Monday, November 30, 2009

K-12 Online Conference

The K-12 Online Conference is for all educators from around the world who are interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. This FREE conference is run by volunteers and open to everyone. The 2009 conference theme is “Bridging the Divide.” This year’s conference begins with a pre-conference keynote by classroom teacher and international educator Kim Cofino the week of November 30, 2009. The following two weeks, December 7-11 and December 14-17, over fifty presentations will be posted online to the K-12 online conference blog and the K12 online conference Ning for participants to view, download, and discuss. Live Events in the form of three “Fireside Chats” are listed on the events page of the conference Ning and Facebook fan page, and live events will continue in 2010 through twice-monthly “K-12 Online Echo” webcasts on EdTechTalk. Please consider participating in both the live events during and after the conference as well as asynchronous conversations.  I have done a little of both the past two years, and have learned and enjoyed the conference. 

Here is a printable flyer.  Note that times are for the Eastern Standard Time Zone.  Other flyers are available here.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009






Teachers:  Are you on the hunt for YouTube-like videos that you can use for instructional purposes in your classroom?  Do you want to have your students create projects and view videos that will help them learn academic content?   As you know, there are many educational videos on YouTube (and other sites), but these sites also have inappropriate videos... those you do NOT want your students to access.  WatchKnow may be the answer for you.  It is a new wiki portal that categorizes short videos by topic.  There is also an age filter; search for only those that are appropriate for the age in years of your students!

This is a community where users make it better by contributing, so be sure to register for an account and add videos as you find those that are useful for your classroom.  Sources could be YouTube, TeacherTube, GoogleVideo, National Geographic, HowCast, SlideBoom, SchoolTube, Graspr, 5 Minute LifeVideopedia, InternetArchive, and eHow.  

The advisory panel includes experienced teachers and experts in educational media and library science.   This group reviews media and moderates the online community. 


Sunday, November 15, 2009

What is Media Literacy?

What is media literacy?  These young students know what media literacy is!  Kudos to 1st grade teacher, Kathy Cassidy.  Here is the classroom blog.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Extensive List of Useful Tools for Teachers

Wow... this huge list of useful tools for teachers by Naomi Harm of Innovative Educator Consulting has many sites that I want to spend some time checking out.  Categories:  bookmarking tools, copyright free digital photos, capturing programs, converters, digital photo editors, digital photo project tools, flash and share your presentations, interactive whiteboards, music, photo  hosting/sharing, productivity, students, timeline creators, URL shorteners, video programs, web 2.0 repositories, and virtual worlds. There is also a link to download the list as a PDF at the bottom of the page.  Enjoy!