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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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    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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    Teaching Students to Face Digital Criticism

    Teaching Students to Face Digital Criticism
    I had a great conversation with a blogging ‘colleague’ of mine the other day about the complexities of online communication. The conversation started after we both were confused/concerned about comments made or posts written about us or things we had written - we started direct messaging on twitter to see how best to interpret the situations and get outside opinion on ...
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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 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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    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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    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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    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: 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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    Feature Column: Blogging: You and Your Classroom

    Feature Column: Blogging: You and Your Classroom
    h4. Feature Topic: Blogging *_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. Starting this Friday, this column will appear as a weekly feature, don't miss it!_* h4. *Blogging: You & Your Classroom* h4. 1. imbee h4. What it is: Social networking is ...
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    5 Lesson Planning Tips for Incorporating Technology

    5 Lesson Planning Tips for Incorporating Technology
    The signs of technological revolution are everywhere - kids with their cells and ipods; teachers with their laptops, digital presentations, and parents and teachers and kids with their blackberries. The possibilities of course, are endless….. Since we are teachers working in a digital age, we also need to think a bit more digitally in both the user and learner sense of ...
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    REAL 1:1 LEARNING

    REAL 1:1 LEARNING
    In my classroom, every student has their own computer to use for the entire class period everyday. Some call this a 1:1 ratio (computer to student). It is a great blessing for students to not have to share their computers while they are working. Effectively incorporating computers into my approach to teaching is a challenging and wonderfully rewarding experience. People ask ...
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    Student Exploration is Key

    Student Exploration is Key
    The hot currency to kids in my classes is ‘free’ computer time - as in, time on a computer DURING class, where they can choose their own activity. In my experience, so many teachers look down on this as simply a waste of computer lab time and a teacher not doing his/her job - I look at it very differently. A ...
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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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    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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    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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    How to Create Virtual Bookshelf

    How to Create Virtual Bookshelf
    As summer break approaches, we teachers start thinking about how far we have come during the school year with our students. We also dread that they will be on their own for the summer and may or may not be reading. Shelfari is a virtual bookshelf that you create to show off books that you have read and recommend. It is ...
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    How to Use Online Video Applications for Learning

    How to Use Online Video Applications for Learning
    Do you have students that are addicted to YouTube? Use that to your advantage for a learning tool that is very similar. Dipity is a site that makes it simple for your students to create and share interactive timelines about any subject or topic. It allows students to embed You Tube videos, Twitter, RSS feeds, Blogger, flickr, Picasa, Last FM, and ...
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    Learning Clip

    Learning Clip is a wonderful FREE math site out of the UK that provides short learning clips to be used in primary math classes. The short video clips are explanations of math concepts. Each video clip is followed by a game or activity where students can practice the new concept. The whole site is intended to be used in whole class ...
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    Three Cool Tools for Teaching

    Three Cool Tools for Teaching
    Glogster is a great creativity site who’s tag line is “poster yourself”. A ‘glog’ is basically an online poster web page. Students can combine text, pictures, graphics, video, and audio to create an interactive online poster. Glogster has a very simple to use interface. The final glog can be hosted by Glogster or you can embed it into a wiki, blog, ...
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