Peggy's Shared Resources for Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate) Mini-Geek Fests

(yellow highlights are sites/tools already shared)
Link for AzTEA Pre-show Music:

Livebinder Link for all of the Mini-Geekfest webinars (click on the tab for each month to see the links for that session)

Peggy's Resources and Links for May 21, 2012

Many Eyes-Data visualization site - free registration


Eight Free Tools for Teachers to Make Awesome Infographics (ManyEyes is on the list)
List of 20 Free Tools for Teachers to Create Awesome Presentations and Slideshows

Making Curriculum Pop Ning Site

Poetry Symbaloo Symbaloo Poetry Mix by Ponderous Pandas

Google Education on Air Conference - held on May 2all sessions recorded

Per Rushton Hurley: Google recently sponsored a big online gig called Education On Air, and there were about four dozen sessions on ways of using all sorts of Google tools. If you're working to learn any Google stuff, having 40+ hours of free advice, organized by topic, is certainly not a bad thing. Find all the offerings at this address.
Also from Rushton: Google Certified Teacher Aaron Slutsky created a YouTube channel covering all sorts of this-and-that related to Google Docs. This playlist will give you a quick over view of Google Docs and Spreadsheets. Including creating docs and spreadsheets, sharing, and creating forms.
The Apple Distinguished Educator crew creates a number of resources, and the link below is to those it gathers under the title, "Global Collaboration, Exploration and Innovation." These are videos, ePubs, PDFs and similar to provide ideas on all sorts of cool projects. Thanks to Lucy Gray for helping create and share these. You can subscribe in iTunesU.

This collection focuses on providing global collaboration resources for students, educators and leaders, engaging teachers and students in global citizenship activities, developing global competencies, building global relationships and cultural understanding and providing a framework for developing Challenge Based Learning in a global context.

TeacherCast website and App (TeacherCast Pro app for iPhone and iPad-free)

Need to send a quick video to someone? Eyejot is a new tool that allows you to do so from your computer or mobile device. From Rushton's May Newsletter.
What's Eyejot? Eyejot is the first, comprehensive, client-free online video messaging platform ideal for both personal and business communications. It offers everyone the ability to create and receive video messages in a self-contained, spam-free environment. With no client to install, you can start using Eyejot immediately with any browser, on any platform. It even features built-in support for iTunes™ (and iPods&trade), mobile devices and social networks like MySpace™. Watch Eyejot video examples.

Why Eyejot? Eyejot offers people the ability to easily communicate more naturally with one another through video while still taking advantage of some of the great traits that email offers in terms of working across geographies and time zones, and eliminating spam from the equation.

Kevin Honeycutt's webinar: Inspiring Teachers, Changing Lives on
Starts with pre-show music by Kevin and Ginger and then goes into his presentation followed by post-show music.

Last week's Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinar "Tips and Tools for Building your PLN" with Tim Wilhelmus and Brett Clark
Livebinder links:

Writing I Am Poems (did this activity in a virtual webinar at 4T Conference with Jackie Gerstein. Submitted a photo and put our poem in the message area and all were compiled in Flickr.

AzTEA WOW Virtual Technology Conference Recordings (need to sign up on the Moodle site but can do that anytime and access all of the recordings and Livebinders from the entire conference day)
Almost all of the Livebinders have been viewed at least 450 times and the Smackdown has been viewed 1115 times!

Livebinders compilation for Writing (1000 Livebinders!)
Audio software which is like Twitter except messages are spoken. Writing teachers find it a useful tool to catch thoughts on the run, Users can 'follow' people as in Twitter and Facebook. Messages are called boos. Mobile, laptop, or desktop usability.

Peggy's Resources and Links for April 9, 2012

Adam Bellow's "More Cool Tools for Teachers" ISTE webinar

Just a couple of Adam's awesome recommendations (but you can explore all of them on his Symbaloo created for the webinar)


(alternative to Poll Everywhere-can accommodate up to 200 people voting)
Mentimeterpolling.jpg (create a new URL that combines multiple URLs with one customized link)

Karen Mensing-AzTEA Teacher of the Year 2012

A fantastic 2nd grade AZ teacher to follow who is modeling great uses of technology in her classroom and with her blog for parents!

Planet Mensing (Sonoran Sky Elementary School)

Browse around her blog and read this blog post that she wrote after she received her award and you'll know what she received it!

Exciting event at Sonoran Sky "First Ever Technology Night", March 8 where Karen was surprised with her award. Listen to her kids tell about it!


GorillaScan (allows you to modify your QR codes without re-printing them and replacing the printed copies)


Educational Websites for Elementary Parents (Mrs. Southard)

Screencasting/Flipped Classroom MoodleMeet (co-hosted by Peggy George and Lorna Costantini)

Recent Livebinder Webinar (recording now available-this is the direct link to Blackboard Collaborate)

Livebinder for this presentation (includes webinar recording link)

Another fantastic binder Mike has created for the Common Core is here:
12 Common Core Considerations
He has even written an iBook if you have an iPad that's called Cure for the Common Core and is available now for $1.99.

The Power of a PLN (Personal Learning Network) First TICAL webinar, then Tightwad Teacher Podcast


TICAL Livebinder:

Tightwad Teacher Podcast via Google Hangout:

Don't Miss this Incredible Day of FREE PD!


To preview presentations already submitted: (30 min. length)

Peggy's Resources and Links for February 13, 2012


Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. To get started, request an invite. (Kindergarten/2nd Grade) (5th Grade) (Middle School)

LiveBinders Knowledge Sharing Place webinars are back! Next webinar: Wed. Feb. 15, 5:30pm MST

100+ STEM Websites and Web Tools for Teachers Letia Cooper presenter and creator of this Livebinder; Motion and Design Livebinder by Jill Brown
Jill Brown is a former guest on the Knowledge Sharing Place, and is sharing with us her STEM Science Project as well as updating us on her experiment with the flip classroom approach. Jill has been an educator for 19 years, and taught all subjects in grades 3-5. She is presently a 5th grade Math/Science teacher at a STEM magnet school for the high ability/gifted learner.
STEM Paper Roller Coaster project using LiveBinders as differentiated learning tool

Classroom 2.0 LIVE Webinar Archives

Outstanding presentations: TPACK and Common Core and Evernote in the Classroom

List of Free Audio Books for Kids (presentation slides)


Math Problem Solving Resources compiled in a Livebinder by Kristen Beck

A couple of examples of some great resources from her Livebinder

That Quiz

  • A free service for teachers who want to replace paper tests with online testing.
  • An online grade book providing fast analysis of class and individual student progress.
  • An exchange for teachers to share the resources they create.
  • A skills site for students, especially useful for math practice and testing.
Registration is free and teachers who register receive complete record-keeping of student grades. They have access to more precise test-generation tools, can create single tests with questions from different categories, can create matching and multiple choice questions, and can access a public testlibrary. There is no reason for students to register, since the additional features are only useful for teachers.


Math Pickles videos for K-12

Besides great videos for students there is a fascinating video by Dr. Gordon Hamilton, creator of MathPickle, for teachers. Do you agree with him?
"Problem solving is at the heart of a quality mathematics education, or is it the other way around?" He wants to abolish math education as a subject.

A fantastic 2nd grade AZ teacher to follow who is modeling great uses of technology in her classroom and with her blog for parents!

Planet Mensing (Sonoran Sky Elementary School)

Exciting upcoming event at Sonoran Sky "First Ever Technology Night", March 8, 6:30pm. Listen to her kids tell about it! (1:36)

Peggy's Resources and Links for January 9, 2012

Tip of the Week from Tammy Worcester

Use the above link for detailed instructions about how to use the tool and to see examples.

“iFake Text” is a great example of a simple tool that can allow your students to show what they know in a unique or novel way by emulating a text message conversation on an iPhone.

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iFake Text

Vocabulary Example:

Mystery State/Country Skyping

If you're studying states or countries, join this wiki to find classes to skype with around the US. It's a year-long project. (Shared by Jan Wells, KS) Grade levels are not limited but it is often in 4th and 5th grade where this falls in the curriculum.


Would you like to join us on a MYSTERY SEARCH for what state or country you are from?

*Have your students come up with at least 10 great clues about your state ranging from easy to hard. Make sure to stress to your students that the clues need to be fact based and well researched. You want to make sure you include topography. Great beginning clues would be who the Governor is or showing a picture of the state capitol.

*Have a student or a group work on a short paper on your state. This informational paper should talk about your state, a little history, topography, favorite destinations, fun facts, famous people, etc. This will be shared when your state is revealed to the other class.

*Have student roles during the SKYPE call. Have note takers and if you have more than one computer in your classroom - have student researchers who can start researching during the call.

*Make sure everyone has something to do during the call whether it is taking notes, researching on a computer, asking questions.

*Remember -your Skype sessions do not have to be long. 15-20 minutes should be all the time you need to hear the clues.

*Decide beforehand with the other teacher if you want your students to guess the "Mystery State" before the end of the call, or, take the clues and have a follow-up SKYPE call where each class will get a chance to guess the "Mystery State."

*After the call is over and you have your 10 clues, have students research the answer. Some other ideas: have a contest where groups work together to guess the mystery state. Type up the clues and give it as a homework assignment or extra credit.

*Have a student or students read your informational essay on your state once the state is revealed.

*You can reuse all of this material for your next call, or, anyone who didn't get a chance to contribute this time can contribute their essay or clues for the next call.

*Follow up with the teacher you worked with - what a great way to form new classroom collaboration on another project!

Our readers’ top ed-tech picks for 2012-eSchool News

These 50 educational technology products and services are the 2012 winners of our Readers' Choice Awards

We asked readers to give us their top picks for school hardware, software, websites, and services. Nearly 1,400 readers responded via one of our three websites:,, and In nominating their favorite products, we asked readers to tell us how they’re using these products to improve teaching, learning, or school administration—and to what effect. We then chose the 50 best responses, which appear alphabetically by product name and grouped into two categories: K-12 and higher education. (Recommendations include both commercial products ($) and free products.)

One of the top 50 items was the Echo Livescribe Pen. I am so excited about the power of these pens since we featured them on Classroom 2.0 LIVE. We heard teachers explain and provide examples of how they are using them to support student learning at all grade levels K-Post-Secondary. You can view the recording and even get a discount code to use for a pen from the video or chat log. Tim Fahlberg, creator of MathCasts, shared his tips and suggestions and even offered a discount code to purchase the sound stickers.

LiveBinder Link: (Note: Click on tab for "Livescribe Smartpens" in the LiveBinder.)

A Quick Guide to Edmodo

If you're thinking about using Edmodo for your own professional growth to connect with other teachers, for your own students, parents, teachers, this is a grat guide to help you get started and also to share with your colleagues to help them get started.



Free webconferencing tool


Overview of Online Meeting Features

  • Completely Free
  • 200 Attendees
  • Unlimited Meetings
  • Video Conferencing
  • Screen Sharing
  • Application Sharing
  • Recording
  • Webinar Ticketing
  • VoIP
  • Conference Calling
  • Public Profile
  • Social Media Integration
  • Text Chat
  • Polling
  • Invitations
  • Surveys
  • Reporting
  • No Required Downloads Compare features with WebEx, GoToWebinar, GoToMeeting

To create a recording of a live meeting, click on the Record button in the Footer Control module and then click Start Recording. This will record everything that an attendee would see in your meeting:

  • All of your Screen Sharing
  • Public Text Chat
  • Audio and Video Broadcasts
  • Polls

Classroom 2.0 LIVE Reflection Smackdown for 2011


Incredible one-stop shopping for tons of great resources and blog links were shared during this Smackdown. A Smackdown is an opportunity for anyone who wants to share a tool or teaching idea to take the mic for 2 minutes and tell about it.Sometimes they are known as “Speed Demos”—They involve fast and furious presentations by educators touting their fave Web tools. It’s not a tutorial or an in-depth description but like a teaser--they quickly share the name of the tool, what it can do and how you they using it as a professional and in your own classrooms.The blog post with the full recording and related links can be found here:

There is also a Livebinder for the show where you will find all of the links including those shared by participants in the chat during the session.

The bonus is that we have also included the blog links for all of the fantastic presenters we had on our show throughout 2011 so you can explore and/or follow any of them. Click on the tab for "Reflections Smackdown for 2011" and then click on any of the sub-tabs to view the website.

One of the tools shared that I loved was SnackTools.



SnackTools is a suite of web applications designed to simplify the way you create and publish rich media widgets. Our goal is to enable you to easily create your own blog and website widgets, in a fun and effortless way.

All the SnackTools apps are licensed for free with the option to pay for a few premium publishing options mainly intended for professional use.

The apps work with most blog platforms. Tools available: BannerSnack, PhotoSnack, PodSnack, TubeSnack, QuizSnack, FlipSnack, SlideSnack


This is an awesome new resource for educators in all roles. They have many online webinars and forums and they are all FREE. This is just one of their upcoming webinars and they are all recorded for later viewing if you can't make the live session. The EdWeb community is free to join and has many groups to choose from to become actively involved.

If you are ever unable to attend live, the webinar will be recorded and archived here in the Mobile Learning Explorations community so you'll have access to view it at any time. For each webinar you participate in, you will receive a CE certificate.

Resources for Online Tools and Strategies to Support Instruction

Wednesday, January 18th - 3pm Eastern Time

To join the live session, follow this link at the scheduled time:

In This Session

With the teacher acting as the facilitator in the classroom, there are optimum conditions that need to be present in order for this to occur. This webinar will present some pedagogical models of teaching and learning that can easily meet these conditions and support the use of online tools.

Online tools are not necessarily Web 2.0 tools in the truest sense. Some of the tools covered in this presentation would be considered Web 2.0 tools with their real-time collaboration aspects and revision histories. Other tools presented will be online utilities to meet a specific need or meet a student’s goal.

During this Webinar, you will be introduced to several tools in each of these categories.

Video editors, Audio editors, Image editors, Word processors, Cool stuff,, Web page creators, Podcast creators, Survey makers, Media converters, Mind mappers, Citation makers

The discussion will focus on why and when you might use each type and the strengths of the tools will be emphasized.

There is a fabulous series coming up beginning on January 11th on mobile learning and the kick-off webinar is by Lucy Gray called Leadership for Mobile Learning.

Leadership for Mobile Learning

Mobile learning is on the forefront of educational technology trends. Join us on January 11th for our community’s first webinar for valuable insight for education leaders who are trying to add mobile learning to their schools and districts. Lucy Gray, a project director for the Consortium for School Networking, will kick off our webinar series with an overview of CoSN’s Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative. Leadership, research and best practices for using mobile learning devices as effective teaching tools will be highlighted along with practical resources to guide school administrators with mobile learning implementations. Lucy will also discuss CoSN’s newest set of case studies on districts pioneering mobile learning. Don’t miss this interactive, one-hour webinar on January 11th for strategies and tools for the successful deployment of mobile learning technologies in school districts. To attend the live webinar, follow this link at the scheduled time:

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Starts: 4:00 pm (GMT-5) Eastern Time (US)

SimpleK12 On Demand Webinars


Do you want to learn...

* More about basic photo editing tools?

* How to record and upload videos?

* Creative tools for collaboration and brainstorming?

* where to look for FREE web tools to improve your lesson plans?

If you answered yes to any of these... YOU MUST attend this on-demand webinar!


View the webinar and get your free eBook here:


In this webinar, Steven Anderson presents 30 Tools in 50 Minutes! These are creative and interactive tools that you can easily use in your classroom.

And the best part is - we're sharing all of these web tools with you for FREE!

PLUS we're giving you a FREE copy of SimpleK12's most popular eBook, "Hidden Webtools: 11 Tools for Your Classroom".

Go watch the On-Demand Webinar here:

FromNowOn: Jamie McKenzie The Art of eReading


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. is an instant, real-time file publishing and sharing service. With 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 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 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:

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.

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 ( (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: (announcing the show) (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.

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.

Peggy's Resources and Links for August 8, 2011

An awesome way to welcome your students back to school using Animoto
Meet Your Teacher (created by Karen Abbott)

Teacher Tech Videos
Glogster example of videos: (3 videos: Getting Started, The Basics, Beyond the Basics)!__tools-for-newbies/vstc1=glogster

Has tools divided into categories:
Tools for Newbies
Tools for Developing Users
Tools for Advanced Users
More Vids
More Tutorial Vid Sites
Favorite Ed Vids
Great Ed Video Sites
Misc Videos

Another great compilation if you want to learn more about using iPads in education (created by John Evans)
My for ScreenCasting (originally shared in July Mini-geekfest)
Lorna Costantini and I gave a webinar on screencasting for the TX Speaks VOLumes virtual conference, and that was the resource I created to share during the webinar. You can now view all of the recordings from the conference by registering on the site (free!)

MERIT Talks 2011 (f2f program for California educators organized by Rushton Hurley, but many sessions were streamed and recorded on Elluminate/LearnCentral) This link describes the sessions and provides the recording links.

Free Webinars for teachers by Laura Candler
On that page you will also find links to some other outstanding webinars:
Mastering Math Facts: Topics discussed: Getting started with Reading Workshop, the basic Reading Workshop Components, Reading is Thinking, teaching students to choose books, guided reading
Reading Workshop Works: Topics discussed: Getting started with Reading Workshop, the basic Reading Workshop Components, Reading is Thinking, teaching students to choose books, guided reading
How to Fund your Classroom Projects:Topics discussed: Tips from an expert on how to write grant proposals through DonorsChoose, an organization that helps teachers find funding for their class projects
Best of the School Year Live: Ideas shared by participants-Topics discussed: QR Codes, BizWorld, iPads in Education, Mock Trials, Kidblogging, Tie-Dye T-shirts
Motivating Math Stations: Topics discussed: How to implement Math Stations in your classroom; management strategies; how to create math games, where to find math websites and games for centers
Classroom Book Clubs: Topics discussed: How to implement Classroom Book Clubs, how to form groups, what to do when some groups finish early, where to find ideas for mini lessons, how to manage the noise level during discussions
(Laura's newest book is an awesome book! Power Reading Workshops with a step-by-step guide for using reading workshops in your classroom) Reform Symposium Conference -3 day virtual conference
Incredible conference with several outstanding keynote presentations each day and lots of information, motivating presentations by others!
All video recordings can be accessed here (click on the tabs at the bottom of the page for days 1,2,3 to see them all):

Classroom 2.0 LIVE Blast from the Past Smackdown-Saturday, August 6-Participants shared links, resources, tools they learned about over the summer. Incredible resources!
Livebinder of resources for the session (click on the tab for Aug. 6):

Next show: Monday, September 13, 2011

Slideshare for presentation slides only-July, 2011

Peggy's Resources and Links for July 11, 2011

Some ISTE 2011 Highlights:

Opening Session and Keynote by Dr. John Medina (author of Brain Rules) (full length video)

ISTE 2011 Conference Kickoff (full) (music, "crack the code" activity and short, inspirational messages from many speakers including Adam Bellow, EduTecher) (2:10:14)

EdubloggerCon ISTE 2011
Web 2.0 Smackdown (compilation of links shared during the Smackdown)

ISTE Unplugged Elluminate presentations - recording links for all sessions)

ISTE Videos on Demand (video recordings of selected presentations)

SIGMS ISTE 21st Century Playground resources
Resources compiled for my sessions on Glogster EDU and LiveBinders:
My for LiveBinders
My for ScreenCasting

Reading 2.0 Wikispace
Tired of seeing your students sit in front of a computer while your library's books collect dust on the shelves? Turn their fondness for the online world to your advantage by highlighting your library's offerings with the latest technological tools.
Let's extend this analogy to the art of reading: In the past, the book and the computer might have been in competition with one another...that's a "Reading 1.0" mindset. The technological tools posted in this wiki, however, promote reading without diminishing the importance or value of written text. Harnessing technology to excite and empower your students' literary development is our mission for Reading 2.0!

Low-Tech Labels
QR Codes
Creating Screensavers
Wordle Book Ads
A is for Apps
Social Bookmarking
Pathfinder Tools
Online Bookshelves
A Virtual Presence
Interactive Book Sites
Blogs & "-ogs" & Ends
2.0 Booktalks
SMART™ Connections
No Fuss Videos
Advanced Video Making
Picture Gallery

TIE Colorado 2011 (Compilation of short video tutorials for many web 2.0 tools)
It was another great conference at the Technology in Education Conference held at the Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado. This site will give a general overview of the wonderful sessions I attended and provide great resources that teachers can use in the classroom. I only wish I had more time to attend more sessions. The teachers at TIE are so wonderful and resourceful. This site is to help those who were not able to attend and reinforce information for those who did attend. It also helps me to put this together to revisit the sessions. The information can be overwhelming, so spending more time on the sessions is essential if I plan on using these ideas in the classroom.

Bits and pieces were gathered from various sessions to embellish this site. You can find informational and inspiring videos. Check out the Common Craft video selection. It is an incredible resource to clarify online communities and tools. While going through some of the sessions, I found other great videos to add to this site. Unfortunately, there isn't enough time in the day to know what is available online. I hope you can get some great value from this site

Teaching That Makes Sense by Steve Peha

Incredible, downloadable resources for teaching reading and writing and detailed instructions and lessons for Reading Workshop and Writing Workshop with assessment tools. Also includes great printable posters (Reading and Writing Poster Pack) with reminders and tips using 6-Traits Writing.

Free online games for kids

(mega site shared with me by my granddaughter-great for bored kids in the summertime when it's too hot to go outside)

Tango Free mobile video calls from iPhone, iPod, Android

77 Web Resources for Teachers to Explore (Richard Byrne-FreeTech4Teachers)
The summer is a good time to explore and experiment with new things that you might use in the fall. In the PDF below I've compiled 77 resources that you might want try out over the next couple of months. Even if there's nothing new to you in it, please consider passing it along to a colleague that could discover a few new things from it.

Creative Commons for Music Educators

(ISSU publication of fantastic resources for music educators)
(information about images, sounds, videos and more - for online and creative use)

Web 2.0 Tools by Task (Ed Tech Toolbox)

Next show: Monday, July 11, 2011

Peggy's Resources and Links for June 13, 2011

Vocabulary Spelling City is an online vocabulary and spelling program that makes learning fun.
Vocabulary and has:
  • Over 42,000 spelling words with customizable sentences and definitions
  • A REAL person who says each word and sentence
  • Free home pages for teachers and parents to save lists
  • **Teacher training videos** to show teachers and parents how to use Vocabulary and
  • Customizable sentences and definitions for words with multiple meanings (e.g., a scale for weighing, to scale a mountain, the scale on a map)
  • Free printable handwriting worksheets for handwriting practice with your saved lists
  • Free teaching resources with lists and lesson plans for teaching high frequency words, compound words, sound-alike words (their, there, they're), contractions, possessives, and more. There are also lists for learning state capitals.
  • Fifteen games to play online or to print: Spelling, Word Meaning, Vocabulary, Alphabetical Order, Unscramble, Parts of Speech
  • A free forum and newsletters with more vocabulary and spelling resources
With each word list, students can choose one of four options:
  • Spelling Test repeats each spelling word with a live voice and uses it in a sentence.
  • Vocab Test gives a definition for each word, along with a choice of six possible words.
  • Teach Me spells and displays the word in ways that stimulate memory for visual and verbal learners.
  • Play a Game uses your word list in educational games that teach spelling, word meaning, vocabulary, and alphabetical order.
After taking an online spelling or vocabulary test, students can print out a report, retake the entire test, or get tested only on the spelling words they got wrong the first time. (beta right now)
My two sites: LiveBinders and Screencasting for Online Learning

ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books. Using ZooBurst, storytellers of any age can create their own rich worlds in which their stories can come to life.
ZooBurst offers two types of accounts. "Basic" accounts are 100% free and let you to get started using ZooBurst right away. "Premium"" accounts offer a number of advanced features, including sound integration, ad-free browsing, unlimited books and a powerful "classroom management" tool that makes it easy to use ZooBurst with your students.
$9.99 (Billed Monthly) 1 Individual User / Teacher - or -$49.99 (Billed Yearly) 1 Individual User / Teacher
** An individual user / teacher can manage up to 250 student accounts at one time
As a premium member you now have access to a wide range of advanced book building and classroom management features. Here's a quick summary of everything that you can do with your new account:
  • Classroom management mode: Premium members can create virtual ZooBurst "classrooms" to easily manage student projects. You can also create up to 250 student accounts that allow your students to log into ZooBurst right away. Just use the 'Classes' link at the top right side of the screen to get started!
  • Unlimited books: Premium account holders and their students can create an unlimited number of books, and each book can be up to 50 pages long.
  • Ad-Free Browsing: While logged into ZooBurst, both you and your students will no longer see advertisements on any ZooBurst book page.
  • Voice recording: You can now record your own voice and have characters in your book actually "speak" - just open up a book and click on the 'Record Sound' button that appears after you click on a character.
  • Sound effects: Don't feel like recording your own sound? Search through a library of over 3,000 sound effects that can be applied to any of your characters.
  • New stuff!: We're constantly working on adding new "Premium-only" features to ZooBurst. Some new tools that will be coming out over the next few months include the ability to download your books and play them "Offline", create non-linear "choose your own adventure" style stories and a new Augmented Reality authoring environment.

Flash Jeopardy Presentation at 4T Conference
What Is...
Recording Link:
Presenter: Sarah Sullivan, UofM School of Education, Masters in Elementary Certification (MAC) Degree Candidate 2011
Co Presenter: Maria Vazquez, UofM School of Education, Masters in Elementary Certification (MAC) Degree Candidate 2011
Co Presenter: Rebecca Gilbert, UofM School of Education, Masters in Elementary Certification (MAC) Degree Candidate 2011
Session Description: interactive and engaging way to get students excited about reviewing unit material?
Alex Trebek: Correct! Just as Alex Trebek, you can lead a game of Jeopardy in your classroom. Learn how to create a free flash classroom Jeopardy game centered around your specific unit needs. Join us as we explore the resources available on Super Teacher Tools. During this workshop there will be time to begin making your own Jeopardy game. Please feel free to come with ideas in mind from a unit on which you are currently working.
Online Flash Jeopardy Game
Playing Flash Jeopardy Off Line (screencast explaining how to set up)
This will walk you through the steps of how to download the Flash Classroom Jeopardy template along with Jeopardy games to your computer.

Fantastic opportunities for Summer Professional Development with recorded conference presentations by some awesome presenters!

TCEA 2011 Technology Conference videos of featured presenters:

(Texas Computer Education Association)

Featured Presenters
Blogging Basics & Beyond Tammy Worcester 2/9/2011
Come On Down: Gameshows in the Classroom Tony Vincent 2/9/2011
Communicate, Collaborate, Contribute Jennifer Wagner 2/9/2011
Never Too Young to Learn Jennifer Wagner 2/9/2011
Web 2.0: The Who, The Why & Why Not Michael Butler 2/9/2011
Finding Interactive Treasures for your Hidden World Joan Gore & Janet Corder 2/10/2011
So What's New & What's Next Jennifer Wagner 2/10/2011
Technology Time-Savers for Teachers Tammy Worcester 2/10/2011
Copyright Law: We Are All Violaters Tim Chase 2/11/2011
Google Productivity: Tools for Schools Tim Chase 2/11/2011
Successful Solutions for Tech Integration in the Elementary Classroom Joan Gore & Janet Corder 2/11/2011
Successful Solutions for Tech Integration in the Secondary Classroom Joan Gore & Janet Corder 2/11/2011
Using Interactive Technologies to Promote Achievement for Students with Special Needs Ginno Kelly 2/11/2011

METC Conference 2011 (MIdwest Education Technology Conference)
Featured Presenters
The Kids Need Us - and - Technology Rushton Hurley
I'm Leading, Is Anyone Following? Howie DiBlasi
Hordes of Free Tools from a Google Certified Teacher Rushton Hurley
Living on the Future Edge Lee Crockett
Tammy's Favorite Technology Tips Tammy Worcester
Teaching "Wired" Learners Kevin Honeycutt
8-Track Tapes, Covered Wagons & Textbooks: There is a Better Way Scott Kinney
Copyright Clarity: Remix & Fair Use in Education Renee Hobbs
Gadget A-Go-Go: Fabulous Freebies, Great Gadgets, Tasty Tools, & Sweet Sites that Go the Distance! Gwyneth Ann Jones Student Publishing & Remixing: Keeping it Safe & Legal Panel Discussion Renee Hobbs, Gwyneth Ann Jones & Rushton Hurley
Paperless Classroom for Under $100 Torrence Temple

Visit the Gallery of PBS Innovation Award Winners Online Now
Find out for yourself what some of the country's most innovative educators are doing in their classrooms when you visit the online gallery of the winners of the 2011 PBS Teachers Innovation Award. Videos by the 12 first-place winners and 28 second-place winners, who come from all over the country and teach a variety of subjects across grade levels, are all available to watch at

Remote Viewer (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad app)

Remote Viewer — Your Mac on an iPhone

Remote Viewer is a free iOS application that brings the contents of your Macintosh right to the screen of your iPhone, iPod, or iPad using Mac OS X Quick Look technology. Remotely browse and view your favorite files over the internet. Now you can keep your desktop documents, pictures, videos, and music right in your pocket!
NOTE! Using Remote Viewer requires you to have both the client application for iPhone/iPad and the server application for Mac.

Diigo bookmarking to create a list that multiple people can collaborate on and share using Webslides.

List example and Webslide view: Diigo Resources and Tutorials
Short demo using application sharing. New list: Mini-geekfest Resources
If you would like to add links to be shared with other educators, join this Diigo group:(short demo of how to share with group)

Peggy's Resources and Links for May 9, 2011

Slides for tonight's session:

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

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:

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.
PrintWhatYouLike. 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

Peggy's Resources and Links for March 14, 2011

WordSift (Shared by Kathy Schrock in her S.O.S.: Help for Busy Teachers free email list-Sites of the School Days)
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators on Discovery Education
...a tag cloud creator which, when putting your text in the box, also brings up Google Images, the Visual Thesaurus, and pulls out the most relevant parts of the text from the tag cloud
Text for St. Patrick's Day to create the tag cloud:

Voki Lesson Plans
Lesson Duration: 1 Day for researching of background information, 1 day for creating the Voki
1. Use textbook to define New Jersey Plan, Virginia Plan, Great Compromise, 3/5ths Compromise
2. Have students complete a Venn diagram comparing the plans.
3. Have students discuss why states would want one plan vs. another (NJ Plan over the VA Plan)
4. Pair students up and assign each pair a state
5. Using the population list students will apply their knowledge of the plans for government and
choose the plan that would be right for their state
6. Pairs will create a Voki to represent their assigned state at the Constitutional Convention. The
character must voice their state’s opinion as to which plan would be right for them and why
7. Pair assigned to Connecticut will talk about the Great Compromise and why it works better
8. The pair assigned to Pennsylvania will suggest the 3/5ths Compromise
9. Share all of the Vokis in class

The ZebraPrint Blog (2 sisters-gr. 1 & 5) create this blog to share videos, things they're learning and creating, books they're reading)

Episode 04: Great Books for Girls and Tips for Drawing Dogs

In this episode from August 9, 2010, Sarah shares four great books for girls, and Rachel shares tips for drawing a dachshund.


Zipcast (webconferencing alternative using Slideshare)
"Zipcast™ is the new way to meet online It's free and simple. No downloads for anyone.
Public when you want your ideas to spread. Private when it's you and a colleague.
Zipcast in 1 click
1. Click Zipcast on any Slideshare presentation
2. Select Public or Private
3. Start Zipcast & enable live video
4. Invite friends on Facebook & Twitter
5. Your Zipcast is ON"

All Kinds of Minds (resources for teachers and parents to accompany the book-includes PDF of discussion questions)
Managing Differences
The Parent Toolkit is designed to give parents, caregivers, and educators a better understanding of:
  • Learning processes
  • Insights into difficulties
  • Strategies for responding to difficulties
  • Resources for learning more
Use the navigation (Attention/Mathematics/Reading/Writing/Resources/
Case Studies and Strategies) to explore the Parent Toolkit.

Mrs. Bogard's Classroom Blog (student writing as digital stories in video)-3rd Grade
When you find blogs you really like, follow them so you'll see their latest updates.
Classroom Blog:


Bonus site: Palm Breeze Cafe Smackdown and Voting


(View Smackdown here)

(Vote for your favorite tool from the Smackdown here) presented by Lee Keller presented by Kim Cavanaugh presented by Frank Gorora presented by Heather Farmakis presented by Heather Farmakis I-Spy Games presented by Lee Keller presented by Kim Cavanaugh presented by Frank Gorora presented by Frank Gorora presented by Heather Farmakis presented by Lee Keller presented by Kim Cavanaugh presented by Kim Cavanaugh
MindLab presented by Frank Gorora presented by Heather Farmakis presented by Lee Keller

Monday, February 14, 2010

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

Slides for tonight's session:
Incredibly creative way to wish a friend happy birthday! Video created by Dean Shareski to wish Alec Couros happy birthday from his friends. Now we need to know how he did it! (Watch the video on ViewPure just to see the difference!
Here's Dean's explanation of how he created this amazing video!

Incredible virtual learning experience via FETC 2011 (2/1/11)

Discovery Ed presentation by Kathy Schrock streamed via Livestream
Broke into groups to create a project using digital cameras, mobile devices, flip video cameras, etc. We created our own virtual group online, collaborated to create a project on Weather and it was shared with the face-to-face conference participants following the session.

Google form created and tweeted out to PLNs to gather data about their weather on a Google map:

We all went outside to take a photo of our weather, uploaded it to Flickr and added it to the presentation. I used FlickIt from my iphone to upload my pic to Flickr directly.

Our virtual Google presentation created collaboratively by people around the country "Weather or Not..." (slides can be viewed here)

Weather or Not-Youtube video created by group member:

DEN SciCon Conference resources (recordings posted)

Math Science Posters free to download

LiveBinder for Science Resources: Top 10 Free Science Resources from Discovery Education (also share our LiveBinder for the last Mini-geekfest)

Valentine's Day Teaching Resources LiveBinder
(Share LessonPlans-Valentine's Math example)

90+ Videos for Tech. & Media Literacy (compiled by Alec Couros)

Over the past few years, I have been collecting interesting Internet videos that would be appropriate for lessons and presentations, or personal research, related to technological and media literacy. Here are 70+ videos organized into various sub-categories. These videos are of varying quality, cross several genres, and are of varied suitability for classroom use. VuSafe: Easy, secure way to find, organize and share educational videos (show video in web tour-2:55)

ViewPure is exactly what the name implies: pure video viewing. It gives educators the ability show students YouTube videos without advertising, free from links to suggested videos that might be inappropriate, and without user comments below the video. Users can copy the video’s “pure” URL for future reference. In addition, teachers can opt to install a “Purify” button on their browser’s toolbar. Instead of pasting a YouTube video’s URL into the ViewPure URL field, an educator can simply click on the “Purify” button while viewing the YouTube video to instantly clear it of questionable advertisements and materials.
(Editor’s note: M86 Security has created a free website [9] that also strips YouTube videos of their comments, links, and advertising. This website, called VuSafe, lets teachers create online video libraries of their favorite educational videos from YouTube and other sources, but unless the school uses M86′s web filter, YouTube must be unblocked on the teacher’s computer if he or she shows the videos in class.)

TubeChop helps educators avoid the hassle of skipping through videos to find a certain clip within the video. Instead, users can select and “cut” just the portion of the video they would like to show or share with others.

Spell with Flickr (This template includes ads from Google) Karin Beil's blog post: Spelling with Photos
letter M letter I letter N I letter G E E IMG_5517_2 IMG_5610_2 E letter S letter T
letter S letter P e L letter L 2-21 Shoe shopping stencil N letter G

WordSift (Shared by Kathy Schrock in her S.O.S.: Help for Busy Teachers free email list-Sites of the School Days)
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators on Discovery Education
...a tag cloud creator which, when putting your text in the box, also brings up Google Images, the Visual Thesaurus, and pulls out the most relevant parts of the text from the tag cloud

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.

View survey results:

Show Cancelled: Monday, January 10, 2010

Sharing possibilities for Dec. 13:

Blog post by Miguel Guhlin with a tutorial for using Diigo webslides to create a slideshow of Thinkfinity tools and resources.
How can we organize those? Use Diigo, the social bookmarking and annotation tool, to help organize your bookmarks, and then use the slides feature of Diigo to present the web pages to students, colleagues and friends. This article addresses how to accomplish this and responds to these key questions:
  1. What is Thinkfinity?
  2. How can you use Diigo to store your favorite bookmarks, annotations (highlights and comments) for Thinkfinity?
  3. How can you use the List and Slide features of Diigo to present Thinkfinity resources to others?
  4. How can you enhance your Diigo Slide with audio?

Examples of a Diigo webslide show I created of photo tools and Diigo tutorials/resources:

We Dare You! Videos (Science)

This list will grow as you send in videos. Keep checking this page for new ones. Email Vicki Cobb if you have questions and to tell her what you are working on.
Teachers, collaborate directly with Vicki via videoconferencing. She will kickoff the program with a videoconference with your class. Kids can interact and ask questions as she explains the project, which is based on her book, //We Dare You! Hundreds of Fun Science Bets, Challenges, and Experiments You Can Do at Home//. You can order books directly from the publisher at a 50% discount + shipping as long as your order is for at least ten books. The price of this large format, over 300 pages, hardcover is only $10.00.

Interactive Math Resources

Cool Math for Kids (math games, math puzzles, math lessons)

Nrich Math Enrichment site from UK-fantastic problem solving resources for teachers and students-all free)

Global Education Conference Elluminate Recordings (over 350 presentations and 50+ keynote presentations from around the world)

Technology Intgegration Matrix from the AZK12 Center

What is the Arizona Technology Integration Matrix?

The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, collaborative, constructive, authentic, and goal directed (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003). The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments. Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix of 25 cells.
Can download a PDF but if you use it online it is interactive with video resources.

3x3links- Creates a start page for students to search safely on sites pre-selected by teacher--also great for teacher PD resources because you can organize them in folders)
3x3Links enhances the speed-dial experience known from Opera, Chrome and the Firefox extension by allowing you to take your start page with you, organize it your way and to use high-speed keyboard shortcuts.
As a bonus, it can store up to 729 links by using folders, display website logos instead of thumbnails,
and performs really fast by using the new HTML5 LocalCache feature.
Example shared by Adam Bellow (EduTecher)

SweetSearch4Me (yolink search enhancement on SweetSearch for Science Fair Project resources)
SweetSearch4Me is a Search Engine Just for Me. Designed for safe searching for younger students--all sites are vetted by educators and librarians.
General commercial search engines aren't designed for young learners. What may be the best search results for adults are often difficult for young users to understand. A handful of search engines for kids have been on the market for years, but most don’t do nearly enough to ensure that high-quality content written specifically for kids is easy to find.
SweetSearch4Me searches only Web sites that our staff of research experts, librarians and teachers have evaluated and approved as high-quality content appropriate for young users. Only the best sites directed at elementary school students are included, and many of the results on the first page were created exclusively for kids.
SweetSearch4Me was released in beta in late June 2010. We plan to spend the summer further evaluating and fine-tuning its results, and will formally release it in September 2010.
"When students enter a search term into Sweet Search you know they results they are going to get have been vetted by an educator or librarian for their relativity and content. Sweet Search 4 Me is a search engine for early elementary students. Sweet Search 2 Day is a nifty site where kids can learn something new everyday. Sweet Search Biography has 1000+ bios of significant persons in history. And FindingDulcinea is a treasure trove of information for the classroom.

Learning Beyond Walls: 21 Skype Resources by Shelly Terrell

Hyperlinked Bloom's Taxonomy with Tools (specific tech tools identified for each level of Bloom's)

Join.Me (online tool for sharing your screen with others-free for both Mac and PC)
Get your people together, without actually getting them together. Just instantly share your screen so everybody's on the same page. No need for a plane, a projector or a sandwich platter. Just gather at
So what is exactly? It's an impromptu meeting space that happens wherever, whenever. It's getting a second or third pair of eyes on your presentation from across the hall or across the continent. It's sharing your screen instantly with anyone or everyone to get stuff done, quickly.
It's, the last two words in an invitation to collaborate, meet, train, demo or show-off.

free version

  • screen sharing
  • chat
  • file transfer
  • remote control

Fantastic compilation of tech tools for educators to encourage the use of technology following the TPACK model that integrates technology, pedagogy and content!

Techie Tech Tools for Educators

100 Inspiring Ways to Use Social Media in the Classroom

World of Books (have your students add to this map with the books they are reading)
This map allows us to record on one world map locations within children's books.

The intention is that the placemark shows the main location or the starting location in a book. For example, although Journey to Jo'burg is set in more than on location we have decided to place Johannesburg as the main location. Key Blue Placemarker - Picture Book Green Placemarker - Novel Red Placemarker - Short novel

Free Learning Library (partnership with English Companion Ning and Steve Peha, Teaching that Makes Sense creator)
The Free Learning Library contains the complete digital library of Teaching That Makes Sense.
The Free Learning Library is proud to offer the complete digital library of Teaching That Matters to all its members for free. This special ECN Edition of the library, which includes links back to the ECN, is free to use in all schools and classrooms thanks to the generous donation of these materials by Steve Peha from Teaching That Makes Sense. Please click on the document link below to learn more about this new partnership between the EC Ning and Teaching That Makes Sense.
Just one incredible example from Steve:
What Can You Say About a Book?
A perfect introduction to reading response.
What Can You Say About a Book? (125 pages-PDF)
Isn’t frustrating when you know your students can read but they seemingly have nothing to say about it? Are you tired of asking for plot summaries and answers to traditional comprehension questions? Would you rather your classroom was more like that book group you started ten years ago and have loved every minute of since? This resource provides a complete unit of study in reading response and an introduction to literary criticism in 16 thoughtfully-structured lessons (or at least they’ve always seemed thoughtfully-structured to the guy who developed them). It also includes a library of responses from readers of all ages on popular texts that you can use as models for book reviews, book talks, and journal entries.

WatchKnow free videos for Christmas
There are 88 videos in 16 subcategories and 0 videos in this category. Even includes books about Christmas.
Subcategories: History of Christmas | Teaching Concepts with Christmas | Christmas Around the World | Christmas as a Religious Holiday | Christmas Music and Songs | Movies and TV about Christmas | Books about Christmas
Example-full video available that would provide lots of opportunity for students to discuss issues in the story: Bluetoes the Christmas elf is a wonderful story about an elf who does not fit in with the others; his only real friend is a penguin. On Christmas Eve, Bluetoes sneaks onto Santa's sleigh so that he can see his penguin friend home safely. Bluetoes goe...s into to a house to keep warm while waiting for Santa. In this house there is a little boy and a little girl who are too poor to even have stockings, so Bluetoes takes of his socks, hangs them up as stockings and fills them with toys. Bluetoes is waiting outside for Santa in his bare feet, his toes turn blue and that it is why they call him Bluetoes.

Digital Tools for Teachers' Toolboxes, Version 2.0
More than 3,000 teachers were recently informally surveyed about the Web 2.0 tools that they and their students most commonly used. This presentation will provide a hands-on introduction to these tools along with teacher-created and student-created examples. Strategies for implementation will be shared.
Visit Digital Tools for Teachers' Toolboxes, Version 1 for even more tools, tutorials, examples, and resources.

The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators by Richard Byrne-Free Tech Tools for Teachers Blog
In this book there are introductions to more than six dozen web tools for K-12 teachers. Additionally, you will find sections devoted to using Skype with students, ESL/ELL, blogging in elementary schools, social media for educators, teaching online, and using technology in alternative education settings.

Here's the list of contributors to The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators:
George Couros, Patrick Larkin, Kelly Tenkely, Adam Bellow, Silvia Tolisano, Steven Anderson, Cory Plough, Beth Still, Larry Ferlazzo, Lee Kolbert, and Richard Byrne. If you like what you read, please visit the contributors' blogs and let them know.



Sharing possibilities for Nov. 8:

Our google slides for tonight:
Ten Things you Didn't Know about the Civil War
One hundred and fifty years after the conflict began we’re still uncovering strange facts we didn’t know. We’ve posted ten below, but there’s no need to stop there! Help us by sharing the weirdest fact you’ve ever the Civil War in the comment section.!/FableVisionLearning
Here's a "guyku" created by Peter! If you have not yet seen the book - "Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys" is a must have!

Guyku Website: Free Resources to Inspire Young Poets

Guyku Book Cover
Guyku Book Cover
Have you heard about Bob Raczka's newly released book, Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys? According to the illustrator, Peter H. Reynolds, this book is an "invitation for boys to swim in the 'poem pond'"- an invitation that needs to be issued more often!

We teamed up with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to create the Guyku Haiku website, packed with resources for educators and ideas to instill a love of poetry in boys. Enjoy! How to Guyku

Global Education Conference: Completely free, online conference co-chaired by Steve Hargadon and Lucy Gray-Nov. 15-19, 2010
Over 350 sessions, 50 keynoters! (Schedule-click on your time zone to find complete listing of sessions)

Lori Gracey's 60 Websites in 60 minutes-TCEA Conference (links and recording)

One of Lori's excellent sites: Readability
Readability™ is a simple tool that makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you're reading. Can remove distracting things on web page and increase font size. Can also convert hyperlinks into footnotes and save as PDF. Install badge on your bookmark toolbar to use.

Excellent Blog Post by David Truss:(bring up in web tour)

Transformative or just flashy educational tools?

TenMarks Math Resources - Grades 3-HS (includes standards aligned for AZ)
TenMarks is the best math practice and learning environment for grades 3 - High School– and as of today, it's FREE for teachers to use – in class or for their students to use at home.

The award winning TenMarks approach gives students a variety of problems on each topic, and ability to use hints if they need a little nudge, and immediate video lessons for them to refresh and learn the topic – on the spot. The end result – students refresh what they know and learn what they don't.

Key Features:

1. You, the teacher, choose the curriculum available to them.
- Start with a curriculum mapped to state standards, and add other concepts you plan to cover in class
2. Individual logins for each student
Each student gets their own password, so they can work independently, at their own pace, their own time
3. You can assign work, and give real time feedback
You can direct students to work on a topic or a concept in a matter of seconds, and give them feedback on their performance
4. Detailed Reports and Analysis
You can see how your class is doing across the math concepts, who's falling behind, and most importantly, take action – in real time.

SIGN UP NOW– -IT'S FREE. You can sign up every student, in every one of your classes.

We hope you enjoy using the program as much as we enjoyed building it! It's our mission to make math practice and learning accessible to every student – period.

We are very interested in your feedback – please let us know what we can do to further improve the program.

Dan Sherman
TenMarks Education, Inc.

Sharing possibilities for Oct. 10:
Our google slides for tonight:

K12 Online Conference: Pre-Conference Keynote by Dean Shareski Posted on Monday, October 11

K12 Online Keynote

October 11, 2010 all day –
Our 2010 pre-conference keynote speaker will be Dean Shareski. Dean is a Digital Learning Consultant with the Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was recognized with the 2010 Outstanding Leader Award by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in July, and has been both a past presenter as well as convener for the K-12 Online Conference. Dean blogs at, and is @shareski on Twitter.

Fireside Chat with Dean Shareski

October 15, 2010 from 12am to 1am – Elluminate Time is in GMT. Check time and date for you here. It will be Thursday evening in North America. Join us around the virtual fireplace for a Fireside Chat with Dean Shareski and the conference co-convenors. Dean will expand on the ideas presented in his session as well as answer questions from participants.

On Classroom 2.0 LIVE: new monthly feature called Featured Teacher.

Two shows so far featuring some fantastic teachers:
Karen McMillan/McTeach Middle School Teacher in California

Zoe Branigan-Pipe-former 6th grade teacher in Canada and now pre-service instructor (tell story of how I met her in shuttle to airport from ISTE)

Guest that inspired a Featured Teacher segment: Aviva Dunsiger-first grade teacher in Canada (Notes from McTeach: Learning to Blog Using Paper) (Photos of paper blogs created by students) (Handout Karen uses with Paper Blogs activity) (Homework Dropbox Template created by McTeach to collect student blog assignments) (Reading Log Entry Form for students to enter completed reading) (Google Apps for Education-student-created tutorial videos) DocsTeach-bring history alive for your students. Ready to use tools for teaching with documents in your classroom. More than 3000 selected primary sources from the National Archives

Project Planning Chart: Technology tools you can use for different classroom activities. Aligned with NETS standards and covers all subject areas including digital citizenship, special ed, and web 2.0 projects. Be sure to click on the links in the right menu for project samples and tools.

50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom

Sharing possibilities for Sept. 13:

140 New things to Try in the New School Year-Richard Byrne- Free Technology for Teachers
Last Thursday I posted a survey and asked readers to share the new things they're trying in their classrooms this fall. In 72 hours there were 140 genuine responses (I filtered out the spam submissions). To make the survey results a little easier to read than a spreadsheet, I created a Google Presentation of the results. I linked to those people who submitted their Twitter IDs or blog URLs. Thank you to everyone that took the time to write a submission. If you have ideas to add to the list, please leave a comment.

Richard Byrne's amazing Free Tech 4 Teachers site:
Blog post introducing "Snappy Words" visual dictionary.
Try these words to demonstrate: enthusiastic, amazing, happy (mouse over new words for definitions)
free visual dictionary and thesaurus. Enter any word or phrase into the Snappy Words search box and it will create a web of related words, phrases, and definitions. Hover your cursor over any word or phrase in the web to read its definition. Click and drag any node to explore other branches of the web. Double click on a node and it will generate new web branches. Fantastic radio network for parents, teachers and directors in early childhood
BAM! is an acronym for "body and mind." BAM! Radio was conceived in 2007 on the premise that the key to success in life for children and youth is nuturing a healthy mind in a healthy body, and that the two are connected. So to put children on the right track it's critical to nurture both.
BAM! Radio started out as a single online radio program called Body Mind and Child. It was created for parents who desperately want their children to succeed, but are inundated with confusing and often contradictory information making it difficult to know how to give their children the best foundation.
Developed by early childhood professionals, Body Mind and Child brings the best and latest insights and knowledge directly to parents. The program delivers the personal wisdom and work of the leading experts in the fields of early childhood education, physical education/motor development, play research, child development, the neurosciences, and more.
Body Mind and Child continues to have a simple objective: To help you sort through the myths and the hype, get to the heart of what really matters in your child's first 8 years, and discover how you can best ensure her or his present and future success. When you tune in to Body Mind and Child, you'll find fast answers you can trust, available on demand, 24/7/365.
Today BAM Radio is the largest education radio network in the world offering programming from the nation's top education organizations and thought leaders and reaching a wide audience of people passionately commited to quality education. But what most distinguishes BAM Radio Network are the people involved. Our "on air" hosts are the executive directors of the most respected educational associations in the country, our guests are the leading experts and advocates and our programming is produced by an Emmy winning team. Simply said we have assembled the best talent we could secure in an effort to be your most valued and reliable source of information and insight.

Education 360 Channel

Sample broadcast:
Getting Dads in The Door
Mike Hall with Rae Pica and Chuck Saylors
J. Michael Hall has been a special education teacher, a teacher of the gifted and talented, and an intermediate and middle school principal. After realizing that he was spending more time raising other people children than his own he left the principalship and soon became an advocate for stronger parent and father involvement in public education. As an educator, speaker and founder of Strong Fathers-Strong Families

There simply aren't as many dads involved with their children's school life as there are moms. But Mike Hall says that with the right understanding of why men don't regularly participate, what men need and a smart plan you can get dads involved in droves. Find out how.

VolunteerSpot-fantastic tool and resources to help teachers and others get volunteers recruited, trained, organized and scheduled ( links for Classroom 2.0 LIVE show featuring VolunteerSpot)

The Kentucky Virtual Library presents: How To Do Research

Technology in the Classroom? Yikes! Slideshare created by Jackie Gerstein for teacher inservice at her school

Nik Peachey's SimplyBox sites for young children (elementary-aged kids)
Recording link for Nik Peachey's session from Saturday. It's in Adobe Connect.

Technology with Young Learners

Sharing possibilities for August 9
Link for google slides for tonight:

Monster MP OTG600 WH Outlets To Go Power Strip, 6 AC Outlets (White)

(Check to make sure this hasn't already been shared)
Raytheon's MathMovesU is an innovative program designed to engage middle school students with math when their interest in the subject typically declines. Algebra, geometry, decimals, fractions & word problems combine with topics kids are passionate about; sports, music & fashion. MMU delivers math problems via games, polls and fun facts. will supplement your classroom curriculum. It's designed to help middle school math students practice and improve their math skills. MMU combines stuff kids are into like music, sports & fashion with algebra, geometry, decimals, fractions & word problems.
Visit Math Moves University ( to find worksheets for classroom use. You can also encourage your students to log on for extra-credit and help.

It might be of interest to note that allows you to upload videos teachers find useful or that they would like to see online without the dangers of YouTube comments. The site is non-profit and designed by teachers for teachers. If you have time you may want to check it out before considering passing it to others. If you click on school accessible the site only shows those videos that are most likely to be available for districts that have webwashers. No other site has this feature. Again, it is not an ad site.

K12 Online Conference 2010: Call for Presenters-Deadline August 13, 2010 (Let's get an AZ presenter on here!)
Our 2010 conference theme “Cultivating the Future,” is based on two ideas: A quotation from William Gibson and the metaphor of gardening and cultivation to grow relationships, networks, ways of learning, and develop ideas. William Gibson is credited with the quotation, “The future is here. It’s just not widely distributed yet.”* As William observed, signs of the future are visible in many places today. It is our desire, as organizers of the K-12 Online Conference, to showcase and amplify these examples of forward-thinking pedagogy and digitally-powered learning. In Josh Little’s article, “5 Tips for Knowledge Gardeners: How to Grow a Collaborative Learning Community,” he articulates many parallels between the work of gardeners and those seeking to cultivate vibrant learning communities. In both cases, leaders need to cultivate fertile soil. Josh notes, “Expert gardeners know that a garden is only as good as the soil in which it is planted. Throwing high quality seeds on a rocky seedbed won’t yield the results they want. The same is true for creating the right collaborative learning environment for your organization. So before you start, ask yourself what would get in the way of open sharing within your organization.” He identifies three potential obstacles for sharing and growth:
  1. Culture — will people feel comfortable sharing?
  2. Tools — do people have access to computers and the internet and know how to use them?
  3. Time — is it acceptable that people take the time necessary to develop themselves?
As you develop a proposal for the 2010 K-12 Online Conference, please keep these ideas in mind and weave these themes into your proposal. Also, please utilize the hashtag “#k12online10″ as you tweet, blog, and share links about the conference this year!

A free learning tool for every learning problem compiled by Stephen Downes

Reform Symposium Virtual Conference (July 30-Aug. 1) Recording links posted for most keynotes and presentations!
(Bring this up in web tour to show keynote presenters and sample content)

yolink for education:
2 webinars on Classroom 2.0 LIVE about yolink (enhanced search tool-not a search engine)

Peter, Paul and Mary
Operation Respect curriculum and music including "Don't Laugh at Me"

Dr. Tim Tyson's closing keynote address at NECC 2007, final video was created by his Mabry Middle School Students using the music "Don't Laugh at Me" (starts at 40:19) 7th graders, 2004

Noreen Strehlow plans to join us to share what she is planning for a digital yearbook this year.

Shared on listserv: EDTECH (put on slides last time but didn't share)
Edtech Archives, posting guidelines and other information are at:
A while back, I found a great resource for stripping away the objectionable materials from around YouTube videos and creating a new URL that hopefully wouldn't get blocked -
have a blog post about how it works: "Cleaning up YouTube Videos for K12 Audiences"
Alix E. Peshette, Coordinator for Instructional Technology
Placer County Office of Education
Auburn, CA. 95603 USA

Sharing possibilities for July 12

Message from Jennifer Wagner for classroom online projects for this year (7/11/10)
Bring up in webtour to name some of projects:

The project list for 2010-2011 has just gone live.I am very excited about this next school year's projects. I am bringing back 2 projects - Shoeless and Bark & Measure by the Foot! Both were great projects (if I might humbly say so myself) with a lot of creativity, learning, and fun!!
The link to the projects is here:
Please feel free to share that out to your teachers, on twitter, blogs, plurk, etc. Also -- could you take a moment to fill out this quick 5 question survey?? It will help me get an idea of counts of projects. Don't worry -- it is not binding, it will just help me get a guestimation of possible participation.

Learning about graphing can be lots of fun!! Could introduce these examples and turn teachers loose in Google spreadsheet to create graphs. These are created with Graph Jam.

30 Funny Graphs

A collection of 30 funny graphs. Go to Graph Jam to create your own and post it here!

The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You

Made with Tagxedo

Fantastic way to share web 2.0 resources on a wiki-created by Sharon Betts
Motivational Web 2.0 Tools for your Classroom by Sharon Betts
Free & open source software in education

Excellent song video on page that people can watch on own--unless we want to take the time.
Log Them In (don't lock them out, talk them in...) (4:12)
On Twitter I am @steve_collis
I wrote a fun song about using Web 2.0 tech to give our school students a way of having a voice, contributing to global society, creating, composing, and being empowered.
All the projects featured are from my school, Northern Beaches Christian School -!

Lyrics of the Song:
Our hustle bustle world is spinning in infinity
With multifarious ways of reconnecting to each other such as Facebook
Bebo FriendFeed YouTube Twitter Second Life Utterli Wikipedia Flickr Skype and rate my

The God of Pedagogy doth demand that we devote ourselves
To leading on our young ones so they thrive in this connected world of Facebook
Voicethread FriendFeed YouTube Twitter Second Life Utterli Wikipedia Flickr Skype and rate my

The four walls of our classroom hold the roof up, keep us warm and shut us in,
But as Shakespeare said about the Web The worlds a stage log on, perform, promote, engage, The worlds a stage, dont lock your daughters up, just log them in.

Our students have so much to say, to offer, give, compose, create,
The internet provides the perfect platform for empowering kids to take the lead, define a voice, contribute something, something useful, something else than whats on

Its the Wild Wild West, the Wild Wild Web, were well aware of lurking dangers,
Students must be guided, trained, equipped, instructed, left to wander,
They should seize their salad days, surf the web, avoid the rips, and make a page, avoid the rocks, and make a

Smackdowns at ISTE: EduBloggerCon and SIGMS:
(SIGMS Forum: "Learning Tools Smackdown" with panel of teacher-librarians led by Joyce Valenza and Gwyneth Jones)

(EduBloggerCon Smackdown 2010 Recording link: 2-minute speed demos of cool web 2.0 tools and resources) (Compiled links from EduBloggerCon Smackdown)

Smackdown at Edubloggercon East on Monday, July 12:
ustream recording here:
Wiki with compiled links here:

Example of LearnCentral free PD webinars-Australia Series:
Event Creator: Anne Mirtschin
Name: Tech Talk Tuesdays: Teaching and Learning without a Classroom
When: Jul 12 2010 - 10:45pm - 11:45pm-Jul 12 2010 , US/Pacific (GMT-08:00)*
Participant URL:

Short Description: Andrew will explain how he has successively removed teaching & learning activities from the classroom and replaced them
Detail Description:
In this presentation, Andrew will explain how he has successively removed teaching & learning activities from the classroom and replaced them with online equivalents that are equally (or more) effective. His journey started in 2006 with a biology podcast (which is now receiving 1000 downloads a day) through which he explains the concepts that were previously only explained in class. Now he teaches biology to a class who does not even have a place in the school timetable! He will share the tools he has used and/or is using, including podcasting, screencasting, instant messaging, various websites/social networks and Elluminate. Some of his students will (hopefully) also attend to give a student perspective.

Andrew Douch is a practicing teacher of 20 years, and is currently the ICT Innovations Leader at Wanganui Park Secondary College, in Victoria, Australia.
He has won a number of awards in recent years for his work with emerging technologies in education, including an Australian Government Highly Commended Award for Quality Schooling, the Victorian Education Excellence Award for Curriculum Innovation and the Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Teacher of the Year.
Andrew is in demand as a keynote speaker, locally and internationally and is sought as a consultant by schools and Education Departments on the use of online tools in schools. He is also in demand to provide professional learning workshops in schools - showing teachers how they can use freely available tools to transform their classrooms into learning communities, which not only engage Generation Y students, but lead to significantly improved learning outcomes.

Mouse Mischief can transform teaching and learning in the classroom. Mouse Mischief integrates into Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, letting you create interactive presentations that engage and excite every student in the classroom by inserting questions, polls, and drawing activity slides into your lessons.
Students can actively participate in these lessons by using their own mouse to click, circle, cross out, answer multiple choice questions and draw on a shared screen.
You can download Mouse Mischief free of charge from

Sharing for June 14, 2010

Phil Tulga: Music Through the Curriculum (Warning-sound starts to play when you click on the link) Playing Fraction Pies (adding fractions to make rhythms)
The Fraction Pie Rhythms activity connects your knowledge of fractions and equivalency to musical notes and rhythms. Simply choose your fractions and press play — your fractions will transform into a musical composition you can see and hear! You can also change the time signature, email rhythms to your friends, and select between four playing sounds: 1) Taiko drums, 2) Clapping, 3) Orchestral Snare drum, and 4) the sound of Water! Includes many other creative musical experiences: Field Trips (Aztec Drum Rhythms, Drum Language in Ghanaian Schools, Drum Language of the Congo), Language Arts, Math and Science, Homemade Instrument Projects. Excellent for students who learn best through other senses beyond language such as ELL, Special Ed, but all students will be engaged with the projects and benefit from them. Be sure to check out the Cucumber Pickle Machine. Phil shows students how to make rhythmic meters by combining two and three syllable words, i.e., pickles and cucumbers. In this activity you can make your own meters with this talking Cucumber Pickle Machine.

Tall Tale Videos 2009-2010
As part of our social studies westward expansion unit, in conjunction with our Tall Tale core book, our Wagons West groups retold various tall tales. (Student videos created by Lisa Parisi's 5th graders, South Paris Collaborative)

Grade 5 Students in the South Paris Collaborative retell the story of Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind. They were inspired by Lee Lefever and Creative Commons videos.

Aviva Dunsiger's presentation on Classroom 2.0 LIVE, Sat. June 12, 2010
Technology in a Grade One Classroom

KidBlog-free student blogs that don't require email addresses
Example of blogs created by first graders in Aviva Dunsiger's class.
Blog example:

ScheduleOnce (scheduling tool integrated in browser add-on) (getting started video)
ScheduleOnce is a free meeting scheduler that helps you find common meeting times that work for all attendees - directly from your Google Calendar. With ScheduleOnce you schedule meetings earlier, faster,
and avoid unnecessary email and phone tag. (widgets for other Google add-ons)

Fantastic wiki on differentiating instruction with technology (be sure to check out the resources page)--pmcgonagle creator of wiki
"The purpose of this wiki is to show how technology can support differentiated instructional strategies in today’s diverse classrooms. I encourage all educators to contribute their knowledge, strategies, and resources to make this a useful guide for harnessing the power of web 2.0 tools to meet the needs of all learners."

Web 2.0/21st Century Tools wikispace
Includes resources with links in the following categories: (also has a PDF of Terry Freedman's Web 2.0 Projects free ebook)
Audio | Bookmarking | Charts/Graphs | Digital Art | Digital Storytelling | File Conversion | File Sharing | Misc. | Photo Editing | Presentation/Slideshow |Project Management | Search Engines | Social Networks | Suvey/Polls | Timelines | WebQuests | Word Processing | Video/Screencasting

Sharing for May 10, 2010
Just for fun and inspiration: Could you think of a way you might do something similar with your classroom? Would it work with poetry as well as songs?
Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir - 'Lux Aurumque'

Classroom 2.0 LIVE updates:
Share PicLits and recording link: May 1, 2010

Next week's session on YoLink: Saturday, May 15, 9:00am
Direct Elluminate Link:

WOW Conference sharing:
Recordings of keynote addresses, opening ceremony and photos from the conference as well as links to presenter handouts are available here:
My session on Skype in the Classroom. Technical difficulties but connected with Silvia Tolisano (Landwitches) in Florida. Lots of Skype resources compiled here:

Upcoming MoodleMeet course that I will be helping to co-facilitate with Lorna Costantini and Kim Caise (my 2 Classroom 2.0 LIVE co-hosts) May 16-21 Explain what a MoodleMeet is. Example: Twitter/microblogging course (login as guest) OR
Literacy 2.0: Literacy Lesson Plans and Classroom Activities

Participate to whatever extent you choose in the forums and conversations, or just view resources that interest you. Available 24/7, asynchronous activities except for an optional kick-off Elluminate session where we will introduce the course and brainstorm with participants on Sunday, May 16 at 7:00pm AZ time.
A free, collaborative, professional development opportunity to discuss "Connected Leadership." This will be a week of conversations, examples, strategies and ideas for leaders as we explore together what it means to be a "connected educational leader."
Join us to explore possibilities, raise questions, and share your own ideas and resources. Stretch your thinking about what it means to be an effective 21st century leader.

Register @

At its most basic level you can use Vuvox to stitch together photographs into a panorama. If you are looking for a digital storytelling tool, Vuvox will allow students to make multimedia presentations in the form of interactive slide shows. Vuvox is an easy to use application that allows students to mix, create and blend personal media – video, photos and music into rich personal expressions. Choose backgrounds, colors, textures to enhance your story and you're ready to publish.

There are three basic tools available on the Vuvox site for creating presentations – Express, Collage and Studio. Express is a scaled-down version of Studio and is the easiest to use. Collage allows users to create a panoramic slide show with interactive text, photos and videos. Studio allows the most creative control, providing the ability to create a number of different types of presentations. Users can choose to make their publications publicly available or to keep them private. *This site is listed under Tools for Learning in Homework Help

Example by Alan Levine: Horizon Report 2008

Fake Science Site: Lots of fun but selected images could definitely be used with students to get them to think critically about whether they could be true or not. Show them the volcano poster: What Makes A Volcano Explode?

MEC 2010 Highlights (for me)

Presentation by ASU librarians-using Screenr for creating screencasts (link to resource documents)

Creative Use of Moodle Modules by Paula Clough-links to presentation and examples included in the Sharetabs Moodle created to demonstrate modules at MEC

ZuiTube: Large video collection for kids

Watch, Laugh, Learn, and Share

  • Largest video collection for kids anywhere
  • New videos added daily
  • Videos approved by parents and teachers
  • Watch your favorite videos and discover new ones
  • TV mode that plays all videos
  • Search with suggestions and KidRank

Speaking of History: Excellent Slideshare presentation and related resources for teaching history using technology by Eric Langhorst, 8th grade American History teacher-A Dozen Technology applications for the History Classroom-all free.
Speaking of History Blog/Podcast:
Info about free DVD set--Attention history teachers : The History Channel is offering a FREE set of DVDs from their upcoming (April 2010) new series "AMERICA The Story of US". Each school in the country can request a free DVD set if their principal fills out the information on this site.

TimeToast-create timelines and share on the web
CloudTrip-portal to cloud computing Cloud Trip is a free to use directory of cloud computing web sites-can submit sites/brief description and vote on favorites-organized by categories
Tooble - bulk download of YouTube videos CUE Conference Community Forum with links to presenters, handouts and conversations.
Amazing closing keynote by Carol McGuire who was on WOW last year-Rock Our World project. Heard the live performance of the Petree Band with her kids singing with them.
CUE Unplugged facilitated by Alice Mercer (all Elluminate recording links here: ) (Jon Corippo's presentation on free web tools-many new tools for me!)
Some of the tools:
Dabbleboard is an online collaboration application that’s centered around the whiteboard.
On Jamendo artists allow anyone to download and share their music. It's free, legal and unlimited. - The Ultimate Plagiarism Resource: Detecting Plagiarism & Preventing It - 1st and 2nd grade SmartBoard or computer activities
The Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2013 Most students entering college for the first time this fall were born in 1991.

Interactive Writing Tools

You can use a phone to call in and record your podcast (similar to Gcast which is now gone). It's called iPadio ( ) You can even link it to Skype. :-) Right now it's free, but there's always a possibility that will change, or at least they'll charge for premium services. You can even post your podcast to iTunes. :-) They call them Phlogs (phone logs) but it's basically phone casting. I installed the iphone app for it (free). Looks like it will allow up to 60 min. recordings!

"you can upload MP3 files directly to ipadio’s servers, and play them back in those nice flash players, just like every other phonecast? It’s useful for if you’ve got some audio you want to get online, but have recorded it by other means"
Top tip: phonecast from any phone
Did you know that a phone doesn't have to be registered with us to phonecast? If you're on holiday and want to use a payphone rather than your mobile, or if you want to use a friend's phone to broadcast to your channel, it's dead easy to do - just follow these simple instructions!

Ways to get involved with Earthcast 2010

Learn about it:
Check out photos contributed for Earthcast09:
Blog about it ("borrow freely" from the above blog post)
Posterous -
Hashtags to post and follow comments about Earthcast10: #earthcast10, #earthday, #earthcast
Earthcast 2010 YouTube video response challenge:
Preliminary Project Participation Google Form:
Participate Live on April 22nd, 2010 at

Mindmap of tons of Mindmapping tools!!
Posted by @russeltarr of /

Tagul-alternative to Wordle

What is the difference between Wordle and Tagul?

Wordle is designed to be just a toy. Wordle clouds cannot be used as in the way tag clouds are usually used, like being embedded on a web page and serving as navigation units. Tagul is intended to fulfil that niche. Tagul clouds are not toys and designed to be used on blogs, web pages or any kind of sites as a replacement of ordinary tag clouds. Each tag in Tagul cloud is linked with an URL and is “clickable” that enables visitors to use it for navigation. Also Tagul utilizes widely used flash platform (instead of less common java platform in Wordle) that is light weight. Tagul has some features that Wordle doesn’t, like custom shapes selection and multiply fonts usage in one cloud.

Tom Barrett's site with all of his "Interesting Ways" presentations:

Resources to supplement Kim's Wallwisher demo
great video demonstration of using Wallwisher with 4th grade students:
(start at 1:10mins-5:23mins)
can add to K12online wallwisher:

Tom Barrett: 15 Interesting Ways to use Wallwisher in the Classroom

Site for creating SuperHero video: Think about possible classroom uses (beyond creating one for your boss). :-)
Kevin Honeycutt:
Kim Thomas:
Great potential for classroom teachers (beyond just having fun with it by creating one for their boss). :-) I could easily see it being used as an introduction to a unit on superheroes to get students motivated to think about who their heroes are. I could also see it as part of a unit on reliability/validity of website content and whether you can believe everything you see/read on the internet.

When you get to the end of the video you should see a couple of links on the top that allow you to share the video in a variety of ways or to create a new movie. You should also be able to go directly to the website to create a movie: You can choose any picture from your computer to create the video and it gives you an opportunity to resize it to make it fit into the space.

Announce WOW on April 30/May 1-invite anyone attending WOW to join us for Tweetwood Mac musical social event on Friday night (8:00-10:00pm) All details about WOW here:

Tell about Birds of a Feather group during lunch I am hosting: Skype in the Classroom
During the session we will be Skyping with Silvia Tolisano (Langwitches) who has done some incredible projects, blog posts and presentations on Skype. Be sure to check out her latest project:
Around the World with 80 Schools
K12 Online presentation

Survey for April 12, 2010