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Google Docs

posted Dec 12, 2010, 6:04 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 12, 2010, 6:09 PM by Jason Kaiser ]

Every now and then I need to remind myself to check in with Google Apps Updates. This week's gem is effectively:
Google Apps is getting "more" better at being a mind mapping tool...
- quote -> Connectors in drawings: All new lines can connect to shapes making it easier to create flowcharts and complex diagrams. <- unquote

Again - it's worth a browse every now and then to Google Apps Updates.

Pearson is more than PowerSchool

posted Nov 24, 2010, 4:24 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 24, 2010, 4:31 AM by Jason Kaiser ]

One of my heroes, Alan November is featured in a group of informative videos from Pearson. Just got out of the 21st Century workshop at ICEC and needed to put the sessions into a different context. These videos are pretty clear and sometimes challenging.

Alan November: Myths and Opportunities: Technology in the Classroom

Alan November challenges some of the accepted wisdom about technology in schools and proposes a scheme for enabling students to become more-active participants in a 21st century classroom.


Edublog Awards

posted Nov 22, 2010, 6:11 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 22, 2010, 6:25 PM by Jason Kaiser ]

I've been following these awards for the past three years and it's becoming apparent that we have some notables among us.

Best Class Blog:
Best Teacher Blog:

My request to all of you out there is are there others in our community to nonimate? We have a rich community of web sites/wikis and blogs ...
... any out there that stands out from our teacher and student community

If you are interested in nominating someone, go to
It's a 2 part process - Make the nomination in your blog or site/wiki ...
... and then at edublogs email the nomination link

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

posted Nov 21, 2010, 5:25 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 21, 2010, 5:46 PM by Jason Kaiser ]

With Links. Really, so much has been said about Bloom's and 2.o this is the first page I found to link them together.

Getting Bloggy

posted Nov 13, 2010, 10:47 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 13, 2010, 11:38 PM by Jason Kaiser ]

It's Edublog of the year season. I'll be keeping you posted about exemplars. For now, I'd like to suggest everyone reading this, and all the bloggers you know take action on 3 things I have noticed about award winning blogs:

Use widgets! Especially visitor statistics like clustr or flag counter. Don't be afraid to tinker with talking avatars like Voki. And explore Edublogs has some recommendations and you may find gems on you own at GoogleGadget.
Persist! It seems like award winning bloggers are born that way. But when you dig into their archives you get a sense of how they have grown into all the recommendations of - "have a purpose", "know your audiance", etc.
Get the word out! I'm noticing a trend in people posting to their blogs and then announcing via twitter, email or facebook that they have posted. It's a great start up strategy.

Seriously? This post is a reminder to me. Sometimes, I get into a rut and things like blogs lose steam. But, I can always start again. Especially with a new round of exemplars coming down the pipe.

Listening to Elluminate

posted Oct 22, 2010, 10:54 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 22, 2010, 11:17 PM by Jason Kaiser ]

Learning Central is where many of the Classroom Live 2.o recording are stored ...
... This a great way to listen & watch discussions of technology in the classroom

eT@lking: Playing on the Internet Take 2.0: Jess McCulloch is the presenter, she has been using web2.0 tools since 2006 and has created several popular blogs, including Technolanguages In 2008, Jess received teacher professional leave to further study the effective use of web2.0 tool sin the classroom. She currently has a new role at the Chinese Teacher Training Centre at Melbourne Uni, Australia, runs ICT workshops for teachers.

The big take aways for me listening to this Eluminate?
Woices - A way to connect audio commentary to Google Earth. For history, this could mean voice annotated movement of immigrants in different times. Perhaps for English, this could be talking thru landmarks mentioned in the books being read. Certainly science, especially ecology and geology can now use google earth to leave behind voice notes.
Spezify - Visual search engine. I liked that it gives results from twitter, flickr and other search engines. But the big deal to me is the linking and favoriting. This means the research I do - is sharable.
Listening to People - I'm trying to give people starting points for finding and forming thier own personal learning network. Certainly there is a great deal in the blogosphere, and wikiverse - But, recently I was turned onto iTunes and Podcast subscriptions and it has been a mind opening experience. And so, it was a great pleasure to remember Learning Central has Elluminate sessions stored.

Wordle: Another way to visualise Text

posted Oct 22, 2010, 5:15 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 22, 2010, 5:18 PM by Jason Kaiser ]

How To Turn Words Into Graphic Communication

The simple idea of using words as communication is taken to a new level by using this simple tool called Wordle.  Enter your text, select Go and you instantly produce a graphic representation that’s pleasing and interesting.  Hit the Randomize button for even more fun.

We love this tool for its simplicity and versatility in the classroom.

Ideas for use:

  1. Collaborate as a class to discuss trends and themes.
  2. Write goals for the year and display them visually.
  3. Create art from a student’s poem.
  4. Compare Presidential speeches to show trends in national sentiment.
  5. Create chapter summaries.
  6. Decorate your classroom with a story created by the class.

The ideas for information visualization are endless and I’m sure you’ve already thought of a great way you can use this in your classroom.

Here are a few examples we found on the site.

  1. US Constitution
  2. Barack Obama Inaugural Address
  3. Vocabulary List
  4. So far in Trig this year…
  5. Goals for school

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