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ePortfolios and Assessment

By Barbara Bray      January 29, 2010 -- 01:19 PM
We are gearing up our focus on authentic assessment strategies with ePortfolios. We are in the process of building a team with steps for you to create ePortfolios based on your individual learning plans. Our dream is that you and your students have ongoing support and access to the tools you need to demonstrate evidence of learning and reflect on your progress in meeting your learning goals.

We found that if we design a generic scope and sequence ...   more...
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New Team for Teachers of English Language Learners

By Barbara Bray      January 28, 2010 -- 11:21 AM

We added a new free team for My eCoach members who are teachers of English Language Learners (ELL). This team is where they can ask questions, find resources and research, connect with other ELL teachers, and share tips and best practices that will help make their job more effective. Some of the members of this team who teach English as a Second Language live in other countries: Ecuador, China, and Korea. ELL/ESL/ELD teachers want to connect and share especially those that work remotely. Discussion topics include:

  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Differentiating Instruction
  • Grade Level Websites
  • ...   more...
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Change your Landing Page

By Sara Zimmerman      January 28, 2010 -- 10:25 AM
You now can change your settings so when you login, you can land on your Profile or one of your team pages if you are on a team. Go to your settings either on the info box at the top of each page or on your profile.

When you first login, your default landing page is Home.
Click on Settings and select either Home (default), your Profile, or one of your teams. Then click Save.
Logout and login again to see your new landing page.

You can continue to keep Home your landing page if you want. Links to Home, Your Profile, and the pull-down menu to get to any teams you are on from most pages.

If you ...   more...
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Private Rooms under Teams

By Barbara Bray      January 28, 2010 -- 10:11 AM
When you set up your team in My eCoach for your coaching program, you can now assign subteams, or "Private Rooms," for confidential conversations with one or more of your members. This unique, coaching feature helps extend the meaning of one-on-one virtual coaching or mentoring. The only people that can have a private room are members of your team. The eCoach is the only one that can set up and add members to the private rooms.

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Tip: Fun with photos

By Sara Zimmerman      January 28, 2010 -- 09:54 AM
I found a fun site that lets you change the way you present your photo. Think about a different way to post to your profile on My eCoach or Facebook. Photofunia is free and very easy to use. It is an online photo editing tool that gives you a fun filled experience. You upload any photo and just wait to see the magic. The technology automatically identifies the face in the photo and letís you add cool photo effects and create funny face photo montages.

You donít have to login to try it. Choose an effect.

After you choose an effect, Photofunia converts your picture with that effect. You ...   more...
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New Universal Builder drag-and-drop features make editing easy!

By Sara Zimmerman      January 4, 2010 -- 12:47 PM
Our Universal Builder just got easier to use. We implemented drag-and-drop technology into the Universal Builder editor so you can easily move the order of your pages with the quick click and drag of your mouse. eCoach Ken Bakken shows you how easy it is to use in this 5 minute video.

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Give the Gift of Membership

By Sara Zimmerman      December 15, 2009 -- 03:58 PM
Great gift for educators at only $35

GiftMembership Looking for an easy gift to give a teacher? How about a gift membership to My eCoach? Itís easy, quick and no worries about wrapping or shipping. This is a great value for the teacher in your life who wants to make a website, surveys, quizzes, or more. Click here for your gift of a Lifetime membership to My eCoach.
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Did you know we have a Quiz Builder

By Sara Zimmerman      December 15, 2009 -- 02:23 PM
We have a QUIZ Builder!

QuizYou can create a quiz, invite a co-author, clone any quizzes you created, send the link to non-members, embed your quiz in a blog or website, and add images, videos, presentations, audio files and more to your description and quizzes. Teachers can also put in correct answers with a score, view individual results and at-a-glance class results, and leave comments for students on different answers. By the way, this is all free for Lifetime, Trial and Team My eCoach members.    more...
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Featured Holiday Projects

By Sara Zimmerman      December 15, 2009 -- 02:19 PM
Free Projects with Resources for K-12 Teachers
  • Xmas WreathCelebrating December Holidays Project: This project was built by eCoach Charlotte McGovern in our Universal Builder and has a great list of holiday resources for teachers and students.
  • Gingerbread Man Around the World:
    This is a K-2, learner-centered, thematic unit introducing children to the classic Gingerbread Man theme including stories from around the world. It was created using My eCoaches Universal Builder tool.
  • Ma Buche de Noel:
    Here is another fun My eCoach project created to teach children French through ...   more...
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Thank you for voting for us

By Sara Zimmerman      December 15, 2009 -- 02:12 PM
A big THANK YOU to everyone that visited the U.S. Dept. of Education's website that surveyed teachers for their recommendations for the best technology tools to be included in the upcoming National Educational Technology Plan. My eCoach received some genuine and authentic comments of real personal experiences and successes. You can find the comments and votes for My eCoach at

Additionally, there was a very high vote count for our partner, HyperStudio, as well as some of our other partners. Please check what people wrote about this wonderful produ...   more...
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