2010 MLTI Student Technology Conference

Maine students and the World Food Programme invite you to join in helping to feed the hungry around the globe via http://mlti.freerice.com

On May 27, 2010 at 1 PM EST (5 PM GMT) during the 7th Annual MLTI Student Conference, students from across Maine will be going to MLTI.freerice.com as a body – working in a wireless environment that has been fine tuned by network technicians of the University of Maine System and Cisco to facilitate 1000 simultaneous connections. But in 2010 purposeful use of social networks has to be a part of taking on any major effort, and so Maine educators are reaching out across their state-wide, national, and worldwide human networks to invite others to join us in donating rice via a customized version of FreeRice.com.

To learn more about the 7th Annual MLTI Student Conference, please head here: http://www.mlti.org/studentconference

To join us in helping to fight world hunger, go here: http://mlti.freerice.com

To help fight hunger in Maine, go to http://www.gsfb.org

To help fight world hunger beyond the conference, head to http://freerice.com

(PLEASE NOTE:  Though the http://mlti.freerice.com site is now live, rice “earned” via the site in advance of the 1 PM EDT (5 PM GMT) start time for the Conference session will not be “counted.” Once the conference session begins, the site will be re-set, counting of contributions will begin fresh, and the site will remain live until the amount of rice available for donation has been exhausted.)


Counseling in the Digital World

Keeping our kids safe

Maine Counseling Association (MeCA)
Annual Conference 2011

I hope to have the keynote presentation posted soon.


•    Slide 3 Marc Prensky; Digital Natives/Digital Immigrants http://marcprensky.com
•    Slide 4 Social Media Count: http://www.personalizemedia.com/garys-social-media-count/
•    Slide 8 Pew Internet: http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Social-Media-and-Young-Adults.aspx
•    Slide 12: danah boyd Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning) (Hardcover) http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0262013363/apophenia-20
•    Slide 14: Educational Leadership, September 2009 Jason Ohler, Orchestrating the Media Collage http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational_leadership/mar09/vol66/num06/Orchestrating_the_Media_Collage.aspx
•    Slide 25: Digital Dossier http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79IYZVYIVLA
•    Slide 25: John Palfrey, Born Digital http://borndigitalbook.com/
•    Slide 29: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_citizen
•    Slide 30: Vicki Davis: The Digiteen Project (she will be at MaineEd 2010) http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=431
•    Slide 33: http://twitter.com, http://facebook.com. http://ning.com
•    Slide 37: http://tcs.cybertipline.com and  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w4_Hrwh2XI
•    Slide 42: Facebook for Parents, YHS Digital Citizenship Day
•    Slide 45: Digital Citizenship in Schools http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Citizenship-Schools-Mike-Ribble/dp/1564842320/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271078144&sr=8-1
•    Slide 46: NetCetera http://www.onguardonline.gov/topics/net-cetera.aspx
•    Slide 47: Common Sense Media http://commonsensemedia.org
•    Slide 53: http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/archives/2009/11/30/sociality_is_le.html

My digital citizenship links

Other Books

Image: ‘Multimedia message http://www.flickr.com/photos/20224904@N00/2340982008

Digital Citizenship – Part 2, A Conversation

How does technology positively impact your:

  • Profession/School
  • Clients/Students
  • Job

How does technology negatively impact your:

  • Profession/School
  • Clients/Students
  • Job

What are you /your school doing to respond?

What do you want to learn more about?

  • Training, kids just given computers
  • Bullying and harassment in and out of school
  • Is it a discipline issue?
  • Digital Footprint
  • appropriate use
  • career information
  • legal perspective
  • millennial perspective – levels of control
  • teachers/ appropriate use in classroom
  • how do students learn?
  • Boundaries for social media

Reporting Out

Group 1


    • Electronic communication great
    • Separate school and personal email
    • Blogs and Facebook pages used by colleges
    • Still connected to work when out of the office


    • How do students transition into the world of  work
    • Digital Footprints

Group 2


    • Easy to access information and research
    • Less expensive to use Skype to stay connected
    • Efficient use of time


    • Not everyone can understand or afford the internet
    • How quickly information can be spread


    • Sharing information about staff at trainings

Group 3


    • Ease of email
    • Already knew “friends” before a college orientation


    • Boundaries


    • Two different Facebook accounts
    • Need a policy on social networking use

Group 4


    • More frequent contact with students/parents
    • Everything was typed/better organized
    • Researching potential professors


    • Amount of information (confidential) circulating
    • A lot of drama
    • Is it easier to cheat


    • Have handouts for on “Technology Tips for Parents”
    • Classes/training for parents
    • students involved in the training.

Summer Technology Professional Development

If you are interested in taking graduate education courses in using technology in the classroom at The University of Southern Maine this summer, here is a listing of the courses being offered:

Summer 2010 Courses

  • EDU 300 Educational Media and Technology
  • EPB 599 Digital Storytelling
  • EPC 500 The Read/Write Web in the Classroom
  • EPC 508 Technology Integration for the Classroom Teacher: Mac
  • EPB 510 Technology Integration for the Classroom Teacher: Windows
  • EPC 511 Learning to Use Podcasting and Vodcasting for Teaching and Learning
  • EPC 512 21st Century Teaching and Learning with Technology

Summer 2010 Conferences

Added May 8. 2010 Professional Development Opportunities in New Hampshire (Deb Boisvert’S Blog)


I wanted to let you know about TEDxNYED, a conference I will be attending on Saturday, March 6 examining the role of new media and technology in shaping the future of education. There is an incredible line-up of speakers, and you can watch the conference live on Saturday from 10am-6pm at www.TEDxNYED.com.

Changing Practice

Seeing Progress in Reluctant Classrooms

Presenters: Sarah Sutter and Alice Barr
Wiscasset High School and Yarmouth High School, Maine
Google certified teachers
Conversational Focus/Audience: High School
Conversation Description: Our two schools have been 1:1 for several years, but as is the case anywhere, there has been recurring reluctance by some teachers to employ the practices that are central to students collaborating or publishing their work to a global audience. Although there are always a few early adopters, one of the repeated complaints is the difficulty with multiple accounts and the classtime it takes for students to get up and running on any given tool. Where are we seeing progress? What is working to change practice in the classroom on a school-wide basis? One of the recent additions to our schools’ toolbox for students and teachers is Google Apps for Ed. The inclusion of this set of tools addresses many administration concerns, makes it seamless for all teachers and students to use from day 1, and has helped change the culture across our schools when it comes to sharing and publishing student work. We’ll share our experiences in implementing Google Apps for Ed, with a focus on the changes in formerly reluctant teachers and administrators who have rapidly seen the potential and climbed aboard. We’ll share administrative uses that set the stage, emerging teacher practices, resulting student work, and speak to the bigger picture of changing pedagogy. The conversation will continue as participants share what’s working in their schools, and how we are collectively moving forward toward more constructivist, collaborative, and open educational practices.

Conversational Practice:

1. Introductions, poll the group, show online resources, etc
2. Present what’s working in our schools, some background information
3. Small groups discuss what’s working for them, input successes to Google form and we’ll use results to spark continuing conversation
4. How are we sustaining the results/efforts?
5. Groups share how they are creating sustainable models.
6. Share out, finish with Q&A


Maine Principals Conference

Ted Hall, our high school principal, and I joined three students to present: “So you have laptops, now what do you do?” at The Maine Principals Conference on November 19th. This is the first year of the Maine Learning Technology Iniative at the high school level. Many high schools were lucky enough to be able to join the 1:1 plan. Our school is in year 7 of having laptops, so we thought we would offer some of the tips that have worked fo us. The main focus of the presentation is on communication and collaboration with teachers and how 24/7 access promotes student achievement. The students did a great job, we are so lucky to work with such thoughtful and intelligent young people.

Geek of The Week LIVE at ACTEM

seedlingsLive from the ACTEM conference, we will be hosting Geek of the Week! We would love to have you participate by contributing a favorite website. Please contribute by filling out this form. We’ll have everyone do this so we should end up with an amazing list of resources which we will share! And be sure to tune in live at http://edtechtalk.com/live on Friday October 16th at 12:00 EST.

UPDATE: Here is the link to the list for the ACTEM GEEK of the Week Session. Thanks to everyone who participated! You can still enter your Geek of the Week. If you would like to watch the session, here’s the UStream