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Do you use cool online tools in your teaching? Wondering what all this Web 2.0 buzz is about? Want to learn more about web applications and other online tools for educators? You've come to the right group. Share your ideas and experiences, discover new tools and learn about cool online tools for educators.

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Marcia Torgrude, mjohnson


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Jun 5, 2010

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One of our keynote speakers at the TIE Conference in South Dakota was Kathy Shrock! I don't think this woman ever sleeps with all that she is doing to help educators implement technology appropriately in the classroom. This session was focused on Telling Stories digitally.


Research states that facts and figures only activate the part of the brain where we make sense of words. But, when listening to a digital story, a recent article reports "not only are the language processing parts in our brain activated, but any other area in our brain that we would use when experiencing the events of the story are, too". To get their point across, the business world is shifting from bullet points to stories. How can we do this in schools? Presenting content using storytelling can be captivating, compelling, and can help students grasp the content. This presentation will include the research to support this pedagogical shift, various examples of content presented this way, and an overview of the process and tools that can be used to create these rich digital stories.Digital Storytelling - Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything


In addition to teaching online, Kathy writes, speaks, blogs, tweets, and conducts professional development workshops, presentations, and keynotes nationally and internationally. She is known for her practical presentations dealing with pedagogically sound practices for the embedding of technology seamlessly into teaching and learning. Her passions are online tools to support classroom instruction, the role of emerging technologies in the classroom, infographics, tablets in the classroom, copyright and intellectual property, and gadgets of any type! You can find her on Twitter (@kathyschrock), Skype (kathyschrock), Google+, and on many other social networks!

She currently maintains these Web sites:

Kathy has written hundreds of articles dealing with technology and education and has authored several books about edtech topics. In addition, she has received numerous awards for her work, including a People's Choice Webby, the ISTE and MassCUE Making IT Happen Award, the NCTIES Service Learning Award, has served on the ISTE Board of Directors twice, and has worked with the US Department of Education on several educational technology initiatives


The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) has teamed with the Pearson Foundation to capture and share exemplary 21st century learning practices that are improving schools, student learning and opportunities in classrooms and communities across the United States.

In addition to identifying, documenting, sharing and celebrating the 21st century practices of exemplar schools they are reporting on the broader common features– the Patterns of Innovation– that emerge across exemplar schools and appear to be at the heart of their effective transformation into 21st Century Learning Environments.

The 5 essential ingredients they have thus far identified as contributing to exemplar schools' success are:

  • Student Voice
  • Engaged Community
  • Distributed Leadership
  • Climate of Achievement
  • Evidence & Research

The implementation of the P21 Framework for 21st Century Learning is found threaded across each of these areas.

The Patterns of Innovation report  was developed by Christopher Brown of the Pearson Foundation, with input from the P21 Exemplar Working Group and staff, and designed by Collaborative Communications Group.





Verizon Foundation survey findings on middle school students' use of technology:


Research on Mobile Technology


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2014 Trends - What's Hot and What's Not

T.H.E. Journal had an article discussing 10 Trends for 2014  which I placed in the blog for your reading pleasure. I decided to select 5 of... Read more.

Marcia TorgrudeCreated by Marcia Torgrude on Jan 7, 2014 in Online Tools for Educators