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2006- Week In The Classroom 2008 2008 - Getting Started

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

Published by:

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- Week In The Classroom

Week in the Classroom”Globally Literate”

Published by:

Clarence Fisher
Snow Lake, Manitoba, Canada
Blog: http://remoteaccess.typepad.com/

Presentation Title
“Globally Literate”

Clarence has been a classroom teacher from grades 1 – 8 for the past 13 years. He has been involved with the creation of technology curriculum documents and wrote his master’s thesis regarding the evaluation of these documents. Clarence has won several awards, including being named a Manitoba Middle Years Outstanding Educator, as well as one of Canada’ highest teaching awards, the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching for his integration of technology into daily classroom life.

What it means to be a literate person in our society is rapidly changing. We are passing through a sea change in the possibilities for online communication. Literacy is in a constant state of change. One thing this presentation will look at is how it has been constantly changing since the advent of the printing press. Blogs, wikis, podcasts, photo streams, and vlogs point the way to future types of communication; types that have been called ‘post – typographic.’ Yet we continue to favour print in classrooms over all other mediums. It is essential that we teach students new possibilities for accessing content using technologies such as RSS. We need to teach them to evaluate content for style and for truth in complex, multimedia electronic spaces. We also need to teach students about options they have for producing content. How do they learn to choose an effective medium in the midst of so many possibilities This presentation will be a Quicktime video (bascially an screencast illustrated with graphic examples and audio) showcasing the changes in literacy and showcasing the choices that students need to have for accessing, evaluating, and producing content.

Video: http://k12online.wm.edu/K12Online-Fisher.mov
Podcast: http://k12online.wm.edu/K12Online-Fisher64.mp3

2006- Week In The Classroom

Week in the classroom”Hardy’s Wessex: video editing and learning online”

Published by:

Kevin Burden
Hull, UK
Blog: http://digitalalchemy.typepad.co.uk/digital_alchemy/

Presentation Title
“Hardy’s Wessex: video editing and learning online”

Kevin Burden is a lecturer and researcher in educational technology based at the University of Hull. He is the director of a unit called Cascade which specialises in the professional development of teachers and educationalists in the use of new technologies. They have run a number of programmes for teachers in the use of social software ranging from foundation degree through to masters level. Kevin is currently working with a number of local secondary schools to explore how these collaborative tools can be used to create learning communities which extend beyond the confines of the classroom. One of these projects is based on the use of online digital video editing environments and features the work of a local school investigating the poetry of Thomas Hardy through podcasts and video editing. Students used Jumpcut as the basis for this work and this will be the focus of the presentation.

This presentation will explore the potential of video editing tools on line and video podcast tools to create and share a common topic studied in a school context (in this case the poetry of Thomas Hardy). The project was used to demonstrate the viability of using visual tools (e.g. video editing) to enable students to deepen their undertsanding and appreciation of a traditional curriculum topic such as poetry. The presentation will take the form of a short video podcast explaining what the project was about and illustarting how the students gained a deeper understanding of this topic through the use of these tools. This will include links to a website I have created to showcase their work and the process of producing it. In addition the podcast will explain how students can use an online editing and streaming tool (in this case Video Egg and Jumpcut) to produce and distribute this work and the collaborative possibilities these tools bring to the classroom.

Video: http://k12online.wm.edu/k12+conference.mp4
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Podcast: http://k12online.wm.edu/K12-podcastv2.mp3 (32 Mb)

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2006- Week In The Classroom

Week in the Classroom”Listening to the voices: student empowerment through collaborative learning projects beyond the school walls”

Published by:

Sharon Peters
Montreal, QC, Canada
Blog: http://www.mtl-peters.net/blog

Presentation Title
“Listening to the voices: student empowerment through collaborative learning projects beyond the school walls”

Sharon Peters is a secondary English teacher and an educational technology consultant. She recently completed an M.A. in educational technology while working full-time at Lower Canada College in Montreal. Her thesis work was an action research study about online collaborative learning in a blended environment for high school students. Sharon has been an active user of moodle and blogs in the classroom. She also blogs regularly about social computing and educational technology: http://www.mtl-peters.net/blog/ Her three digital native teenagers keep her motivated to explore the use of web 2.0 tools in education and to provide a vision to others about their effectiveness.

Online collaborative learning projects provide students with an authentic audience and a sense of student empowerment by giving them a voice and an opportunity to engage in dialogue and feedback. The Internet has become the read/write/speak/listen web which has the power to connect students in safe, dynamic environments. This presentation will offer a rationale for collaborative online learning projects, the tools available to support the projects, ideas for types of projects, project management and real-life examples of collaborative exchanges. The presenter, from Montreal, Canada, has been participating in online projects for several years with such countries as Israel, New Zealand, Russia, the U.S. and Kuwait. Ideas on how to integrate projects into the curriculum in order to meet standards and guidelines will be offered. Exemplars of evaluation criteria will be presented. The presenter has experience with such online learning environments as Nicenet, moodle and elgg which will also be featured and explained. As much as possible, dynamic content such as screencasts, podcasts and videos will be used and organized on a wiki to make the presentation a richer multimedia experience and to permit comment feedback.


2006- Week In The Classroom

Week in the Classroom”iPods- iSpeak- iSing- iListen- iLearn”

Published by:

Silvia Tolisano
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Blog: http://www.langwitches.org/

Presentation Title
“iPods- iSpeak- iSing- iListen- iLearn”

Born in Germany, raised in Argentina and living in the USA, Silvia graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and a Master’s in Instructional Technology. Currently in her 5th year of teaching at a private elementary school, she serves as Spanish teacher and Instructional Technology Facilitator. Her own professional development continues through the use of blogs, wikis and podcasts and experimenting with other web 2.0 tools. Silvia’s outlook on literacy, available information, research, and cross-referencing opinions has changed dramatically over the last year. Many of the tools available are especially useful to the foreign language teacher and student. Blogging and other social media support reading, writing, listening, and critical thinking skills. Culturally authentic material for the foreign language classroom used to be scarce are now readily available, only a click or an RSS feed away. The tools of Web 2.0 are exactly what foreign language educators needed to better infuse the target language and culture into our students.

iPods and other MP3 players have revolutionized the way kids listen to and purchase their music and videos. They are entering the classrooms as a teaching and learning tool as well. The foreign language and ESL classroom can especially benefit from the possibilities the iPod opens up, such as podcasting, video capabilities, and audio recordings. The popularity of such devices directly effects students’ engagement in the learning process. The presentation will demonstrate ideas and ways teachers can easily create and distribute authentic language and culture, pronunciation guides, audio books, lectures, notes, and much more for their students. Through a podcast and accompanying show notes on a blog, participants will hear and see specific examples how foreign language and ESL teachers can incorporate the use of MP3 players creatively to engage and motivate their students in the target language. Envision students being journalists in the target language fulfilling an authentic task of interviewing a native speaker. Imagine students using their cell phones to record a message in the target language that will be published on a blog or incorporated into a class podcast. Visualize your students listening to authentic language on their own time, extending the learning time beyond the classroom. Picture your classes creating a culturally authentic electronic recipe book and sharing them with the world.

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2006- Week In The Classroom

Week in the Classroom”Two-Way Teaching: An Overview of the Read/Write Web in Education”

Published by:

Mark Wagner
Irvine, CA, USA
Blog: http://www.edtechlife.com/

Presentation Title
“Two-Way Teaching: An Overview of the Read/Write Web in Education”

A former high school English teacher, Mark has since served as an educational technology coordinator at Estancia High School, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, and the Orange County Department of Education. He now serves as the president of the Educational Technology and Life Corporation, which provides professional development and consulting services to schools, districts, and other educational institutions. Mark has a masters degree in cross-cultural education. He is also working towards a PhD in Educational Technology at Walden University, and expects to complete his dissertation in early 2007.


Learn to use the two-way web to support two-way teaching! This fast-paced session offers an overview of the two-way (or read/write) web, and a discussion of two-way teaching philosophy. This is followed by a walk-through of specific two-way web tools such as blogs, wikis, podcasts, social bookmarking, RSS, and more. Participants will learn how they can integrate these technologies into their teaching. This will be followed by an overview of the related concerns. The session concludes with a call for participation. I hope you’ll teach me!


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Wiki for this presentation: http://twowayteaching.wikispaces.com

Blogs For Teachers: www.edublogs.org

Wikis For Teachers: www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers/

Podcasts: www.podomatic.com

Social Bookmarking: www.furl.net

RSS: www.bloglines.com

2006- Week In The Classroom

Week in the Classroom”Second Nature-Extending dialogue in the blogosphere”

Published by:

Lani Ritter Hall
Chardon, Ohio, USA
Blog: http://possibilitiesabound.blogspot.com/

Presentation Title
“Second Nature-Extending dialogue in the blogosphere”

Lani currently contracts as an instructional designer for online professional development for Ohio teachers with eTech Ohio. She is a National Board Certified Teacher who served in many capacities during her 35 years as a classroom and resource teacher in Ohio and Canada.

It’s second nature for us and our students to engage others in dialogue f2f. Commenting has great potential for extending learning and deepening understanding through meaningful dialogue in the blogosphere. Through an examination of powerful and significant comments, and exploration of suggestions for nurturing and guiding comments, meaningful online dialogue can become second nature to us and our students too.


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Questioning Comment with post

Relating comment with post

Sharing Feelings comment with post

Encouraging comment with post

Validating comment with post

Supportive comment with post

“For All Time” “” The Art of Commenting
Darren Kuropatwa with “The Artful Comment”

Lani Ritter Hall with “The Art and Aspirations of a Commenter”

“The Crossing” “” Comment Starters
Anne Davis with “Comment Starters”

Anne Davis with “More Comment Starters”

“Take Five” – Benefits
Teacher Cadet post “Welcome to..” and comment

Teacher Cadet post “The School is so small” and comment

Getting Heard post “Slavery Times/Today’s Times” and comment

The Write Weblog Project post “A Story Made of 6″ and comment

Student comments to Darren Kuropatwa’s “What if your blog was gone?”

Anne Davis with “Comments Make a Difference”

“Time Out” “” Inappropriate Comments
Anne Davis with “Inappropriate Comments Teachable Moments”

The Zachary Post with inappropriate comment and rich discussion

“In Your Own Sweet Way” “” Types of Comments
Anne Davis with Podcasts from 5th graders commenting to 2nd graders

Vaestro Comments from Darren Kuropatwa’s Pre Cal 40S Blog (Winter 06) in response to their podcapsule

Vaestro comments in the general discussion at Darren Kuropatwa’s “A Difference”

Vaestro homepage for voice comments

“Who Will Take Care of Me?” – A Safe Place to Blog

Additional Commenting Resources
Anne Davis Wiki page on significant comments

From the “The Blogging Ballet”, Act 4: A Pirouette: Commenting

From Vicki Davis, “How to comment like a king (or queen!)”

2006- Week In The Classroom

Week in the Classroom”Who’s Teaching Who?: Are We Ready”

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Chris Kaminski
Fairview Park, Ohio, USA
Blog: http://nlcommunities.com/communities/ckaminski/default.aspx   

Presentation Title
“Who’s Teaching Who?: Are We Ready” 

Chris is in his tenth year of teaching and finishing up his Masters in Educational Administration. He currently teaches High School Graphic Arts, Photography, and Web Design at Fairview High School in Fairview Park, OH. Chris is also the district webmaster. He currently uses Blogging, a Mac OSX podcasting server, Flickr, and other multimedia tools to promote an on-line communication learning environment.

Throughout the history of education, the role of the teacher has been the all-knowing and center of educational knowledge in their content area. I would like to present a different side of learning where students create a presentation on how technology (specifically WEB 2.0 and multimedia) can change the role of the teacher and the way information is gathered and disseminated. It is my belief that the role of the teacher has potential to become that of a facilitator of knowledge. Keeping students on track, within a structure and guided toward an end goal. We have to embrace the power of learning from one-another and understand that each individual can be a contributor to the creation of the learning process. I believe that the Web 2.0 can afford them and others around the world the tools to build such a collaborative learning environment. The means to take ownership in not only their own, but others learning as well. The culmination of a week in my classroom will revolve predominantly around my web design students and their thoughts on topics relating to technology, specifically web 2.0. There will be daily discussions via BLOGS, postings on what the students did that day, and a video that showcases these student’s thoughts. The plan is to not stop there, but to continue having dialogues via BLOGGING and PODCASTING.


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2006- Week In The Classroom

Week in the Classroom”Using Web 2.0 Tools in a Grade One Classroom”

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Kathy Cassidy
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
Blog: http://classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=1337

Presentation Title
Using Web 2.0 Tools in a Grade One Classroom

Kathy is a grade one teacher who is very interested in the ways in which technology can support student learning. She began building her website several years ago and was able to do some unique things applicable to her grade level because of Grassroots funding. This is Kathy’s third year of blogging with her class. Last year they also used wikis and began podcasting.

Kathy will share the ways in which she has used blogging, podcasts and wikis to support the grade one curriculum. She will also mention using tools such as Bubbleshare and Flickr.


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2006- Week In The Classroom

WEEK IN THE CLASSROOM KEYNOTE”Journey through the Week as I Journey Up (or Down) the Road”

Published by:

Bud Hunt
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Blog: http://budtheteacher.com
Twitter: @budtheteacher

Presentation Title
“Journey through the Week as I Journey Up (or Down) the Road”

Bud Hunt teaches high school language arts and journalism at Olde Columbine High School in Longmont, Colorado.

(Since this presentation is audio-only, a YouTube version is not available)


While it’s certainly an honor to have been asked to deliver the keynote for the “A Week in the Classroom” portion of the first of what I hope will be many K12 Online Conferences, I have to admit that, after the excitement of being asked to contribute, I was a bit perplexed. Still am. Sure, I’m using this new web in my classroom when I can, and I am fascinated by the blurring of the borders between my classroom and pretty much the entire rest of the world, but I’m not an “expert” when it comes to Web 2.0. None of us are. That’s one of the best parts of exploring these spaces with our students — they and we and us are all traveling together, on a real exploration of a new frontier, a frontier of ideas.

I certainly hope that we don’t tame this frontier too much, and that there are always wide open spaces in some parts, sandy beaches in others, and, not to take this metaphor too far, a few rocky peaks always looming in the distance, transfixing us with both their beauty and the horrific jagged edges that they add to the horizon. Some folks, many of them my teachers, have been living in this space for some time. Lots more folks enter this world every day. Everyone, novice and experienced, teacher and student, brings their ideas and experiences with them, ready to share with the world. As problematic and essential as school, education, teaching, and learning are, there’s plenty of room — and some real, legitimate need — for all of that conversation and learning and juxtaposition and re-mixing of ideas. If you haven’t already, make sure that you know how to contribute to the conversation, David Warlick suggested several tutorials for getting started.

I hope you’re enjoying your exploration of the Read/Write Web. I hope you’re learning. Better still — I hope you’re sharing what you notice as you travel along the road . . . or leaving the (t)rail(s) entirely. Teachers do not traditionally have voices outside of their classrooms. We sit, alone, in little rooms, studying and grading and feeling lonely. It doesn’t, and shouldn’t, have to be that way.

My last hope for you, whoever, wherever, and whenever you are, is that you’re doing good work, with your students, and that you’ve discovered that the work that you are doing is so important, so vital and so necessary that you shouldn’t keep it to yourself. The Internet won’t run out of room anytime soon.

When Robert Fulghum (http://www.robertfulghum.com/) ended Uh-Oh: Some Observations from Both Sides of the Refrigerator Door, he made mention of the fact that Pueblo pottery contains a particular line break in every pattern to represent that, while a particular piece might be completed, the life of the artist is not. “A ritual sign of continual possibility,” he called it (246). To model that same idea, he ended his book not with a period, but a semi-colon. I shall do the same here, but for a slightly different reason. For me, I do so as a reminder that, no matter how many words we write, speak, draw, sing, or otherwise utter, there still remains much to discuss;

Works Cited
Fulghum, Robert. Uh-Oh: Some Observations from Both Sides of the Refrigerator Door. New York: Ballantine Books, 1991.

Links Mentioned (or neglected) in the Podcast
A Conversation about Elgg in the Classroom




My Learning Network

Olde School Space

Teachers Teaching Teachers

Will Richardson


Youth Voices.net

All music in this podcast by the group “La Grosse Couture,” via BeatPick.com (http://www.beatpick.com/).