Friday, November 19, 2010

Skype in the Classroom: Invite only

In the last few years teachers have really embraced Skype as a free distance learning tool. Teachers in our district have used it to connect with Uganda, Egypt, China, classrooms throughout the state, and experts in the field. The most difficult part about Skyping was the initial contact with another educator who wanted to Skype. We used forums such as: CILC, Classroom 2.0 and Skype in Schools. Skype has seen the need and they building a connection tool for teachers. If you go to the following website you can get a beta invite and one step closer to having the world at your finger tips.

Be one of the first to sign up... <--- Click Here

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Larry Ferlazzo's Website of the Day

Larry Ferlazzo is a Special Education teacher and avid blogger, each year he post his top 20 Web 2.0 sites for eductors. He has recently posted his list for 2010. Go check them out, but dont stop there click on his list for previous years too.

Go Check out his Top 20 List

Larry's Twitter Feed

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Shorten Multiple Links/Urls into One

Taking students to the computer lab can often result in students straying from the intended purpose and websites. A good way to manage students is to let them know what sites you would like for them to view. makes that possible and it is easy to use.

Go to, enter all the websites you would like for students to visit, and when finished click on Go. will create a shortened URL that when clicked creates a surf bar at the top of your browser with arrows that will only navigate to your specified links. When you close out the browser the bar closes too.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Museum Box: Create a Virtual Shadow Box

Museum Box is a Web 2.o site for educators that was inspired by Thomas Clarkson an Abolitionist during the 1800's who traveled over 30,000 miles with his box filled with artifacts from the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Students and teachers can make their own boxes to display contents of topics of their choice. If you do not want to create your own box you can browse hundreds of boxes that have already been saved.

Text, pictures, audio and video files can be uploaded.

Go see some that students have already created...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

What is Issuu? You Publish

Issuu allows you to publish books, newsletters, and magazines to a professional looking page turn interface that is iPad and iPod compatible. Distribute your writing to a world wide audience.

See how it works...