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Swine Flu & 21st Century Skills

Just a little over an hour ago, Clarence Fisher, created a great blog post about using Swine Flu to teach your students about information literacy. With the explosion of live, real-time Web 2.0 tools like Twitter, Facebook, and even Google Maps you and your students have a ton of resources right at your finger tips […]

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The End of Standardized Testing as We Know It?

One of my friends just sent this article via Twitter. If you need a little enticement to read here’s the most interesting quote. “The solution to low test scores is not lower standards; it’s tougher, clearer standards,” (President Obama) argued. At the same time, however, he urged states to develop standards “that don’t simply measure […]

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Edublog Awards

This year two of my projects have been nominated for Edublog Awards. This is a first for me and I have to say its very flattering to think that someone thought highly enough of each project to submit it as a nomination.  Wow…  I’m still trying to figure out who you are just so that […]

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Top 5 Tools to Beat Election News Coverage

Like many of you I will be plopping down in front of the television tomorrow night to watch election coverage.  But you can bet that my top 5 websites, or web 2.0 tools, will be the place to find out what’s happening BEFORE the traditional news outlets. And, after eight long years of the current […]

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Quickly Expose Where the Money Goes

As you’ve seen in previous posts here, the Internet is truly transforming the election process in this country.  There’s another new twist in the web 2.0 revolution taking over politics.  In California we have a very contentious proposition on the ballot, Prop 8.  In June the California Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the […]

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YouTube Youth Busts Political Ad

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4t68AHAIG0] Last week I wrote a little about how social media has been changing the political process this year.  In California we always have a collection fo statewide propositions to vote upon each election cycle.  This November, one of these measures is Prop 10, an alternative energy bond measure supported by T. Boone Pickens.  Since […]

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FRONTLINE: Heat

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZhZVYYpQYo] As I mentioned in a post a few days ago, Frontline is one of my favorite shows and its investigative journalism can’t be beat.  Tonight’s episode, HEAT, discusses the politics of global warming and environmental policy.  I am sure I will be both enlightened and angered – even more angered than when I hear […]

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Numbers in Action

Last week I stumbled across a fascinating post on Media Shift about Politcal Polling Sites.  I am still digesting all of its information.  I’m aware of the fact that each Presidential candidate pays for private polling data for their down data-driven decision making and that news outlets will also sponsor polls.  What I did not […]

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Picking a President

This Monday is the last day to register to vote in California.  I repeat, it is the LAST day to register to vote!  If you are 18 or over, living in California, and still haven’t registered to vote please click THIS LINK! Honestly, I don’t mind you leaving my blog for a little voter registration.  […]

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