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Week of April 24 - May 1, 2010

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Welcome to this week's EdTechTalk (ETT) newsletter! Webquests were discussed in the Instructional Design show. Here are some resources shared during the show:

* WebQuest.org: www.webquest.org. Bernie Dodge'ss original WebQuest site, where a number of WebQuest templates are available.

* Free Sites for Hosting WebQuests

* WebQuest Direct: http://www.webquestdirect.com.au/swat/
* Zunal: http://www.zunal.com/
* Free Templates: http://educationaltechnology.ca/resources/webquest/templates.php

* Example WebQuests

o Exploring China: http://www.kn.att.com/wired/China/ChinaQuest.html
o School Safety Zone: http://www.kn.sbc.com/wired/nonviolence/intro.htm
o WebQuest Direct: http://www.webquestdirect.com.au/webquest.asp?id=601&page=4573--Elementary
o Zunal: http://zunal.com/webquest.php?user=26032 --MBA International Business

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The Week in Review

Instructional-Design-Live#16 2010-4-30 WebQuests

WebQuests have been around since 1995 and came about, in part, to address the need for critical thinking skills in the active investigation of web resources for learning. In this episode, we consider how WebQuests can be used to promote critical thinking and engaged learning.

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ETT21 #129: Demetri Orlando on NAIS Online Learning Guidelines

Demetri Orlando, Chair of tne NAIS 21st Century Curriculum/Technology Task Force joined us to discuss the draft NAIS Online Learning Guidelines recently published for comment. A dicsussion of the future of blended learning environments in Independent Schools occurred.

Teachers Teaching Teachers #195 - Spring Curriculum Share - 04.07.10It’s Spring in the northern hemisphere. Some of us have five or six, others nine weeks left in the academic year. It’s a great time to try out something new or to reflect on what we tried this year. What are you doing this academic season? Listen to this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers, then let us know what you are doing this sprinng Paul Allison and Rachel Smith reported on how Evoke is going, perhaps with a student or two. Susan Ettenheim and Chris Sloan talked about how their collaborations in digital photography classes are going. Matt Montagne and a student discussed Goggle Apps and the plans, at the time, for Earth Day, which was a success again this year.

2010-04-29 Seedlings Chat with Lisa Nielson and Willyn Webb
If you have been on the fence about using Cell Phones in your classroom either inschool or for homework, listen to this great podcast. During the show we said you will have to listen FAST to get all the great information!

 

Also, the authors want to stay in touch, have you give feedback, be part of their research. So, follow them and get involved in this conversation! How can the folks here keep the conversation going and learn more?

* Complete our Cell Interest Survey at http://tinyurl.com/cellinterestsurvey. We'll invite you to:

+ Facebook group - Let Students Use Cell phones to learn

+ Classroom 20 cell phone group

+ Some preview chapters of our book

+ Check out my blog http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com

 

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