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Google Webinar: Teaching Search in the Classroom

Google WebEx Enterprise Site.

I’ll be participating in a webinar tonight on the new search curriculum for students developed by Dan Russell, Cheryl Davis, Kathleen Ferenz and myself. Here’s the event description and I hope you can join us!

Web search can be a remarkable research tool for students – and we’ve heard from educators that they could use some help to teach better search skills in their classroom. Working with Google Certified Teachers, we produced an initial set of nine search education lessons. From developing criteria to click on the right results to succeeding with the most challenging searches, the lessons they created will help students, and you, get the most of Google search in the classroom. We encourage you to check out the lessons online at: http://www.google.com/educators/searchlessons

Drawing on their vast experience with search education, Googler Dan Russell, along with Google Certified Teachers Kathleen Ferenz, Cheryl Davis and Lucy Gray will discuss how to teach search in the classroom. Having developed Google’s Search Education Lessons, they will discuss how you can customize the contents to the needs of your class and how guide your in-class discussions

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Horizon K12 Project


As part of their Emerging Technologies Initiative, the New Media Consortium annually publishes a document entitled the Horizon Report, which addresses new technologies and associated trends and challenges related to learning institutions. The production of this report is led by NMC staff with assistance from an advisory board. Recently, the NMC has branched into creating specialized reports such as this one addressing the implications of emerging technologies for education in Australia and New Zealand. Currently, work is underway on a K12 global edition of the Horizon Report.


Last week, I had the privilege and pleasure of attending the first advisory board meeting for this particular K12 venture in Dallas, Texas. Advisory board members hailed from around the world and work in various capacities for a variety of organizations. Some work for corporations and non-profits; others were employed by elementary, secondary, and higher education institutions. While much of the preliminary work for the K12 report is completed online through the use of a wiki, this face to face meeting facilitated a remarkable process for digging into the project. NMC documentation refers to this method as a modified Delphi process. (Incidentally, I was able to get a better grasp on the goals of the Horizon Report from this real time meeting, adding evidence to my personal belief that face to face interactions are not completely disappearing from the way we work).


In order to understand this qualitative research process, take a look at the 2009 Horizon Report recently released at ELI Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.  This is the end result of a very defined process that is used and adapted as needed for all Horizon Reports including the current K12 one. Through the use of a wiki, advisory members were given materials to read and reflect upon. Participants were also asked to bookmark potentially relevant web sites using a common tag, and links to this del.icio.us social bookmarking feed are also posted to the wiki. All of is done virtually, including addressing a research agenda established by NMC leaders Larry Johnson, Alan Levine and Rachel Smith. The questions on this agenda are as follows


  • What would you list among the established technologies that learning-focused institutions should all be using broadly today to support or enhance teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • What technologies that have a solid user base in consumer, entertainment, or other industries should learning-focused institutions be actively looking for ways to apply?

  • What are the key emerging technologies you see developing to the point that learning-focused institutions should begin to take notice during the next 3 to 5 years? What organizations or companies are the leaders in these technologies?

  • What do you see as the key challenges related to teaching, learning, or creative expression that learning-focused institutions will face during the next 5 years?

  • What trends do you expect to have a significant impact on the ways in which learning-focused institutions approach our core missions of teaching, research, and service?


Advisory board members who could not travel to Dallas contributed their expertise on the wiki and at our Dallas meeting, present members added to this collection of knowledge. We vetted trends and challenges, and finally established the emerging technologies that we believe schools should adopt immediately, those that they should be looking to adopt in the two to three year range, and those that worth keeping in mind in terms of long range planning. This process was seamless and resulted a group consensus on these various topics. In general, I felt that we kept to our agenda for the day and produced tangible results by the end of meeting. 


Underlying our work was the amazing graphic facilitation by NMC staffer Rachel Smith. Rachel has a background in art education and she gave further meaning to our discussions by translating information into a graphical format. A large sheet of butcher paper served as a whiteboard for illustrating our introductions and Rachel also transcribed trends, challenges, and technologies  already logged in the wiki on to other sheets. These images really engaged us, helped refine our thinking, and will serve as an archive to which we can look back and reflect. This technique served to bridge the virtual work in the wiki (and advisory board members not present) with the face to face meeting agenda.


Graphic facilitation is a field that previously has been unknown to me and I thought it was a very powerful way of gathering information, guiding the decision making process and for reinforcing learning for participants. Rachel mentioned that these facilitators are not just used for meeting work, but also in conjunction with keynote speakers. For more information on graphic facilitation, check out the Center for Graphic Facilitation and the International Forum for Visual Practitioners  website.


The work for the K12 Horizon report will continue over the next few weeks with further refinements to the short list of new and emerging technologies. NMC staffers Larry Johnson, Alan Levine and Rachel Smith will also be engaged with the research and writing of the final report which will be released at the annual Consortium for School Networking conference  March 10 -12 in Austin, Texas. Also, I will be a guest on the Seedlings podcast to talk about the work of the advisory board sometime in March. It is
my hope that this practical and useful document will serve as a catalyst for K12 educational institutions to examine their own practices related to technology and to plan for the future. Now is the time to get ahead of new technologies; we must align ourselves with changes in the way the world works and communicates. 


For more information on the New Media Consortium, check out their YouTube channel and their photos in Flickr !


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Horizon K12 Project


As part of their Emerging Technologies Initiative, the New Media Consortium annually publishes a document entitled the Horizon Report, which addresses new technologies and associated trends and challenges related to learning institutions. The production of this report is led by NMC staff with assistance from an advisory board. Recently, the NMC has branched into creating specialized reports such as this one addressing the implications of emerging technologies for education in Australia and New Zealand. Currently, work is underway on a K12 global edition of the Horizon Report.


Last week, I had the privilege and pleasure of attending the first advisory board meeting for this particular K12 venture in Dallas, Texas. Advisory board members hailed from around the world and work in various capacities for a variety of organizations. Some work for corporations and non-profits; others were employed by elementary, secondary, and higher education institutions. While much of the preliminary work for the K12 report is completed online through the use of a wiki, this face to face meeting facilitated a remarkable process for digging into the project. NMC documentation refers to this method as a modified Delphi process. (Incidentally, I was able to get a better grasp on the goals of the Horizon Report from this real time meeting, adding evidence to my personal belief that face to face interactions are not completely disappearing from the way we work).


In order to understand this qualitative research process, take a look at the 2009 Horizon Report recently released at ELI Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.  This is the end result of a very defined process that is used and adapted as needed for all Horizon Reports including the current K12 one. Through the use of a wiki, advisory members were given materials to read and reflect upon. Participants were also asked to bookmark potentially relevant web sites using a common tag, and links to this del.icio.us social bookmarking feed are also posted to the wiki. All of is done virtually, including addressing a research agenda established by NMC leaders Larry Johnson, Alan Levine and Rachel Smith. The questions on this agenda are as follows


  • What would you list among the established technologies that learning-focused institutions should all be using broadly today to support or enhance teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • What technologies that have a solid user base in consumer, entertainment, or other industries should learning-focused institutions be actively looking for ways to apply?

  • What are the key emerging technologies you see developing to the point that learning-focused institutions should begin to take notice during the next 3 to 5 years? What organizations or companies are the leaders in these technologies?

  • What do you see as the key challenges related to teaching, learning, or creative expression that learning-focused institutions will face during the next 5 years?

  • What trends do you expect to have a significant impact on the ways in which learning-focused institutions approach our core missions of teaching, research, and service?


Advisory board members who could not travel to Dallas contributed their expertise on the wiki and at our Dallas meeting, present members added to this collection of knowledge. We vetted trends and challenges, and finally established the emerging technologies that we believe schools should adopt immediately, those that they should be looking to adopt in the two to three year range, and those that worth keeping in mind in terms of long range planning. This process was seamless and resulted a group consensus on these various topics. In general, I felt that we kept to our agenda for the day and produced tangible results by the end of meeting. 


Underlying our work was the amazing graphic facilitation by NMC staffer Rachel Smith. Rachel has a background in art education and she gave further meaning to our discussions by translating information into a graphical format. A large sheet of butcher paper served as a whiteboard for illustrating our introductions and Rachel also transcribed trends, challenges, and technologies  already logged in the wiki on to other sheets. These images really engaged us, helped refine our thinking, and will serve as an archive to which we can look back and reflect. This technique served to bridge the virtual work in the wiki (and advisory board members not present) with the face to face meeting agenda.


Graphic facilitation is a field that previously has been unknown to me and I thought it was a very powerful way of gathering information, guiding the decision making process and for reinforcing learning for participants. Rachel mentioned that these facilitators are not just used for meeting work, but also in conjunction with keynote speakers. For more information on graphic facilitation, check out the Center for Graphic Facilitation and the International Forum for Visual Practitioners  website.


The work for the K12 Horizon report will continue over the next few weeks with further refinements to the short list of new and emerging technologies. NMC staffers Larry Johnson, Alan Levine and Rachel Smith will also be engaged with the research and writing of the final report which will be released at the annual Consortium for School Networking conference  March 10 -12 in Austin, Texas. Also, I will be a guest on the Seedlings podcast to talk about the work of the advisory board sometime in March. It is
my hope that this practical and useful document will serve as a catalyst for K12 educational institutions to examine their own practices related to technology and to plan for the future. Now is the time to get ahead of new technologies; we must align ourselves with changes in the way the world works and communicates. 


For more information on the New Media Consortium, check out their YouTube channel and their photos in Flickr !


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Horizon K12 Project


As part of their Emerging Technologies Initiative, the New Media Consortium annually publishes a document entitled the Horizon Report, which addresses new technologies and associated trends and challenges related to learning institutions. The production of this report is led by NMC staff with assistance from an advisory board. Recently, the NMC has branched into creating specialized reports such as this one addressing the implications of emerging technologies for education in Australia and New Zealand. Currently, work is underway on a K12 global edition of the Horizon Report.


Last week, I had the privilege and pleasure of attending the first advisory board meeting for this particular K12 venture in Dallas, Texas. Advisory board members hailed from around the world and work in various capacities for a variety of organizations. Some work for corporations and non-profits; others were employed by elementary, secondary, and higher education institutions. While much of the preliminary work for the K12 report is completed online through the use of a wiki, this face to face meeting facilitated a remarkable process for digging into the project. NMC documentation refers to this method as a modified Delphi process. (Incidentally, I was able to get a better grasp on the goals of the Horizon Report from this real time meeting, adding evidence to my personal belief that face to face interactions are not completely disappearing from the way we work).


In order to understand this qualitative research process, take a look at the 2009 Horizon Report recently released at ELI Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.  This is the end result of a very defined process that is used and adapted as needed for all Horizon Reports including the current K12 one. Through the use of a wiki, advisory members were given materials to read and reflect upon. Participants were also asked to bookmark potentially relevant web sites using a common tag, and links to this del.icio.us social bookmarking feed are also posted to the wiki. All of is done virtually, including addressing a research agenda established by NMC leaders Larry Johnson, Alan Levine and Rachel Smith. The questions on this agenda are as follows


  • What would you list among the established technologies that learning-focused institutions should all be using broadly today to support or enhance teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • What technologies that have a solid user base in consumer, entertainment, or other industries should learning-focused institutions be actively looking for ways to apply?

  • What are the key emerging technologies you see developing to the point that learning-focused institutions should begin to take notice during the next 3 to 5 years? What organizations or companies are the leaders in these technologies?

  • What do you see as the key challenges related to teaching, learning, or creative expression that learning-focused institutions will face during the next 5 years?

  • What trends do you expect to have a significant impact on the ways in which learning-focused institutions approach our core missions of teaching, research, and service?


Advisory board members who could not travel to Dallas contributed their expertise on the wiki and at our Dallas meeting, present members added to this collection of knowledge. We vetted trends and challenges, and finally established the emerging technologies that we believe schools should adopt immediately, those that they should be looking to adopt in the two to three year range, and those that worth keeping in mind in terms of long range planning. This process was seamless and resulted a group consensus on these various topics. In general, I felt that we kept to our agenda for the day and produced tangible results by the end of meeting. 


Underlying our work was the amazing graphic facilitation by NMC staffer Rachel Smith. Rachel has a background in art education and she gave further meaning to our discussions by translating information into a graphical format. A large sheet of butcher paper served as a whiteboard for illustrating our introductions and Rachel also transcribed trends, challenges, and technologies  already logged in the wiki on to other sheets. These images really engaged us, helped refine our thinking, and will serve as an archive to which we can look back and reflect. This technique served to bridge the virtual work in the wiki (and advisory board members not present) with the face to face meeting agenda.


Graphic facilitation is a field that previously has been unknown to me and I thought it was a very powerful way of gathering information, guiding the decision making process and for reinforcing learning for participants. Rachel mentioned that these facilitators are not just used for meeting work, but also in conjunction with keynote speakers. For more information on graphic facilitation, check out the Center for Graphic Facilitation and the International Forum for Visual Practitioners  website.


The work for the K12 Horizon report will continue over the next few weeks with further refinements to the short list of new and emerging technologies. NMC staffers Larry Johnson, Alan Levine and Rachel Smith will also be engaged with the research and writing of the final report which will be released at the annual Consortium for School Networking conference  March 10 -12 in Austin, Texas. Also, I will be a guest on the Seedlings podcast to talk about the work of the advisory board sometime in March. It is
my hope that this practical and useful document will serve as a catalyst for K12 educational institutions to examine their own practices related to technology and to plan for the future. Now is the time to get ahead of new technologies; we must align ourselves with changes in the way the world works and communicates. 


For more information on the New Media Consortium, check out their YouTube channel and their photos in Flickr !


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Charter School Connections | Google Groups

Link: Charter School Connections | Google Groups.

I could have started another ning… but I thought I’d start with a good old-fashioned listserv!

I’m starting an unofficial and informal listserv for people interestedin or working in charter schools across the country. The inspiration for this is the wonderful ISED listserv (http://www.milton.edu/ISED-L/),
which has provided a great deal of guidance and support to me while working in independent schools. However, I am now working in the charter school world! I still refer to
ISED-L, but I personally am looking to connect with others who are working specifically in charter schools.

The purpose of this list is to facilitate conversation and the sharing of resources. While my area of specialization is educational technology, this list is not limited to just tech talk. Teachers and administrators can post questions, job opportunities, grant writing tips, project collaboration opportunities etc. Let’s share how we are all re-inventing the education wheel, so to speak!

Please pass this along to any you know who might be interested. I would
really appreciate your help in growing this online community!

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Professional Development Community Ning

Link: Professional Development Community Ning.

Last fall, I started a ning group for people within my organization. It’s a pretty new tool to many of my colleagues, and I’m guessing that the potential power of an online community hasn’t been made obvious to them yet. I decided to open this up to anyone because I think Nings are really successful when membership is large; it tends to drive the activity as you can see from Steve Hargadon’s Classroom 2.0 group. He’s recruited over 5000 members in less than year!

So… please come join us as we explore professional development issues. This ning is not intended to be a solely ed tech oriented group, but I am guessing that a great deal of conversation will focus on that. While I’d love to have more urban and/or charter school members, too, this group is open to anyone because we all can learn from each other. We all still have the same end goals, I think l: to provide the best possible education for our students and to explore education innovation regardless of circumstances.

Spread the word!

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Pages tagged with “TIE585” on del.icio.us

Link: Pages tagged with “TIE585” on del.icio.us.

Last spring, I designed a new workshop for National Louis University’s Technology in Education program on integrating Web 2.0 applications into the classroom, and I’m now teaching it for the first time. It’s going pretty well, and I thought blog readers might want to take a look at sites we’ve bookmarked in del.icio.us. Students had to bookmark at least 10 sites (by this Friday) that would be helpful to the group, plus we added resources discussed in class. The resulting list provides a great set of links for starting off the school year and many sites are even new to me. Also, check out my workshop wiki; we have some examples of things we did in Flickr up there as well as the course syllabus.

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