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17 Year Elementary Ed Teacher. Five years with 5th grade, 11 as the school's Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) and now getting ready for my 2nd year in Gr3. A great school in a great community.

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Great Motivation !

Posted on September 9, 2007 at 6:10pm 1 Comment

Well, it looks like I put my time on the eliptical and bike machines to good use this summer. I just finished reading Will Richardson's book Blogs, Wikis and Podcasts. I know, I'm a little late getting to it. Now, I'm comfortable learning about the topics discussed in here already, but what I think makes this book so terrific is… Continue

Jumping Onboard !

Posted on August 4, 2007 at 12:37pm 0 Comments

I feel I'm only now getting my feet wet with Web 2.0 technologies and I'm already hearing rumbles of people whispering Web 3.0 plans. Even though I've been in the technology area of education for nearly 10 years now, I still get those moments where I feel the "angst" of the classroom teacher. That being, "given the time available to me, is it really worth trying to keep up with these new ideas?" Thankfully, it's something I enjoy and look…


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At 11:10am on April 24, 2009, Jack said…
Hey Scott,

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 10:04pm on February 2, 2009, Jack said…
"We are not worthy! We are not worthy!" Just kidding. Appreciate all the help. Thank you.
At 9:04pm on January 30, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Scott. I was wondering if you have any high school contacts who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at Please let me know. Thanks!
At 9:37pm on December 27, 2008, Alyshia Olsen said…
Hi Scott,

I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) 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 'connecting content and technology' 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 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.

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


Alyshia Olsen
At 9:09pm on July 30, 2007, Adina Sullivan said…
Welcome to Classroom 2.0 Scott. and thanks for the comment on the blog. It's amazing how much there is to learn. I think that will always be the case in this field. You never know all you need and want to know.


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