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Free Tech for Teachers: ConceptBoard ⇢

There are many ways for teams of students to collaborate online and here’s another promising one. Conceptboard is a service that provides an online whiteboard space that you can use to share drawings, documents, spreadsheets, and more. 

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A couple of resources for blogging with your students

Most certainly a thing, and most certainly for teachers (among others)

Thanks Tyler Berbert for the submission!

While it was made by a student trying to solve a student problem, I’m beginning to think there has been nothing created since the internet that could help teachers more than Piazzza.

If you know anyone teaching over the summer, consider it an obligation as a citizen to introduce this colleague to it. It’s free. Here’s a pretty good article about it, and here’s something I wrote about it. So yeah. Enjoy!

10 Twitter Tips for Teachers ⇢
A Great Resource for Collaborative Learning ⇢


If you want to learn more about Collaborative Learning, this would be a great place to start. The site’s on the older side, but the content is good. There are even teaching strategies and advice sections.

Purdue University, in Indiana, developed its own backchannel system, Hot Seat, two years ago, at a cost of $84,000. It lets students post comments and questions, which can be read on laptops or smartphones or projected on a large screen. Sugato Chakravarty, who lectures about personal finance, pauses to answer those that have been “voted up” by his audience.

Before Hot Seat, “I could never get people to speak up,” Professor Chakravarty said. “Everybody’s intimidated.”

“It’s clear to me,” he added, “that absent this kind of social media interaction, there are things students think about that normally they’d never say.”

- Students speak up in class, silently, via social media: NY Times

The New York Times

A Day of Living Facebook ⇢

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I begin the experiment with the concept of “I like,” “Let me comment,” and offering a thumbs up when I approved of a person’s statement.  Students recognize the experiment within the first five minutes of class.  A few roll their eyes. Most of them joined in, if for nothing else, a little end of the year novelty.

I begin our Philosophical Friday with, “Are people born creative?”

“I think it’s our limitations that lead to creativity,” a boy responds.  Ten students offer a “thumbs up.”

A girl shakes her head and adds, “Just to comment on what he said.  I disagree.  Little kids have few restrictions and they are really creative.  But school and parents are the ones who force us to not be creative.”  Eight students give a thumbs-up and I can sense that she’s hurt.

Web Doc- Multimedia Conversations Made Easy ⇢

I link to Richard Byrne’s posts a lot, but this one really caught my eye. Web Doc allows users to create mixed media posts (similar to ones we make here on Tumblr!); however, it also lets others reply to posts using mixed media in the comments. This might be an interesting way to have students collaborate and discuss various topics online.

Click through to read Richard Byrne’s description and access a video to see Web Docs in action.

SyncDocs ⇢

So maybe you’ve heard before that Google Docs is super awesome and can make your life easier (if you haven’t: Google Docs is super awesome and can make your life easier). You may be thinking: Sure, Google Docs CAN make my life easier, but right now all of my files are on my PC.

In this post, The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness explains how to use software called SyncDocs, which allows you to easily transfer your files into Google Docs.

Twitter- Expanding the Classroom- Shrinking the World ⇢

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Mr. Campbell saw that we were studying Greece and asked our class to help his class. His senior Western Civilization class had prepared Greek god reports and we were going to be judges. Through the use of Skype we sat in on some of their presentations. During the presentations, our students used the backchannel My 6th graders were excited to see other students’ work, talk with students in another state and oh by the way, learned a little more about Greek gods in the process. One of my students actually got to perform the song she wrote about Athena for her presentation to the class in Pennsylvania.


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