Author Archives: Bill

Making connections with Graphwords

When asked about how to help students make connections between words and concepts, not too long ago I would have directed teachers to a tool like Google’s Wonder Wheel. Earlier this year, Google discontinued this tool in an effort to … Continue reading

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Tips for using YouTube

According to YouTube’s statistics page, “More than 13 million hours of video were uploaded during 2010 and 48 hours of video are uploaded every minute, resulting in nearly 8 years of content uploaded every day.” That’s an amazing amount of video … Continue reading

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Technology Standards

Every curricular area has a professional organization where teachers turn for leadership and support. As an English teacher, NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) was, and continues to be, a source that I turn to for ideas, practice and … Continue reading

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Tech Housekeeping for a New Year

As the year begins and you begin to dust off the files that you use with your classes, there are a few easy housekeeping tasks you may want to do to keep your computer going and you relatively happy with it. … Continue reading

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Free online PD for the summer

It’s so weird to think that another year is about to come to a close. In nine short months, another class has come and gone. Summer is upon us and for many teachers, that means taking classes and attending professional … Continue reading

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Sticky Note Online Collaboration

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Managing Email in Groupwise Using Rules

While email has changed the way many of us communicate, it can also quickly become overwhelming and one of those tasks that we dread. One way to get past this is to start using rules and folders to organize your … Continue reading

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