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Wednesday workouts

May 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Professional Developments, Resources, Tech Classrooms, Tech Tools

For the past few weeks, I have been spending 1 hour each Wednesday in a Google+ hangout with other educators from around the world as part of Paul Allison’s  Teachers Teaching Teachers and EdTechTalk series. I started these mental, verbal and educational workouts because I received an invite from Paul Allison of YouthVoices.  We began meeting with other Youth […]

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5 Literacies to conquer and perfect

May 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Blogging, Curriculum, Reflections, Tech Classrooms, WOW

Howard Rheingold’s book Net Smart is a great conversation starter.  Rheingold: How can we use digital media so that they help us become empowered participants rather than passive consumers? In Net Smart, I show how to use social media intelligently, humanely, and, above all, mindfully. Rheingold identifies 5 literacies necessary to be a fluent and […]

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10 tools that are essential to my class

July 13th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Curriculum, Digital Storytelling, PLNs, Professional Developments, Project Learning, Resources, Tech Classrooms, Tech Tools

This post was copied from my professional blog Last summer I took part in PBWork’s Summer Camp and learned lots of resources, tools and tips to use in my class. That was also the summer of my 1st Tweet. I say my first tweet because my PLN did not blossom and bloom until I began […]

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PBWorks Summer Camp is a great Professional Development experience

June 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Curriculum, Professional Developments, Resources, Tech Classrooms, Tech Tools

Third Annual Summer Camp- Limited Enrollment It’s time for the 3rd annual PBworks Summer Camp – the ultimate way for educators to learn how to use wikis in their school. Summer Camp participants will learn the ins and outs of using PBworks, including how to build a secure student-led site, the best way to integrate […]

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Go 2 Web 2.0 (tools to use)

May 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · ConsolidatingTools, Resources, Tech Classrooms, Tech Tools

 Check out http://www.go2web20.net/ It has a directory of Web 2.0 tools and resources. The tags can help you maneuver your way around.   Web 2.0 Tools and Applications on one page.  Use the list view and get a short description and review so that you can see what people are saying about each one.    Take […]

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Wishing for engaging test prep activities?

March 28th, 2010 · No Comments · Assignments, Curriculum, LCCs, Tech Classrooms, Test prep, WOW

It’s the greatest time of the year for us in Louisiana, It’s test prep season.  Whoo Hoooooo.  Yes, I know that technologically alllll year is test prep season, but those few weeks right before testing are the most intense.  I constantly look for ways to use Web 2.0 tools and technology to help my students.   […]

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On-line gaming as a review method

March 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Assignments, Curriculum, Just for fun, Tech Classrooms, Twitter, WOW

Recently my students created onl-line arcade games around a novel that we have just completed.  Thanks to my Twitter PLN and  @russeltarr and his Classtools site, my students created a game to help them review for an upcoming test.  In groups, they accessed an Etherpad workspace that allowed them to collaborate with one another and […]

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Who is not worthy if not you?

March 27th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Blogging, Professional Developments, Project Learning, Tech Classrooms

Recently, my son received what I expect to be the first of many scholarship offers.  I say that I expect more because he is a great, smart, clean cut student who has never been any trouble.  He is a school teacher’s son and a school teacher’s grandson so as far as I am concerned certain […]

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ISTE 2010 bound

March 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Assignments, Blogging, Curriculum, Digital Storytelling, Professional Developments, Project Learning, Tech Classrooms

I have just put in my preferences for my travel itinerary for the ISTE 2010 Convention.  This trip is a gift (prize) from the wonderful people at Intel.  I am one of twenty educators who were chosen as winners of the Intel Inspiring Educators competition.  The prize is an all-expense paid trip to ISTE 2010 […]

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We are making movies

March 20th, 2010 · No Comments · Assignments, Blogging, Curriculum, Digital Storytelling, Tech Classrooms, WOW

This school year we are using PhotoPeach and Animoto for our digital storytelling needs.  I have used Window’s Movie Maker or Photo Story.  PhotoPeach and Animoto were both easier for the kids to use than the programs included with Windows. Click the links below to see movies  from class. Jeri’s movie, Roshon’s movie, Alex’s movie, […]

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Friends from elsewhere

February 17th, 2010 · No Comments · Assignments, Blogging, Project Learning, Tech Classrooms

My class has taken advantage of the world wide web to make friends with people who do not live in their neighborhood.  Their state and even their country.We have made contact with 2 schools from different parts of the world.  We are sharing a wikispace with students from Grimmelshausen Gymnasium Gelnhausen, Germany, www.grimmels.de and we are Googlewaving and Skyping with […]

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R U ready 2 Blog?

January 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Assignments, Blogging, Project Learning, Tech Classrooms, WOW

Blogging Challenge 2010 It’s Blogging Challenge time. I want us to be ready to participate and do WJHS proud. I have done my homework. I have “pimped out” our blog (and you have been asked to pimp out yours as well.) You will need to post and comment often on this blog, your blog and […]

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Students as Teachers

January 17th, 2010 · No Comments · Assignments, Blogging, Project Learning, Tech Classrooms

Next week my students will select a story from a list that I have prepared for them and present it to their classmates.  They must follow a set list of requirements to receive credit for the assignment.Short Story Setup They must first set up another blog or wiki that is designed around your chosen story. […]

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Curriculum for 2010: 3 Rs + Rules of blogging and commenting

December 28th, 2009 · No Comments · Blogging, Curriculum, LCCs, Professional Developments, Project Learning, Tech Classrooms, WOW

Here is my new curriculum focus for 2010: Reading, Riting, Rithmetic and Rules of blogging, commenting and netiquette.   I should be lounging and vacationing but alas I am planning, preparing, delaying (I have essays to grade.)   2010 is around the corner and I am not ready.  There are tons of things that I […]

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Thank You M’am movie

November 26th, 2009 · No Comments · Assignments, Curriculum, Just for fun, Project Learning, Tech Classrooms

Just made a video on Animoto called “Thank You M’am”: http://bit.ly/5pq6he

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Production tools to use in class

November 26th, 2009 · No Comments · Just for fun, Tech Classrooms, WOW

Here are new production tools Dipity -http://www.dipity.com/:  For making timelines Voki -http://www.voki.com/:  For talking Avatars Mash-Up of Avatar Makes – http://mashable.com/2007/09/12/avatars/ Glogster – http://www.glogster.com/ Image Chef – Visual Poetry: – http://www.imagechef.com/ic/poem/ Online Presentation/Powerpoints (can be embedded) http://www.sliderocket.com/ Flipbook:  http://www.flip.com/ Online Magnetic Poetry – make a poem about your topic, take a screenshot, post an image […]

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Blogging with Grimmelshausen

November 26th, 2009 · No Comments · Assignments, Blogging, Curriculum, Project Learning, Tech Classrooms, WOW

I came into contact with a teacher who wanted to collaborate with an English speaking class.  We ”met” through a summer online course offered from PBWorks.  Our initial contacts were feelers to see what and how we could collaborate.  The focus of our original collaboration was to complete wikis together and use them as a way to share […]

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Microsoft Office 2010

November 21st, 2009 · No Comments · Professional Developments, Tech Classrooms, Twitter

Okay, once again all hail Twitter.  I found out from one of my Tweeps about  Microsoft Office 2010 Beta earlier today and I have downloaded it and I am playing.  I am in lovvvvve.  (Hopefully the love will last but for now it is sweet like the honeymoon.)  So far I have sent two blog […]

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Using Nings in the classroom

November 10th, 2009 · No Comments · Assignments, LCCs, Project Learning, Tech Classrooms, WOW

I have copied a blog post for my English I class.  We are currently reading Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington.  We are reading the story (with either a podcast of me reading the story or a student volunteer. )   Our assignments so far have been to generate: a timeline of national and personal events from the […]

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Organizing our Web tools

November 8th, 2009 · No Comments · Assignments, ConsolidatingTools, Edmodo, Project Learning, Tech Classrooms, Twitter, WOW

First of all I would like to apologize for the inundation of electronic devices for you to keep track of and to use for class.  I am trying to consolidate a guide for each of us to follow.  SOCIAL MEDIA Our means of communicating with one another is as follows: Edmodo for a message board.  We […]

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