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How Skype can Enhance your Lesson Plans

Skype has to be one of the best free and simple web 2.0 tools available.  Skype makes it easy to collaborate, share files and messages, and work with others from anywhere in the world.  Many schools are using Skype to connect with content experts, leaders, and other classrooms and students.

Skype is software that enables the world’s conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages, and share files with other people. You can use Skype on your computer, mobile phone, or a television with Skype.  Skype has a very easy tutorial for getting started for Windows  and Mac users.  Get started today!

Now, Skype has an resource just for schools called Skype in the Classroom.

Click the photo to access Skype for the Classroom

Skype in the Classroom is a free community that allows teachers to connect across the world to help their students learn. Log in with your Skype account to get connected.

Hear how teachers are connecting with each other, finding partner classes and sharing inspiration using Skype.

Click on the “Projects” tab to find a project that might coincide with your curriculum.

Listen to how teachers are using Skype with their students to collaborate with other schools around the world! Find out more about this global initiative and how you can get involved.



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C4LPT Announces the 2011 Top 100 Tools for Learning

The Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies recently finalized the 5th Annual Survey of Learning Tools. The rankings this year were compiled from feedback from 531 learning professionals worldwide – from education, training and workplace learning.

Each slide contains the following information:

  • Tool Name and Icon
  • Website
  • Short Explanation of Purpose or Use
  • Cost and Availability Information
  • 2011 Ranking as well as Rankings from Previous Years


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Tweet All About It!

Warning:  STOP!  If you are completely in the dark about Twitter, don’t read this post yet.  Go directly to this website and spend a little time first.  Then, return here later.  I promise that you will be happy you did. Link to Tweeternet

Twitter, Facebook, My Space, RSS feeds…how do we keep up with it all?  Well, we have to learn to filter.  Isn’t that what we want students to do anyway?  We want them to take the information given or that they find on a given topic/subject and filter through to find what is useful and meaningful to them.  I like how Twitter can help us with filtering.  If you already tweet, you know that one can only say so much with just 144 characters!  That’s genius!  Talk about teaching students to paraphrase and summarize succinctly!  Plus, when you use Twitter, you choose who you follow.  That’s right, you don’t have to read every tweet out there, just the ones from the users you choose to follow.

Here's just a glimpse of my Twitter feed from today, December 5, 2011.

For example, I follow a lot of educational tweeters such as Education Week, Larry Ferlazzo, Dan Meyer, coolcatteacher, ASCD, usedgov, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Daniel Pink, Robert Marzano, and Frank Baker — just to name a few.  What’s great about checking my tweets is that these folks generally post great web resources or news and information that is helpful to me as a consultant.   Often I learn about resources, ideas, news, and information that I then research and pass on in some form to you folks out there.

So, how do you get started?

I love the “In Plain English” video series on the Common Craft Show.  They are fantastic for explaining new concepts in very simple terms.  Check out this video:  Twitter in Plain English.

What more do you need to know?   In his article, “All A-Twitter about Education,”  Mike Petrilli shares a little about the what and how of Twitter, but he saves the best for last.  At the end of his article, he shares both the top 25 Education Policy/Media Tweeters and the top 25 Educator Tweeters along with their handles so you can follow them right now.    What a great resource for a novice tweeter!  Access the Twitter Help Center here.  The Huffington Post has posted 23 Tips for Twitter.

Want to know more about Twitter and the classroom?  All you have to do is Google, and you will find thousands are articles, testimonials, and ideas out there at your fingertips. Find out how to Twitter-Powered Learning Network. However, if you want to provide a practice and more controlled “Tweeting” experience for your students, think about TodaysMeet.  Today’s Meet, like Twitter, provides participants 144 characters to share their observations, thoughts, links, etc.  Plus, with TodaysMeet, you can keep your conversation inside the classroom.  It is free, easy, and fun for students.

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