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2006- Overcoming Obstacles 2006- Pers Prof Development 2008 2008 - Getting Started

Getting Started
“Traveling Through The Dark”

Published by:

Steven Kimmi Salina, KS, United States
Blog: http://expeintech.blogspot.com

Bio: Steven is a fifth grade teacher in Salina, KS. He graduated from Kansas State University three years ago, where he pursued many other majors before choosing on Elementary Education. He is the author of Experiments in Technology and In Transit(ion). He is in the process of creating numerous open source resources for teachers in his district and beyond. However, he is the parent of three children under four, so his time is…well, time is…of the essence.
Bio Page: https://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Steven+Kimmi

Presentation Title: “Traveling Through The Dark”
Description: This presentation examines how to get started using educational technology through metaphorical analysis of William Stafford’s poem, Traveling Through The Dark. Through this analysis we will look at the obstacles teacher’s face, the process of implementing technology into the classroom, and the role that others can play in the process.

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http://poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16217
http://learningismessy.com/blog/?p=424

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2006- Overcoming Obstacles 2006- Pers Prof Development 2008 2008 - Getting Started

Getting Started
“Video-Conferencing It’s Easy, Free and Powerful”

Published by:

Brian Crosby Reno, Nevada, USA
Blog: http://learningismessy.com/blog/

Bio: Brian Crosby, an elementary teacher for 26 years, teaches sixth grade in Sparks, Nevada, and has infused technology into teaching since the 1980’s. While piloting a 1:1 laptop program, students in his class utilize many Web 2.0 tools including Skype, Fiickr, blogs and wikis. Brian teaches several popular tech classes for teachers in his role as a Nevada Writing Project Consultant.
Bio Page: https://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Brian+Crosby

Presentation Title: “Video-Conferencing It’s Easy, Free and Powerful”
Description: Through this Quicktime video presentation attendees will learn how free video and audio-conferencing software can easily be utilized to both access and share learning opportunities with students globally. In addition attendees will acquire the knowledge and resources necessary to use this valuable educational tool.

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http://www.arisleyschool.org/Inclusion.mov
http://www.arisleyschool.org/GraceCorriganPt1.mov
http://www.arisleyschool.org/Gracequestions.mov
http://classroombooktalk.wikispaces.com/Mysteries+of+Harris+Burdick
http://skype.com/

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2006- Week In The Classroom 2008 2008 - Getting Started

Getting Started
“Free Tools for Universal Design for Learning in Literacy”

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Jennifer Kraft Frackville, PA, USA
Blog: http://agapejen.wordpress.com/

Bio: Jennifer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Millersville University and a Master’s in Technology for Special Educators from Johns Hopkins University. She started her career as a Specialized Preschool teacher in York, PA and then moved to her next position as an Education Technology Facilitator at Kennedy Krieger High School in Baltimore, MD. Here she found her love of assisting students with special needs through technology. She is currently substitute teaching as a Music Teacher and is looking for a new position in Education Technology.
Bio Page: https://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Jennifer+Kraft

Presentation Title: “Free Tools for Universal Design for Learning in Literacy”
Description: This presentation will describe ways that you can support literacy using free tools found on the internet. Types of technology supports for literacy will be discussed as well as the some of the free tools that are available on the Internet today. The last part of the session will deal with what Universal Design for Learning calls for and how the types of tools discussed can assist educators in achieving Universal Design for Learning in your classroom.

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2006- Overcoming Obstacles

Overcoming Obstacles
“Selling Web 2.0 to Senior Management”

Published by:

Terry Freedman
Essex, United Kingdom
Blog: http://www.ictineducation.org/

Presentation Title
“Selling Web 2.0 to Senior Management”

Bio
Terry is an independent educational technology consultant with experience of bringing about cultural change throughout local authorities (equivalent to USA school districts) and in schools. He also tries to spread practical advice about managing educational technology and using it in the classroom through his website and blog at http://www.terry-freedman.org.uk./

Colleagues may also be interested in the ebook Coming of Age: An Introduction to the NEW Worldwide Web. The first edition is available at http://www.ictineducation.org/db/web2. The second edition features Sheryl, Darren, Wes and a number of other people you’ve met during this conference. Keep track of progress at http://web2booklet.blogspot.com/

Description
Terry’s view is that at some point it is going to be necessary to ‘sell’ Web 2.0 to the school’s management/administration. This may be from the outset, or it may be subsequently, in order to expand and embed its use into normal practice, eg in order to ensure equal opportunities in terms of access and experience. The purpose of his presentation is to look at the most common obstacles to the implementation of Web 2.0 tools like blogging, and how to address them. The presentation will equip delegates with the following knowledge:

– The seven general principles of presenting new ideas
– Objection analysis
– The four main areas of concern usually expressed, and how to deal with them.
– Seven proactive things you can do to get the management (or other influential people) on your side.
– Four reasons why a supportive management is not always a good thing.
– Four tactics to get a supportive administration or leadership team working with you rather than against you.
– Three things to do if blogging etc has already been banned.

The presentation takes the form of a podcast and an accompanying PDF which goes into much more detail.

Presentation
http://k12online.wm.edu/selling_web2_0_v3.mp3
http://k12online.wm.edu/overcomingobstacles.pdf

2006- Overcoming Obstacles

Overcoming Obstacles
“It’s Elementary Kids, Working Web 2.0 With Grade 3-4″

Published by:

John Pearce
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
http://jpearce.suprglu.com/

Presentation Title
“It’s Elementary Kids, Working Web 2.0 With Grade 3-4″

Bio
John Pearce teaches grade 3-4 children at a school in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Over the past two years he and his students have experimented with the use of blogs, wikis and podcasts in assisting learning in a range of interesting formats. These have included using blogs and wikis for collaborative projects with overseas schools, creating online stories using a wiki as well as the more ‘traditional’ formats. Along the way many lessons have been learnt not least of which is that students see that the tools they enjoy playing with can also be powerful learning tools.

Description
This presentation will explore that journey focussing on the lessons learnt along the way so far. Also included in the presentation will be some critical reflections from the students involved. As well as including personal anecdotal experiences, this presentation will also include artefacts and reflections from the students.

Whilst viewing the presentation please take the time to have a look around the Articulate window as John has included in the presentation some additional notes as well as some attachments including a survey undertaken by his students reflecting on the use of elements of Web 2.0. Included also are some tutorial notes that he has used with other teachers to get them started with edublogs, wikispaces, audacity and Microsoft Photo Story 3 as well as a “talking book” one of his grade 3’s wrote and narrated for out Middle P Stories blog. The attachments window can be found in the top right corner of the Articulate screen.

(Important Note, at the time of writing this blurb the server at my school is offline because of a service upgrade. As a result some of the links mentioned may not be functional so please check back later if they don’t work at first.):)

Presentation
http://k12online.wm.edu/its_elementary/player.html

2006- Pers Prof Development

Personal Professional Development
“Toward a System for Online Curriculum-Sharing”

Published by:

Rob Lucas
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Blog: http://teacherslounge.typepad.com/
http://teachforward.org/

Kevin Driscoll
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
http://kevindriscoll.info/

Presentation Title
“Toward a System for Online Curriculum-Sharing ”

Bios
Rob Lucas taught 6th grade social studies for two years in North Carolina. While teaching, he created a lesson-sharing wiki called the Teachers’ Lounge. He spent last year earning a master’s in Technology, Innovation, and Education at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. While there, he was an inaugural recipient of the Reynolds Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship and developed a plan for a new nonprofit lesson sharing site called TeachForward.

Kevin Driscoll is a computer science teacher at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School in Cambridge, MA. In the classroom, he teaches an original curriculum for grades 6-12 with emphasis on identity, community-building, cut’n’paste cultural production, free software, literacy, and independent learning. Kevin has experimented with wiki-based curriculum sharing at his school and is the lead developer of TeachForward. Along with this work, he is a hip-hop DJ and intimate collaborator with Internet-based artist Claire Chanel.

Description
Each year, the world’s teachers plan millions of great lessons. But after they’re taught, nearly all of them end up in dusty filing cabinets, never to be seen by another soul. Teachers are currently unable to build upon the best work of colleagues around the globe. Social web technologies hold promise for addressing this need, but current systems of online lesson-sharing are inadequate. Teachers struggle to find resources that are of high quality and appropriate for their grade level, subject, topic, teaching style, and local context. This presentation reviews previous lesson-sharing efforts and then presents a few key difficulties of curriculum sharing, our own preliminary answers, and the ways we’re applying them in our new site, TeachForward.

This presentation includes a podcast and a PowerPoint slideshow. It’s best to download both, listen to the podcast, and advance the slideshow when you hear the beep. However, the podcast should make sense without the slides, and if you’d prefer just to read, there’s text in the ‘notes’ section of the PowerPoint to guide you through.

Presentation
http://k12online.wm.edu/SystemOnlineCurriculumSharing.ppt
http://k12online.wm.edu/lucasdriscoll_k12conf.mp3

2006- Pers Prof Development

Personal Professional Development
“Planning the 21st Century School”

Published by:

Chris Lehmann
Philadelphia, PA
Blog: http://www.practicaltheory.org/serendipity

Marcie Hull
Philadelphia, PA
Blog: http://ecram3.blogspot.com/

Presentation Title
“Planning the 21st Century School”

Bio (Chris Lehman)
Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. Chris has returned to his native Philadelphia after nine years as the Technology Coordinator at the Beacon School in New York City, one of the leading urban public schools for technology integration. In 2001, Chris was honored by MOUSE (http://www.mouse.org)/ as a Champion of Technology and Education for his work on building the portal at the Beacon School. Chris has spoken at educational technology conferences all over the world, including the International Conference on Technology and Education in 1998 in Edinburgh, Scotland and at LinuxWorld 2000 in San Jose, California. Chris received his B.A. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Bio (Marcie Hull)
Marcie is the Technology Coordinator, fine arts teacher and technology teacher for the Science Leadership Academy (SLA), in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her fine arts training along with obtaining her K-12 art teaching certificate and art history minor at Temple’s, Tyler School of Art. A year spent in Italy after college gained her more experience with paint and paining techniques. Marcie returned home and began working for the School District of Philadelphia in 2000. She quickly became a Technology Teacher Leader and developed a reputation as a proponent for technology development in her school for teachers and students. She was able to finish her masters for Technology in Education at Rosemont College in a year and a half. During this time Marcie also obtained a K-12 Pennsylvania Business Technology certification. She went on to become an adjunct professor for Rosemont College, in their Technology in Education Department. Last spring in 2006 Marcie was hired and became part of the founding staff of SLA. She currently writes a blog located at www.ecram3.blogspot.com, where she reflects upon the development of SLA and posts her thoughts and opinions about trends in education.

Description
In this presentation, Principal Chris Lehmann and Technology Coordinator Marcie Hull of the Science Leadership Academy talk with many of the founding members of the Science Leadership Academy, a new inquiry-driven, project-based science and technology high school in Philadelphia. The founding teachers spent seven months planning on and off-line to create curriculum that would take advantage of the progressive pedagogy and 1:1 laptop environment. Now in its first year, The SLA faculty is working to merge progressive, project-oriented pedagogy with 21st Century tools to create a unique opportunity for students in Philadelphia. The school uses moodle and elgg and other open source tools to create its web portal as well as borrowing many of the best teaching practices of the small schools movement, such as longer classes, essential questions and project-based learning to take the greatest advantage of the new technologies. One of the more unique pieces of the SLA planning process is that so much of it did happen online. The faculty spent all spring using a ‘course’ in moodle as its planning tool, meeting in weekly chat sessions, posting curriculum documents and collaborating in discussion forums to create a thirty-page curriculum guide that formed the backbone of the summer planning project. The faculty used the planning process as the conduit for learning how to use moodle, seeing first hand the power that it could have and therefore making it much easier to plan to use it in their own classrooms.

Presentation
http://k12online.wm.edu/School2.0.2.mov

2006- Overcoming Obstacles

Overcoming Obstacles
“Trash to Treasures: Creating Your Own Computer Lab”

Published by:

Brandi Caldwell
Pinson, Alabama, USA
Blog: http://mtnbrookseniors.blogspot.com/

Presentation Title
“Trash to Treasures: Creating Your Own Computer Lab”

Bio
Having been a classroom teacher for ten years, Brandi has watched the evolution of technology in her classroom. She is a National Board Certified teacher who has taught in rural schools with no equipment, middle class schools with very little accessibility, and her current assignment is in a resource rich school system . Each kind of school has its own set of obstacles to overcome. Brandi feels that if you are going to be a pioneer, you have to expect to journey through some storms and mud along the way. This year she had the priviledge of being selected by the Alabama Best Practice Center as a 21st Century Fellow. Through this work Brandi has had opportunities to meet, network, and educate with teachers across the state and globally through presentations and online workshops. Not only is she an avid blogger, but Brandi is a soon to be second time mom, a coach’s wife, senior English teacher, and self proclaimed domestic goddess!

Description
At her previous last school, Brandi experienced the ‘loss’ of their one and only computer lab. This presentation (done in powerpoint along with a handout full of links changed to a wiki) was done at Alabama Educators Technology Conference two years ago. Brandi called it Trash to Treasures: Creating your own Computer Lab from Scratch. This is her story of the journey from a one computer classroom to a class of 20 computers completely networked. She relates her own obstacles with money and equipment as well as dealing with the IT folks at the district level. It includes links to sites that provide grants and computer recycling/donation sites.

Presentation
http://k12online.wm.edu/technology.mov

Errata: The link to the wiki is http://labforfree.wikispaces.com/

2006- Overcoming Obstacles

Overcoming Obstacles
“Mobile Learning Redefined”

Published by:

Steve Dembo
Skokie, Illinois, USA
Blog: http://teach42.com/

Presentation Title
“Mobile Learning Redefined”

Bio
Steve Dembo served as both a Kindergarten teacher and Director of Technology before joining Discovery Education. As the Online Community Manager for the Discovery Educator Network, he oversees the DEN virtual community including a network of over 20 educational blogs. The Teach42 podcast was one of the first educational podcasts and has served as the inspiration for many other educators to create their own shows. He is passionate about education and works with teachers around the globe in their efforts to explore and integrate new technologies. Steve’s blog and podcast can be found at Teach42.com.

Description
Students are bringing their cell phone, iPod, Palm handheld, and PSP to school and we respond by forbidding their use or treat confiscation. However, these are the tools of the new generation and educators must change and consider how to utilize and embrace these new online learning tools. In this session you will learn about how video can be brought to handhelds and phones, how to create websites designed for portable devices, and how the mobile internet is making information more accessible than ever. You will explore what students are using and how these tools can be harnessed to support good teaching. You may even learn how to convince your principal you need a handheld!

Presentation
http://k12online.wm.edu/MobileLearning.wmv

Supporting Links
Research
Kaiser Foundation Report- Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8-18 Year Olds
http://www.kff.org/entmedia/7251.cfm

The Internet and Education report by Pew Internet & American Life Project
http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/39/report_display.asp

Education tool a phone call away – Technology – theage.com.au
http://www.theage.com.au/news/technology/education-tool-a-phone-call-away/2005/08/14/1123957950672.html

eSchool News online – Youths use cell phones as mini-PCs
http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=6228

New Study Recasts Cell Phones as Effective Teaching Tool
http://www.ergoweb.com/news/detail.cfm?id=1180

Every One Learns – Pedagogy, Technology, Motivation: Do Something Disruptive
http://everyonelearns.blogspot.com/2006/04/do-something-disruptive.html