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Prometheanís free online community (social network) is designed to provide Activclassroom teachers around the world the ability to share new and innovative lessons, access a wide variety of professional development materials, and connect with fellow Activclassroom teachers from around the Planet.
Administrators.Net is a great social network for administrators to connect with colleagues throughout the United States. The resource is in several pick and choose parts. The mail ring posts to your email address if you choose. The discussion board posts messages and responses to topics of interest. You may merely browse or add to the discussion. An administrator's chat board is also available.
Edublogs hosts hundreds of thousands of blogs for teachers, students, researchers, professors, librarians, administrators and anyone and everyone else involved in education. Edublogs are completely free, and come with 20MB of free upload space (easily extended to 5 GB as a Supporter) and a heap of great features.
According to the Standards, teachers must teach and students must learn using relevant technology that students will need to succeed beyond high school. Catilin Tucker, a well known educator and blogger, provides several effective and free technology tools that can be used in the classroom. Great resources to share with your teachers.
A free tutorial designed for you to do on your own or as a part of a group. You will learn the Web 2.0 tools that are bringing our kids in touch with the entire world through social networking, wikis, video, podcasting, and gaming sites. Brought to you by the California School Library Association (CSLA).
This free, self-paced tutorial introduces you to the amazing range of technology that makes it possible for someone with a disability (physical, sensory, or learning) to interact with a computer. As you move through the five modules, you will learn about people who use assistive technologies on a daily basis to be able to blog, communicate, and surf the Web. Along the way you may start thinking about people in your own life that can benefit from assistive tech! A project of the California School Libraries Association.
Are you looking for a way to create collaborative projects teacher to teacher and between student groups? Webex offers a free web-based social network where students from one location can interact with classes or individuals in another location in real time. The interesting feature of the free version of this fee-based site is the ability to share documents and collaborate using the same utility. Imagine students submitting responses to questions to a class in another district or even another state. The two groups can collaborate on one PowerPoint presentation that explains an agreed upon answer. Text chat allows interaction and pointer tools facilitate the process. Imagine a fourth grade class creating a PowerPoint presentation to respond to a state testing released math item and going on line with a high school honors math class to collaborate on the answer. We did it. It was great! A secondary use for this program could be administrators or committee meetings on line to work on documents. A real time saver. At the Webex web site choose "try a free meeting" and proceed as instructed.
This blog post provides you with 10 different examples of how Google Forms can be used in the class for assessment, surveying, evaluations, and reflections. You can view the forms from this teacher or get a copy for you to share with your teachers. These forms seem to be mostly for elementary/middle schools, but you can copy the existing forms and modify to fit your needs. Included are spelling test form, getting to know you form, and reading record form, and learning success form.
Wondering if Web 2.0 tools could be useful to school administrators? Visit this blog written by Susan Brooks-Young. Be sure to check out the many relevant links found in the sidebar.
Read/WriteWeb is written by Richard MacManus. The blog focuses on the convergence of Web 2.0 and New Media. Although it is not an education blog per se, administrators can learn a great deal about these new technologies by subscribing to and reading this blog.