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Greenhow, Christine – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2009
Today, information and communication technologies such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter are some of the most popular technologies available on the Internet, with millions of users worldwide. Research is still trying to discover how people use them, for what purposes, and in what settings, and investigate how they may be shaping the ways they…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Internet, Educational Trends, Web Sites
Redekopp, Reynold; Bourbonniere, Elizabeth – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2009
All teachers know them--the students who sit in the back of the room and never make a peep. If prodded, they may reluctantly offer a comment or opinion, but they are so obviously uncomfortable about participating that a teacher may wonder if it is even worth trying to engage them. Are they unprepared or just shy? Do they lack ideas or merely need…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Class Activities, Electronic Publishing, Student Attitudes
Bigenho, Chris – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2009
In this article, the author introduces the world of RSS (Real Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary), one of the least used and understood of all the Web 2.0 tools. RSS technology has two parts: (1) feeds; and (2) aggregators. RSS feeds use a special type of HTML known as XML. Each feed is defined with channel tags, which contain specific…
Descriptors: Internet, Computer Uses in Education, Selective Dissemination of Information, Electronic Publishing
Ikpeze, Chinwe H. – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2009
Working to transform his classroom, fifth grade teacher John Blain of Buffalo (New York) public schools infused technology into his literature lessons by adding an online literature discussion to his more traditional classroom discussion. Students were assigned to read Kate DiCamillo's books "Because of Winn-Dixie" and "The Tiger…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Grade 5, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
Van 'T Hooft, Mark – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2008
Learning is becoming more personal, yet collaborative and networked, portable and situated, ubiquitous and durable--and increasingly at odds with formal education, as more and different types of learning are happening outside of the classroom. In this article, the author provides a glimpse of what the not-so-distant future of education might…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Internet, Computer Mediated Communication
Richardson, Karen Work – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2008
Educators in K-12 and university settings have begun to embrace blogs for a variety of reasons and in a variety of ways. Blogging provides technical advantages that paper diaries do not, including the elimination of the notebooks themselves and the possibility of linking to relevant materials online rather than just citing them. In addition, the…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Internet
Klein, Jim – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2008
Education technology leaders are ever seeking new ways to eliminate the traditional social and geographic boundaries that hinder communication and collaboration for both K-12 students and educators. Larger districts with geographically dispersed schools often find that innovative ideas for technology use and integration are balkanized into…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Program Development, Social Networks, School Districts
Barrett, Joanne – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2006
Social networking is one of the latest trends to evolve out of the growing online community. Social networking sites gather data submitted by members that is then stored as user profiles. The data or profiles can then be shared among the members of the site. Membership can be free or fee-based. A typical social networking site provides members…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Profiles, Social Networks, Web Sites