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How often do we give ourselves permission to fail at something? What about our students?
While I haven’t quite worked out all of the details yet, THIS is what I want for my classroom:
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I’ve spent most of the last week setting up my class website in order to get it ready for students on Friday (more on that later). In doing so, I’ve spent a great deal of time playing around with Widgetbox looking for fun gadgets to drop into the sidebars of the site. And I’m impressed. While I can’t guarantee that it is truly the “World’s best place to find and make widgets,” I can say that is my favorite.
First, I was able to make a couple of customized widgets in less than ten minutes, complete with tabs for Twitter accounts, Delicious bookmarks, and news updates from NPR and CNN. And while my final products required a Pro account ($29.99/year), I could have accomplished similar results using a couple of different free widgets.
In addition to allowing you to create a customized widget, Widgetbox also offers a number of free pre-made widgets perfect for educators. Among my favorites are:
- Bill of Rights
- Find Your US Representative
- Geography in the News
- History in the News
- NewsHour Extra
- Political Bedfellows
- Supreme Court Watch
- This Day in History
- Timeline: US Presidents
- World Counters
It is important to note, however, that free widgets often run ads (I never ran across anything inappropriate for students) and that Widgetbox does not play well with WordPress.com.
And, as always, I’ll add widgets to the list as I find them so feel free to leave a comment with your favorites.
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The annual K12 Online Conference provides the opportunity to participate in a first rate conference from the comfort of your living room…for free. From December 7-11 and December14-17, forty presentations will be posted online at the conference blog allowing viewers to participate in both real time and on their own (I watched recordings of the 2007 sessions while standing in line to vote last year).
Sessions that I am looking particularly forward to include:
- Building on Analog Success with 2.0 Technology with Kelley Connolly
- Bridging History Using Web 2.0 Tools with Robin Beaver
- Organizational Learning and Technology Collide with Ben Grey
- Probing the Possibilities of a Paperless Pedagogy with Jason Neiffer
- Building a Web 2.0 Culture with Paul Curtis
- Ways of Working with Chris Betcher
- Nurturing the 21st Century History Teacher with Thomas Daccord
- Googlios: When Google Apps Meet ePortfolios & PLNs with G. Alex Ambrose
- Remixing in the Classroom: Engagement for History Students with Neil Stephenson
- Thriving in a Collaborative Web 2.0 Classroom with Thomas Daccord
Be sure to check out the entire conference program to find your favorites.