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Process Guides. Making Technology Educational Part of the Integrated Technology Support Services Department, the Educational Technology (Ed Tech) team seeks to improve student achievement through seamless integration of the district's Common Core Curriculum with a suite of i21 technologies designed to create an engaging and personalized learning environment.

Process Guides

The Integrated 21st Century (i21) Interactive Classroom The i21 classroom is an engaging and personalized learning environment designed to optimize teaching and learning through the interconnected use of mobile computing, audio, visual and formative assessment technologies across the curriculum. With this vision and funding through Propositions S and Z, San Diego Unified has taken a bold step toward transforming the learning environment in each of its 7,000 classrooms.

Over five years (beginning in 2009), approximately 20 percent of classrooms per year will receive a suite of new technology tools. Danny Cook Click on the article images to read more! Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101: Computer Basics. You don't have to know everything to be comfortable with computers.

Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101: Computer Basics

But there is a lot of information that will help you understand why things are the way they are... and how disaster can strike! "Knowledge is power! " So it's to your advantage to gather all the knowledge that you can. Besides which, computers are lots of fun - when they aren't driving you insane!!! What's in these lessons? The lessons in this Computer Basics section of Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101 explain a lot of the techno-babble that you hear about computers. Consider this set of lessons "Beginning Driver's Ed" for the computer. The topics covered here will introduce you to a similar set of topics about computers. Computer Basics does not require you to touch a computer, except to read the lessons. If you are using this site as part of a class, your instructor may have you do only certain sections or do them in a different order.

Are you ready? Pleased to Tweet You: Making a case for Twitter in the classroom. The Elements of Style: Twitter Edition. I have at least four copies of The Elements of Style.

The Elements of Style: Twitter Edition

Originally published in 1918 by William Strunk, Jr., this book has truly stood the test of time. It’s been a great writing resource for me over the years, even though there are still dozens of its rules that I break with each blog post. I recently read the book again and noticed how many of the rules are relevant for Twitter and other short-form, social media writing. Here are some guidelines for tweeting adapted from or inspired by The Elements of Style. I hope you find these suggestions helpful and entertaining: Elementary Rules of Usage in Tweets In a series of three or more terms, use a comma after each term except the last. Elementary Principles of Tweet Composition Use the active voice. Elements of Style Rules You Won’t Find in The Elements of Style William Strunk, Jr., or E.B.

Don’t use more than one hashtag at a time. This advice only helps you if you actually want your tweets to be represented as good writing. Back to school with wikis. Regular readers know that I'm a big fan of Google Apps in all of its collaborative glory.

Back to school with wikis

Especially with its newly revealed user group permissions, Google Apps represents one heck of a free solution for schools. However, I've recently begun working for a client who relies heavily on wikis for internal documentation and content creation. While the term "wiki" carries with it, for many teachers, the stigma of Wikipedia (whether deserved or not), really seeing wikis in action has rekindled my interest in them as a platform for learning and teaching. One reader actually emailed me with an idea not long ago that, at first, sounded inefficient in the land of CMS/LMS/Google Apps. Closer examination suggested that he just might be on to something: He went on to detail how the wikis could interact with layers of social bookmarking, blogging, and microblogging to encourage interaction and a truly engaging learning experience.

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