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At 5:13am on May 12, 2009, Katy Reid said…
Hi Helen,
You were truely inspirational and i did get a lot out of your presentation so was more than happy to leave a good comment. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction you have filled the void with your knowledge and i am truely grateful for your journey and for sharing it. I am now on my own journey similar to yours but at least i have been lucky enough to be pointed in the right direction. Thanks again. Katy
At 11:58am on December 30, 2008, Alyshia Olsen said…
Hi Helen,

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. Since you are in the 'e-learning and online teaching' group, 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, 2009, 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 a competition for startup funding 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 8:49pm on August 28, 2008, brettelockyer said…
Thanks Helen. My friend Robyn urged me to join.
At 4:26pm on August 28, 2008, Tim said…
Hi Helen
Yeah, saw that, thanks for highlighting it though.
Good to be part of the group! Cheers Tim.
At 8:19pm on August 27, 2008, Colin Orton said…
Thanks Helen
At 6:50am on August 13, 2008, Hans Feldmeier said…
Hey Helen, yes I added a new one. You´ve got a lot of interesting stuff at your site.
At 10:41pm on August 11, 2008, samccoy said…
Helen, I didn't realize we weren't colleagues on CR2.0, and I appreciate you adding me to your friends. Your classroom pics look so inviting. I love your dog.
At 2:57am on August 4, 2008, Becky Olanrewaju said…
Thanks Helen for the invite!
I am still taking my time to browse through your page,would you mind telling me how long you have been teaching?
At 4:25am on August 1, 2008, Becky Olanrewaju said…
Hi Helen,
i'm a will be teacher from Nigeria,hoping to commence work by September.
Can i send you an invite?
i have been making preparations for my new career as a teacher,I'm very much interested in learning more on intergrating IT into the classroom, as a young teacher, i would love to bring out the best in my students!
At 12:01pm on July 28, 2008, kosh said…
I am from Ghana and I'm just here to learn, contribute as well as link up with like-minded people who will be willing to share their experiences as well as help in spreading the concept of distance learning and adult education to Africa, which lags behind as far as education is concerned. My company has developed a television program called 'ADULTS IN EDUCATION' which is used in teaching,especially adults, how to read and write as well as general tips on how to take care of oneself. We also treat social issues as well. Television is still the widest means of disseminating information here in Ghana
At 5:03am on July 23, 2008, Clare Rafferty said…
Hi Helen

Thanks for the welcome. Great to see and hear what others are doing and have time to jump into the sandpit and play. I hope to do more of this especially after reading your fab page you have inspired me to spend a little more time playing . Thanks for the inspiration. Clare :)
At 5:03am on July 23, 2008, Anne Mirtschin said…
Hello Helen, I really liked your session and personal input yesterday. I was plagued with so many online problems today that I had trouble giving people moderator priveleges in the live blog. However, I thought the conference was excellent and it is great that the dept can now see the power of the web with the global presence that were in the elluminate room.
At 9:38pm on July 22, 2008, bobbartley said…
Hi Helen,
Thanks for the welcome. It is great to see teachers in touvh with the kids in their classrooms. This year has been an immense learning journey so far.

Would love to hear about some of your projects using web2.0
At 10:22pm on July 21, 2008, Terry Smith said…
Hi Helen - I enjoyed the Knowledge Bank sessions tonight and thought the panel discussion was particularly good. Were you one of the organizers?
At 5:09pm on July 14, 2008, Wayne Perkins said…
Thanks Helen
Have already registered for the on-line conference and am currently organising the College e-learning team to do so. I am currently working my ways through Technology Toolkit. We are currently supporting some staff groups to work with blogs with their students and so I would ne interested in linking them with other secondary schools working with blogging and wikis.
At 11:24am on July 14, 2008, Keith Gephart said…
I am very new to this. I am trying to learn the web 2.0 but it is taking some time. I need to connect with someone to advise me on where to start. I am a principal of a high school and I am working to get my teachers to use these things and to create global collaborations between my students,teachers,myself and others. Can you help?
At 4:08pm on July 12, 2008, Francisco C. P. Fonseca said…
Hi, Helen,

I am looking for teaching practices in using Web 2.0. I am a professor of Natural Sciences, working with young people from 17 to 24 years in Brazil. I hope I can contribute and get good experience here in the Classroom 2.0.
Thank you very much.

At 10:12am on July 12, 2008, Julie Meierdirks said…
Hi Helen-
Thanks for the warm greeting from across the ocean! I'm really excited to see what people are doing and finding ways to get my kids out there and connected, while learning at the same time. Looking forward to learning a lot myself!
At 5:46am on July 12, 2008, Amanda Marrinan said…
Hi Helen. It's nice to be welcomed so warmly by a fellow Aussie - so thankyou!
I took the leap into blogging with my class (Yr 2's that I brought up from Yr 1) 18 months ago- and it's been an amazing journey! The kids, as young as they are, have really embraced Web2.0 tools as a way of sharing and reflecting on their learning and engaging in conversations - both local and global. The learning curve for us all has been huge and I've spent every spare minute reading blogs, listening to/watching podcasts/webcasts and playing with the tools (I can certainly relate to your 'PD during the Holidays' post). As an 'early adopter' in my context, I've certainly needed to draw on a PLN many times in the last year but haven't felt qualified to add my voice to the conversation - as silly as that seems from a teacher who is encouraging her class to do just that!
However, after spending 'all' of my holidays following the events at NECC08, I've decided the time has come to take another leap - so I've started to twitter and I've joined this community! I'm looking forward to the conversations and learning ahead.
At 11:31pm on July 11, 2008, Kevin J. said…
Thanks. I am interested in checking out all the resources available.


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