RJ Stangherlin on a Community of Bloggers

From Discovery Educator RJ Stangherlin:

When I am having “one of those days,” when life moves faster than I can run to catch up with it, I think of technology.  It, too, changes quickly, and I am always rushing to keep up with it.  Because all of you are my instructional coaches, I get to work on the “cutting edge,” because each day you help me discover new ways to integrate unitedstreaming in differentiated instruction.  From new applications for digital photography and digital storytelling to newer (for me) communication tools, wikis, podcasting, and RSS, I have experimented with them because you taught me how. 

The beauty of all of this learning is that now I can create an entirely new identity for Lance.  You have pulled me [sometimes kicking and screaming because I am not a tech head] into the 21st century, helping prepare my students through your ideas for their futures.  You remind me that intrinsic learning is the only pathway, that lessons get even better when you infuse them with music, but that sometimes we really should give technology integration a day off.

Coming near the end of an impressive list of bloggers, I asked myself what I could share with you that might help you as much as you have helped me.  Like Dave Mendell, I finally realized “the answer was right under my nose.”  This week one of my classes asked me what my favorite word was.  Without hesitation, I said free. So I am sharing with you my collected list of technology resources, and they are all free and/or copyright friendly.  By now you might have noticed that most of my links take you directly the comment sections of our guest bloggers, so why not join me and comment on all of them.  And while you’re at it, why not post your favorite free resource for me to add to my website.


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  1. Steve Dembo said:

    Wow. What a great post! Personally, one of my favorite free sources for educational tools is David Warlick’s Landmark Project

    My favorite two are Citation Machine, a web based tool for creating ANY type of citation, and Classroom Blogmeister, a blog engine designed with the classroom in mind.

    Of course, both of them are free!

  2. Susan Keck said:

    RJ – you are so creative!
    A web-based, free tool that I think many of us and our students would find useful can be found on David Warlick’s site at http://landmark-project.com/index.php. The Citation Machine is incredible! Just enter information about the source, whether it’s a book, website, interview, etc. and two citation formats are created – one in MLA and other in APA. You choose the preferred style. As a former English teacher, I wish my students would have had access to something like this!

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