Archive | Web 2.0

Update: Can I Trade the iPads for Chromebooks

As many of you know, back in November I wrote a post about the simultaneous implementation of Chromebooks and iPads at one of our school sites.  Just as I mentioned in that post, there was never an intent for a comparison to develop between these two tools.  In my district we recognize that one size does not fit all and provide opportunities for […]

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Improving the Writing Process with Google Docs

Ever since reading The Digital Writing Workshop by Troy Hicks I have been increasingly interested in using Google Docs with students.  This free, easy-to-use online MS Office-like productivity suite allows students to write anywhere they have an Internet connection.  Google Docs stores their work and most amazingly even allows them to collaborate with others on […]

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Sitting in Front of the Fire Hose of Knowledge

Did you feel that? I think times just changed again… More and more our students future citizens are sitting in front of a fire hose of knowledge. Who is helping them figure out what to do with it? As another example of the need to teach students 21st Century Skills, such as information literacy, two […]

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Social Networking Replaces Email

Earlier this school year I had a student tell me, “You know Mr. Wood only old people use email.” At 31 I don’t feel that old, but it does highlight the fact that students and adults use technology to communicate in very different ways. My student’s statement also illustrates that online use is dynamically changing […]

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Twitter’s Spectacular Growth Driven by Unexpected Uses

I stumbled across the above video this morning while searching for resources for by strategic action team. Whether you’ve never used Twitter before or if you’re an avid Tweet-sender this TED talk has something for everyone. I also think its a great example of the power in following a hunch and how Web 2.0 tools […]

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Teamwork & Southwest Airlines

As I was hunting around on the web this morning I stumble across the Southwest Airlines Flickr Pool through one of my favorite bloggers, Wesley Fryer. For those of you who aren’t currently Flickr users (hang around me long enough and you’ll start using it – here are some reasons why), the way a pool […]

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The Secret of Glogster

“Glogster?  What’s that?”  A few months ago that was my reaction when John Patten mentioned the online poster creation site, Glogster.  After a Saturday of playing, I’ve become a huge fan! Glogster is a bit tough to describe. I guess you could characterize it as an online interactive poster website thingy. Think of it as […]

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How the Web Transformed this Year’s Election

As I mentioned earlier this week I chose to take in Tuesday’s historic election returns “web 2.0 style.” Its taken me a few days to cobble my thoughts together, but this morning I wanted to share a short synopsis.  Tuesday night I truly observed some amazing things and with the passage of Prop 8 in […]

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Meeting Our New President

As I mentioned in my post yesterday evening, I plan watching tonight’s election returns web 2.0 style. To be completely honest, I’m so giddy with excitement that I have already started!  While I’m checking out the television, TwitterSearch, Facebook, and YouTube along with the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle I plan on […]

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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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