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JohnNorton

December 5, 2007

Insights from innovative teachers

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Several TLN members took part in Microsoft’s U.S Innovative Teachers Forumthis year, so it was fun to come across this four-page summary of teacher insights gleaned from the annual invitation-only summit held at MS headquarters in Redmond, WA. 

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Bill Ferriter

December 1, 2007

Radical highlights!

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It's been a bit of a crazy few hours here at the Radical.  You see, I just found out that I've been named a finalist in the 'Best Teacher Blog' category for the 2007 Edublog Awards

Needless to say, I'm completely jazzed that someone even thought to nominate me---and that I've made it to the final consideration for the competition!  With the incredible Edubloggers that have won Edublog Awards in the past, it is somewhat humbling to be considered as a part of their community. 

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Bill Ferriter

November 24, 2007

Your source for professional development. . .

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I had an opportunity recently to review an interesting new project of Teacher Magazine called the Professional Development Sourcebook.  Essentially, Teacher Magazine is working to organize information about effective professional development for educators---and providing contact information to providers that many schools and districts will find valuable.

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Bill Ferriter

November 10, 2007

Using Voicethread for collaborative thought. . .

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One of my favorite Web 2.0 tool is Voicethread, billed as a 'group audio blog' by its creators. Voicethread allows users to upload a collection of images about any topic, and then to engage in an ongoing conversation about each image. Multiple comments---both audio and text---can be attached to every picture in a presentation, promoting digital dialogue in an interesting and engaging way.

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JohnNorton

October 16, 2007

TLN bloggers afflict the comfortable

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The stairway to educational heaven will not be built on a framework of national standards, argues Renee Moore in a new entry at her TeachMoore blog for TLN. In particular, Renee takes issue with a recent Ed Week op-ed piece penned by Patrick Mattimore, a high school AP psychology teacher in San Francisco.

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Bill Ferriter

October 12, 2007

Consider this. . .

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Are you a parent or a teacher of digitally connected children?  Chances are that if you're a parent or a teacher at all, the answer to that question is yes!  Heck, I don't know many kids today who aren't digitally connected.  Between IMing, Texting, Emailing, Blogging and Surfing, it's hard to believe that today's child ever sees the great out-of-doors, isn't it?

The power of the Web has truly captivated today's generation....and that's cool. 

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