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eLearning Learning. Bob sprankle — bit by bit. Note: This year I am blogging weekly reflections at my school site ( in order to provide more transparency in my teaching for parents, students, and the community (local and global).

bob sprankle — bit by bit

I will be cross-posting most of the entries here at Bit By Bit as well. You can see the original posts at the “Reflections by Mr. S” blog. Multi 1/2 and Grade 1 students have started exploring Google Earth — first as a whole group with me, and then in smaller groups in Centers. Google Earth is truly an amazing tool and never ceases to “wow” students. Students first explored the application in what is known as “Sandbox Mode.” When we come back as a whole group, I start by showing how to search for our school in Google Earth by entering its address. I next show how by clicking and dragging on the map, students can “walk” along the road to find our school: Students realize how relevant the pictures in Google Earth are when I show them my own car in the parking lot behind the school:

21st Century Fluency Project. Thursday, February 25, 2010. Moodle 1.9 for Second Language Teaching is a book, authored by Jeff Stanford, that I've been slowly working my way through since the beginning of the year.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Moodle 1.9 for Second Language Teaching could really be described as two books in one. Because of the extensive directions provided throughout the book, even if you've never used Moodle, you can utilize the strategies described in the book. As a case in point, the second chapter of the book is 72 pages long and is dedicated to teaching teachers everything they need to know in order to create a quality online learning environment for their second language students.

Chapters three through eight of Moodle 1.9 for Second Language Teaching offer a combined fifty-five concrete examples of activities for teaching second language skills through a Moodle environment. Wraps up with a chapter on assessment and a chapter on extended activities. Overall, Moodle 1.9 for Second Language Teaching. Blog. If you were to Start a...


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Evolution of the Scientific Method

Where science goes technology follows. Science is the structuring of knowledge. It is the organization of knowledge such that knowledge can be tested, so that it is easier for new varieties of knowledge to appear, so that knowledge can be archived and restored, so that knowledge can be communicated without grave error, so that knowledge can be built upon and extended, and most importantly, science is the method whereby knowledge is structured so that it can be structured further. It is not necessary that science increase the “truthfulness” or volume of total information. It is only necessary that it increase the order and organization of knowledge. The history of science is the evolution of knowledge’s organization. The development of the technium is fundamentally the evolution of science and knowledge. If we examine the major transitions in biology, we can arrange the story of life in several ways. Getting Video Tasks Online. I've been aware of 280Slides for some time now, but haven't really tried to use it much as I'm a very keen user of Keynote on my MAC, but this week I was looking around for ways to get video type lessons online and discovered what an incredibly easy and useful tool 280Slides is for this.

Getting Video Tasks Online

Basically 280Slides is an online tool for creating presentations. It works in a very simple way and has a very intuitive interface which is very quick to understand. It has a few basic themes and layouts and you can do all the usual things like adding text, shapes and images to your presentations. The two key areas though that I like about 280Slides are: 1. 2. This is a quick easy lesson I created and you can compare the two last options below. This is the embed version, just click the bottom right icon to see it full screen. This is the direct link version: Led Zeppelin or the BeatlesHow about using this with studentsWell as you can see this is a great easy way create materials that exploit video.

Best. Gates Ideas.