K12Online Conference 2007

The K-12 Online Conference invites participation from educators around
the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies
can be used to improve learning. This FREE conference run by volunteers
and open to everyone. The 2007 conference theme is “Playing with
Boundaries”. This year’s conference begins with a pre-conference
keynote the week of October 8, 2007. The following two weeks, October
15-19 and October 22-26, forty presentations will be posted online to
the conference blog (this website) for participants to download and

Teachers Teaching Teachers #50 – Guest, Pat Ferrel, Trailfires CTO and Our students blog about Virginia Tech

Madeline Brownstone, a teacher Baccalaureate School for Global Education, NYC, kicked off this episode by talking about how she has begun to us Trailfire in her classroom.

…Pat, and his co-founder John O’Halloran had noticed that Madeline was using Trailfire for teaching a couple of weeks ago. They were interested to follow Madeline’s work Since they “are currently focusing on the education market for Trailfire.”

Teachers Teaching Teachers#49 – How Do Local EdTech & Writing Projects Create a Web Presence?

April 18, 2007

How do local Writing Projects create a web presence? What changes when they do? What tools might we consider? Joomla? DrupalED? We discussed these issues with our guests Bill Fitzgerald, Paul Oh, Troy Hicks, Felicia George, Madeline Brownstone,  Lee Baber and Paul Allison.  Bill Fitzgerald also gave us an update on his release of a new DrupalEd profile.

Teachers Teaching Teachers #47 – Telling Stories with Technology

The concept of digital storytelling has been around for some time as people began to envision the impact that the visual and aural elements could have on the traditional writing process. Video documentaries, radio reflections and other experiments have blossomed with the Web 2.0 world. There are many publishing sources and many means of expression. But what does it all mean? How can the interactive web be tapped into to bring storytelling and composition to an even deeper level of meaning for the writer and for the audience?

Join guest host Kevin Hodgson, who is the technology liaison of the Western Massachusetts Writing Project, this week on Teachers Teaching Teachers as he seeks to explore some of these questions. Kevin is a sixth grade teacher who has students create digital picture books (last year’s theme — math, and this year’s theme — science) and stop-motion claymation projects (in which his sixth graders collaborate with second graders). He has been exploring the intersection of the world of digital storytelling and the Web 2.0 frontier in recent months with NWP Colleague Bonnie Kaplan through a community Weblog and a new collaborative ABC movie project that features more than a dozen teachers throughout the country who are contributing video segments to a larger collaborative project that uses online tools to plan, produce and distribute a digital story.

The program will try to showcase some different aspects of storytelling and technology, brainstorm some ways that people can get started, and consider what the future holds for telling stories in a digital environment.

Our guests will include Gail Desler,
who is part of the ABC Movie Project and a deep thinker on the pedagogy underlying the use of technology in the classroom; and others.

Google Notebook for this episode

Teachers Teaching Teachers #39

Teachers Teaching Teachers

February 7, 2007

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Conversations among teachers often lead to better clarity, deeper understanding, and renewal, and you’ll find some of these qualities in this podcast. Sometimes teacher talk can lead to action. Such was the case this Wednesday when Lee Baber and Paul Allison invited their colleagues Madeline Brownstone and Sharon Peters to come up with some ideas for collaborating with middle schoolers on blogs in the Personal Learning Space. (Clarence Fisher also joined us late in the webcast.)

Take at look at this week at this week’s Google Notebook TTT 39 if you want to see what all the excitment is about setting up global collaborations between students. Get to know more about Madeline and Sharon in there.

Our plan is to find five themes around which to organize the students’ communication with each other. And instead of coming up with these oursleves, we are going to use James A. Beane’s strategey of asking students to write 10 questions about themselves and 10 questions about the world. Then we will guide our students to study their questions to find socially relevant, personally engaging themes to suggest to each other for creating images, text, flash, and video on the blog. It will be interesting to post 5 questions on the home page of the Personal Learning Space, and then to watch as tags from the students’ blogs begin to give these questions texture.

Teachers Teaching Teachers #36

Bee Dieu Makes Global Connections for her Students

January 17, 2007

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In this podcast, we take some time to talk to a colleague from São Paulo, Brazil. Since 1997 Barbara Dieu has been using the Internet to connect her students with peers from different parts of the globe. Last year she was one of the first to volunteer her students to connect with Lee Baber’s students on the PersonalLearningSpace.com that had just been launched by Dave Cormier of World Bridges.

Recently, Bee has been teaching English as a foreign language to high school students preparing for the French baccalauréat at the Lycée Pasteur, the Franco-Brazilian school in São Paulo, where she also coordinates the Foreign Language Department and belongs to the ICT committee. At the beginning April 2005, Bee was invited to serve on the Tesol Advisory Committee (TAC), she became a judge for the GSN Cyber Fair Contest , and she collaborates in and co-runs Dekita.org. Barbara is presently leading the Blogstreams Salon at Tappedin and she has just opened the Braz-Tesol EduTech SIG.

We were glad that she fit us into her busy life. And we look forward to further collaborations. Thanks Bee!