Web 2.0

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Even Better than Wordle?

Tag clouds have been an engaging way to reinforce vocabulary and other lessons, and over the past couple of years we’ve shown Wordle to a lot of teachers in QTL sessions and other workshops. Now comes a tool that is even fancier. Tagxedo lets you create word clouds that have interesting shapes, with enhanced interactivity … Continue reading

Web 2.0 Tool: Interactive Digital Posters

If you’re looking for a collaborative project with a visual end product, here’s another new Web 2.0 resource to try. NOTA lets users create an interactive digital poster that includes a variety of resources, including text, photos, clipart, maps, links, and more. There’s even a message board function, though it seems to be in beta … Continue reading

State U vs. The Internet?

TheNextWeb poses an interesting question in an article posted earlier this month: will the Internet make college obsolete? For those of us who carry fond memories of campus life and hold our degrees in high esteem, the answer is obvious: of course it can’t. Or could it?

Will ChromeOS Transform Classroom Computing?

There’s a lot of talk this week about Chromebooks and whether they will or will not change the way we use computers in everyday life. There are implications for PC repair, and if Chrome OS catches on, it could transform classroom computing. One real difference that Google brings to the fore with its newest innovation … Continue reading

Jerry Seinfeld and the Interactive Classroom

(RALEIGH) – What good is technology if it sits on a shelf? That’s been a persistent question for administrators juggling budgets and deciding whether interactive tools are worth the price. Amid budget cuts and belt tightening, no one wants to spend precious dollars on tools that aren’t effective. But instructional leaders are desperately looking for … Continue reading

Five Surefire Ways, Part 4: Graphic Organizers

This month, we will look at Graphic Organizers, a fourth way to improve student performance.  (Read other portions of our series, Five Surefire Ways to Engage Students at the following links: Part One: Brain-Based Learning or Part Two: Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles or Part Three: Cooperative Learning.) Let’s say I am your boss or … Continue reading

Don't Get Phished or Pharmed

A little caution goes a long way in protecting yourself from Internet scams. Continue reading

Technology in the Classroom

Driving to work this morning, curiosity got the best of me and I found myself pulling ever-closer to the car in front of me in an effort to read the tiny print on an intriguing bumper sticker. When I finally managed to make out what it said, I realized it was a rant against tailgaters. … Continue reading

How Technology WILL Impact the Future Classroom

Robin Fred The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning (Dec. 12, 2008) – This morning’s meeting of the North Carolina Joint Legislative Technology Commissions in Raleigh was indeed what state school board chairman Howard Lee called a “fantastically informative experience.”  The snapshots of progress in increasing the effective use of educational technology were dizzying to … Continue reading

Future-Ready Teachers

Rachel Porter QTL Senior Instructional Specialist Recently a colleague gave me a piece of paper with what looks like a paper doll with a backpack on it. This paper doll student is covered with little text boxes containing attributes like ‘literate consumer of media’, ‘multi-lingual’, ‘capable technology user’, ‘critical thinker’, ‘strong team contributor’, and on … Continue reading

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