Web 2.0 Tools

10 Tools to Get Started with Blended Learning

I’m often asked by teachers how to get started doing Blended Learning. My answer is always “why do you want to try Blended Learning?” Rather than trying to be cheeky or coy about my practice, I’m trying to begin a conversation about the value of moving learning online. If you […]




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Walled in on the web? Limits of the LMS.

I’ve been thinking for some time about the pedagogical implications of teaching within a Learning Management System. Mostly I’ve been thinking about how limiting the walls of LMS are, and how they keep learners apart. Though we in the K-12 sector often talk about online learning’s promise as allowing us […]




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How to Make a Class Backchannel

Yesterday I posted a “Twitter Matrix” for education, which generated a fair amount of buzz in the micro-blogging world. A few people sent me messages asking if I could explain how I make my class backchannel, so here goes. First of all, I think of the backchannel as the conversation […]




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Twitter for Education

UPDATE: See also my post “How to Make a Class Backchannel” I know many teachers and are¬†exploring using Twitter as a learning tool, both for themselves and for their students. Administrators are¬†imagining ways it could be helpful for staff development and for communicating with stake-holders. Here’s a visual to help […]




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ITSC ’11 Day Two Wrap

Day Two proved to be just as rewarding as the first day of ITSC. After the bar had been set high by Jeff Utecht in the morning workshop, Scott McDonald and Scott Elias had work to do to impress, post-lunch. McDonald’s session was called “Making Meaningful Movies”, and focused on […]




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