May 2009 Blog Posts (8)

Translate Text and Speech into Sign Language for the Deaf Using Avatars - By Lance Winslow

By Lance Winslow

You know those cute little characters you pick to represent you on Internet forums and Blogs, well imagine a dynamic Avatar that works with speech recognition software and coverts it to sign language? A deaf person could attend Professor Lectures, Speeches or listen in on a group discussion without having to read lips. How about a Text to sign language Avatar that would read a book to a deaf person or an email?

Well, imagine no more because this technology… Continue

Added by Lance Winslow on May 29, 2009 at 2:12am — No Comments

Share your teaching experiences with other educators

Share your teaching experiences with educators and students around the world.

Added by Nellie Deutsch on May 26, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Students Love Moodle

PC World Article - Students Love Moodle

Earlier this week, a friend of mine, Phil Shapiro, wrote an article in PC World entitled, Students Love Moodle.I was surprised and pleased to learn that Phil's article chronicled my experience using Moodle with my sixth grade students on Long Island. As teachers we all have many , many stories about our classrooms and students throughout the years. Every year is… Continue

Added by Sheila Gatling on May 24, 2009 at 9:09am — No Comments

New Research Report - Interested to Get Educator's Perspective

"Portland Public Schools: From Data and Decisions to Implementation and Results on Dropout Prevention".

I wanted to bring this new piece of research to the group's attention. As folks who concern yourselves with school improvement and innovative ideas about the future of education, I thought you might be interested in a new report that was recently added to IssueLab's collection. "Portland Public Schools: From Data and Decisions… Continue

Added by Gabi@IssueLab on May 22, 2009 at 1:06pm — 1 Comment

Education? What do you mean?

Developing, testing and implanting any new teaching/learning system will require a lot of time and effort. Things are changing so fast that it's mandatory practicing futuring and creating some scenarios for the near future before start designing new educational systems. Only then it will be possible to analyse what learnig (not educational) systems would be more effective at these new environments. Otherwise they will be born dead.

Added by Miguel Sacramento on May 20, 2009 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Inference-based Kidspiration Lesson for L2 learner/ESOL

Sample Activity Using Kidspiration for L2/ESL learners


• To use inference skills

• To make predictions

• To accurately identify an animal in the target language

• To apply descriptive phrases in the target language

• To recognize language in print

• To recognize oral language

• To apply descriptions to nouns

• To organize graphically the ideas of a process

Target Grade Level- K-12 depending on the role of the… Continue

Added by Her Appleness on May 12, 2009 at 2:08pm — No Comments

ESL and FLES go 21st century- Smartboard and Kidspiration 2.0

Five sample activities that you can do with L2 and ESOL learners using Kidspiration 2, PPT, the Smartboard and simple clipart tools.

Activity 1: Counting hearts

1. Go to

2. Make one heart of each color, and label them (can be done in English or Spanish)

3. Save each heart as JPEG and place them on your My Pictures file in a separate folders you will name “hearts”

4. Open a PPT slide, and add the hearts by doing INSERT- PICTURE-… Continue

Added by Her Appleness on May 12, 2009 at 2:02pm — No Comments

CRM for Students - Cloud Computing for Higher Ed

“… And I have become convinced that the most revolutionary force for change is the students themselves. Give children the tools they need and they will be the single most important source of guidance on how to make the schools relevant and effective”.

Don Tapscott, author of numerous books that discuss technology’s affect on our daily lives, including 'Growing up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation', McGraw Hill 1998; and, one of the most sought after experts on how the… Continue

Added by Ed Schlesinger on May 10, 2009 at 2:02pm — No Comments

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