Saturday, December 31, 2011

Free Live, Online Training Sessions from Teachers First!

Resolve to spend some "me" time in January with OK2Ask™. Three sessions include a new offering on TeachersFirst's free member timesavers, one to start a class wiki, and a look at the Best of the Best. These live, online "snack sessions" are perfect  in your sweats on a cold evening. And they are FREE! See the full OK2Ask schedule. Sign up now:
Great Timesavers: Tools and tips to maximize TeachersFirst's free membership; January 12, 2012; Read the details and register 

The Best of the Best: A tour of 6-10 TeachersFirst Editors' Choice resources with in-depth ideas for how to use them; January 23, 2012; Read the details and register 

Guided Wiki Walk:Step by step to create your own classroom wiki (TWO session workshop with "homework" between); Jan 30 AND Feb 6, 2012; Read the details and register

Monday, December 26, 2011

How to help teachers find online resources for lessons

Great article on how to find specific online resources for use in your lessons in the classroom.

High-school English teacher and technology-integration specialist Nicholas Provenzano offers four suggestions for educators who need online resources to support their lessons. He suggests asking questions that help narrow down the search, sharing the results of a Google search on a particular lesson topic, using social-bookmarking tools to develop collections of resources and consulting other professionals using Twitter. Provenzano's blog (

Thursday, December 15, 2011

You Tube Free Eucational Videos!! Courtesy of E School News

December 14th, 2011
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YouTube launches a section just for schools

Although there are lots of educational videos on YouTube, there are also many videos that aren’t appropriate for students—which is why many schools block access to YouTube from their networks. To solve this problem, YouTube has created a special section for schools, filled with age-appropriate educational content.
YouTube for Schools gives users access to the hundreds of thousands of educational videos on YouTube EDU. This includes short lessons from top teachers around the world, full courses from the world’s best universities, professional development from fellow educators, and inspiring videos from thought leaders.
Educators also can customize the content that is available from the site. Though all schools receive access to all of the content on YouTube EDU, teachers and administrators can log in to and create playlists of videos that will be available at their school.
School teachers and administrators can log in and watch any video, but students cannot log in and can only watch YouTube EDU videos and videos their school has added. All comments and related videos are disabled, and search is limited to YouTube EDU videos.
YouTube also has created a page for teachers,, to help them learn to use the site as a powerful educational tool.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

School districts to weigh in on developing best practices in digital media

Leveraging Technology to Close the Achievement Gap: As America’s K–12 online education leader, K12 partnered with Project Tomorrow to survey over 3,000 education leaders on which technology initiatives have the greatest potential to help schools overcome critical student challenges. Get your free copy of our exclusive white paper.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

How Twitter can be a valuable tool for educators

How Twitter can be a valuable tool for educators
Elementary-school principal Peter DeWitt in a blog post suggests reasons school teachers should use Twitter as a tool for sharing professional information and resources. Despite his initial reluctance to join the site, DeWitt now sees the value of connecting with educators from all over the world. He suggests using the tool can help teachers strengthen their bond with students, who are digital natives. Education Week/Finding Common Ground blog (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitter

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Wikis in the classroom

Many teachers want to use wikis in their classrooms but are not sure how to start.  Here are some great ideas courtesy of Wikispaces.


Looking into project-based learning

With the release of our Projects feature, we're learning a lot about project-based learning. We can't wait to hear your stories about how it works in your classrooms. In the meantime, we've rounded up some of our favorite resources. Take a look.

Training camp

Trying to introduce wikis to a group who have never used them before? We created a 10–20 minute Wikispaces Training Camp for students and web neophytes. Give it a try.

Friday, October 28, 2011

More U.S. schools adopt flipped instructional model

From BLENDED to FLIPPED - what do you think?

A growing number of schools are adopting a flipped instructional model in which class time is used for hands-on instruction and discussion, rather than lectures. Schools use the online tutoring program Khan Academy, in which students watch instructional videos at home. Supporters say the teaching model gives educators more time during class to explore topics in depth, while critics question whether its reliance on online materials puts some schools at a disadvantage. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (9/28)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Developing curriculum units based on video games

  • Essential Questions and Project-Based Learning embedded in computer video games?  See what you think!!
    Teachers should develop video-game-based curriculum units with a driving question that summarizes the game and with a purpose or particular end in mind, writes Andrew Miller, a consultant from the Buck Institute for Education, which focuses on project-based curricula. In such a scenario, game-like quests are individual lessons and activities that help students learn the skills they need to achieve the game's overall goals, he writes. Miller's   blog (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Thursday, October 13, 2011

YouTube pilot program offers access to educational content

Great new learning opportunities offered by You Tube.

A new pilot program by YouTube aims to help schools access educational videos without subjecting students to inappropriate content. Even schools that block the site at the domain level will be able to participate by signing up for the program and will be directed to educational content from such groups as BBC Earth, the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian, but the sites will not offer access to comment fields or videos that are not considered educational. blog (10/10)


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

YouTube goes live with new channel for teachers

  • Here is a  wonderful new resource for teachers.  Courtesy of  ASCD Smart Brief

  • YouTube on Wednesday launched a new channel designed specifically for teachers that provides tips for educators on how to use the tool in the classroom. The channel also offers a new mailing list, the YouTube Teachers Community, to allow educators to share their own tips and ideas. blog (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Monday, September 12, 2011

More schools embrace social media in the classroom, courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief

 While the controversy rages on, one school district decides to use social media for part of their classroom instruction.  The following article, outlines a variety of student and teacher uses.  Take a look and see what might apply to your classrooms. 

More schools embrace social media in the classroom
  • More New Jersey teachers are seeing the academic benefits of social media, using it as part of classroom instruction. The Freehold Regional High School District has its own Twitter account, and several teachers use the tool to post class assignments, communicate with students about their work or encourage more concise writing. "This technology makes it so much easier for teachers to engage students. ... It's taking the school out into the real world," curriculum administrator Jeff Moore said. Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.) (8/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story