My Bamboo Pen and Touch

I'm really excited about my new Bamboo Pen and Touch.  I can tell you one thing:  My students were definitely jealous when I walked into the classroom yesterday and started setting up.  They saw how great it was and they all wanted to try it out and get it themselves -- Especially when they realized how reasonable the prices are.  Already I can tell that this will be a great tool to assist in engaging students in the classroom.  I also think that it could be useful in the future for students to submit a question on-line without having to scan a page or learn a special program.  So, look for more to come from my new piece of technology after the new semester starts. ...
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Social Learning Environment

Today has been a terrific day for the most part.  It was final exam day, but instead of grading exams as the students turned them in (which I probably should have so that they would be done), I spent the day surfing the Internet for new ideas to use for next semester.  And here are few that I have uncovered: 1.  Edmodo - Edmodo is a a Social Learning Environment.  It is something that I have been looking for, but not been able to find until now.  It brings what seems to be the best of features of BlackBoard together into what looks something like Facebook.  And best of all, it's free.  So far, just through the few minutes I've put into exploring the website, I have found it extremely easy to set-up new classes, which they call "groups", and create alerts, notes, assignments, and polls.  (Major hint:  I tried to use twitter with my students one semester, and it was a major fail.) 2. ...
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