Mark Barnes

ISTE Video Tells All

Posted in Impact on Education, Recent Events, Web 2.0 by Mark Barnes on February 20, 2010

The International Society for Technology in Education creates networks for teachers, in both real life and second life.  

Learn more from this excellent video.  

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Can Google Wave change the way we teach?

Posted in applications, classroom web site, multimedia, Web 2.0 by Mark Barnes on January 19, 2010

A recent article at eSchool News suggests that Google’s still-in-test-mode Wave program just might change education forever. Although there are both positive and negative reviews on Google Wave from the choice few who have been invited to try it, most teachers who love technology are guardedly enthusiastic about the advent of Google Wave and its potential effect on teaching.

From what I’ve seen and read, Google Wave is a ramped-up e-mail program that allows users to create an e-mail that is sort of like an ongoing chat. There are a lot of other cool features, but I haven’t seen enough to determine if Google Wave is something that can eventually replace my already souped-up classroom web site.

Until it’s available for all of us, check out the video below and judge for yourself.

Embed video on your classroom web site

Posted in classroom web site, multimedia, Teaching Tools, Web 2.0 by Mark Barnes on January 17, 2010

Embedding a video that supports a lesson on your classroom web site is a wonderful way to grab your students’ attention and get them talking.

During our unit on Lois Lowry’s The Giver, I use video like the one embedded on my web site’s The Giver unit page.

You can grab the code for videos like this in any number of places. Obviously, YouTube is a great place for video, but many school districts block YouTube. With due diligence, though, you can find great videos, put them on your web site and get your students talking.