Monday, December 13, 2010

Teach Parents Tech

Have you seen these? Only Google would think of something like this! These little videosare fantastic tutorials, that will not only help the parents of techies, but their friends too! I am going to post them for teachers and students. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

CMTC10: Digital Citizenship for our Schools Resources

Links from the presentation
  1. Pew Research Center; Internet and American Life Project
  2. danah boyd Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning) (Hardcover) 
  3. Map of Social Networks 
  4. Gary's Social Media Count
  5. Digital Dossier 
  6. Vicki Davis: The Digiteen Project 
  7. Digital Citizenship Wiki
  8. Yarmouth HS Core Values
  9. Yarmouth HS Digital Citizenship Day
  10. Yamouth HS Parenting in the Digital World
  11. Mike Ribble, Digital Citizenship in Schools 
  12. Common Sense Media 
  13. NetCetera 
  14. Mike Ribble, Raising a Digital Child 
  15. Douglas Fodeman and Marje Monroe Safe Practices for Life Online
  16. John Palfrey, Born Digital 
  17. Linda Phillips and Dr. BJ Fogg Facebook for Parents

Additional Resources
  1. Will Richardson; Education Leadership November 2008 | Volume 66 | Number 3  Giving Students Ownership of Learning Pages 16-19  Footprints in the Digital Age 
  2. Digital Citizenship Curriculum at ASB
  3. Wes Fryers Digital Citizenship Resources
  4. The Digiteen Project: Rights and Responsibilities and the K12 Online Conference Presentation
  5. Jason Ohler; Education Leadership September 2009 Orchestrating the Media Collage
  6. Digital Citizenship Wiki
  7. ISTE NETS Standards

    Saturday, December 11, 2010

    SEEDlings Season 3, Show #10

    We're joined by Bette Manchester and John Newlin of the Maine International Center for Digital Learning.

    Maine Learning Technology Initiative - MLTI
    Maine International Center for Digital Learning - MICDL John gives us a tour.
    Geek of the Week Links
    Chat and Podcast

    Saturday, December 04, 2010

    When Visitors come to our School

    Cathy Wolinsky, Wesley Fryer and Alice Barr
    Cathy Wolinsky, Wes Fryer, and Alice Barr at Yarmouth High School 12/3/2010
    We often have visitors come to our school, and Friday was no exception. Apple brought a group of administrators from a district in Sweden that had recently gone 1:1. And because they were in the area, I also invited Wes and Sarah Fryer to join us. Wes and I had done back to back presentations on Wednesday at The Christa McAuliffe Technology conference and I really wanted to share what I had been talking about in my presentation on Digital Citizenship. These visits are organized and run by Student Senate members. They lead the visits to classrooms and facilitate a session on their own about why having technology available 24/7 makes a difference in their learning.

    Wes also interviewed Cathy Wolinsky and I about the importance of having tech integrators to work with teachers.

    Wes is so great at documenting. Here's his blog post about the visit. He is really inspiring me to try to do a better job of keeping track of our work. When you're in it, it's hard to remember all the little things that make this project work. By sharing with others, it's given me a chance to step back and reflect on how wonderful this has been for our students and school. Thanks Wes!

    SEEDlings Season 3 Show #9 Our 100th Show!

    We are joined by Wes Fryer for our 100th Show. Wes is an old friend of SEEDlings and we've gotten to know him through the K-12 Online Conference and ACTEM. We were so thrilled he could join us for this very fun event. We reminisced about how we got started and how being part of the original SEED team has impacted what we do today. Thanks for joining us Wes!

    SEED packets
    Geek of the Week Links
    Our very first show
    Podcast and chat

    Wednesday, December 01, 2010

    Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference #CMTC10

    Presentations from the Spotlight sessions at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference.

    The 21st Century Teachers' Toolkit
    Wes' Notes

    Digital Citizenship for our Schools (links here)
    Wes' Notes

    Thank you to Wes Fryer for live blogging the Sessions!

    Saturday, November 20, 2010

    SEEDlings Season 3 Show# 8

    We are joined by Larry Ferlazzo.

    Geek of the Week links

    Links to the Show and Chat

    Sunday, November 14, 2010

    GLEE for all - Please help our students!

    Our Students are in the top 5 of Glee for All Contest. The top five local high school Glee Clubs performed LIVE to compete for $5,000 on Good Day Maine. Now, you get to help us choose the winner! Online voting begins on Friday, November 12th and continues through the 19th. You may also text vote with your cell phone. This contest is brought to you by Q97.9 and NextGen; plan for tomorrow by investing today in the NextGen College Investing Plan.

    Here's Yarmouth's video. This was totally student produced. The proceeds will go to a new piano for our music department. Thank you!

    Two ways to vote:

    1. go to and click on "Glee for All" to register to vote online. You can vote once a day online until Friday, Nov 19. Our video is GLEE1 - Yarmouth High School

    2. TEXT! "glee1" to 84444. You can text vote multiple times *standard text messaging rates apply*

    The 2010 Global Education Conference

    Don't forget

    The 2010 Global Education Conference is being held November 15 - 19, 2010, online and free.  Sessions will take place in multiple time zones and multiple languages over the five days.   For those "tweeting," the hashtag is #globaled10.

    The conference is a collaborative and world-wide community effort to significantly increase opportunities for globally-connecting education activities.   Our goal is to help you make connections with other educators and students, and for this reason the conference is very inclusive and also is provides broad opportunities for participating and presenting.   

    What a great opportunity!

    SEEDlings Season 3 Show #7

    We are joined by Kelly Tenkley. Kelly connects with her students via online tools. What a great conversation! Kelly is a wealth of information and has amazing energy. She is involved in so many projects including starting a new school called Twitacad. This show has tons of links and information, you might have to listen more than once!

    Geek of the Week links
    Podcast and chat

    Thursday, November 04, 2010

    Google Apps for Education Professional Development Webinar Series

    Learn how to use Google Apps in the classroom with a new bi-weekly webinar
    series lead by *Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers*  Webinars will be held biweekly on Tuesdays, 4:30PM PT and will also be recorded and archived.

    Future webinar topics for this series include:
    • Google Apps for Science teachers
    • Advanced use of forms
    • Interactive classrooms with Google Moderator
    We are kicking off the series with a webinar on Google Sites for Educators on Nov 9, 4:30PM PT - *register today*

    Nov 9, 4:30PM PT/7:30PM ET
    Google Sites for Educators
    Skill level: Beginner
    Lead by Andy Crozier, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer and Google
    Certified Teacher

    It's critical that all classrooms have an online presence in the 21st Century. With Google Sites, teachers can easily create a classroom website that is dynamic and professional looking. You can also create sites and collaborate with others to help manage and organize all your information.
    • How to create a site and various pages (web page, file cabinet, resource list, announcements)
    • How to add Google Apps (calendar, docs) content to your page
    • How to add other content (gadgets, YouTube, Picassa) to your page
    • How to manage your site (invite collaborators, managing the layout, etc..)

    Tuesday, November 02, 2010

    SEEDLings Season 3, Show #6

    We interview Stephanie Cheney from UNH and learn about her new job as their online learning initiative. Stephanie is also one of the That Camp New England organizers.

    Geek of the Week Links

    Download the podcast and chat

    Monday, October 18, 2010

    SEEDlings Season 3, Show #5

     It's Geek of the Week LIVE from the ACTEM Conference. This year we had a double session, so there's lots to explore. Thanks to Michael Richards for helping us and everyone who came out to share! Here's the links and the podcast. This should keep all of us busy for awhile.

    Bob has also posted the keynote from Angela Maiers and Vicki Davis' Collaborative Keynote. The links from all sessions are now posted.

    Saturday, October 09, 2010

    SEEDlings Season 3, Show #4

    We have a wonderful conversation with Adora Svitak all about listening to your children or students. Beside being a student and teacher, Adora is the organizer of TedXRedmond-Live, a conference by students, for students! You can watch the videos which also include a great performance by Zoe Sprankle.

    Geek of the Week Links
    Podcast and Chat

    Friday, October 01, 2010

    SEEDlings Season 3 Show #3

     Alice and Cheryl are joined by Cherrie MacInnes. We find out what she's been up to in her classroom in Brewer, Maine.

    Show Notes
    Geek of the Week links
    Chat Transcript

    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    SEEDlings Season 3 Show #1

    It's the kickoff for season three and...It's just us!

    Sunday, September 12, 2010

    Season 3 of SEEDlings

    Season 3 of SEEDlings starts on Thursday, September 16th at 7:30 EST. Please join us at EdTechTalk as we kick off this year with some special guests. Here's the teaser!

    We're doing it!

    Last March, I was selected from a pool of 13 to be one of five Semi-Finalists for Maine State Teacher of the Year. For the past five months I have been working on a portfolio and a lesson. It has been a grueling process and really made me reflect on my practice and hw technology fits in to good teaching and learning. It made me very uncomfortable, yet pushed me in many directions.

    Yesterday, all five semi-finalists presented their "lesson" to candidates in the Masters Teaching Program at The University of Maine. Each lesson was completely different, but all of them used technology in some way. One of the evaluators told me that this was the first year everyone came with a computer. (an aside: Interestingly, the students did not have computers, an major change for me. I am used to students being dually engaged with the teachers and the computer, not just the teacher. It made me realize how much technology is around me all the time.)

    While driving home, I was reminded of David Warlick's post about technology conferences he has attended: "This is one of those very unique conferences, the quality of which I first saw when I keynoted the state ed tech conference (ACTEM) in Maine a number if years ago. It took me months to realize what was different — what that quality was, even though it was really quite obvious. It was a prevailing sense that anything/everything that was being suggested, introduced, taught, or discussed at that conference could be taken back to the schools and implemented." ACTEM has tried to make the focus of the conference be about teaching and learning.

    The work we are all doing as workshop leaders, integrators and conference presenters IS filtering down to the classroom. It's being remixed and used for creative projects and assignments. And the results are impressive. It was great to see all the wonderful work being done in our classrooms and that the MLTI and technology is making a difference for our schools.

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