Did you know that Richard Byrne, the writer of free tech for teachers, was the first person sponsored by the ISTE Newbie project. This is such a worthwile project by Beth Still. In Spring 2008 she wanted to see if it was possible for "a regular classroom teacher from Nebraska to leverage the power of Twitter to accomplish a goal." They raised $1500 to send Richard Byrne to NECC.
So many of us in EdTech have benefited from Richard's blog Free Tech 4 Teachers. See what happens when you pay it forward? When you help others?
40 classrooms participated in the monster project this past year! What a great project for younger age students which encourages reading and writing skills while integrating technology in the classroom. Plus it is about monsters! Kids love (or hate them) either way, fun conversations ensue.
Founding in January 2009, this website requires that you be directly involved with students. The challenge is to connect with 80 different classrooms via Skype. Once completed you will be inducted into the hall of fame! Created by Silvia Tolisano.
"“We have an ethics policy about appropriate boundaries and behavior, and certainly ‘friending’ students on a social network is not an appropriate boundary to cross,’’ Schafer said this week. He declined to reveal the nature of the allegedly inappropriate communication between O’Keefe and the students."
Research tags before you use them. This is a perfect example. A youth revival that decided to use the hashtag #LookAtMeNow when tons of people were using it for not so Christian content. You can laugh but people use hashtags all the time. We spent quite a bit of time picking the hashtag for global conversations and popularity has a cost - if a hashtag becomes popular, some spammer will hit it eventually.
he Global Virtual Classroom (GVC) is a collection of free, online educational activities and resources. It aims to complement the efforts of governments and educators around the world to integrate technology into their classrooms and curricula and to link their schools to the Internet in educationally productive ways.
A video that includes information about Hannah, an amazing student in Maine who is empowered with change. She is a product of Maine's 1:1 laptop initiative. Cathy Wolinsky from Maine mentioned Hannah's work in her Flat Classroom Certified teacher closing cermonies.
A global collaboration between several classrooms who use art to communicate. Alaska, China, US. Exciting! Presented by CAthy Wolinsky from Maine in our Flat Classroom Certified teacher closing process.