Thursday, March 26, 2009

Today's Interesting Links

Links for 2009-03-25 []

  • Please Share Your Contact Details If You’re Interested In Connecting With Other Classrooms | The Edublogger
    So how do you find classrooms to communicate with in other countries? Hadn't thought of that when I wrote the Quick Start Tips For New Skype Users post but fortunately Mike and David Ashby did.
  • Using skype in the classroom « On an e-journey with generation Y
    My students argue that videoconferencing with another class in, another country, is the best and most powerful experience for them. They beg for more and more. It is now 12 months since our first experiments with skyping students in Korea.
  • Free webpage authoring options | ISTE’s NECC09 Blog
    Webpage authoring software programs have come a long way since the mid-1990s when the World-Wide Web was starting to take off, just as web standards have evolved by leaps and bounds. While more advanced (and expensive) WYSIWYG ("What You See Is What You Get") webpage authoring programs are available, several free and cross-platform programs remain available which can be utilized in school courses for students studying the basics of webpage design.
  • Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook: Reinventing Professional Development in Tough Times
    Instead of hiring presenters to come to their schools, they downloaded free archived video presentations from the Web site of the K-12 Online Conference, an annual grassroots gathering of instructional technology aficionados. Then they featured the videos as part of a special series of staff development sessions for teachers on technology topics. Members of the district's tech team and Web-savvy teacher leaders facilitated the sessions, leading discussions on the presentations and addressing teachers' practical concerns. In some cases, they even conducted live follow-up interviews with the original presenters via Skype, the free Internet phone service.
  • TakingITGlobal - For Educators / TIGed
    TIGed provides rich, interactive learning experiences designed to improve students' global citizenship, critical thinking, and leadership skills, bringing the world to students and preparing students for the world!
  • open thinking » What is a PLN? Or, PLE vs. PLN?
    I thought it was appropriate to ask the question to my PLN (or what I perceive as my PLN) via Twitter. I asked if anyone had a definition for a PLN, or if they knew the difference between a personal learning network and personal learning environment (PLE). I received varied responses, and the majority of these are pasted below.
  • Home | Sprout Builder - Create living content.
    Sprout is the quick and easy way for anyone to build, publish, and manage widgets, mini-sites, mashups, banners and more. Any size, any number of pages. Include video, audio, images and newsfeeds and choose from dozens of pre-built components and web services.

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