The $100 Laptop

March 21, 2007

After his visit in October to Harrison Middle School, Nicholas Negroponte sent Mike Arsenault (the FHMS technology integrator) a prototype. The kids have been having a blast trying to figure out how it works. They have been using the website and the Wikipedia entry to learn all about the new operating system and how it ticks!

Hello Fellow Seedlings!

In keeping with the spirit of sharing and professional development, we will continue our virtual meeting about the NETS standards.

The date is March 22nd 7:30 PM EST

PM. Please join us if you can.

You should take a look at the ISTE materials before joining us. We will discuss the  surveys in the bottom section of the page.

http://www.iste.org/Template.cfm?Section=NETS_Refresh_Forum_Meetings&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=16084&MicrositeID=0

The Skypecast is at
https://skypecasts.skype.com/skypecasts/skypecast/detailed.html?id_talk=576779&hash=4bb75a7be1d1dc874309

If you are able to attend please RSVP with your Skype name by replying to this email. If the Skypecast doesn’t work, Alice will initiate a conference call.

If you have any questions about the meeting, email
Alice. Hope to see you Thursday!

Nets for Students Notes

March 15, 2007

NETS•S Standards and Indicators
Rating and Suggested Changes
I. Creativity and Innovation: Students think creatively, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products using technology.
Suggested changes:
A. Students apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas and products.
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B. Students use technology for creative self-expression.
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C. Students use system thinking to explore complex issues.
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D Students identify trends and forecast possibilities.
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II. Communication and Collaboration: Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
Suggested changes: really like this section!!!
A. Students collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and others employing a variety of digital media and formats.
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B. Students communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences utilizing a variety of media and formats.
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C. Students develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
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D. Students contribute to project teams to produce original works.
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III. Research and Information Retrieval: Students access, retrieve, manage, and evaluate information using digital tools.
Suggested changes:
A. Students locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and use information from a variety of sources and media.
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B. Students evaluate and select information sources and technological tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
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C. Students process data and report results.
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IV. Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making: Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems and make informed decisions using appropriate technology tools.
Suggested changes: we think collaboration should be part of this problem solving, critical thinking standard we couldn’t decide how to do it.
A. Students identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation and plan strategies to guide inquiry.
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B. Students plan and manage activities to develop solutions and complete projects.
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C. Students collect and analyze data to identify solutions and make informed decisions.
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D. Students use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.
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V. Digital Citizenship: Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
Suggested changes: really liked that!
A. Students advocate and practice safe, responsible use of information and technology.
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B. Students exhibit positive attitudes toward technology uses that support collaboration, learning, and productivity.
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C. Students demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
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D. Students exercise proactive leadership for digital citizenship.
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VI. Technology Operations and Concepts: Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.
Suggested changes:
A. Students understand and use technology systems for a given task..
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B. Students identify and use applications effectively and productively.
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C. Students troubleshoot systems and applications.
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D. Students transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.
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SHAPE \* MERGEFORMAT

ISTE NETS•S Refresh Project Materials

ISTE NETS for Students Standards and Indicators

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There were 6 of us who met on SKYPE to discuss this on March 15, 2007.
Ryan Palmer- Lake Region, Casco, ME- tech integrator-

Mike Arsenault- Yarmouth, ME tech integrator-

Cathy Wolinsky- Yarmouth ME-tech integrator-

Alice Barr- Yarmouth. ME-tech integrator-

Cheryl Oakes- Wells, ME-tech integrator-

Michael Richards, Arundel, ME-tech integrator-

Google Lit trips

March 12, 2007

Google Lit Trips: A Different Way to Read Great Literature!
This site is an experiment in teaching great literature in a very different way. Using Google Earth, students discover where in the world the greatest road trip stories of all time took place… and so much more!

March Skypecast and NETS

March 11, 2007

Hello Fellow Seedlings!

Calling All SEEDlings…

Looks like spring might be right around the corner now that the temperatures have risen above 0! Hope you were able to get outside this weekend.

In keeping with the spirit of sharing and professional development, we will meet virtually again this month.

The date is March 15th 7:30 PM EST

The purpose of our meetings will be to:

  • Share online technology treasures, or “Geek of the Week”
  • Cheryl and I were talking about the new NETS standards. She found the website to give feedback and we thought it would be a good idea to do it together, virtually.
  • Have a good time

I have reserved a Skypecast for Thursday March 15th at 7:30 PM. Please join us if you can.

You should take a look at the ISTE materials before joining us. I thought one of us could record the feedback and then submit it.

http://www.iste.org/Template.cfm?Section=NETS_Refresh_Forum_Meetings&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=16084&MicrositeID=0

The Skypecast is at
https://skypecasts.skype.com/skypecasts/skypecast/detailed.html?id_talk=540098&hash=d36aef66b766548362db

If you are able to attend please RSVP with your Skype name by replying to this email.
If you have any questions about the meeting, email
Alice. Hope to see you Thursday!

Take a look at this video made by students about inclusion.

ChinSwing

February 9, 2007

Add to the discussion – I have added about 100 new tools thanks to
Webheads – Alice, Laura and Cheryl – I’ve seen you all there, too.
Sharon

Calling All SEEDlings…

In keeping with the spirit of sharing and professional development, we
will meet virtually this month.

The date is February 15th 5:00 PM EST

The purpose of our meetings will be to:
Share online technology treasures, or “Geek of the Week”
Provide support for technology integrators and leaders
Discuss educational technology needs, resources, and best practices
and
Have a good time

Our meeting will take on Skype. We will meet on Thursday February
15th from 5PM to 7PM.

If you have never joined a SkypeCast before, you will need the following:
Download Skype 2.0 or newer on to a Mac OS X v10.3.9 Panther or newer,
G4 800 Mhz and above, any G5 or any Intel processor,
512MB RAM,
Set up your Skype Account with username
40 MB free disk space on your hard drive
a microphone.

Typically you can use the built in microphone and a set of headphones, or an iSight (as a microphone) with headphones. The headphones are good for reducing feedback. It’s a good idea to launch the Skypecast in Firefox first and then let Firefox open Skype for you. The Skypecast is at https://skypecasts.skype.com/skypecasts/skypecastdetailed.htmlid_talk=389785&hash=b1ccba08de8b25c92b3f

Ryan, Alice, Cheryl, Vince, Michael, Laura, Cathy W. , and guest Sharon Peters met on Skype. We couldn’t get the Skypecast to work but we able to Skype conference. Thanks to Ryan for organizing the group.

We decided we would like to try meeting once a month on Skype. The next meeting is February 15th. An e-mail will come out with the time and Skypecast directions.

Links

Cathy
Digital Microscope
COMPUVISOR.COM
12400 STATE HWY 71 WEST SUITE 350-199
AUSTIN TX 78738 USA
* Compatible with PC and Mac. Unit Price $87.59
http://www.compuvisor.com/qx5diblmicom.html

Ryan
History Links: MrDon.org
EasyBib

Michael R.
PlayStation 3
Google Reader newsreader
Lucy Gray’s Google Earth Project

Laura
Becoming a Webhead

Alice
Digital Game Learning

Sharon Peters (guest from Monteral)
Joining Wikispaces Tutorial in Camtasia
Camtasia (PC only) and SnapzProX (Mac)

Vince
ACTEM is interested in getting Web 2.0 tools to teachers.
NoteShare ACTEM is interested in setting up a state Noteshare server

Cheryl
Skype to phone number in $14.95 in US is until Jan 31
The Gizmo Project Free phone for your computer
Vyew

Mike A.
dead.licious Searches for broken links in your del.icio.us links
Wiki Search
wikibooks

Science Blogging

January 19, 2007

I heard this article this morning on Marketplace.
You can hear the story, titled “Can blogs make science cool?”, on the Marketplace website, at

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