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At 11:08am on May 25, 2009, Richard D. Solomon, Ph.D. said…
Thank you Dennis!

I intend to contact Reuven Werber.

Best wishes,

At 12:03pm on April 24, 2009, Jack said…
Hey Dennis,

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

We'd love to have your kids involved. Do you mind passing my message along to students and your HS colleagues again?

At 3:20pm on March 1, 2009, Patrick Kutkey said…
Hi Dennis,
In December I had never seen a Wiki. My students and I jumped in with both feet and haven't looked back. The students are very excited to have a real audience. Please take a look at what they've created so far. RPG Maker XP Help. We would appreciate any feedback you have. Currently the wiki is protected, so you'll have to either email me your feedback or give it through Classroom 2.0.
At 8:20pm on January 30, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Dennis. 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 other educator contacts you could direct me to. You can view contest details at Please let me know. Thanks!
At 10:39am on January 19, 2009, Kathy Hayden said…
Hi Dennis,
This sounds like fun! I love your hat ;)
At 9:30pm on December 28, 2008, Alyshia Olsen said…
Hi Dennis,

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 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.

Feel free to email me back, check out, anything you like!


Alyshia Olsen
At 7:30pm on October 25, 2008, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Dennis,

Wiziq has a popular Moodle Plug in. that you can check out. Also Wiziq's content is pretty awesome. You can upload ppts, MS word, PDF, MS Excel docs then have them seen in the Virtual Classroom or outside the virtual classroom.
At 4:05pm on October 25, 2008, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Dennis,

Have you ever checked out WiZiq's virtual classroom for online learning purposes ? If you have what was your experience?
At 5:53pm on October 24, 2008, Maggi Carstairs said…
I think and hope I have. I am finding it very good..thus the move to link with you too.

I am finding this site many things to learn and use...and anything that improves the speaking of my students gets me immediately interested.

At 4:16am on August 4, 2008, kosh said…
hi dennis, i am a television and film director from Ghana but i have serious interested in pursuing a degree programme in online learning/adult eduaction so that i can impart the knowledge in my country.can you be of help?
At 11:07pm on July 24, 2008, Gavin McLean said…
Hmmmmm? proxy servers? I wonder if that would be being too naughty...
At 7:17pm on July 24, 2008, Gavin McLean said…
I'm off to UAE shortly and was disappointed to read Larry's comment about the filtering in UAEas I was hoping to use Classroom 2.0 over there! I'm going to be in Al Ain which is an hour and a half from Dubai. I was hoping to keep in touch with Larry there. :(
At 7:37pm on July 23, 2008, Dennis O'Connor said…
Larry, It's great to hear your voice. I wasn't aware that the UAE filtered things so heavily. I knew that was the practice in the magic kingdom, but am surprised that the more advanced uae is still clamped down.

Great to see you here on classroom 2.0. Consider joining our group here on classroom 2.0!

At 1:29am on July 21, 2008, Larry Michaud said…
Hi Dennis
I tried to get onto Classroom 2.0 from Dubai, but the censorship control on the Internet blocks any sites that use Twitter and Ning. I'm in Thunder Bay right now working on the second E-Learning course. I thought I would sign up here and maybe I can slip through the control when I get back in Dubai. It looks like your page is hopping. I will be checking it regularly. Talk to you again. Larry
At 8:33pm on July 6, 2008, Dennis O'Connor said…
Hi Eric!

Yes we use a variety of web 2.0 Technologies in my program at UW-Stout. I manage the E-Learning and Online Teaching Grad Certificate

Right now we're working with to create a bookmark list of web 2.0 sites. Just search for the tag: stoutsummer08 to see what we're up to.

I set up the e-learning and online teaching group here on classroom 2.0 to provide a little social networking for the groups going through the certificate program.

Are you working with graduate or undergrads at La Crosse?

At 8:23pm on July 6, 2008, Eric Brunsell said…
Are you using classroom 2.0 with UW-Stout? I'm at UW- La Crosse & Montana State and using Ning ( with them.
At 5:40pm on May 20, 2008, Karen Fasimpaur said…
Thanks for the nice comment, Dennis. I'm glad my post resonated with you. You are right about copyright -- teachers routinely find this a dull and unimportant topic. The kids, though, were completely engaged by it. It is deeply relevant to them. My husband and I were discussing the fact that as kids, we had no awareness of copyright. Kids today, though, are creating tons of stuff (not to mention remixing, borrowing, and stealing). They were excited to know that *they* too own copyrights and have the power to share.
At 8:33pm on March 6, 2008, Soultravelers3 said…
Thanks for the kind welcome Dennis! Wow, glad to know you are a world traveler as well & that it still impacts 32 years later. It makes it much easier for a family into long term global wandering to have today's technology, that's for sure.

We have 3 laptops & are already using online learning, but looking to learn more about it and doing more. I think my child has the best of both worlds, seeing the world in person and connecting with the world online, plus finding ways they can nurture each other.

So many wonderful adventures!
At 11:53am on January 28, 2008, Patrick Payne said…
Thanks for the reply and offer to join the eLearning and teaching group, which I have just done.
Best regards and say hello to Datta for me.

At 6:47am on January 28, 2008, Patrick Payne said…
Hello Dennis: Great to see you here! I just came across the Classroom 2.0 website last night and joined. I was in one of your classes at CSUEB some years ago and after finishing the MS began working in an OTL capacity full time. Your class, plus that of Datta and the others at Cal State really inspired me to pursue the interest I had in OTL. Thanks, and I look forward to learning in this community too.


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