From the monthly archives:

January 2011

What is stopping us?

This question, from Scott McLeod‘s blog post, is filled with stats, but the question goes beyond the numbers and pierces the status quo. The Question: “7 billion people on the planet; 5 billion cell phones. 2 billion people on the Internet. 500 million people on Facebook. 200 million on Twitter. 85 million on LinkedIn. 5 […]

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What Students Think of iPads in Class

In a blog post on iPads in Education, Sam Gliksman reports the result of a survey of high school students who have been using iPads since September. I find two points of particular interest. The first is that students would prefer laptops over iPads and the second is that the idea of “ownership” is an […]

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Google Apps Marketplace

Be sure to look at Google’s new App Marketplace. Per Google: The Google Apps Marketplace offers products and services designed for Google users, including installable apps that integrate directly with Google Apps. Installable apps are easy to use because they include single sign-on, Google’s universal navigation, and some even include features that integrate with your […]

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Alone Together

I am reading Sherry Turkle‘s book, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, and am finding it really interesting, so far. If you are curious about the book and want to read an interview to learn a little more, check out this interview on the Fast Company web site. […]

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Tech Plan Word Cloud

Several teachers in my school district use Wordle with their students. Students really enjoy seeing the word clouds that they create from their poems, projects, essays, and brainstorming. I checked out Tagxedo to see if I would recommend it. For my test cloud, I copied the new National Education Technology Plan 2010 and pasted it […]

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The Unique Challenges Facing the IT Professional in K12 Education

Here is some information about a valuable survey, important to us in K-12 technology. SchoolDude has just launched their 4th annual survey: The Unique Challenges Facing the IT Professional in K12 Education. This survey is done in collaboration with CoSN has provided quantitative data to help districts justify the staffing and raise awareness about the […]

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My Dream Poster

Peter Reynolds invites educators to download this “My Dream” poster and to have students share their own dreams for the world. The blog entry says: This new blank poster by Peter H. Reynolds provides the perfect canvas for them to express their hopes for their lives, their communities, and a better future. This might be […]

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OED

The Oxford English Dictionary, the largest compendium of the english language, has a redesigned web site. In honor of its launch it is offering access to the entire site (even subscriber benefits) for free until February 5th. Go to www.oed.com. Login using trynewoed <as in try new oed> for both the user name and the […]

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Cybersafety

I have been adding links to resources to my Cybersafety page for my school district, so I decided to share those links here. Cybersafety Resources for Parents and Teachers Cybersmart! CyberSmart! fosters 21st century skills to increase student engagement and prepare students to achieve in today’s digital society. www.Cybersmart.org iKeepSafe The Internet Keep Safe Coalition […]

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