Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Zunal WebQuest Maker

Zunal WebQuest Maker - FREE : http://zunal.com/
This program allows you to create your own WebQuest very easily.

A Silicon Valley School That Doesn't Compute:

A Silicon Valley School That Doesn’t Compute: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/technology/at-waldorf-school-in-silicon-valley-technology-can-wait.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=general

What do you think?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How to download YouTube videos

This website (http://www.zamzar.com/url/) will allow you to download YouTube video files, so that you can play them on your laptop/computer without having an Internet connection.

Step 1: Type the web address of the YouTube video.
e.g.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doki1tOgbiE

Step 2: Choose "mpg."

Step 3: Type your email address

Step 4: Click on the "Convert" button.

Step 5: Check your inbox for an email message from Zamzar, so that you can download your movie file from your attachments. It may take some time, so be patient.

(Note: If you insert this video clip into your PowerPoint, please make sure to include the source) 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Voki for Education

Voki (the free Web-based tool that allows you to create speaking avatars for blogs and other websites) recently launched its site for education: http://www.voki.com/Voki_for_education.php

Search Voki lesson plans: http://www.voki.com/lesson_plans.php

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Program: LiveBinders

LiveBinders allows you to organize web-based resources very easily:http://livebinders.com:

Saturday, September 24, 2011

TPACK: Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge

The framework needed for teachers in order to effectively incorporate technology in teaching and learning settings:

(Graphic from http://tpack.org)

"Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) attempts to identify the nature of knowledge required by teachers for technology integration in their teaching, while addressing the complex, multifaceted and situated nature of teacher knowledge. At the heart of the TPACK framework, is the complex interplay of three primary forms of knowledge: Content (CK), Pedagogy (PK), and Technology (TK). See Figure above. As must be clear, the TPACK framework builds on Shulman’s idea of Pedagogical Content Knowledge." (Koehler, 2011).

  • Please click here to learn more about TPACK

Article: Using YouTube videos?

Video-sharing websites: Tools for developing pattern languages in children. Young Children, 65(5), 20-25.

An article I co-authored with a colleague (Dr. Holly Seplocha): This article describes ways to use web-based video clips (such as YouTube) to enhance children's pattern knowledge development.

Link: http://www.naeyc.org/files/yc/file/201009/AnOnline0910.pdf

Any comments are welcome.

The 2nd WPU Educational Technology Conference

With the overarching theme of "effectively incorporating technology into K-12 subject matter," the 2011 WPU Educational Technology Conference will be held on December 9, 2011, on the Valley Road Campus of William Paterson University of New Jersey.

New program: ZooBurst

I recently found a new amazing program called "ZooBurst": http://www.zooburst.com

Here are the examples that my 5 year old son created.
- http://www.zooburst.com/book/zb0_4db21ca382dfe
- http://www.zooburst.com/zb_books-viewer.php?book=zb0_4db22a55374c6

Try it out in your class and leave your reflections, thoughts, and opinions here.

Educational Technology Standards in the US

* A position statement of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): Technology and Young Children (Ages 3 through 8): http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/PSTECH98.PDF

** New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Technology: https://www13.state.nj.us/NJCCCS/ContentAreaTableView_Technology.aspx

** The National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S): http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-students/nets-student-standards-2007.aspx

** The National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T):: http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-teachers/nets-for-teachers-2008.aspx