Posts By John Blake

  1. St. Patrick's Day

    Last year, I blogged here about classroom resources for St. Patrick’s Day, which in March 17th. I will not copy and paste that old post. That is just corny. This afternoon, two of my 7th grade students came by my office to give me an update. They are not in a formal class, but they […]

  2. iPad vs. Netbook

    The afternoon Apple launched the iPad, my cell phone lit up. It was a text from one of my fellow technology facilitator in our district. She wanted to know what I thought about the device. I replied with a text smiley face. Then my Assistant Superintendent called. The topic was no surprise. You guessed it- […]

  3. October-Tech-Fest?

    Flipcams and Snow Leopard Posted on October 3, 2009 in Hardware, Software by Joe Brennan ”I’ve been getting a few questions from Mac users (including myself) who recently updated to Mac OSX 10.6 wondering what happened to their Flip camcorder accessibility. Turns out it’s just a matter of re-installing the latest Flip software and/or adding Perian to your bag of […]

  4. Last Bus Blues?

     As the last school bus pulls out of the school parking lot for the summer, many dedicated educators have been known to experience spontaneous outbursts that mimic celebrations of winning a National Championship or quiet personal sugar highs. Giggles, howlers, and high-fives are most numerous in the teacher’s parking lot around 3:29 PM. I had […]

  5. Making May Marvelous

    Well, 10 days into May and teachers are counting down the days until the buses leave campus for a well deserved summer hiatus of sorts. At the beginning of the school year, students walked patiently in straight lines are now trying to run, shout, scream, giggle, and jump like they are wild.  Some blame it […]

  6. Recipe Name: Underground Railroad using Student Wikis

    This past week, our 6th grade teachers spent several hours during their common planning brainstorming and learning how to use their student’s wiki. My brain was fried from working on all the technical issues and updating laptops. So, I decided to share the training manual we used as my post this time. I searched DE […]

  7. More Assessment Tools

    In Debra Bolinger’s Januray blog post, “Assessment Sites”, she pointed 5th grade teachers to games to play in class. Well, our middle school teachers will like Internet4classrooms.com’s 6th, 7th, and 8th grade skills builders interactive sites in math, reading, and language mechanics.   http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skills_5th_original.htm http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skills_6th_original.htm http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skills_7th_original.htm http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skills_8th_original.htm Assessing Projects helps teachers create assessments that address 21st […]

  8. Thankful for a "Student Wiki"

    Our school is off to a blazing start with our 1 to 1 laptop learning initiative. We have rolled out 205 shiny MacBooks to our 6th grade students. Lots of preparations have been made to assure sufficient technical infrastructure, professional development, parent communication, inventory control, and more were ready to the computers in the hands […]

  9. Snapshot from Fall Science Supervisors Meeting in Charlotte

    The Fall Science Supervisors Meeting was held in Charlotte, NC, October 29, 2008, in conjunction with the North Carolina Science Leadership Association (NCSLA) meeting and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) regional meeting.  The purpose of these meetings were to update districts on current North Carolina issues and national initiatives in science education. Elementary, Middle […]