Standard 7

This link to Standard 7 (NETS-A) should be reviewed before you add a contribution to this page. Ask yourself in what way does it relate to Standard 7.

Here is a link to an excellent introduction to the most popular web 2.0 tools for educators. Each tool is explained and there are links to additional information as well as to examples.
Since Yahoo's social bookmarking site, Delicious, is being dropped, you'll want to check out an even better tool, Diigo.

Diigo is a social bookmarking web site. This video will introduce you to Diigo.And, this link will take you to Diigo where you can sign up for a free educator's account.Using Diigo in the Classroom provides information and ideas for its use in K-12 classrooms, as well as for its benefit for you as an ed leader. Check out how you can connect and share resources with other educators with similar interests.

Tired of boring Power Point presentations? Check out this tool, Prezi.

Take a look at an award-winning wiki created by the "Daring Librarian" for her middle school staff.

Someone has collected and organized a large number of educational blogs. This is worth a look to see if there is a blog that might be of particular interest to you.

Technology is changing many structural aspects of education. E-School News is a (free) excellent source for leaders to keep on top of the latest developments in ed tech. This issue lists the top 10 ed tech stories of 2010

THE Journal is a good resource for ed leaders who want to advance their ed tech knowledge. This particular interview discusses the role of web 2.0 tools in the classroom. (What does THE stand for?)

Dangerously Irrelevant is a technology blog by Dr. Scott McLeod. It is an excellent resource. He also has a book coming out that he edited with Chris Lehmann, a high school principal, What Administrators Should Know About
Digital Technologies and Social Media.

Salman Kahn has millions of HS/College students viewing his tutorial videos on You Tube. In this TED talk he shares how he got started and how he intends to take his Kahn Academy to the next level.


This article introduces the Khan Academy, a free "college" of one professor. It contains links to a few of his video lessons.
George Washington University announces the nation's first, 100% on line, private, high school, affiliated with a major research university.

111 on line learning resources. Find a few that interest you.
Web sites that are changing education are listed & described in the Mashable/Tech report. This will broaden your knowledge of the impact of technology on education.

Looking for a good read about about the pro's and con's of how technology is changing education? Collins & Halverson's (2009), Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology published by Teachers College Press is inexpensive & very readable. Check it out at Amazon or your favorite bookseller...on line of course!

MIT is "giving away" education free! What kind of a business model is that?

Student misuse of social media sites have caused ed leaders to face new decisions about how to deal with this new issue. (There are always new issues to be dealt with by ed leaders. Are there underlying principles that should guide those in positions to influence decision-making?) This recent TV report presents the decision made by one middle school principal. Superimposed over the TV report you'll see another argument being made for an alternative decision. What decision would you make and why?




Some teachers assume children know much more than they do about technology. Even if that is true in some ways, is there nothing that we should be teaching about using technology, social media in particular? And, what about parents? Do we as ed leaders have a responsibility to educate parents? Check out the message in this British video.

StaySafeOnline.org is a resource for leaders who want to advocate for the safe use of the internet.


Mobile 2010 provides a visual depiction of the growth of technology.



U of M professor, Elliot Soloway, predicts every K-12 student will be using a hand-held, mobile device as part of their learning within five years.
This THE article argues that mobile technology is an essential part of education. (BC)

District Administration Magazine article, Mobile Goes Mainstream is worth reading.

The web site has aligned dozens & dozens of web 2.0 teaching tools with the National Educational Technology Standards for Students.

Teaching & Learning is a good source for tech info. This article lists the top 25 web 2.0 tools for educators.

Do you know who John Seely Brown is? Big name in digital age learning. The following video is over an hour long. I suggest you listen to ten minutes or so (skipping the introductions) and then decide if what he has to say is worth more of your time. He is speaking in 4/09 at Indiana U. to teachers.





This article discusses three reasons that it is important to introduce technology into the classroom environment: 1. Achievement in content area learning 2. Higher-order thinking and problem solving skill development 3. Workforce preparation. (JS)
Technology Article
Does your school make an effort to use technology in the classrooms? Do you think it is working?

Take a look at this video; it gives us an idea of what kids want to see in the classroom. I'm sure some of us can share stories of how teaching has changed just in the past 3 years. (BJ)

A Vision of K-12 Students Today!

Great article on a laptop program that has ran for 2 years. It is a one-to-one program which provides a laptop for eavery student in the school. The interesting part for me was the information recieved through polls by the newspapers and other information that has shown that the students are not necessarily paying more attention in school and staying on task just because they have a laptop and and a new way to learn. (TS)


Follow up to the "Shift Happens" video (TS)

The role of the teacher has changed. The video below questions why teachers continue to teach the way they were taught and expect that the outcome is student learning. That is not the case. Students are different now and need different things to engage them so that they can learn. (SP)

This video is a vision of the 21st century teacher. It is sort of like a response to the above posted vision of the 21st century student. I think this would be a wonderful video to show teachers in a building that are having a hard time adjusting to our digital world. How would you use this video clip in your building?(SP)

No more snow days! This article talks about changing a snow day to a e-school day. It talks about some of the challenges and the benefits especially in the times of budget contraints. Might changes some of our minds when looking forward to a snow day. (TS)

Standard 7:
The Best Way to Reach Each Student? Private School Math Teacher Flips Learning.
I thought this article was interesting, but would take quite a bit of preparation from the teacher. This particular teacher would create a PowerPoint for each of her lessons. Then she would video tape herself teaching the lesson to the powerpoint and finally she would edit the video to add cursers to the power point and expand various parts of the lesson. She would upload the lesson to the website and to iTunes for her students to watch prior to class. When they were actually in class, she found she had time to work with them one-on-one with their AP Calculus problems. Also, before the test, her students could review lessons once or twice and go back to things they didn't understand.(KCP)

Fast Company, a business magazine, has an article asking if technology will replace teachers. Interesting little read and it includes a famous TED presentation about how technology is quickly adopted by children as a learning tool.


Great article on technology in the classroom. Do you see teachers using more technology? Does your school allow for a good enough foundation to allow for technology in the schools? (TS)

180 tips for technology (TS)

Should we add more technology or should we pull the plug? Interesting article about technology in the classroom.

Mind Shift is a site that has some very provocative articles about the effect of technology on learning and schooling. I suggest signing up for the RSS feed from this site. (BC)
Dangerously Irrelevant is an excellent, technology blog. Scott McLeod's blog worth following.

Hybrid or blended learning is on the rise. This article in e-School News discusses the challenges of blended learning. It also contains a brief video with the co-author of Disrupting Class, the book that predicts half of all high school classes will be taught on line by 2019.

Are you interested in learning about the top ten Apps used by Apples Distinguished Educators?

Have you heard about "The Hole in the Wall" experiments that prove that children can teach themselves much more than we give them credit for. Here is a very interesting TED video.


I learned about this web site from Diigo's educators' daily selection of worthwhile sites. It contains many interesting links to teaching tools.
The site's name, Conference Calls, is misleading since there are a variety of resources linked to this site.

If you subscribed to e-School News, you would have received this article that describes Ten Free Resources for Teachers. (BC)

This article announces an important collaboration of some of the leaders from business, technology and education that will advance and improve the role of technology in education. Such collaborations, and the entrepreneurial spirit they represent, provide credibility to the predictions that technology will continue to change education exponentially.

Important!
Read this quote and reflect on its meaning. If the speaker is correct, what does it mean for our concepts of education?(BC)
Also, if you are not familiar with the speaker, Seymour Papert, read about him using the link above the quote.

PBS video about 21st century learners. This is the 20 minute version. There is a link at the bottom of the picture if you want to view the full 56 minute program. (BC)

Watch the full episode. See more Digital Media - New Learners Of The 21st Century.


This site presents an unbelievable amount to info on the history and current development of mobile phones. (Some of the graphs may be a bit difficult to read but keep scrolling and you'll find very interesting info.) BC

Mind Shift, How We Will Learn is an excellent web site with thoughtful articles. Take a few minutes to explore and consider subscribing.
Check out their series of articles titled The Future School Day.

Classroom 2.0 is a web site for educators interested in the use of the social network tools in the school/classroom.

Does technology really improve learning? I found this column and thought it was interesting because it dealt with our neighbors to the west, in Kalamazoo.

Skype offers special services for teachers. (BC)

How much are teenagers Texting, Searching, and using Facebook? article


If you have not heard about Khan Academy, check it out. Here is the creater and focus behind the site presenting at TED. It was recently given money from the Pepsi refresh project and I believe the Gates Foundation. (TS)

Arizona State U. has created a useful technology matrix. It depicts the various aspects of effective use of technology with various levels of use. Take a look. (BC)

A site, How We Learn, has created a collection of 101 Best Ed Websites. They are listed alphabetically by topic. Take a look, pick a topic, and decide if you'd find it useful to subscribe if an RSS feed is available. (BC)

Easy Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers View more presentations from pingable.
100 Amazing and Free Web Sites Especially for Elementary Teachers ( that are also worth a look by secondary teachers).
E-School News reports on a very important presentation at a recent tech conference.The presentation previewed a major report coming out soon identifyingsix technologies that will greatly impact education in the next five years.Ed leaders need to keep up on tech trends.
Common Craft produces free, short, animated videos that introduce people to a wide variety of technology tools.Edutopia is a wonderful resource for "What Works in Education". It is funded in great part by the George Lucas Foundation (think Star Wars). Here, they publish a blog by a teacher who dispels five excuses for not using technology in the classroom.
MSU has its Izone but so does NYC. Want to learn about how technology is personalizing education for some NYC students? Read about their Izone. Also, not the Ed Week Spotlight box next to this article part way down the page.
This Ed Week article will bring you up to date about efforts to use technology to personalize education and whether or not evidence supports those efforts as effective. (BC)
Holy Moley! Someone has taken the time to collect on one site 100 Talks on Technology for Educators. The videos have been collected from TED, MIT, Harvard, and other sources. (BC)
The Harvard Ed Newsletter discusses technology that teachers are using to facilitate their teaching. This is a good article with some worthwhile links to additional resources.Very good one minute video on 21st century learning: (TS)
You may gain some "brownie points" by passing along this web site to your principal. Connected Principals has been created by and for principals to blog and exchange ideas.
Talk at TEDxNYC by Alan November about 21st century teaching and learning. Great video to watch! (TS)
A teacher in Belleville introduced this to our staff and perhaps you should check it out...laptops (JH)
Skype just (3/31/11) launched a free service Skype in the Classroom.
Want to know how students use technology to cheat? This article in PC magazine will enlighten you.
I hear "talk" about "Gaming" becoming an influential educational tool. I have to admit I thought "Gaming" was just something kids do for entertainment. What do you know about "Gaming"? Well, take 20 minutes and more by watching this TED presentation. (BC)
This NY Times article provides a good overview of the pro's and con's of on line learning.


Edutopia blogger presents 10 tips for using social networking in the classroom. Good article with worthwhile links and references if you are interested in learning more about the use of web 2.0 tools. (BC, 4/08/11)


Here are eight web sites blocked by many school district filters that have instructional potential.



A very good blog post about how to view Twitter to improve parent communication. (TS 4/12/11)


Edunology is a wiki site for educators interested in technology and that should be all of us. (BC , 4/11)
Skype has a new, free service for teachers that enables them to connect their classrooms with the world. (BC, 4/15)
100 free, virtual field trips.
Found the social network site http://www.theschoolsunited.com/community/ which is free to educators. I guess the challenge is to see if it is blocked by the district first. (Double D)
Another cool site to check out is epals.com which students and teachers can use to get pen pals to email in other countries. A great resourcr to use for foreign language teachers like myself. (Double D)


A brief history of technology. (BC, 4/11)

How education is being impacted by social media, is introduced and then depicted graphically at this site. (BC, 4/11) twitter 101 for business