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At 12:37pm on January 31, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Dean. I was wondering if any of your students would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. If not, perhaps you have some other educator contacts you could direct me to. You can view contest details at Please let me know. Thanks!
At 12:54pm on December 26, 2008, marcotuts said…
Hi Dean,

I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. My name is Marco Morales; 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 You can find us at 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 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, anything you like!


Marco Morales
At 12:48am on March 13, 2008, Clif Mims said…
Hey, Dean. I've enjoyed looking through your posts and resources. Good stuff. I predict that our paths will cross again.

All the best,
At 9:43am on October 5, 2007, Craig Scribner said…
Dean, I attended the Essdack workshop on Loti. I would be interested in what you are doing in Lyons at the K-5 level with Web 2.0. What sites are you using, etc...
At 9:48pm on September 26, 2007, Mrs. Deines said…
Yes, I completely agree with you! I wish that our tech guys would open it for students to use! They say that since "Watchguard" says it is not safe, then we couldn't possibly use it! Anyway...maybe one day! Thanks!
At 9:45pm on September 26, 2007, Mrs. Deines said…
Great! I will keep you in mind when we open it up to parents. It is coming along, slowly. We will see what happens at grade card time!
At 5:06pm on September 21, 2007, Mrs. Deines said…

I am just writing to ask what your opinion of is for the classroom. I made a ning website for my 1st grade classroom. At first, our firewall was not blocking the site. Now it is, listing it as a "personals and dating". I am having a super hard time with my tech. guys. They can't figure out where the pictures, videos, etc. are posted (IP addresses) to "unblock" them from our Firewall (Watchguard). It is unfortunate that they will not unblock the site. They have given me permission to log in without the firewall to show the site to my kids, so we can look at things. However, I wanted to have sites for my teachers and other classrooms...they will not allow everyone to do this. Do you deal with these kind of issues in your district?
At 7:19pm on September 20, 2007, Peter Dawson said…
Hey Dean!

I have a contact in Maize (Kansas) who is willing to do a project using VoiceThread. She's going to send me a Teddy bear and I'll take picutres of the bear around the school, which the kids can comment on through voicethread and send to her. Then the Teddy gets sent on to someone else. Think any of your teachers might be interested? or someone on a worldwide scale?
Let me know......
At 8:55pm on September 10, 2007, Tim Holt said…
Dean, My version of the Friday podcast is online:


At 9:21am on July 27, 2007, Tuanua Swartz said…

Hey...we made it back from Thailand. Skype worked great, however we could only video conference with one person at a time. What was great was the option to be able to call land lines while we were overseas! The cost per call was peanuts!

See ya at nerds!
At 7:43am on July 26, 2007, Peter Dawson said…
Good morning Dean,
Love your photos! You've got a beautiful family.

I'm not too sure how to put the code for your weather widget on my page, but I'm going to try. I'm still a newbie at this sort of thing.

I'm certainly willing to help with any migration projects your teachers may have, if I can. I'm wondering if any of your contacts may be doing something to do with either The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, or Chicka Chicka Boom Boom? I've actually had a contact from someone just outside Wichita who wants to work on Chicka. Now, she tells me that you guys get back to school with kids on Aug. 15. Is that true all through the States? Here in Ontario, we don't have kids until the Tuesday after Labour Day, and the way our entry for kindergarten at my new school works with staggered entry, I probably won't have the full class until the following Monday.

Let me know what you think. Cheers
At 9:20am on July 25, 2007, Shawn Jackson said…
How are things going? I am teaching a computer class at a small private school and there are no books to help me. I need to teach kids K-8th grade and I really don't know where to start. We are running office 2000 on P3 and lower computers. they are slow. So we are also looking for new computers free or cheap p4 or better. Can anyone help?
At 12:14am on July 24, 2007, Dean Mantz said…
I appreciate my community members posting to the Unitedstreaming blog. I have uploaded my presentation, support materials, and extra reference materials in a zip file. Visit the Unitedstreaming blog and the file. Please fill free to download and use the material. If you have any questions just contact me. Thanks.
At 8:54am on July 19, 2007, Ken Pruitt said…
Hi Dean,
Thanks for the kind words. At the end of the presentation I linked to the sites that I gathered info from. A great deal is from Ian Jukes. His handouts are excellent material for changing educational practices.

Also George Siemens at has kept me busy for a month.

Hope that helps. If you need anything else I will help the best I can.

What is your focus this year? As I am just starting I need all the help I can get.
At 12:44pm on July 12, 2007, Peter Dawson said…
Hey Dean,
Just letting you know that I'm still around and haven't forgotten about collaborating. I was thinking about this: besides a holiday traditions kind of project, how about native animals too? We could do a comparison, look at migratory paths (?), or other such stuff.

Let me know your thoughts.
P.S. I might have a contact in the U.K. who's intersted too, so maybe we could do some projects as a group of 3 (or maybe more - smile).

At 1:11am on June 28, 2007, Kevin said…
Thanks for the reply! I am looking forward to MACE!
At 8:41am on June 20, 2007, Tuanua Swartz said…
Super thanks!
At 8:14am on June 20, 2007, Tuanua Swartz said…

Do you know of any free/open source software for video conferencing? We want to try it while we are overseas. I trie webhuddle, but it wouldn't allow video conferencing, unless I didn't do something right...which is possible!
At 1:44pm on June 11, 2007, Peter Dawson said…
Sounds like our schools have a lot in common. Lets make sure we keep in contact over the summer. I'll give it more thought
At 5:54am on June 11, 2007, Peter Dawson said…
Sounds great Dean. I'll give it some more thought after the craziness of the last few weeks is over. I like the idea of a holidays project but I'll have to scope out my new school. It's in a tough area and the kids don't get to do much, high ESL content, lots of single moms in subsidized housing. I'll keep in touch though.


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