September 18, 2011


This is a test post to see if I can get photos from PhotoBucket into a post using WordPress for iPad.


Matt Damon has something to say…

August 15, 2011

Matt Damon recently attended at spoke at a Save Our Schools rally in Washington D.C.  Mr. Damon was asked a question regarding the incentive of money that he has to be a better actor, this was then related to the teaching profession.  Damon quickly defended teachers.

See the video below for the full conversation.  Please be aware there is some strong language.


Top 5 Tweets of the Day – March 11, 2011

March 11, 2011
teresaalesch Teresa Joyce-Alesch
Checkout G-T! “48 Interesting Ideas for Class Blog Posts” http://bit.ly/cAh2Dg RT @tombarrett: thanks to @mdcrow for number 48! #gtstaff
edutopia edutopia
RT @elanaleoni: R u talking 2 your students about #Japan & the #tsunami? The more we share, the more we can help. http://bit.ly/e2oDTC
Neilstephenson Neil Stephenson
forget Khan! How about students creating videos to teach other students? http://bit.ly/gVfjeQ #abed #edtech #edchat
ScienceWorldTR Science World
Science World’s “Earthquakes” lesson with background info & activities on modeling waves & plates, structure stability, http://ow.ly/4cIy9
Alyssa_Milano Alyssa Milano
How earthquakes work, and how science makes us safer http://bit.ly/i84cVy /via @BoingBoing

Top 5 Tweets of the Day – March 10, 2011

March 10, 2011
gcouros gcouros
10 Podcasts for Teachers and Kids | Scholastic.com http://bit.ly/hDuC5d
rvoltz rvoltz
5 Ways to Integrate Technology Into Your Child’s Education http://on.mash.to/gd9MN5
courosa Alec Couros
eHow – how to use Twitter http://is.gd/jRMR0k
tomwhitby Tom Whitby
RT @DianeRavitch: Schools need stable, experienced staff, not high turnover. Profession should not be revolving door.#Edchat
NMHS_Principal Eric Sheninger
Facebook’s New Anti-Bullying Tools Create a “Culture of Respect” http://on.mash.to/e2WNjg #edchat #cpchat

Why Twitter is the perfect place to start a PLN

March 9, 2011

I began my journey into Twitterverse in July of 2009 as part of a graduate level course on Web2.0 applications.  At the time, I didn’t really want to join the ‘verse’ as it seemed rather stupid.  Why would anyone in their want to let anyone that cared to read know every detail of one’s life?

At the time, if I remember correctly, Twitter was really starting to heat up and the celebrities were using it to share every last detail about their daily lives (I am sure the publicist thumbs were dying from all of the tweeting).  But, the class I was taking required us to try it out and so I began learning the curve that comes with Twitter.  Initially, my tweets seemed very mundane, my second post ever was,

The library book I needed is being held for me. I was worried I was not going to have it in time for my class. All I have to say is woohoo

Who says “woohoo”?  Anyways, I soon found some people to follow and used Twitter more as a 1-to-1 communication tool.  At this point, I did not really enjoy Twitter.  I believe the reason I didn’t enjoy it was the fact that I was gaining anything of real substance.

At some point, I don’t really remember when, I discovered the brilliance of #hashtags.  The #hastag is a brilliant way of being able to add a context to the tweet.  By including #hashtags into a tweet, people could follow conversations on a particular topic.  My first #hashtag follow was #edchat.  I added the #edchat tag to a column in TweetDeck and began to watch the beauty of Twitter.

By following the #edchat #hashtag, I could see conversations between people and could add my own thoughts and opinions.

This is why Twitter is the perfect place to start a PLN.  I have open access to some amazing people sharing ideas in education and #edtech.  I am also able to follow leaders in the area of #abed and #abedtech.

As I continue to share more, ask more questions, and create relationships with individuals within Twitterverse, my knowledge, understanding, and connections continue to grow and grow.

I would suggest that all young teachers get on Twitter and begin to share ideas and get ideas.  I would love to see education classes connect on Twitter using their class codes / sections as #hashtags.  #UAEDSE373 (University of Alberta – Secondary Education 373 [social studies minor class]) students could converse, share ideas and develop an appreciation and understanding of the power of Twitter…for more than what @justinbieber is doing after his show tonight.

*P.S. I actually follow @justinbieber – sorry for throwing you under the bus.


Top 5 Tweets of the Day – March 8, 2011

March 8, 2011
ambermac amber mac
Canadians’ Internet usage nearly double the worldwide average theglobeandmail.com/news/technolog… via @globeandmail
russeltarr russeltarr
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. -Maria Robinson
atypicalalbertn Jonathan Teghtmeyer
I just stumbledupon this great site for math teachers: http://www.touchtrigonometry.org. Enjoy! #mathchat #edchat #AbEd @thescamdog
loveyourcake Vancouver candice
google before you tweet is the new think before you speak
Edach Edach
For ipad users RT @Nunavut_Teacher Digital Storytelling with iPads http://tinyurl.com/4oag7j4

Top 5 Tweets of the Day – March 7, 2011

March 7, 2011

eschoolnews eSchool News by GSACRD
In case you missed it–> CoSN offers new guidance on social media use in schools http://ow.ly/49klg #edchat #socialmedia #COSN

web20classroom Steven W. Anderson
Resources And Guides For All Of Microsoft’s Free Tools For The Classroom: http://bit.ly/hrGaQG

Neilstephenson Neil Stephenson
Digital Storytelling: A powerful Student Exemplar http://bit.ly/dTSFZ8 #edchat #edtech #abed

russeltarr russeltarr
Create drag-and-drop activities in Flash with no programming experience: http://tinyurl.com/ll74hm

courosa Alec Couros
Excellent intro. to Twitter by the amazing @nancywhite on Vimeo http://t.co/RiK815B via @Diigo


Top 5 Tweets of the Day – March 6, 2011

March 7, 2011
gcouros gcouros
Music | Jam Studio http://bit.ly/fqRdPc
gcouros gcouros
“Facebook” profile pages for literary characters http://bit.ly/fKi0DC
*Two from gcouros today – awesome tweets from him!*
tonnet Milton Ramirez
New technology sparks new learning methods. http://bit.ly/enDIxu
ktenkely ktenkely by PCSTech
I’ve come to realize that standardized tests serve mostly to make dreadful forms of teaching appear successful. -Kohn http://j.mp/hvTMCf
ipadeducators Jeff Johnson
Presentations + Keynote + iPad 2 + Xander Soren = Magic http://lesposen.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/xandersoren/

Top 5 Tweets of the Day – March 5, 2011

March 5, 2011
ransomtech ✜ Stephen Ransom

This is really neat… create music in the browser just using your mouse to draw on the matrix. Then share. http://bit.ly/bJaobh

*This is super addictive – you have been warned*

NikPeachey NikPeachey
How the iPad 2 Will Revolutionize Education: Educators are eager to break students free from of the nap-inducing… http://bit.ly/e5iuaO
xmath2007 Tom Boito
Who’s Really Scanning All Those QR Codes? http://bit.ly/ftHuss
iridescentNYC Iridescent NYC
Alan November take away: Children should not have to choose bt producing for their teachers and for the world. #TEDxNYED
cvaage Carol Vaage
For web resources for K – 3 teachers I’ve built this website http://www.k-3learningpages.net/ #ecec

Golden Apple Awards

March 4, 2011

I was watching the Edmonton Oilers hockey game last night, and came across the KCTS 9 Golden Apple Awards. I was only able to see a couple of the awards that were handed out, but was so intrigued that an hour of television would be devoted to quality education and quality teachers.

I think there should be something like this in every state and every province. This is truly a great way to inform the public of the wonderful work that teachers do.

See http://kcts9.org/education/golden-apple-awards for more information.