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Technology in the Classroom

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Learning to Outline with Inspiration

April 27th, 2010

It seems as though students never really get the hang of outlining.  I’ve known teachers who have had students outline the chapters of their history books.  We have students write outlines for term papers and research reports.  They go through the motions, …

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Track a Pelagic Predator, From the Privacy of Your Own Home

April 19th, 2010

Today, I was sitting across from a colleague I have known for many years, as we co-taught her students in my computer lab.  Next week is Ocean Week at our school, and she teaches fifth grade, the subject matter I spent five …

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Better Late Than Never Spring Break Edition

April 9th, 2010

I have been a bad, bad blogger, and I know it.  I missed this week’s blog.  I have some excuses, none of which are really good enough, but wait until you hear how I have been spending my Spring/Easter Break.  First, you …

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Because You Can Never Have TOO MUCH Technology

March 30th, 2010

This week at my school, we’re going to finally open the time capsule it took us the better part of a month to actually locate and dig up. It was buried on campus twenty years ago by a class of seventh graders …

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Pictures Don’t Lie . . . Do They?

March 23rd, 2010

Last week, I shared about my experience with MixBook, and a few weeks before that I realized that I have five different cameras on me pretty much all the time.  Last night, I was messing about online – as I do – …

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MixBook: If a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, What is a Picture Book Worth?

March 16th, 2010

Every year in early March, my eighth graders return from their Washington DC trip with hundreds of photos and a mission: the annual DC Trip Portfolio.  They’ve visited Gettysburg, Philadelphia, and New York City as well as our nation’s capital, and they …

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Pardon Me While My Head Explodes

March 9th, 2010

I’ll try not to get any brain on you. I just attended the annual CUE (Computer Using Educators) Conference in Palm Springs for the first time in my life.  Now, I’m no stranger to conferences, but this one was definitely one of …

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Irregular Learning for Spectacular Results

March 2nd, 2010

My fourth graders have been working on a really cool project lately.  And I don’t just say it’s really cool because I came up with the idea.  At the beginning of last school year, the fourth grade teachers and I discussed the …

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Say Cheese!

February 23rd, 2010

I don’t know what made me think about it today, but as I was heading out to my car with my son after school, I realized in a sudden flash of . . . I don’t know? realization? . . . that …

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Twitter to the Rescue Once Again

February 16th, 2010

The other day, I decided to look into how I could get my son an opportunity to look through a telescope.  He’s been really into space and planets lately, and he knows that Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton (overlooking our city) has …

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Giving Up Some Of My Own Time Has Its Payoffs

February 10th, 2010

This past weekend, I had to work.  Well, no, I chose to work.  In fact, I had three days in a row in which I gave away some of my time; and the payoff I got out of it was much more …

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Using Technology To Encourage an Open-Minded Palate

February 2nd, 2010

I love food. I love trying new things, and I enjoy sampling cuisines other than the standard fare most of us eat on a regular basis. One look at me, and you won’t be surprised. I. LOVE. FOOD. Really. So, as I …

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Building Your PLN Based On Your Own Special Interests

January 26th, 2010

Today during my lunch break, I needed to stop by the bank.  As I drove the mile and a half along Piedmont Road in northeast San Jose into Milpitas, I passed a flock of wild turkeys (also known as a rafter or …

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A Hobby That Can Become So Much More

January 20th, 2010

My blog is a little late this week because I spent most of the holiday weekend deeply entrenched in the past. After my son’s treasure hunt birthday party on Saturday, I engaged in a different kind of treasure hunting for the remainder …

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Update on the Virtual Missions

January 12th, 2010

A couple of months ago, I shared how a young fourth grade teacher at my school got hooked on the idea of doing the annual California missions project using Google SketchUp instead of the traditional plaster-and-red-painted-lasagna-noodles method. She frequently has her students …

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You’re Getting E-mails About WHAT?!?!

January 5th, 2010

Just the other day, while we were still on Christmas Break, I got a couple of forwarded e-mails from one of my upper elementary teacher colleagues.  Two students in her class got e-mail messages – which were blocked by Gaggle’s filters from …

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Technology Fun: Home for the Holidays Edition

December 29th, 2009

So, I don’t know if I have ever shared this in the blog, but when I finish my Masters degree, I plan on rewarding myself with a Wii. We don’t have any video game systems, and for the most part, I am …

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Death by Technology Entitlement?

December 22nd, 2009

My son will be six next month. As we wind down our Christmas preparations and figure out how to explain the Santa thing (with our being on the opposite coast on Christmas Day), I keep reminding myself not to overdo it. Yes, …

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Cognitive Load — It’s Not Just For Kids

December 15th, 2009

Since I am overwhelmed and drawing a bit of a blank today, I thought I would think (and also write) about the theory behind my full head. One of the textbooks for a grad school class I am just finishing is called …

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What Good is a Workshop If I Don’t Get to Do Any Work?

December 8th, 2009

I just got home from a trip to San Diego (I live in San Jose) where I attended and presented at a technology conference for K-12 teachers. As a teacher for more than fifteen years, I have experienced MANY teacher trainings and …

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