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Welcome to EdTechKnowledgeGEE April 27, 2010

Posted by timsparacino in Uncategorized.
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Welcome to the new blog, EdTechKnowledgeGEE.

I plan to use this site to provide my thoughts on some of the top educational technology tools available to educators.  I will explore both popular and emerging resources.

Your comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.


Note to wordpress followers…I’ve really been impressed with Posterous lately and have been pushing it with my teachers.  I’m exploring one feature that will let me post automatically from Posterous to WordPress.

I plan to run both blogs together for a while before deciding whether I want to merge to one spot or continue this system.

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Technology Integration Learning Sessions April 19, 2010

Posted by timsparacino in Administration/Leadership, Technology Integration.
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One of the most powerful and enjoyable things that we do within our department is host regular “learning sessions.”

We block off time each Thursday afternoon to meet face-to-face to discuss and prepare for upcoming events, training sessions, etc.

A recurring, regular agenda item for these weekly department meetings is a learning session.

Any member of our group can request a session on a topic that they would like to know more about and another member with knowledge of that topic will host the session.

Due to mandated testing last week, we had significantly more time together in the office.  That allowed us to have several learning sessions throughout the week.  Some of our topics were:

Google Apps
Microsoft Tips and Tricks (Word, PowerPoint, OneNote)

In addition to being an integral component of my personal learning network, these sessions have allowed me to see just how talented our Instructional Technology team is.  I feel very fortunate to work with a group of individuals that are dedicated to continually honing their craft and are so willing to share their expertise.

I would strongly encourage any team out there to incorporate some type of learning session into the way that you regularly do business.

TeachersFirst April 9, 2010

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With all the great new technology tools that are available (and more coming daily), it’s easy for some quality resources that have been around a while to fly under the radar.

Today, I used a great resource that I’ve known about for a while but do not use frequently…TeachersFirst.

According to their website:

TeachersFirst is a rich collection of lessons, units, and web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering just what they need in a practical, user-friendly, and ad-free format. We offer our own professional and classroom-ready content along with thousands of reviewed web resources, including practical ideas for classroom use andsafe classroom use of Web 2.0. Busy teachers, parents, and students can find resources using our subject/grade level searchkeyword search, or extensive menus.

Check it out today.

Sharing Links April 7, 2010

Posted by timsparacino in Sharing Links.
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Over the course of this school year, I have been investigating the best ways for educators to share links with peers, students, and/or parents.

I use the Sharing Links page of my Top Tech Tools wiki during training sessions where I talk about why teachers might want to shorten links before sharing, how to shorten links, how multiple links can be merged into one shareable address, etc.

Today I found what might be my favorite link sharing tool so far, Linkli.st.

The two things that I like most about Linkli.st, is that you have the ability to edit your list after you  create it and each list generates an embed code so that you can actually embed the list in your web page.

Check out Linkli.st and all the other tools that I have highlighted on my Sharing Links page.