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At 11:19am on April 24, 2009, Jack said…
Hey Jeff,

Our Brainyflix video contest just ended, and I wanted to thank you for helping us get the word out. We got 800 submissions from across the country!

That said, MIT was really happy with the results and will let us run another contest, so we're going for it! But this time, we're gonna have kids create Brainypics flashcards - which are images and sentences paired up with a one of our SAT/ACT words. The contest ends May 22nd, and there'll be iTunes and a cash prize like last time. To boot, we'll double the payout if the kids can hit a certain goal. More details at brainyflix.com/main/contest_rules.

Do you mind passing my message along to students and your HS colleagues again?

Thanks,
Jack
At 5:48pm on February 26, 2009, Barbara said…
Wow, that's great, thank you! My students will be happy to know they were featured. I've done lots of podcasting, iMovies, and other kinds of digital projects. I'll see if we have anything else to share... Glad it went well.
At 5:43am on February 25, 2009, Amanda Asbell said…
Yes, I graduated the same year as him. He actually dated one of my best friends for a while. Tell him "Book" said hello. He'll know who you are talking about. How small of a world...
At 4:41am on February 25, 2009, Barbara said…
Thank you, and let me know what kind of feedback you get. There's a place on the webquest for reviews if anyone wants to write one. I'm all ears.
At 6:11pm on February 24, 2009, Barbara said…
Here's a PowerPoint done by of some of my 8th grade computer students. This was what they created from the webquest. Hope it helps the cause :-)eval. ashton, dana, lauren, lacy, brandon.ppt
At 7:25am on February 24, 2009, Barbara said…
Please feel free to use it, it has handouts attached that you may change to suit your needs. Be aware that many students really didn't figure out that some of the sites were fake, I had to explain it to some of them. This was a great opportunity to talk about truth in advertising and ethics on the Internet. I can email you a student sample if you would like? Send me a message if you want.

I have only used Zunal so far. I am curious about the other sites you mentioned. Anyone else out there used them?
At 5:28pm on February 23, 2009, Amanda Asbell said…
Give your wife a good ole Collierville shout for me! Did she graduate from there? I graduated from CHS in 96.
At 4:55pm on February 23, 2009, Barbara said…
Thanks, I passed on the geometry webquest to our middle school math teachers. I have used zunal.com to create webquests. Here's one I made for my 8th grade computer class on website evaluation.
At 6:59pm on February 22, 2009, Kristy Templar said…
Jeff,
when we wanted to purchase the boards and clickers we contacted a gal in Detroit, Michigan. She was very willing to give us demo items to use. Not sure whether that would be possible in your state but you might want to give it a try.
At 4:38pm on February 22, 2009, Kim Trefz said…
Wow! My students will be so excited to hear that you have shared their work. It will only motivate them even more, and I am always looking for ways to do that. I am checking out the link to your wiki now. I really appreciate all of your feedback. It is so reassuring to hear that I am headed in the right direction with technology. I will soon be embedding imovies that the student created when putting together a commercial to sell a time share on another planet. It is much more complicated than a PowerPoint and it should prove to your co-worker that a ten-year-old can do much more if given the opportunity:)
At 6:16am on February 22, 2009, Kristy Templar said…
Jeff,
here is a website I have used before which contains LOTS of interactive whiteboards lessons and information.

http://www.amphi.com/departments/technology/whiteboard/lessonplans.html
At 5:58am on February 22, 2009, Kristy Templar said…
If you go to smarttech.com you can go through there and look at the different options they have available. The clicker page actually does a pretty good job of describing and showing information about the uses and data information you can get from them. They also have an education section where you can look at different lesson teachers have created for smart boards. You would only be able to see a couple pages of it but they could at least get a really good idea on what is there. Also, I have searched many times for smart board or interactive whiteboard activities and there are thousands of them out there your students could look at.
Just an idea!
At 8:11pm on February 21, 2009, Kristy Templar said…
Jeff,
you need to remember that the students you have may not stay in Tennessee. Everyone in our school has a smart board and when people move into our building they have no idea how to even start the system up. Even knowing that there is this type of technology out there it could put ideas in new teachers heads to get grants or figure out other ways to get different types of technology.
I also just did a project with my students on Global Warming and used SlideShare. All my students could access the power point on the web when they were at home. I also had it on a blog too! Parents loved it!
At 2:07pm on February 21, 2009, Kristy Templar said…
I am very surprised that the 4th grade elementary teacher doesn't believe the students can put a power point together. Technology is the way of the future and expectations of students in the technology world are changing therefore teachers perceptions need to change with it or your students will be behind.
My six year old daughter has worked with power point before!
At 2:03pm on February 21, 2009, Kristy Templar said…
Jeff,
the math lesson looks fun! I am going to pass it on to our Geometry teacher to see whether he would use it with his students. I also went on the site that was located at the bottom of the PDF file which I think was the National Math site and found a featured lesson on Slope and Linear Equations. That is actually what we are working on right now.
I also read through your course description and the class sounds like a lot of fun. What about teaching them about technology products which can be used in the classroom to enhance curriculum? Like the smartboard, air boards, senteo clickers, etc. There are a lot great products to use in the classroom which help to build on formative assessments and teaching strategies for students.
Kristy
At 9:45pm on February 2, 2009, Jack said…
Good to hear from you, Jeff. Your help is very appreciated. And your participation would be very welcome, as well!
At 7:12pm on February 1, 2009, Kristy Templar said…
Jeff,
I am a teacher in Grand Rapids Michigan. I have a smartboard and Senteo clickers to use with my students. You sound like you have lots of great knowledge to share with people. I love technology and am always looking for ideas on how to incorporate it into my science and math curriculum. Looking forward to chatting with you.
At 10:57pm on January 31, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Jeff. I was wondering if you have students or educator contacts who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
At 2:21pm on January 30, 2009, Jennifer Koch Lubke said…
Hi, Jeff, and welcome to Classroom 2.0! You've inspired me to return to the community after a long period of inactivity. (In the virtual world, that is. I've actually been moving a mile a minute in the "real" world!)

So many good conversations and resources here. "See" you on the web!
At 7:04am on January 30, 2009, Kim Trefz said…
I posted this comment somewhere, but I wasn't sure if you would be notified to view it. I am going to post it again on your page just to be safe!

Jeff,

Thanks so much for the feedback! I have just begun using the blog and wiki this month, and I am so excited about all of the possibilities. I would be honored for you to use our blog as an example, and my students will be thrilled to know that others are reading their work. I must say that I have seen a huge difference in my students' motivation to learn since we have begun posting on the blog and wiki. It gives writing a real purpose and I am seeing them revise and edit without the reminders. They know that the world is watching and they want to make a great impression. Great grammar and writing habits are being created and reinforced without the extra push that I once had to give.

Your class on instructional computing sounds awesome! I would have loved the opportunity to have support and guidance from a college technology course. I have spent a lot of time researching, looking at examples, and just using trial and error as I have gone along. It has all been well worth it though, and the results have been rewarding!

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