Category Archive: Web 2.0

QR Codes

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My kids are junkies when it comes to QR Codes. They love spotting them. They are addicted to the thrill of scanning. They like the possibility of where the QR Code might take… Continue reading

Social Networking: Trying Out Pinterest and Twitter

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A couple months ago I started seeing images that had the words “via Pinterest” on my friends’ Facebook news feeds. It took about a week ‘til my curiosity was piqued enough to find… Continue reading

Beyond Classroom Walls

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One of the fantastic sessions I attended at NCTE was called “Beyond Classroom Walls: Honoring Voices of Young Readers.”  It was led by Julie Johnson of Raising Readers and Writers, Katie Keier of… Continue reading

Tech Workshop — Cool Things Before the Presentation

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My friend June Yazel and I are putting together a workshop called: Tackling Technology in a Writer’s World. We are planning two different versions, one for elementary teachers and another for content area… Continue reading

Texting in the Middle of the Night

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I recently accepted “friend requests” from some of my former students who are now in high school.  I’ve found myself playing the role of parent more than once, telling them to go to… Continue reading

Tweeting Responsibly

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Mike Wise thought he had a cool idea. “The Washington Post” sportswriter tweeted a phony scoop this week saying that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, suspended by the NFL over an accusation of… Continue reading

Glogster

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I recently read a post on Raising Reading and Writers that talked about Glogster.  I hadn’t heard of Glogster, which is a tool for creating virtual posters, and therefore checked it out immediately. … Continue reading

Make Writing Workshop Work Better

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I will be consulting with a couple of teachers next month who have questions about how to make Writing Workshop work better for their special needs students.  One teacher has a student with… Continue reading

Digital Storytelling: Technology & Mentors

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The latest copy of NCTE’s School Talk arrived in my mailbox yesterday.  The present issue is entitled “21st Century Literacies: Young Children Reading and Writing in a Digital World.” Ceil Candreva wrote one… Continue reading

Tweets

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I credit Kylene Beers with being the first person to tell me about Twitter in the Summer of 2007 when I was enrolled in a week-long course she was teaching at the TCRWP… Continue reading

A Different Kind of Pen Pal

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I was so honored to chair “Integrating Blogs, Podcasting, and Digital Videos into Fourth and Fifth Grade Language Arts Classes” at NCTE this year.  I learned a tremendous amount about the right way… Continue reading

Creating Comics from a Real Life Experience

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We were fortunate to cross paths into Kevin Hodgson when we were walking through the Convention Center at NCTE this afternoon.  He was leading a Tech on-the-Go Presentation about creating digital comics with… Continue reading

Integrating Blogs, Podcasting, and Digital Videos

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NCTE’s Annual Convention in Philadelphia in next week.  I’m delighted to be chairing a session for some educators from California entitled “Integrating Blogs, Podcasting, and Digital Videos into 4th and 5th Grade Language… Continue reading

Professional Talk: Shared Writing 2.0

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I recently received a review copy of Teaching the New Writing: Technology, Change, and Assessment in the 21st-Century Classroom, which is edited by Anne Herrington, Kevin Hodgson, and Charles Moran.  The text is… Continue reading

Tech Tools You Should Know About Too

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I met with one of my colleagues after school yesterday to talk-tech with her. We did some URL swapping as well. Here are some of the amazing sites she informed me about, which… Continue reading

Online Brainstorming Tool

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The newest Web 2.0 Tool I learned about yesterday at NCTE is called bubbl.us. It’s a brainstorming tool, which I briefly demonstrated, while Ruth taped me using a digital camera, in the video… Continue reading

Netvibes

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Every now and then I try out a new technology and really like it. This morning that new technology is NETVIBES. In an instant it allowed me to create a personalized page with… Continue reading

del.icio.us is now delicious

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Delicious, the social bookmarking website, recently went through a major overhaul, making it even more user-friendly. In case you’re unfamiliar with it, you can learn more by clicking here. I’ve been using Delicious… Continue reading

Discovering New Technology You Can Use in Your Classroom or on Your Blog

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Dabbleboard is like an online white board. If one has an LCD Projector, then I can see this being a quick way to illustrate a concept that you want to preserve (instead of… Continue reading

Tim Russert… White Boards… Respect for Low-Tech Teaching…

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Most Sunday mornings, I can be found watching “Meet the Press.” This Sunday morning I watched “Meet the Press,” but not really, since Russert’s chair was empty. As I’m sure you know by… Continue reading