Jon Orech
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jena Sherry Apr 9, 2012. 1 Reply


Jon Orech, Downers Grove, Illinois

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Downers Grove South High School
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About Me
I taught English for 24 years before becoming the instructional technology coordinator at Downers Grove South High School in Illinois. In the classroom, I always tried to promote best technology approaches to ensure student learning. Currently, my focus of research is in the area of Collaborative Technology, specifically, embedding structured Cooperative Learning pedagogy into teaching with Web 2.0 tools to improve student learning. Away from school, I savor the "Four F's": Family, Football, Fishing, and Food!

My Fave new tool:

Have you tried Wordle? it creates a tag cloud for any group of text or eve a web page. (Thanks, Meg!)

Imagine the possibilities...

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At 6:34pm on April 21, 2012, Richard Close said…


Great talk today my is posted and you are welcome to use it in your class.

We have a series of partnerships on "I am Africa. This is my story..." 

Under the training tab you will find sotry telling guides and other materials. You should also look at the minidocumentaries by Jeff Mohamed

There are a couple of Rwanda connections. 

Here is the link to Isaro that are just getting started

I would love to see writing between countries. We even have a group from Pakistan.

Hope this helps you


At 2:57pm on May 11, 2009, aledoux said…
Thanks, Jon. Read -the creative educator article- and enjoyed reading it. I hope it will inspire our teachers towards taking steps in this direction as well.
At 3:25pm on May 8, 2009, aledoux said…
Thanks for the advice Jon Orech. will be checking out the info in your wikispaces, blog, and even twitter.
At 9:38pm on December 28, 2008, Jack said…
Hi Jon!

Hope you're enjoying the winter break. I was wondering if you, your educator contacts or students would be interested in participating in a Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. We'd really like to get more students involved from Illinois.

You can view contest details at Please let me know. Thanks!
At 11:15am on December 8, 2008, maestrajohnson said…
Thank you so much for the wealth of information- I am going to check out your resources, and then I will contact you with more questions.
At 5:58pm on December 3, 2008, Mike Romard said…
Wordle eh? I'll have to try that tool if you recommend it. I'll throw twitter your way. You can find me at

I saw your post on Digital Storytelling. I have experience with Voicethread, iMovie and Photostory. I'm interested in what suggestions you have for sharing it as a technology coach in a district. My experience currently resides with conference presentations and staff meetings with it. You can leave me a private message here or leave some ideas in the Digital Storytelling section. Cheers!
At 4:02pm on November 25, 2008, Bryan SCHOLES said…
Thanks Jon. I will be in the San Francisco area in February and will check it out online first to see if something will be happening when I'm there. Cheers, Bryan


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