Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Last week I was given the opportunity to attend and teach at the Turning on Learning conference at Montclair State Universty.
It was interesting to get out of the classroom and see what other teachers are doing and how technology is being used in other school districts in Northern NJ. Actually, it was just refreshing to have an uninterrupted adult dialogue that didn't have to do with Disney Princesses or chocolate Teddy Grahams. Patrick Chodkiewicz and I had a great time teaching a class on using wiki in a Language Arts classes. We created turningonwiki - a guide to starting a wiki.
The classroom set ups at MSU are a tech dream. They have Mac Book carts for each classroom, podiums with speakers and projectors, DVD/CD players,wireless Internet - my dream classroom.
It was the first time I had ever attended a conference on technology or taught at one and looking back it made me realize how lucky I am that I even know what a PLE is and that I am surrounded by people who encourage me to "push the envelope" when it comes to using technology and are willing to use technology even when it can be scary. I am also grateful that I teach children and not adults - not that I didn't enjoy working with my peers. It's just that students are so accepting and appreciative of technology.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Top 15 Educational Tools/Sites for Middle School Language Arts

These are the top 15 websites for use in a middle school language arts class. My students either used these tools or were exposed to them. They generated this list and rated them on Survey Monkey. I will post survey results as soon as everyone has taken it, but here is the list:

  1. Classtools.net
  2. Quizlet
  3. Exploretree
  4. Survey Monkey
  5. Spelling City
  6. Writing the City
  7. Legacy Project
  8. wiki
  9. Skype
  10. Quintura
  11. readwritethink.org
  12. Voicethread
  13. Google Earth
  14. Notestar
  15. 21 Classes
Next year's tech resolutions: