Archive for October, 2011

Tool Not Teacher

Part of overcoming the fear of technology is learning how to properly integrate it into your classroom.  Fortunately, during our phone calls with many of our teachers, it sounds like many of you have already learned the most important lesson when it comes to this integration: It is a tool, not the teacher. I recently [...]

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Are You Using Google Docs?

Are you and your students using Google Docs? Should you be? Google Docs was introduced to me during an interview earlier this year with a teacher, Jessica Gehman, who regularly uses technology in her classroom. She described Google Docs to me as “having [Microsoft] Office online.” Here is her explanation in her own words: Like [...]

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Sage on the Stage or Guide on the Side?

If you have a degree in education, then at some point in your career, you probably discussed these two models: “Sage on the Stage” versus “Guide on the Side.” And, at some point, you probably discussed the pros and cons of each as well as what the models look like in the classroom. If you [...]

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Blogs & Facebook

In continuing with our exploration of new technologies to use in the classroom, today we are going to explore Blogs and Facebook.  Both of these are common social media tools that many people use on a daily (or at least weekly) basis. Blogs: What are they?: A blog (shortened form of web log) is similar [...]

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Bring the World to Your Classroom!

Okay, I’ll be honest. The title “Skype and Podcasting” was on a list of blog ideas, and no one was picking it up. So when it ended up in my lap, I really didn’t know what to do with it. As I started digging around and reading about ideas for Skype and podcasts in the [...]

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October Teacher Survey Results

  Hello!  My name is Ken and I am on the development team at Applied Educational Systems.  When Lisa and Sarah say that they need to talk to one of the programmers…they are usually coming to see me! This month we added a survey question for HealthCenter21 and Business&ITCenter21 instructors.  It’s exciting to see how [...]

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Differentiating Instruction in a Blended Learning Classroom

Although computer-based curricula inherently differentiate instruction, you will find that you still have to do some differentiating of your own. Some students will finish their work before others. Some students will come into your class with more computer-savviness than others. Some students will be more confused by the technology while others will be less confused. [...]

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Webinars and Wikis…oh my!

Many of you have heard these words… webinars and wiki’s.  Despite hearing of them, you may not be sure what they are or how they might apply to your classroom.  Today we’ll briefly review each and provide a few ways to use them in your class. Webinars: What are they?: Webinars are a great way [...]

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No More Report Card “Surprise!”

My how times have changed! My poor kids will never be able to bring home a report card “surprise” to their father and I. I’m certain that the ability to share students’ on-going grades and assignment status online has changed the lives of many…instructors, parents, and students! As a parent…I’ve had access to my children’s [...]

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Classroom Management in a Blended Learning Classroom: Wrapping it Up

There are various day-to-day “blips” that might throw off the balance of your classroom. Here are a few to consider. How will you handle them? What will you do if there is a glitch in the software? -          Sometimes the software just does not want to do what it’s supposed to. You can troubleshoot it [...]

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