Monthly Archives: July 2007

Rethinking assessment for the new school year

I have enjoyed reading the thought provoking postings over the past few weeks.  As we plan for the start of a new school year, I am working on ways to help teachers see data analysis as part of their everyday instructional planning and not just something that we do in team meetings.  We use data

Web Trends Map – This should clear things up for you

The folks over at Information Architects Japan have created a new version of their WebTrends map.  It’s essentially a subway map of the Top 200 websites, and the links between them. There’s a ton of versions of it, including a clickable ‘live’ map.  Stand back, soak it all in and then explore.  It’s a pretty

DEN Educator Spotlight

I hope you all are having a great summer! Our very own Leadership Council Chair Katie Knapp is the current DEN Spotlight Educator.  Visit the DEN Educator Spotlight to learn more about Katie.  Katie is a very accomplished educator who has shown a great commitment to children and technology integration.  Please leave Katie a comment

Great Sites from the UK

I stumbled upon a great site today at  At first, I thought, "This is the UK.  They’re going to say maths instead of math, color will be spelled colour, and the talking will all sound like Tony Blair or Gordon Brown."  I almost kept stumbling.  Then I thought, "You know, one of my favourite

Are We Killing Creativity?

Wow . . . Thanks to Ken Pruitt for sharing this video on his DuBois and Beyond Ning network.  I also published this over on my cliotech blog. The video is from a presentation delivered by Sir Ken Robinson at the 2006 TED Conference (TED = Technology, Entertainment, Design). I have been engaged in conversation

ThinkLink Free to STAR DEN Members

I sat through a wonderful webinar today with Donna Neblett from Discovery (who else, right?).  Donna took us on a quick down-and-dirty tour of ThinkLink reporting and assessments.  I had already seen a little of this at NECC, but once again I was totally blown away by the possibilities this software has to offer. We

Evolution and Protection of Digital Creativity

I am sure that most educators would agree that the nature of Web 2.0 has really exceeded the threshold of contemporary copyright licensing.  Creative Commons has mitigated this somewhat, but [I think] teachers in general lack the confidence to truly bring their classrooms online for fear of copyright violation.  I am in agreement with Vicki

How To: Create a Landmark

Want an easy way to return to DEN in SL Headquarters?  Anything beats flying around the EduIsland II sim looking for DEN in SL (now was it near the castle?  maybe next to the self-guided tour car?).  Remember, DEN in SL is on EduIsland II at 69, 99, 21.  Get yourself there and you’ll never

How To: Join DEN in SL

So you’ve heard about Second Life.  You’ve read the posts on this blog (and perhaps other blogs related to Second Life).  You’ve signed up for an account.  You may even have gotten your avatar off of Orientation Island (congrats BTW!!!).  Now what?  You DEFINITELY want to join the DEN group in SL.  That way you’ll