Compiled Links and Resources for Mini-geekfest Monday, May 9, 2011

NOTE: Since so few people were able to join us for the April Mini-geekfest we decided to postpone the webinar and share all of these sites in the May session.

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

Shortened URL for Elluminate Recording:

LiveBinder link for tonight's resources: (Click on tab for May 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.

Slideshare link for tonight's slides:

Peggy's Resources and Links for May 9, 2011

Mobile Learning Conference, Phoenix AZ, April 5,6,7, 2011
Incredible blog with over 100 posts detailing presentations, links, ideas, discussions, photos and more!
Web 2.0 Sharing Session facilitated by Peggy George
Example from one presentation by Tony Vincent: Mobile Movie Making

Seven Good Sources of Math Video Tutorials by Richard Byrne-FreeTech4Teachers
good places that students can find mathematics tutorial videos on the web

Teacher Challenge on Edublogs: "30 days to using the best of the web’s free tools for educators” series
The Teacher Challenge is made up of free 30 day professional development challenges where participants are stepped through weekly tasks that increase their skills while working together as part of a global community.

Examples of Contributions:

Free Tools Challenge #5: Edmodo in the Web 2.0 Classroom
Free Tools Challenge #4: – Quizzes, downloads, and educational games
Free Tools Challenge #3: Bitstrips for Schools – Comics as a learning tool
Free Tools Challenge #2: Create A Self Grading Multiple Choice Quiz Using Google Docs
Free Tools Challenge #1: Wallwisher – Words That Stick

ASCD Annual Conference-March 26-28, 2011
Quite a few sessions were streamed, and 4 excellent sessions have been recorded and posted so far:

Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World- Heidi Hayes Jacobs
We do not need reform—we need new forms for teaching and learning. What year is your school preparing your learners for: 1990 or 2025? In this provocative and highly practical session, based on the presenter’s ASCD book of the same name, the presenter will lay out steps for transforming your school into a contemporary learning environment.

The Strategic Teacher- Harvey Silver
Bringing together 35 years of research on effective instruction and 30 years of experience in helping schools address student diversity, the session will provide educators with the tools needed to help all students meet today’s rigorous standards.

The Motivated Student: Five Strategies to Inspire-Bob Sullo
Successful teaching requires you to create an environment that fosters academic success by engaging and inspiring students rather than trying to control them. In this session, learn how to manage your classroom effectively, and identify five strategies that will inspire academic achievement and unlock your students’ natural enthusiasm for learning.

Responding When Students Don’t Get It-Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey
How teachers respond to an incorrect answer significantly influences students’ eventual understanding. Resolving errors requires an interaction between students and teachers, with the goal of ensuring that students experience success. Participants will explore questions to check for understanding, prompts for cognitive and metacognitive processes, cues to shift attention, and direct explanations and modeling.

AzTEA WOW Virtual Technology Conference-Saturday, April 30, 2011-FREE!! Registration required.

Fascinating survey results conducted by Dr. Mary Ann Bell, Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University:
According to Mary Ann:
The survey asked questions about veteran educators and their interest/acceptance/ability regarding use of technology. It verified my hunch that veteran/older/seasoned (pick adjective here) educators are NOT
Luddites who back away from technology. Evidently I struck a nerve with this survey--I got messages thanking me for even asking the questions. I think those of us past life's traditional midpoint WANT to be counted as the innovative and creative people we really are. I last posted about 10 days ago, indicating I hoped to get over 300 responses--think I had about 280 then. As of this moment I have 421.
Do remember to click to see the comments for tips and for success stories. The responses to question 10 are especially helpful if you are mentoring/supporting teachers with using technology. "Please share any do's and don'ts or tips for working with educators, especially older users, to promote interest in and use of technology."
They are wonderful. I am always humbled by the generosity of busy group members who take time to participate, and in particular to write comments. The one thing that I found most interesting related to two questions:
1. What kinds of technology staff development do you THINK veteran teachers like?
2. (Directed to vets only) What kind of technology staff development do you like?
The perception as reported via question 1 above was that online staff development would not be well received. The responses offered by the veteran teachers themselves showed such training would indeed be welcome. So maybe this is an underestimated option. Anyway, I found the results affirming and also interesting. And as always I was gratified by the number of responses shared.

Print What You Like

Print the good parts of any web page while skipping the junk. Save paper & ink printing only what you want.

Oscar's Stuff: Podcast by a 4 year old on things that interest him.

About oscar

Oscar is four and likes to make things. He also likes dinosaurs.
Today we did a bit more history on the dinosaurs, when they lived and what a fossil is. We also talked about the stegosaurus family and the ankylosaurus family.

Paper Cranes for Japan Project

Make Paper Cranes, Rebuild Communities

On Friday, March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake struck Sendai, Japan, resulting in a devastating tsunami that ravaged the coast just 180 miles from Tokyo. In response, Students Rebuild partnered with, to ensure students worldwide have a way to support their Japanese peers.
Help Japan by making paper cranes. These simple yet powerful gestures will trigger a $200,000 donation from the Bezos Family Foundation - $2 for each crane received - to Architecture for Humanity's reconstruction efforts in Japan. Once we reach our goal of 100,000 submissions, the cranes will be woven into an art installation - a symbolic gift from students around the globe to Japanese youth.

Why Origami Cranes?

Cranes are sacred creatures in Japanese culture. According to legend, anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. While anyone can contribute to the virtual mosaic on Facebook, our goal is to collect 100,000 origami cranes from young people to represent 100 wishes of support and healing for Japan. A list of wishes will begin to appear when we receive the first 1,000 cranes by mail.

Games in Early Childhood

Would anyone be interested in assisting me with a project that explores the current role of board games in the early childhood classroom. I'd greatly appreciate feedback from you and/or your students!

Please provide your thoughts through a brief survey. It will only take a few minutes of your time.
Teacher Survey

If interested, assist one of your students with providing his or her input on our games wall: (best viewed in firefox)
Games Wall

Go to our project website for more information:
Games in Early Childhood
Julie Clemens
p.s. Please feel free to share with any Pre-K/K teachers that you feel may be interested in participating in this project. Thank you!

SIGMS newsletter for March 2011 (Example of publishing online with ISSU)

They are using Issu to publish it online and it is really cool! There is an article about a parent initiative in it (Parent Partners in Digital Citizenship)

"How To" Videos for the Technology Classroom
and don't forget about the amazing videos for learning about web tools shared by Adam Bellow on

Kim's Resources and Links for May 9, 2011

Flocabulary produces educational hip-hop music and engaging curricular materials to teach academic content for grades K-12.

AIMS VideosArizona Instrument to Measure Standards Richard Pino, 8th grade LA @ McKemy Middle School in Tempe Elementary
Bubble It


Any sketch can then be embedded on your blog/ homepage for people to play-back, and you can also point people to your sketchcast channel here (or let them subscribe to your sketchcast RSS feed). Sketchcasting is new but it's based on an old principle: the whiteboard (or the napkin in a bar) on which you sketch something to get a concept across... or to just have some fun. Sketchasting was invented by Richard Ziade on July 23rd, 2007, Creative Commons licensed.

Turn videos into short clips
Have to sign up for an invitation - may take awhile to get in

BeholdTM is a search engine for high-quality Flickr images. It aims to answer your queries based on what is inside the images -- at the pixel level. It offers a completely new way to search for images, using techniques of computer vision. It is different to standard image search engines, such as Flickr or Google, because those search through images using only image tags and filenames.

Today's Meet

Backchanneling "lite"
Easy to do.
Able to print up transcript. (Saved for 24 hours.)

Movies you can download...legally! While you constantly hear about how downloading movies is illegal, there are numerous free legal movies you can download. Sure we aren’t talking about the latest summer blockbusters here, but there are some great films out there on the Internet that can be had for free.

The Internet Archive works to bring together anything and everything that resides in the public domain, and that includes movies. We’ve gathered together 40 of the best ones that will keep you entertained for hours on end, all without costing you a dime outside of using some of your bandwidth. Enjoy!

Bembo's Zoo

A stylish animal alphabet site with illustrations created from the letters in each animal's name. Site uses Macromedia Flash.

Links and Resources Shared in the Live Session (Paula Naugle's blog post about her Virtual Smackdown tool: Answer Garden) (Answer Garden) (Paula Naugle's 10 Day Passion Challenge) (Identity Day Presentation-George Couros) (EdTech Toolbox resource shared by Laura Sheehy-8 Ways to Support Teacher Technology Integration) (PrimaryPad Web-based Word Processing Tool) (Tony Vincent: Top Twitter Hashtags for Teachers) (We Are Teachers website-grants for teachers) (FlipSnack) (Paula Naugle's video: Super Bowl Math Project) (CaptionTube-create captions for YouTube videos)

Next show: Monday, June 13, 2011