TGIF ~ December 18, 2009

Technology Gems, Ideas, and Facts

Friday, December 18, 2009

Gem ~ a website or application that might work well for you or your students

Want to learn more about some of the topics I write about each week? The K12 Online Conference is a collection of professional development sessions posted online by teachers and educational technology professionals from around the world. Now in its fourth year, the “conference” allows teachers to access sessions on their own schedule. Topics are varied and are delivered online via videos with supporting links. The 2009 conference started two weeks ago, but all presentations are archived (as are presentations from the past three years). I love this format for professional development because I can choose the topics that interest me the most and view them when I have time.  If you have a few minutes and are interested in learning more about any facet of educational technology, you can check out the schedule here. (

Idea ~ a way to enhance your LFS lessons with technology

A little “holiday cheer” from the Learning Focused Connections Newsletter (that has nothing to do with technology…)

The Twelve Days of Learning-Focused

by Laurian Phillips

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Learning-Focused gave to me:

12 Students Summarizing

11 Thinkers Thinking

10 Graphic Organizers

9 Acceleration Lessons

8 Frayer Diagrams

7 Pairs – a – Sharing

6 Vocabulary Strategies

5 Teachers Planning Collaboratively

4 Word Walls

3 Differentiated Tasks

2 Student Rubrics

And a big, giant Student Learning Map.

(If you’re not already receiving the Learning Focused Connections Newsletter via email, you can subscribe here:

Fact ~ Just a bit of information

I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the long holiday break. Before you leave next Wednesday, please be sure to shut down your teacher computer and any student computers that are in your care. Also, please unplug all laptop carts. This will save some electricity over the break and give the machines a rest as well.

Since we won’t be here next Friday, this is the last TGIF for 2009. I wish you all a happy, restful break. See you in 2010!



One thought on “TGIF ~ December 18, 2009

  1. Jane Killian December 18, 2009 / 2:48 pm

    Anne, thanks for keeping up this weekly blog. I learn or try something new every week. The Google items last week were great. In fact, it led to my son-in-law helping me find out how I could add items to my Google calendar by texting on my cell phone. Check it off as one more shortcut! Merry Christmas!


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