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NETA 2008


April 24, 2008


Will Richardson (Keynote)



Will's blog:  http://weblogg-ed.com


Our roles as teachers


We have to look differently at what we are doing


3 lenses:  as parent, educator, and blogger


System is too restrictive


Blogs are about networks (changed Will's view of the world)


The big shift:  the web


Was read only, now read-write web (share with large audiences)


This has been transformative


UStream (14 year old streamed NH primary results)


It is easy to publish now


How can you use social connective technolgies to bring people together?  (Obama web site is doing this)


Our ability to connect does away with the need to be in physical space.  Exceedingly easy to do!


New media is engaging their readers (comments) It is a participatory exercise


Music:  one copy of a song is needed now to distribute to the rest of the world


Media companies cannot compete how they used to




Businesses are changing:  conversation about the product (Kindle)


People are discussing products before they buy them (reviews, stars, etc.)


Hypertranparent World


Education is not shifting and changing


We are not responding in a real way


75% of young people use social networking sites.  Young people are leading the way!


Tech is changing quickly


Keyboard may be going by the wayside (Microsoft's Touch Screen Table)




Kids are getting around filters, they lead un-filtered lives


Many kids don't have access or slow access (Access Divide)


Will's Blog


Make kid's "Googlable"


We are not preparing them for their web presence (We are not guiding them!  NH)


Blogging is a powerful environment!  It is where we can learn and teach each other.


How  do these technologies change teaching and  learning?


Blog is Will's cllassroom and the people who visit are his teachers.


People who  visit are passionate or share the same passions


Example Fan Fiction Sites heavily used by young people done out of the context of school


How many are teachinghow to do MySpace?


Student blogging (Clarence Fischer's students)  Comments provide feedback!


Learning takes place in networks now.


Are you smarter than a 5th grader?  Teach how to find the information.


Are we teaching how to use tech devices?  (cell phones, etc.)


Open phone tests!!!


Content is not scarce!


We should be teaching  our kids how to connect to content that is freely available (Example:  MIT Open Courseware)


Content is not static!


Currency of information is the most important thing today (How to get current information)  Wikipedia- constantly changing information


We need to teach Wikepedia!


If we can't fix content it becomes less relevant


Our kids need  to be editors of information!


The rules have changed!!!


Our concept of teaching, learning, and classrooms has to change.


Teachers are no longer the smartest people in the room, we have to become the best connectors!


Teach kids how to be safe!


Secret Life of Bees


New role:  connector to relevant information


Radio Willow Web


Kids need to have a global voice,  we need to stop passing papers!!!


Use the web to show what kids know!  NH


We need to have conversations with each other to extend our learning.


The converstaion is about you as teachers and how you are going to help kids navigate this digital world.


The possibilities are much different and they are changing


How do we prepare ourselves?  It's about the learning and networking!!!



Breakout Session 10:15-11:15


A Web of Connections: Continuing the Conversation

Palace F


Will Richardson, Connective Learning, LLC Continue the conversation about the ideas and questions sparked in the keynote with Will Richardson, who will facilitate a discussion around whatever topics participants choose.


How to start:  Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts


Web Literacy (Alan November has a new book coming out)


Blogger, Edublogs (Wordpress  engine), 21Classes


With blogging use the teachable moments when it gets messy (How to react, etc.)


Googlable:  Kids need to understand and prepare to be searched (Model it for them, teach it K-12 in teachable moments)


Help kids create their online space.


Connect old knowledge with new knowledge and use it. 


Where do you start?  You know your district, spend 15 minutes a day in prep for next school year.  Use collaboration tools:  wiki


The disruption and transparency is creating shifts in how we think and it constantly changes. We need to provide some context.


Danah Boyd (blogger that talks about social networks)


Students need to know that they can collaborate with the rest of the world


Life streaming


Co-creation with students


We need to engage parents in the process of using the web


YouTube is the best professional develoment site




Breakout Session 11:30-12:30


Utilizing YouTube in Your Classroom

Palace F


Josh Allen & Ray Keller , Papillion-La Vista Public Schools


Many schools shy away from YouTube, but there are many ways it can be used to create engaging projects for students. From questioning presidential candidates at the YouTube Debate to school documentaries on Google Earth, YouTube can be used with your current curriculum to give students a new way to share what they learned with the world. This session will show everyone how to use YouTube in their classroom to inspire their students.




(Notes, info, examples, and a DISCCUSSION at the above link!)


Breakout Session 12:45-1:45


Build Your Own Curriculum Resource Website

Salon C

Christina Eutsler & Christina Eutsler Christy Hewitt, Grand Island Public Schools


Imagine this... a website that has all the resources your students need for the curriculum they are studying. You might be thinking to yourself, IMPOSSIBLE! But it is true and you can develop this resource yourself for your classroom. Two Grand Island Public School teachers will show you how they developed a website for their social studies curriculum and how it has been implemented in their classroom.


Breakout Session 2:00-3:00


Using Digital StoryTelling to Enhance Your Curriculum

Palace C

Robert Hays, Educational Service Unit 11


Howard Gardner states "Stories are the single most powerful weapon in a leader's arsenal. Digital Communications and StoryTelling are natural components of the Language Arts and Social Studies Curricula. Using Digital Media is the form of communication most exciting and relevant to today's students. See examples and discuss how teachers can make education come alive using the means of communication that students love--Digital StoryTelling.


Content is what is important.


Don't get hung up on bells and whistles


Use it as a teaching tool (Have studetns teach a topic with a digital story)


This activity helps them know and remember


Telling the story instills the content


Why do it?


Have to know subject matter to tell a story

Uses the senses

Different forms of communication


Digital video allows telling what a mouth can't say.


Can help those that are hurting to start healing


Gives an opportunity to show you care


Veterans Project Library of Congress American Memories Project


April 25, 2008


Bernajean Porter (Keynote)


Project Headware


The Future is Coming


Infromation Explosion


Info doubles every 18 months to 2 years (paper game?)


State testing usually only asseses 1/3 of the standards (the other 2/3 are generally higher order thinking skills that are not assessed!)


21st Century Skills:  seeker-learner, complex thinker-problem solver, inventor-possibility thinker, collaboration with others, communicator, personal integrity


By 2010 info will double in 72 hours


Jamie MacKenzie?


Information overload


ICT Report: deficiencies-efficient, credible, reliable


213 million hits on Google each day (how does a media specialists manage that?)


Search engines:  Grokker.com, Kartoo.com,MsDewey.com (Futuristic:  Not for kids yeat!)


Do Dahs:  virtualkeyboards, specail  ink  to print circuits, contact lenses with screens


Not about the hardware!!!  It's about the content!!!


Information Anxiety-Wurman?


"Joy is an essential element fo learning."  Studetns must be emotionally engaged, compliance learning does not work!


20% of students (36% dropout rate nationwide) feel engaged, 80% are bored!


Chalk "Bored" Studetns have to power down


MacArthur Report, Tough Choices Tough Times, A Whole New Mind


Five Things:

1.  All Technology Uses are NOT Equal

IT should accelrate something (target it and zone  it)

It is not about  thestuff it is what youa re doing with it, how does tech make a  difference

Are you doing new stories with teh new stuff?

Grappling's Spectrum  (see web site) Literacy (technology stories tool skills) Adapting (same stories consumers) Transforming (new stories producers)

Literacy and Adapting is Optional - You have to move to Transforming to justify a real need

2.  What You Focus on Expands

Artifact Analysis

3.  Using the Lens - Student Work

Evaluating Digital Products (Digitales.us)

Example scoring guides - Types of Communication

Dancing the Media

All That Glitters:  decorating, illustrating, illuminating

4.  Extreme Make-Overs

Have contests (Betterthinkersare better test takers)  Grow a body of evidence!

HOT HigherOrder Thinking (RightBrained)

Brainstorm together


About Book Reports (Think Deeper)

Knowing About Caesar

If I Had a Hammer

Dante's Inferno (sequence of sounds)

Instead of tell about -  tell/show What if

5.  JOY!!!  If you are not having fun, something is wrong!


Thes kids need WHAT and HOW


Put CONTENT in our titles!  It is NOT the hardware, it is the headware!


Breakout Session 10:15-11:15


Funding Sources for Technology Innovation

Omaha Lobby


Jim Lukesh & Mike Kozak Elisabeth Reinkordt, Nebraska Department of Education - Learning Technologies


Presentation of innovative projects funded through the Qwest Foundation Innovation Grants and the Enhanced Education Through Technology Grants. Update on timelines and process for accessing Qwest, EETT and other grants for technology innovation. Discussion will include the future of EETT.


Funding Sources Link




Breakout Session 12:45-1:45


To Be or Not to Be a Good Digital Citizen

Salon D


Graci Gillming, ESU#10


We’ve taught students about being good citizens in society, but what about their use of technology.

What is acceptable and non-acceptable behavior when using the Internet, cell phones, or other

forms of technology at home, at school, or when socializing? Let’s talk about what it takes to be or

not to be a good digital citizen.


Digital  Citizenship


Get rid of the annoyance part and teach and model etiquette


Teach appropriate ways to use tech


Privacy fears


Teach the use of the tools (For entertainment or for Education, to ban or not to ban)


Use the tools and embed them in the curriculum and teaching


Why do adults avoid using digital tools?  Lack of experience


Character;  What you do when no one is watching.


Digi Citizenship:  How we behave - the norms of behavior with regard to technology use


How:  create awareness, applicable, importance in everyday life, break down topics so areas can be understood


9 Themes http://coe.k-state.edu/digitalcitizenship


3 Categories:


1.  Digital Access


2.  Digital Communication (Synchronous two-way communication; Asynchronous- blogs, wikis, social networking)


3.  Digital Literacy


Digital Security and Safety: protect self, network, and equipment




Digital Rights and Responsibilities


Student Life Outside the School:  digital law - accountability, digital health and wellness, commerce


The Golden Rule!!!


Breakout Session 2:00-3:00


Digital Interactive Learning With Web 2.0

Palace E


Dr. Howie DiBlasi, Digital Journey


How can schools start the conversation about using the new Web-based tools that allow us to communicate, collaborate, and create content? Find out about approaches like School 2.0 and books and tools that can help us understand the issues. How do we translate traditional information skills for an information landscape that is genre-shifting, multi-modal, media-rich, participatory, socially connected, and brilliantly chaotic? Web 2.0 tools can do!







"del.icio.us is a social bookmarking website -- the primary use of del.icio.us is to store your bookmarks online, which allows you to access the same bookmarks from any computer and add bookmarks from anywhere, too. On del.icio.us, you can use tags to organize and remember your bookmarks, which is a much more flexible system than folders.


You can also use del.icio.us to see the interesting links that your friends and other people bookmark, and share links with them in return. You can even browse and search del.icio.us to discover the cool and useful bookmarks that everyone else has saved -- which is made easy with tags."



"Bloglines is a FREE online service for searching, subscribing, creating and sharing news feeds, blogs and rich web content. With Bloglines, there is no software to download or install -- simply register as a new user and you can instantly begin accessing your account any time, from any computer or mobile device. And it's FREE!


Bloglines is a window to a whole new world of dynamic content that is being created and distributed over the new "live" web. You can make your own personalized news page tailored to your unique interests from our index of tens of millions of live internet content feeds, including articles, blogs, images and audio. And it's FREE!


Bloglines shields you from the confusion of news feed standards -- RSS, Atom, and others. Bloglines allows you to search for, read and share any updates from your favorite news feed or blog regardless of its authoring technology. And it's FREE!


Last, but not least, Bloglines provides you with the tools you need to begin creating your own clip blogs and blogrolls. Become a publisher, share your thoughts and opinions! And it's FREE! Get started today!."



"Flickr is a way to get your photos and videos to the people who matter to you. And since basic accounts are free, there's no reason not to explore further..."



"Picnik makes your photos fabulous with easy to use yet powerful editing tools. Tweak to your heart’s content, then get creative with oodles of effects, fonts, shapes, and frames.

It's fast, easy, and fun."



"If creating a video and publishing it to the web seems like a challenge, we think you'll find that Jumpcut makes it easy and fun. If you've been wondering what to do with the video you shoot with your snazzy new camera (or your phone), Jumpcut is the perfect place for you to be creative. If video isn't your thing just yet and you just want to make cool slideshows with your pictures, Jumpcut is still the best place.


Finally, a free online location where you can use all your media, create great looking movies and publish to anyone you choose. There's nothing else like it."


Google Docs http://www.google.com

"Create and share your work online


Create, edit and upload quickly

Import your existing documents, spreadsheets and presentations, or create new ones from scratch.


Access and edit from anywhere

All you need is a Web browser. Your documents are stored securely online.


Share changes in real time

Invite people to your documents and make changes together, at the same time.


It's free -- you don't pay a nickel" 



"With Vyew you can give a presentation to a hundred people online or post a document you've been working on for review by your colleagues at their convenience. Vyew is extremely flexible allowing you to bring online collaboration and conferencing into your workflow on your terms."



"We offer many ways to add to your podcast channel:


Whether you're podcasting a 30-sec phone message or a 30-min radio show, you can publish it with Gcast for FREE. We'll store your media and automatically generate the "RSS feed" that enables listeners to "tune in" to your podcast channel.



"PBwiki is the easiest wiki to use. Don't just take our word for it – see what our users say about PBwiki.

Brendy Sherry, Special Education Itinerant Technology Teacher says, "I love PBwiki because it's a safe and easy way for teachers to get students collaborating. The interface it intuitive and easy to use and it leaves most of a teacher's energy to focus on the learning and not the tool."



"Wikispaces is built to work anywhere, anytime. All you need is a web browser and an Internet connection. Members can create pages and spaces without undue restrictions or rules. Guests can edit pages without creating an account. Wiki pages are fully internationalized, so you can contribute content in any language you like. We take care of hosting, backups, and upgrades so you don't have to."



"Ning is the only online service where you can create, customize, and share your own Social Network for free in seconds."



LinkedIn is a place to find and leverage professional opportunities, now and throughout your career. LinkedIn enables you to:

  • Present yourself and your professional capabilities
  • Find and reconnect with colleagues and classmates
  • Leverage powerful tools to find and reach the people you need
  • Build a powerful network of trusted professionals
  • Discover professional relationships and opportunities
  • Tap into inside connections and information
  • Get the edge that gives you competitive advantage


"Skype was founded in 2003 by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis. Skype created a little piece of software that makes communicating with people around the world easy and fun. With Skype you can say hello or share a laugh with anyone, anywhere. And if both of you are on Skype, it’s free."



"PowerGramo skype recorder is a complete audio recording solution for Skype. With it you can record and manage all kinds of Skype calls easily."



"Safely connect, collaborate and learn using our leading protected email and blog solutions for schools and districts"



"The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) supports and advances education through videoconferencing and other collaborative technologies. A nonprofit, CILC offers access to quality professional development and student educational content, as well as consulting and technical assistance. This helps schools leverage technology to improve educational outcomes, while saving time and money."




IVC content Polycom



"The concept of Jing is the always-ready program that instantly captures and shares images and video…from your computer to anywhere."



Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.


Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design.


Scratch is available free of charge, go to Download.

Currently available for Mac OSX and Windows ( system requirements)

To find more about the ideas underlying Scratch, visit our page for Educators.

To learn how to use Scratch, go to Support.

To read research papers on Scratch, see Research .

To find out who is working on Scratch, see the Credits.

To read what people are saying about Scratch, see Quotes.

To hear the latest Scratch news stories, visit News.



"eXpresso™ is a secure, browser-based resource that enables users to share and collaborate on any Excel® file, regardless of location. The solution assists in the trend toward managed on-line business communities.

eXpresso is complete and immediately usable without installation, support or training. Individuals can use it ad hoc with real-time collaboration capabilities and version control. Enterprise users can rely on it as their corporate standard that meets established benchmarks for security, permissions and backup."



"Buy music, movies, TV shows, and audiobooks, or download free podcasts from the iTunes Store 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Organize and play everything on your Mac or PC. Then sync it to your iPod or iPhone and bring it along. Anywhere."



"Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems."


Memories on the Web http://www.codejam.com/slideshow/mow.htm

"MemoriesOnWeb is a powerful yet simple to use slideshow freeware (yes, put your wallet away). It's designed for folks who want to create photo/video slideshows easily and upload to free video hosts* (eg. YouTube) to share it with friends and family.


Based on the same engine as MemoriesOnTV (our shareware for DVD slideshows), MemoriesOnWeb offers a host of advanced controls that allow you to blend your photos & video with almost unlimited creativity. You can apply pan/zoom motion effects to individual slides, or mix multiple audio tracks and synchronize them to your slides.


When you're done authoring your slideshow, simply publish it to your video host* with a single mouse click. MemoriesOnWeb integrates seamlessly with your video host backend, and will do the video upload on your behalf."



"Pageflakes is the easiest way to read, see, discover and share your favorite things on the web. Start by easily creating a web start page that keeps you up to date on the many blogs and news sources that you read daily. Add photos, videos, a calendar, email, a to-do list and more to make your page even more personal. You can even make special pages that you can share with friends, family, or post on the web for everyone.


Pageflakes has thousands of Flakes (widgets or modules) including Facebook, a universal News Search, YouTube, Twitter, message board, blog, and hundreds of RSS feeds to choose from. Design and create a page that you can have for yourself or share with anyone you choose."


iGoogle http://www.google.com/ig



"With Gliffy online diagramming software, you can easily create professional-looking flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more!  It's easy to use and Free!"



"Zoho is a suite of online applications (services) that you sign up for and access from our Website. The applications are free for individuals and some have a subscription fee for organizations. Our vision is to provide our customers (individuals, students, educators, non-profits, small and medium sized businesses) with the most comprehensive set of applications available anywhere (breadth); and for those applications to have enough features (depth) to make your user experience worthwhile."



imbee is the first free social network designed for young people!

imbee is your personal spot on the internet. It's full of fun things to do like

  • Create a blog
  • Upload pictures
  • Make trading cards
  • Create and join groups

imbee is a parent approved, teacher endorsed social networking site appropriate for kids and 'tweens.



"Simple and easy online multi user whiteboard, start skrbl, give out your URL & start working together. Sketch, text, share files, upload pictures all in one common shared space. There are no new tools to learn, nothing to download, nothing to install. Brainstorm on our simple whiteboard to start thinking together, everyone sees the same screen, everybody gets on the same page."


Book:  Educator's Podcast Guide


Breakout Session 3:15-4:15


Operation: Safe Surf

Palace C


Susan Prabulos & Jason Rushing Ron Schinkel, Meadow Lane Elementary School Humann Elementary School


Your mission should you choose to accept it . . . come and see a new and exciting way to teach students about Internet safety. Teacher tested activities will be shared.




Media Awareness site also has items for older kids


Surf Well Island good for K-2 too!


Second set of missions are geared more to 3-8

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