June 27, 2007

Web 2.0 Meets Information Fluency
Joyce Valenza

presentation wiki
wait to download slides until next week when presenters put up the final version

Recommended Reading
The StarFish and the Spider The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom
Wikinomics by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams
The World is Flat by Daniel Pink
The World is Flat by Thoman L. Friedman

Presentation Ideas
- Stone Soup analogy - villager share ingredients with soldiers to create a tasty soup out of stones - create a greater good when we work together - creativity rocks - so do wikis for collaboration

Key Ideas
Information Fluency is a new name for information literacy, media literacy
social networking, user created content are the two big ideas
We all own this problem! What is your responsibility?
demand some energy from our students as they search
our notion of information has definitely changed - students should be accessing a breadth of resources - sites, blogs, wikis, podcasts
Pathfinders for Information - wiki pathfinders as a gateway for students to find quality information (possible professional development opportunity for teacher librarians)
think about including ebooks in the Pathfinders
use survey monkey to have students do original research
be cognizant of the 'western press' - have students look at media from around the world to become aware of different perspectives

Application - I think that this presentation, as well as the information shared by Doug Johnson, must form the basis of a professional development opportunity for teacher librarians, technology teachers and perhaps all teachers through the PD Academy. I think that we would be remiss if we assumed that students or teachers had sophisticated information fluency skills. It is our responsibility to share these big ideas.

Beginner's Guide to Possibilities of GPS Use in the Classroom
Lisa Buck

I sure hope that Keith captured the main ideas of this session because I was a little bit late and missed the important parts.

Wikis in the Classroom
Adam Frey - founder wikispaces
Vicki Davis - teacher, Westwood Schools

How exciting is it that I am creating a wiki during the presentation given by the founder of wikispaces? Man, technology is cool!

Presentation Information Available at
go back to site to check out information that Vicki learned in the bloggers cafe

The teacher used to be the sun and the students the planets. Now, the students are the planets and the teacher is the space ship going around the planets.

Adam Frey's Key Ideas
wiki is a webpage with an edit button, easy to edit, easy for a group to work together
wiki wiki means faster faster in Hawaiian
history is critical because you have to see all of the edits that occur over time for the purposes of asseessment and tracking
blog is a conversation, a stream of journal entries
wiki is more about content that evolves over time - teachers working on a lesson plan over time, each contributing to the final product
wikipedia is one use of a wiki
wikispaces provides space for teachers to do work in classrooms every day
wikis are not about structure - they are about content - they are fluid and dynamic
technical limit of 205G per wiki

history is really important - you can see exactly what is added each time it is saved
wikispaces just unveiled synchronous editing
discussion tab is really powerful - individuals who view the wiki can add their comments, questions and collections
notify me tab allows you to receive notification of each and every change to the wiki - either to RSS or to email

Vicki Davis's Key Ideas
add a new page with double brackets Keith II, Kelly II
Meebo - instant messenging with all services - widget
wikis are for fact, blogs are for opinion
photobucket is non-searchable - students can post pictures and videos
have wiki awards for students who create excellent wikis
kids are demotivated because they don't have an audience - need to give students an authentic audience - it is not enough to put strong students with weak students and assume that some type of project will be created
wikis allow teachers to see exactly what each student is creating/adding/changing to the collaborative project

Solutions to Objections
users do not need to have an email
teachers can send a list of user names and passwords to wikispaces and they will provide the accounts
wikis can be private, public

Other Stuff
check out for examples of how teachers are using wikis - Vicki has created a workbook and tutorial for wikis and it is available on the k12 conference site
Check out the Flat Classroom Project and the Horizon Project (look for a great rubric) on Vicki's wiki

Effective Web 2.0 Classroom relies on The Engaged Teacher
walled garden - instead of plastic fencing we need shark nets - nets that capture the predator, not block everything
researching the use of a wiki is like researching the use of a pencil
focus on the subject matter, not on the point and click

Things to Embed in a Wiki
Meebo – virtual office hours
Slide share – presentations
Elluminate – live conversations
You Tube/ Teacher Tube / Photobucket
Odeo - podcasts
Google maps
Meebo room
Yack Pack

Need to check out Project Headwear:Raising Expectations for Student Impact Higher and Higher (Bernajean Porter)

Expanding Boundaries of Learning: Designing Rigorous nad Globally Connected Assignments
Alan November

Who owns the learning?
Students owning the learning is one of the most important things in a globally connected economy
Every third grade teacher brings 3 students to the professional development - Alan November says that teachers shoud not be allowed to attend professional development without students - teachers need to learn how to manage technology - students need to learn how to use the technology and then they will teach other students
Schools of today create a culture where the learning is owned by the teacher or the school
How can we shift control to the students to manage their own learning?
Need to create less dependency, not more, graduates shoud be completely interdependent in a networked world
New role of a teacher is to create students that are self-directed
As soon as the teacher takes home home work - the learning plummets - teachers need to know immediately how the students are learning
Need to give kids a global voice - power with responsibility

Check out Bob Sprankle's podcasts
Four roles:
1. writer
2. producer
3. mixer
4. publisher

Big Ideas
Teach children that there are other points of view
Need to teach people the syntax of the internet
Need to transcend time and space - blogs and wikis are perpetual - the conversation exists long after the class

Applications - We need to use podcasts and videocasts in our professional development for teachers. That will get the thinking started.

Need to check out the vidcast or podcast of this presentation
Need to check out Alan November's website
Need to check out Alan November's blog

Really awesome sounding live music happening in the room next to mine - it is a bit distracting. Sounds great - I bet that means that the closing keynote session will be cool. I am looking forward to an inspiring ending to this fabulous experience.

Closing Keynote-School 2.0
Tim Tyson - Mabry School

School 2.0

School 1.0 students are taking it in - School 2.0 students are putting out for the world

For the first time in history, schools are globally connected. Why would you want to post it on a bulletin board when you could post it for the world. Mabry School students' work can be accessed through iTunes. Dr. Tyson asks students "What do you have to say to the world? What do you have to communicate that will motivate others to action?"

Presentation Notes
- PowerPoint - select one colour as the main colour of the slide, put it in the middle of the slide- then choose a darker shade and use it to sandwich the main colour, then finally select a much darker colour to put at the top and bottom of the slide - use grey horizontal lines to separate the colours
- PowerPoint - use close up photographs of students as the main image - crop the photo tight so that you can just see cheek bones, eyes and part of the forehead