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Common Sense Media and Digital Literacy

Common Sense Media,, rates, educates, and advocates for kids, families, and schools. One of the features of Common Sense Media is the digital literacy program.  The program includes curriculum content, lesson plans and activities for educators.  Educators must register in order to access the curriculum materials.  Registration is free and the curriculum is definitely worth using.  You can view the information here.

Posted in education, technology

Another Cool Tool!

When I visited Cool Tools for Schools, I thought it was the place for learning about Web 2.0 tools. Thanks to Diigo, I have learned about another site that has information about Web 2.0 tools. This wiki, titled WebTools4U2Use, is designed by a school librarian for school librarians. However, educators from all disciplines can use this site. This wiki is very interactive: you can click on a tool, listen to music, and leave a note! In addition, this particular wiki features a page titled Finding the Right Tool. This page helps educators find the right tool according to the task, learning and cognitive style. This wiki is pretty cool!

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Cool Tools for Educators

I added a new link to my sidebar. Cool Tools for Schools has links to many web-based applications that educators can use to enhance and improve student learning. The tools are categorized by type, such as presentation, organization, video, research and more. Click on a category and you will see a list of the different tools, a brief description of each tool, and a link for a demonstration. I’d say that is pretty cool! Check it out!

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From Hopeful to Actual

The last post I wrote was in January, 2008, although the post date says May, 2007. At the end of the post I wrote that I remain hopeful. Well I’m leaving the hopeful stage and will actually begin to post as regularly as possible. My goal in January was to post at least once a week. Obviously, that didn’t happen. But I shall post regularly.
I had the wonderful opportunity to attend our state technology association (MACUL) conference in Grand Rapids. Many of the sessions I attended focused on Web 2.0 tools (like blogging, podcasting, etc) or free websites for teachers or students. All the sessions really provided some great information that I can use when I return to work. However, I was particularly impressed with Andy Losik’s presentation. I thank Andy for showing me how to use my blog more effectively. In his presentation, he uses his blog for students to use, as well as presenting information to staff and parents. His blog caters to the early elementary group, which was of particular interest to me. I work in an elementary school, Prek-5.
Talk about a “duh/aha” moment! He had all these wonderful sites that his students can access directly. Assignments/tasks were posted that students can access. Other technology tools that Andy uses frequently are centrally located on his blog. What an excellent idea!
Yes, I’m inspired to copy/imitate his idea. I hope he doesn’t mind. I can create pages for students, staff, and of course, just for me! I love this and I believe I can actually do this. Yes, I am beyond hopeful and moving to the actual.
To copy a popular tv slogan, “watch what happens” with this blog!