mikeromard on April 5th, 2010

Teachers will always ask students to read books and share what they have learned. But, how students share that knowledge and achiever higher levels of thinking by synthesizing and making personal connections can be achieved by going beyond text on paper. The current generation will do a quick search on YouTube to troubleshoot a hard […]

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mikeromard on November 16th, 2008

Nutrition is a key study at any grade, but my current grade 3s are studying it in detail. I’ve always found BrainPopJr and BrainPop to be great clever and age-appropriate places to begin. Ask your teacher about your school account and password. BrainPopJr Movie Food Pyramid – A good introduction to food and effects of […]

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mikeromard on November 6th, 2008

Zamzar is a website that can convert a huge number of image, audio and video formats – for free. I found it when I was asking how to save YouTube videos to share with students – just in case the Internet kicks out (which happens regularly in China) or if I need to have it […]

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mikeromard on October 20th, 2008

“What will be your legacy?” – that was the essential question Superintendent Dennis Larkin asked candidates for a lead technology position at our school. So being the reflective thinker that I am, I quietly processed this question and I think I’ve found my answer. My goal is to empower my staff by helping them develop […]

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mikeromard on October 20th, 2008

A gem of a website for presentations is www.slideshare.net which is the largest collection for sharing slideshows, both by individuals and organizations. It’s a great place to store and share your slideshows quickly. And it’s free. Yet, the greatest eye opener for me was the opportunity to view thousands of other uploaded presentations, which are […]

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mikeromard on September 26th, 2008

The key message for the Learning 2.008 Conference will be literacy. A dozen education bloggers queried conference keynote speakers (David Jakes, David Warlick and Clarence Fisher) on what would likely be the essential topic to discuss with our staff members when we returned to their schools. Students need to be independent thinkers. Literacy is fundamental […]

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mikeromard on May 13th, 2008

Imagine if students from each city created informational movies of their home cities to be shared with other children from all over the world. Impressive. You bet. I was stoked when the elementary librarian, Tara Etheridge, shared this idea with me. We quickly found a fellow enthusiast in Jeanine Merrill and her fourth grade students. […]

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Mike Romard on January 27th, 2008

When I was a kid, we made a poster or a written report to show we had learned something. It was usually a time we worked hard, while our teacher did his/her tax forms or summer travel plans. But, with today’s Teacher 2.0 types walking around, they won’t settle for those backdated things anymore. No, […]

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