10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


Top 10 Webinars from 2012

As the first month of the new year closes, takes one last look back at the best of 2012. These are the Top 10 Webinars from 2012 courtesy of edWeb. edWeb.net began hosting professional learning communities in 2010 with free webinars on key education topics as a model to demonstrate how social networks could be used for technology-enabled collaboration.  Today, our platform helps over 45,000 educators learn about quality tools, connect with like-minded educators, and improve the teaching and learning process.

edWeb.net received the 2012 Edublog Award for ‘Best Free and Open Professional Development for Educators.’

These Top 10 Webinars for 2012 were viewed by over 11,000 educators.   

Top 10 Webinars for 2012  Catch up on these hot topics by viewing the recordings below
1. Games that Encourage and Enhance Mathematical Reasoning and Sense-Making View the Recording
2. 5 Myths About Learning View the Recording
3. How Schools Are Using iPads to Increase Learning View the Recording
4. Protecting Yourself with Good Documentation View the Recording
5. Put Down Your Pencils and Play View the Recording
6. BYOD Roadmap View the Recording
7. Google Apps in the Library View the Recording
8. Kevin Honeycutt on Inspiring Teachers – Changing Lives View the Recording
9. Free, Fun, and Cool Alternatives to PowerPoint View the Recording
10. Using the Neuroscience of Memory to Optimize Teaching and Learning View the Recording

edWeb provides CE certificates for educators who view their PD webinars. You can expand your professional learning by joining an edWeb community with free webinars.  View the current programs.


Mark Your Calendar: Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day, February 6, 2013, is a national celebration of educators that shines a spotlight on successful instructional technology practice in classrooms across the country. Join the wave of innovation sweeping through our nation’s schools. Participation is free and easy. Sign up now,plan your local activities and plan to watch the National Digital Town Hall that will be simulcast live from the Newseum in Washington, DC!

Click on this link to explore lessons and more

Thank you to Gus Mees for these links to Learn more:


Happy Birthday Serendipity


Happy Birthday Serendipity!

It was on this day (January 28) in 1754 that the word “serendipity” was first coined. It’s defined by Merriam-Webster as “the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.” It was recently listed by a U.K. translation company as one of the English language’s 10 most difficult words to translate. * *Other words to make their list include plenipotentiary, gobbledegook, poppycock, whimsy, spam, and kitsch.

“Serendipity” was first used by parliament member and writer Horace Walpole in a letter that he wrote to an English friend who was spending time in Italy. In the letter to his friend written on this day in 1754, Walpole wrote that he came up with the word after a fairy tale he once read, called “The Three Princes of Serendip,” explaining, “as their Highnesses travelled, they were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of.” The three princes of Serendip hail from modern-day Sri Lanka. “Serendip” is the Persian word for the island nation off the southern tip of India, Sri Lanka.

The invention of many wonderful things have been attributed to “serendipity,” including Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Charles Goodyear’s vulcanization of rubber, inkjet printers, Silly Putty, the Slinky, and chocolate chip cookies.

Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin after he left for vacation without disinfecting some of his petri dishes filled with bacteria cultures; when he got back to his lab, he found that the penicillium mold had killed the bacteria.

Viagra had been developed to treat hypertension and angina pectoris; it didn’t do such a good job at these things, researchers found during the first phase of clinical trials, but it was good for something else.

The principles of radioactivity, X-rays, and infrared radiation were all found when researchers were looking for something else.

Technology brings out all sorts of situations of serendipity. Hope you discover some today!

Read More: Social media and The Power of Serendipity

Information Source: The Writer’s Almanac, Garrison Keillor
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Moving Beyond Multiple Choice Tests

A few years ago, I wanted to see what it would be like if I spent one marking period not giving my traditional multiple choice exams at the end of units and see what would happen if I gave my students options to demonstrate their knowledge. At the end of those ten weeks I saw higher engagement and a much stronger demonstration of skill and knowledge than any multiple choice exam had ever shown me. – Nick Provenzano

Read more in this post which describes more effective assessment procedures.


Apps chart by subject matter

Huge techie kudos to friends at TCEA for their spreadsheet of  apps for the classroom by subject matter

Click on the link above or here to find apps for grades K-12.

tcea app chart

TCEA stands for Texas Computer Educator’s Association. It is a member-based organization devoted to the use of technology in education.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan 21 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan 21, 2013
Martin Luther King Jr day is celebrated on the third Monday in January. Read a biography of the civil rights hero, find a timeline about him, read his speeches and find facts and stats about the civil rights movement and affirmative action at this link from Infoplease

One of my favorite quotes from Martin Luther King: The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.


“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”  ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Additional Teaching Resources at this link


U.S. Inauguration Day Firsts

Today is Inauguration Day, the day the newly elected — or re-elected — president takes the oath of office. Franklin Roosevelt was the first president to take the oath of office on January 20 (1937). Previously, Inauguration Day had been March 4, but Congress decided it wasn’t necessary to wait so long between the election and the inauguration.

Some inaugural firsts—Source: Garrison Keillor

Thomas Jefferson claimed three firsts in 1801: He was the first to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C. He was the first — and only — president to walk to his inauguration. And his speech was the first to be reprinted in the newspaper. And in 1805, he set another precedent by hosting the first inaugural parade.

John F. Kennedy was the first president to invite a poet to read at his inaugural. Robert Frost wrote a poem called “Dedication” especially for the occasion. But the sun was so bright that the 86-year-old Frost couldn’t read what he’d typed, so he recited “The Gift Outright,” which he knew by heart, instead.

Lyndon Johnson was the first (and so far the only) president to be sworn in by a woman. She was Dallas judge Sarah T. Hughes, and she administered the oath after the assassination of President Kennedy. Johnson took the oath on November 22, 1963, crowded into Air Force One with 26 other people.

Bill Clinton was the first president whose inauguration was broadcast on the Internet, at the beginning of his second term in 1997.

And of course it was last Inauguration Day, in 2009, that Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African-American president of the United States.


A Little Winter Weekend Getaway

Having just finished a 3,400 mile winter road trip, my car is now fueled up and ready to hit the road again.

With the upcoming MLK, Jr. 3-day weekend approaching, are you planning a little trip?

Here are some interesting links to get you started:

The 10 Most Underrated Tourist Attractions

Must See Film Locations

Top 10 Free Things to Do

The 10 Most Iconic Drives in the U.S.


Literacy Week~week of January 14

An excerpt of a blog post by Rhonda Cratty:

literacy weekThe week of January 14th 2013 marks the Fifth Annual Celebrate Literacy Week, in Florida. Florida’s Department of Education, administrators, teachers, schools, students, and parents are participating in the “Take the Lead and Read” campaign.
Good for Florida, starting 2013 with the focus on Literacy; perhaps we all should spend the year focusing on our personal Literacy development.
We hear the word Literacy within schools each day. What does the word mean and why should it be interlaced within all our daily lives.
The very word, Literacy, is the ability to read for knowledge-to understand what you read, write coherently-so others may understand what you write, and think critically about the written word-to be able to use the information you gain. To be able to think critically about what is written, or said, is important throughout our lives. We need to continue to hone not just our children’s but our reflective skills and improve critical thinking skills through careful analysis, reasoned inference and thoughtful evaluation of what we read and hear each day from our culture and ideas brought to us through the written and spoken word…
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Website B.F.F. Library of Congress National Jukebox

Library of Congress: National Jukebox http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/
The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

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