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A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson – Finding your element

Tonight I had the opportunity to view a live stream with Sir Ken Robinson. Although I wished he answered more questions from the viewers, I enjoyed what he had to say. Check the archive below.


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Google Summit Goodness

Recently I spent an awesome weekend with fellow educators (@MrLands, @MrD_fccps_Tech, @JWBrett @rjowers and @edulicious) @ at the VA Google Summit in Charlottesville. The following post is my attempt to summarize some of the highlights.

Personalization with [Google] Presentations with @digiteacher

This session really opened my eyes to the possibilities of using Google Presentations in  different ways. The benefits of using Google Presentations are the same as using any of the tools in Drive (already online, easy to embed media, can collaborate with others). I consider the other added benefit being that it lacks all the ‘bells and whistles’ of Microsoft PPT.

Using a GPresentation for Interactive Notebooks and or ePortfolios is an incredible idea for using one file that is always being updated.

Interactive Notebooks (no glue needed):

  1. Create a table of contents
  2. Pre-made slides/activities that inlcudes links and videos
  3. Slides/activities can include fill-in, insert images/videos, click and drag
  4. Share a template to all students using Doctopus

Check out Joan Brown’s (@digiteacher) website to learn more >>>A Tale of Two Years

StoryBuilder with @thetechtiger

Storybuilder is a fun way to use the power of Google to create an animated video/digital story.

Research Tool in Google Drive with @gglibrarian

The Research Tool is a new enhancement to Google Drive that enables you to insert copyright free Images into any document while citing it’s source (MLA or APA).

GMAIL Tricks with @cbell619

  • Canned Responses – GMAIL Labs: Allows you to create templates of emails that you always need to send. For example, I have to send daily emails helping parents create accounts for Powerschool Gradebook. With only a few edits, I can quickly send the information.
  • Google Calendar Gadget – GMAIL Labs: Allows me to view a small calendar from Gmail.
  • Preview Pane – Gmail Labs: Allows me to read most emails without having to open them.
  • Google Groups – Create a group (using email addresses)

Making Movies in YouTube with @mistersill

This session demonstrated the new power of YouTube for editing movies. Youtube is not only a great place to showcase your class videos, but now you can edit/enhance those videos.

He shared the new iOS app called Youtube Capture app. This app allows students using iphones, itouches and ipads to film and directly upload to Youtube. This simple app replaces the need to store videos on the device and makes sharing easy.

To learn more about using YouTube to create and edit video to support your instruction, Join me for a Digital Learning Wednesday Session called Using Video to Enhance your Instructional Delivery on May 8th.

25+ Ways to Use Google for Online & Blended Learning with Chris Bell (@cbell619)

Now that we have found a LMS that works for us (Go SCHOOLOGY!!!!) and have more access to technology than ever before, our next step is to explore “blending’ our classroom instruction. There are many online tools that help us extend our instruction outside the classroom.

  • Use a screen capturing software to record revisions and feedback via Google Docs. Students can see your changes while they hear you explain it.
  • Take a picture (or use the webcam to take a Snapshot) of homework and upload to Google. Comments can now be added to the right margin of images.
  • Use Google Groups to create a Classroom HELPdesk. Ask students to seek out help from each other first. Google Groups allows you to create an email address that students can send help requests to. These emails are then stored in a Discussion Thread type list that allows for replies.

Since Google is ever changing…I hope to attend the GAFE Summit next year to learn more.

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Personal Learning Networks (PLN) with Social Bookmarking

The March 22  virtual conversation focused on Social Bookmarking. Diigo (one option of social networking)  has been instrumental in organizing my Personal Learning Network (PLN).

Check out the videos, links and a recording of the virtual session.


Recorded Webcast

Blackboard Collaborate Recording of March 22nd >>>


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Personal v. Professional Social Networking – Social Balance

This month I am working to promote creating Personal Learning Networks (PLN). As I encourage my colleagues to began to use social networking tools in their classrooms, I also reminded them that it important to separate personal from professional accounts.

The recent post from Scott Weidig (@vanishingpoint) on the EdReach site, presented a recommendation for school districts to develop and adopt Social Networking / Media policies to address the “social media overlap”.


Weidig goes on to present guidelines for developing  policy based on social media best practices. These guidelines would support the discussion to protect teachers while they integrate social media tools.


Inspiration to post came from my PLN>Google Reader>Reeder iPad App>EdReach

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Introduction to Personal Learning Networks (PLN)

On March 8 @7PM, I hosted a virtual conversation about creating your own Personal Learning Network (PLN).
Check out the videos used to introduce PLNs, my slideshow and a recording of the virtual session.

Why Do We Connect? via @ShellTerrell

Why Do We Connect? from Shelly Terrell on Vimeo.

Starting a PLN

To learn more about the online tools that you can use to create your own PLN, join our upcoming virtual conversations on Thursdays @7PM;

[Cross-posted from Digital Learning Series Blog]

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Visible Tweets

Almost Everyday I am promoting the use of Twitter to my colleagues. I usually promote it as a tool for creating a personal learning network (PLN) for self-directed, interest based learning. However, Twitter can also be an awesome communication tool to use within the classroom. I have collected many great sites, blog posts and other online resources to support Twitter in Education over the past few years, but  was never inspired to promote it in the classroom.

My appreciation of  Twitter was reaffirmed when I saw Principal Eric Sheninger’s (or how I know him in my PLN – @NMHS_Principal) picture on the cover of the latest edition of Administr@tor magazine. This Connected Principal is taking great steps in promoting technology integration and use of social networking tools in his school. I also had the privilege of hearing him  speak during a panel discussion without other principals at the 2011 ISTE conference.

Check out a great video that was produced for Administrator Magazine.

During this video the Visible Tweets website was described being used in the classroom to see live results from hashtags. Students could be using their mobile devices to participate in polls, ask questions, submit exit ticket comments…the list can go on, while it displays live through Visible Tweets. Could be a great visual backdrop for classroom discussions.

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Wordle my Tweets!

I love I wanted my first post on this new blog to be a Word Cloud that represents me…so I found a fellow blogger who shared how to turn your Tweets into a cloud using TweetStats. I had never used TweetStats before…it is an awesome resource to learning more about your Twitter habits. Check out the data below from my last Stat report.

TweetStats also gives you the option of seeing your TweetCloud and with one click,

you can send the cloud to Wordle and create a visual representation of your most common Tweeted words. I took it a step farther by recording my screen with Camtasia while I presses the Randomize button in Wordle…my favorite part of Wordle.

Check out my the Wordle of my Tweets…soundtrack provided by Matt & Kim – Daylight.

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