Friday, September 19, 2014

I don't know HOW you do it! (reblogged from a few years ago)

There are tools I use in order to get my jobs done. I wear several hats and drink plenty of Starbucks. But seriously, the tools I could not live without include:

  1. An RSS Reader
  2. Meebo/Skype
  3. Google Calendar/Toodledo
  4. Twitter
  5. Evernote
  6. Instapaper
  7. Diigo/Delicious
I'm sure there are more which I have not mentioned. These must be the main things since they sprang straight to mind. How any educator can get the job done without these tools is totally beyond me. I use them daily. Let me tell you how I use these tools (although I am sure there are more ways to use them.)
  1. An RSS Reader - I use Google Reader to read f0r professional development and to grade student work. For instance, I simply subscribe to student blogs, and their posts are delivered to my one page instead of me checking many pages.
  2. Meebo/Skype - I am accessible 24/7 to students via chat services like GoogleTalk, Messenger, Yahoo, AIM, & Skype chat. I get a lot of work done by conversing with other educators in group Skype chats & sometimes GoogleTalk.
  3. Google Calendar/Toodledo - I like to plan. Spontaneity drives me to the edge. With Google Calendar I can subscribe to other calendars like ETT, or The Fire Escape, Classroom2.0LIVE, & Worldbridges. I can choose to have my cell phone alert me 10 minutes before a scheduled event. With Toodledo, I can write down all those To-Do items that keep me awake at night and schedule them. I can add items from my browser too.
  4. Twitter - my Personal Learning Network lives on Twitter. Well, they really live all over the world in their homes, but they are on Twitter. If I need a quick reference or someone else needs a quick answer, Twitter is the place to be. When you are looking for project participants or announcing an event, Twitter is your source. The more people you follow, or follow you, the more effective this network becomes.
  5. Evernote - my quick bookmark. I have integrated Evernote with my browser. So when I find those merino wool socks I like I can note it with Evernote in my Shopping folder. Then when I have the inclination, I can find those socks and buy them easily. I use evernote for those bookmarks I don't want to share with everyone, like merino socks (which I love!).
  6. Instapaper - when I don't have time to read, listen, or watch something but I want to return to it without subscribing to the whole page content, I use Instapaper. This gives me a newspaper of my own making. I usually get to this on Sundays with my coffee ... reading the Sunday paper just like Dad .....
  7. Diigo/Delicious - I use these services to bookmark sources I don't mind sharing. I might bookmark things to use with 3rd grade podcasters, or 2nd grade scientists, or even someone else like EdTechWeekly. I have set up a Diigo for Study Skills for their biome projects, so I won't get the "We can't find any information on that biome". I welcome anyone to tag resources for the Study Skills biome project by tagging one resource to http://groups.diigo.com/group/study-skills
So if you have a group, a website, or group events, make sure your webpages have an RSS feed, a Google Calendar for events, and a twitter account people can follow. This is effective public relations - let the tools do the work for you. [Note Daniel Rezac on Twitter says we won't need to worry about RSS feeds soon =>BRAVO! I was able to get this to work on FF on my 'puters but not on the IE used at school, so it doesn't help students yet.]

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bookmarks of Note September 14, 2014

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Frank Sinatra Tribute


Elite Concerts Under The Stars

Frank Sinatra Tribute
8-10pm
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Franks%20Place%207/133/50/26 
The legendary music of Frank Sinatra, The Chairman of the Board, comes to Elite for a special Mini Concerts under the Stars edition with the Spectacular Sinatra Dancers. A two hour show of hand selected Sinatra jazz and big band tunes, filled with fun, excitement and only Under the Stars at Elite!
Semi Formal

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gaming in Education Conference 2014

Join the inaugural Gaming in Ed conference. This is a free event bringing together

educators, researchers, game developers and innovators from around the world, being held Monday September 15th - Friday September 19th. Whether you're passionate about game-based learning or just getting your toes wet, Gaming in Ed celebrates the value that games offer in educational settings: a safe environment for taking on new roles, opportunities for creative problem solving and experimenting, and learning from failure. When done well, games can foster collaboration, strengthen critical and systems thinking, pose adaptive challenges, and spark inquiry. With guidance from educators, students aren't just players, but critical evaluators of games and game designers themselves. This conference will offer a variety of perspectives, from educators and game developers to researchers and administrators. Our goal is to have you walk away with practical information and inspiration for furthering game-based learning in class and beyond. Learn more at www.gamingined.com or follow the hashtag #gamingined14 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Building Social Presence



Dr. MaryFriend Shepard has co-authored a book chapter with Walden graduate Sarah Mitchell!  In Student-Teacher Interaction in Online Learning Environments by Robert Wright, Sarah and MaryFriend co-wrote Chapter 7 on building social presence.  Dr. Shepard is my good friend and committee chair. I noted on the IGI site that one can purchase individual chapters..........hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Wright, R. D. (2015). Student-Teacher Interaction in Online Learning Environments (pp. 1-378). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-6461-6

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Bookmarks of Note (weekly)


Posted from Diigo. The rest of BackPorch Bookmarks group favorite links are here.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Bookmarks of Note September 6, 2014



Quotes:
5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students | Edutopia - Linkis.com
5 simple questions #teachers can ask #students to improve #classroom communication http://t.co/8lR96ghm2U via @edutopia - Angela Maiers (@AngelaMaiers) September 4, 2014

    Virtual Butler Membership - TechButler
      • Virtual Butler Membership
      Home MyAmbrogio
        • Your virtual butler
        Recipes for Back to School - IFTTT
        Recipes for Back to School - a collection for note takers, laptop shoppers, & students http://t.co/MJvtZp9UT0 pic.twitter.com/mmUxAYdq5R - IFTTT (@IFTTT) September 4, 2014

          Maggie Bolado on Twitter: Thank you @ResacaGators parents for making tonight so wonderful..honored 2 interact w/ your kids every day! #gogators http://t.co/Pf7CdhJ0gz
          Thank you @ResacaGators parents for making tonight so wonderful..honored 2 interact w/ your kids every day! #gogators pic.twitter.com/Pf7CdhJ0gz - Maggie Bolado (@mrsbolado) September 5, 2014

            Maggie Bolado on Twitter: Thank you @ResacaGators parents for making tonight so wonderful..honored 2 interact w/ your kids every day! #gogators http://t.co/Pf7CdhJ0gz
            Underrated: The Value Of Time And Teacher Growth | CTQ
            Underrated: The Value Of Time And Teacher Growth http://t.co/faiKuPb6MP - Eric Sheninger (@E_Sheninger) September 5, 2014

              Connections
              If ANY #GeniusHour teacher wants to connect w/ my students, they would love to give you plenty of feedback. What works/ doesn't for them. - Don Wettrick (@DonWettrick) September 5, 2014

                Rachael Lehr on Twitter: 5 research-based tips for providing meaningful student feedback @edutopia #edchat #effectiveteaching http://t.co/nPpjKQQJJl
                5 research-based tips for providing meaningful student feedback @edutopia #edchat #effectiveteaching pic.twitter.com/nPpjKQQJJl - Rachael Lehr (@rachaellehr) September 2, 2014

                  Setting Up Your Classroom to Maximize Collaborative Learning
                  Trying collaborative learning this year? Here's how to set up your classroom! http://t.co/Bk8doisS28 @melaniekahl @suzieboss #edchat #edu - Rae Pica (@BodyMindChild) September 5, 2014

                    5 things you should know about email unsubscribe links before you click | Naked Security
                    5 things you should know about #email #unsubscribe links before you click http://t.co/7QuYyNTyXY - Laura Pasquini (@laurapasquini) September 5, 2014

                      Walden University on Twitter: #BacktoSchool Tip: Don't let the demands of everyday life get in the way of your coursework. Participate & engage! http://t.co/beirZr312x
                      #BacktoSchool Tip: Don't let the demands of everyday life get in the way of your coursework. Participate & engage! pic.twitter.com/beirZr312x - Walden University (@WaldenU) September 5, 2014

                        Weird Things to Know on Twitter: http://t.co/g1Dhn1wu2C
                        pic.twitter.com/g1Dhn1wu2C - Weird Things to Know (@Know) August 26, 2014

                          @_nathanbarbar on ECM
                          "@BAMRadioNetwork: @coolcatteacher @_nathanbarber Very cool Vicky! Love that 13 year old would relate to this..." Agreed. Made my night! - Nathan Barber (@_nathanbarber) September 4, 2014

                            The 'New' Beginner's Guide to Android | Treehouse Blog
                            The 'New' Beginner's Guide to Android http://t.co/fAMpFv6qv9 v/ @Durff - Hubert_edu (@Hubert_edu) September 4, 2014

                              Blogger in the Classroom
                                Vicki Davis on Twitter: The Complete Guide to Twitter Cards: How to Choose, Set Up, Measure, And More http://t.co/w5MjuNCaPY http://t.co/NPmRi0HR4a
                                The Complete Guide to Twitter Cards: How to Choose, Set Up, Measure, And More http://t.co/w5MjuNCaPY http://t.co/NPmRi0HR4a http://t.co/NPmRi0HR4a The Complete Guide to Twitter Cards: How to Choose, Set Up, Measure, And More ...

                                  5 STEM Resources for Teachers
                                  5 STEM Resources for Teachers http://t.co/nn4ab0tD2w - Mentoring Minds (@mentoringminds) September 2, 2014



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