CNET – Kids Say Email is Dead

When I read this article and the corresponding comments on CNET News I had to laugh. It is just another example of the technology divide that exists between teachers and students. In a large part I have to agree with these kids. Email is slow and in terms of communicating with certain people email has […]

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YouTube-CNN Debates

Sometimes I really wish I didn’t teach science. Whenever election season draws near I start thinking, “Hmm….it would be really cool to teach social studies.” Perhaps it is because I was once a staffer in the California State Assembly or perhaps it is because I can see all of the potential uses of technology as […]

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An Alternative to Profcast?

A brilliant teacher at my site started using Profcast last year to podcast his math lessons. His students and my students (at a completely different school) started watching the podcasts on a daily basis to review concepts they learned in class while doing their homework. I also heard that this summer his podcasts were used […]

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Google Sketch Up

If you are using Google SketchUp in your classroom or just as a hobby, you may want to add the Official Google SketchUp Blog to your aggregator. There is also a link to a helpful online companion to Google SketchUp for Dummies. This webpage has links to great video tutorials. I personally plan on adding […]

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Anatomy of the Heart Website

Click To Play This morning I read about great website for 7th grade science teachers related to the structure and function of the heart on Techlearning.com. The Holomatrix Anatomy of the Heart website is intended for cardiac patients to learn more about the operation of their heart and its components, but it would also serve […]

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Audacity Refresher

Over the summer I have taught a few fellow teachers how to podcast using Audacity. I know a few of you are readers of my blog and this post is for you. If you are anything like me, you probably won’t even touch Audacity again until a week or two before school starts. If you […]

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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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Galaxy Zoo

NASA needs YOU! Okay…not NASA, but Oxford University. The scientists at Galaxy Zoo need you to help them classify galaxies by their shape and movement. Think that is a tough assignment? Well, if you can tell a spiral from a blob and know the difference between clockwise and counterclockwise then you are their perfect candidate. […]

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Pageflakes

This would be an example of when I am probably the last person to find out about something. Yesterday while reading through my daily dose of the Blogosphere I saw a post about Pageflakes. This free online product is a website that collects various RSS feeds to create a unique homepage for individual students. The […]

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Blogging and Learning

Ever thought about blogging with your students, but you have no idea what to do or what you should even blog about? So often we ask our students to write on paper about a topic which does not interest them. Granted many of these topics are standards-related and there is no way to avoid them, […]

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