Creating word clouds in Google Docs

Richard Byrne has put together a screencast on how to create a word cloud directly in Google Docs. You may currently use ABCya (works on Chromebookse) or Wordle (does not work on Chromebooks) but this will cut out a step. This is a Google Docs add-on, and he describes how to add the add-on to […]

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Google Talk and GMail tips

On my Tech Fair Day 2012 course in Moodle I had listed some resources for using Google Talk and GMail. You can still enroll yourself in the course, but I’m also going to list those resources here to help you use Google Talk and GMail tips. Google Talk Go Google: Spare Tickets – YouTube – […]

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Of Bits and Bytes first issue now available

The first issue of what I will be offering as a monthly newsletter on educational technology issues is now available. Staff members will receive a paper copy in their mailbox, and everyone can download a copy here. If you are interested in writing an article or are doing engaging and innovative work in your classroom […]

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eTech 2006 Technology Conference – Reference Materials

The eTech (organization formally known as SchoolNet) 2006 Technology Conference was held February 13 through the 15. For those that couldn’t attend, eTech has made available all the presentation materials from the various sessions that were held. Examples include: Daily Agenda: Incorporating Technology Into The Classroom Differentiating Instruction With Style Bringing the Trip Back Home […]

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Can Wikipedia be saved for schools?

Andy Carvin on his blog presents a case for Turning Wikipedia into an Asset for Schools. Instead of blindly following what’s in Wikipedia, use it to present “teachers with an excellent authentic learning activity in which students can demonstrate their skills as scholars”: […]Take a group of fifth grade students and break them into groups, […]

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The seven year old bloggers

Although it is a little old (June, 2004), I found the article at BBC News (The seven-year-old bloggers) inspirational. Crucially, some of the children who attend the club have improved their knowledge of IT far above what is required of their age group by the National Curriculum. “The Government target is for 80% of children […]

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Videogames are better teachers?

This Wired article brings up some very good points on how video games are teaching students today. Not how to carjack and shoot people, but how to manage a group of beings to solve problems (Pikmin), carry out intricate missions (Metal Gear Solid 2), and micromanage resources (Warcraft III). How did videogames become such successful […]

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Are teenagers tech savvy?

Some adults are intimidated by the the technological knowledge of today’s youth, but it appears that kids today are not as good with technology as they appear. The study found that, contrary to stereotype, teens as a group are not as adept as adults in navigating the Web. When dealing with students and technology, one […]

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