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Great Press on UNT School of Information April 27, 2014

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Just wanted to share some wonderful press about my school!  This doctorate program sounds great for those who are ready.



Mobile Computer Classroom – Brilliant! November 15, 2013

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I know this story is not new, but I just came across it today.  I was so moved by what I saw (and a little jealous that I had not thought of it first – ha ha!), I just had to pass this story along.  I would love to be part of this program and share her vision across America.  You just have to watch the video to get the full story, but here is a link to her official website:

Estella’s Brilliant Bus


Storyboard: The Case for Digital Portfolios October 13, 2013

Filed under: Personal — S. Michele Holmes @ 3:55 am

Storyboard: The Case for Digital Portfolios

I posted my initial proposal for my digital portfolio project a while back, and now it is time to submit the storyboard for the project.  I really like the idea of using a Web 2.0 tool to create the project which can also be added to a digital portfolio.  I have chosen to use Prezi just because it is a GREAT presentation tool.  After all, I am creating my own digital portfolio.  Please keep in mind that this is only the storyboard, so there is no content other than my main title and questions.   Just click the link above and enjoy.  I eagerly await comments from my followers!


How is Open Education Going to Change Education September 22, 2013

Filed under: Personal — S. Michele Holmes @ 9:00 pm

Here is a great article about a viable alternative to traditional education.

Inside the classroom, outside the box!

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”
By Margaret Mead

Open Education is open free global educational content, available to anyone, anywhere at anytime. The internet has allowed us to gain access to content and devices, such as smartphones and tablets, have allowed us to do this quickly. Check out this video to see why open education is changing the world?

If we don’t change our schools, soon parents are not going to force their children to go to school. They will home school them or send them to open education ‘schools’. Where the student are in charge of their learning and goals.  Think I am wrong, look how many students are successful and they did not go to college. Many students attend a massive open online course (MOOC) to learn skills they are interested in. One of the things I am starting to become…

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Glogster September 7, 2013

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Equating Education to Napster? August 8, 2013

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I actually just wrote about much of this topic for my final exam in the class I just finished. How about them apples?


On Your Way to the Digital Classroom June 6, 2013

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It’s been a while since I’ve written an original blog, and I attended two “technology in the classroom” trainings yesterday, so I finally have something to write about.  Some of these Web 2.0 tools I have been using for a while, but I’m still attempting to invent new ways to use them.  Others I’ve heard of but haven’t made the time to explore.  Here’s what we experimented with:


A variation on PowerPoint which steps outside the “slide” mentality, Prezi allows teachers to collect and organize text, pictures, video onto one page.  The viewer “travels” by zooming in and out and rotating to the information.  A really neat feature is that PowerPoints can EASILY be imported and manipulated within the program, so all that time you’ve spent making PowerPoints is not lost!  Older students should be able to work independently on a Prezi, but younger students with a lack of computer experience may need to work with partners or in groups.  There are so many great Prezis out there, and here’s a few that show off Prezi’s versatility:


An online virtual poster maker, Glogster is a great way to save money on markers and glitter and allow more experimentation with design.  Adding pictures, video, sound, and animations to the Glogs makes the posters more dynamic than traditional paper posters.  Students of all ages and computer abilities should be able to use this program with minor assistance, but patience is required when working with a lot of media.  The link above takes you to Glogster EDU which controls content unsafe for students.  Here are a few really cool Glogs:

QR Codes

Have you seen those funny little digital squares on your groceries?  They are QR codes, and using a QR reader on a digital device connects the user to further information, which offers a variety of application in the digital classroom.  The link above takes you to a QR Code generator.  The codes can be imbedded in printable documents such as homework assignments and letters to parents which can then be scanned by the students or parents at home to link them to websites, videos, email addresses, documents, PowerPoints, etc.  Using QR codes in classroom activities involves more thought but greater possibilities; for example, post QR codes around your room linking students to questions you would normally have on a worksheet to give them an engaging way to complete the same objectives or activities.  How about displaying vocabulary words around the classroom with QR codes linking students to definitions and pictures as a new way to explore vocabulary.  Here are a few QR codes to some of my favorite links:

qrcode.13964401          qrcode.13964462           qrcode.13965164



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