Thursday, July 30, 2009

Using Web 2.0 vs not using technology

I am happy to say I discovered this video - I think it will go well into one of the courses we teach on Web 2.0

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Right-Brained: The Fourth R of School

Reflections of an Educator
Often considered superfluous, developing the right brain will become an asset with the advent of abundance, Asia and automation. Workers must combat these concepts and be high concept (beautifiers and inventors) and high touch (empathizers) in the Conceptual Age by developing six senses: design, story, symphony, empathy, play and meaning.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Digital Video in the Classroom

Digital Video in the Classroom
Being able to edit digital video will give you the power to enhance, enrich and expand your lessons. Giving your students this ability will open a new world of possibilities as they explore and synthesize what they are learning with astounding creations. The use of digital video brings a new and exciting dimension to education.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Learning about Digital Stories

Looking at "R U in My Space"

Podcast323: R U In My Space? Y Have A Social Media Policy Guideline? (NECC09 Preso by Karen Montgomery and Wesley Fryer) » Moving at the Speed of Creativity
This podcast is a recording of the presentation “R U In My Space? Y Have A Social Media Policy Guideline?” at the NECC 2009 conference in Washington D.C. on July 1, 2009. Karen Montgomery and Wesley Fryer shared this presentation, along with Gina Hartman who joined us via Skype. Gina and Karen collaborated with others to create social media guidelines in spring 2009 for the Francis Howell School District in Saint Louis, Missouri. The official session description at NECC was: As school districts explore the use of social computing throughout the school day and as an approach to extend instruction, many educators are making the decision to create a wiki, publish video online, or to participate in blogging, social networking or virtual worlds. Social media guidelines encourage educators to participate in social computing and strive to create an atmosphere of trust and individual accountability. Teachers who must hide their online activity because of nonexistent social media guidelines risk losing their jobs and reputations. A better approach is to collaboratively develop a policy that is acceptable to administrators, school board members, teachers and parents allowing for involvement in the global conversation in which many are contributing. (end of description) Please join our Facebook group, linked in the podcast shownotes. This is an important conversation which needs to take place with students, teachers, and parents in all our schools.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The state of educational games

Dangerously Irrelevant: Do most educational games suck?
Do most educational games suck?

Since my preview of Conspiracy Code: U.S. History at NECC, I’ve been thinking again about educational games…

Here are a bunch of screen shots of different online games for learning. I found them by typing into Google variations of learning games, educational games, learning games high school, educational games middle school, and so on. Most of these appear to be aimed at kids of middle or high school age.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Making your presentation powerful


What better way to review the impact of a good presentation than looking at TV ads from the past.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Teaching online in WI

Virtual Schools
Virtual Schools

30 hours of professional development for K-12 online teachers required starting July 2010

Wisconsin Act 222, enacted in April of 2008, states that, "Beginning July 1, 2010, no person may teach an online course in a public school, including a charter school, unless he or she has completed at least 30 hours of professional development designed to prepare a teacher for online teaching.” [Wisconsin State Statute 118.19(13)]

DPI Guidance for online course providers on how to implement this law may be accessed by clicking here.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Technology Coordinator Portfolio

Christopher See - Instructional Technology Portfolio
Instructional Technology Coordinator Portfolio Cover and Reflection

This is a great model of what we should be doing

More ways to stay connected.

eBuddy Company Profile
eBuddy Picture
eBuddy is a web-based messenger service that allows you to chat with your MSN, Yahoo and AIM contacts on one page. They also have a mobile browser for accessing your contacts on your mobile. eBuddy doesn’t require any downloads, so you can easily get to your contacts on other computers

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Using Facebook as a learning tool

Facebook can be good for kids, socially and educationally - Omamas
Facebook can be good for kids, socially and educationally

How to do a Web Search

Google For Educators - Web Search
Google Web Search - Classroom Lessons and Resources

Web search can be a remarkable research tool for students - and we've heard from educators that they could use some help to teach better search skills in their classroom.

The following Search Education lessons were developed by Google Certified Teachers to help you do just that. The lessons are short, modular and not specific to any discipline so you can mix and match to what best fits the needs of your classroom. Additionally, all lessons come with a companion set of slides (and some with additional resources) to help you guide your in-class discussions.

Mobile Learning - Video Streaming

Mobile Live Video Streaming: Best Tools To Broadcast Yourself From Your Mobile Phone - Robin Good's Latest News
If you are looking for the best tools and services to stream live video from your own mobile cellular telephone, you have landed in the right place. This guide lists for you all of the available mobile live video streaming services available out there, while providing you with key information and comparative data about their key features and strengths.

Learn Central


I will need to spend more time here - there appears to be resources I had not seen on my first hasty visit.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009


Home - Joost

I had forgotten about Joost - and now that they are marketing model #3 (in three years) I will have to find time to revisit them.