I have been tagged – K12 Online Conference Meme

I have been tagged by Lani Ritter-Hall for the K12 Online Conference Blog Meme. What is a blog meme? The Daily Meme provides a definition which accurately describes my understanding of the concept: People often ask, “What is a Meme?” so here’s a more than a little information on that. I pronounce it so it’s rhymes with ‘dream’; some pronounce it so it sounds like ‘mem’ (from mem-ory). First off, technically most of the sites here are not memes. The fact that most of these sites create new questions all the time removes the whole evolving viral concept of a […]

I Have Started a New Blog

One of the items that I was beginning to struggle with on this blog was that of voice and audience. I wanted to do a number of different posts, talking about new tools and projects that I find, talking about projects that I am assisting with, and discussions about the role of “embedding” technology (thanks Jeff Utecht) into our curriculum. In order to keep a more consistent voice, I have spun off my discussions about new tools and projects to a new blog that I have created, Mining for Treasures. In this new blog, I intend on sharing the nuggets […]

Practicing What I Preach – A Collaborative Learning Experience

Or, How 140 Characters Enhanced my Tuesday. 140 Characters. My average sentence length, because I am usually wordy, runs at about 120 characters. Long enough to convey a message, but without a great amount of depth. (For those of you counting, the first three sentences contained 171 characters.) On Tuesday, in the course of 10 minutes, I received three messages from three different members of my personal learning network. Vicki Davis, a teacher in Camilla, Georgia, wrote: coolcatteacher Hey guys — someone come over here so we can check out google presentations – » link to Welcome to Google Docs […]

Google Announces New Application – Presentation

Today, Google released a new collaborative tool , Google Presentation, to round out its suite of products. During our Lower School and Middle School opening Faculty Meetings, I showed teachers Google Docs and Google Spreadsheets which can be used by students as substitutes for Microsoft Word and Excel. These are tools that would allow students to work via a web browser, which would allow for students to work both at home and school without the need to have the application on either computer or emailing work back and forth. It also would allow for students to collaborate on documents together, […]

Learning 2.0 Conference – Collaboration Ideas

As I noted earlier this week, I spent a part of my weekend following the thoughts and ideas being shared at the Learning 2.0 Conference in Shanghai. Since then, several of the participants have taken the time to reflect and share their ideas and thoughts via their blog posts and podcasts of the sessions. This morning, while reviewing my RSS reader this morning, I found a post from Kim Cofino, who is a 21st Century Literacy Specialist at the International School in Bangkok, Thailand.  In her post today, 20 Project Ideas Inspired by Learning 2.0, she outlines many great global […]