Donelle - thanks for asking about CUEtoYOU workshops. All events are posted online at cue.org/cuetoyou by clicking the 'register' button. Or take the direct link here: https://cueweb.cue.org/cueweb/PDW/PDWwebstore.aspx
Hi Donelle. Sorry to hear we missed another great presentation. Seems as if there is never enough time in the day! If you hear of any upcoming events, please let me know. I would love to meet soon to share ideas, and I would really like to know more about your work with the Ning in the classroom.
The last newsletter had the subject line "photography videos, text-to-speech, and a careers grant" and went out about three weeks ago, I believe. I'll try resending it, and feel free to send a second address if something odd is going on with your gmail account. I'm at rh(at)nextvista(dot).org.
I use WordPress for myself and WordPRessMu for school. I am not a fan of "free" hosted services such as edublogs that attach ads and mine for personal information. I run my own rented server now, but I started with an inexpensive shared server account-- $5-10/mo and worth every penny as you can install all kinds of free software: blogs, wikis, and much more.
CommentPress is incredible and I look forward to deployment of the new version very soon. Iactually allows individuals to comment on individual paragraphs rather than the entire work at the end of the post.
If you would like to go this way, let me know and I can assist. I could even let you use a bit of server space temporarily. It is astonishingly easy to do.
I think Blogs are better suited for discussion. In addition, there are a couple of extensions that can make WordPress function somewhat like a wiki. If you really are interested in in comments, there is a WordPress extension called commentpress that is in beta, but I think will be available very soon. I am helping with the testing.
NIce to meet you today, Donelle! It was so great to hear about your work and the inventive ways that technology is being incorporated into the alternative K-12 educational systems. The conference today helped me to synthesize notions about how technology affects students across the developmental realms. Hope to see you at a conference in the near future!
Sorry to be so slow getting back to you, Donelle. Mine's going to have to wait until summer I'm afraid. I'm now taking an online Masters through Wilkes in Pennsylvania and I'm their new grad assistant so my time is pretty much sewn up. I'm going to rethink it a bit as I have to contribute to their blog and try to keep my own going at the same time. My own has been really neglected lately, so I think I'm going to do a "23 tools" first, with simple how to instructions and links for people who are new to that program and then switch it up to 23 things over the summer.
Hi Donelle. I am working on a project that parallels some of what you are doing. We are using Moodle, Elluminate, Ning, VoiceThread, and Cmap at Virtual Home School Group. I would love to get together and compare notes, see if we have resources that might be helpful to each other, and collaborate. I have open office hours T, W, TH from 4:30 to 6pm Central (2:30 to 4pm your time). Just take THIS classroom link.
We have Atomic Learning. (some call it atomic sleeping) We like that the videos are short and you can track the time people spend on it. It looks like the faculty don't use it on their own but when we reintroduced it in the Excel class the participants flocked to it. We'll likely use it for the photoshop class as well.
I just finished using Elluminate to tutor a former student. It worked great. I also have a colleague that is using it to train her faculty with various apps. Do you use it?
Aloha e Donelle,
I'll ask the head of the pilot program where she got the questions from. We used Survey Monkey to administer the two surveys and the area where teachers scored lowest was in the areas of spreadsheet/database. We have started Excel classes and it is going very well. We will also hold a class in Photoshop and one that teaches how to use those apps in Word for reporting purposes. Our biggest problem was finding a day/time that everyone could meet. I'll be in touch. Aloha.
HI Donelle -- my 23 things has been on hold for a while. Have simply run out of time, but will resurrect as soon as I have a window. May have to wait until summer unless I can work it into my course work.
I am going with the Wilkes/Discovery online Masters in Instructional Media. There are about 200 people from the US and Canada enrolled (and one from Britain). I have gotten to know a small group of Canadians and others who generally enroll for the same course so we can meet online every week thorugh Elluminate and talk over course ideas and issues and share projects and help each other out. It's like going to a cafe or pub after class once a week. Really helpful and a great way to actually get to know some people working in different places and systems.
If you (or anyone you talk to) decide to ask Wilkes to send you any information, please let them know that Sue Hellman from Canada first let you know about the program. That will be a big help to me. There will be a Facebook page soon and I'll let you know when it's up if you wish.
I'll be blogging about it lots in future as that's part of the process when you talke courses there. My blog is Small Changes; BIG RETURNS. This weekend will just be for Canadian readers but generally that isn't the case. Perhaps you'll even be interested in subscribing.