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    What's "Backchannelling" All About?

    What's "Backchannelling" All About?
    Editor's Note: _Backchannelling_ is the practice of using networked computers to maintain a real-time online conversation alongside live spoken remarks. In an educational setting, students could type in questions or comments for the instructor without interrupting the flow of the lesson. In "SpEdChange,":http://speedchange.blogspot.com/2008/11/bringing-back-channel-forward.html Ira talks about backchanneling. He mentions how he has used it in his class and how they all ...
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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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    How to Use "Middle Spot"

    How to Use "Middle Spot"
    Middle Spot is a spectacular new search engine for teachers, librarians, and students performing research. Middle Spot lets you see your results, you can pan and zoom individual website results. Workpads allow you to save and annotate results and sort by collections. Workpads can also be shared with others (colleagues, students, or professional learning communities). What I love about Middle Spot ...
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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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    Instructional Technology Conferences

    Instructional Technology Conferences
    My principal asked me to assemble a list of instructional technology conferences or conferences where instructional technology is a significant component. I was looking for national or local regional conferences. I was also looking for conferences where tabletpcs and other innovative technology might be a component. Here’s my tagged list thus far: "TIE Colorado":http://tiecolorado.org/ June 24-27, Denver, CO "NECC 2008":http://center.uoregon.edu/ISTE/NECC2008 | ...
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    The Easiest Way to Make Podcasts

    The Easiest Way to Make Podcasts
    Podcasting can be a great education tool if you know how to make podcasts. If you're a novice podcaster or have never even tried to make one- this is the easiest way I've heard to date. Featured writer, Kate Olson, shares step-by-step guide on how to execute this now easy technology tool. In the quest for the easiest way to record ...
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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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    Feature Column: Technology That Makes Phonics Fun

    Feature Column: Technology That Makes Phonics Fun
    h4. Feature Topic: Phonics *_iLearn Technology is dedicated to giving teachers practical tips for integrating technology into the classroom. All of the resources are free to use and simple to implement. This column is a weekly Friday feature, don't miss it!_* h4. Kindersay h4. What it is: Kindersay is a website for emerging language learners. This is the new See and ...
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    Feature Column: Hands on Math Lessons With Technology

    Feature Column: Hands on Math Lessons With Technology
    h4. Feature Topic: Math *_iLearn Technology is dedicated to giving teachers practical tips for integrating technology into the classroom. All of the resources are free to use and simple to implement. This column is a weekly Friday feature, don't miss it!_* h4. Max’s Math Adventures h4. What it is: Max’s Math Adventures teaches students math skills (kindergarten-second grade) through fun adventures. ...
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    Feature Column: Geography Made Fun With Technology

    Feature Column: Geography Made Fun With Technology
    h4. Feature Topic: Geography & Technology Resources *_iLearn Technology is dedicated to giving teachers practical tips for integrating technology into the classroom. All of the resources are free to use and simple to implement. This column is a weekly Friday feature, don't miss it!_* h4. Knowledge Box h4. What it is: Knowledge Box has math, science, language arts, and social studies ...
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    The Hows and Whys of Wikipedia in the Classroom

    The Hows and Whys of Wikipedia in the Classroom
    Teaching featured writer, Katt Blackwell, was recently asked by a colleague why and how she taught Wikipedia in the classroom. In the following article, she delves into four reasons she uses Wikipedia in the classroom and how you can use it in your classroom. h4. Why Teach Wikipedia In the Classroom? h4. It teaches students to pay attention to authorial credibility ...
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    Privacy, Safety and Education Online

    Privacy, Safety and Education Online
    Using blogs for educational purposes can seem like a no-brainer to some, while to others it seems like the worst idea for the classroom. Many educational institutions have strict guildelines when using (or not using) blogs for teaching purposes. Featured writer, Katt Blackwell, discusses with us why she's been told "no" and what you can do about it. h4. Using ...
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    The Importance of Teaching Technology to Teachers

    The Importance of Teaching Technology to Teachers
    We’ve all said it. “Technology is the wave of the future.” There’s no denying that. It’s actually the wave of the present. I know that every teacher in academe today has heard that the need to use technology in the classroom is imperative now. If we are going to engage our students in the class discussions and the lectures, we need ...
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    Do Teachers Have the Right to Blog?

    Do Teachers Have the Right to Blog?
    One of our brethren has been released from his teaching position due in part to the reflective teacher writing that he posts anonymously on his teacher blog. Instead of being reprimanded, or even censured, he’s been fired. It seems so odd to me that anyone would look at this so important part of the teacher process as being anything other than ...
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    Clip: Web Based Clip Board for Classroom Use

    [photo:65036] What it is:  cl1p is a great little web tool that you and your students are going to love.  cl1p lets you copy and paste between computers in three easy steps making it simple to share things between home and school or when working with a partner.  The first step is to create a url that starts out with http://cl1p.net.  ...
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    "EyePlorer" and Process Knowledge

    "EyePlorer" and Process Knowledge
    What it is:  eyePlorer is a really cool site that allows students “explore and process knowledge.”  Student type in a word or words to research.  eyePlorer pulls information from Wikipedia and puts it into a color wheel of information.  When students hover over the different areas of the color wheel, they get a sentence or two about their subject.  There is ...
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    Technology "Ideas to Inspire"

    Technology "Ideas to Inspire"
    What it is:  Ideas to Inspire is a truly wonderful site and wealth of resources for teachers.  On this site you will find a collection of Google Doc presentations that include a number of ideas for engaging lesson activities in a variety of curriculum areas.  The collection comes from inspiring teachers from around the world.  You can find Ideas to Inspire ...
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    Click Clack Moo - Cows That Type

    Click Clack Moo - Cows That Type
    Click Clack MooI just want to share one of my favorite activities I did in my 4th grade keyboarding classes last year - you might be surprised to learn that it has NOTHING to do with computers! My family is really into reading and we have books scattered EVERYWHERE. I order about 5 - 10 books a month from my sister’s ...
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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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    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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