Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Free Technology for Teachers: Gmail+1 = Student Email Addresses to Register for Online Services

Free Technology for Teachers: Gmail+1 = Student Email Addresses to Register for Online Services: "The Gmail+1"hack" isn't a new trick and I can't remember when I first tried it, but it still works and it still provides a solution to a problem that a lot of teachers run into when they want their students to use a new web tool. Let's say there's a new service that I want my students to use but my students don't have email addresses that they can use to register for that service. In that case I can quickly generate Gmail addresses for my students by using the Gmail+1 hack."

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Summer of Android

A Summer of Android

Free Technology for Teachers: Professional Learning in the Digital Age - A Review

Free Technology for Teachers: Professional Learning in the Digital Age - A Review: "Last spring my Google Teacher Academy buddy Dr. Kristen Swanson sent me an email asking if she could interview me for a book that she was writing. I agreed and we connected over Skype for a conversation about the role that blogging has played in my professional life. This week Kristen's book came in the mail and I was surprised to see how much of our conversation made it into her new book, Professional Learning in the Digital Age. "

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Free Technology for Teachers: Meetingl - Free and Easy Video Conferencing

Free Technology for Teachers: Meetingl - Free and Easy Video Conferencing: "Meetingl is a free service for hosting video conferences. A Meetingl conference room can be created in less than a minute. To create your room just go to the site, click "New Room," name your room, and send out invitations."

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Free Technology for Teachers: 110 Page Guide to Publishing With iBooks Author

Free Technology for Teachers: 110 Page Guide to Publishing With iBooks Author: "Apple's iBooks Author is an excellent tool for creating multimedia ebooks, but there are some elements of using it that can be confusing and or frustrating. While you can figure it all out on your own as you go, that's how I've been going about it, you can save yourself a bunch of time by reading a good guide ahead of time. I wish I had done that."

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The Best Screenshare Tools To Help Others With Computer Problems | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Screenshare Tools To Help Others With Computer Problems | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…: "I’ve sometimes had to help my in-laws with computer issues, and have identified some useful tools that allow screensharing very easily.
I know there are quite a few out there, but these are the ones I’ve found to be the most simple and effective. Let me know if what you think is missing from the list.
Here are my choices for The Best Screenshare Tools To Help Others With Computer Problems:"

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012

JAM with Chrome: Play music live with your friends online | Official Google Blog

JAM with Chrome: Play music live with your friends online | Official Google Blog: "If you ever dreamed of playing in a band, now’s your chance to be a rock star. JAM with Chrome is an interactive web application that enables friends in different locations to play music together in the Chrome browser on their computers. No matter what your level of talent—from daydreaming air guitarist to music pro—you can JAM together in real time over the web"

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Educational Leadership:Teacher Evaluation: What's Fair? What's Effective?:Beyond the Scoreboard

Educational Leadership:Teacher Evaluation: What's Fair? What's Effective?:Beyond the Scoreboard: "The key driver of teacher development isn't accurate measurement of teachers' performance. It's guidance on exactly how to improve."

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Engaging Parents In School… » New Haven Seems To Do “Parent University” Right….

Engaging Parents In School… » New Haven Seems To Do “Parent University” Right….: "I’ve posted a lot about “parent academies” or “parent universities” around the country — and my critique of them for not being parent-driven by emphasizing issues that parents want to learn about.
I’ve often contrasted it with the Parent University program at our school.
I read an article in The New Haven Register today about a Parent University in that city which seems to really “get it.” Here’s an excerpt the illustrates what I mean:
“New Haven’s Parent University is unique in that workshops not only address how parents can support their kids in school, but also how they can enrich their own lives. Topics include tips for successful job searching, learning a trade, computer literacy for adults, resume writing and starting your own business.”
That’s what I’m talking about!"

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Free Technology for Teachers: Meograph - 4D Storytelling in Education

Free Technology for Teachers: Meograph - 4D Storytelling in Education: "Meograph is a digital storytelling tool that launched this summer. Using Meograph you can create a digital story that uses a timeline, a Google Map, images, videos, and your narration. I like the service enough that I have included it in a couple of workshops this summer and fall. Meograph recently launched a new education page on which they are featuring examples of using the service in education. I've embedded one of the samples below.
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Don't Know Much about History (of Education)

Don't Know Much about History (of Education): "Sal Khan recently sat down with Forbes’ Michael Noer to record a mini-lecture, Khan Academy style, about the history of education. It’s the history of education “from 1680 to 2050” in 11 minutes, so needless to say it’s a rather abbreviated version of events.

Of course, history isn’t simply a collection of events strung together on a timeline, such as the one that Khan draws for viewers here. History is explanation, description, and narration. It is framing and reframing. History is always partial, and it is always told from a particular vantage point — now — by a particular subjective storyteller — in this case, Sal Khan and Michael Noer."

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