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Twitter Me This, Edmodo Me That May 29, 2009

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You would have to be living in a cave to have not noticed all of the publicity that Twitter has been getting lately.  I won’t use this space to further promote their cause other than to say that I use Twitter as one component of my professional learning network.

I subscribe to others that “tweet” about educational technology and regularly discover resources there that I might have otherwise missed.

For that purpose, Twitter works very well for me.  However, is Twitter the best microblogging tool for classroom use?  Maybe, maybe not.

To answer that question, this blast-from-the-past post takes us back to the resources that I accumulated during the week of September 29-October 4, 2008 that included a link to Edmodo.

Christopher Dawson’s blog post states that, If a teahcer had designed Twitter, it would look like Edmodo.

Christopher outlines the advantages that he perceives Edmodo has over Twitter including:

  • The ability to create groups
  • Assignments with the ability to attach files
  • Students can complete the assignments simply by replying or uploading their own file
  • Teachers can provide immediate feedback and/or scoring
  • Built-in calendar where students can view assignments that are due and/or those that have been graded

In another post, Christopher outlines other uses for Edmodo including using it as a communication tool for school clubs/teams, professional development, project management, and parental involvement activities.

If you’re a teacher looking for a way to help facilitate communication in your class, or an administrator looking to improve communication with your faculty, parents, and community, check out the other Edmodo resources and links that I have collected on Diigo or Delicious.

I also have several links dealing with microblogging (Diigo link, Delicious link) in general.  Happy hunting!


One Thing You Should Know About May 20, 2009

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It’s time for my next blast from the past installment which takes us back to September 21-28, 2008.  One particular site that stood out among the resources from that week was 7 things you should know about.

This series from EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides information on emerging technologies and related implementation strategies.

Each “7 things you should know” article focuses on a single technology and details:

  • What it is
  • How it works
  • Where it is going
  • Why it matters to teaching and learning

This series could easily be used to enhance professional development training sessions or serve as a springboard for administrative discussions about how these emerging technologies could impact your district.

So the next time you need information about an emerging technology, check out the short, clear, and easy to follow articles from “7 things you should know about.”

Administration Resources May 13, 2009

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This post goes out to the wonderful group of people that I had the privilege of facilitating some technology training for yesterday at the Western Arkansas Education Cooperative.

As you practice the skills that were covered yesterday pertaining to RSS and Google Reader, visit and subscribe to this page containing all the resources that I collect and tag as “administration.”

You’ll find articles there dealing with student discipline, curriculum issues, technology leadership, etc.

Most recently, you’ll find information debating the importance of homework and the move to make electronic textbooks available to students.

P.S. Don’t forget to access and bookmark the wiki that contains all of the resources that we dealt with yesterday and add your own ideas on the Future Topics page.

Subscribe via Email May 5, 2009

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I frequently talk to colleagues about how to use RSS feeds to stay current on the topics that interest them.  Rather than going to your favorite websites or blogs to see if there have been any changes since your last visit, RSS enables you to be automatically updated to any content changes on the sites of your choosing.

Unfortunately, to many people, using RSS technology seems complicated.  Therefore, I believe that RSS is one of the most under utilized productivity tools available today.

That being said, I wanted to make it easy for anyone to subscribe to this blog whether they understand RSS feeds or not.

So, today I learned to add a “subscribe via e-mal” link to this blog.  You can find the link on the right hand side of this page, just below “Recent Posts.”

Simply clicking on this link and providing your e-mail address will allow you to receive a message each time I update this blog.  No knowledge of RSS required!

If you’d like to know how to do the same thing for your blog or website, check out How Can I Offer E-mail Updates?

You’ll be given a step-by-step guide on how to use FeedBurner to set up an e-mail subscription for your site.

Embeding a PowerPoint Presentation with SlideShare May 1, 2009

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Going back to the week of September 14-20, 2008 for this blast-from-the-past post led me to the HIT- Hokanson’s Instructional Technology blog entry entitled How to Embed a PowerPoint in a WordPress Post.

This article was short and sweet- sign in to SlideShare, upload your presentation, copy the embed code, and paste it into your post.

After following those simple directions, I was still having difficulty getting presentations to appear in this post until I visited this WordPress support page that outlined the exact procedure for me.

Now that I’ve figured it out, I decided to share this presentation on my vision for technology integration in our district.

Note: If you are viewing this on the mobile version of my blog at http://timsblog.mofuse.mobi/iphone, the presentation is not appearing on the screen.

SlideShare is a great tool that will help you embed basic PowerPoint presentations into websites and blog posts.  Check it out.