Category Archive: Technology

Aug 02

To Facebook or not to Facebook

Updated August 3, 2012: I’ve been contemplating creating a Facebook page for my class/class blog. There are a lot of positives, but there’s a pretty significant negative. Obviously Facebook is a huge online powerhouse in terms of making connections. A large number of people use it and check it frequently. A class Facebook page would …

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Jul 31

My #GTANY Application

A couple of weeks ago while on Twitter, I heard that there is an upcoming Google Teacher Academy in New York this October. I first heard about the Google Teacher Academy (GTA) a couple of years ago, and it sounded like such an amazing opportunity. However, I either thought it was too far away, or …

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Apr 05

Jigsaw 21st Century Style

I like the idea of the jigsaw model for class learning. It sounds great in theory, but I often find it is hard to make it work for practical reasons. This year I had the idea to do something a little bit like a jigsaw but to make it a little more 21st century style. …

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Mar 13

Tracking Visitors to our Class Blog

In order to get a better idea of who is visiting our class blog, I use two tools to help me. The first is a widget in the sidebar: Revolver Maps. I really like this one because we are an Earth science class, and so watching the Earth spin in space is pretty appropriate! I …

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Mar 06

Class Blogging with Students

This post is for activity 5 of the Blogging with Students challenge. I’ll be honest. I am having a really hard time with this one.  I know I want to have students contribute to our class blog, but I really have not worked out in what capacity. When the school year started, I thought I …

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Mar 01

An Epiphany: Student Commenting

Last week, I wondered how I could engage students in commenting on the class blog. Today, I decided to conduct an experiment. We had spent the day in the computer lab doing a variety of activities related to air masses, fronts, weather predictions, and storms. The students seemed to enjoy the activities, but I was …

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Feb 27

Engaging Parents

There are several things that I have done or am in the process of doing in order to engage parents in our class web site and student portfolio sites. Promote the class web site. In the past, I have made business cards to share. This year, I purchased 200 MiniCards from Moo. The MiniCards are …

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