Archive for August, 2008

The K-12 Open Minds Conference

I found out today that I will be attending the K-12 Open Minds conference on open source software in schools. It takes place in Indianapolis from September 25-27. We use WordPress MU and Moodle at work so I am very interested in hearing how schools are using different kinds of open source software. I will let you know more later.



I’ve been working with Weebly – the website host – and it is great. I had heard from several educators that it was easy to use but I didn’t have a reason to try it out. Then I decided to check out Weebly as a possible replacement for the site we are currently using for a statewide association. I created a site, added several tabs, graphics, text and links and so far so good. It is easy to use and you can do a lot with the features. I’m thinking that if we decide to go with Weebly for our new website host then we may go with a PRO account.

PBwiki and classroom accounts

The wonderful PBwiki now has classroom accounts. This is a great thing because a teacher may not have email addresses for students or may not want to use email addresses. Create a wiki and click on Settings. Then click on Users and you will have the option to create classroom accounts. PBwiki will generate a list of user names and passwords that a teacher may give out to a class. Thank you PBwiki for always coming up with good solutions.

Free mini-READ posters from the ALA

You can now create your own mini READ posters on the ALA website. Choose from four different posters and upload a photo. Voila!



21st Century Skills Map Available

The Partnership for 21st Century SKills and the National Council for the Social Studies have partnered to create a map incorporating the skills into the social studies. You can get a free pdf of the map from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills website.

Presentation for ed. spec. students

Last night I gave a presentation on databases and research to a small group of ed. specialist students. I had a great time and I enjoy telling educators about the joys of databases available to them through the Michigan Electronic Library and how helpful they are for their research and student research.

Thank you Bingham Farms Staff

Today I presented a Web 2.0 workshop to 6 Bingham Farms Elementary School staff members in Birmingham, Michigan. I really enjoyed this workshop. We covered a lot today and, of course, still have a lot more to go. It is sometimes overwhelming to cover several Web 2.0 tools in one workshop but when you have good attendees it makes it sooo much better. The 6 who attended now have a better understanding of blogs and wikis and why you would choose one over another, graphic generators and search engines other than the usual suspects. It was a good day.

My book is now available!

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