Author Archives: Donna Criswell

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Google Voice Search

Google Voice Search

Google and Chrome are working together to enhance features for all learners. While using the Chrome web browser, and then going to Google to search the web, you will notice a microphone icon to the right of the search window. You can click the microphone and speak your search terms! I was amazed at how accurately it

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Presentation Rubrics, K-8: 21st Century Skills and Common Core

The Common Core Standards address the “4 C’s”of 21st Century skills: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity.  They also address Speaking Skills.  I found some great Presentation Rubrics created by the Buck Institute (BIE.org), a leader in the PBL (Project Based Learning) field.   Note that these rubrics address the speaking and presentation elements and not the

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You know about the 3 R’s… Do you also know about the “4 C’s” of 21st Century Skills as they are supported by the Common Core standards? In addition to the “3 R’s” that we grew up with, the “4 C’s” are designed to prepare our students for the demands of the 21st century workplace and community.

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Inklewriter

inklewriter is a FREE tool designed to let you write and publish interactive, choose-your-own-adventure (or branching) stories. Once created, your stories can be published and shared! The reader can choose whichever path they want the story to take as they read along! Title, author, beginning, introduction, sections or paragraphs… these are some of the elements

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Creative, Entrepreneurial, and Global: 21st Century Education

“Creative, Entrepreneurial, and Global: 21st Century Education”   As I was gearing up for the 2012 MassCUE Conference  (Massachusetts Computer Using Educators) held last week, I was reminded of last year’s keynote presentation that truly had an impact on me. Yong Zhao is a University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where

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Class DoJo – Transform Your Classroom Culture

Class DoJo is a FREE real-time web 2.0 classroom management tool that helps teachers monitor and gather data on behaviors or attributes that are occurring in the classroom (or any setting, for that matter).  In my district, several teachers are using this and loving what it has done to help set classroom and individual goals. 

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CAST UDL Book Builder

CAST “is an educational research & development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning.  UDL is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone–not a

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iTunes Resources

More than 800 universities have active iTunes U sites including Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, and UC Berkeley.  iTunes U allows you to upload and share educational content which is really cool.  In the Beyond Campus section of iTunes U, students and teachers can also access content from distinguished entities such as MoMA, the New York

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Blogging Around the Christmas Tree

by Christine Cote   After spending the long weekend cooking and shopping, I was eager to settle down and get into a good book. However, in today’s digital age, I found myself catching up on some interesting blog sites.  Blogs are such a fascinating way to share a message or information. They are so easy

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