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Ken Halla
Works at Fairfax County, VA
Attended George Washington University
Lives in Alexandria, VA
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If you were to read my book, Deeper Learning Through Technology: Using the Cloud to Individualize Instruction, I have an entire section on using Twitter to improve your teaching. But if you want to very quickly learn how to ...
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Here, in just seven minutes is everything you ever needed to know about Blackboard Collaborate which our teachers use to collaborate with our online students. This video goes rapidly through many of the tools and shows them ...
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Thanks to Rich Hoppock for the heads up on this one. It shows the simple code for how to put a link to an item and add a title to it in a Google calendar. Don't be intimidated by the word code as it is very simple to copy w...
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A couple of months ago the admin teacher in instructional services was shown how to organize our projects using many colored sticky notes. Of course, I started searching for a way to do this virtually. Our crack team beat me...
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I am researching ways to work with online students who are not faring well in their classes. This short video gives a nice summary of a "shepherding" method used to reach out to students using mentors (who sometimes can even...
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Have you ever wanted to show a portion of a video you find on YouTube rather than fumbling in class for the exact portion of it. If you watch the video above, you can do it in a matter of seconds and then keep the url which ...
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So with all the flack that Melania Trump has received for plagiarizing Michelle Obama's 2008 convention speech, it is amazing that it wasn't run through a scan to check for copying as most teachers do automatically. But if ...
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I just received this tip from Caitlin Kimak saying that Amazon is now in the education business and has a search engine called Amazon Inspire for ways to help your classroom. You can use the video above to help you.
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My school system is spending a lot of time rethinking how we should educate our students as we move to a one to one solution. The video above by Ken Robinson looks at the history of our school system and asks why we are stil...
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I have done a lot of studying about Finnish schools in the past few years (and am trying to find more on ones in Singapore). Why you ask - because Finland and Singapore were no one's examples of fine school systems two decad...
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Fairfax County, VA's high school social studies specialist, Craig Perrier, is hosting a webinar on Teaching U.S. History in a Global Context.  Craig is a dynamic speaker and very invested in the topic so it will prove to be a useful discussion.  If you are ...
Fairfax County, VA's high school social studies specialist, Craig Perrier, is hosting a webinar on Teaching U.S. History in a Global Context. Craig is a dynamic speaker and very invested in the topic so it will prove to be a...
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We use Blackboard Collaborate for our online student sessions. The top video above shows how to use the most recent application of it. If you are still using the older version, the video below will be helpful to you.
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eLearning Coordinator
Employment
  • Fairfax County, VA
    eLearning Coordinator, present
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Currently
Alexandria, VA
Previously
Leesburg, VA - Williamsburg, VA - Paris, France - Tehran, Iran - McLean, VA - Brussels, Belgium
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Educator, Technologist, Father, Runner, Reader, Learner!
Introduction
I grew up around the world, am a long time runner, love technology, teaching, politics, history and reading.  I have three blogs that integrate technology and social studies content (US, world and government) and lead several large in-services a year on the topic.
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Married with three kids.
Education
  • George Washington University
    Political Science. Ph.D., 2009
  • Simmons College
    Teaching, M.A., 1991
  • Boston University
    International Relations, M.A., 1988
  • College of William and Mary
    International Relations, B.A., 1986
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