>Does Technology Matter in Schools?

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A big question that our school division is now asking is whether the use of technology is improving student learning? We are not the only people asking questions, the US Dept. of Learning is also inquiring. Here are the questions they asked as outlined in The Journal:

In what ways has technology improved the effectiveness of …

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>Encylopedia of Life

>There was a big announcement to create an Encyclopedia of Life that would take about 10 years to develop and 300 million pages. The educational implications would be incredible as they plan to share information on all of the species of animals and will allow information on SIGHTINGS from “amateurs.” The San Jose Mercury News …

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>YouTube

>YouTube is an excellent place to store mini-videos clips from your classroom. Not only can you upload your videos but you can also view the stored videos. It may be useful in social studies to view natural resources. Here is a video about Alberta Sands Oil or check out the Wind Turbines …

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>Online Image & Sound Tools

>I came across this site that has it all! Online Image & Sound Tools. Well has it all if you are doing anything with images, graphics, art or sound. Most of the applications are free and are online. I haven’t looked through all of the sites but there are some applications that could be used …

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>Word Games

>Do you have extra time and want to keep your mind sharp … Then these online Word Games are just what you looking for! These games can also be used with your entire class .. A great way to get students engaged and excited about Words! Just a word of caution that there are links …

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>Email Forwards

>Do you forward Email?? I tend to receive a lot of forwarded Email and there is nothing more annoying then trying to read past all of the >>>>>. I have a solution called Stripmail It is a free utility which:

Strips the characters “>” and “|” from forwarded e-mails.
Formats the text into paragraphs, making …

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>Online Video Feeds

>I know a lot of people are wanting to make better use of their digital camera and use that video function …Freevlog will help you edit & post your videos on the web so you can share it with family and/or friends. This site provides tutorials that are easy to follow and a place …

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>Bad Links

>Time to start thinking about your home room webpage again … here is a cool tool to check to see if all of your links on your page work. Link Checker All you have to do is paste your URL in the box and this tool will check all of your links and report the …

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