hours. We knew that on certain nights he had umpire training and wouldn’t be home until after 10.30pm. Did I ever call him? ...
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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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    Homework Done Faster

    Homework Done Faster
    Dweeber is a social networking site for students that encourages kids to get their homework done faster and with more understanding by working with their school friends online. Dweeber was created to help students understand their strengths and talents, and help them work together more effectively with parents, mentors, and each other. The goal is to get students working together to ...
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    Book Punch: A Reading & Writing Teaching Tool

    Book Punch: A Reading & Writing Teaching Tool
    What it is: Book Punch is a new site dedicated to helping students in grades 3-9 become stronger readers. The site takes the most popular books read by schools in grades 3 through 9 and provides guided reading prompts about the reading improving overall reading comprehension. Book Punch encourages critical thinking skills and teaches students how to be in control of ...
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    Name That Gadget Answer Key

    Teaching created the Name That Gadget quiz to test how well you can identify your favorite gadgets. We listened to your feedback and are providing the answers so you can learn from the quiz. h4. Don't cheat! If you haven't taken The Name That Gadget Quiz, go take it first. See answers on the next page... [page] 1. Gadget 1 o ...
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    An Educators Guide to Podcasting

    An Educators Guide to Podcasting
    Our very own featured writer, Kelly Tenkely, presented recently at the Colorado Podcast Summit hosted by Apple Education. Her presentation can be useful to us all, "Podcasting: Creative Communication Collaboration. " In addition, there are many resources for using podcasting in your classroom. Learn more about Kelly's presentation at the Summitt, podcasting tools, and more. Podcasting: Creative Communication Collaboration Podcasting Resources ...
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    Colorado Podcast Summit Tips

    Colorado Podcast Summit Tips
    I want to share some of the incredible uses of podcasting in the classroom that I heard at the Colorado Podcast Summit yesterday. One of the keynote speakers was ISTE Primary Teacher of the Year Carol Greig. Her Keynote entitled “Podcasting for the Struggling Reader” was truly inspiring. Carol teaches kindergarten in the Eugene School District in Oregon, here she started ...
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    Podcasting: Creative Communication Collaboration

    !http://teaching.monster.com/nfs/teaching/photos/0001/4605/Picture_2.png! h4. Bookcasting-Grades: 3-5 > Project: A Bookcast attracts a reader to the exciting, funny, or major themes of the book without giving away the story. A Bookcast takes all of the fun that is packed into movie-trailers and applies them to student created book reviews. After reading a book, students use GarageBand to record a Bookcast review that other students ...
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    Podcasting Resources

    h4. Videos h4. Integrating Podcasting into Your Classroom h4. Steve Jobs, of Apple, demonstrates how to use Garage Band to make Podcasts. h4. Podcasting Classes h4. Reference Books !http://teaching.monster.com/nfs/teaching/photos/0001/4620/podc_max192w.jpg! Review: Finally-a technology that helps bridge the gap between content delivery and today's "digital native" students. Podcasting is a method of making audio or video content available regularly via the Web. It ...
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