Creating an engaging presentation for any learner will often include a need for some kind of visual aid that can be projected onto a screen. There are a lot of options for getting this job done. One of the frustrations I've found is that there is no one single answer for how to create specific … Continue reading ActivInspire – Practical Presentation Software
A vision for the future of education What will our world look like in 15 years? When looking ahead to next year on a Google Calendar, the ultimate warehouse of our professional, and personal schedules, one may see a few dates occupied by important things like weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays, an occasional conference to optionally … Continue reading Year 2030
Every student has a struggle from time to time. Sometimes it has to do with how they receive, store, and respond to information and materials in the classroom setting and beyond. When this is the case, Google can help! Screen Shot Retrieved from: https://www.google.com/edu/products/productivity-tools/ Part of the allure of Google Apps in Education is that these … Continue reading Google = Game changer
How would a paperless class change your role as a teacher? The idea of never using the photo copy machine again is one of undying appeal! I can only imagine the many ways stress would be removed from my life at school without fighting with that monstrosity in the library closet on a weekly basis! … Continue reading Considerations of having a paperless classroom
Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms, a book by Will Richardson, contains a chapter dealing with “Big Shifts” as a result of the read/write web. The tenth of these shifts outlines the responsibilities that will fall upon the classroom teacher to help make transitions away from the “chalk and talk” model education … Continue reading Re-envisioning Practice in the Classroom: The “Big Shifts”
We used to have those around here! For a teacher who cares about their students, sometimes taking a day off can be a struggle between staying home to get better from an illness, or going to school in spite of being sick just to make sure that their students get what they need. Lately this … Continue reading No Substitute Teacher! Again!?
Skype has been a highly useful “go-to” tool for connecting and maintaining communication with people in my professional network. In the district where I teach, there is a distinguished alumni program which honors graduates of our district that have made substantial contributions to the world in their careers and personal lives. One such alumni, named … Continue reading Skype: What’s the Hype?
First, what is Connectivism? It is an idea that, although suffers some detractors, may basically be considered a learning theory that says the sum of our learning is related to and dependent upon sources from which a learner may obtain knowledge, or skills. These are all related to one another in a network of connections … Continue reading Connectivism- Does it support our students?
Have you ever had the Substitute Lesson Plan Quandry? I know I have! As a music teacher, It isn’t always easy for me to plan lessons for another teacher to execute. I’m a pretty creative teacher who is likely to bring some ideas to a lesson and then take a lot of the student responses … Continue reading Classics for Kids Podcasts
Using Flickr in the classroom both F2F and online is something I've been doing and will continue to do into the future. The Creative Commons licensing and availability of media has made accessing and using someone else's work, albeit under copyright, possible because they have offered it for use by anyone who would agree to comply … Continue reading Flickr in the Classroom