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Communication Tools for Collaboration

The backbone of any type of collaborative effort takes place in the context of communication. Many features of collaboration tools are geared toward the facilitation and management of effective communication among team members.  Depending on your grade level the following collaborative technology tools can facilitate various communication functions: Email, IM, blogs, discussion forums, virtual meetings,

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Join our 40-day blogging challenge

My 8th grade students are participating in a 40-day blog challenge.  Each day two different students post an idea on our Tread Lightly blog of how to be a good steward of the environment by recycling,  reducing emissions, using less packaging, planting trees, etc.  Our blog project was inspired by “Tread Lightly” a 40-day challenge

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Blogging and beyond

Blogging can be used in any number of ways. It can be used to form a reading discussion forum or posting short current events articles and invite students’ thoughts. You can use it to foster communication among multiple classes or serve as a student progress log on a lab or research assignment.  Some teachers use

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Blogging in an educational setting

What is a blog? A blog is a type of website maintained by an individual or a class with written entries or embedded items such as graphics or videos. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. Blogging can be used for reading and writing, conversations around topics, communicating with a larger audience or sharing examples

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Blogging with my students

This term I decided to make some changes to the blogging activity that I do as part of the Digital Citizenship unit.  In the past, students chose a topic based around the theme “We must be the change we wish to see in the world”. We are continuing with the theme and students will still

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Tech Tip Tuesday: Google Blogger

Blogger is Google’s blogging platform. A blog (short for Web log) is a Web page that serves as a publicly accessible journal for an individual or group. Typically updated daily, blogs often reflect the personality of the author or are based around a hobby or theme. The postings are organized chronologically. A blog post can

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If this is the future of technology .. I want in!

Watch this video from TED about Sixth Sense – being developed by MIT Sixth Sense is a mini-projector coupled with a camera and a cellphone—which acts as the computer and your connection to the Cloud, all the information stored on the web. Sixth Sense can also obey hand gestures, like in the movie Minority Report.

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Annual Report II contest entry

Dan Meyer has done it again – another contest – Annual Report II.  The basic idea is to DESIGN information in four ways to represent 2008 as you experienced it. If you look at my second graph (below) you’ll understand why I missed the first Annual Report contest – I was on a self-imposed “no

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Student reflections on blogging

After discussing an article about how the Obama administration is using technology to make a difference and encouraging community service, I asked my students in my 8th Grade and Computer Applications classes  to reflect on their experience of using technology to “Be the Change in The World”.  Here are a few responses taken from their

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Blogging to make a difference

I read with interest Will Richardson’s recent article in Edutopia about an 11 yr old girl named Laura who started a blog last year titled 25 days to make a difference.  In the article, Richardson shares the story of how she gets her ideas for community service projects. Earlier this year, as I was listening

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Defending my blogging assignment

Each semester my students create their own blogs around the theme “We must be the change we wish to see in the world”. I use this activity as part of my digital citizenship unit.  I want the students to experience what it means to be a digital citizen in an authentic manner. I’m careful.  I

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Happy Blogaversary to me!

One year ago I began blogging at edtech VISION. Previous to that I had only blogged for my Masters of Educational Technology about my Action Research Project for Pepperdine University and occasional posts at Classroom 2.0. Anyone who knows me will understand that a one-year anniversary is a big deal for me. I’m the queen

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Reflections on student blogging

This past month my middle and high school students began blogging at http://vcs.21classes.com . Each student based their blog topic on this quote by Gandhi, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world”. Students chose topics such as recycling, Darfur, donating blood, AIDs, pollution, animal abuse, genocide, teen stress, depression …

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Be careful what you wish for

New blogger Jon Becker lamented in his blog a few days ago “It’s as if folks like Will Richardson, David Warlick, Wes Fryer, Vicki Davis, Dean Shareski, Stephen Downes, Chris Lehmann…(and, yes, you Scott) are having an awesome cocktail party conversation and I’m standing on the outside staring over their shoulders and listening in, trying

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Back from blogging sabbatical

I gave myself a self-imposed blogging sabbatical during the months of December and January.  I found myself spending way too much time reading postings from my bloglines account, bookmarking cool sites, surfing the net – but not really spending any real quality time learning and reflecting. I’m glad to say that after two months off

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