Author Archives: Kristi Bush

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There’s a clip for that!

There’s a clip for that!

We are used to hearing “there’s an app for that” from Apple. Did you know that, for many lessons, you can find a video clip to supplement your lesson without reinventing the wheel? Check out this website for the 25 best online resources for finding free educational videos. Use these videos with a multimedia projector,

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Is Free Always Good?

Have you ever wondered how you would wade your way through all of the Open Educational Resources (OERs)? What makes them good, quality tools worth implementing? How can you ensure that they align with the Common Core and provide quality instructional assessment tools? To assist with this, Achieve, Inc. has developed eight downloadable rubrics designed

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Blended Learning is “Sblended”

This past week, I had the privilege of hosting a session on blended learning at the 2012 Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. I thought I would share the PowerPoint shows that I used for the introduction and for the body of my presentation. They contain some quotations

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It’s elementary, my dear educator!

I came across a link  to resources specifically designed to help elementary teachers with the following free resources: Bell Work Ideas Sponge Ideas Center Ideas Interactive Bulletin Boards Lesson Plans Thematic Units Reproducibles Class Certificates Another place that I have noticed that has amazing ideas for the elementary classroom is Pinterest. It is highly visual

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Are you Pinterested?

Oh my… Another Internet addiction has hit, and I am working hard to balance it with my Words with Friends, Facebook, and all of my Google habits. The website is called Pinterest.com, and it is a visual buffet of anything and everything that might interest you. They describe themselves as an online pinboard, where users

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MACUL Conference

If you are a technology enthusiast in Michigan, you have probably seen advertisements for the MACUL (Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning) Conference each year. It is one that our district has made a priority for the “tech leaders” in order to keep us current in educational technology trends. If you are unfamiliar with

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Resetting Moodle for New Trimester

Here are the steps to reset your Moodle courses for a new trimester, semester, or year : 1. In each course, go to the Settings menu on the left-hand side of the course. 2. Click on Reset. 3. Check anything that you want removed from the course. Just don’t remove yourself!! 4. Click Reset Course.

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does accuracy matter?

i have been in online ed 4 many years. kids turn in work that looks like it came from their cell phones. may b it did! we tell them 2 use tech 4 school. now their assignments look like convos w/ friends. do we care? we no what they mean rite? i am old school

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Web 3.0?!?!

As we encounter increasing amounts of information and an almost infinite quantity of data on the World Wide Web, what can we do to try and make sense of it all? I came across this video produced by Judy O’Connell this morning. Rather than answering this question, it poses additional questions about what we can

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BYOD?

The 2011-2012 school year is rapidly approaching, and I wonder how many districts are discussing the increasingly-popular “BYOD” or “Bring Your Own Device” approach to technology? Rather than prohibiting these items, this policy encourages students to bring in cell phones, iPods, iPads, laptops, and other mobile technology to be used in the classroom. The advantages

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