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Gettin’ Ready for Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day is right around the corner – a week from Wednesday (February 5, 2014) to be exact!  This third annual event is sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education with many partners including the National Writing Project, Library of Congress, and Edutopia. The day itself is simply a national day to celebrate innovative teachers […]

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Students Speak on Digital Learning Day

Tomorrow is the first annual Digital Learning Day sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education.  Numerous national, state, and local organizations have joined to celebrate this day of 21st Century learning through a variety of events across the country.  Should you be in the Sacramento area tomorrow afternoon and evening, consider stopping by the Capitol Plaza Holiday Inn.  From […]

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Track Santa Tonight – 2010!

According to Google Analytics, one of the most popular posts on JoeWoodOnline, especially this time of year, is one from almost three years ago tomorrow.  Track Santa Tonight detailed back in 2007 how your family could track Santa’s arrival using Google Earth and NORAD. “Santa Tracker is up and running now that Santa is out […]

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Your Neighborhood Book Sale

Anyone building a self-funded classroom library? Perhaps you’re a teacher in a Writing Workshop school or building a Reading Workshop program? Maybe you’ve checked out The Book Whisperer and wondering how you could create your own version of Donalyn’s book collection? Regardless of your reasons, if you are in the market for any children’s books […]

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10 Questions for Shanghai

In my office this week one of the many conversations has been the release of the latest PISA exam results.  This international exam is often referenced as a measure of student ability to demonstrate literacy skills in three key areas – mathematics, science, and reading.  However unlike most tests, these skills are measured by asking […]

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MythBusters – The President’s Challenge

If you listen to NPR, then you heard Monday’s Talk of the Nation staring Adam & Jamie from MythBusters.  As I ran between school sites I listened to the story on the news and was reminded to set my DVR for tonight’s episode of MythBusters.  As part of his efforts to promote math and science […]

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Ali Forey – News 10 Teacher of the Month

Quite often I get asked questions like, “What exactly does an instructional technologist do?” “Why should teachers be using technology in their classroom?”  “How can interactive whiteboards be used for student learning?”  A student in our district nominated her math teacher for News10 Teacher of the Month.  I’m fortunate enough to know this student (along […]

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Google Wave the Video

[youtube:””] Earlier last week I posted some information regarding Google Wave.  This past Thursday Google uploaded the video describing the product.  It looks pretty interesting.  Take a moment to check it out. Joe

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Californian Learns to Conserve Water using a PLN

What I love about my PLN (personal learning network) is that I am connected to educators from all over the world and have the opportunity to learn about fantastic resources, instructional strategies, and research on a daily basis anytime I am on my computer. My PLN is largely constructed of Google Reader, where I subscribe […]

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