Kicking It Up A Notch 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 a discussion guide)

Notes:
  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: Time to Grow
  2. Name: Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay
  3. Location: Vicki - Camilla, Georgi, USA Julie - Doha, State of Qatar
  4. Blog: Vicki - http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com Julie - http://123elearning.blogspot.com
  5. Title: Time to Grow
  6. Presentation Description: How do you measure up? How do you grow from month to month and year to year in a tough profession that often lives in the tyranny of the urgent? This presentation explores 'food for thought' background and issues to do with growing and succeeding in a flattened educational environment and encourages you to pick several areas for improvement this year. It also offers tips for carving out "time to think", and the development of mentorship and the grassroots movement of educators and how you can "join in." Educators around the world can set your goals for improvement and share what they are doing this year to kick it up a notch and grow as well.
  7. Bio: Vicki Davis is a teacher and the IT director at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia, Vicki blogs at the award winning Cool Cat Teacher blog which has been an edublog award finalist for Best Teacher blog for the last two years and is currently ranked the top teacher blog in the world according to Technorati. Vicki is a Google Certified Teacher and Discovery S.T.A.R. Educator and is a freelance writer and conference presenter.
    Julie Lindsay, currently Head of Information Technology and E-Learning at Qatar Academy, Doha, Qatar, is an enthusiastic, global-minded education leader and innovator. Originally from Melbourne, Australia over the past 10 years she has been teaching and leading the use of technology in schools in Zambia, Kuwait, Bangladesh and Qatar.
    Vicki and Julie are co-founders of three international projects, the Flat Classroom project (winner of ISTE SIGTel Online Learning Award 2007, and Taking IT Global Best ONline Learning Project 2007, and featured in The World is Flat, by Thomas Friedman), the Horizon project, and Digiteen. These projects have linked more than 500 students from over 10 countries in collaborative projects harnessing the most powerful Web 2.0 tools available.
  8. Link to Presentation: (will be added by conveners)
  9. Link to Bio Page: Vicki - http://coolcatteacher.wikispaces.com/About Me Julie - http://julielindsay.wikispaces.com/
  10. Supporting Links:
  11. 3 Essential Questions
    • How do we measure educational growth and how can we find 'time to grow' as professional educators?
    • What are the essential features of a flat classroom and how can we foster these?
    • How do Web 2.0 tools support learning and promote connection, collaboration and creativity?

http://voicethread.com/share/225404/

Session 2: Backchanneling in the Classroom

    1. Blog post subject - Presentation Title: Backchanneling In the Classroom
    2. Name: Scott H. Snyder
    3. Location: Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, USA
    4. Blog: http://thespian70.blogspot.com/
    5. Title: Backchanneling In the Classroom
    6. Presentation Description: Backchanneling, traditionally an online discussion running alongside a live presentation, is a way to engage all students in classroom activities, including students who are normally non-participants. Issues and student needs that lead me to the technique, the educational relevance of the process, backchanneling services (including possibilities and limitations of several), and example activities will all be addressed in this presentation.
    7. Bio: Scott, a graduate of Bowling Green State University (Ohio) with a B.S. in Education, has been teaching for 15 years. A member of the English Department at Cedar Cliff High School, Camp Hill, PA, USA, Scott teaches Theater, American Literature, and AP Language and Composition.
    8. Link to Presentation: (will be added by conveners)
    9. Link to Bio Page: http://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Scott+Snyder
    10. Supporting Links: http://integratingtech.wikispaces.com/Classroom+Backchannels
    11. 3 Essential Questions:
    • How can certain lessons be modified to encourage more active student participation? What activities might lend themselves to backchannel discussions?
    • How will a teacher have to change his questioning technique, and what kinds of questions might be asked to guide a backchannel discussion?
    • What assessment methods could be used to grade students in a backchannel?

http://voicethread.com/share/225409/

Session 3:

    1. Blog post subject - Presentation Title: Oh the Possibilities: Giving Students Choices Without Driving Yourself Crazy
    2. Name: Lisa Parisi
    3. Location: Herricks School District, Long Island, NY
    4. Blog: http://lisaslingo.blogspot.com/
    5. Title: Oh the Possibilities: Giving Students Choices Without Driving Yourself Crazy
    6. Presentation Description:
A project-based learning (PBL) classroom is an ideal environment for preparing 21st century students for their future. This type of classroom provides students the opportunity to engage in learning, using their creativity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of curriculum. Learn how to create and manage a PBL classroom, while still maintaining your sanity.
    1. Bio:
Lisa Parisi is a classroom teacher of 20+ years who still feels excitement each time she walks into her classroom. While she loves working with children, she also enjoys providing staff development everywhere she can. She teaches classes through the district teacher center and through local colleges, streaming them every chance she gets. She also co-hosts two EdTechTalk shows, one called Teachers are Talking and one called Conversations.
    1. Link to Presentation: (will be added by conveners)
    2. Link to Bio Page: http://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Lisa+Parisi
    3. Supporting Links:
      1. http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2008/07/01/chris-lehmann-the-pedagogical-visionary-of-school-20/
      2. http://learnweb.harvard.edu/ccdt/index.cfm
      3. http://reinventingpbl.blogspot.com/
    4. 3 Essential Questions
      • What is project based learning?
      • How can a project based learning classroom be managed easily?
      • How does one set up an assessment for a project?

http://voicethread.com/share/225407/

Session 5:

    1. Blog post subject - Presentation Title: Changing Disabilities to Possibilities - Using the MacGyver Approach
    2. Name: Beth Lloyd
    3. Location: Newton, Massachusetts USA
    4. Blog: Thriving in School http://hosmerot.blogspot.com
    5. Title: Changing Disabilities to Possibilities - Using the MacGyver Approach
    6. Presentation Description: Because OTs have a knack for adapting items to meet the needs of their clients, they are similar to MacGyver who is known for his innovative use of common objects. In our busy world, it is handy to have a simple and flexible tool "at the ready". This presentation will help us develop MacGyver-like ingenuity as we change disabilities to possibilities, using one free online tool. Did I mention Universal Design for Learning? Using these principles, we will see examples of how to offer multiple means of representation, expression and engagement when addressing the needs of our diverse learners.
    7. Bio: Beth is a school based occupational therapist at Hosmer School in Watertown, MA. She has worked in the field of pediatrics for 30 years in a variety of settings. As an OT, she brings a unique perspective to the lives of students, focusing on participation across the school day. Technology is an essential tool in her therapy bag as she helps diverse learners function independently and feel success.
    8. Link to Presentation: (will be added by conveners)
    9. Link to Bio Page: https://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Elizabeth+Lloyd
    10. Supporting Links:
    1. 3 Essential Questions
    • How can we use MacGyver-like ingenuity to represent information in a way our students can access it?
    • Looking beyond disabilities to performance, how can all students express what they know and demonstrate their understanding?
    • How can we engage and motivate our students through their interests, strengths and passions?

http://voicethread.com/share/225408/

Session 6:

  1. Blog post subject - Presentation Title: Connecting Classrooms Across Continents: Planning and Implementing Globally Collaborative Projects
  2. Name: Kim Cofino & Jen Wagner
  3. Location:

Kim: Bangkok, Thailand
Jen: California, USA

4. Blog:

Kim: http://mscofino.edublogs.org
Jen: http://jenuinetech.com/blog/

5. Title: Connecting Classrooms Across Continents: Planning and Implementing Globally Collaborative Projects
6. Presentation Description:

Globally collaborative projects are an exciting way to engage your students in authentic learning across continents. Combining a variety of web 2.0 tools can remove the barriers of time and distance to connect your class internationally. Learning to collaborate in an online and inter-cultural environment will clearly be a critical skill for their future. Learn how to develop a successful global collaboration and participate in a real time project with Kim and Jennifer! Although aimed at elementary school, teachers of all levels will find inspiration and practical ideas throughout this video!

7. Bio:

Jennifer Wagner: Online Project Coordinator since 1999 of over 50 projects involving over 350,000 students. She makes participating in projects seem easy for elementary teachers of all ages. Jen currently works as an IT/Help Desk at a private K12 school in California. She is also the founder of Women of Web 2 and enjoys traveling to schools and conferences to share her passion for internet tools.

Kim Cofino: Born in the US, Kim has been teaching overseas for 9 years. She is currently the 21st Century Literacy Specialist at the International School Bangkok, linking technology and the library by helping teachers utilize web 2.0 tools in the classroom. Kim works with teachers worldwide on projects that authentically engage students, creating effective 21st century learners, collaborators and creators.

8. Link to Presentation: (will be added by conveners)
9. Link to Bio Page:

Kim: https://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Kim+Cofino
Jen: https://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Jen+Wagner

10. Supporting Links:

Project wiki: http://thereadingconnection.wikispaces.com/
Presentation resources: http://globallyconnectedproj.wikispaces.com/
VoiceThread of Essential Questions: http://voicethread.com/share/222585/

11. 3 Essential Questions:

    • Why is it important to use the right tool(s) for the task in order to develop an engaging collaborative project?
    • How can thorough and careful planning facilitate successful globally collaborative projects?
    • How can implementing globally collaborative projects in your classroom help students begin a personal learning journey?

http://voicethread.com/share/225410/



Session 7:

  1. Blog post subject - Presentation Title: Interactive Tools for Remote and Synchronous Mentoring
  2. Name: Michele Wong Kung Fong
  3. Location: Denton, TX, USA
  4. Blog: annotationsandconversations.wordpress.com/
  5. Title: IInteractive Tools for Remote and Synchronous Mentoring
  6. Presentation Description: (This presentation addresses the intersection of design, education and tecnology. It investigates the design of remote mentoring interfaces. It questions ways in which the design of interactive tools can support the remote and synchronous mentoring of a middle school learner by a college student through concrete representation of abstract concepts. It looks at ways in which the design of interactive educational tools can be informed by learning styles and preferences for more more meaningful learning experiences. While this presentation focuses on specific variables such as concrete middle school learners, peer to peer mentoring and science as the subject being mentored, it shows the potential for strategies to be transferred to other educational contexts. The presentation will include demonstrations of ways in which interactivity can promote meaningful learning at the different stages of the learning process as well as ways in which characteristics of social networking portals can be appropriated for remote mentoring purposes.

  1. Bio: Michèle Wong Kung Fong recently graduated with a Master's in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University. She is now an assistant professor in Communication Design at the University of North Texas. In her research, Michèle investigates the intersection of design, technology and education. Her latest project addressed remote and synchronous peer-to-peer tutoring. She designed conditions for an interactive interface that supports the learning preferences of a middle-school concrete learner being mentored by a college student mentor. Michèle's interface builds on existing research in learning, cognition, activity theory and social networking as it sets up conditions for more meaningful learning. Michèle intends to pursue her research in distance education and communication and has an interest in not only discourse about but actions towards the future of design education.

  1. Link to Presentation: (will be added by conveners)
  2. Link to Bio Page: (This link should be to your presenter page on this presenter wiki.)
  3. Supporting Links: (full URLs with http://)
  4. Essential Questions :
How are the different learning styles being supported by technology?
What other ways can new technologies be used to support meaningful learning?
Can technology can make it all better?

http://voicethread.com/share/225411/

Session 8:

    1. Blog post subject - Presentation Title: Games in Education: Myths, Realities, and Promise
    2. Name: Sylvia Martinez
    3. Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
    4. Blog: blog.genyes.com
    5. Title: Games in Education: Myths, Realities, and Promise
    6. Presentation Description: It sounds like a simple idea-- kids don’t like school… kids like games, so if we sneak some educational content into games, won’t everyone benefit? This session will explore what’s right and wrong about this idea, and how educators can discern the difference between the hype and the promise. I believe that although some of the promise has been oversold, there is much to learn from exploring the educational promise of games in the classroom.

      For this presentation, I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned in the past 20 years as a PC and video game designer and educator.
    7. Bio: I’ve programmed and designed educational games for consumer and school markets. For 8 years I was executive producer at Davidson & Associates, the makers of Math Blaster, and designed games for all subjects and ages. I’ve also been in charge of console and PC casual game design for adults and children, working in all aspects of design, development, manufacturing and publishing.
    8. Link to Presentation: (will be added by conveners)
    9. Link to Bio Page: Bio page
    10. Supporting Links:
    11. 3 Essential Questions
    • Why are video games so attractive to educators?
    • What kinds of games promote learning and how can they be incorporated into the classroom?
    • How is student's designing their own games a "kick it up a notch" learning experience?

http://voicethread.com/share/225405/

Session 9:

    1. Blog post subject - Presentation Title: Parent Engagement in the 21st Century
    2. Name: Lorna Costantini and Matt Montagne
    3. Location: Lorna Costantini St. Catharines, Ontario Canada; Matt Montagne, Palo Alto, California, USA
    4. Blog: Lorna www.ourschool.ca Matt Digital Down Low
    5. Title: Parent Engagement in the 21st Century
    6. Presentation Description: New ways of looking at relationships with parents will help parents support their children, their child's teacher and their child's school. The next generation of parents are and will continue to be computer literate. Electronic communications will be one of the ways that schools and teachers effectively communicate with families in the 21st century. By engaging parents using new mediums, schools can help develop a broad base of parental knowledge regarding social media tools. parents that are more informated and have a better understanding of social media technologoes will be better prepared to help their children successed and excel in the information age.
    7. Bio: Matt and Lorna met each other 'virtually' through their mutual interests in new ways to consider parental involvement and through their participation in the Webcast Academy's class of 2.4. Lorna and Matt are members of the Parents as Partners bi-monthly webcast over at Edtechtalk.com.
    8. Link to Presentation: (will be added by conveners)
    9. Link to Bio Page: Matt's Bio and Lorna's Bio
    10. Supporting Links: Parents as Partners Wiki, 2008 K12Online Voicethread Version of the Presentation, Parents as Partners Portal (still in development), Parents as Partners Facebook Group
    11. 3 Essential Questions**
    • What can parental involvement in schools look like in the 21st century?
    • What are some key techniques and platforms to consider adopting so parents are better able to connect with school life?
    • What can parents and other stake holders in the school community do in order to better mentor and guide youth as they make use of social networks and other powerful digital learning platforms.

http://voicethread.com/share/225414/

Session 10:

    1. Blog post subject - Presentation Title: FILM SCHOOL for VIDEO PODCASTERS
    2. Name: Mathew Needleman
    3. Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
    4. Blog: Creating Lifelong Learners.com
    5. Title: Film School for Video Podcasters
    6. Presentation Description: Make better classroom movies with simple tips that will help elevate your vodcast to the next level in terms of artistic and technical merit. Learn how to storyboard like a pro, choose shots that support the telling of your story, and capture better lighting and sound. Regain lost opportunities to teach media literacy and higher level thinking via video production by empowering yourself to empower your students. Tap into over one hundred years of movie history with this engaging presentation that instructs as it entertains.
    7. Bio: Mathew Needleman, Apple Distinguished Educator, has been integrating video in the classroom for seven years as a teacher of kindergarten, first, and second grade. He has specialized in working with English Language Learners and mainstreamed special education students in low-income schools. Mathew’s classroom movies have won numerous awards and he maintains an independent film career. Mathew has provided professional development for Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Antioch University and at national and local educational conferences.
    8. Link to Presentation: (will be added by conveners)
    9. Link to Bio Page: Mathew Needleman Complete Bio
    10. Supporting Links:
    1. 3 Essential Questions
    • How can teaching video production increase students' ability to think critically and analyze media?
    • In what ways does shot selection and storyboarding promote higher level thinking?
    • How can we integrate video production in support of our existing curriculum?

http://voicethread.com/share/225415/

Session 11:

Presenter Blog

1. Blog post subject - Presentation Title: (All words should be capitalized except articles)

Monsters Bloom in Our Wiki

2. Name: (First name and last name)
Ann Oro
Anna Baralt

3. Location: (city, state/province, country)
Ann Oro - Roselle Park, New Jersey, USA
Anna Baralt - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

4. Blog: (full URL with http:)
Ann Oro - http://njtechteacher.blogspot.com
Anna Oro - http://w3.shorecrest.org/~Anna_Baralt/LDTechWebPage/LDLabWebPage/ld_tech_page.htm


5. Title: (repeat presentation title)

Monsters Bloom in Our Wiki


6. Presentation Description: (No more than 600 characters with spaces.)
Learn how our Monster Project encourages creativity and the development of reading and writing skills while integrating technology into the classroom. Using monsters as a vehicle, students across the United States exchange written descriptions and recreate their partner's monster without ever looking at the real thing. Teachers will discover free tools available online, connect drawing and writing tools, learn how to work with multiple files in a wiki, and equate various goals of the revised Bloom's Taxonomy with an electronic platform. Lesson plans, tips, and resources are shared.

7. Bio: (No more than 400 characters with spaces, written in third person)
Ann Oro has been teaching students in Kindergarten through 8th grade at a private school in New Jersey since 2002. Ann teaches her students to use the computer as a personal, collaborative tool and encourages students to reflect on and analyze their work. In addition to her teaching duties, she presents an Integrating Technology in Education session at the local alternate route training center.

Anna Baralt, a 13 year educator, is an Instructional Technologist at a PK-12 independent school in St. Petersburg, FL and chair of the technology department. Her days are spent working with students in her lab and helping teachers integrate technology in their everyday curriculum. She is a 2008 NAIS Teacher of the Future and member of a PLP learning cohort.

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.)

Ann Oro's Bio
Anna Baralt's Bio

10. Supporting Links: (full URLs with http:
)

Monster Project Wiki http://monsterproject.wikispaces.com/
3rd Grade Student Reflections http://saintmichaelcomputer.wikispaces.com/07083rdReflect
2nd Grade Student Reflections http://saintmichaelcomputer.wikispaces.com/07082ndReflect

Ann Oro's Monster's Are Coming Blog Post http://njtechteacher.blogspot.com/2008/03/monsters-are-coming.html
Ann Oro's Monster Organization Needed Blog Post http://njtechteacher.blogspot.com/2008/04/monster-organization-needed-for-project.html
Ann Oro's Planning Monster Reflections Blog Post http://njtechteacher.blogspot.com/2008/04/planning-some-monster-reflections.html

Anna Baralt's First Electronic Monster Exchange http://w3.shorecrest.org/~Anna_Baralt/LDTechWebPage/LDLabWebPage/2ndGrade/Monsters/monsterexchange.htm


11. Essential Questions (provide 3 questions that will be used as a discussion guide about your presentation)

1. What type of project can allow a young student to collaborate with others outside their building?
2. How can a young student analyze the work of their peers?
3. How can a teacher integrate the various levels of Bloom's Taxonomy with an electronic platform?

http://voicethread.com/share/225413/


Notes:
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