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4 Things That Totally Suck About Using Technology In School [Opinion] I’ve read that e-books are the future of books, and it’s not a matter of if they’ll surpass print books but when. Being still in college, I wondered if that was the case for e-textbooks. There’s certainly more buzz on e-textbooks as they’re cheaper and it means that students don’t have to break their backs with heavy physical books. This whole semester I’ve been dealing with e-textbooks and using just an Android tablet (Acer Iconia A500) to digitize all of my schoolwork to answer these questions. Have An e-Textbook? The argument of e-books versus traditional textbooks books goes beyond whether you prefer the look and feel of an actual book to the more unnatural book-on-a-screen experience. Having e-books and web-enabled devices also limit forms of testing, which is a just a headache for instructors. Students could solve this by printing segments of their textbooks for the exams, but this is usually not permitted per the textbook publisher. Yes, Benefits Do Exist Agree or disagree?

Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… - The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2010 This annual post is always the most popular one of the year. You might want to visit previous editions: The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2009 The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2008 The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2007 (You might also find The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — 2010 useful) In order to make this list, a site had to be: * accessible to English Language Learners and non-tech savvy users. * free-of-charge. * appropriate for classroom use. * completely browser-based with no download required. It’s possible that a few of these sites began in 2009, but, if so, I’m including them in this list because they were “new to me” in 2010. You might also be interested in exploring the 530 other “The Best…” lists that I’ve posted over the past three years. Finally, you might also want to subscribe to this blog for free. Here are my choices for The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2010: Meeting Words Titan Pads

Five Ways to Bring High-Tech Ideas into Low-Tech Classrooms Teaching Strategies Flickr:quacktaculous By Sara Nolan Even the most wired classrooms know the screeching silence of that great technological dis: “Unable to Connect to Server.” It’s the 21st century classroom’s equivalent of nails on a chalkboard. More than just stop-gap measures for tech-less teaching environments, these no-tech ideas can actually help students deepen their digital literacy by giving them an opportunity to see, explore, and understand the parts and purpose of the digital media they take for granted – tweets and status updates, for example – by recreating them in an analog context. Put the Facebook page on paper. Sara Porto Nolan is a writer and Language Arts teacher who has worked with Bay Area students in high-need schools. Related

Use your PLN to help your PLC to become a CoP Learning can happen anywhere at anytime from anyone and anything. Your connections and any information you use are learning experiences that can help you grow personally and professionally. I wrote this article for CUE in 2009 and felt it was appropriate to update it for the ISTE 2011 Conference in 2011. I’ll be there — very busy but learning so much from the people in my PLN. Personal Learning Network (PLN) There is nothing new about PLNs. Now my PLN connects me to others and to information in ways I never thought possible a few years ago. Use a mindmapping program such as Inspiration or Mindmeister to diagram your own PLN. So how can your PLN help you build your Professional Learning Community (PLC)? Your PLN can help you meet your personal and/or professional learning goals. What do we want each student to learn? We know a teacher can make a difference to the children in their classroom. The PLC becomes a Community of Practice (CoP)

Just Trying to be Better Than Yesterday | …how difficult can that be? Educational Networking: The Important Role Web 2.0 Will Play in Education iLearn Technology Just a Blog I texted a fellow nominated colleague yesterday that I just might head into the Edublog Award ceremony. She texted back scoffing, not realizing there was a ceremony. She said, “I mean it’s great people take pride in what they do but it’s a blog. No offense to you. I just mean there are way bigger things going on in the world.” True, there are. Well, I don’t feel I am currently in a place right now that I can impact any kind of change in those realms. So, just a blog? This is a vast world with many issues to ponder. Ocean by Matthew S. Like this: Like Loading...

Construire son réseau personnel d'apprentissage Les enseignants sont des apprenants professionnels. Parce qu'ils savent et aiment apprendre, ils ont choisi d'enseigner et se sont formés à cela. Se forment-ils toujours, tout au long de leur vie ? Selon le pays dans lequel ils exercent leur profession, ils bénéficient de dispositifs formels plus ou moins étoffés pour cela; ils lisent et s'informent également beaucoup, cela fait partie de leur métier. Certains vont encore plus loin et intègrent ce qu'il est convenu d'appeler des réseaux personnels d'apprentissage, Personal Learning Network en anglais. Le réseau personnel d'apprentissage, de quoi nourrir une curiosité et un appétit de savoirs sans bornes Pourquoi donner la traduction anglaise de l'expression ? Ce n'est pas ce que pense Tom Whitby qui, en décembre 2010, déplorait de se sentir isolé parmi ses collègues, à cause précisément de son implication dans un PLN. Ceux qui ont adopté cette modalité de formation en connaissent les avantages. Comment créer son réseau ? Sésamath

Ipads In The Classroom – Christmas Reflection - Keith Rispin » Keith Rispin A student asked me last week if I was going to “do the iPad thing next year” and strangely I said yes without hesitation. You would think after all the frustrations I have had and all the bellyaching I have done over this little digital device, I would have at least gave him a five second “ummmmmm” before I answered. When I think about it though, it is a no brainer. As much as I would love to say that the iPad experience has been GREAT! Kidding! We did do a number of good things this term and I will share at some point, I promise but it seems that people want to know about our difficulties so they can steer clear of them or fix them. With all that said, in keeping with the pointing out the negatives theme, here are my 3 biggest issues up until Christmas Break. Me – I have to take some heat for this but then again, I am not sure that blame need be assigned but teaching strategies might need to be retooled. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing and we actually learned something from it:

Listening to Themselves: Podcasting Takes Lessons Beyond the Classroom Broadcasting Learning: Using Apple's GarageBand, Brent Coley records what his student Joey says into his headset for a ColeyCast, their classroom podcast. Brent Coley's fifth-grade students' eyes light up when they learn that their schoolwork can be heard in Apple iTunes, the program that allows them to compile their favorite artists' music. Although the Tovashal Elementary School students, in Murrieta, California, won't be jamming on guitars or drums in Coley's class, their studies of poetry, the solar system, and the early English settlements in North America become exciting when they're posted on a class Web site and saved in iTunes as ColeyCasts, room 34's take on podcasting. (Download the latest version of iTunes here.) Web distribution of their work motivates students to put their best foot forward. With minimal technology, Coley gives his students a global audience. Access to digital educational content at school, at home, and on the go is growing. Podcasting Defined Story Time

Free Technology for Teachers venspired I have seen the poem “Here’s to the kids who are different...” and have always thought that no matter what field of education you teach in, it will apply in some way. It’s not about just seeing the differences, but in really seeing the child. When you see a child with autism, do you just see their inability to communicate? When you watch a child throwing a tantrum, do you assume they are “spoiled” and fail to see their environment it overstimulating? When you see a child struggling to walk do you assume that their parents did not get them to see the doctors or specialists that might have been able to help? When a child cannot behave in your class, do you fail to see that those behaviors are actually far better and he has come a very long way? When a child is brilliant in math, do you fail to acknowledge it because he cannot tie his shoes? When a child is highly-sensitive, do you complain that she is ‘whining’ and not see the fact that she’s so full of anxiety she needs to talk about it?