Compiled Links and Resources for Mini-geekfest Monday, September 12, 2011

URL for logging into our Mini-geekfest live sessions on Blackboard Collaborate: OR (both take you to the same place)

Full 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 and the Livebinder)

LiveBinder link for tonight's resources: (Click on tab for September 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.
Shortened URL for Survey:

Video Recording from Blackboard Collaborate session:

Next show: Monday, October 10, 2011 6:00pmPDT/9:00pmEDT

Peggy's Resources and Links for September 12, 2011

Flubaroo - Grading Made Easy
Teachers, do you...Not have enough time for grading? Want useful measurements on student performance? Need a free solution to help?
If so, then Flubaroo can help!
• Grade online assignments in a single step!
• Get reporting and analysis on student performance!
• Email students their scores.
• Designed by a teacher, for other teachers!

* Flubaroo works with Google docs. Click if you need an introduction to Google docs.
More than just a grading tool, Flubaroo also:
• Computes average assignment score.
• Computes average score per question, and flags low-scoring questions.
• Shows you a grade distribution graph.
• Gives you the option to email each student their grade, and an answer key. (SHOW IN WEB TOUR FOR GOOGLE FORM EXAMPLE AND OTHER EXAMPLES)

21Things4Students (shared by teacher in Edmodocon group)
NOTE: Some of the copyright information "Be Legal Be Fair" doesn't reflect the latest research/resources for fair use that are transformative (goes beyond the old standards of use no more than 30 seconds of a video-Hall Davidson quiz) Teacher Ideas includes a video called "Fair Use is a Right"

From the slideshare slides:
Transformative Use is Fair Use
When a user of copyrighted materials adds value to, or repurposes materials for a use different from that for which it was originally intended, it will likely be considered transformative use; it will also likely be considered fair use. Fair use embraces the modifying of existing media content, placing it in new context.
--Joyce Valenza, School Library Journal
An Example of Transformative Use
The purpose of the original: To generate publicity for a concert.
The purpose of the new work: To document and illustrate the concert events in historical context.

New Video Contest for Students and (Rushton Hurley)

NextVistaVideoContestimage.jpg is partnering with the Tennessee Educational Technology Conference to launch Creative Compositions. The conference is Nov. 30th to Dec 2nd in Nashville, a town know for its music, hence the theme and logo.
The contest has two strands, one for students, and one for teachers, so we’re hoping to get plenty of videos creatively explaining something a student might encounter in school. For the full details, go here:

Desert Biome Rap
Mathboarding (example of math in everyday life-Newton's 3 Laws of Motion)
This video was contributed as part of the Free Tech for Teachers-Next Vista for Learning 90-Second Video Contest in the spring of 2011.

QR Code Treasure Hunt Generator
1. Submit! Input a series of questions and answers.
2. Create! Get a QR code for each question.
3. Display! Put the QR codes around your school.
4. Begin! Students find and answer the questions.

Tell a story with QR Codes-Dianne Rees

QR Codes in Education Livebinder by Steven Anderson

Parent Teacher Conference Dos and Don'ts

Parentella-Parent's Field Guide to Parents
The Ecology of Education recently posted A Teacher’s Field Guide to Parents. It is a humorous piece poking fun at some of the personality types of parents that can be difficult for teachers to work with, and the personality types are broken into categories. Here is a parent’s point of view on those categories. I am hoping this response makes teachers a little more empathetic to what parents go through, and why parents sometimes act the way they do.

Parents (teacher point of view)
What Teachers really want to tell parents-CNN article

ASCD Webinar-Lisa Dabbs, The New Teacher Tool Kit

(Talks about many tools, Angela Maier's Passion Driven Classroom book, and provides a PDF handout of the presentation slides)
Great article by Lisa Dabbs-Twenty Tidbits for New Teachers (free login required to access it)
Lisa M. Dabbs M.Ed. (@teachingwthsoul on Twitter) is the facilitator of Edutopia's New Teacher Connections group. She is also the founder of the weekly #ntchat for new teachers on Twitter

62 Things you can do with Dropbox

Celly Makes Texting a Learning Tool
Short video tutorial from Learnitin5 explaining
The web-based group text messaging service, Celly, is changing this.

Celly allows educators to create a classroom "cell," and students can easily join the cell by texting its name to Celly's number. The teacher then approves or declines the student, based on parameters the teacher creates, when first building the cell.

Kim's Resources and Links for September 12, 2011

Merriam-Webster's Word Central Games
Merriam-Webster's Word Central Games-Alpha-Bot
Merriam-Webster's Word Central Games-Robo-Bee
Merriam-Webster's Word Central Games-Robo-BIGbot
Merriam-Webster's Word Central Games-Jumble Kids


Wes Fryer: Playing with Media/Images
Tony Vincent: Learning in Hand/Project Based Learning
Flisti: Free, online polling tool
Educational Jargon Generator

The Kids Should See This
There's just so much science, nature, music, arts, technology, storytelling and assorted good stuff out there that my kids (and maybe your kids) haven't seen. It's most likely not stuff that was made for them... But we don't underestimate kids around here.
Off the grid-for-little-kids videos and other smart stuff collected by Rion Nakaya and her three year old co-curator.

Links shared by participants during the session:

(Lillian Hritz-CenturyLink/AzTEA Teacher Grants-up to $10,000 per classroom award)
(Lillian Hritz-iCivics)
iCivics (formerly Our Courts) is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. iCivics is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is concerned that students are not getting the information and tools they need for civic participation, and that civics teachers need better materials and support.
(Lillian Hritz-National Novel Writing Month Kit and resources)
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
(Jamie Naylor) Pleasant Plains High School Library Google Site)
(Len Horn-Comic Life)
(Carolyn Stanley-Posterous Blog)
Carolyn would love to have you send a post to her Posterous blog - just a few lines - maybe share a tool or an experience
(Wes Fryer's blog and podcasts)
(Becky_Ohio-100 Incredible, Educational Virtual Tours You Don't Want to Miss)
(deepeetonee-Tony Kuc: Fantastic video called "Validation")
"A fantastic film that makes you smile and makes you cry. B/W and made in 2008 called Validation. Great to show teacher teams or at staff gathering. Is all about validating others and seeing good in others."
(TypeWith.Me-No login - generates a unique URL - can upload documents too - I think up to 15 can edit at the same time - each participant has a unique color)