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How Can I Become Part of this ReadWriteWeb Revolution?

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Getting Started And we are glad that you can join us because, oh, we can't have the cameras in our faces. We are glad that you can join us because we have just reviewed the movie and we have talked about what old classrooms looked like and old things looked like and we want our classrooms to be as exciting as homecoming and I don't feel like my classrooms have always been as exciting as home coming so I want to change that. ..So what's the... the big piece in that is how do you make it so engaging for students as learners and how does the teacher make it engaging? That's a big question. It is a big question and I think one of the things that we are going from ..... Learning to read, learning to use numbers, learning to write and now we have and now we have our students who are digital students.... yeah... and that brings a whole new kind of literacy to us.... And so our literacies now include.. you are going to have to help me out, cause I'm.. media literacy, which we learnt about in the Jenkins White Paper, which is really good. The Horizon Report gives us a lot of really good information and visionary things that we need to be doing and um..... I think communication, collaboration. When you look at things like Net Standards, where students and teachers, um... innovatation. is something.... Information literacy. Information literacy, digital citizenship is a huge thing. Ethics, um, civics. All of those things are, are sort of new 21st century literacies that we, in the past we sort of took.. you hear about the three Rs.. reading, writing, arithmetic. This, this is a new kind of skill learning. It's, it's... It is. It is a new skill set and, as teachers we are expected to know how to teach this skill set and we may not have been taught that ourselves. That's right, So, and I think that's really hard because one of the things that people like Thomas Freedman speak about in his book is how if we are going to succeed as a country, we need to help kids learn how to invent things and innovate and think for themselves. Be self directed. That's very different than what we learnt to, what we learnt to teach as teachers. So, how do we do that when you are stuck in a classroom with, ahh, so many tasks that you gotta accomplish and.. and CLB and assessments and all. And our, our vision is you don't do it alone. And so we wanna.. you know this, this keynote, um, is, hopefully gonna help you find a community that you can do this with others and after we talk we're actually going to show you how to join a Skype chat or a chat room that is ongoing never closes. Um, sounds like, um, what was that old show with everybody knows your name ... Cheers. Cheers, yes, yes. So this, this, this the Skype Cheers. The Seedling Skype Cheers and you can, um, stop by at any time and get support and we're gonna show you how you actually sign up for that and any time you go to Skype there'll be a running, ah.. list of questions and support from people and you don't have to go, go it alone. And I think, um, what you're seeing now is really interesting because the three of us normally are not together and, um, when we tried to do a collaborative online, um, movie of this keynote, we decided we needed to do a conversation and have it in a cafe and so we're in an outdoor cafe right now and having this conversation, recording it and making this to engage you and then hopefully motivate you to join our network that we have. You don't have to go it alone. Ah, so should we.. do we want to talk anymore about how you can join the revolution. Because it is a revolution. Well, I think we probably oughta introduce ourselves.... That would be a great idea Alice.... and then we'll start the revolution. How does that sound. So, with that being said, I'm Alice Barr and I'm the Instructional Technology Integrator at Yarmouth High School, Yarmouth, Maine and I work with high school students in a 1 to 1 laptop setting..... Thanks. And I am Cheryl Oaks and I work in the Wells Ogunquit School system and I'm a K-12 collaborative content coach which means I get to work with all teachers and students k to 12 and supporting them, coaching them on using technology tools with the content and the curriculum that they are working on. And I'm Bob Sprankle, a technology integrator at a K-4 school in the same district with Cheryl and, ah, it's called Wells Community.. Wells Ogunquit Community School District and I was just thinking the revolution will not be televised but it will be preserved on Flip video. So.. Yes, yes. We're using Flip videos to get different perspectives here in case your wondering what, why we're holding these little things. Right. In front of our faces. Yes, and as always we have a purpose for doing that. We're demonstrating some technologies that we hope you will be able to use in your classrooms. Some of the technologies that we will be demonstrating are the Flip video and the ease at which you can use them. Um, Skype, which is Internet telephony and we'll learn how to be engaged in a Skype chat that is ongoing. We'll also reference our Seedlings ning and, um, that is ongoing where you can get, um, support, join groups and post questions or post reflections that you have about what you're working on in your classroom. And the interesting thing about the Seedlings ning is that we started it as our, um, one of our sessions last year and we have a great community already started there so right away should you choose to join that you'd have a lot of support right from the beginning. It's a really nice group of people who answer questions or post questions, often. Right. So that's a lot of fun... I think our most pressing question that we've, that we've been talking about for a while, for a while and I think it's really with some reading that we've done, um, is how can Web2.0 and using these tools help you allow for your students to be, to be co-collaborate, collaborators or co-creators of the learning in there. Would you guys like to talk about that at all. Well I think of the, the latest and greatest thing that most people will have been using in the past year, almost 18 months, um, was Voicethread and it's such a great thing for beginners to use because first of all it allows you really easy access to publish whatever you are doing in your classroom. If you wanted to publish about a fieldtrip or you wanted to publish about students answering a Math problem, um, you can post that information and students and anyone else viewing that can type a message, record a message with their audio and now, with the advent of a lot of built in cameras, they can give you a video recording of their messages or comments about whatever you're sharing in the Voicethread, so I think that, um, you know that's one of the greatest tools that has brought many beginners using the web technology, Web2 tecnologies into the arena and then through that they've made great connections with other kindergarden teachers, or other 6th grade teachers or other maths teachers and then that growth, that journey continues. And we really believe that it doesn't matter what the tool is. The tool's not important at all and that's why we're using Skype as our support this time because we're thinking a lot of people have at least heard of Skype or a lot of people have been using it to make long distance calls from their computer so, so we hope that it's got a familiar feeling, um, and you know, one thing that, that bringing in these technologies is that it has a transformative effect that can get us out of these patterns of what we've been doing and if you think about these Flip video cameras, ah, you can't help but lose control of some of the things you've been doing and being the only person controlling the learning. When you hand these out to your students, they're gonna, they're gonna take over and they're gonna start to contribute. And so that's, that's how we see technology with that trans formative effect. And what I think's really interesting, when you hand kids something, a tool like this, they will think of things that you would never use. We would never think of using them and it's amazing what they, what they create or what they think of to create. It's pretty, pretty neat. Pretty exciting. And, I think along those lines, it, it, um, shares the ownership for the learning so that no longer do we have to come to school with our whole bag of tricks ready to entertain for the day. You know, we can pass out some of these tools and students will find appropriate ways to use them and they will find innovative ways and that's really one of the tools that we want. I mean skills that we want students to have. Is to be able to create and to have innovative things to share with other people and to collaborate. And you know we really believe that people want to make meaning out of their lives and part of using these tools to create satisfies that human need and um, definitely helps preserve, we believe, preserve the work that they've done so that it doesn't all just blow away, so students are archiving their learning with flip videos or something like voicethread or ahh, or what not, then it makes it much more meaningful.... How about differentiation? How does, how does jumping into the revolution help with differentiation? It, these tools help all kids... no matter what. It's very simple. There, there is a tool or a technology for every learner... And the engagement part really, really has a lot to do with that. One of the books said, um, we will offer up and we have a couple of articles we should mention too. New book out by Clayton Christensen called Disrupting Class and, um, what he's talking about is that differentiation is really almost impossible for a school to do in a factory model that we've had for the past hundred so years, um, and that the software choices are what's gonna make this be more possible where we can differentiate for different learning styles. It's an excellent book to read and he talks about like the software that's emerging. Some of whats in place. Some of, certainly these Web2.0 tools that is gonna make this possible. So it's very exciting. Highly recommend that book. And we already talked about the Jenkins White Paper. Um, another.. Did you, did you say the title of that. Um, the.. No. Challenge, what, what is it? The Challenges of participatory culture. So that whole vibe, you know. We live in a society now where people don't want to just injest. They want to be part of the, of the creation.... And the other article that we had, um, that we'd really like to promote is Pow Wham. The Power of Pow! Wham! by Dr Shore, coming out of the Cooney Institute and again about the skills necessary for, um this new future and how to engage students in this participatory culture. And I think, I think the kids naturally participate and so it makes, I mean this makes perfect sense how, how some of these tools have developed. How some of these tools are used in the classroom I, I watch students often at the end of the day. They're all working together in small groups at tables. They all have a computer with them but they're having a conversation. They're doing work. And very often they're also talking to people who are not in the room, all at once. And they're, they feel strongly that they're all, they're able to learn that way. They learn better that way. And they'll tell you that. And yet in our classrooms we're on a very one to one teacher-student, you know, two way street and that's really it. Um, and it's very interesting to see it happening before our eyes. Yet, when they walk in the classroom door, they're in those nice straight rows in their, in their desks... I was thinking about, um, using specifically a flip video camera and we have, um, a young student who just, was a kindergarden student and he's not very verbal and I thought what a great tool this would be for him to take a flip video, walking down the hall or into his class or into a therapy that he is going to and then take that home and share it at home, because, um, that would certainly be his window, if he was filming, that would be his window on his day and not an adult transcribing what his day looked like. And, think of the power in that, um, you know, for a little guy who's not verbal to be able to quote, unquote, verbalize or visualize what his day is like. So that's where we need to get out of the business of collecting and keeping up that bag of tricks to ourselves and making that available as communicatin tools to our students. And, you know, we're in the, sort of the beginning strand so, you know, welcome to the, all the new people that are really taking this plunge and, and we salute you and really in doing this, in starting your own community of learners, joining a skype group, like we've set up or a ning or any of those other things. Well then you really, you really, um, showing your students the skills that are necessary for their future careers cause this is how it's gonna happen, where people are going to collaborate. Thats, thats the place to me that Web2.0 has in our classroom. If we leave it out, if we leave some of the social networking tools out, because we're afraid of them, then we're not helping to prepare students at all for some of what you were saying earlier, the ethics and responsibilities and things like that. So you've done a great thing for your students already by.... climbing aboard the K12 Online revolution. Right. Magical mystery tour. And don't just take our word for it. Real, you know. Argue with us. Come up with a reason why you shouldn't be doing something. But, um, you know, really look at your students and look at that homecoming message. Is your class, is your classroom a journey and an adventure that elicits that excitement, not only of your students, but remembering the, um, in the video, you know, the message is from the people in town who were on the route to the basketball tournament. You know, for the students to have the power to continue on and that's what we want. We want our whole community. We want our parents, our students, our community members to really support what's happening and in order to do that, we have to start putting that.. publishing what the students are creating in a responsible fashion.... Good... Any summary that we can offer? Well we will have, um, an opportunity in Elluminate for participation with anyone whose, um, been part of the video or even hasn't been part of the video. Just wants to be part of that, um, Elluminate session, so you would have an opportunity to talk to anyone of us and any of the group of people who will be participating in this, um, K12Online event. And of course that's the synchronous part of the presen, of the conference. But, K12 lives on many years after. So if you are discovering this sometime in the future. Um, please by any, by, by all, you know, please come and get in touch with us. And we do a, we do a Seedlings show and we'll have our seedling ning as we said and it, it's ongoing. It just doesn't stop. So don't feel like you've missed it because you didn't get to the Eluminate. Right. For sure. Right.... I think... Welcome aboard. Yeah. And have a great time, it's so, it's so amazing to be, to be a learner and just taking it all in. Take it in. Check it out. Go slow, but do it because it's so worth it.. That's basically it the Nike slogan, 'just do it'. There's lots of support and, you know what, I think, when you, when you tell people to 'just do it' and they're just really scared about that, um... there's no road map for this. You know, we are the new frontier and our students are the new frontier and we have to support the successes and the failures and, you know, the mistakes are all things that you won't do again or you'll modify and, um, you know, we don't know what our students are gonna be doing in 5 years much less 10 years. We don't know what we'll be doing. But this is the journey that we're on so 'fasten your seat belts' and we're off. Thanks for listening and we'll have an explanation, a little screencast of how to sign up for the Skype chatroom and we look forward to talking with you there... Take care. Over and out. Bye. Bye. OK, the first thing you're gonna do to join the Seedlings chat is to go to Skype and download Skype, if you don't already have it. It is a free download. And once you've downloaded Skype, you're gonna go to this address here. I made a tinyurl of the address cos the Skype address for Seedlings chat is quite large. So, so this is it right here So go ahead and go to that and it should bring you to a window that looks like this and you'll see open public chat and when I do that a little popup will come up and have me go choose the Skype application so you'll just click there and drill down to your application folder and finally find Skype. Now this is Macintosh but I assume it'll be pretty similar for Windows as well. And, so if you don't already have Skype open that will open up Skype and you'll see that, a chat window, ah, comes up and right now I have webcast academy megachat and so this shows, you know, that a lot of people leave a lot of messages in these chats in such a group as webcast academy and here I am looking at the last year that I belonged to the chat for webcast and there's quite a lot of messages in there. Now over here. This is the Seedlings one and I'll click on that and, ah, again I can look at all the messages. I'm looking at, um, the recent ones. I can look at six months there and so there your in the chat and like any chat you would just leave a comment here and, um, people would respond. If I open up the Seedlings chat over here in the window you'll see all the members that are currently signed up for... the Seedlings chat. Now here's the important thing. Up here, where it says Seedlings, you'll notice a little book like a bookmark, and what you want to do is either click that or go up to, let's see, um, set bookmark under chat and that will keep this set within your chat bookmarks. Now you want to do this so that you don't have to go through and sign up again to get back into the chat or find the link. And let's say this was closed. If I close all my chats. I have my bookmarked chat chats up in the window here. Bookmark chats and then I just can open up Seedlings again and I haven't lost that link. So that's how you sign up and we can't wait to see you in the chatroom. Thanks a lot.

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Duration: 24 minutes and 54 seconds
Year: 2008
Country: United States
Language: English
Views: 1,601
Posted by: k12online on Oct 18, 2008

K12 Online Conference 2008
Amplifying Possibilities
Alice Barr Maine, USA

Cheryl Oakes Maine, USA

Bob Sprankle Maine, USA

Originally published: 20 October 2008

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