Technology and Education

collaboration in the classroom.

Open Office

Posted in Web 2.0 Tools with tags on February 3, 2009 by

I met with some of the teachers on the freshman team yesterday to talk about some of the problems students were having with spreadsheets and formulas.

The solution we have come up with is the program OpenOffice, which is a free download.

After you download it please drag the application to your documents folder, NOT the applications folder. If you get a message saying it needs authentication, it means you ave dragged to the applications. Try again.

When you are asked to register, choose Don’t ever register.

Open Office has a functions tool in it that works like Equation Editor. The way to use it is Insert > Function. It puts the function right in to the Text document.

There are also free templates you can download at

Open Office is a free, cross platform download that runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux. If you have a machine at home that doesn’t have Microsoft Office, this is a great solution.

Educon 2.1

Posted in Professional, Worth Sharing with tags , , on January 24, 2009 by

Educon 2.1 is a conference for educators that takes place at The Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. all of the sessions are broadcast online and archived on their wiki. I really recommend this conference for professional development.

a great learning opportunity

Posted in Professional, Worth Sharing with tags on January 2, 2009 by

Welcome to the Electronic Village Online 2009

A professional development project and virtual extension of the TESOL Convention.

For six weeks , participants can engage with ESOL experts in collaborative, online discussion sessions or hands-on virtual workshops of professional and scholarly benefit. These sessions will bring together participants for a longer period of time than is permitted by the four-day land-based TESOL convention and will allow a fuller development of ideas and themes of the convention or of professional interest in general.

The sessions are free and open to all interested parties. You do not need to be a TESOL member to participate.

To view the 2009 EVO sessions, go to Call for Participation 09.

You may join sessions after January 2nd.

CES Fall Forum

Posted in Professional with tags , , , on November 8, 2008 by

Web 2.0 Tools Improving Student Engagement and Learning in the 21st Century Classroom

Presented at the Coalition of Essential Schools, Fall Forum. Charlotte, NC November, 2008

Melissa Noack and Alice Barr
Yarmouth High School
Yarmouth, Maine

Essential Question:

  • How does the use of Web 2.0 tools, such as blogs, wikis, and Voicethreads motivate and encourage students to improve analysis and refection skills as well as take ownership for their learring?

Sub Question:

  • How can I ensure that students in my classroom experience a participatory culture of learning (strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations with others, some type of informal mentorship where what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices, students contributions matter) with others, inside and outside of the classroom AND as a result, what is the impact on student engagement?

Participants will:

  • become aquainted with 21st century literacy skills
  • view sample teacher and students created blogs, wikis, and voicethreads
  • develop an understanding of collaboration and communication using Web 2,0 Tools
  • be given resources for developing their own blogs, wikis, and voicethreads

Participatory Culture: Staff Development Session 1

Posted in Professional on November 5, 2008 by

If you want to read the full paper, please click on the link: Confronting The Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century

MaineEd ’08 Keynote

Posted in Professional with tags , on October 21, 2008 by

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach:
“The Dimensions of Change within Schools in the 21st Century”

The podcast and materials are available here

K-12 Online Conference Sessions Start!

Posted in Professional with tags on October 20, 2008 by

The K-12 Online Conference sessions start today. There are some great choices. Enjoy!

Web Search Strategies in Plain English

Posted in Worth Sharing on September 27, 2008 by


Since You Tube is blocked at school, you have Miro on your machine or try this for converting videos

NETS for Teachers

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 30, 2008 by

ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards for TEACHERS came out at NECC 2008. These standards are an excellent way to structure professional development. I encourage all teachers to take a look at these measures for supporting our students in the Digital Age

The 100 top Web apps (according to for 2008

Posted in Worth Sharing on April 27, 2008 by

These are the 100 best Web 2.0 applications, chosen by Webware readers and Internet users across the globe. Over 1.9 million votes were cast to select these Webware 100 winners: