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E-Learning and Online Teaching | - 7 views

    Hi impact, curated magazine of articles and professional resources for those interested in e-learning and online teaching. Published by Dennis O'Connor, Program Advisor for the University of Wisconsin Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program.
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150 Questions to Write or Talk About - - 30 views

  • For almost two years now, we’ve posted a fresh Student Opinion question every weekday.

    Each question was originally inspired by something in that week’s New York Times, and all of them are still open to comment by anyone between the ages of 13 and 25.

    Teachers tell us they use them as “bell-ringers,” as inspiration for lessons, as jumping-off points for student research and journalism, or just to help students practice writing persuasively and responding to others around the world. (We don’t allow last names, and we read each and every comment ourselves before we make it public, so it’s a pretty civil, and safe, place to post.)

    Below, 1

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Information Investigator 3 by Carl Heine on Prezi - 14 views

    What if every student (and educator) was a good online researcher?  I know, you don't have the time to teach information fluency skills.  What if you could get a significant advance is skills with just a 2 -3  hour time commitment? 

    Here's a great Prezi 'fly by" of the new Information Investigator 3.1 online self paced class.  Watch the presentation carefully to find the link to a free code to take the class for evaluation purposes. 

Dennis OConnor - 21 views

  • simple. you’ll see one word at the top of the following screen.

    you have sixty seconds to write about it.

    click ‘go’ and the page will load with the cursor in place.

    don’t think. just write.

    Looks like a fun way to spark journal writing.  Fit's Natalie Goldberg's great advice about first draft writing: Just keep your hand moving!
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Memrise vocabulary learning and memorable dictionary - 13 views

  • Ready to grow your
    • Learn vocabulary in any language 5 times faster
    • Smart science means you won't forget
    • Learning's a game — grow a language garden
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Googlios - 16 views

    Many of the participants in the UW-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program use Google Sites to create their e-portfolios.  The portfolios are created and used throughout the program. During the practicum, when students become teachers by teaching in one of our graduate classes, they also refine and polish their portfolios. Ultimately the online portfolio becomes a job search tool that helps our graduates show a potential employer what they know. 
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Information Fluency Common Core Alignment - 9 views

    One school districts work aligning information fluency with the new Common Core Learning Standards.   Lots of work done here.  Are you facing a similar project?  
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ThumbScribes - Collaborative Writing Community - 12 views

    ThumbScribes is a platform for creating collaborative content.Co+Create haiku, poems, short stories, flash fiction, novellas, exquisite corpse and songs, real time or asynchronously with your computer, tablet, cell phone or even IM.
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projeqt \ how great stories are told - 7 views

    From Mark Rounds: Web-Ed Tools

    "The art of online storytelling is all about presentation. As a non-linear storytelling engine, Projeqt gives creatives the ability to weave together stories dripping with style and personality from Flickr photos, RSS feeds, tweets, YouTube or Vimeo videos, and any media stored on their own computers.Users can craft "projeqts," whatever their purpose may be, by adding content in the form of slides. Create a slide, name it, add tags, and fill the slide with a photo, text, video or feed. Slides are published to create the web story and be can reordered via drag and drop. Users can also create a projeqt within a projeqt to serve as a story inside a story.In private beta right now... It took me a week to get my invite."
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TwHistory - 10 views

    Create historical twitter character then tweet based on history research  Quote from Mark Rounds Web-Ed Tools, "Participants choose a historical event, create Twitter accounts for individual characters, pore over primary source documents and think critically about the times, dates, and durations of events to create hundreds of Tweets as they might have been broadcast had Twitter existed before the 21st century. They then submit all those Tweets to the engineers at TwHistory, specifying a start date for their event, and then watch it unfold - over a day, a week, a month or more - reflecting the event's actual duration."
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Education Week Teacher: High-Tech Teaching in a Low-Tech Classroom - 6 views

  • How can we best use limited resources to support learning and familiarize students with technology?
  • get creative with lesson structure
  • Take advantage of any time that your students have access to a computer lab with multiple computers.
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  • Relieve yourself from the pressure of knowing all the ins and outs of every tool. Instead, empower your students by challenging them to become experts who teach one another (and you!) how to use new programs.
  • "Pass it On" Buddy Method
  • Students assist one another in creating digital products that represent or reflect their new learning. It’s a great way to spread technological skills in a one-computer classroom.
  • Group Consensus Method
  • Small groups of students engage in dialogue on a particular topic, then a member uses a digital tool to report on the group's consensus.
  • Rotating Scribe Method
  • Each day, one student uses technology to record the lesson for other students.
  • Whole Class Method
  • Teachers in one-computer classrooms often invite large groups of students to gather around the computer. Here are a few suggestions for making the most of these activities
  • When we are faced with limited resources, it is tempting to throw up our hands and say, "I just don't have what I need to do this!" However, do not underestimate your ability to make it work.
    Might help create a blended classroom, even when you have to share the blender.  Common sense advise for the real world of underequipped classrooms and stretched thin teachers.
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Education Week: E-Learning for Special Populations - 3 views

  • This special report, another installment in Education Week's series on virtual education, examines the growing e-learning opportunities for students with disabilities, English-language learners, gifted and talented students, and those at risk of failing in school. It shows the barriers that exist for greater participation among special populations, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of this approach. It also looks at the funding tactics schools are using to build virtual education programs for special populations and the evolving professional-development needs for these efforts.
  • Download the interactive PDF version of the report, E-Learning for Special Populations.
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Caught Cheating: New Ways Kids Are Breaking the Rules - 14 views

    When is it cheating? When is it collaboration? This thoughtful article from Common Sense Media provides fine advice for parents (or teachers) on how to talk to kids about digital media and ethics.  
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Storybird - Collaborative storytelling - 11 views

  • Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print.

    Read them like books, play them like games, and send them like greeting cards. They’re curiously fun.

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Beyond Words: Meaning in Motion | Digital Is ... - 13 views

  • Watching text in motion is nothing new for readers of all levels. We watch words travel across screens of various shapes and sizes, and we set words in motions as we move throughout our daily lives reading text in various places and contexts. What happens, then, when we become more deliberate in our thinking about placing text in motion and the direction suggested by the text itself? How does motion affect meaning and our interpretative process?
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6-Traits Resources: Writing Process / 6-Traits / Web 2.0 - 19 views

  • Here's my stab at creating a poster that shows the relationships between the writing process, 6-traits, an web 2.0. ~ Denni
    I'm glad you bookmarked this poster. I created it after seeing the NWREL Traits / Writing Process poster. ~ Dennis O'Connor (aka Wireinstructor).
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