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At 12:02pm on April 24, 2009, Jack said…
Hey Donna

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

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

At 8:45pm on February 2, 2009, Jack said…
Awesome thanks, Donna!
At 9:16pm on January 30, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Donna. I was wondering if your students would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. If not, perhaps you have some educator contacts you could direct me to. You can view contest details at Please let me know. Thanks!
At 9:29am on January 4, 2009, Jessica McBride said…
A colleague and I are starting a Ning page ( which will follow our syllabi for a college level French and Francophone literature in translation course. We would love for you and/or your students to participate! We're under construction until the beginning of the semester (Jan 20, 2009), but feel free to take a look at what we've created thus far! Take care!
At 1:50am on December 27, 2008, Andy Pethan said…

I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this virtual Ning network is no exception. My name is Andy Pethan. I am a 21 year old student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin students (near Boston) who is taking a year off to pursue our interests in education, entrepreneurship, design and technology, bringing us to the logical project of a business that designs collaborative software for schools! I found you in a search for "middle school", 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:

We are working under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media and tools: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum, and internet-based software. 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. More importantly, and unlike many of our competitors, our software will empower teachers to better integrate higher level thinking skills, individualized learning, goal setting, reflection, and effective feedback and evaluation. 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 and individual teachers will want to use to improve their students' learning in and out of the classroom.

Our team 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 at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start. Note that winning this contest will raise $10,000, a large and useful sum of money for a web-based company running on “sweat equity” and minimal costs.

Feel free to email me back, post on my profile, check out, or do anything you like!

Andy Pethan
At 8:49pm on December 1, 2008, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Donna,

Have your students put their stories into power point form and hten upload to authorstream. They could use authorpoint-lite to add audio then upload to authorstream.

Also I would recommend taking a look at Wiziq. You can uplaod ppts, but also use the virtual classroom and your students can play with the white board, use its audio, fideo and other features.
At 12:57pm on October 30, 2008, Bablingua said…
Dear Donna,

We already have the website of our project finished and we’d like to share it with you.

The goal of Bablingua is to offer good audiovisual materials filmed in Hispanic countries that can help teachers to enrich their classes. In the website there are short videos, long videos, vocabulary cards and a blog with free activities, games and new ideas for the foreign language class.

Please, visit us at :, and let us know your opinion, comments and ideas you have to improve it.

Alvaro and Laura

At 7:27am on July 14, 2008, Mike Hasley said…
Hi, I really need to check this site more often. It was good meeting you at Learning 2.0 also. I'll be in Pueblo in August, they're going to a 1-to-1 also.
At 11:42am on July 9, 2008, Annie Evans said…
Hey Donna! I like this site - thank you for the heads up!
At 2:11pm on July 5, 2008, Gražina Likpetrienė said…
Salut Donna:) je me réjouis que vous parlez français !
At 7:28am on April 3, 2008, J Black said…
Donna -
I laugh at that too. When trying to get in to Classroom 2.0 via BB, I usually can't and the filter pops up. When I try via a normal browser window, I can, though no images show. Yes, a very dangerous site, indeed. Ha! :)
At 1:31pm on February 23, 2008, Vincent Mespoulet said…
Bonjour Donna ! Je profite de l'occasion d'avoir laissé un message à Tony pour vous adresser mes salutations. Je suis heureux de rencontrer coup sur coup deux professeurs de français américains. Savez vous que j'invite enseignants et étudiants de par le monde à joindre aussi l'Ecole Hors les Murs, un réseau éducatif européen que j'ai créé il y a quelques mois. Vous y trouverez beaucoup de ressources en français et vous aurez aussi l'opportunité, si cela vous intéresse, d'y inscrire vos étudiants pour qu'ils communiquent et travaillent avec les miens. A bientôt peut-être
Vincent, Manosque, Provence, France
At 5:52pm on February 14, 2008, Donna Hebert said…
Sorry Alison. It's Donna Hebert. :-)
At 8:08pm on February 13, 2008, Alison Saylor said…
Hi, Welcome to Classroom20 ning. Who are you? I see you are in my class. Alison
At 4:16pm on February 10, 2008, Mari Hobkirk said…
That is perfect. I don't have a blog. I did an exchange in 2006 to Australia. Wish I'd started a blog when I got back...I had so much reflecting to do then. At the moment I feel a little out of reflection. So I will start one soon
At 3:15pm on December 17, 2007, Brian said…
So YOU'RE Ms. Whatsit! Ruth speaks very highly of you with my colleagues -- nice to find such a famous person.
At 12:06pm on November 11, 2007, Larry Ferlazzo said…
Thanks for the "Friend" invitation, and thanks for the recent comment you made in "In Practice"....
At 7:26am on August 15, 2007, Durff said…
I left a comment on your blog, but I don't think the links came out so here they are again.
At 1:06pm on August 1, 2007, Scott Schneider said…
Thanks for dropping by my page... The Billy Crystal thing might get annoying, true, but try humming the Batman theme over and over while your brother, a born-again Christian (not that I have a problem with that, but at 18 I was cantankerous) attempts to say Grace at a Sunday dinner.
At 12:35am on July 29, 2007, Jane Lowe said…
Hi, I'm from Western AUstralia and have filled in your survey - I imagine the responses from AUstral would be similar to those in the U.S.


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