Tuesday, March 10, 2009


What the heck is #Educhat?

Basically this is a way for Twitter users to get together and discuss topics based on predetermine themes in real time. One of the major advantages Twitter has is the ability for a quick exchange of information. By adding a code or "#" hash tag such as #educhat to your tweets they can be cataloged in one place which is easy for viewing. This would be similar to one really large CHAT session using Twitter. Rodd Lucier founded the #educhat stream.

"Educhat is one example of the potential of twitter-based synchronous events. Modeled after #journchat discussions, which are ongoing conversations among journalists, the educhat format/context has the potential to create a specific framework within twitter for having education-related discussions and tracking those discussions using the hashtag #educhat."
As Stated on the Twitter for Teachers WIKI
Users can access the TWEETS or comments related to #educhat by using their browsers to visit a site such as Twitter Search. This site will list all of the TWEETS or comments made by the participants. Just search #educhat.

The pace is very very fast but you will get used to it. The key is to have some topics you would like to discuss ready so you can through it out there and see what comes back.

Why would I do this?

This is a great question! I believe you can:
  1. reach may different educators from all over the world and get their input in a relatively short period of time.
  2. make contacts from all over the world
  3. make you voice known on issue concerning others
  4. Get involved with web 2.0 technology! Your students live here...
  5. free, self directed PD!

I grabbed all the tweets and filtered all the extra stuff out of there to create this Wordle Word Cloud to show some of the themes of the 1st #educhat

Click the Wordle for a bigger view.

How do I get Involved?

In order to get involved you need to understand what twitter is. This is an online service that allows you let people know what you are doing in 140 characters or less. Essentially it is a micro blog. "Why would anyone care what I have to say?" is a question new twitter users may be asking. The best way to use twitter is to find other users who have the same interests as you. Once you find someone on twitter with the same interests you can "follow" them. There "tweets" or 140 character comments will then show up on your twitter page for you to view. Eventually people will find you and follow your updates.

Twitter allows you to form a Personal Learning Network. You can ask questions, answer questions or look for feedback. If you are interested there are links below to help you get started.



Click the links below to create your own twitter account and then find out when the next #educhat is going to occur. Go ahead get your feet wet!

This is all well and good but what is Twitter? Click Here.

If you are interested in participating in the #educhat synchronous discussions, please click on this link "The Launch of Educhat".

Monday, February 2, 2009

Virus Protection Software for ONTARIO Teachers

For those educators in Ontario here is a great deal on virus protection for you!

Eset's Nod32 Provides Effective protection against :

Virus Worms
Trojan Phising
Adwares Spywares

NOD32 Antivirus System is a single, highly optimized engine that works as a unified Anti-Threat system to protect against a broad spectrum of malware. Viruses, worms, spyware, and other malicious attacks, which are constantly evolving. Eset NOD32 Antivirus system utilizes patent-pending ThreatSense Technology to detect tomorrow's threats in real-time, by analyzing code execution for malicious intent - keeping you ahead of the malware-writers. There are hundreds of malicious software objects released into the 'wild' every day! Are you protected?

Eset NOD 32 Antivirus system is a Proactive Real-Time Detection

The best security is proactive. Malware protection must be real-time at the point of impact. Every minute one waits for a virus signature update creates a window of vulnerability that could have devastating consequences. Eset NOD32's Technology closes the window of vulnerability left open by other reactive, signature-based antivirus vendors.

Anti-Virus Reviews

Information on all OSAPAC (Ministry Software) can be found HERE!

Teacher Home Purchase of NOD 32 Details

From SHI Canada:

For the price of $19.99 Canadian we will send a copy of NOD32 via email to the any teacher or staff within the Ministry of Ontario's jurisdiction (as per the contract). If the employee sends a request to the following email address with the information below we will process their order within 5 business days and send them a link to download the software as well as a license number to their e-mail address. Attached is information with respect to NOD32 teacher purchase.

The $19.99 includes one year of support for the product.

The email address to send orders to is going to be:

Patsy Swanson
Account Executive
Phone: 877-858-2008
Email: Patsy_Swanson@shi.com

What SHI Canada needs to process your order is:

City :
Postal code:
Phone number:
What school district you belong to:
What School:
Your role at the organization:
Credit card number (if you do not want to give your CC number, they can call you back to get this information)
Exp date:
Credit Card ID number (on the back of credit card 3 digits long)
E-mail address:


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Always Check Your Children's Homework...

I did some checking on this and as far as I can tell the story originated in November 2008. I can 't verify if it actually occured but there is a lesson here and the story is amusing.

The following picture was submitted to a teacher that drew some attention!

The picture was subject to interpretation and the teacher contacted the parent to be aware of what their child submitted.

The Parent Response.....

Dear Mrs. Jones,

I wish to clarify that I am not now, nor have I ever been, an exotic dancer.
I work at Home Depot and I told my daughter how hectic it was last week before the blizzard hit. I told her we sold out every single shovel we had, and then I found one more in the back room, and that several people were fighting over who would get it. Her picture doesn't show me dancing around a pole. It's supposed to depict me selling the last snow shovel we had at Home Depot.

From now on I will remember to check her homework more thoroughly before she turns it in.

Mrs. Smith

A crazy story and I can't verify for sure the source but the message is still valuable...

  • Not everything is as it appears

  • Don't jump to conclusions

  • and may God help us when our children talk about their parents at school!

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