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A group where educators can learn and identify which Educational Technology tools are appropriate for them. I'm hoping to simplify this process for educators and am open to any feedback (organization, specific sites, beta vs ready, etc etc.)

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Just wanted to give a special thank you to Shelly Terrell for her thoughtful suggestions/influence regarding this group.

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How to reach young people (13-25 years) with important Health and Safety messages.

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Part of the British Safety Council's Speak Up, Stay Safe campaign to buildawareness and understanding of work-related risks with young people (13-25years), the multi-platform app is a cutting edge…Continue


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 The global Spellathon championship is taking place 21 - 27 May 2012. Giving children of all ages time to register, practice and fundraise for their school. Details & registration here:…Continue

K-12 Tech Tools

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Hey Amazing Educators!I put together a free database of over 2,000 kid-friendly, safe online resources categorized by grade level, subject, and standard: …Continue

NEW and Free online resource for English spelling practice...

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Spellathon is a  free online teaching resource for English spelling practice in the classroom and at home. Its  fun, competitive and engaging.Spellathon is also the biggest sponsored global spelling…Continue


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Comment by Donna Murdoch on November 18, 2009 at 3:42pm
Hi Lorraine,
I have been following Guy Kawasaki's 10/20/30 PowerPoint rule for as long as I can remember. I highly recommend Sliderocket ( as an alternative to PowerPoint. While virtually the same concept, it is a web based application that makes beautiful slide presentations and it is so easy. Not only that, it lends itself to doing what a PowerPoint presentation should do - augment, not outline, the presentation. The ability to embed video, photos, and personal assets (photos, etc) is all a part of it. Every time I use it, 10 more people seem to start using it too! Good luck to you!
Comment by Karla Duff on November 18, 2009 at 2:21pm
Dear edtech friends,

I wanted to let you know that I am participating in a Microgrant program sponsored by PCI Education and an online community, called WeAreTeachers.

My project will help connect students to the world using technology.

The 10 recipients of this grant receive $200 to aide their work with special education students, as well as a flip video camera. Recipients are selected through an online voting process. SO -- If you have a moment, I'd really appreciate you going online and voting for my project. It would really mean a lot to me to have your vote and support! Just go to and follow the directions there.

Thanks, Karla Duff
Comment by David Kapuler on November 6, 2009 at 11:59am
I like the wiki you have started for blogging, we can use it however you think is best.
Comment by Dodie Ainslie on November 6, 2009 at 8:48am
I had started a wiki to compare blogging platforms for use with students.
I don't mind if we put it in Technology Faceoff... but
I would like to have a discussion on blogging platforms that work well for school settings.
I agree- we can start with one topic and look at it before going on...
Comment by Lorraine Elder on October 20, 2009 at 8:14pm
Comment by Shelly Terrell on October 20, 2009 at 1:29pm
I love the mission you stated, "Together we can weed out the bad and focus on the good!!"
Comment by David Kapuler on October 20, 2009 at 1:25pm
Lets get started!! Hopefully, this will be an evolving group where we can help/learn from each other. Please indicate any resources/sites you'd like to see reviewed. Also, if there are any categories/subjects you'd like to focus on please post away.

W/ the evolution of the web and the way Cloud Computing has taken over we can find resources (free) that can meet any educators need. Together we can weed out the bad and focus on the good!!

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