URL for logging into our Mini-geekfest live sessions on Elluminate:

http://hnyctt.me/Mini-geekfestLogin OR http://tinyurl.com/AzTEA-PD (both take you to the same place)

Blackboard Collaborate recording link for tonight's show if you'd like to watch it again or share it with friends:

Shortened URL for Blackboard Collaborate Recording:


Chat log from recording:

Links and tools shared during the session have been added to this wiki (see below) and the Livebinder.

LiveBinder link for tonight's resources: http://livebinders.com/edit?id=51493 (Click on tab for November 2011)

Survey link for tonight's webinar: Whether you participate live or view the recording you may complete the survey and request a 1-hour professional development certificate.

Next show: Monday, January 9, 2012 6:00pmMST/9:00pmEST

NOTE: We are not holding our Mini-Geekfest in December because the K12 Online Conference is holding their finale session called the AfterGlow during this time, and Peggy and Kim both want to be part of that amazing experience. It will bring together keynoters, presenters and participants from the 2 weeks of the conference to reflect on their learning and conference experiences. Please plan to join us in that webinar hosted in Blackboard Collaborate. Watch the K12 Online Blog for the link to the session.
Monday, December 12th at 6 pm Pacific / 7 pm Mountain / 8 pm Central / 9 pm Eastern

Peggy's Resources and Links for November 14, 2011

K12 Online Conference

Our Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinar this past Saturday featured the K12 Online Conference with the conveners and organizers and the kickoff keynote speaker: Angela Maiers

Dr. Lodge McCammon: The Creator of Paper Slide Videos (like the CommonCraft videos)
(will play this in web tour)
He is also the creator of FIZZ Learning Framework which promotes the use of the Flipped Classroom.
No Lecture in the Classroom (notice how he creates the images to slide during the video)

A Symbaloo webmix with all of the class blogs so the teacher and students can easily see the latest updates by adding the RSS feeds for each blog.
From this site if you have a Symbaloo account (free) you can click on "Start Using this Webmix" and add it to your own account. This is similar to what you could do with Netvibes and Pageflakes. You can also use their templates and edit/modify them to easily create your own personalized page which is similar in concept to the iGoogle home page.

Fantastic Digital Storytelling wiki
We All Have Something to Say
This wiki is being created for two purposes:

1 - To give teachers a place where they can collaborate on ideas of how to use technology in storytelling
2 - A place to share resources for using digital storytelling and podcasting in the classroom

Includes pages for these topics:
7 Elements of Dig Stories
Process of a Dig Story Project
Copyright and Fair Use
Tip and Tricks
iPods and iPads
Recording Directly to iMovie
Image Resources
Web 2.0 Tools

Sample Stories
Porquoi Stories
Claymation Stories
Other Samples

(Web tour) Global Education Conference started today-scroll down to select your own time zone and it will show you all of the presentations that are available. All of the sessions are held in BlackBoard Collaborate and recordings are available for all of them. The recording links are posted after each session so if you can't participate live you can view the recordings later. The presenters are from around the world and the topics are all designed to support educators who want to connect and collaborate. The conference is a collaborative, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity.


GE.TT sharing tool with 2GB of storage for free. Similar to Dropbox but you don't have to join to receive files shared with you.
Ge.tt is an instant, real-time file publishing and sharing service. With Ge.tt there is no need for special software or plug-ins. It is a simple file sharing and publishing tool for all types of materials including documents, video, music and photos.

How does it work and what can you use it for?
With Ge.tt you can turn any type of file into web content and share it instantly. You can share documents, video, music and photos in the browser making them instantly available for the recipient. If you sign up, you can even re-use and keep track of the materials that you previously shared.

Real-time sharing
Your files are ready to be published or shared as soon as you select them! No need to wait for files to upload.

No plug-ins
Ge.tt is 100% web-based and works directly in your browser. No flash required. No applet needed. No installation before you're ready to go. Just go to your browser and start sharing.

Library 2.011 Virtual Conference (some fantastic sessions-scroll through the topics to find what interests you)
All recordings are available here:
One of my favorite sessions was this one by Cassy Lee on Digital Storytelling
SESSION TITLE: Incorporating Digital Storytelling Into Your Instruction: A Toolkit PRESENTER: Cassy Lee, MLIS student

DESCRIPTION: Digital storytelling is an exciting method of creating movie-like personal narratives using a mix of text, narration, still and video images, and music (see this site for examples: http://www.storycenter.org/stories/).

A growing body of research suggests that digital storytelling projects incorporated into classroom instruction foster the learning of multiliteracies and have a positive impact on individual student achievement. These types of projects can be incorporated into any curriculum and setting – individually, collaboratively, in-person or online - to motivate and engage students of all ages, from elementary school to senior citizens, in authentic learning and personal expression.

Session participants will receive: (will bring up in web tour)

· a bibliography compiling relevant literature supporting these claims
· ideas for how to incorporate digital storytelling projects into any subject curriculum
· an overview of how to conduct a digital storytelling project
· examples of digital storytelling projects and initiatives
· links to more in-depth tutorials and resources
· assessment resources and suggestions
· a handout regarding ethical/legal issues (copyright, etc.)

I also loved the session with Gwyneth Jones, The Daring Librarian QR Codes in the Classroom which was followed by a session by Willyn Webb and Lisa Nielsen called The Texting Librarian. They had a segment on QR Codes too and Gwyneth joined them to share her ideas for using QR codes in the classroom. http://teachinggenerationtext.blogspot.com/

They co-authored a book:

"Lisa Nielsen and Willyn Webb's TEACHING GENERATION TEXT, looking at breaking the ban that exists in today's schools and bridging the digital divide with the most ubiquitous and overlooked learning device in American household; covering policy to parent permission, discipline to classroom management, and featuring lesson plans and research-based teaching strategies, providing everything educators need to harness the power of cells."

Rushton Hurley's latest newsletter (NextVista.org): (subscribe if you don't already) Always has great tips and resources (WEBTOUR)

Information from Rushton for video contests:
The deadline for the Creative Compositions contest was last Friday, and we encourage folks to take a look at the ones submitted (link below) and discuss with their students if it's something they would like to try. Later this week, we'll announce the finalists.

Today we are launching our winter contest (summer, for the southern hemisphere), which is called Waves of Creativity. You guys get to know about it first! Here's the link:
The idea is to explain something one might encounter in school in 90 seconds or less. Deadline is Jan. 10th, though there's a slight bonus for getting them done by Dec. 16th. Info-a-plenty on the pages linked above.

Immediately following our show Parents as Partners will be hosting a webinar on BlackBoard Collaborate with a fantastic elementary principal from Philadelphia. He has created a Parent Engagement wiki for his parents and uses all kinds of social media with his parents and community including ustream and CoverItLive. (Will show wiki in webtour)

Joe Mazza has worked as a 3rd grade teacher, assistant principal at a bilingual school, middle school and is now in his 5th year at Knapp Elementary School in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is currently completing a doctoral dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania where he is attempting to take family engagement guru Dr. Joyce Epstein’s work over the last several decades and translate it using today’s technologies.

Parents as Partners starts right after our show at 7:00pm AZ time.
Webinar link: http://tinyurl.com/ETTpasp
http://www.ourschool.ca/?p=4377 (announcing the show)

http://www.ourschool.ca/?p=4325 (Ustream, Coverit Live, connecting with the community at school and at home)

Here are the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011. This the 5th Annual Survey of Learning Tools finalised on 13 November 2011. This year’s list is compiled from the Top 10 Tools lists of 531 learning professionals worldwide – from education, training and workplace learning.

Kim's Resources and Links for November 14, 2011


English Vocabulary Gameshttp://www.vocabulary.co.il/
Wow! doesn't really describe all that is offered at this website.

English, Foreign Language and Literature Games

Vocabulary Learning Resources
  • Vocabulary of the World
  • Analogy Games
  • Antonym Games
  • Compound Word Games
  • Context Games
  • Contraction Games
  • English Language Games
  • Foreign Language Games
  • Hig Pig Games
  • Homophone Games
  • Idioms Games
  • Latin Learning Games
  • Literature Games
  • Oxymoron Games
  • Parts of Speech Games
  • Phonics Games
  • Prefix Games
  • Root Word Games
  • SAT Games
  • Spelling Games
  • Suffix Games


From the website - ABCya.com is the leader in free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web. All children's educational computer activities were created or approved by certified school teachers. All educational games are free and are modeled from primary grade lessons and enhanced to provide an interactive way for children to learn.
Grades K-5

Some games take a bit of work to figure out (OK, maybe just for me)

Mark Gura, Host

ISTE Literacy Special Interest Group (SIG)http://literacyspecialinterest.blogspot.com/
This is my first ISTE podcast and not my last! Loved all I learned from host Mark Gura!
Episode #1 focused on book trailers and a interview with Patricia Polacco.
My personal favorites from the podcast....

  • Booktrailers - http://booktrailersforall.com/ Booktrailers for All
    • By grade leve, easy to navigate, providing great resources for teachers to use before exploring out on their own to do this in their classroom.
  • Creative Educator magazine online - http://creativeeducator.tech4learning.com/v10/Fall-2011_Issuu From Tech4Learning. Tech4 Learning does a good job of providing information for all teachers. Though they are a company who has products to sell, they are generous in providing usefull, free resources for all teachers.

All things British...

From the BBC, Words and Pictureshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/wordsandpictures/index.shtml
The only word of caution may be that with the British accent there may be some confusion for younger grades. Still worth looking at!
  • Phonics
  • CVC Words
  • Consanant Clusters
  • Long Vowel Sounds
  • High Freguency Words

From the BBC, Science Clipshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/index_flash.shtml
Since this not designed for teachers in America you may have to look around a bit to find exactly what you can use. It is worth taking the time to explore....
  • Ages 5-11
  • Resources for teachers
  • A few of the topics
    • Sorting and Using Materials
    • Light and Dark
    • Pushes and Pulls
    • Changing Circuits

From NovaCreate a DNA Fingerprinthttp://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/body/create-dna-fingerprint.html

Older students will love this lesson and activity

From the website - DNA. It's what makes you unique. Unless you have an identical twin, your DNA is different from that of every other person in the world. And that’s what makes DNA fingerprinting possible. Experts can use DNA fingerprints for everything from determining a biological mother or father to identifying the suspect of a crime. What, then, is a DNA fingerprint and how is it made? Here, you'll find out by solving a mystery—a crime of sorts. First, you’ll create a DNA fingerprint (we'll supply the lab and all necessary materials). Then you’ll compare this DNA fingerprint to those of all seven suspects to nab the perpetrator. Ready? Let's get to work!

Exploding firecracker

Playing with Time

From the website: Playing With Time is an exciting, new project that looks at how the world around you is changing over many different time periods. The project consists of two major parts: this web site and a traveling museum exhibit. The site is being developed by Red Hill Studios. The exhibit is a collaboration between Red Hill and the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Here at the Playing With Time web site, unseen worlds of change will be revealed. You will see time speed up and slowed down, and behold the beauty of change. Time will be in your hands to witness, replay, and even create. You never know... you might not look at things quite the same way again.

Students are going to love these....

  • Water Balloon Bounce
  • Woman Aging
  • Snail
  • Night
  • Fire Cracker

Links shared by our fabulous participants!

Robert Pronovost: http://classdojo.com/
Improve student behavior and engagement by awarding and recording real-time feedback.
Print or email beautiful behavior reports to easily engage parents and staff.
Save time by recording behaviors and accomplishments right in class, with just one click: NO extra data entry required.

Kim Caise: http://www.gliffy.com/ Suggestion for a drawing tool
Create professional-quality flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more! FREE!

Kidblog.org is built by teachers, for teachers, so students can get the most out of the blogging process.
Kidblog meets the need for a safe and simple blogging platform suitable for elementary and middle school students. Most importantly, Kidblog allows teachers to monitor and control all publishing activity within the classroom blogging community. No advertising.

Kim Caise: http://www.flickr.com/photos/periodicvideos/5915143448/sizes/o/in/photostream/ Use of QR codes for periodic elements

Kim Caise: http://minus.com/# The simple new way to upload and share your stuff online. Bringing together your photos, music, videos and files. Have to create an account (free) and email is optional.

Robert Pronovost: http://www.socrative.com for in-lesson assessment
Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
http://www.lifewegot.com A great project my class was just a part of (Mission: To increase PEACE in the world through cross-cultural bridge-building via music, education and technology) The project is connected to Rock Our World, a non-profit program founded in 2004 by teacher and technology pioneer, Carol Anne McGuire. The program utilizes simple yet powerful technology (I.e. Skype, Garage Band) to empower students from around the world to collaborate on music multimedia projects. The result is a fun and educational experience that creates worldwide community and challenges youth to "rock our world for peace."
http://www.tenmarks.com for math review

Post show followup: Rushton published his newsletter announcing the top 10 finalists for his video contest. The link has been added to the Livebinder which is the full update. You can view the videos using the links he provided here.