Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Please join us on September 26, 2009
for the first live event of the
K12Online Conference

On September 26, K12Online Conference will host a LAN party from 2:00PM to 5:00PM EDT and encourages everyone to get together with colleagues in order to engage in lively discussions. Past presentations will be shown and you are invited to participate in live conversations about the presentations with the featured presenters. A K12Online Conference overview is scheduled at the EdTechTalk website 30 minutes prior to the LAN party.

mathew2:00 – 2:45 Film School
Mathew Needleman, Apple Distinguished Educator, has been integrating video in the classroom for seven years as a teacher of kindergarten, first, and second grade. Make better classroom movies with simple tips that will help elevate your vodcast to the next level in terms of artistic and technical merit. Learn how to storyboard like a pro, choose shots that support the telling of your story, and capture better lighting and sound.

AlecCouros2:453:30 Open, Social, Connected
Dr. Alec Couros is a professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. This presentation unravels a recent open graduate course offering titled “Open, Connected, Social” that was offered at the University of Regina, Winter 2008. The presentation describes the theories influencing the course, types of open practice, reflections and outcomes, and goes on to describe the emergence of “open teaching”.

Markwagner3:30 4:15 Wiki While You Work (Basic)
A former high school English teacher, Mark Wagner 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. His session briefly introduces participants to the Read/Write Web, and to wikis in particular. A live demonstration of wikispaces.org and wikipedia.org will illustrate that…, “If you can use a word processor, you can use a wiki.”

kathycassidy4:15 5:00 We Like Our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff With Blogging Mentors
Kathy Cassidy is a grade one teacher at Westmount School in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. In the winter of 2008, Patrick Lewis’s university class of pre-service teachers were blogging mentors for Kathy’s grade one students. This presentation talks about that collaboration and the results of the research that was conducted about the effect this mentorship had on the students’ writing.


Monday, September 21, 2009

Disability is in the eye of the beholder

Ira Socol wrote a thought provoking post on his blog about disability. I replied, "Interesting. I am disabled when I walk in RL on this globe, but not when I walk, skip, run, dance in SL. I am disabled when I speak offline, but not in written text on a phone or computer. My handwriting in this plane of existence is difficult to produce and read, but my composition is much better. So I am disabled with the world with which I intersect. Such an interesting thought! Thank you!!"

If disability is transactional, then other things could be too. CCK0809 reinforces the idea that learning is social. George Siemens has said that there is learning in connecting. This is transactional learning. How interesting that learning to be disabled has to do with how we connect with others. It is through these connections that others find us unable. We (the disabled) are classified by how we connect. We learn by how we connect.
Many have heard me remark that I enjoy surfing streams of learning. What I mean by that is I enjoy being able to connect with others, to transact with them, to learn in a crowd. I actively seek out live streams, archives, peer-reviewed journal articles, those who wiser than I. I absorb, question, comment, cajole - I connect the dots and hence through these transactions with others I learn.
Technology is just a tool that helps me do so more efficiently. If I tried to do 1/10 of what I accomplish without the use of a computer, it would be laughable! I am disabled with the world with which I intersect. But I am able with online environments and contacts with whom I transact.
Photo courtesy of mikep covered under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/22987087@N00/32078113

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Did you Know 4.0

Referenced by both Scott and Karl on their blogs, as well as The Economist magazine, this is the latest update of the original video --> which I think is here . There are so many versions that it is difficult to tell.
The impact on the last USA political elections is especially noteworthy.
What do you have in your pocket?

Monday, September 14, 2009

CCK09 !

Another fabulous twelve weeks of learning is about to commence!! The fun started for me when I received my first "The Daily" in my inbox today!!
Throughout this course there will be a chaotic & wonderful amalgamation of people, learning levels, and platforms. This chaos is pulled together through synchronous meetings in Elluminate, RSS feeds, tag searches, and The Daily. The first meeting is this evening, Monday, September 14, 2009 at 7:00pm Winnipeg time which translates to 8:00pm Durfftime (USA EDT) [your time] This synchronous meeting takes place in https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/meeting.jnlp?sid=2008104&password=M.0A68F27C6846C5A75D6F94199C2118
So catch some great learning waves & surf on over....

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Postlearn.com is new kind of education job board which is growing a network of edubloggers to help publicize educational job openings. Postlearn utilizes the individual personal learning network (PLN) to suggest job opportunities and positions to blog readers and social network members on the sites they already use on a daily basis.

In the words of one affiliate "Postlearn is a new an education job board powered by bloggers."

Direct links to the job posting page (and individual jobs themselves) are spread out across the Postlearn affiliate network which combined will contribute about 20,000 page impressions this month. 1/5 of all revenue from paid postings will be shared back to bloggers and affiliates who've posted the badge/widget (which is free to obtain and tracks direct traffic and purchases).

Postlearn is currently inviting all bloggers or social networking administrators to join their affiliate network: http://postlearn.com/signup

Additionally, any organization or individual with an education related job posting can post for free if you email them to Joe@postlearn.com.

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