Monday, April 26, 2010

Sharing My PLN: YouTube Tools for Schools

Three very helpful web applications are described and demonstrated here by Adam Bellows, @edutecher. Teachers could benefit by using these applications to remove distractions when using YouTube videos.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Friendly Friday! "No One Is an Island!"

While I have been using Plurk more often, I still collaborate with a group of educators and other like minded people that use Twitter. I'm not alone in the world, and neither are you. I post to Twitter and check out the stream at particular moments in time, but I don't always see my entire stream. I always wonder if I'm missing something significant.
I've found an online tool, a way to capture the essence of those I follow. I'm using It's an online newspaper that's more than an rss feed. It has the look of a newspaper, and streams my Twitter contributions on the top fold. was created by Small Rivers to show how streaming data can be presented in an appealing way. At the moment their first "newspaper" style application is created from your Twitter feed, but the goal is to expand this web application for other streaming media.
If you haven't tried, I would recommend it.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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Follow hellotxt team on Twitter. This message can be sent straight from the minblogging web application, HelloTXT.

Winsome Wednesday: Moo Cards for YouTube Producers

Moo, an online printing service, is partnering with YouTube to help you get the word out about your videos. You can get a pack of 50 free cards. You can also have more than one image in your card set that come in your pack.

This is a wonderful idea. Moo helps you get the word out, and you also invite people to YouTube who may not know about your work.

Yes, believe it or not, there are people out in the World of Matter who don't know about YouTube. Don't you think they need to know?

Friday, April 9, 2010

Friendly Friday - Developmental Assets: What Are They?

As children grow and develop, we can reinforce their assets, skills and actions, that help them succeed and believe in themselves and others.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Perceptions vs Reality Can Mean Life or Death!

Researchers have discovered that there are several variables that can have a statistical effect of patient survival, yet many "...surgeons placed less importance on sex, type of anesthesia, and ASA score [level of anemia]...."
This new information could decrease the high number of deaths, up to 22%, from hip fractures and resulting surgery.
For teachers or others involved with professional development and meta-analysis types of research, this article explains, in detail, the research procedures which would be a great help for many.
Evidence Versus Beliefs About Predictors of
by Michael Zlowodzki, MD; Paul Tornetta III, MD; George Haidukewych, MD; Beate P. Hanson, MD, MPH; Brad Petrisor, MD, MSc; Marc F. Swiontkowski, MD; Emil H. Schemitsch, MD; Peter V. Giannoudis, MD; Mohit Bhandari, MD, MSc, FRCSC
Knowledge of predictors of outcome can and should influence
treatment decisions and can subsequently improve outcomes

Hip fractures have devastating consequences for patients
and their families, including a 22% mortality rate within 1 year
postoperatively3 and substantial impairment of independence and
quality of life.4 Hip fractures also account for more hospital days
than any other musculoskeletal injury and represent more than two-thirds of all
hospital days due to fractures.5

Figure: The responses of American surgeons vs European surgeons regarding predictors of outcome after operative treatment of femoral neck fractures
The responses of American surgeons vs European surgeons regarding predictors of outcome after operative treatment of femoral neck fractures.
greatest discrepancy

survey and current evidence

related to the type of anesthesia
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