K12 Online Echo: Remixing History – The Cigar Box Project

Have a listen as Susan van Gelder interviews Neil Stephenson with his presentation from 2009.


Neil Stephenson believes in the power of technology to bring the past
into the future. Empowered with 21st century tools, Stephenson’s Grade 7
students reinterpret events from five periods that have shaped Canada’s
current historical landscape. Called the Cigar Box Project,
Stephenson’s students collect and analyze historical images and
artifacts, and then use graphic design principles to digitally assemble
new cigar panels, each one revealing a unique, visual perspective of an
historical event or time from Canada’s past. At the end of the year,
students physically build their wooden Cigar Boxes, creating their own
historical artifact that pulls together the story of our country. Along
the way, students encounter a variety of assessment practices, create
mini-documentaries about their artifacts and meet a number of experts
who support their historical learning.

Check out Neil’s blog at: http://calgaryscienceschool.blogspot.com/

K12 Online Echo: Shhh! The Students are Learning: Being an Effective Classroom Facilitator

The K12 Online Conference Echo webcast brought to you by Co-hosts Susan VanGelder and Jose Rodriguez brings past presenters of The K12 Online Conference. Together we have a converstion around past presentations. 

We are pleased to present Clf Nims and his presentation Shhh! The Students are Learning: Being an Effective Classroom Facilitator. Clif shared great tips on changing the way we teach. To transform our classroom where are students are the focus of the learning that is going on. Make sure to visit Clif’s blog: http://clifmims.com/blog/   Make sure to check out the attached comments and questions left in our chat room. Check out the ETT calendar for our next edition of the K12 Online Conference the last Monday of every month.


K12 Online Conference Echo: Notice, Dream, Connect, Do with Monika Hardy and Jim Folkestad

In this edition of the K12Online Conference Echo, we are joined by Monika Harding and Jim Folkstad presenters for the student voices strand of the K12 Online Conference 2010. 

We believe that education is the vehicle to social change everyone
craves. We believe that personalization is now possible in public
school, because of the connections to people and info the web now
allows. We believe that the process of learning how to learn, amped by
the personalization digital equity allows is the new standard.

In the lab, we are experimenting with ways to facilitate personalized
learning and ownership. We believe learning and self-constructing is
natural, but most people need to break out of habits focused on
following rules. Experimentation means doing, and doing breeds mistakes.
Risk of failure blinds many to their potential. We believe playing it
safe today is a greater risk.


K12 Online Conference 2010 Echo: Project Based Learning in Hand with Tony Vincent

On our first Echo in 2011 for the K12 Online Conference Susan van Gelder and Jose Rodriguez welcome Tony Vincent with his presentation Project Based Learning in Hand from K12 Online Conference 2010 in the Kicking up a notch Strand.  Tony has so much to share both regarding PBL and the use of handhelds. He also shared how he made the presentation.  So much to learn from him.


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K12 Online Conference 2010 Echo: Seeds to Success with Skype

The K12 Online Conference 2010 edition presents our first Webcast Echo. On this edition we had Paula Naugle and Jan Wells with their presentationSeeds to Success with Skype

They shared this experience and gave us more tips on how to use skype in our classrooms.  We learned about taking risks and understanding that using Skype and other tech tools is all about learning along the way.  Make sure to visit their presentation site: https://sites.google.com/site/seedstosuccesswithskype/home and follow them on twitter @plnaugle and @janwells

A big shoutout to the K12online live events committee for their wonderful work during the conference and their continued support in the Echoes at EdTechTalk.  Susan van Gelder, Kim Cofino, Peggy George. You can find more info about the K12 Online Conference by joining our Ning.

Be sure to join us Monday December 13th, as we have Tim Tyson The Classroom Teacher As a 21st Century Instructional Leader   9pm Eastern at https://edtechtalk.net/studio

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It’s Elementary #41: New Years Wishes

Beginnig of the year edition of It’s Elementary Webcast. We are moving our format to one informal chat and one interview per month.  On this occasion, we shared some educational conferences coming up both on the East Coast (Educon 2.2, PETE&C) and West Coast CUE where we expect to go or present. As well as NECC 2010.  We also had a chance to share what we are doing in our classrooms. The fact that there isn’t a lot happening that is new and inovative but rather, just using some tools like voicethread and our classroom blogs. For a tech use in the elementary classroom perspective, join is the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month. Check the ETT calendar for up to date information.

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It’s Elementary #40: Getting Ready for k12onlineconference 2009



The It’s Elementary crew discusses the k12onlineconference with it’s very own Jose Rodriguez and Maria Knee, Co-Conveners.  Make sure to join us for the k12online LAN Party On November 18, the K12Online Conference is hosting a LAN party from 6:30PM to 8:30PM EST. We invite everyone to gather at the LAN party site with colleagues in order to view two past conference presentations and then engage in lively discussions in the EdTechTalk chatroom.

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