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Getting Started Presentation Blog Posts

This information is required for each conference presentation:

  1. Blog post subject - Presentation Title: (All words should be capitalized except articles)
  2. Name: (First name and last name)
  3. Location: (city, state/province, country)
  4. Blog: (full URL with http://)
  5. Title: (repeat presentation title)
  6. Presentation Description: (No more than 600 characters with spaces.)
  7. Bio: (No more than 400 characters with spaces, written in third person)
  8. Link to Presentation: (will be added by conveners)
  9. Link to Bio Page: (This link should be to your presenter page on this presenter wiki.)
  10. Supporting Links: (full URLs with http://)
  11. 3 Essential Questions (These will be used as discussion guides for your presentation)

  1. All links above will be posted as full links, not as linked text.
  2. For presentations with multiple presenters, items 2, 3, 4, 7 and 9 should be repeated

Actual blog post information for this strand (NOT necessarily in the order they will be in the actual conference - conveners will set presentation order after 1 Oct):

Session 1: Keynote

  1. Blog post subject - Presentation Title: How Can I Become Part of this ReadWriteWeb Revolution?
  2. Name: Alice Barr, Cheryl Oakes, and Bob Sprankle
  3. Location: Maine, USA
  4. Blog:,,
  5. Title: How Can I Become Part of this ReadWriteWeb Revolution?
  6. Presentation Description: Join Alice, Bob and Cheryl, as we kick off the Getting Started strand with our keynote: How do you Become Part of this Read/Write Web Revolution? Be a pioneer and become part of the journey learning about 21st Century Skills. Team up with us and the other strand conveners for this exciting excursion.
  7. Bio: The Seedlings , live in Maine, USA, webcast, podcast and deliver workshops locally and virtually. Alice Barr, Yarmouth High School, Bob Sprankle, Wells Elementary School, Cheryl Oakes, Wells Ogunquit Schools.
  8. Link to Presentation: (will be added by conveners)
  9. Link to Bio Page: Cheryl Oakes, Bob Sprankle, Alice Barr
  10. Supporting Links:
11. 3 Essential Questions
  • Adapted from Marzano's- The Art and Science of Teaching
  • As you get ready to begin this strand ask yourself these questions!
    • What will I do to effectively interact with new technology in my practice?
    • How will I deepen my understanding of collaboration using technology?
    • What do I need to implement this in my classroom?

Session 2:

  1. Blog post subject - Presentation Title: Never Too Young
  2. Name: Sharon Betts
  3. Location: Maine
  4. Blog:
  5. Title: SharonsShare
  6. Presentation Description:
    Teachers of our youngest students are often left behind when trying to implement new technologies into their curriculum. They may receive the "hand-me-down" equipment and issues related to teaching the youngest classrooms are not addressed through in-service. This presentation demonstrates 3 web 2.0 tools that are ideal for transforming learning to students in the early grades: Voicethread, Dipity and Blogging. The presentation consists of a screencast with a supporting wiki for links, examples and extended resources. Authentic student projects will be used in the demonstration and information given on implementation strategies for the teacher.
  7. Bio:
    Sharon has been in education for over 30 years. Each of those years has brought her new ideas and challenges. She is presently the Educational Technology Coordinator for a K12 district in Maine. Sharon's main responsibility is to the teachers and students of the district emphasizing professional development to enable them to fully use technology tools in transforming education. She has presented at national, state and local conferences in many learning areas including open source, 21st century technology tools and personal learning networks.
  8. Link to Presentation: (will be added by conveners)
  9. Link to Bio Page: Sharon'sBio
  10. Supporting Links:
  • The Presentation wiki:
  1. 3 Essential Questions:
    Why would you use technology tools with the very young?
    How can you integrate web 2.0 with beginning readers?
    What tools are applicable to the youngest learners?

Session 3:

  1. Blog post subject - Presentation Title:
  2. Name: Jackie Gerstein
  3. Location: Tucson, Arizona
  4. Blog: and

  1. Title: Web 2.0 Tools to Amplify Elementary Students’ Creativity and Initiative
  2. Presentation Description: This presentation describes projects designed for students, ages 8 to 12, to use emerging technologies for engaging, thinking, learning, collaborating, creating, and innovating. It has its foundations in social constructivism whereby students drive their own learning experiences through educational networking using emerging technologies. An additional goal is using free, open-source, or minimal cost tools, so the project can be replicated.
  3. Bio: Jackie is a lifelong learner with a passion for all aspects of authentic education. She has an Ed.D., a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, a graduate certificate in Gifted Education, and is working on another Masters degree - this one in Technology in Education. She teaches gifted elementary students (or they teach her) and online Masters in Education courses. Visit Jackie' Gerstein's Professional Online Portfolio; to learn more about her also visit her Philosophical Views on Education in the 21st Century.
  4. Link to Presentation: (will be added by conveners)
  5. Link to Bio Page: Jackie Gerstein
  6. Supporting Links:
11. 3 Essential Questions
  • How can technology be used to facilitate learning experiences based on a social constructivist philosophy?
  • What skills should be taught to elementary level students to prepare them to become 21st century learners?
  • How can learning technologies promote creativity, innovation, personal and group flow, and social awareness?

Session 4:

  1. Blog post subject - Presentation Title:
    Free Tools for Universal Design for Learning in Literacy
  2. Name: Jennifer Kraft
  3. Location: Frackville, PA
  4. Blog:
  5. Title: Free Tools for Universal Design for Learning in Literacy
  6. Presentation Description: This presentation will describe ways that you can support literacy using free tools found on the internet. Types of technology supports for literacy will be discussed as well as the some of the free tools that are available on the Internet today. The last part of the session will deal with what Universal Design for Learning calls for and how the types of tools discussed can assist educators in achieving Universal Design for Learning in your classroom.
  7. Bio: Jennifer has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Millersville University and a Master's in Technology for Special Educators from Johns Hopkins University. She started her career as a Specialized Preschool teacher in York, PA and then moved to her next position as an Education Technology Facilitator at Kennedy Krieger High School in Baltimore, MD. Here she found her love of assisting students with special needs through technology. She is currently substitute teaching as a Music Teacher and is looking for a new position in Education Technology.
  8. Link to Presentation: (will be added by conveners)
  9. Link to Bio Page: Jennifer Kraft
  10. Supporting Links:
11. 3 Essential Questions
  1. What tools have you used successfully or unsuccessfully to help your students' literacy needs? What worked what did not work?
  2. Which tools in this presentation do you feel you could use in your classroom school?
  3. How do you see yourself using these tools to help the students in your classroom/school?

Session 5:

    1. Blog post subject - Presentation Title: The Google Gamut: Everything you need to get started (in 20 minutes).
    2. Name: Kern Kelley
    3. Location: Maine
    4. Blog:
    5. Title: The Tech Curve
    6. Presentation Description: The number of technology resources available to us can be overwhelming and whenever I'm asked "Where to begin?" I usually suggest setting up a Google Account. With a single login and password, users have access to dozens of free services. This presentation walks through the process of setting up an account and then using a handful of the more popular applications that Google offers. The progression runs from email to a personalized homepage, blog reader and writer, online word processor, spreadsheet and presentation suite, calendar, photo storage, and finally a web page creator to pull it all together. Also, because Google is constantly adding and improving features, users who already have accounts might just pick up on some new tips they hadn't known about.
    7. Bio: Kern has uses technology in education since the beginning of his teaching career. Starting with computer clubs in Thames, New Zealand he now works and lives in central Maine, USA. He is a technology teacher at a 5-8 school and a continuing focus of his educational philosophy is having students teach others. Because of the changing nature of technology, Kern believes it is the perfect vehicle for students to learn by teaching. He is a Google Certified Teacher and has presented at the local, state and national level.
    8. Link to Presentation: (will be added by conveners)
    9. Link to Bio Page: Kern Kelley
    10. Supporting Links:
    1. Essential Questions
  • How can this presentation improve the scope of my professional development?
  • How does this presentation help increase the connections I can make outside of school?
  • How can this presentation help with the organization of the information in my life?

Session 6:

    1. Blog post subject - Presentation Title: What Did You Do in School Yesterday, Today, and Three Years Ago?
    2. Name: H Songhai
    3. Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    4. Blog:
    5. Title: What Did You Do in School Yesterday, Today, and Three Years Ago?
    6. Presentation Description: This presentation will look at some very practical ways that students can use cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras and a number of free Web based tools to document, organize and archive just about every important aspect of their high school career.
    7. Bio: H Songhai teaches Media Literacy and Digital Archiving at Hope Charter School in Philadelphia and at the Delaware Futures college preparatory program in Wilmington, Delaware. He is a graduate of Philadelphia's Central High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Over the last 30 years, he has worked, studied and collaborated with many of the nation's leading artists, writers and musicians including: Amiri Baraka, Askia Muhammad Toure, Etheridge Knight, Odean Pope, Byard Lancaster Aschak, Richard Watson, Lamont B. Steptoe, Theodore Harris, Mbali Umoja, Elliott Levin and jazz bag pipe player, Rufus Harley.
    8. Link to Presentation: (will be added by conveners)
    9. Link to Bio Page:H Songhai
    10. Supporting Links:,
    11. 3 Essential Questions
      How can we as educators help students find a happy medium between idle and frivolous gadget play and responsible and functional digital archiving? As classroom facilitators, what are the best ways to to utilize these powerful disruptive technologies in schools that actually punish students for bringing cell phones, MP3 players and digital cameras into the classroom? What are the best ways to get students to buy into blogs, wikis and podcasts?

Session 7:

    1. Blog post subject - Presentation Title: Traveling Through The Dark
    2. Name: Steven Kimmi
    3. Location: Salina, KS, United States
    4. Blog:
    5. Title: Experiments In Technology
    6. Presentation Description: This presentation examines how to get started using educational technology through metaphorical analysis of William Stafford's poem, Traveling Through The Dark. Through this analysis we will look at the obstacles teacher's face, the process of implementing technology into the classroom, and the role that others can play in the process.
    7. Bio: Steven is a fifth grade teacher in Salina, KS. He graduated from Kansas State University three years ago, where he pursued many other majors before choosing on Elementary Education. He is the author of Experiments in Technology and In Transit(ion). He is in the process of creating numerous open source resources for teachers in his district and beyond. However, he is the parent of three children under four, so his time is...well, time is...of the essence.
    8. Link to Presentation: (will be added by conveners)
    9. Link to Bio Page:
    10. Supporting Links: ,
    11. 3 Essential Questions: 1) What tool should a teacher use to get started with educational technology? (2) What are some strategies we can employ to help us navigate through all of the darkness of this changing world? (3) Which content areas should we look to first to revise our instructional methods?

Session 8:

    1. Blog post subject - Presentation Title: Video-Conferencing It's Easy, Free and Powerful
    2. Name: Brian Crosby
    3. Location: Reno, Nevada, USA
    4. Blog:
    5. Title: Video-Conferencing It's Easy, Free and Powerful
    6. Presentation Description: Through this Quicktime video presentation attendees will learn how free video and audio-conferencing software can easily be utilized to both access and share learning opportunities with students globally. In addition attendees will acquire the knowledge and resources necessary to use this valuable educational tool.
    7. Bio: Brian Crosby, an elementary teacher for 26 years, teaches sixth grade in Sparks, Nevada, and has infused technology into teaching since the 1980's. While piloting a 1:1 laptop program, students in his class utilize many Web 2.0 tools including Skype, Fiickr, blogs and wikis. Brian teaches several popular tech classes for teachers in his role as a Nevada Writing Project Consultant.
    8. Link to Presentation: (will be added by conveners)
    9. Link to Bio Page:
    10. Supporting Links: , , , ,
    11. 3 Essential Questions: (1) List several ways video-conferencing could enhance your language instruction (writing, oral language, reading). (2) List teachers/classrooms you could make connections with using video-conferencing. Remember these connections can be across the continent or at a school around the corner. (3) What learning has your class done that you could have a conversation about? OR What learning could you collaborate on with another group? OR What information could you compare/share about the region you live in or place of interest where you live? OR What local expert could you share with another group studying the same or similar topic you are?

Session 9:

    1. Blog post subject - Presentation Title: Reading Revolution: New Texts and New Technologies
    2. Name: Dr. Laurie Fowler
    3. Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama USA
    4. Blog:
    5. Title: Fresh Fowlers
    6. Presentation Description: Our focus is on new texts and new technologies that educators can use to support readers. The tools of Web 2.0 offer teachers new ways to help students become better readers. We will focus on three main tools to allow our students to develop 21st century reading skills. First, we use blogs as tools for literature response. Next, we will use wikis to create online word walls to teach students new vocabulary. Finally, we will use podcasts to respond to literature through book reviews and author studies.
    7. Bio: Laurie Fowler from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has 19 years of experience in education from teaching high school Latin and English to training teachers to integrate technology to providing an entire school district with high quality professional development. She loves all things geeky and loves to explore new tools. Currently, she owns her own professional development company called Ready, Set, Think!
    8. Link to Presentation:
    9. Link to Bio Page: Fowler
    10. Supporting Links:,
    11. 3 Essential Questions (1) What are the types of new texts that we can use to motivate students to read? (2) How can using technology tools make students better readers? (3) How can creating their own product as a result of reading make students more engaged with what they read?

Session 10:

        1. Blog post subject - I Like Delicious Things: An Introduction to Tagging and Folksonomies
        2. Name: Chris Betcher
        3. Location: Sydney, Australia
        4. Blog:
        5. Title: I Like Delicious Things: An Introduction to Tagging and Folksonomies
        6. Presentation Description: Using simple examples from a number of tag-driven websites, this presentation looks at how tagging and the subsequent creation of folksonomies are changing the way we think about information. Starting with obvious tagging systems used on sites like Flickr and Delicious, it examines how tagging enables information to be classified, sorted and managed in ways that make it more accessible, easier to manage and more self-aware. It also explores how tags can be aggregated across large collections of information to provide a snapshot into the overall zeitgeist of collective thinking.
        7. Bio: Chris has been teaching for over 20 years and is currently the ICT Integration Specialist at Presbyterian Ladies College in Sydney, Australia. Originally trained as an art teacher, Chris has drifted away from that role and into the teaching of computing and multimedia, professional development for teachers, network administration, and even corporate training for companies like Microsoft.
        8. Link to Presentation: (will be added by conveners)
        9. Link to Bio Page: Betcher
        10. Supporting Links: Extra information, videos and links can be found at
        11. 3 Essential Questions
          1) What are the qualities of a good tag?
          2) What specific ways can you see that tagging would assist learners in managing their information better?
          3) What is the most unusual, innovative or "out there" use of tagging you can imagine? Be creative!