Category Archives: ESU 10

  • The STEAM Room

    Posted on May 1, 2017 by Jason in ESU 10.

    We have all heard of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Great things are happening to support STEM activities all the way from the federal government down to the classroom teacher and students doing it every day. Another major focus has been to add the arts to STEM, thereby creating STEAM! This can include language […]

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  • Bucket Seats

    Posted on March 29, 2017 by Jason in ESU 10.

    I made these for Julie’s classroom. I had asked how Meadowlark used their outdoor classroom/treehouse and she said it doesn’t get used too much because there’s no seating and hard to bring classroom materials, etc., etc. So I got to thinking and designed these bucket seats. Each kiddo has one they can put their supplies, […]

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  • EdTECH in 2017

    Posted on February 28, 2017 by Jason in ESU 10, Interests, Thoughts.

    So here we are! 2016 is past – with all of its ups and downs. From El Chapo getting arrested to a new president that will undoubtedly shake up politics as usual. From a 1.5 billion dollar Powerball to the deaths of many many media figures, police officers, and civilians alike. We saw the effects […]

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  • Kids Should Code!

    Posted on June 27, 2016 by Jason in ESU 10, Interests, Thoughts.

    Our students have the opportunity to change the world, and there are many many ways they’ll be able to do that. From building skyscrapers to figuring out our pollution problems. From curing cancer to developing the next social media platform. We don’t even know what jobs will be available for our students when they graduate. […]

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  • Nebraska ELA Draft Standards – Word/Phrase Frequency

    Posted on June 6, 2014 by Jason in ESU 10, Interests.

      As ESU 10 and consortium schools embark on a new endeavor of working with the new English Language Arts standards, I thought it would be interesting to see what they would look like from a different perspective. What are the most frequently used words or phrases in this new draft document? Let’s see! From […]

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  • Teacher Productivity Tools – Must Haves!

    Posted on September 23, 2013 by Jason in ESU 10.

    There are classroom tools and there are productivity tools. Some may overlap but this list is mostly for general teacher productivity. Google Apps for Education – GAFE (The swiss army knife of tools) Drive/Docs Gmail Calendar Contacts Plus/Hangouts Picasa YouTube Chrome Browser Evernote (Take and organize your notes) Skitch (Annotate your notes) Penultimate (For those who still like to write […]

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  • Google Apps: A Swiss Army Knife and More!

    Posted on September 17, 2013 by Jason in ESU 10.

    You have all seen, if not used, a Swiss Army knife. The tool of tools. If you are going to carry one tool, this is it. Useful at home, at the office, or out on the trail. So many creative ways to use this ingenious, original multi-tool. That’s what Google Apps for Education is for […]

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  • Steve Jobs: On Education

    Posted on January 19, 2012 by Jason in ESU 10, Thoughts.

    President Obama was fortunate enough to spend a few minutes with Steve Jobs in October of 2010. In that meeting, Jobs shared his opinions about the current US education system. As written by Walter Isaacson in his biography, Steve Jobs: Jobs also attacked America’s education system, saying that it was hopelessly antiquated and crippled by […]

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  • Mac Software

    Posted on September 27, 2011 by Jason in ESU 10.

    Okay – Not overly exciting but here is a list of software I use on a regular basis that I don’t believe I could live without. Dropbox Evernote Photoshop Elements Skype/IM/iChat OS X Mail/Gmail iCal/Google Calendar Firefox, Safari, Chrome (Diigo Extension on all) iTunes Text Wrangler Acrobat Pro Dreamweaver Animation-ish Cyberduck iLife iWork Google Earth […]

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  • No!

    Posted on August 4, 2011 by Jason in ESU 10, Thoughts.

    Posted in a school… Thoughts?

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  • Moot

    Posted on July 18, 2011 by Jason in ESU 10.

    I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the 2011 US West Coast Moodle Moot in Rohnert Park, California this past week. What an incredible conference! Being my first Moot, I was extremely impressed with not only the technical sessions but how everything tied back to the learning process. It really was about learning, not technology. […]

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  • My iPad Apps

    Posted on May 24, 2011 by Jason in ESU 10, Interests.

    Here is a list of the iPad Apps I use regularly. Starred are my favorites. Built-in: Safari* iBooks* Camera Mail* Calendar* Videos Apple Paid: iMovie* Garageband* Pages* Keynote* Free: Kindle* Safari To Go Pandora* Calculator Pro Adobe Ideas PS Express Chess.com Dropbox Evernote* Diigo Free News Apps: NPR ABC News CBSNews TWC MAX+ CNN Paid: Nightstand […]

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  • Apple Announcements: And what they mean for educators.

    Posted on October 21, 2010 by Jason in ESU 10.

    Steve Jobs hosted a press conference yesterday for a few new Apple announcements. What were the announcements and what do they mean for education? iLife 11 was up first with a demo of iPhoto, iMovie and Garageband. iWeb and iDVD are still a part of the suite but not demoed. I am little surprised iDVD […]

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  • My Top Five and Why: Tech Tools for Teachers

    Posted on September 20, 2010 by Jason in ESU 10, Thoughts.

    I recently posted a list of Top Tech Tools for Teachers that I believe are useful for all teachers. In going through this list and receiving feedback from others, it is clear that it can be overwhelming, especially for busy teachers just starting in the Education Technology arena. So my goal in this post is to […]

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  • Building Capacity

    Posted on September 8, 2010 by Jason in ESU 10, Presentations.

    In working with Tech Integration Specialists today were talking about how powerful self-discovery is in getting teachers to work with new technologies. I have worked through this process with several schools using the Learning Cycle (borrowed from the Microsoft Building 21st Century Schools curriculum) and have successfully introduced many new projects and technologies to educators throughout the state. The process […]

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  • Top Tech Tools for Teachers

    Posted on September 7, 2010 by Jason in ESU 10, Interests.

    This is a list I compiled for my wife and her new job as a learning coach. I also ran across this “Web 2.0 Resources for Teachers” that is quite useful. Web Presence: Blog, Google Site, Ning, Wiki Blogs: Google Blogspot, WordPress, Edublogs Productivity: GMail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, iGoogle Social Bookmarks: Diigo, Delicious Social Books: Google Books, GoodReads, LibraryThing Social Networking: Facebook, Twitter, Ning, Webkins Collaboration: Google Docs, Wiki File Storage/Backup: Google Docs, Dropbox Chat: Skype, Google Talk Media […]

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  • Why?

    Posted on July 29, 2010 by Jason in ESU 10, Thoughts.

    To be successful today and into the future we all KNOW everyone needs 21st century skills. But why? What concrete examples lead me to believe “my” job needs global awareness? Financial literacy? Why do I need communication and collaboration skills as a janitor? What is the purpose of learning creativity and innovation skills when all […]

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  • Obsolete Technologies

    Posted on June 16, 2010 by Jason in Blogs, ESU 10.

    Here are a couple of articles a colleague (Mrs. Coover) shared with me yesterday. Will be fun to look back in 20 years and say, “I remember when…” Technology that became obsolete within my lifetime 10 obsolete technologies to kill in 2010

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  • Animation-ish for TLW

    Posted on June 15, 2010 by Jason in ESU 10.

    I had the opportunity to showcase Animation-ish to our ESU Learning Web teams. This is a wonderful piece of software that can be used in any curricular area. Kids will have so much fun with it you won’t be able to pull them away from the computer! Here is a link to the website I […]

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  • New URL Shortner

    Posted on June 14, 2010 by Jason in ESU 10, Interests, Presentations.

    I am trying out a new URL shortner from YOURLS.org. It was easy to set up and configure. I like the idea of using it for workshop material, mobile phone links I use a lot, and more. For example, I am working on a presentation for Animation-ish tomorrow and so created the link http://JasonE.me/animation. Or […]

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  • Google Docs Viewer

    Posted on April 9, 2010 by Jason in EDU, ESU 10.

    You can use Google Docs Viewer to display PDFs, PowerPoints, or TIFF files in an online viewer so your audience does not have to download the file and have a third party view to display your files. You only need to put your files in an accessible place on the Internet. Once you have the […]

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  • What is your favorite EdTech blog?

    Posted on April 6, 2010 by Jason in Blogs, EDU, ESU 10.

    Some great blogs people suggested when I asked on Twitter and Facebook: http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/ http://web20classroom.blogspot.com/ http://www.freetech4teachers.com/ http://www.twitter.com/ Follow: Steven Anderson @web20classroom or Richard Byrne @rmbyrne http://fischbowl.com/ I also have some that I use in my WordPress workshop. You can find them here: http://blog.esu10.org/wordpress/training/blogging-resources/ Please share others!

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  • Series: Technology to Support Multiple Intelligences

    Posted on December 2, 2009 by Jason in EDU, ESU 10, Presentations, Thoughts.

    This is a series of articles on how and which technologies you might use to support the eight individual intelligences as defined in Dr. Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Here is a sequential outline of the articles: •  Introduction • Word Smart (linguistic intelligence) • Number Smart (logical-mathematical intelligence) • Picture Smart (spatial intelligence) • […]

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  • Fall Edutopia Newsletter Highlights

    Posted on August 24, 2009 by Jason in ESU 10.

    Just wanted to share highlights from a recent Edutopia newsletter titled “How to Bring Outdoor Education to Your Class.” You can find the online version here. Take a Hike: How to Make Being Outdoors In As gaming devices supplant games of catch, schools counter nature-deficit disorder with outdoor experiences. by Susan Brenna Though his parents […]

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  • ESU 10 Electronic Welcome Centers

    Posted on March 13, 2009 by Jason in ESU 10.

    With the advent of the ESU 10 facility expansion, the need for a kiosk to help guide visitors to their destination was apparent. Four key spots were identified to locate these new welcome centers. One at each east entrance, one in the hallway connecting the two wings, and one at the entrance of the north […]

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  • Relying on "The Cloud"

    Posted on March 2, 2009 by Jason in ESU 10.

    After reading “There’s silver lining to Google’s cloud computing glitch” by John Naughton, I pondered the following quote: Andy Grove, then the CEO of Intel, said in 1999, “In five years, companies that are not internet companies won’t be companies at all.” He was widely ridiculed at the time. But in fact he was very […]

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  • Stimulus Package and Schools

    Posted on February 15, 2009 by Jason in ESU 10.

    An excerpt from an article by the Associated Press. What are your thoughts? Schools: A main goal of education spending in the stimulus bill is to help keep teachers on the job. Nearly 600,000 jobs in elementary and secondary schools could be eliminated by state budget cuts over the next three years, according to a […]

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  • Google – Advanced Searches

    Posted on November 11, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    Your challenge today is to refine your searches so that you only see a relevant number of results applicable to the search you are doing. When doing searches, it is easy to just take the first couple results and assume they are the best. Google does a good job of putting relevant information at the […]

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  • Website – Social Networking

    Posted on November 10, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    Monday morning, I am getting ready for a workshop in one of our conference rooms. Setting up tables, laying out electrical reels, putting necessities on the tables: all of activities normally reserved for another day with educators. Sue walk in and asks, “How are you feeling?” A little confused, I responded, “Fine. Why?” “I was just wondering […]

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  • Creativity – Animation-ish

    Posted on November 9, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    Animation-ish, based on the book by Peter H. Reynolds called Ish, is a wonderful cross-platform tool to get started with animation. Fablevision has also created lessons for use in almost every curricular area: Counseling, English, Foreign Language, Handwriting, Health, History, Language Arts, Life Science, Mathematics, Music, Reading, Science, Social Sciences, Social Studies and Technology Education. Another […]

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  • Mobile Phones – Text reminders

    Posted on November 5, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    buzzz buzzz buzzz – buzzz buzzz buzzz From: 62262 Polls are open in Nebraska until 8pm. For location info visit: VoteForChange.com Just a little reminder to go out and vote. (Not that I would have missed THIS election!) Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to send our students a reminder on their phones to […]

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  • Google Tool – Reader

    Posted on November 4, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    Discover – Learn – Share I have blogged in the past about the importance of RSS or Real Simple Syndication. It is a way to read blogs or subscribe to web pages so you don’t have to visit the site every day to see if there are updates. Google Reader is a simple free tool […]

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  • Web Tool – Twitter

    Posted on November 3, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    There are some things that you look at on the web and think – “I just don’t have time for this!” When I first looked at Twitter a year ago, that’s exactly what I thought. I created an account and left it sit for months. But then came back to it and was amazed at the potential. […]

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  • Creative Inspiration

    Posted on November 2, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    It was many moons ago that I started in my education technology career. As a student at UNK I was hired by Graci Gillming (who is now our tech training team leader at ESU 10.) At that point in my life my job title was “Internet Specialist.” This included being the webmaster, showing faculty, staff […]

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  • November Blog Challenge

    Posted on November 1, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    There are a couple of us at ESU 10 who have taken on a challenge to write a blog post every day for the month of November. Several people in the educational technology career field have posted challenges and tips to better blogging. (See links below) As I thought about blogging, what I wanted to […]

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  • Building a 21st Century PLN

    Posted on October 27, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    Building a 21st Century PLN (Personal Learning Network) As the clock ticks and pulls us further into the 21st century, it is imperative we give our students the skills they will need to succeed in their lifetime. I believe we all know and understand they will have jobs and a future of which we cannot […]

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  • 2008 Trends in Technology

    Posted on September 29, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    2008 Trends in Technology What our 21st Century Students will face. Everywhere we turn, we are faced with new advances in information and technology and how we consume or contribute to these. Good Morning America is using Google Maps to animate where the latest hurricane is hitting. NTV is asking for stories and pictures from […]

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  • Model a learning environment…

    Posted on August 18, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    “[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”— Jim Henson (It’s Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider) Learning how to learn is the key to survival in the 21st century! The technology, tools, information, and everything we value now WILL change. Model a great learning environment […]

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  • K12 iTunes U

    Posted on July 3, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    AppleInsider Article: K-12 school material reaches iTunes U Previously reserved just for college and university material, iTunes U is now opening its doors to content suitable for students between kindergarten and grade 12 as well as their parents and teachers. Like the post-secondary material, the iTunes material for K-12 includes audio and video podcasts as […]

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  • How do YOU spell relief?

    Posted on June 25, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    Let me start by telling you a little story that happened to me recently. About five or six years ago, we started using a web content management system from Frontier called Manila. Manila has allowed us to provide web page services to teachers who otherwise would probably not have a web presence. It has been […]

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  • Hot Topics in Ed Tech

    Posted on June 23, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    Here are the hot topics as posted by the NECC website for 2008. http://center.uoregon.edu/ISTE/NECC2008/program/ The conference starts next week and I look forward to sharing many of the sessions with you all. We have also started a wiki that you can subscribe to and watch updates that happening. Take a look: http://netaatnecc.wikispaces.com/ Hot Topics Podcasting, […]

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  • Text / Tag Clouds

    Posted on June 12, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    Create your own text/tag clouds. Here are the popular places to create them: http://wordle.net/ * http://tagcrowd.com/ * http://www.makecloud.com/ http://www.tagmycloud.com/ http://www.tagcloud-generator.com/ http://tagcloud.oclc.org/tagcloud/TagCloudDemo * * I like these… Cool examples:John Adams Inaugural Address: http://chir.ag/tech/download/tagline/tagline/demo.htmlGeorge W. Bush State of the Union Address: http://chir.ag/phernalia/preztags/High Tech: http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/microsoft/archives/110473.asp The text cloud from my blog

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  • The Learning Web – '08

    Posted on June 12, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    We are starting day two of our Learning Web Institute here in Kearney, Nebraska. We have 6 facilitators: Graci Gillming, Melissa Engel, Deanna Stall, Bob Hays, Jackie Ediger and myself. There are 4 teams representing 4 schools: Silverlake, Gibbon, Bertrand and Ogallala. What is the learning web? A year-long professional institute promoting technology integration projects […]

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  • If these walls could talk…

    Posted on May 19, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    As I was sitting in Kearney Public School’s graduation yesterday, a recent sermon I heard played through my mind. It was of our pastor visiting his alma mater. His story detailed driving by places he had hung out and places he had studied. But as he visited these places, he noticed they weren’t the same. […]

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  • Web 2.0 Digital Dashboards

    Posted on April 14, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    We all know there is no one silver bullet when it comes to suggesting a technology to support a learning endeavor. We mix and match and use the latest/best tools, the tools our colleagues or students have access to, and the ones they are familiar with and will use. It sometimes gets to be quite […]

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  • Google Workshop

    Posted on April 10, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    Today we are working with Central Nebraska educators. We created Google Groups, and worked with Google Reader. We also worked with creating our own blogs on Blogger. Afternoon consisted of working with Picasa and Sketchup. I would also like to share a little diversion we like to do in the afternoon. We have each participant […]

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  • Mac OS X Preview – Cool FREE features

    Posted on April 6, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    Macworld Article: Preview’s hidden powers In the past, you had to purchase Adobe Acrobat Pro to do some of the features OS X Preview does now for free! A couple of the features you may find useful: Annotate – Leave comments, markup using ovals and rectangles, and create links within the document or to Internet […]

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  • Mad Libs

    Posted on April 4, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    Growing up I used to love to do Mad Libs. Those creations where you come up with different parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, and such and create funny stories. There are several online versions of these and I wanted to share. Not only are they just plain fun, they also teach parts […]

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  • Fitness Companion – Apple

    Posted on March 27, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    We might be on track to getting some technology in the schools to encourage fitness! We have a 50/50 mix of mac and pc schools in our districts and so having Apple forge this trail, we might see some action on the schools that use Apple. Apple developing full-fledged digital lifestyle fitness companion Brief overview: […]

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  • PBS – Resources for Health and Fitness

    Posted on March 17, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    As I was researching different topics, I ran across this great resource for teachers incorporating health and fitness concepts into their curriculum. There are a ton of resources including videos, books, links, lesson plans and much, much more! Check it out:http://www.pbs.org/teachers/healthfitness/

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  • Algebra for Success?

    Posted on March 14, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    Omaha World Herald article:Nebraska teachers agree with U.S. math report Excerpt:The national panel urged increased focus on algebra as a benchmark skill students should master and move beyond in high school. If students can do that, the panel said, it will boost their success in college and careers. I have a problem with using algebra […]

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  • Tax Time

    Posted on March 10, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    TurboTax Online While I am not excited about taxes, I am excited about a discovery I had this weekend. I did my taxes last year using TurboTax and was impressed enough to try it again this year. I received a CD in the mail to install the new 2007 version and upon opening the application, […]

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  • Google Earth Mashup – Batch Geocode

    Posted on March 6, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    A colleague from Kearney Public schools shared this with me during a workshop. I thought it would be a really cool tool for administrators and others that want to map addresses to Google Earth. You just need to create a report in your SIS to get the records. Once you have the addresses, upload the […]

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  • Wii Fit

    Posted on March 5, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    I guess I am in the movement mode as I investigate more opportunities for physical movement with students. After years of being negative toward the game industry and it’s affect on kids, we finally purchased a Wii for our household. It’s an amazing piece of equipment – Caveat: IF it is used as it was […]

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  • Fablevision: SmartMoves

    Posted on February 29, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    Do you have students who like to move? Everywhere? All the time? Fablevision has come out with a new DVD called SmartMoves™.http://www.fablevision.com/smartmoves/ This deceptively simple combination of movements and music can change the way we learn and remember. SmartMoves, a DVD, designed for students in grades 3-12, leads students through a series of increasingly complicated […]

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  • Google Account FYI

    Posted on February 28, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    Maybe some of you knew this but when I created my Google account many moons ago there was not the option of using your “real” email address. So I tried to create a name that would be worthy of my esu10 employment. However, it seems that now when anyone invites me to their docs and […]

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  • Info Literacy Workshop

    Posted on February 26, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    Here are the tools and links we worked on and talked about in our Information Literacy workshop today. Links to resources from first presentation: http://urltea.com/2nux Links to Workshop Outline done in Google Notebook: http://urltea.com/2qmx Dueling ToolsThis is a sharing time for participants to share a tech tool with others. It is time well spent sharing […]

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  • We need to work more like recipies!

    Posted on February 25, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    I ran across this and I really like the analogy of our work being a recipe. We need lots of good ingredients but not only that, they need to mix together and cook just right for it to taste right in the end. So I would argue that Google really does have a better product […]

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  • Apple Announcments

    Posted on February 13, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    Recent Apple Announcements and their Impact on Educators. 60 Second Macworld Review MacBook AirOn top of the list: the new MacBook Air. What does this new notebook computer mean for teachers? Well I think it will be a big hit for those wanting a small, light computer to take with them to do their daily […]

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  • New Tool – PicLens

    Posted on February 13, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    PicLens is a new tool I found that I think will really help educators. It is a tool that will save time and give visual learners a boost too. The software is a Firefox plugin that works with many image sites and creates a visual catalog of information. PicLens instantly transforms your browser into a […]

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  • Tech Showdown

    Posted on February 12, 2008 by Jason in ESU 10.

    We have recently started using a fun, after lunch, workshop activity. It is a Tech Showdown and everyone participates. The basic idea is that everyone in the workshop has to give a “Show and Tell” of a technology innovation they like and use. It can be ANYTHING! Then, we pair off and each person has […]

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