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When I remember social studies classes, I most often recall reading from dated textbooks and completing essays or worksheets to accompany the text.  Social studies was not usually an engaging experience, relying on more traditional paper-and-pencil methods that relayed a somewhat dry method of presenting interesting information. But with the rise of technology, the modern classroom is changing.  ...
I teach a course for students who are scoring below proficient on the writing exams we administer in Colorado. The idea for hte course came about five years ago. If we can create a safe space for students to write, they will improve. We facilitate a writing workshop model for our students and it has proven successful. Last year I ran into problems because my students were more engaged with their...
Keywords: Google, Google+, Twitter, #clmooc
"Even if it ends up being just the 10 of us in this MOOC, I think this is going to be really amazing." In our earliest planning conversations, our facilitation team wondered if anyone would show for the Making Learning Connected Massive Open Online Collaboration (#clmooc). In the month leading up to the June 15th start date, before we made any substantive decisions about organization or...
Keywords: #clmooc, Google+
g.jpg Starting Your Own Google+ Community I am writing this letter to you after a summer of #clmooc. What does that have to do with showing you how to create your own Google+ Community? I am hoping that this will become obvious in what follows in text and screencast, but to answer that question now I would have to say that like most projects you need to have...
The technical aspects of how to develop and host a MOOC are often one of the first challenges developers tackle. While the technical decisions we made regarding CLMOOC were important, they grew out of our planning process and our overall ethos. This section of the resource discussed the platform decisions MOOCs must make, as well as some details on different tools we used and how we used them. In...
I am one of a team of facilitators leading a technology-infused professional development series this fall with a fairly large group of educators in school district nearby. We kicked off the series on Thursday night. Like many teaching cadres, this one has a large mix of those who are wary of technology (but are feeling the pressure to use it) and those who are already pretty deep with using...
TL;DR Version: In this blog post I discuss a recent chain of events that has me really excited about the use of Google Hangouts in teaching and learning. I share a strategy that I believe would help you begin to use Google Hangouts to enhance online discussions and collaboration in your classroom. We're in the second series of courses in our IT&DML program. I have discussed aspects of the...
Keywords: Google Docs
  New icons for multiple users on Google Docs. Guess what became the highlight of the collaborative document my class was constructing?  
Over the summer, I determined two things for certain that would be different about this school year: 1 My class would have more independence and autonomy  2 My class would be more online  The first goal depends primarily on my attitude toward learning. If I trust that students will pursue the learning that interests them and that they need to accomplish their goals, passions, and dreams, I don't...
Keywords: survey, Google, seed
I feel one of my strengths is finding ways to encourage dialogue between students about academic topics. I also feel that I strive to integrate technology into the classroom as much as I can. -- Travis Past experiences with top-down professional development led teachers at the Maurice A. Donahue Elementary School to grow accustomed to being told what curriculum they would teach in their...

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