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Google docs has transformed the writing instruction of the classes I teach. Prior to our school’s adoption of Google Aps, I gave significant feedback on the margins of student papers. I also used the comment boxes in Pages or MSWord when my students began to hand in their papers electronically via email. I liked the freedom that the infinite space of the comment box gave me. This space enabled me to rework students sentences and to specifically and directly target individual words and sentences. It did take a bit longer as I found myself giving more feedback, but ultimately I liked the improvements I saw in my students writing as a result of the increase in comments I was able to given them.

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by Clif Mims

Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories, presentations, reports, or tutorials you and your students make to share, read, and print. Storybird is a fun, collaborative website that can be integrated in all content areas and at all grade levels. It can be an effective resource for teaching parts of a story, the writing process, promoting creativity, and more. STEM and social studies teachers can use Storybird for engaging alternatives to traditional lessons, reports and presentations. Storybird also seamlessly keeps a portfolio of each student’s work.

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Clif has tons of wonderful examples , a excellent tutorials and lots of ideas for using in the classroom

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At inkle, we believe it takes great writers to tell great stories.

That’s why we’ve created inklewriter, to help writers tell interactive tales with the minimum of fuss.

inklewriter is a free tool designed to allow anyone to write and publish interactive stories. It’s perfect for writers who want to try out interactivity, but also for teachers and students looking to mix computer skills and creative writing.

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TalkTyper provides Speech Recognition absolutely free. It makes voice dictation freely available to “the rest of us”. Anyone with a computer can use it. That’s why we made it!

TalkTyper first became possible when Google introduced speech input in version 11 of its Chrome browser. The speech input is somewhat revolutionary. Prior to that, pretty much everyone had to type to enter any information into a field in the browser. Speech input changes all of that – allowing you to talk rather than type!

Speech input is more than just a novelty. Some may choose to use it because they prefer it to typing. But many will use it because they cannot type. Speech input levels the playing field. It allows anyone to create text on a computer, regardless of most physical disabilities, regardless of dyslexia or dysgraphia, regardless even of literacy. If you can click on a button and speak, you can write on a computer. Even children can do it!

TalkTyper allows you to create text for any purpose. You can now speak to write documents, create emails, blog posts, tweets – you name it.

How it works

Click the microphone icon and begin speaking. Dictate about one sentence at a time. When the speech is recognized, it will appear in red.

If you want to hear it, click on the Speaker icon.

If your speech wasn’t recognized correctly, click the Alternatives button to view other ‘recognitions’, or just try again. If the text is okay, click the Okay button, and your text will be added to the box at the bottom.

When you’re all done, click the Copy button and then paste it into your document, email, blog, or tweet! (If the copy button doesn’t work for you, remember that the shortcut for copying is “Ctrl-C”)

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A grammar check can come in handy for anyone. Like many, you probably learned many of the grammar rules all throughout your school years. Also, like many, you’ve likely forgotten much of what you learned. Where does the comma go, for instance? Is ending your sentences with a proposition really that bad a practice? Are there hard and fast rules for when to use who, that or which? All of these questions, as well as many more, can plague both amateur and professional writers. Doing a grammar and spell check, all online, helps to settle these questions and give you more confidence in your writing.

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John has also created a resource for his students that the rest of us can use.  How nice of him!  His Photo Writing Prompt Tumblr is chalk full of images with captions designed to make students think deeply.  Browse through the collection and soon you will understand how students can’t help but pour forth their ideas in writing.  We do something similar at Anastasis but hadn’t been collecting the images on anything but our own blogs.  These prompts are a great addition to what we are doing!  Some of them are challenging, some are thoughtful, some are humorous.  Sometimes we get a really special treat and John includes his own sketches.

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I work in an Independent School in Melbourne, Australia, and this year we have made a commitment to help our students (grades 7-12) create ePortfolios, using an Edublogs campus as the platform. Here are 5 reasons why we are making student blogging and portfolio development a high priority.

Jenny Luca is a Teacher-Librarian from Melbourne, Australia who is passionate about exploring the potential of new technologies in educational settings. She writes the blog Lucacept – Intercepting the Web and has presented at conferences in Australia and internationally. Follow Jenny on Twitter @jennyluca. Meet the rest of our Voices.

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By: , An Apple iPad can make a major contribution to your writing and marketing success, whether you’re a self-employed professional writing a book to build your brand or an entrepreneur creating social media content to market your small business.I can understand, though, if you think I’ve overstated the benefits of writing and marketing with an iPad.

Confession: I was originally skeptical about using an iPad for writing and marketing.

I doubted that an iPad would quickly become a significant part of my daily writing and social media marketing.

As a result,………Read the full story,

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I work in an Independent School in Melbourne, Australia, and this year we have made a commitment to help our students (grades 7-12) create ePortfolios, using an Edublogs campus as the platform. Here are 5 reasons why we are making student blogging and portfolio development a high priority.

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Amazing or what?

I know I said I’d give you 5 reasons, but I can’t resist adding a very important 6th. For many of our students, their world view is changing as a result of posting in public spaces. Many of them have embedded clustr maps into their sidebars, and they can see where people are visiting from. Recently, one of our year seven students posted about the effect this global audience has had on her.

“Okay- so is this is amazing.

I’ve used this blog since March 30th and so far it’s been a great resource and an amazing display of some of my work this year. It hasn’t just been my teachers, my classmates, my family and I that have looked at it- as of August 6 my blog has had 533 visits worldwide.

Amazing or what? WOW.”

Wow indeed.

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is to write something everyday.

I’ve written about my “blogging secrets” in the past so I won’t go down that road in this post. I am frequently asked how I find the time and or ideas for writing 4-5 blog posts a day. The answer is really quite simple,”

Richard Bryne, Free Technology for Teachers blog is simply amazing.  Each day he share resources for teachers.  He is a teacher and also blogs daily among other things.  Anyway, his blog is one you should subscribe if you are attempting to increase your technology resources and usage.  Richard shares a wealth of stuff every single day.

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In the College of Education where I teach and likely every College of Education world wide, teaching students to reflect about their teaching is something we are trying to get our students doing on a regular basis.  In my technology for teaching & learning class, I am trying to share resources they potentially could use and of course, they have to demonstrate they can use them, and of course, they have to reflect on their blog.  It is challenging to say the least.  Writing daily takes practice.  Just making time is the first challenge for most of us, but thinking deeply is the second. Richard has it mastered that is for sure.

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English/Language Arts

50 Places to Find Free Books Online is a list of sites where students and teachers can find books online.  For schools with a 1:1 programs in place, these types of sites are great additions to the curriculum and becoming a necessity in tight budget times.

Wordfaire it’s a free live blogging platform that anyone can use…….writing/blogging/publishing platform.  The site advertises that as you write, it is published to the web.  There is no waiting for the post to appear.


WOW Math is a personal teacher website for a math teacher who teaches Algebra 1 and 2, as well as AP Calculus.  He has aYouTube videos as well on his personal YouTube channel with hundreds of math videos.

InterMath is a professional development effort designed to support teachers in becoming better mathematics educators. It focuses on building teachers’ mathematical content knowledge through mathematical investigations that are supported by technology. InterMath includes a workshop component and materials to support instructors.


The Institute of Physics has a great YouTube channel of videos to share in physics classrooms.  Easy and free access to online video is a game changer for the classroom.

Sun Motions is a Flash based interactive that allows users to see the angle of the sun from months, latitudes, and times of day.  You can play an animation of the motion of the sun as well to help students see how the sun acts through certain time periods.

Explore Biology is a resource for teachers of high school biology and especially AP Biology.  lecture notes, blogs, handouts, activities, labs.

Planet Foss is a Science Photo Sharing site. iLearn Technology blog has a great write up about the site.

2011 is the International Year of Chemistry has excellent resources for Chemistry teachers.

Social Studies

The History Teachers Channel on YouTube takes popular songs and changes the lyrics to teach various content in history.

THIS DAY from Nikon provides an image from history for the day you visit from various years in history.  Free Technology for Teachers had a post about this site.  Very informative.

PsykoPaint is a web based software that allows you to create and paint amazing art from photographs.  Wow, this is just very cool.

DrawIsland is a free online version of Microsoft Paint.  Easy to use.

Graphic Organizers.If you need a good online graphic organizer tool, here is a list of 30 to choose from.

Thanks to The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness by Michael Zimmer for sharing these resources on his blog.

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The Poetry Idea Machine will help kids use their hidden creativity to write a little poetry! They will learn about Haikus, Limericks, Cinquains and Free Verse. They will learn the different steps of making each one of the different types of poetry.

A good lesson starter for poetry-related assignments.  Also great to use after a lesson in poetry to see more options of expressing themselves.  Could be used in a group or class instruction. And if you have an interactive whiteboard, you can get the whole class involved.

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Brad Flickinger of School Technology Solutions has a great post about how he changed his teaching this week.  It is really worth reading.  Lots of resources shared and great reflection.

I teach in the college of education and we are working hard to teach our education majors to be reflective practictioners/teachers.  This is a wonderful example. I’ll be showing it to them for sure.

“Every week I try to improve as a teacher — so what happened this week?

On Monday I was cruising through my Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Tweetdeck when I noticed a tweet about a new book that I have been interested in for months called The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. The tweet was about how the ideas presented in this book could be used in education. How could using checklists improve education?”

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by Kevin Zimmer, The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness Kevin has a great selection of resources for Core Subjects.  Check them out.

Math Web Based Resources – General, Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, and Trigonometry

English Web Based Resources – General, Reading, Writing, British Literature, and American Literature

Social Studies Web Based Resources – General, History, Government, Economics, and Geography

Science Web Based Resources – General, Earth-Space Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Anatomy

Electives Web Based Resources – Foreign Language, Special Education, Art, Agriculture, Business/Marketing, PE/Health, Music, Practical LivingCroe Subject Resources

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If you are finding blogging a challenge and also using blogging in your classroom with your students, check out the The Teacher Challenges.  This is a pretty cool way to do professional development when it is convenient for you.  As teachers we are all super busy and it is difficult to carve out a little time to attend staff development, much less do it on your own.  But if you want a really good dose that will help you in the classroom check this out. And it is not just about blogging!

The Teacher Challenges are a new professional development offering based on the excellent results we’ve seen from the Student Blogging Challenges.

In the Student Blogging Challenges we’ve observed that class and student blogging success is strongly related to the teacher’s abilities.   The greater we support and increase a teacher’s skills, the better they are able to support their students use of web 2.0 technologies.  So the idea of the Teacher Challenge evolved from the concept that:

What is the Teacher Challenge About?

The Teacher Challenges is made up of free 30 day professional development challenges where participants are stepped through weekly tasks that increase their skills while working together as part of a global community.

The Challenge is open to anyone who wants to increase their skills – blogs will be used for reflecting your progress while learning and connecting with each other.

However blogs don’t need to be hosted by Edublogs to participate!*
Participants can complete as many of the tasks as they like and in any order.
The Teacher Challenge is coordinated by Sue Wyatt, Anne Mirtschin, Sue Waters and Ronnie Burt.
Each 30 days we’ll offer a new type of challenge such as:

  • 30 days to kick start your Blogging
  • 30 days to get your students blogging
  • 30 days to a whole new PLN
  • 30 days to use the best of the web’s free resources
  • 30 days to ensuring privacy and student safety on the web
  • 30 days to increased parent involvement

It’s all about you choosing when you want to learn, while being supported by a community that will assist you with the process!

The Student Blogging Challenge runs twice yearly.  A new Challenge starts March and September, each year.

It is made up of a series of 10 weekly tasks all designed to improve blogging and commenting skills while connecting students with a global audience.

The Challenge is open to both class blogs and to individual student bloggers from all over the world and of all ages – blogs don’t need to be hosted by Edublogs to participate!*

Participants can complete as many of the tasks as they like and in any order.

Check out the details: