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2010’s Top 10 Countdown January 29, 2011

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The following were the most popular EdTech topics that were blogged about in 2010.  Some of these I remember reading about and others were before I took the time to read the EdTech blog, so I was thankful that someone at EdTech took the time to compile this list.

#10:  How to Use QR Codes in Student Projects:  With the technology we have today, we are able to simply scan a barcode and pull up information on a product just by using our cell phones.  I love my barcode scanner on my Droid Pro 2.    So, how about using that in the classroom to provide more information on student projects or newsletters to parents or assignments to help students find the information.  The author of the post uses bit.ly to create the barcodes.  I signed up for an account with bit.ly and created a short link for this Blog.  Very NICE!

My Blog Barcode

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Webinar Opportunity through EdTech UNconference January 13, 2011

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Another Webinar opportunity through EdTech UNconference…and if you you attend, you get something free.  Don’t we all love free stuff?  I do, especially when it is something I might have a use for.

EdTech UNconference

This Webinar is titled “Hidden Webtools for 2011 PLUS What’s New in the EdTech UNconference”.  This event will be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 2:30 – 3:30 PM EST.  To register, go to https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/707437611

The SimpleK12 team is sharing their favorite FREE webtools for 2011 and then highlighting what to expect from their EdTech UNconference this year.

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Teacher Challenge through EduBlog January 13, 2011

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I was checking my Full Sail e-mail tonight (I remember to do this maybe once a month) and saw an e-mail from EduBlogs.  They are hosting a Teacher Challenge.  This challenge will be 30 days of free professional development through and using blogs!  They are using the Student Blogging Challenge as a framework for this Teacher Challenge.  Here is what they have to say about the Teacher Challenge on their blog:  http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org

So the idea of the Teacher Challenge evolved from the concept that:

  1. We could be doing even more to support teachers.
  2. A structure supported program that involved teachers practising their skills would lead to improved outcomes with students.

I have started going through the content and it definitely sounds interesting.  You can sign up or not, or you can be a mentor, or not.  You can just follow along and do whichever challenges you want to do on your own.  This challenge began on Monday, January 10, 2011.  So it seems I am a few days behind already, but I can pick and choose what to do.  So I am going to read through what I have missed and go from there.

We all have such hectic lives, why add more stress.  I like the do as you want at your own pace method.

Five Ways to Get Rid of Bad Teachers January 3, 2011

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SimpleK12 posted this one Twitter.  Read the entire post by visiting Spencer’s Scratch Pad.

Could it be that simple to get rid of bad teachers?  And who is it that is deciding that someone who fits in these categories are the bad teachers?  I know several teachers who could survive these five ways, but are still bad teachers.  Why?  Because they don’t care or they don’t want to be there.

Let’s look at these five ways.

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21 Things That Will Become Obsolete in Education by 2020 January 1, 2011

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21 things that will become obsolete in education by 2020 was posted on Twitter today.  It was originally posted on the Daily Riff on December 19, 2010.

I am going to go through just a few of the ones that I agree with, and hope do become obsolete by 2020, if not sooner.  You can read the entire article for yourself to determine if you agree with any, all, or none of them.

Desks!  Oh, definitely.  I hated sitting at desks when I was in school and I hated having desks in my own classroom when I was teaching in the Brick and Mortar school.  I preferred tables scattered around the room so that students could easily maneuver and work together.  It also made it so much easier for me to get to  a student to help him or her if needed.

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Motorola Droid Pro January 1, 2011

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Yes, I crossed over to the Android OS phones.  On December 12, 2010, I purchased a Motorola Droid Pro.  I spent almost three weeks pondering this decision through research, asking others who had Blackberry phones (which is what I had before – see previous post), and asking those who had Android phones.

I love it.  It synced immediately with my Google account so that my e-mail, contacts, and calendars were accessible on my phone.  As soon as I add or change a contact to GMail, it is immediately available on my phone.  The same with a Calendar event, which comes in handy when there is a change in my children’s sports practices and games.

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