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July012008

PBS Teachers Embraces Social Networking and Bookmarking Tools

Visitors to the PBS Teachers website will see something new today. It’s called PBS Teachers Connect, and it’s the first step in bringing social networking to the website....

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March052008

Human-Powered Search: Just What the Teacher Ordered?

Educators have lamented the quality of search results since the invention of the first search engine. All too often the results pages are littered with links that are useless in the classroom - or worse. But what if those search...

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December122007

More than Just Blogging: the 2007 EduBlog Awards

It’s that time of year again - the winners of the annual Edublog Awards have been announced. And despite the name having the word “blog” in it, the awards cover a whole range of educational projects, including wikis, social networks...

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November162007

One Story, 50 Tools, Infinite Possibilities

Educator Alan Levine has proven the adage that there’s more than one side to every story by demonstrating 50 multimedia techniques to present the same tale. The result is an extraordinary collection of online creativity tools, with demonstrations of how...

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October182007

Ten Questions for Presidential Candidates, Including One of Yours?

Move over YouTube debates, now for something meatier! A coalition of blogs and news organizations is using Web 2.0 tools to create another exciting experiment in interactive presidential debates. It might even be a chance for your students to pose...

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October122007

Education Technology: A Matter of Debate

Next week, The Economist will hold an online version of a debate series they’ve been conducting for more than 160 years, and they’re kicking it off by focusing on the educational value of technology in the classroom. I’m hoping it’ll...

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October012007

FactCheckEd.org: Teaching the Art of Persuasion

The 2008 election cycle provides us with an excellent opportunity for students to improve their media literacy by examining political messaging and the persuasive arts. So if you’re shopping around for lesson plans, look no further than FactCheckEd.org....

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October132006

What’s Up With Google For Teachers?

Did you hear the latest news from Google? No, not that YouTube thing. They’ve launched a new initiative especially for teachers. But is there much to get excited about yet?...

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August222006

Educator-Ranking Websites:
The Student Becomes the Master

From time immemorial, it was the job of teachers to grade their students. But the growing popularity of educator-ranking websites is reversing that tradition, allowing students to rate and review their teachers. And not all teachers are happy about it....

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August142006

Back to School: Five Predictions and a Waffle

It’s that time of year, kids - we’re going back to school. (Okay, I’m not going back to school, but millions of educators and students are, so there’s a good chance this applies to you.) In honor of the start...

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July172006

Insuring Online Content is Accessible to All Students

Can you spot the difference between these photos? If not, maybe you should ask a student who’s blind. Their answer will demonstrate the importance of the new accessible digital media guidelines published last week....

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June192006

Using a Wiki to Promote Educational Blogging

Steve Hargadon is a man with a mission. A blogger, computer entrepreneur and parent of four school-aged children, Hargadon recognized the potential of blogging as an educational tool, yet worried the hype over sites like MySpace was scaring some teachers...

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May092006

The Webby Awards: Educational Sites at Their Best?

The results are in…. The Webby Awards, regarded by many as the Internet equivalent of the Oscars, announced their list of this year’s winners today. Among the many categories is the education award. Wondering which sites took home the big...

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