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Kim Caise – STAR Educator and Texas DEN Leadership Council

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Fake a Facebook Page

April 19th, 2011 · No Comments · web 2.0

(cross posted from the national DEN blog)

In the event you have been distracted by the budget crisis/shortfall for Texas public schools or caught up in the ‘madness’ over the DEN March Madness Mashup Final Round, you may have missed the bookmarks shared about creating fake Facebook pages. There has been a great deal of buzz on Twitter and other social networks about creating fake Facebook pages. This is a fantastic way to engage students about current events, historical events, political figures and a host of other ideas for use in the classroom.  The fake Facebook pages are intended for educational use where students or teachers can create a fake Facebook page and ‘share’ information, images or anecdotes on a person’s fictitious Facebook page.

For instance, students can create a fake Facebook page for George Washington and post status updates of George Washington leading the troops against the British. There are several resources teachers can use to create fake Facebook pages and each of the tools mentioned below to create a fake Facebook page was created not to deceive, harass a person or poke fun of (pun intended!) someone.  Working with fictional Facebook pages is a great opportunity to stress the importance of what not to share on social networks or talk about ways to prevent cyberbullying with students.

The first tool is created by Class Tools.net. According to the website,

Use “Fakebook” to chart the plot of a book, the development of a character, a series of historical events, the debates and relationships between people, and so on!

If students are sharing too much information or studying a particular novel, fake Facebook pages could be a great resource to help students make connections to complex literary elements or understand an issue from a particular point of view.

A second tool is My Fake Wall. My Fake Wall is similar in that you can create fake Facebook pages. Bored and thinking, “I wonder what Franklin. D. Roosevelt or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”, you can do just that. Here is Franklin D. Roosevelt’s (FDR) page displaying conversations with his ‘friends and family members’. On FDR’s page, you can also see his pictures posted here on his fake Facebook page. Perhaps you would like to see what Cinderella really thought of riding off in that white carriage. You can eavesdrop on Cinderella’s conversations with her Fairy Godmother or Prince Charming on her fake Facebook page. This site was originally created for entertainment purposes but has caught on and is being used in classrooms. What a great way for students to write, be creative and find their voice through learning activities using fake Facebook pages!

A final resource is a Google doc template created by Derrick Waddell.You can read more about this project he implemented with his students in this blog post. This template was created using Google Drawing using text boxes for students to allow them to the permission to add biographical information, images, points of interest on a world map and share status updates of the historical figure. Richard Byrne, who is the author of the ‘Free Technology for Teachers’ blog, wrote several blog posts about using fake Facebook pages, including My Fake Wall and the Google doc template.


Dropbox vs Sugar Sync

April 19th, 2011 · 2 Comments · blogging

I recently saw a tweet mentioning the use of Dropbox. I have used Dropbox for several years. While I continue to use Dropbox, I used to use Humyo to specifically share and host audio and video files from recordings of our Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinar series until Trend bought them out.  I still have my account and keep files previously linked to Classroom 2.0 LIVE blog posts.

Dropbox gives you access to 2GB of storage for free and there are several services, including a desktop client, that you can download and use with Desktop. “Sendtodropbox” is a great way to email files to your dropbox account. You can view the apps that are compatible with Dropbox at this website – https://www.dropbox.com/apps.

Dropbox allows you to customize who and how you share files/folders with others using their email address. When sharing files, you don’t have to make everything accessible to those that you share dropbox files with as you can share individual files with different individuals.

Back in 2009, I started using SugarSync on my iTouch. Sugar Sync is a similar service that is free but gives you 5GB of storage instead of just 2GB. Like Dropbox, both apps have mobile apps so that you can use most types of mobile device to remotely access your files. You can share and email files to your SugarSync account much easier than you can with Dropbox. When you access the site, the Sugar Sync home page doesn’t say anything about the free plan but you can learn more about registering for a free account at https://www.sugarsync.com/free/. If you would like to sign up for a free account, please use my referral link at https://www.sugarsync.com/referral?rf=fbx70zhi76g5f.

Both services have great interfaces but I prefer the look of SugarSync a bit better. Since I have different Dropbox accounts I found it difficult to figure out which files were associated with which Dropbox accounts. SugarSync makes viewing the location of desired files much easier for me to find than Dropbox.

Both services allow you to receive extra storage space for referrals that sign up forthe free or paid accounts. Dropbox gives additional MB for each referral with a .edu email account. SugarSync gives you 500 MB for each referral and Dropbox gives you 250 MB per new account.

**Blog Author’s note: URLs for Dropbox and SugarSync are links that will give me additional MB of space so please use the referral links.

Dropbox – http://db.tt/574H7Dh
SugarSync – https://www.sugarsync.com/referral?rf=fbx70zhi76g5f


Two Unique and Innovative Ways to Use Twitter

April 19th, 2011 · No Comments · blogging, web 2.0

There are tons of innovative ways of using Twitter but I am only going to touch ontwo ways. First is the use of hashtags. Whenever I am in a webinar talking about hashtags, I am always asked what to explain what a hashtag was. A hashtag on Twitter is a word or phrase with the # symbol in front of it. It is like a keyword to help filter Tweets. We use ‘liveclass20′ when referencing our Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinar series on Saturday mornings. If a conference is happening, people use a term to represent that conference like ‘ASCD11′ that referred to the recent ASCD conference.

I was reading a blog post by Meg Wilson about educators using Twitter. She shared this about Twitter,

If you are a new teacher, I highly recommend that you be a part of the Twitter community. If you aren’t comfortable tweeting just yet, you can still make great use of Twitter searches. You can locate some excellent resources just by searching hashtags like#EdReach#EdChat#EdTech#IEAR, or #SpEdChat (just to name a few, but there really is a search for almost every topic out there… Jerry Blumengarten has a fabulous list here). Once you experience the wealth of resources that are available on Twitter, I am positive that you too will want to be a part of the conversation.

On certain days of the week, you can participate in a group chat using the specified hashtag. #edchat occurs on Tuesdays at 12pm EST and 7pm EST. This is a great article discussing ways you can participate in a group chat on Twitter. You can use any of the desktop Twitter applications, like Tweetdeck, to follow a group chat. Tweetdeck is great because you set up different columns and follow group chats on designated days of the week.

The second use of Twitter that I think is so innovative is when teachers or students have a Twitter where they portray a fictional character, famous historical person, or trending topic from current events. Lots of people set up fake Twitter accounts trying to be celebrities so Twitter resorted to putting the label of verified informing other Tweeters that the Twitter account is actually who the bio says they are.

Civil War Sallie is actually Jim Beeghley’s daughter, Sara, who blogs and posts Tweets from the viewpoint as a traveling bear that visits classrooms. The classrooms take the bear on a variety of field trips and then mail back to the bear Civil War Sallie. The bear shares her travels with everyone via a website at Civil War Sallie. Sara was our guest on Classroom 2.0 LIVE and she shared the wonderful adventures Sallie Ann had been on that month. You can view the archived session on #liveclass20.

There is a website, and I can’t think of the name right now, where someone acts as a historical figure and answers questions from students as the historical figure is still alive around the time the person died – kind of like freezing time for the figure or someone turning ’29’ for the 12th time. Seriously though, you can do the same with Twitter. I have come across Twitter accounts that do just this and it is really interesting to see the content posted from the Tweeter.

You can follow Shakespeare and see what he has to say about the plays he wrote way back when. One really hysterical Tweeter is @BronxZoosSnake. If you just came out from under a rock, or been away from your TV for awhile, you may have just learned that a Cobra snake from the Bronx Zoo escaped from his cage in the reptile house and is loose in the Bronx Zoo. In a few days’ time, the snake has over 111,000 followers and increases every hour – especially since the snake’s Twitter account has been shared on several television shows and newscasts.  The @BronxZoosSnake has not been found I am loving the adventures the snake has experienced and the people he/she has encountered.


Using Harmon.ie

April 19th, 2011 · No Comments · blogging, Miscellaneous

I recently started using a MS Outlook Plugin and have come to love this plugin. It is called Harmon.ieand it helps bring ‘harmony’ to your email app and Google docs. If you use MS Sharepoint, the plugin will work with MS Outlook and Sharepoint. I use it strictly for Google docs and Ms Outlook and just love it.

Although I am not a huge fan of MS products, I am a heavy user of MS Outlook. I use it as my RSS reader, email client, calendar program, and organizer of my contacts. When I create a Google doc and want to email it to collaborators, I can do that from within Outlook. The screenshot is of an email with the sidebar showing. You can access all of the folders, now called collections, like you would online. I haven’t noticed a lag or had my Outlook crash since I installed it several weeks ago.

It took me awhile to get the hang of it and to understand the features of the plugin.I took a screenshot of my inbox with the Harmon.ie sidebar and pasted it here. I discovered how to use the feature to set collaborators after sending each collaborator 9 invites to one document. Despite the mess it created, I learned how to use the features and am totally loving this plugin!

Additionally, I can upload a document to Google docs when I send the email to my outbox andcan choose whether the collaborators. I can also select which of my folders, or collections, I want to post the document to in Google docs. I no longer have to create the doc, upload it, share it, email the collaborators or find the link to the Google doc to include it in an email weeks after I had originally created the doc.  Such a timesaver!

At the moment, the plugin is free and I have seen where MS Outlook can be purchased for educators around $49 and as low as $19. If you are using MS Outlook, I encourage you to explore this free plugin. I haven’t found another plugin that is free that saves as much time as this one app and is as inexpensive this one is. Can’t beat free!

What web tool or resource do you use that is a huge time saver for yourself, your colleagues/staff, your family or your students?


Are you Preparing your Students for Life or the Test?

August 25th, 2010 · No Comments · educational technology, TAKS, testing

Are you preparing your students for life or the test? This notion is something that I thought I was addressing in an innovative way when I was in the classroom. I told my students that yes, I was preparing them for that grade level and the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test, but more importantly I am preparing them for life. There are times that I would introduce a concept and say this information or process is not just for the TAKS test but for life. Life meaning however the students choose to live their adult life. In whatever capacity, job, financial status or family situation. I would often say there is more to life than testing and more to school work than test preparation.

As in many states, high stakes testing is the focus of curriculum in Texas. Professional development sessions are always centered around ways to improve test scores and add value to the student’s academic achievement. From day one to the last day, we are talking about preparation for TAKS for the current year or follow year. And previous year if incoming student achievement is significantly impacted from former teachers’ classrooms. When my oldest niece was in third grade, she said she was sick of hearing about TAKS. Unfortunately for her, that was just the beginning of hearing about TAKS. Fortunately she gets commended ratings and achieves a nearly perfect score on the TAKS test (we are so proud of her!) but it is sad that this is the ‘condition’ education is currently in.

In one of the emails I receive for various Diigo groups, a link to the following blog post was shared by Kevin Prentiss, “Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling in Graduation Speech“. I apologize but I do not recall who shared the link. After first read, I stopped and thought about the sentiments of the student’s valedictorian speech. I read it a second time very carefully and was so impressed with what the student said. The student, Erica Goldson graduated as valedictorian of Coxsackie-Athens High School, and gave the following speech to her fellow students. Thank you Erica for posting your speech on Sign of the Times:

Here I stand

There is a story of a young, but earnest Zen student who approached his teacher, and asked the Master, “If I work very hard and diligently, how long will it take for me to find Zen? The Master thought about this, then replied, “Ten years . .” The student then said, “But what if I work very, very hard and really apply myself to learn fast — How long then?” Replied the Master, “Well, twenty years.” “But, if I really, really work at it, how long then?” asked the student. “Thirty years,” replied the Master. “But, I do not understand,” said the disappointed student. “At each time that I say I will work harder, you say it will take me longer. Why do you say that?” Replied the Master, “When you have one eye on the goal, you only have one eye on the path.”

This is the dilemma I’ve faced within the American education system. We are so focused on a goal, whether it be passing a test, or graduating as first in the class. However, in this way, we do not really learn. We do whatever it takes to achieve our original objective.

Some of you may be thinking, “Well, if you pass a test, or become valedictorian, didn’t you learn something? Well, yes, you learned something, but not all that you could have. Perhaps, you only learned how to memorize names, places, and dates to later on forget in order to clear your mind for the next test. School is not all that it can be. Right now, it is a place for most people to determine that their goal is to get out as soon as possible.

I am now accomplishing that goal. I am graduating. I should look at this as a positive experience, especially being at the top of my class. However, in retrospect, I cannot say that I am any more intelligent than my peers. I can attest that I am only the best at doing what I am told and working the system. Yet, here I stand, and I am supposed to be proud that I have completed this period of indoctrination. I will leave in the fall to go on to the next phase expected of me, in order to receive a paper document that certifies that I am capable of work. But I contest that I am a human being, a thinker, an adventurer – not a worker. A worker is someone who is trapped within repetition – a slave of the system set up before him. But now, I have successfully shown that I was the best slave. I did what I was told to the extreme. While others sat in class and doodled to later become great artists, I sat in class to take notes and become a great test-taker. While others would come to class without their homework done because they were reading about an interest of theirs, I never missed an assignment. While others were creating music and writing lyrics, I decided to do extra credit, even though I never needed it. So, I wonder, why did I even want this position? Sure, I earned it, but what will come of it? When I leave educational institutionalism, will I be successful or forever lost? I have no clue about what I want to do with my life; I have no interests because I saw every subject of study as work, and I excelled at every subject just for the purpose of excelling, not learning. And quite frankly, now I’m scared.

John Taylor Gatto, a retired school teacher and activist critical of compulsory schooling, asserts, “We could encourage the best qualities of youthfulness – curiosity, adventure, resilience, the capacity for surprising insight simply by being more flexible about time, texts, and tests, by introducing kids into truly competent adults, and by giving each student what autonomy he or she needs in order to take a risk every now and then. But we don’t do that.” Between these cinderblock walls, we are all expected to be the same. We are trained to ace every standardized test, and those who deviate and see light through a different lens are worthless to the scheme of public education, and therefore viewed with contempt.

H. L. Mencken wrote in The American Mercury for April 1924 that the aim of public education is not “to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence. … Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim … is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States.”

To illustrate this idea, doesn’t it perturb you to learn about the idea of “critical thinking.” Is there really such a thing as “uncritically thinking?” To think is to process information in order to form an opinion. But if we are not critical when processing this information, are we really thinking? Or are we mindlessly accepting other opinions as truth?

This was happening to me, and if it wasn’t for the rare occurrence of an avant-garde tenth grade English teacher, Donna Bryan, who allowed me to open my mind and ask questions before accepting textbook doctrine, I would have been doomed. I am now enlightened, but my mind still feels disabled. I must retrain myself and constantly remember how insane this ostensibly sane place really is.

And now here I am in a world guided by fear, a world suppressing the uniqueness that lies inside each of us, a world where we can either acquiesce to the inhuman nonsense of corporatism and materialism or insist on change. We are not enlivened by an educational system that clandestinely sets us up for jobs that could be automated, for work that need not be done, for enslavement without fervency for meaningful achievement. We have no choices in life when money is our motivational force. Our motivational force ought to be passion, but this is lost from the moment we step into a system that trains us, rather than inspires us.

We are more than robotic bookshelves, conditioned to blurt out facts we were taught in school. We are all very special, every human on this planet is so special, so aren’t we all deserving of something better, of using our minds for innovation, rather than memorization, for creativity, rather than futile activity, for rumination rather than stagnation? We are not here to get a degree, to then get a job, so we can consume industry-approved placation after placation. There is more, and more still.


Welcome to the Machine
Image by courosa

The saddest part is that the majority of students don’t have the opportunity to reflect as I did. The majority of students are put through the same brainwashing techniques in order to create a complacent labor force working in the interests of large corporations and secretive government, and worst of all, they are completely unaware of it. I will never be able to turn back these 18 years. I can’t run away to another country with an education system meant to enlighten rather than condition. This part of my life is over, and I want to make sure that no other child will have his or her potential suppressed by powers meant to exploit and control. We are human beings. We are thinkers, dreamers, explorers, artists, writers, engineers. We are anything we want to be – but only if we have an educational system that supports us rather than holds us down. A tree can grow, but only if its roots are given a healthy foundation.

For those of you out there that must continue to sit in desks and yield to the authoritarian ideologies of instructors, do not be disheartened. You still have the opportunity to stand up, ask questions, be critical, and create your own perspective. Demand a setting that will provide you with intellectual capabilities that allow you to expand your mind instead of directing it. Demand that you be interested in class. Demand that the excuse, “You have to learn this for the test” is not good enough for you. Education is an excellent tool, if used properly, but focus more on learning rather than getting good grades.

For those of you that work within the system that I am condemning, I do not mean to insult; I intend to motivate. You have the power to change the incompetencies of this system. I know that you did not become a teacher or administrator to see your students bored. You cannot accept the authority of the governing bodies that tell you what to teach, how to teach it, and that you will be punished if you do not comply. Our potential is at stake.

For those of you that are now leaving this establishment, I say, do not forget what went on in these classrooms. Do not abandon those that come after you. We are the new future and we are not going to let tradition stand. We will break down the walls of corruption to let a garden of knowledge grow throughout America. Once educated properly, we will have the power to do anything, and best of all, we will only use that power for good, for we will be cultivated and wise. We will not accept anything at face value. We will ask questions, and we will demand truth.

So, here I stand. I am not standing here as valedictorian by myself. I was molded by my environment, by all of my peers who are sitting here watching me. I couldn’t have accomplished this without all of you. It was all of you who truly made me the person I am today. It was all of you who were my competition, yet my backbone. In that way, we are all valedictorians.

I am now supposed to say farewell to this institution, those who maintain it, and those who stand with me and behind me, but I hope this farewell is more of a “see you later” when we are all working together to rear a pedagogic movement. But first, let’s go get those pieces of paper that tell us that we’re smart enough to do so!

After reading this student’s speech, I hope that I not only prepare my students for success on state standardized tests and curriculum but also prepare them ultimately for life in a huge, bold way. I hope I convey the importance of developing outside (of school)  interests and take time to explore those interests turning them into lifelong passions. I hope that I instill a love for learning and seeking knowledge and never stifle creativity, fun, or the desire to take on new challenges in life. I totally see my niece falling into this rut. She is well behaved at school and does well on classwork and TAKS. She is a teacher’s dream but is learning her dream?

*Note: Images from PhotoXpress.com and courosa/Flickr.


K12Online: Call for Proposals – Extended Deadline

August 25th, 2010 · No Comments · k12onlineconference

The date for submitted a proposal to present for the K12 Online Conference has been extended to August 23rd. The theme of the conference this year is ‘Cultivating the Future” and proposals can be submitted by clicking here.  Accepted proposals will be announced around the 1st of September. There are four strands to the conference and each strand has a co-convener that is responsible for overseeing presentations for that strand.  The four co-conveners are Wes Fryer, Jose Rodriguez, Maria Knee and Amanda Marrinan. Presentations can be created via a screencast, slideshow, etc. and can be no longer than 20 minutes.

More information about K12Online from the K12 Online Conference:

OVERVIEW: K12 Online 2010 will feature four “conference strands,” two each week, and include “LAN Party” live events on the Saturday following each week of the regular conference in partnership with EdTechTalk. Two presentations will be published in each strand each day, Monday through Friday, so four new presentations will be available each day over the course of the two weeks. Including the pre-conference keynote, a total of 41 presentations will be published. Each twenty minute (or less) presentation will be shared online in a downloadable and embeddable formats, and released simultaneously via the conference blog (www.k12onlineconference.org,) the conference Twitter account, and the conference audio and video podcast channels. All presentations will be archived online for posterity. If you are planning to submit a proposal, please review archived presentations from past years to determine what you might offer that is new and builds on previous work.

Our 2010 conference theme “Cultivating the Future,” is based on two ideas: A quotation from William Gibson and the metaphor of gardening and cultivation to grow relationships, networks, ways of learning, and develop ideas. William Gibson is credited with the quotation, “The future is here. It’s just not widely distributed yet.”* As William observed, signs of the future are visible in many places today. It is our desire, as organizers of the K-12 Online Conference, to showcase and amplify these examples of forward-thinking pedagogy and digitally-powered learning. In Josh Little’s article, “5 Tips for Knowledge Gardeners: How to Grow a Collaborative Learning Community,” he articulates many parallels between the work of gardeners and those seeking to cultivate vibrant learning communities. In both cases, leaders need to cultivate fertile soil. Josh notes, “Expert gardeners know that a garden is only as good as the soil in which it is planted. Throwing high quality seeds on a rocky seedbed won’t yield the results they want. The same is true for creating the right collaborative learning environment for your organization. So before you start, ask yourself what would get in the way of open sharing within your organization.” He identifies three potential obstacles for sharing and growth:

  1. Culture — will people feel comfortable sharing?
  2. Tools — do people have access to computers and the internet and know how to use them?
  3. Time — is it acceptable that people take the time necessary to develop themselves?

You can read the entire post with the full call for proposals and conference description on the K12 Online Conference website.The hashtag when posting status updates on Twitter, Plurk or other microblog sites is ‘k12online10′. Take a chance, cultivate your future and submit a proposal to present for the free virtual K12 Online Conference!


Going to CAMT 2010?

July 14th, 2010 · No Comments · blogging

The 2010 Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching conference began today, July 14th in San Antonio, Texas. I will be presenting two sessions on July 15th.If you are attending the conference please stop by and see me. I would love to meet you in person – that was one of the highlights from attending ISTE 2010! I finally got to meet Peggy George and many other great online PLN, Twitter and Plurk buddies (too many to name) in person for the time first time!

I will be presenting two sessions tomorrow. The first session will be at 11:45am where I will be talking about using webconferencing to enrich mathematics instruction in room 006A. The second session at 2:15pm is titled, ‘Terrific Teaching Tips for Teaching TEKS and TAKS’ in room 202A. In the state of Texas, we have six objectives that address the standards for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test administed to all third through high school students. There are benchmakr years where students must pass the reading and/or math portions of the TAKS test before being promoted to the next grade level so teachers and students are under a great deal of stress. Hopefully my presentations will re-energize and motivate teachers to move from ‘good to great’ (title of a great book by Jim Collins!) when designing and delivering their mathematics lessons.

One thing I found to be somewhat of a hindrance as a presenter is the fact that the only type of equipment that will be provided to speakers is an overhead projector. It has been a struggle preparing presentations where I cannot show a website. The conference website states the following:

  1. AV equipment – One overhead projector, screen, and power cord will be provided in every room.  This is the only equipment that CAMT will provide.  Computers and computer projection devices will not be provided.
  2. Internet access will not be provided by CAMT.

Having just come back from ISTE 2010 in Denver, Colorado where internet access was ubiquitous at the convention center and expected to no internet access at all is a HUGE paradigm shift. I realize that CAMT may be perceived as primarily a Texas math teachers conference with a low budget for conference fees. Presenters receive free registrations for speaking so there is some loss of revenue by compensating the speakers. The conference rotates between San Antonio, Houston and Dallas, Texas every summer. Each year that CAMT comes to San Antonio I jump at the chance to be involved. Math teachers stress to students and are pressured by administrators and state legislatures to integrate technology into mathematics instruction. Yet this conference is in a time warp regarding the integration of technology.


Classroom 2.0 LIVE! – ISTE Poster Session

July 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment · blogging

Peggy George and I facilitated a poster session on June 29th at ISTE. We planned on sharing how educators can host their own webinars but our conversation soon took a different route. People stopped by our booth and asked about what Classroom 2.0 LIVE was all about. We got to share the Classroom 2.0 Ning and information about our show and website with lots of new people. Several people learned about LearnCentral and how they could have access to a free Elluminate room through the free ‘Host Your Own Webinars’ LearnCentral group during our poster session.

Elluminate has some awesome and exciting things planned in future releases. The latest version 10 release has some new bells and whistles designed for special needs populations with more accessibility features to enable hearing and vision impaired users to participate in Elluminate sessions. Although this blog post isn’t a plug for Elluminate, Peggy and I have become passionate about sharing how to host your own webinar using the Elluminate platform. It was so exciting to meet so many of our faithful attendees in person at ISTE and put a face with a name and share ways we can help support them as users or moderators of Elluminate and the LearnCentral community.

Saturday, July 10th at 12pm EST Steve Hargadon will join us for a discussion post ISTE. You are invited to join us. If you didn’t attend ISTE in person, we would still love for you to join in the discussion for preparation of future virtual events via Elluminate. Your experiences and interests are valued and important to planning future remote sessions. Save the date and be sure to join us this Saturday. Link to join the live Elluminate session is http://tinyurl.com/cr20live.


ISTE Unplugged Events

July 7th, 2010 · No Comments · blogging

Last week in Denver, Colorado I had the esteemed privilege of moderating and facilitating the ISTE Unplugged sessions presented live from ISTE. There were some fantastic sessions and I learned so many new things! It was awesome to meet so many members of my PLN face to face that I had connected with online so many times. I was also able to secure guests for our  ‘Classroom 2.0 LIVE’ sessions in Elluminate.

It took awhile but I have finally posted the recording links for the ISTE Unplugged sessions. If you are unfamiliar with ISTE Unplugged sessions, I encourage you to check out the wiki page and view the recorded sessions. Steve Hargadon has facilitated this venue for presenters the past four years or so. ISTE Unplugged is an opportunity for anyone to present live from ISTE. The sessions are broadcast to attendees live at ISTE and into Elluminate for people to participate virtually. The sessions are free to virtual participants and help spread ‘ISTE fever’ around the world!

The culminating ISTE Unplugged session was a ‘Classroom 2.0 LIVE’ show broadcast live from ISTE. Lorna Costantini co-hosted from remotely from Canada joining the many new and faithful virtual participants. Although I was tethered to the ISTE Unplugged area the entire three days of the conference, I was so fortunate and honored to be a part of this event and bring ISTE ‘into your computers’ and homes around the globe via Elluminate.


What in the World is a 'Screenstep'?

June 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · blogging

What in the world is a ‘screenstep‘? The answer to that question will be revealed Wednesday,June 2nd at 7pm EST in an Elluminate webinar as part of the ‘Host Your Own Webinars’ group at LearnCentral.

Lorna Costantini and I will be hosting a session on ‘Screensteps’ and demonstrating ways you can create innovative and aesthetically designed instructional materials for online courses or in the classroom. Lorna is a ‘Screensteps’ guru and you will be amazed at the quality of the items you can create! The session is free and open to anyone interested in creating engaging offline or online learning materials. So if you are asking yourself now, “What in the world is a screenstep?”, then be sure to join us at 7pm EST on June 2nd at:

Short URL: http://tinyurl.com/lcparticipant
Full link: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/dropin.jnlp?sid=lcevents&password=Webinar_Guest