John Patten
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  • Modesto, CA
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Sylvan Union School District
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I'm the director of technology and info systems for the Sylvan Union School District in Modesto, California.

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One E-Portfolio System - Mahara & Useful Web App - SimplyBox

Posted on January 10, 2009 at 7:30pm 3 Comments

We've been using Moodle for about four years now and this year we've added Mahara to the mix. Mahara is an opensource applications developed specifically for education but includes many of the social networking components found in many of the most popular web sites such as Facebook, MySpace, etc. etc. Because it's opensource it can be installed on your own server and used safely with in the confines of your own network...if you so choose...

I created a few introductory video… Continue

Looking forward to NECC!

Posted on June 18, 2007 at 5:44pm 2 Comments

Hi All!

As many of you are, I'm looking forward to the NECC conference in Atlanta, GA. There seems to have been a flury of interesting posts on the blogsphere recently now that the schools year is wrapping up (more time). It will be interesting to see how some of those conversations continue through NECC and the rest of the summer.

...and in other happy news, my daughter just turned three and had one heck of a cool party with a few of her close…


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At 8:15pm on January 31, 2009, Jack said…
Hi John. I was wondering if you have students or educator friends who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at Please let me know. Thanks!
At 10:41pm on January 9, 2009, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi John,

With your work in Education Technology, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service.


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