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Cathy Oxley

Free Technology for Teachers: Beyond Google - Improve Your Search Results - 20 views

    " Beyond Google - AddThis Posted by Mr. Byrne at 2:12 PM Labels: Google, Internet search, teaching technology, Teaching With Technology, Technology Integration, web search, web search strategies 5 comments: SIS Media Specialist said... Geesh Richard, another great resource; like your posts are not enough. Many, many thanks. I have followed your blog for about a year and have learned SO MUCH. I understand you are from CT. Any chance we can get you to the joint annual CASL/CECA (Connecticut Association of School Librarians and Connecticut Educators Computer Association) conference next year? October 24, 2009 10:35 PM Mr. Byrne said... Yes, I am originally from Connecticut. In fact, I went to CCSU for freshman year. I'd like to come to CASL/CECA. Can you send me an email? richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers Thanks. October 25, 2009 6:47 AM Linux and Friends said... Thanks for the amazing document. I am aware of a few of the resources listed in the document. However, many of the others are new to me. I will definitely check them out. November 2, 2009 9:45 PM dunnes said... I visited and bookmarked four sites from this post! Thank you for the great resource. Students want to use Google rather than stick to the school library catalog, but they need more instruction on how to do this. I have seen too many children search with ineffective terms, and then waste time clicking on their random results. November 8, 2009 12:38 PM Lois said... Beyond Google is a great resource. I wish I had your skills for taking what you learn and putting it together as you do. I love reading your daily blog. November 15, 2009 10:04 AM Post a Comment Links to this post Beyond Google: Improve Your Search Results While working with some of my colleagues in a workshop earlier this week, I was reminded that a lot of people aren't familiar with blog
Donna Baumbach

Best Embeds for Educational Wikis and Blogs - 24 views

    "a master list of embedding options that will hopefully spark your imagination. As you browse the list consider how you will use these embeds. While some of these work perfectly for classroom blog posts, others tend to be more effective wiki blog. Do you want students to view a video clip and then leave comments below? That's a perfect blog scenario. Or do you want students to collect data in a form? Yep, that's a wiki tool. I know your wheels will be turning to come up with great new ways to use the blog. "
Pam Jeffrey

Digitally Speaking / Blogging - 7 views

  • Using Feed Readers


    Feed readers are probably the most important digital tool for today's learner because they make sifting through the amazing amount of content added to the Internet easy.  Also known as aggregators, feed readers are free tools that can automatically check nearly any website for new content dozens of times a day---saving ridiculous amounts of time and customizing learning experiences for anyone. 


    Imagine never having to go hunting for new information from your favorite sources again.  Learning goes from a frustrating search through thousands of marginal links written by questionable characters to quickly browsing the thoughts of writers that you trust, respect and enjoy.


    Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it?


    It's not!  Here's a Commoncraft tutorial explaining RSS Feeds in Plain English:


    Feed readers can quickly and easily support blogging in the classroom, allowing teachers to provide students with ready access to age-appropriate sites of interest that are connected to the curriculum.  By collecting sites in advance and organizing them with a feed reader, teachers can make accessing information manageable for their students. 

    Here are several examples of feed readers in action:


    Student Blogs



    This feed list includes several elementary, middle and high school blogs that students can explore during silent reading or while online at home.



    Current Events


    This feed list includes links to several news websites that cover topics that are a part of one teacher's required social studies curriculum. 


    Global Warming

    Used specifically as a part of one classroom project, this feed list contains information related to global warming that students can use as a starting point for individual research. 


    While there are literally dozens of different feed reader programs to choose from (Bloglines and Google Reader are two biggies), Pageflakes is a favorite of many educators because it has a visual layout that is easy to read and interesting to look at.  It is also free and web-based.  That means that users can check accounts from any computer with an Internet connection.  Finally, Pageflakes makes it quick and easy to add new websites to a growing feed list—and to get rid of any websites that users are no longer interested in.

    What's even better:  Pageflakes has been developing a teacher version of their tool just for us that includes an online grade tracker, a task list and a built in writing tutor.  As Pageflakes works to perfect its teacher product, this might become one of the first kid-friendly feed readers on the market. Teacher Pageflakes users can actually blog and create a discussion forum directly in their feed reader---making an all-in-one digital home for students. 


    For more information about the teacher version of Pageflakes, check out this review:




    For more information on using feed readers to organize and manage information, check out this handout: 

Martha Hickson

The Difference Between Digital Literacy and Digital Fluency | SociaLens Blog - 26 views

    literate person is perfectly capable of using the tools. They know how to use them and what to do with them, but the outcome is less likely to match their intention. It is not until that person reaches a level of fluency, however, that they are comfortable with when to use the tools to achieve the desired outcome, and even why the tools they are using are likely to have the desired outcome at all.
Trudy Griebenow

5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools | Edutopia - 0 views

    "Formative Assessment Toolkit Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each tool. You'll need several to meet every classroom situation. These are my fab five tools for formative assessment."
Judy O'Connell

Blogging with Students - 16 views

    As you might well know I am really enthusiastic about blogging with students. I have shared my adventures through several opportunities and I'm determined to keep spreading the word in order to bring other educators on board. Therefore, I have created a LiveBinder with useful blog, examples and resources. I thought this would be a good idea to encourage other teachers to get their kids blogging
Donna Baumbach

MashPlant - Studio - 15 views

    "MashPlant Studio is a 21st century education tool that promotes creativity and collaboration in your classroom and at home." Read more here  "Teachers create one or more studios - small, private social networks - and invite their students to join via assignments on the teacher's blog. Teachers maintain a degree of control to keep order if necessary."
Kimberly Brosan

1 Tool at a Time: Build Your Toolbelt - home - 0 views

    Webinars from ISTE's SIGMS that focus on tools for you to use in your professional practice.
Donna Baumbach

Teaching and technology ~ presentations and resources for educators - 0 views

    pdf documents for technology tools: pdocasting, toolsging, vodcastng and more. EXCELLENT!!!
Ninja Essays

Top Writing Tools of Famous Authors - 0 views

    From Mark Twain to everyone's favorite George R.R. Martin, here is what some of the most famous writers used to produce their works!
Carla Shinn

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning 2013 - 29 views

    just released its standards-aligned Here in Chicago, AASL's Best Websites for Teaching & Learning Committee 2013 list. Sites, apps, and tools are selected because they engage users through innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. Honored websites, tools, and resources will provide exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning.
  • In the category of Media Sharing,among the selections in AASL's Best Websites for Teaching and Learning are: Pinterest Create connections, encourage collaboration, ignite discussions, or simply share mutual interests through Pinterest. Uploaded or "pin" images and videos from websites, blogs, or your own computer, smartphone, or tablet to create boards. These boards can be private or public, and others can be invited to pin on any of your boards. Any "pin" can be "repinned", and all pins will link back to their source. Grades 6-12. smore Flyers and newsletters become a snap with Smore! Design and create professional online flyers by choosing from an array of templates, styles, and colors to compliment your individual style and audience. With Smore you can embed links, audio, video, pictures, and text into your flyers and newsletters and then publish instantly to get your message and information out quickly. Grades 6-12. Here is a Pinterest board of Library Smores:
    An infographic on digital footprints done in Smore: A livebinder on Pinterest in school libraries and classrooms:
Bright Ideas

NovaNews - 12 views

    Bev Novak has been developing an interesting blog. Bev uses her blog as a forum for writing about, processing and sharing her learning with other educators. 
Marj (Kirkland) Osborne

Travel Pod - 17 views

    This is the best travel blog tool I've seen! It could be used very well in a Tourism class for a 'virtual' tour of a place...besides its obvious use!
Erica Trowbridge

Librarians on the Fly - 0 views

    110,000 books, 500 teachers, 20 schools, 11 libraries, and only 2 librarians... Try as we might, we can't be everywhere. Want to connect more kids with books through technology? Want to incorporate 21st century tools into your lessons? Need to advocate for your library? Follow our tools and we will teach you on the fly...
Carla Shinn

Beyond the Book: Infographics of Students' Reading History - 19 views

    "Recently, I've also been fascinated by the way the human mind interprets visual symbols. From doodling to reading and writing text, the brain is wired with a proclivity for visual sensory ability. In order to help students harness this power, we have been trying our hand at visual notes and sketchnoting in class. Then I decided to try some lessons with infographics."
    Here's Joyce Valenza's take on the idea, with suggestions for collaboration with teachers and some other web 2.0 tools:
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