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Digital Portfolios

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hanna Shekhter Dec 25, 2011. 5 Replies

In general, I wonder why the concept of portfolios in schools has not caught on more. Why aren't more schools keeping student work from the beginning of their educational career until they graduate.…Continue

To tech or not to tech? That is the question...

Started Oct 31, 2011 0 Replies

In light of Matt Richtel's recent article, "A Silicon Valley School That Doesn't Compute," (New York Times, October 22, 2011), I find it confusing how much the education world today seems to push…Continue

SketchUp

Started Oct 10, 2011 0 Replies

Google offers a free software called SketchUp (http://sketchup.google.com/) for educational organizations. It is a great tool to build 3D models. I can…Continue

 

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Reflections on Educational Technology

The more that I have learned about Ed Tech, the more I discover how much "stuff" is out there. There is a program for every particular niche and then some. One program does something one way and a second program does seemingly the same thing but slightly differently. It begins to become difficult to sift through after a while.This is why I believe that when all is said and done we need to make sure not to loose sight of the goal. Our ultimate goal is to use these tools in order to better…See More
Jun 8, 2012
Greg Golkin commented on Yehudah Potok's blog post Web 2.0 Tools
"Hi Yehudah - i have been working on a free project of this kind specifically designed for the education space (though it is flexible to use in any arena). It's called ThinkBinder and can be found here: http://thinkbinder.com/…"
Apr 19, 2012
Yehudah Potok posted a blog post

Web 2.0 Tools

The tools that Web 2.0 can be great however the piece which still frustrates me is that they are not all seamlessly in on place. It is bothersome to have to go in and out of various accounts in order to accomplish a task. It is great to be able to access these files and tools from anywhere via the web but I have to keep track of various accounts and log-ins currently. I look forward to the day when Web 2.5 can bring bring all of these different tools that exist on the cloud under one roof so…See More
Apr 6, 2012
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Mar 20, 2012
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Not losing ourselves to a world beyond our own

I think that there is great wisdom in our tradition in placing most emphasis on the here and now and not focusing all that much of the hereafter. God placed us in this world so that we should watch over it and take care of it and serve God through it. I feel it a shame that we feel the need to send out students into virtual worlds in order to peak their interest or broaden their horizons. Why can't we have our students engage in the world that is all around them rather than sinking into an…See More
Mar 19, 2012
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Keeping It Fresh

So I just signed into Prezi for the first time. I still remember when Power Point was first introduced. It was the rave and everyone started using it. If you didn't use it, it was like you were a pariah and your presentation was considered second rate. In truth, it did in fact help to organize ideas and present them in a linear way. But, the presentations were in fact then linear. The presenter would go from start to finish in a straight path with no real ability to fully connect multiple…See More
Mar 5, 2012
Dov Emerson commented on Yehudah Potok's blog post Too much of a good (mediocre) thing
"Yehudah- many of the points that you raise regarding Twitter, et al., are well taken. It can indeed be overwhelming and in fact even turn into a burden at times if you are trying to follow every last tweet or update. The fact that many people are…"
Feb 26, 2012
Yehudah Potok posted a blog post

Too much of a good (mediocre) thing

It was only about a year and a half ago that I took the plunge and set up a Facebook page. Then this year, I took yet another step and established a twitter page. Since then I have been looking into and singing up for other social media site. As I delve deeper into social media, what I have realized is that it is all overwhelming. For every service, it is a yet another account with yet another log-in and yet another network of streams and streams of e-conversations. How in the world is a person…See More
Feb 26, 2012
Stew Greenberg commented on Yehudah Potok's blog post Productivity tools to help ease the work flow
"Ive used instapaper for a while now and find it incredibly useful. While reviewing tweets, linkedin, blog posts etc... I often dont have time to follow up on the links I want to explre further.  This tool files the link away so that I can…"
Feb 20, 2012
Yehudah Potok posted a blog post

Productivity tools to help ease the work flow

The two main purposes of productivity tools seem to be to help ease the work flow and to be able to connect teams together around information. A great tool that I have discovered is http://www.instapaper.com. It is a tool that enables you to instantly save a link to a running file for later viewing or sharing. I have lots to read throughout my day and little time to read it at the moment that it comes across my desk. The ability to file a link a way to a…See More
Feb 20, 2012
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Jan 29, 2012
Hanna Shekhter replied to Yehudah Potok's discussion Digital Portfolios
"I can see how something like Google Docs might help both teachers and students create, manage and guide in a student portfolio. We have been introducing the concept of Google Sites to our teachers to keep their portfolios without creating too much…"
Dec 25, 2011
Eitan Novick replied to Yehudah Potok's discussion Digital Portfolios
"Great point. It could be a real opportunity for students to own their work and watch it's accumulation. It would not only serve as a reference point for teachers and a way to monitor a student's progression, but also a source of pride for…"
Dec 22, 2011
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Dec 13, 2011
Yehudah Potok posted a blog post

Twitter and Plagiarism

So, I was recently introduced to Twitter (still just learning) and as I began using it, it occurred to me that with the advent of the internet, plagiarism issues became that much more complicated. And yet, when I look at something like Twitter I cannot even begin to imagine how to address plagiarism with regards to such a technology. Is there even such a thing as plagiarizing on Twitter? If you only get X numbers of characters to Tweat, what happens if you quote someone but don't have room for…See More
Dec 12, 2011

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Reflections on Educational Technology

Posted on June 8, 2012 at 3:39am 0 Comments

The more that I have learned about Ed Tech, the more I discover how much "stuff" is out there. There is a program for every particular niche and then some. One program does something one way and a second program does seemingly the same thing but slightly differently. It begins to become difficult to sift through after a while.



This is why I believe that when all is said and done we need to make sure not to loose sight of the goal. Our ultimate goal is to use these…

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Web 2.0 Tools

Posted on April 6, 2012 at 5:13pm 1 Comment

The tools that Web 2.0 can be great however the piece which still frustrates me is that they are not all seamlessly in on place. It is bothersome to have to go in and out of various accounts in order to accomplish a task. It is great to be able to access these files and tools from anywhere via the web but I have to keep track of various accounts and log-ins currently. I look forward to the day when Web 2.5 can bring bring all of these…

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Wiki Project Management

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 7:15pm 0 Comments

There is a great new feature on Wikispaces that enables a teacher to have better control over timing of an assignment using Wiki's. This new project management system allows the teachers to automatically allow specific groups of students access to a Wiki project without having to turn on the Wiki manually. It can be done from the outset when you are creating the project. What a relief for a teacher not to have to worry about going back in to make it go live! Thank you…

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Vodcasting - everyone is doing it...

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 6:48pm 0 Comments

Not too long ago Vodcasting was new media. Like many technologies that have hit the scene over the last few years, they come fast and furious. Not every technology makes it (we usually don't even notice the ones that do not) but the ones that do tend to alter the way we get our information and interact with others in our world. Vodcasting is certainly one of those world changing technologies.



It used to be that the majority of our information came from written…

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