Professional Goals for 2012

Leave a comment

As the new year is upon us, many people take this time to reflect upon the year that has just passed and how they might want to learn, change, and grow professionally and personally in the new year.  To aid  in your professional growth, I am pleased to announce and share with you a new group blog created by a few Wissahickon colleagues called “Education is My Life” (  Be sure to click on over and check out the posts there, especially the new year’s ones entitled “New Year Resolutions (Teacher Edition)” and “My Wish List for Education in 2012”.

In the spirit of the new year, what are YOUR professional resolutions and goals for 2012?  Share them here!


Searcheeze – Collaborative Research Made Easy!

Leave a comment

Thanks to Christine Rineer who sent me the video below, and Ellen Kosh who sent it to her..  This looks to be an awesome, easy-to-use and effective collaborative research tool.  Not only can you build your collections (of websites, specific text on sites, photos, videos, anything) for your private use, but you can share them as well.  On top of that, you can invite others to work on your collections with you.  And there you have it, collaborative research!

In addition to finding and saving items into collections, there is the ability to add text to each entry, custom text fields in-between and among items, and also each item in the collection can be commented on, shared on social networking sites, etc.

Check out this video to learn more:


Check out my first “go” at a collection for Collaboration & Video Conferences:

How do you think this can be used in your classroom?  Leave your comments below!

FREE Moodle Webinars

Leave a comment

You’re Invited to CCIU’s 2011-12 Moodle Forums!

We have scheduled a full year of Moodle sessions, and as always, they’re on-the-house! Won’t you join us?

The Moodle Lesson, Explained
with guest Andy Petroski, Harrisburg University
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 | 3:30-4:30PM ET

Inside a Moodle Mind: Laurie Korte
with guest Laurie Korte, author of  Moodle Magic: Make it Happen
Monday, November 14, 2011 | 3:00-4:00PM ET

Inside a Moodle Mind: James Gates
with guest James Gates,
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 | 3:00-4:00PM ET

Welcome to Moodle 2.0, Part One: Navigating and Editing a Course
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 | 3:00-4:00PM ET

Moodle Modules and Plugins
with guest Andy Petroski, Harrisburg University
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 | 3:00-4:00PM ET

Moodle Design Disasters, Repaired
(back by popular demand!)
Wednesday, March 14, 2012  | 3:00-4:00PM ET

Welcome to Moodle 2.0, Part Two: Resource Changes
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 | 3:00-4:00PM ET

The Moodle Database, Explained
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | 3:00-4:00PM ET

Welcome to Moodle 2.0, Part Three: Activity Changes
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 | 3:00-4:00PM ET

Visit the Moodle Forums page to get the full scoop and descriptions.

Register for Act 48 credit at

Hope to see you there!

CCIU Moodle

YouTube <3’s Education

Leave a comment

Today launched a new channel designed specifically for teachers that provides tips on how teachers can use YouTube in the classroom.  Also new today is the YouTube Teachers Community, a mailing list, to allow educators to share their own tips and tricks.  Check it out at

In addition to this great new feature, I’d be remiss not to mention which is a YouTube’s Education area in which educational videos from a variety of colleges and universities (including the Khan Academy) are categorized by subject-area.  What a great way to find YouTube content for your class without having to search and wade through a lot of inappropriate stuff to find what you need!

In the video below,  Chris Anderson, the founder of TED, talks about how YouTube is driving innovation and its impact on education.

Wikispaces Projects

Leave a comment

If you know me and have worked with me these past few years, you know that I am a very avid fan and user of Wikispaces.  Although there are many reasons to use and love Wikispaces (check out Wiki eToolbox page for ideas), they have just released a new feature in educational wikis – Projects!

You now have the ability to create projects in your wikispace and set them as private or public. Then you can create different groups in the project and assign specific students to each group.  This is a very powerful tool for any type of collaborative project.  As the teacher, you get total control over everything and can change privacy settings as you see fit.  With this, you can feasibly have a wiki that parents/outside world can see but then also have private student work going on within the wiki that only the assigned students can see.  How cool is that?!

If you want to learn more, check out the Wikispaces announcement about it or watch the video tour.

If you want to jump in yourself, check out these great step-by-step directions.

If you want to try out creating a project and need help, just schedule an appointment and we’ll get started!

9/11 Resources from Discovery Education


Dear Teachers,

This year marks the tenth anniversary of September 11th, 2001.  Education is key to understanding and Discovery Education is proud to support your efforts to share these historic events with your students.

This year, we celebrate the courage of one nation, four communities, and the thousands of individuals affected. We will also highlight the innovations, rebuilding, and resurgence that have ascended in the aftermath.

Visit to access our exclusive September 11th educational content and offerings:

  • Comprehensive lesson plans, discussion guides, and curricular content to accompany live webcast events from communities most impacted by September 11th.  These events will be streamed to schools nationwide and available online.
  • A robust 9/11 Theme Page will be available to Discovery Education subscribers featuring curricular content aligned to grade level and episodes from Discovery Channel’s RISING: REBUILDING GROUND ZERO.

We are proud to provide these exclusive learning opportunities as you go beyond the walls of your classroom in remembrance of September 11th, 2001.


Discovery Education

Pinterest – a web based bulletin board

Leave a comment

Check out

This is a great site to collect pictures from the web onto a “bulletin board”.  It would be a great way for students to give a pictorial presentation about a topic or a book report.  There’s no need copy and paste.  There’s no need to worry about copyright because the link “pins” with the picture.

Check out my bulletin board on Picture to Promote Reading.

Older Entries