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Ten Web 2.0 Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes

10 Things to doTEN WEB 2.0 THINGS YOU CAN DO IN TEN MINUTES –  the title caught my interest. I came across a video on You Tube that referenced the article and then searched for it. The author, 


The following list was inspired by eLearn Magazine Editor-in-Chief Lisa Neal’s blog post “Ten Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes To Be a More Successful e-learning Professional.” We’d like to offer the “Web 2.0 Edition” of Lisa’s list:

  1. Listen to a conference presentation. When you run across conference presentations while reading your RSS feeds (EDUCAUSE Connect is a prime source, as is OLDaily), save the conference site as a bookmark and revisit it to hear a presentation.
  2. Record a 10-minute presentation about something you are working on or learning about, either as audio (use Odeo) or video (use Ustream), and post it on your blog.
  3. Do a search on the title of your most recent post or on the title of the most recent thing you’ve read or thought about. Don’t just use Google search, use Google Blog Search and Google Image Search, Amazon,, Technorati, Slideshare, or Youtube. Scan the results and if you find something interesting, save it in to read later.
  4. Write a blog post or article describing something you’ve learned recently. It can be something you’ve read or culled from a meeting, conference notes (which you just capture on the fly using a text editor), or a link you’ve posted to The trick here is to keep your writing activity to less than 10 minutes—make a point quickly and then click “submit.”
  5. Tidy your e-portfolio. For example, upload your slides to Slideshare and audio recordings to Odeo and embed the code in your presentation page. Or write a description and link to your latest publication. Or update your project list.
  6. Create a slide on Zoho. Just do one slide at a time; find an image using the Creative Commons licensed content on Flickr and a short bit of text from a source or yourself. Add this to your stick of prepared slides you use for your next talk or class.
  7. Find a blogger you currently read in your RSS reader and go to their website. Follow all the links to other blogs in their blogroll or feedroll, or which are referenced in their posts. Well, maybe not all the links, or it will take hours, not ten minutes.
  8. Write a comment on a blog post, article, or book written by an e-learning researcher or practitioner.
  9. Go to a website like Engadget, Metafilter, Digg, Mixx, Mashable, or Hotlinks and skip through the items. These sites produce much too much content to follow diligently, but are great for browsing and serendipitous discovery. If you find something interesting, write a short blog post about it or at least a comment.
  10. Catch up on one of your online games with a colleague—Scrabulous on Facebook or Backgammon on Yahoo. Or make a Lolcat. Or watch a Youtube video.

About the Author
Stephen Downes works with the E-Learning Research group of NRC’s Institute for Information Technology and is based in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. He spends his time working on learning object and related metadata, blogs, and blogging, RSS and content syndication, and raising cats.

Rain Rain and more Rain

whitehouse.jpgWhite House Rain Sept. 30, 2010  It has been raining heavy since last night in the Washington DC Metro Area.  Everyone came to work today wet. Children had indoor recess all over the school district. What a good time to go to Discovery Education and learn indoors! If you have set-up a Student Center for each of your students, this is a good time to allow them to explore Discovery. It is a safe place for them to explore and learn. If you have not set-up Student Centers for your students, you are missing a great way to use your Discovery Education Account and what a great way to spend a rainy indoor recess for students.


First Day of School at Elementary and High School – What a difference!

homekidsfinal.jpg  Here we are in the first week of school. Someone said to me this morning – “Good Morning, 3 days down and 177 more student days to go.”

Since I work supporting many schools, I had the opportunity to visit three schools the first day of school. I was at two elementary schools in the morning on the first day of school. One started at 7:45 am and the other at 9:15 am. It was fun to see all the children with their parents coming to school. We watched the mothers following the school busses to the school, making sure that they children had the experience of riding the bus but wanting to walk into the building with their child to greet the teachers. The children looked so special in their new uniforms, so clean and pressed. The little boys with their white shirts and ties and the little girls with their white shirts and jumpers with spotless shoes and socks. But we all know that by the time they went home and had lunch and recess, their shirts were out and they were all dirty and smelly as they got on the busses to go home to their mothers. In elementary school, the first day of school is always exciting for the students, parents and staff. It is a new beginning for all.

I was in a High School in the afternoon and the climate was a little different. All the students had on their uniforms but in high school they wear polo shirts with their school name on them. This school wears grey shirts and black pants. The students were quiet as they move from class to class. Their shirts were not all new, some looked like they wore them for past school years and were some were faded with wear and washing. They did not seem as joyous and happy to be back to school as the elementary students. I was at a faculty meeting after school and the teachers were talking about how quiet the students were today and that most of them were tired and sleepy. For high school students, they are in still in shock with having to be at school before 8:00am.

Going to elementary schools and a high school on opening day was a lesson in learning how different student and teacher attitudes can be. The elementary schools were so happy and upbeat, the high school was so quiet and the students did not look like they were thrilled to be starting another school year.

Summer thoughts

Summer Fun

Well, I had a great summer. It started out by going to Denver at the end of June to the ISTE conference. Getting on the plane and going to Denver was worth it for me just to get away from the heat in Maryland. It was hot in Denver but the humidity was not like it is at home. The conference was great and the networking was even better. I had a blast.  The next weekend I went to Long Island to visit family and friends and attend a wedding. I spent a few days at home and took off to Boston to attend the Discovery Summer Institute 2010. It was a blast and a mind blowing experience. I learned soooooo much in such a short period of time. What fun!!

Back to School Well the party is over. The children arrive at school for the first day of school in just a few short hours. Since I work in Central office, we have been very busy since August 1, 2010 and it hasn’t slowed down for two minutes. In the last two weeks I did 6 Discovery Education professional development sessions along with many other things.

It is the start of another school year and all the mothers have sent the best they had at home and we will do our best to make their school year successful.

Welcome to school    Happy New School Year to everyone.