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February 2010 Blog Posts (12)

Singing for Literacy

I know many of you cannot access YOUTUBE from school, but I am sending this regardless.

A colleague of mine from Orange County Public Schools (Orlando FL-where I used to work) has sent me the link to a video produced by one of their middle schools.

For all of us who value literacy, books and reading, this one's for you:…


Added by Frank W. Baker on February 25, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

ALERT - Webcast TODAY - Geena Davis Speaks @ UN on Gender & Media

Geena Davis is…


Added by David Kleeman on February 22, 2010 at 11:53am — No Comments

A Simple Comic I made for teaching

I made this simple comic for the purposes of teaching using Comic Life and the images I had handy, which happened to be in this case of my cat. This was in response to reading Maus.

Added by Liz Rohan on February 19, 2010 at 12:27pm — 1 Comment

Mobile phones and games in South Africa

This turns out to be a completely coincidental follow-on to Patrick's blog post from yesterday, but there is a very nice video piece on the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Spotlight Blog about the work I and my colleagues have been doing in South Africa with mobile phones and games:…


Added by Jeff Kupperman on February 17, 2010 at 10:07am — No Comments

Mobile Phones, They Just Won't Go Away

For the last few days, I have been party to three separate conversations about mobile phones and schools, and in the conversations, the only common denominators have been the shoulder shrugs that each conversation has ended in.
The use, or in some cases the possession of, a cellular phone in a classroom is often times a material disruption to the learning process. Let's face that right off the bat. Yes, we can do some truly amazing things with any…

Added by Patrick Higgins on February 16, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

SpellingCity Premium Membership Now Elgible for Adopt-a-Classroom funds!

SpellingCity Premium Membership has been approved for funding by…


Added by johnegood on February 13, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Custom Sentences on SpellingCity - very cool!

You can now add your own sentences on SpellingCity!

I predict this will be one of the most popular features we've introduced! To try it out, login and either edit or create a new list. There are details below of this exciting new capability.

Adding Your Own Sentences - Details

Why would a teacher or parent want to write their own sentence?… Continue

Added by johnegood on February 9, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments

Best of MC Pop

Hello MC Poppers! By far the best idea I have taken from MCPOP is the connection I have made with Jeff Stanzler with University of Michigan Interactive Communications & Simulations (ICS). I first heard about it in one of Ryan's 'week in review' posts that linked me here to a nice description of what was happening with… Continue

Added by Jeff Osborn on February 8, 2010 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

SpellingCity Teacher Training is Now Available. Free!

Teacher & Parent-Educator Training

Many teachers and parents learn to use SpellingCity just by using it, others prefer to start with some training. For those that prefer some training, these videos provide a solid base. Each video takes less than three minutes to view. At SpellingCity, we believe that powerful software should be easy to use.

Watch a Teacher…


Added by johnegood on February 7, 2010 at 12:36pm — 1 Comment

New Post at Graphic Novel Resources - The Sandwalk Adventures - ( aka Eyebrow Mites, Darwin & Natural Selection ;)

Charles Darwin only took one major trip in his life, but boy was it a doozy. His voyage to the Galapagos Islands on the HMS Beagle allowed him to see extraordinary wildlife that changed… Continue

Added by Stergios Botzakis on February 5, 2010 at 5:42pm — 5 Comments

Four stunning animations on emotional and cognitive disorders

I was a juror for the youth and education category of a television festival in Germany last week, and this was our winning production.

"Troubled Lives" from Teachers' TV in the UK uses animation to lend privacy to four young people who tell of their struggles with OCD, eating disorders, Asperger's Syndrome and self-harm. The animation style also lends depth and… Continue

Added by David Kleeman on February 4, 2010 at 12:10pm — No Comments

New global web projects underway

Ten projects from the University of Michigan - Flint Technology in Education Global Program are underway right now, on topics ranging from environment and social action to literature and environmental science. All were developed by educators pursuing master's degrees at UM in the tradition of the Interactive Communications and Simulations Group and in partnership with a range of international organizations.

Pretty exciting stuff,… Continue

Added by Jeff Kupperman on February 3, 2010 at 9:23am — 2 Comments

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