New Year, New You – Certification Maps for 2011

by Allacyn - Jan 28, 2011


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If you are like me, you profess every New Year that you are going to make changes… Well it is almost February, and I haven’t even started to make any changes yet. When you decide to make these changes you usually do not take into consideration that figuring out what steps to take next can be so overwhelming, you quit before you start. For example, every year somewhere on my list is to be healthier (I am sure like many of you), but more often than not, sifting through all of the diets and exercise programs out there overwhelms me, and I just continue with my same routine.

If this sounds like you and certification is on your list this year, we have something to help you get started. Read more »


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Main Goals of the National Educational Technology Plan

by Allacyn - Jan 20, 2011


Technology has vastly changed our world today and plays a large role in peoples lives, but it still hasn’t impacted education the way it has other areas like business. That might all change within the next four years. Below are the five main goals of the National Educational Technology Plan as outlined by Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education.

  • Using Educational technology to fundamentally change the learning process by making it more engaging and tailored to individual student needs and interests;
  • Using ed-tech to develop a new generation of assessments;
  • Connecting teachers with their peers and experts so they are always up-to-date on the resources available to them;
  • Building infrastructure that lets schools support access to technology in and out of the classroom; and
  • Harnessing the power of educational technology to increase school district productivity and student achievement.

What are your opinions of these goals and the plan? Do you think this is realistic with the 2015 deadline that Duncan set? What will it take to accomplish these goals?


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Free Online Tools for the Classroom!

by Allacyn - Jan 10, 2011


There are so many free tools available that foster collaboration in the 21st Century classroom and it can be overwhelming to figure out how to utilize them. I thought it might be fun to list some ideas on how to use online tools to engage students and create a successful classroom. These tools are a new way to engage students and make the classroom more interactive. If you have any ideas to add or if you use these tools for different classroom projects, let us know we would love to hear your ideas!

  •  Create a modern day pen pals program where students can correspond to students in another classroom across the country or across the globe through Skype. A modern twist on a classic classroom activity.
  • Exchange lesson plans and ideas on a social network. This one is for the teachers; there are many social networking sites that are geared toward you specifically. These sites offer ideas and support from your fellow educators.
  • Start a classroom blog on blogspot.com where students projects are featured and they can find important classroom information. This offers a sense of community to your classroom outside the classrooms walls.
  • Create a classroom Wiki where students post research and reference materials for the whole class to use. This can be a great tool and also help teach students important lessons about researching.
  • Have a poetry contest using twitter. Hold a poetry contest on Twitter where students have to use 140 characters or less.
  • Have students work together to collaborate on a video project and post them on YouTube. This can be rewarding for students and you as the educator as well.

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Ohio ACTE. Wouldn’t it be great?

by Nathan Darling - Sep 02, 2009


Wouldn’t it be great if the teachers, counselors, and administrators responsible for our children’s education would get together and discuss ways to help students pursue their educational and career passions?  Wouldn’t it be great if it were happening in Ohio, on Sept 18?  Wouldn’t it be great if LearnKey was there?  Life is great!

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