Archives for September 2011

BuddyPress: An Easier Way to Set Up a Forum

BuddyPress has the potential to be just as comprehensive as Moodle, but requires much less work to initialize and maintain. BuddyPress comes from the same folks behind WordPress.  Both are completely free and open source.  Unlike hosted services, BuddyPress allows you to stay in control of your site and create a totally customized, unique experience. […]

Using Moodle to Extend the School Day

For several years, I’ve been intrigued with the potential of Moodle as an online instructional tool. If you’re not familiar with it, Moodle is a Course Management System, also known as a Learning Management System. Some people even refer to it as a Virtual Learning Environment. It is a free web application that educators can […]

Online Writing Collaboration via Writeboard

As you may recall from my last post, I wrote about harnessing the interest in texting to exploit it as a tool in the classroom. Today, I’m turning to an application called Writeboard. For those who may not be familiar with it, Writeboard is an online word processor specifically designed for collaboration. A document can […]

Welcome to the TeacherBeacon!

My name is Chad Manis, one of your fellow teachers. Actually, I have 33 years of teaching experience under my belt. I’m sure that many of you don’t have quite that much experience, and no doubt some of you have even more. Other than having teaching experience, you and I also share a passion for […]