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Google Earth (& Maps) in the Clasroom

Thursday afternoon right about now I will be getting ready to teach one of my favorite professional development classes (right next to blogging and wikis) for CTAP6 – Google Earth in the Classroom. Yippee! This time around I am also including some information about Google Maps as well. It will be my first time teaching […]

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21 Steps – Google Maps to Tell a Story

I saw this post last night on Google Maps Mania and I thought it was very cool! Penguin Books is working with six authors to create digital stories influenced by six classics in a series called We Tell Stories. So far only the first story, The 21 Steps, has been published on their site. It […]

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My favorite tech director (from who I have gleaned many great ideas) has started his own blog, Edutonica.  This new enterprise focuses on strategies for the effective use of technology in education.  The most recent post has an easy-to-implement idea for enhancing vocabulary lessons using Flickr and PowerPoint complete with video tutorials (click on the […]

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Free Rice!

Burt sent me a tweet about Free Rice a few weeks ago, but in the hectic moments of the final weeks of graduate school it kind of fell through the cracks. Today on NPR I heard a great story about Free Rice and now I finally know what his tweet was all about! Free Rice […]

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Who says Twitter has no educational value? Okay, that was me. I actually didn’t say it has “no value.” I just didn’t see any value…yet. I finally found an interesting way to use Twitter in the classroom. On the day before Christmas vacation in 8th grade language arts, my teacher had us complete a short […]

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Blogging & Students

When I saw this post on Clarence Fisher’s blog it reminded me how powerful blogging can be when it is used by students. When I was a student I was a very reluctant writer. Actually, I hated writing. To me it was the most boring and tedious task and no matter what I wrote, it […]

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Google Lit Trips

Last week while reading some random blog I found myself immersed in Google Earth related lesson plans. I find these lessons so interesting because they tie some concept to a geographical location. Using the power of Google Earth I am immediately hooked on something I would have otherwise skipped or ignored. I wonder how many […]

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