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Disappearing databases

I recently heard from colleagues in our nearby big city.  The school district there will no longer be able to fund its ProQuest subscription databases.  The decision to fund will now be in the hands of school principals. Students will still be able to access the state’s POWER Library databases, but unless librarians can quickly [...]

Reference update: New Visual Dictionary from Merriam-Webster

It’s one of those reference tools that clearly illustrates the argument for occasionally moving beyond Wikipedia.  Launched back in November, Merriam-Webster’s Visual Dictionary Online offers definitions for more than 20,000 terms with audio pronunciations, as well as "more than 6,000 stunning illustrations of a wide variety of objects from all aspects of life." Search, or [...]

Calendar idea from my daughter

Emily gave me the most wonderful calendar this year.  Each of her art classes, from toddler to sixth grade went out to create a work of digital photography in homage to Andy Goldsworthy. I cannot believe how beautiful each piece is.

High and low tech holidays at the Valenzas

Sorry, I disappeared for a bit–a flu-like thing, two holidays, some politics I cannot yet discuss–blocked the blogging habit.   With everyone now home, the last couple of days have been a lovely mix of high and low-tech activities.   Two days ago, Emily introduced me to Scrabulous as an app on my new FaceBook [...]

Google Knol–a rival to Wikipedia?

Let’s keep an eye on this one.  This week, the folks at Google announced its new Knol project in the official Google blog.  A select group of people were invited field testing this beta effort. The word or concept Knol, stands for a unit of knowledge. Our goal is to encourage people who know a [...]

Dave’s cool list

The winners were announced at the Edublogs Award ceremony last weekend.  That’s always fun.  But my very favorite part of the event is Dave Cormier’s annual Top Ten EdTech Stories List (the first one I’ve seen this year). For the past three years (or so) Dave’s forced me to reflect on the big changes, as [...]

New student-produced math videos

I wanted to share the latest in our student-produced video series.  Earlier today I uploaded our new math instructional videos, developed in collaboration with Dan Meder’s Video Production class and members of our Math Department.  These join our collection of grammar non-negotiables, developed last year for language arts, and our pilot series of information skills [...]

EduCon 2.0

EduCon 2.0 is both a conversation and a conference. If you have any interest in the use of 2.0 applications in education or in re-visioning learning in new communication and information landscapes, please consider attending Educon 2.0.  Join our conversation, this time face-to-face. Birthed at Edubloggercon at NECC last summer, this (un)conference aims to mix [...]

Learners join the conversation–Students 2.0

I’ve wondered over the past two years, as we’ve introduced new communication tools into our curriculum, how we might best provoke the student voice.  For the most part, they blogged and wikied because we asked them to.  I was hoping for a shift.  Could we inspire students to blog and reflect on their learning on [...]

And the winner is . . .

Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re all winners, but I want to encourage you to attend my favorite online award ceremony.  The gala 2007 Edublog Awards will be streamed live Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 21:30GMT  (for translated global times). You have options for attending this big event: Web Based Venue:   EdTechTalk Studio [...]