Monthly Archives: July 2007



I have spent pretty much all summer reading, exploring, blogging, and discussing new Web 2.0 applications as they pop up online.   I have spent hours teaching Web 2.0 "academies" to interested teachers.  I just learned about a brand new feature for one of my favorite Web 2.0 applications, SlideShare, from Chris Craft’s Crucial Craft blog.

Back to School with DEN

I hope that Lance won’t mind, but I took this posting directly from the DEN National Blog.  While I realize that this is a NJ DEN event, other nearby states are invited as well.  August 15th is the RSVP deadline.  Download the PDF for more details. The DEN will be in New Jersey on August

Save the Date!

After many months and many meetings and many e-mails, the DEN in SL Leadership Council is thrilled to be able to invite you to our Premiere Gala Event. The event will be at the DEN in SL Headquarters (EduIsland II 69, 99, 21) on August 15th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. SLT (that would be

Back To Basics (The Letter B)

Ok so the last Back to Basics posting was brought to you by the letter "A." As always, the focus of the Back to Basics blog will be to explain terminolgy in easy to understand language, offer tips and tricks (even for advanced users), and provide suggestions for using technology and unitedstreaming inside the classroom.

Software Purchasing Site

As my esteemed colleague Debbie B. points out, school is rapidly approaching for us Floridians. I start back on Monday (11 month extended contract guy here!) very much to my chagrin. As we move back to school, we all need some sort of software or other tech goodie to buy with any Lead Money you

Back to School Discovery Days in NJ

The DEN will be in New Jersey on August 21 and 22 for two jam-packed Days of Discovery.  Come learn about new ways to use media in the classroom and network with some amazing STAR Discovery Educators.  And, join us for a special evening event on August 21. You don’t have to be from NJ

Summer break- more useful "non-ed" tools

Cell phones seem to work just about everywhere these days.  Internet access also seems to be just about everywhere these days as well.  Last week, I found myself in a situation where I had internet access, but no telephone service whatsoever.  I was at the Discovery National Institute in the Carribbean and there were many

Okay, I'm Impressed with Phonevite

Recently, I set up iGoogle as my homepage on my computer.  I decided to do this so I could have better access to my gmail account, blogs I read, news items, and other such important necessities of life.  I also added a widget that tracks my tags.  I didn’t pay much attention to it

Assessment and Student Motivation

Hello everyone! I’ve had a great time this summer reading up on authentic assessment tools used in today’s classrooms:  observation, discussion, portfolios, checklists, interviews, learning logs, rubrics, and self-assessments.  Although I often find it difficult to carve out the time for interviews or conferencing with individual students, it seems these special times provide rich rewards

World Language Study

      It’s taken me 34 years to finally set foot in the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. Several of my college language professors had worked for the OSS (predecessor to the CIA), Radio Free Europe, Voice of America, and Radio Marti, and thought my love of languages made me a natural for their