Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Here is a link to a great resource TECH&LEARNING that I have referenced in class. You can subscribe to get the magazine, add an RSS feed to your igoogle/google reader, or view in a new online format.

Here is a link to an interesting post
What are the pros, cons, and safety aspects of social networking? By Terry Freedman

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valentine's Day... learn more

Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday? The history of Valentine's Day — and its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. Learn more ....

More from the History.com
Black History Month

What are you learning this week?

Please post a comment sharing any tools that you tried this week or blogs that you found interesting in the matrix.

Remember to check your colleagues blogs and wikis on the class wiki page and provide them with a comment/posting.

Antoher product to explore Jing, it allows you to capture anything you see on your screen, along with your voice (if you have a microphone) and share it instantly...as an image or short movie. This is a great tool for math teachers that have tablets. You must download the software to your computer. Here is the video to learn more. I will cover in our next class.

Although you do not have the entire week off, I hope you get to rest and enjoy the few days you do have off next week.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Uses for Blogs in Education Matrix

Thi wiki site has a collection of blogs in an educational matrix.

Enjoy browsing and feel free to comment. You can also use Google's web-based feed reader google reader to keep up with blogs and newsgoogle reader to subscribe to the blogs.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

What students must master to succeed - Connection Meets Content

World Without Walls: Learning Well with Others
How to teach when learning is everywhere. by Will Richardson
Edutopia Article and links to video library with great lessons.
Credit: Xplane

Here is a link to Will's blog Weblogg-ed

Fastest Growing Demographic on Facebook: Women Over 55

Fastest Growing Demographic on Facebook: Women Over 55 February 2nd, 2009
We have the latest demographic data on US Facebook user as of February 1, 2009. Before jumping into the details below, here are the highlights. Key Highlights
Facebook reporting nearly 45.3 million active US users in the last 30 days. Facebook growing in every age/gender demographic. Fastest growing segment: Women over 55, up 175.3% in the last 120 days. Facebook growing faster with women than men in almost every age group. Women comprise 56.2% of Facebook’s audience, up from 54.3%late last year. 45% of Facebook’s US audience is now 26 years old or older. Facebook US Audience Growth by Age and Gender... more

Web 2.0 Assessment Review - just practice

This is a Web 2.0 tool by, ProProfs that will allow you to create a quiz and collect data using a tool called Quiz School.

To take the quiz, enter your first and lastname and the password is the same as the class wiki password provided in class, then click Start Quiz. Note: you can also take in full screen mode by pressing the button on the toolbar. After answering a question click on Submit Answer. Good luck!

If you would like to learn more about this tool, please register and create your own quiz. I had a few problems getting the videos to play in the quiz, although it seems to be working now.

Web 2.0 The Machine is us/ing us

Web 2.0 The Machine is us/ing us
This video was created by Mike Wesch and posted on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g However, if Youtube is blocked it is also on TeacherTube.

Your thoughts on the video...

What are you learning this week?

As discussed in class continue to ....
- Post to your Blog and/or Wiki
- Add content to your blog/wiki (YouTube, TeacherTube, SlideShare)
- Watch the class blog and post a comment
- Post you blog/wiki links on the class wiki
- Review your colleague’s blog and wiki from this class
- Continue to explore Google (igoogle to customize you page) and Google Docs
- Share any tools you have tried this month or blogs you have read and would like
to share.

Here are a few links to for subscriptions that will keep in engaged long after our class ends.
- Tech and Learning subscribe http://www.techlearning.com/Subscribe
- Edutopia Magazine free trial http://www.edutopia.org/free-trial-issue

Need help posting information? Arrive to class early for additional help with posting.

Groundhog Day

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday and predicted six more weeks of winter.
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa.—The world's most famous groundhog saw his shadow Monday morning, predicting that this already long winter will last for six more weeks. Punxsutawney Phil emerged just after dawn in front of an estimated 13,000 witnesses, many dressed in black and gold to celebrate the Pittsburgh Steelers' Super Bowl victory the night before.

Learn about GroundhogDay - Annually celebrated in United States and Canada on 2nd February, Groundhog Day is a well known holiday that revolves around the popular weather lore of the coming out of a groundhog from its burrow on this date to look for its shadow. The winter is nearing an end if the groundhog sees its shadow and if it retreats into its hole in its absence the cold season is likely to continue for 6 more weeks. Here is a link to TheHolidaySpot which brings you a wonderful section on Groundhog Day consisting of informative articles on the history and origin of the day as also attractive wallpapers, pictures to color, e-cards and an entertaining quiz related to the occasion.

It appears we are bracing for yet another storm this afternoon, although I think we will be fine for class tomorrow.