October 31, 2009

Diigo 4.0 new features

diigo education pioneerToday I listened to and watched a Classroom 2.0 recorded elluminate session featuring Maggie Tsai, a developer for Diigo, and teachers. Diigo (an acronym for "Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff"). Started as a social bookmarking system using tags for organization, Diigo added groups so that as you bookmark you can save to a group or classroom. Diigo also has a highlighting feature so that you can highlight and leave sticky notes on readings or assignments. Recently I used the Diigo lists feature during a presentation as you can create lists of bookmarked pages that then show as a web slideshow. There are links from the show here including the Diigo blog.

October 23, 2009

Life Cycles

Students in 2nd grade have been learning about life cycles: insects, apples, sunflowers, humans, and others. After reading and learning about various life cycles in the classroom they used the Clicker CD titled "Life Cycles" and then Clicker Paint to create a life cycle drawing. Their drawing skills were impressive and their work was outstanding.

October 18, 2009

Fall 09 Update of "Did You Know?"

How are we coping with information at this pace?

October 16, 2009

ACTEM Maine Education09

This is the presentation that Bob Sprankle and I did at the ACTEM Maine Education Conference today. Thanks to Bob for collaborating with me and sharing so many of the great ideas he uses at Wells Elementary School.

October 5, 2009

Login, Play & Learn

Fourth graders have been creating Cyberchase accounts at http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/games.html so that they can keep track of their scores and progress with selected Cyberchase math & science games. Students challenge themselves to improve their skills as the play more games. In addition to the challenging games, the process of creating a user name and password is part of our conversation about Internet Safety. Students practice creating a unique user name and private password with a password reminder question that can help them retrieve a forgotten password.