Cheryl Oakes and I made the trek up to Newport, Maine to see Kern and Keith Kelley and their student technology showcase. What an amazing group of students and teachers, it was so impressive! Cheryl wrote about our day at her blog. Thanks Cheryl!
We had a terrific day at the Student Tech team conference on Friday. Ben and Ben taught Quizlet to a small group and did a great job explaining the ins and outs of the collaborative flashcard program.
Our Google Super session was amazing. We interacted online with Susan Gendron, the Commisioner of Education in Maine, and George Nelson from NASA. Ernie Easter helped us in the audience, and Google Docs pulled it all together for us. Perhaps the most amazing part was that we over 550 people from around the globe to answer our survey. Here are the data points and survey charts. It was so much fun to work with Jim, Sarah, Kern, and Cheryl. Everyone just rolled with the whole session. We has 800 + people in the audience all on apple iBooks and MacBooks. Cisco had a great chart which showed how many people were on line at once. Cheryl has done a great job blogging about our experience.
November 18, 2008 at Google Teacher’s Academy – the Maine Connection.
What a day! It was incredible and I am still processing! It was great to meet Twitter fiends and make some new ones. Lisa Thumann took pictures (we weren’t allowed to take any for security reasons and we didn’t have time anyway!) and one participant found a tour of the NYC Googleplex. The video is spot on! Thanks to Kern Kelley (also in this picture) for his great training session. Cheryl, Sarah, and I debriefed on the ride home and there will be much more, as we will be working on projects until May.
Kern Kelley joins us for another snow day edition podcast. The discussion centered around PBS: Growing up Online, netiquette, and geek of the week. Enjoy! This was snow day #5 for me, so hope we don’t have too many more!
Here’s the Chat:
2008-02-13 07:24:11 cheryloakes seedlings -> snow day!!
2008-02-13 07:30:53 cheryloakes seedlings -> http://www.communityschoolbuilder.com
2008-02-13 07:31:02 alicebarr -> Morning (or evening jo!)
2008-02-13 07:31:14 jomcleay -> Hi yes late evening
2008-02-13 07:31:17 alicebarr -> Can you hear us OK?
2008-02-13 07:31:21 jomcleay -> 11.31 pm
2008-02-13 07:31:29 jomcleay -> can hear you well
2008-02-13 07:31:33 alicebarr -> Ohhh 7 :30 AM here.
2008-02-13 07:32:03 jomcleay -> was thinking of going to bed when I saw cheryl’s message on skype
2008-02-13 07:32:11 alicebarr -> Yea!!!
2008-02-13 07:32:16 cheryloakes seedlings -> hi jo, good to have you hear for a bit
2008-02-13 07:32:22 jomcleay -> thanks
2008-02-13 07:32:32 jomcleay -> so you have a snow day?
2008-02-13 07:32:56 alicebarr -> Yes we are all off today
2008-02-13 07:33:02 alicebarr -> Icy yucky stuff
2008-02-13 07:33:12 bobsprankle -> hi all
2008-02-13 07:33:18 jomcleay -> Hi Bob
2008-02-13 07:33:19 bobsprankle -> hi jo!
2008-02-13 07:33:21 alicebarr -> So we geeks are up early
2008-02-13 07:36:40 jomcleay -> Hiya all
2008-02-13 07:36:45 jomcleay -> thanks
2008-02-13 07:36:49 cheryloakes seedlings -> you bet
2008-02-13 07:41:34 jomcleay -> students do appreciate the ability to connect for an hour or so a few times a week
2008-02-13 07:41:53 jomcleay -> I did that last year
2008-02-13 07:42:12 alicebarr -> Jo did you have office hours?
2008-02-13 07:42:25 alicebarr -> OR were you just online?
2008-02-13 07:42:39 cheryloakes seedlings -> so did you have office hours at different times of the day?/night/weekend
2008-02-13 07:42:40 jomcleay -> yes. I was on for a time 6.00 to 7.00 pm
2008-02-13 07:42:46 jomcleay -> some nights
2008-02-13 07:43:13 jomcleay -> some students from last year have asked for it again
2008-02-13 07:43:17 cheryloakes seedlings -> and did your students help each other?
2008-02-13 07:43:30 cheryloakes seedlings -> for the office hour interaction or another class
2008-02-13 07:44:31 jomcleay -> no I didn’t get thaqt happening so much but they ask each other things anyway
2008-02-13 07:46:26 jomcleay -> they want me to be available to answer questions while they’re doing homework
2008-02-13 07:47:02 cheryloakes seedlings -> oh, then maybe it would be good for them to have a saved skypechat to question and collaborate with each other, like the webcast academy
2008-02-13 07:48:07 jomcleay -> what a great idea cheryl although these are students about 12-13 years
2008-02-13 07:48:59 cheryloakes seedlings -> yeah, I would look for another student friendly chat
2008-02-13 07:49:48 cheryloakes seedlings -> do you have a moodle? they have a chat room you can have on in a timed fashion
2008-02-13 07:51:10 jomcleay -> I guess we do have something like that I could investigate. I have been using msn
2008-02-13 07:51:36 cheryloakes seedlings -> moodle has a way to archive chat and only have it open during certain times if you want
2008-02-13 07:53:00 jomcleay -> I really like Bob’s idea of stepping back
2008-02-13 07:53:46 cheryloakes seedlings -> it is a tough skill to learn because we are constantly thinking we have so little time, when actually we need to invest in the time for students to have on their own learning time
2008-02-13 08:02:32 alicebarr -> http://www.wearesmarter.org/
2008-02-13 08:03:43 jomcleay -> twitter is that concept as well
2008-02-13 08:04:08 alicebarr -> http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1591841380/bookstorenow79-20
2008-02-13 08:04:22 alicebarr -> Yes exactly Jo Twitter is just like that
2008-02-13 08:05:27 jomcleay -> I remember reading that Kern
2008-02-13 08:05:47 jomcleay -> It is counter intuitive but it works
2008-02-13 08:06:44 Kern -> I know, it was a big gamble – like all new ideas I suppose.
2008-02-13 08:06:49 alicebarr -> http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/kidsonline/
2008-02-13 08:15:36 jomcleay -> I will head off to bed now. It’s been most interesting.
2008-02-13 08:15:39 jomcleay -> cya all
2008-02-13 08:15:49 cheryloakes seedlings -> thanks for being here jo nighty nighty
2008-02-13 08:15:53 jomcleay -> bye
2008-02-13 08:25:23 Kern -> http://labs.digg.com/swarm
2008-02-13 08:27:23 Kern -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkuGrCB85H8
2008-02-13 08:28:42 Kern -> http://www.fichey.com
2008-02-13 08:29:49 Kern -> http://elitefeet.com/2008/02/12/seen-while-running-eaten-by-trees/
2008-02-13 08:31:21 cheryloakes seedlings -> http://alison.com free online courses for individuals, typing tutors
2008-02-13 08:32:41 alicebarr -> http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/search