Elizabeth Davis's Blog (20)

Introducing Three New Teen Bloggers

(cross posted from my blog)

The three students in my Web 2.0 Computer Applications course have been blogging since the beginning of September. Over the course of the last three weeks, they have learned about Blogger,… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Davis on September 17, 2008 at 7:44pm — No Comments

The Common Principles of 21st Century Schools

(Cross-posted from my blog)

My Twitter network came alive this weekend at the Educon 2.0 Conference in Philadelphia, PA. I met so many people that I have known virtually for a long time. We had amazing conversations about learning and technology (in that

order). What was most…


Added by Elizabeth Davis on January 28, 2008 at 7:53pm — 1 Comment

Assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry - Look on the Bright Side

(Cross posted from my school blog.)

The Thin Book Of Appreciative Inquiry by Sue Annis Hammond is just that, a very thin book (59 pages) that explains and describes

the process of appreciative inquiry. Hammond describes Appreciative

Inquiry this way,
The major assumption of Appreciative Inquiry is that in every organization…

Added by Elizabeth Davis on November 17, 2007 at 6:23pm — No Comments

What Do You Stand For?

(Cross Posted from my blog)

According to Robert Evans, the author of The Human Side of School Change, this is an essential question that all leaders must ask themselves. He

also suggests that a motto is much more effective than a lengthy

mission statement or a long list of goals or values. I've been thinking

about this a lot lately, trying to… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Davis on November 1, 2007 at 9:25pm — 1 Comment

Back on Ning

When I first joined this ning network there were only a few hundred of us. It was so exciting to get feedback on my blog entries, and contribute to and start discussions. I remember those early heady days here. I would check my e-mail constantly to see if anyone had responded to anything I had written. I got to "know" some people. I learned so much from everyone. I experienced a little "fame;" more people started reading my blog and Steve Hargadon even interviewed me about one of my projects.… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Davis on October 13, 2007 at 11:11am — 2 Comments

Changing your Mindset - Part 2

Blogging with a Growth Mindset

As you know from my last post, I just finished reading Mindset by Carol S. Dweck. In Mindset, Dr. Dwecks explains her work on the "fixed" versus "growth" mindset. A

person with a fixed… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Davis on August 7, 2007 at 10:46am — No Comments

Changing Your Mindset - Part One

(Cross posted from my school blog)

I just finished reading Mindset by Carol S. Dweck. I am so excited about this book that I don't know where to begin. In Mindset, Dr. Dwecks explains her work on the "fixed" versus… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Davis on July 27, 2007 at 6:48pm — 1 Comment

What is the question?

(cross posted from my school blog)

"How will you incorporate information literacy skills, such as evaluating and comparing the quality of sources, effective and efficient searching for information, and issues of copyright and plagiarism into your


This is the question I…


Added by Elizabeth Davis on July 12, 2007 at 9:18pm — 1 Comment

iLove my iPhone!

I just got an iPhone and WOW! it is so amazing I can hardly put it down. I am not normally a gadget person, but the beauty of this phone just sucked me in. And no, I didn't have to wait in line for it. I went to the store and asked for one, easy as that. Setting it up was just as easy. In a matter of minutes I had synced my contacts, calendar, music and podcasts. The interface is so easy to use. I got lost yesterday, put an address into the phone and figured out where I was. I can search the… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Davis on July 4, 2007 at 11:55am — 3 Comments

A bunch of Edheads!

I was thinking of the scene at edubloggercon where all of the microphones were in the center of the room as we were all talking. As a child of hippie parents, I spent a large portion of my childhood attending Grateful Dead concerts. That scene reminded me of the "tapers" section set aside at shows for people to record the show and trade tapes. I guess that was the beginning of open source music sharing for a lot of people. Maybe the… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Davis on June 26, 2007 at 7:59am — 1 Comment

Blogger Shyness

I'm sitting int he blogger's cafe surrounded by bloggers, some of them famous (the big W.R.) and I'm shy. Now I'm not really a shy person, but I have a hard time breaking in to a group of strangers. And yet many of them are not really strangers to me. And even the famous ones, are just people in real life. We all are right?

There is a kind of intellectual elitism among bloggers - that I perceive and that may or may not actually exist. The kind that I imagine that exists among any… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Davis on June 25, 2007 at 8:46am — No Comments

Shooting Trouble - Helping Students Help Themselves.

As we close out the year here in the Northeast U.S. - our last day isn't until June 20th - I am still struggling with students and teachers who just want me to tell them what to do. Despite the multitude of screencasts and written directions I have created, kids and adults still want me to solve their technology problems. I've started responding with a new question: "What have you tried so far?" Unfortunately, the answer is often "Nothing."

I believe that the best thing you can learn… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Davis on June 3, 2007 at 6:55pm — 4 Comments

Technology is cool, but teachers are cooler

These are the words printed on the back of my Tom Snyder Productions t-shirt. When I worked for this educational software company providing professional development for teachers, we ended all of our workshops with this quote. I think the sentiment expressed in these word is essential to keep in mind as I continue on my Classroom 2.0 journey.

It is easy to be critical of the teachers that are still living in a Web 1.0 or… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Davis on May 12, 2007 at 7:18pm — 4 Comments

Better to be boring than silent!

I had my first "Intro to Web 2.0" class last Thursday and I think it was a success. I created a ning social network for the class and we are going to use that to blog and have discussions. We do not use moodle in my district, so that was not an option. I felt like using ning for the class would prepare my students well for joining this group which they will do in the next few weeks. First classes are always crazy, and this one was no exception, but everyone (there are 16 people in the group)… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Davis on May 6, 2007 at 7:28pm — No Comments

To blog or not to blog...

that is the question. Why read blogs? Why write a blog? (cross posted from my school blog)

We are living in an amazing time in history. Speech is truly becoming free. People everywhere are saying what they want to say and

publishing their ideas for people around the world to read. Web 2.0 has

given a voice to millions of people and also given us the ability… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Davis on April 22, 2007 at 6:51am — 6 Comments

I'm going to be famous!

Okay - I have to admit to the real reason I'm so excited about Web 2.0. I want to be famous. Okay, maybe only among a couple hundrend school teachers - but it's a start. Today I got an e-mail from Steve Hargadon asking me to podcast a quote from my blog entry for a keynote he is giving. How cool is that.

When I was in college I wanted to be an actress. I gave up that dream, but now I have a… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Davis on April 20, 2007 at 10:13pm — 3 Comments

All blogs are not created equal...

I've been thinking about the difference between this blog space and the blog that I have just started for my school. I think the answer is audience. On my school blog I have to be very careful about not going too fast. The audience for that blog includes a lot of people who are very new to Web 2.0. I don't want to overwhelm them with information. They also consist of people who are not reading a lot of other blogs. So it is appropriate to repeat… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Davis on April 16, 2007 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Web 2.0 is making me smarter - or at least making me think more!

Following and reading blogs, participating in ning, contributing to wikis, writing in my blog, I haven't thought this much in years. It truly is an amazing phenomenon. I feel so intellectually alive. I'm inspired and challenged constantly. The blogs I read lead me to question and explore new tools and Websites. I haven't written this much since I was in school. It is all so exciting and energizing. For me, classroom 2.0 could just be about my… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Davis on April 15, 2007 at 7:02pm — 1 Comment

Sprucing up my page and teaching an intro to 2.0 class.

I had a lot of fun making a video for my Classroom 2.0 page. I have a new computer in my lab with an i-sight camera. It was fun to actually use it. It would be cool if other people could also post "hello" videos so we could see more than a picture of each other. I guess the coolest would be if we could video conference with each other at some point. I've never done that. Although I have video… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Davis on April 11, 2007 at 6:13pm — 5 Comments

Getting into ning

I'm starting to get involved with this place and it definitely has me intrigued. I've already learned a lot here and my mind is spinning. I'm still trying to figure it all out. Like this blog thing. What do I want this place to be about and how is it different from the forum? Also, the chatter thing. I really don't get that yet. At times this site also seems slow.

I can see how environments like this can take up a lot of time and become somewhat addictive. I can identify with some of… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Davis on April 10, 2007 at 7:56am — 3 Comments


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