Look! A video about Civil War Sallie and how to make your own!

28 10 2010

Sarah Beeghley shared this video at the K12 Online Conference.


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The onus is on us to share what we know

28 10 2010

This is the Keynote speech for the 2010 K-12 Online Pre-conference by Dan Shareski. He argues that we must share our knowledge with one another.

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28 10 2010

Here is the presentation that I did for my classmates on backchanneling.

These are some #tags that teachers might follow:


These are tools that you may use to create and monitor the backchannel in your room:

Zoho docs

Google docs

Poll Everywhere — http://www.polleverywhere.com/

Chatzy — http://www.chatzy.com/

Today’s Meet — http://todaysmeet.com/

Yammer — https://www.yammer.com/

Wiki Examples

28 10 2010

Here the example wikis that we looked at during the seminar:

Simple English Wiki — http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Wiki Books — http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Wikibooks:Featured_books

Follow Me directions — http://followme.wikispaces.com/

Lostpedia — http://lostpedia.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page

Significant Objects — http://significantobjects.com/

Smith Mag (6 Word Memoirs) — http://www.smithmag.net/sixwords/

The Economist Debates — http://www.economist.com/

Post Secret — http://www.postsecret.com/


Mini Grants @ We Are Teachers

28 10 2010

We Are Teachers is offering several grants for teachers… Check it out here.

Podcast Resources

27 10 2010

Here are the podcast examples from today. Boomerang Podcast — http://recap.ltd.uk/podcasting/home/boomerang.php

Untamed Science — http://recap.ltd.uk/podcasting/home/boomerang.php

Grammar Girl — http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/

WJJL Radio (Producer). (2006, Dec. 01). Maniac McGee Vodcast. Mill Creek Mr. Jaffe’s Website. Vodcast retrieved from http://www.cbsd.org/millcreek/jaffe/podcast/index.html


Ideas for Using Podcasts in Your Class

“Smoking teenagers can create podcasts for a younger audience that details their regrets of starting smoking along with health risk facts about continued smoking. Final Message: “Don’t Start.”

— Carol James, NH

“Use podcasts for student portfoilio where the student reflects on his learning from K-8 and what he forsees in his HS years.”

— Paula, NH


“Older students record books for younger students to listen to and read.”

–Lauren K, NH

“Students record themselves reading and listen back to hear and critique.”

— Lauren K, NH

“Students who have great stories to tell but cannot type or write as fast as they think can record their stories, then listen and type them.”

— Lauren K, NH


Book reports — option for oral presentations — the students who are painfully shy can record presentations but must answer questions from students live.”

— Lauren K , NH


The blog is dead, long live the blog!

26 10 2010

Alan Levine posits that blogs allow us to create a permanent record of our thinking and they have a place. Read more at CogDogBlog.

Here are the student and teacher blogs that I shared with you today:

Savage Book Club — http://twilightbookclub.edublogs.org/

Blog,blog, blog, blog some more — http://msvrburton.edublogs.org/

English @ Bayside — http://crcreek.edublogs.org/a-man-for-all-seasons/

SCC English — http://www.sccenglish.ie/

Ms. Steiner’s World Geography — http://ksteiner06.edublogs.org/

The Conch — http://theconch.edublogs.org/about-us-page/

Civil War Sallie — http://civilwarsallie.blogspot.com/

Billings Beta — http://www.billingsmiddleschool.org/beta/

A Passion for Teaching and Opinions — http://ukiahcoachbrown.blogspot.com/

Gamer’s Spot — http://danielwh16.edublogs.org/

Cool ways to incorporate blogs into the classroom — New Hampshire

Pose a question, a discussion started based on a historical dispute or question. Assign students to groups on different sides of “the” question. Provide a timetable for responses and act as mediator.


QUESTION: Is the Constitution worth supporting? Why? Why not?

GROUPS: Federalists (John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Samuel Adams) vs. Anti Federalists (Patrick Henry, Edmund Randolph Samuel Adams)

— Patrick Dowsett, Boynton Middle School

Create a timeline blog. Give students a date and ask them to find events around the world that happen at that time. Have students find connections, links, etc.

— Beth Kaputa, Exeter High School

Write your blog from the perspective of a character in a book. Comments could be written from other book characters.

— Kathryn Lyon, Ayershirley Middle School

My 8th graders will do a research project on a WPA wall next to school. I want to have them interview local people and perhaps make a podcast and put it on a blog.

— Judi Lindsey


Assume the identity of a book character or of a person from a time period to respond to blog questions / situational questions.

–Lauren K