Friday, October 31, 2008

People to Watch!

Keep your eye on Kerrie Gustin and her blog,
Common Sense Classroom. This blogger began her blog during the Open PD with Darren Draper , Robin Ellis, and Kelly Dumont. She posts about her conversations at NECC2008, her thoughts about Twitter, and her kids. She is definitely a person to read.
Penny Ryder joins the conversation not as a consumer only but as a contributor at Teaching Challenges . Her posts involve her Australian Year 1 classroom and her search to be the best teacher she can be. My big question is, why do the children wear those yellow hats (I'm known for inane questions like this)?
The ICT & Teaching Blog by Shaun Wood are reflections of a primary teacher earning his degree. Shaun writes from a New Zealand point of view about his learnings and his primary class.
Take some time to visit these bloggers and leave them comments on their blogs!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Network Challenge

I challenge you to find and listen to a podcast to which you have never listened. You can find podcasts for free in iTunes, at NPR, or Podcast Alley (to name only a few places).
Then blog about the podcast on your blog. That's it! Pretty simple, but can you do it? Will you do it?

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Why integrate technology at all?

I couldn't embed the video so here is the link. Why integrate technology at all? Allanah King answers this so well!

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

We Are What We Share

The Ambassador Choir shared with their director recently. They surprised her with $900 for her car repairs. These are high school students who organised themselves (connecting), told each other about the project (communicating), and came together with a card, cash, balloons, & cupcakes (collaboration) to share with their director. They are displaying proficiency in 21st century skills!
Charles Leadbeater gave a TED Talk in July 2005 in which he suggests that previous centuries were about mass production for mass consumption. Think about the 1950s, which were all about mass production. The USA was very successful at this.
There is now a new kid in town. In the 21st century (it's already 2008!) and beyond it is all about mass innovation = mass creativity. The conversations of any & everyone are what counts. Sharing now defines who we are. Just as the high school kids I described are now defined by what they shared. I know that is a very simple, offline example and doesn't really show the vast complexity of it all.
Here is the link to Leadbeater's TED Talk for you to consider: (It won't let me embed right now)
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Thursday, October 16, 2008

People to Watch

Watch out for Susan Phillips of Chets Creek Travel Guide. She is an elementary school principal in Florida who blogs! It's great to read the words of an administrator who actually attended NECC this year.

An educator of learners who have been labelled 'gifted', Jackie Gerstein has been contributing to the discussion at the Classroom 2.0 Ning. She enjoys teaching process instead of often disconnected content.

Another blogger to keep your eye on is David Carpenter, a teacher at Hsinchu International School in Taiwan, blogging on Lesson's Learned.

Check these bloggers out, leave them comments, and keep your eye on them!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day 2008

Find more information at Blog Action Day 2008

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Why should we?

Angus King will tell you. From our friends in Maine available also at

Monday, October 13, 2008

Keynote K12Online2008

Presenting the ''nearly now' man, Stephen Heppell. Pay close attention to what he says about the result of connecting schoolchildren via technology. For the full conference go to K12online2008

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Who you gonna call?

On Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 2:15pmSLT Salty Saenz will be presenting to the TESOL International Conference in Mexico. He will be using Second Life to demonstrate how this virtual world connects people across time and space.
He has asked a focus question that involves all of you, my network. Therefore I find it appropriate to ask the network to share in the answer. Please leave your opinion in a comment. If you have an SL avatar consider leaving your avatar name in your comment and showing up for this 15 minute event at the META Training Facility on Virtlatlantis Island.

Focus : What my PLN means to me, how SL helps develop it, helps me to be a 21 century teacher?

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Friday, October 10, 2008

K12 Online Conference

This is why you should check out this conference at

Monday, October 6, 2008

Dream the Very Possible Dream

I wish I worked for him!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008


In 1993, Howard Rheingold referred to a "virtual community'' as a place where community members meet, collaborate, and support one another emotionally. I wonder in how many virtual communities are you considered a member?
I am a member of the Edtechtalk community (a rather annoying one at that), a member of a Twitter group, a member of The Bloggers' Cafe in Second Life, as well as several other SL groups, and a member of the NECC virtual attendees badge-carrying club (ok, just kidding).
I have heard arguments on both sides - are virtual communities as real and as important to us as those communities that are not virtual? What do you think?
I wrote this post as I read material for the Connectivism Course led by George Siemens and Stephen Downes.
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