Ten reasons every teacher should want a web site

I created my first classroom website ten years ago. Here’s a copy of it for you to laugh at courtesy of the Internet Archive Project. Back then, creating – and especially maintaining – a website was hard work that involved a lot of time and specialized knowledge. Thankfully for educators, that time is over. Now, […]

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The new iPod Touch could be a great tool for learning

Apple unveiled a host of new and updated products today. Among the updated products was a new model of the iPod touch. The changes that should excite educators the most are the addition of a front-facing camera, a camera on the back of the device with the ability to take 720p video and photographs, and […]

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Strengths Finder 2.0 is all about strengths – but not sharing

The 2.0 in Web 2.0 is more synonymous with “ease of sharing” than it is with “improved”.  Unfortunately, ease of sharing is the main drawback of Tom Rath’s Strengths Finder 2.0, a powerful personal discovery tool that is hindered by the lack of a desperately needed social element. The Good: In-depth analysis of personal strengths Rath strives to equip […]

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Ethics and Sharing for Web 2.0

Disclaimer: I am a teacher, not a lawyer. These are my conclusions after reading and researching for many years on these subjects. Your interpretations may vary. This page was reviewed by a practicing attorney in the field of media law, but does not constitute legal advice. Mashups and Fair Use: Things All Teachers Should Know […]

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10 Days Without News – Part 3

I’ve never read The Journal Press with such vigor before. From City Ordinances to School Board Summaries, I read it all. I read about basketball teams from throughout the county and about the nearly 2,000 people that have toured the new jail. I even read Ed Dubois’ “Dubious Distinctions” for the week – the first […]

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Ten Days Without News – Part 2

I know that the weather conditions are bad in Fargo, that classes at several schools in the area are being cancelled in hopes that students will help with sandbagging efforts in order to thwart a round of extremely damaging flooding. I know that it’s been raining there today and that snow is melting rapidly. I’ve […]

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10 Days Without News – Part 1

I’m addicted to information. Within five minutes of the time that I wake up in the morning – just long enough to pour a bowl of Total Raisin Bran and head downstairs – I’m in front of my computer, thirstily hunting down information. Without fail, my day beings with a check of The Drudge Report, […]

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But Home Is Nowhere: Hang

But Home Is Nowhere: Hang Originally uploaded by Enjiu Thanks, Roddy, for finally showing me why Flickr is worthwhile.

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Ready or not; it's here.

Last month, CNN launched a beta version of its iReport.com page, designed to give “Independent Reporters” a chance to get their work featured on a mainstream media outlet. The term iReporter is a loose one, but the bottom line is that nobody who contributes work needs any journalistic credentials or background. They say that it’s […]

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Rethinking Homework

A breakthrough national study of Canadian Schools that was released today concluded that, “homework is of little benefit to students from junior kindergarten to Grade 6, [and] it is often the source of stress and burnout in children, as well the cause of conflict – even marital stress – for many families.” So, does that […]

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