Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
You are always looking for new ways to make learning fun, authentic, and exciting while battling hectic schedules and limited time.
This Apple Learning Interchange guide will show you how to integrate this amazing resource into daily lessons in everything from geography to math.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Think about how you can use this with your students:
- You can use this as a way to motivate or engage your students about a new project or assignment.
- Have your students create a clipping for a writing assignment.
- Have students create a clipping as part of their history assignment from the time period they are studying.
Create an article of your own:
- Go to Newspaper Clipping Generator
- Fill in the fields for...
- Name of your newspaper
- Date of your article
- Headline for your article
- Your own news story
How to use your clipping:
- Click the Click here to save your newspaper. This saves your clipping as a .jpg file.
- You can either insert your image into a PowerPoint presentation, Word document, Video, Website, or blog.
There are a number of other things you can do on this site, too.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Using an interface very much like iTunes cover flow, CreativSpace allows you to scroll through the results of an image search powered by Google in much the same way you scroll through album art in iTunes.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Working on a laptop without a mouse can sometimes be difficult, particularly the Thinkpads we are using with only the little red button with which to navigate. Knowing some keyboard shortcuts can make your work easier and faster. Here are some of the more common ones you might find helpful:
SWITCH BETWEEN OPEN ITEMS: alt+tab
MOVE CURSOR TO FRONT OF NEXT WORD: ctrl+--> (right arrow)
MOVE CURSOR TO FRONT OF PREVIOUS WORD: ctrl+<--
SELECT EVERYTHING: ctrl+a
MOVE TO THE NEXT ITEM ON A WEB PAGE: tab
See a complete list of Windows keyboard shortcuts.
Most applications also have their own keyboard shorts. These are often shown to the right of menu item in the drop-down menus.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Here are some free solutions that will resolve that issue. You owe it to your students to make them aware of these alternatives.
Google Docs. Google Docs offers word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation capabilities. It integrates with most other Google applications like Blogger and Gmail. I'm writing this Blogger post using Google Docs. MS Office documents (*.doc, *.xls, *.ppt) can be imported, as well as Rich Text (*.rtf), plain text (*.txt), and OpenDocument (*.odw, *.ods) and CSV formats. Documents edited and created in Google Docs can be saved and downloaded in MS Office formats as well as HTML and PDF. The appearance of the toolbars and the layout differ a bit from the usual office application appearance, but not so much that it's a problem to be productive quickly. In my opinion, Google Docs seems to be the fastest solution.
"Maybe, what teachers need is some really concrete tips and strategies on ‘management’ in a Classroom 2.0 learning space. Pioneers of Classroom 2.0 are ‘experimenting’ themselves; not all these experiments work exactly as planned. We need to remember that not all teachers or administrators work in an environment where they feel safe or supported to be pioneers in such a public arena as Web 2.0. This is much different than trying something new inside your own building or classroom."
Tips for New Classroom 2.0 Teachers
More Tips for New Classroom 2.0 Teachers
Friday, April 11, 2008
This is really cool! You can use a Wii remote and a DIY infrared pen to turn just about any surface you can project on into a pretty good interactive whiteboard. This video from Johnny Lee (Carnegie Mellon Univ) will show you how. Johnny even shows how to turn any laptop with an LCD screen into a tablet PC.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Less than half of parents and teachers believe schools are doing a good job preparing students for future careers, while 2/3 of administrators share that view.
Are Schools Inhibiting 21st Century Learning? : April 2008 : THE Journal
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
In the Warren Country School District, educators have discovered many applications for their new SMART boards, interactive, touch-screen whiteboards that can control computer applications. Jim Campbell, a math teacher, uses features that enable him to overlap graphs and explain calculator functions. He also makes use of a program that translates writing into typed text, which he says saves students time from trying to translate his poor handwriting. Other teachers in the district also explain how the board can be used for English composition and biology classes. According to district officials, "the systems...cost about $3,000" apiece, with the initial set of boards "mostly covered by grant dollars."
Read the full story ... Warren, Pennsylvania's Times Observer (4/8, Ferry)
Monday, April 7, 2008
For the 21st century, the long-time stalwart of educational theory, Bloom's Taxonomy, has been revised. It remains a continuum from lower-order to higher-order thinking skills, but verbs have replaced the nouns and there has been some reordering.
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