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Having taught a number of different courses, from reading to Spanish to technical education to language arts, you might say that I'm a Jill of all trades. I would love to use more relevent technology with my students, because I believe that the best way to reach learners is through the means that interests them most.

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Social Networking Experiment for Middle School

Posted on July 30, 2007 at 12:34pm 2 Comments

I would like to experiment with using a social network for middle school language arts. Since I am in the early stages of this sort of thing, I welcome any tips and advice. Here are my preliminary thoughts:

1. Right now, I think that my biggest hurdle will be to sell the idea to my principal, the other LA teachers and parents.

2. I need to articulate a clear purpose for this project.

3. Of course, I will also need to figure out expectations and…


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At 10:29pm on January 29, 2009, Jack said…
Hi oberon1. I was wondering if your students would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. Perhaps you have some educator contacts you could direct me to. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
At 2:04pm on December 26, 2008, Alyshia Olsen said…

I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) My name is Alyshia Olsen; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham,MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. I found you when I searched for middle schools on classroom20, and since our project is specific to middle schools, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:

Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2008, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.

Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win an idea competition on Ideablob.com You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975. We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.

Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!


Alyshia Olsen
At 7:28pm on August 26, 2007, oberon1 said…
Thank you Durff! I've head of classblogmeister and blogger, but I've never heard of allanah's code. Could you brief me a bit on what it is? You're right about security.
At 3:55pm on August 26, 2007, Durff said…
did i ever answer? tells you how much i'm doing (too much) anyway try classblogmeister with kids. i use blogger for my professional blog and allanah's code to remove the 'next blog' link at the top...can't be too safe...
At 4:23am on August 1, 2007, Ray Tolley said…

Well, I did look up your profile and it wasn't very informative ;-) The acronym LA in the UK stands for Local Authority usually a cluster of schools between 100 and 500 usually defined by county or city councils.
At 6:34pm on July 31, 2007, Durff said…
LA? Contact Jose Rodriquez - he's in LA
At 6:33pm on July 31, 2007, Durff said…
I would recommend Classblogmeister for elementary and middle school. If you have done it for a year, edublogs. High schoolers can use either.
At 2:27pm on July 30, 2007, Ray Tolley said…
You mention Middle Schools and the LA - I'm therefore guessing that you are in the UK. Have you looked at Edujam - a UK product that will do exactly what you want. It is secure, helps to establish principles of collaboration, peer-assessment, multi-media creativity etc and all designed primarily for the Yr-5 to Yr-6 age group. Children at this age particularly like to 'celebrate' their achievements at home etc and the secure on-line access is excellent for getting parents involved. An excellent preparatory training-ground for further activities in years 7 and 8 where good practice is sometimes more difficult to establish.

contact me if you wish for more information.
At 12:42pm on July 30, 2007, Kevin said…
Welcome to the network!


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