Archive | January 2012

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Four Online Tools for Collaboration

Collaboration is an important skill our student’s must learn in order to be successful in today’s world.  This post takes a look at 4 online tools that can be used to facilitate collaboration with your students, both within the walls of your own school as well as globally as you collaborate with other classrooms. 1. Google […]

Five Things to Do at FETC 2012

FETC is around the corner, and like many others, I am excited for the opportunities to network with amazing educators, attend thought provoking sessions, and learn about new products and services in the edtech realm.  Conferences can be overwhelming, especially for newcomers!  So I wanted to offer some tips to help others get the most […]

SOPA/PIPA – Thoughts on Educational Implications

There is a lot of talk right now about the proposed SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) laws, and I have been wondering about the possible impact for education.  Though I would love to write more, my time is limited tonight, so below I am sharing a couple of my thoughts. […]

Edtech Resource of the Week

I was having fun with digital storytelling this week, and wanted to share a resource for creating 3D pop-up books, Zooburst.  This is a great website for elementary aged students to express their creativity through storytelling.  Check out an example story below – be sure to check it out in fullscreen. Taking it a step […]

Student Centered Learning

This week, I stumbled across a wiki my former 2nd grade students and I created during my last year in the classroom, and it evoked two reactions for me. First, it made me nostalgic for the joy of watching my students learn, and second, it strengthened my belief that today’s classrooms need to be student-centered […]

Web App of the Week – 3DTin

I’m always on the lookout for great new web applications that can serve an educational purpose, and was happy to stumble upon 3DTin today at the Google Chrome Webstore. 3DTin is a digital design program that allows you to create three dimensional objects out of some basic shapes, including cubes, cylinders, cones, wedges, and spheres, […]

Open Source Curriculum

I have been thinking a lot lately about the amount of money spent each year on textbooks in the U.S. K-12 education system.  The most recent article I could find regarding educational publishing sales, from the Association of American Publishers, lists over $3.5 billion dollars spent in K-12 for 2010, and I would guess it […]