The Big Picture

I thought is would be good to show those of you that might not know the Boston Globe’s “Big Picture” blog.  Here you can find news stories shown through very powerful pictures taken by various photographers.  For instance, today was able to take an in depth look at the Asian Beach Games through the 20 some odd photos that were posted. The nice thing about this photo blogs is that the images that are shown come out extraordinary beautiful on a smart board or other projection surface and ,as with all blogs, you can leave feedback about the photos.  Check out this site and see how you could use the pix in your classroom.

Google Doc and Online Quizzes

As many of you already know Google has a wide variety of applications that suit many needs of the educator.  Today I would like to draw your attention to Google Docs.  When using Google docs you can store, share, and collaborate with almost any document that you can create.  Below you can see a very nice video by Lee LeFever of the Common Craft Show.  If you are unfamiliar with Google docs I would suggest viewing this before moving on.  For those of us that are acquainted with this application i wanted to share with you a way of creating online self-graded quizzes.  Here is a screen cast made by Jesse Spevak using a site called

It is a wonderful way of assessing your students quickly to see if you need to “reteach” any topic in class.  If you are using Moodle, like I am, it works as well or not better that the one that is embedded in the Moodle program.  Watch the screen cast and try it out for yourself. The video for Google Docs introduction can be found in the VodPod video widget in the sidebar.

Diigo Educators Console

Diigo has recently added an educators console to the Diigo.com website.  This is the perfect way for teachers and students to share resources on the net. With a Diigo educators account the teachers can create student accounts for all the students in their class.  The students don’t even need an email address to have the teacher create the account, it is optional.  Once the teacher creates the accounts he/she can create groups for each class and the students of the same class will automatically be able to share group bookmarks, annotations and group forums.  In addition to the group features provided the folks at Diigo also looked at the privacy of students.  Only the teacher or approved students in a group can communicate with the students and review profile information. If there are still more questions that have not been answered by this entry, visit the Diigo.com FAQ list to get more information about the student accounts.  I have been using this site with my students for a short time now and have found it to be a nice way for students collaborate and sharing information.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

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Welcome to my Blog!

It is designed to help teachers integrate web 2.0 materials into the classroom.  Although most of the examples in these posts will look to help teachers in k-8 grades many items can be adapted to fit the secondary school level very easily.

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