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Family Homework Time

Ever since college I have found a noisy coffee shop to be a better learning environment than a quiet house. Something about the sound of milk frothing with a little piped in Musak is much more conducive to studying than a silent home office with various chores lingering outside the door. Ever since we moved […]

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Divining Data

A few months ago I read a post on Will Richardson’s blog all about Data Driven Decision Making. As an educator and a hybrid-owner I knew exactly what he was talking about and I kind of chuckled to myself. Naturally, I assumed everyone else understood this logic too. During a lunch conversation yesterday I realized […]

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One Year Ago Today…

Happy Birthday to JoeWoodOnline? This morning I found this message on Burt’s Blog. I had to go look, was my blog really two years old? I knew it was close, but I thought I started it in June. Perhaps it was in April? I can’t remember for sure. Well, I went back to my original […]

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Completely Unrelated,but OH SO GOOD!

This morning I got an email from my favorite CTAP director, Marianne. She spent some of her Easter Sunday reading the San Francisco Chronicle and stumbled across a great site, Tastespotting.com. This website has absolutely nothing to do with education technology (actually it kind of does if you think of it as another way of […]

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iGeneration

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhY5k_5WPCA] Let me start this post by saying I am pretty sure this is just another example of when I am the last one to show up at a party. However, I have never heard anyone talk about this song, so perhaps I didn’t miss anything yet. A few weeks ago we started a new […]

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You Know You are Teaching 21st Century Children When…

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-vOhV_p1pM] You know you are teaching 21st century children when one of them shows up in your classroom with a Rubik’s cube and says, “Hey look what I learned by watching YouTube” and starts solving the puzzle that eluded tons of children during the 1980’s. I should probably just chalk this up as my first […]

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Wiki 2.0

A few months ago I decided to try something new with my students. After reading about the wiki textbook created by Clay Burell’s students I tried creating one of my own with one of my 8th grade classes. So far the results have been fantastic. Students regularly beg for “wiki work days” where they decode […]

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What They Play

While taking a lunch break from grad school homework this afternoon I saw a short story on CNN about a new video game website geared towards parents (and many teachers). What They Play is an online video game guide created for those of us who hear a lot about these games from our children or […]

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A Week with Leopard

Well, tomorrow it will be one week since I upgraded to Leopard. So far, its been an overall good experience – definitely much better than any Windows upgrade I have experienced. That doesn’t mean it has been perfect. There have been a few hiccups, but I guess that is what I get for being one […]

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