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My Top 10 Tech Resources -

My personal top 10 tech resources that I use/access almost daily. I don't know what I would do without the following resources!
  1. Plurk -
  2. Twitter and Tweetdeck client for Twitter - and
  3. Flock browser - a variation of Firefox and Chrome
  4. Skype and Yahoo Messenger and
  5. Diigo bookmarks
  6. Facebook - use for connecting to other professionals and socially with friends
  7. Wikis - a variety of wikis from Wetpaint, PBwiki and Wikispaces
  8. MS Outlook - for email, RSS feeds, calendar features and access Google calendar events
  9. MS Digital Image and Photoshop online to edit photos with Flickr and Photobucket to store images online - and
  10. and for blogging -

Classroom 2.0 - Ten Reasons to Join in 2009

When I introduce teachers to Web 2.0 in a professional development event, I urge them to join Classroom 2.0. When I read Peggy George’s request to submit a list of Top Ten new ideas, techniques, tools, books, conversations that made 2008 special for you for the “What We Learned in 2008.” show on January 2, 2009, it gave me the idea to create a list of reasons why teachers new to Web 2.0 or Social Networking should join.
Here’s the list - please let me know if you think I’ve missed anything important as I value your input.
1. Ask a question get an answer if you are active in your PLN.
2. Classroom 2.0 is THE best place for Web 2.0 Ed Tech Newbies to get started.
3. If you want to learn about Screencasting – check out the thread CR has on it – there are 48 posts with over 25 useful links to check out.
4. You can search CR2.0 by area, by subject or by tool, which makes it a bit easier to find specific information when you don’t know what keyword to search with.
5. With over 15,000 members, Classroom 2.0 has to be the best resources for information for classroom teachers – not just techies.
6. There are over 300 subgroups within CR 2.0 including one for Second Life, the DEN, one for educators interested in brain research and one for music teachers . There is something for everyone.
7. You can add the Classroom 2.0 badge to your website, blog, Facebook page, pretty much anywhere you’d like to let people know you are a member and where they can go to find out more information about you. CR2.0 provides the code for several different badges at
8. Don’t speak English? Not a problem. CR2.0 is available in 11 languages including Portuguese, Hebrew and Japanese .
9. Classroom 2.0 is not only a Ning . It’s so much more – including FREE Professional Development. There are the workshops and the weekly Elluminate sessions on Classroom 2.0 Live.
10. Join the CR2.0 Wikispace and contribute, subscribe to updates and changes, or just bookmark this great resource.

My top 10 tools I couldn't live without!! It was so hard to narrow it down to 10 that I had to cluster some. They are not ranked in sequential order--just listed. :-)

Jing (haven't created my own my have learned a lot from Jing tutorials created by others) ,
Dreamhost/wordpress , created own domain name and WordPress blog
Google apps (docs, forms, presentations, spreadsheets, notebook, reader)
Diigo Fantastic social bookmarking/social networking tool-Diigo is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community My site re Diigo information, videos, tutorials, featured blog posts:
Photo/video apps: Picasa , OneTrueMedia , BubbleShare , Skitch , Voicethread , (created a channel for streaming PD workshops and monthly meetings for AzTEA)
iPhone apps (gratitude journal, iQuote, Comic Touch, Ocarina, Twitterific, Facebook, Remember the Milk, Pocket Guitar/Pocket Piano, Google Apps and Voice Search)
Tweetdeck/Twitter my primary way to stay current via my awesome PLN (Personal/Professional Learning Network)
Webcast Academy and EdTechTalk webcasts
RSS Feedreaders: Google Reader on both computer and iPhone, NetNewsWire/Newsgator, PageFlakes for important sites/topics, Snackr FriendFeed

Peggy George

My 2008 Top Ten
1. Ed.Voicethread <>
2. Animoto for Education <>
3. Moodle <>
4. Wikispaces <>
5. Google Docs
6. Google Forms
7. Yugma <>
8. Jott <>
9. Xobni <>
10. iBrain

Heather Sullivan
Tech Facilitator/PD Coordinator/Science Teacher
Freehold Regional HS District (
Online ID: Heasulli

Top Ten Things I Learned in 2008
1. Blogger for classroom blogging and individual student blogs.
2. Google Apps for student collaboration and easy posting to blogger.
3. TubeTV – An easy application for grabbing and converting of YouTube videos for iTunes and iMovie.
4. QUIA in the classroom for student practice and tracking of vocabulary activity and easy administration of tests and quizzes. It also allows for easy survey building. ( <> )
5. VOKI for easy and quick avatar and message creation. Works great for short paragraph responses to prompts and is easy to post onto blogger. ( <> )
6. eInstruction adaptor to an existing white board has opened up the classroom toward interactive discussions and lectures.
7. Apple’s free in-store workshops. They instructors are extremely knowledgeable and each class is always different.
8. Student interest and desire to pursue social networking is great. I wanted a quiet activity for students to participate in after taking an online test. I found a website to create snowflakes that allowed for communication with other snowflake creators and the room was filled with a communication buzz unlike any I’d ever seen before. To capitalize on this strength and put the focus on education has become a goal for 2009. (The snowflake website is:
9. Podcasting with iTunes. (Though I still struggle with publishing onto websites and blogger.)
10. Everything takes a little longer than planned the first time around.
Lisette Casey

What made 2008 memorable in technology?
For me, 2008 was the year of Letters to the Next President (, a collaboration between the National Writing Project and Google. Building the display site, working with colleagues across the country, staffing the help desk with the resultant chance to talk about digital writing with teachers across the country...these alone would have been enough. But then to read the thoughtful writing of over 6500 students who felt that they could actually have a voice in this historic election was deeply moving. There was something about being able to be so personal, so specific, and so precisely located while simultaneously being part of something very large that was right-of-the-moment. In this case the tools were absolutely necessary for the work and the experience, but the tools were nowhere the point.

Thanks our Google, we have a little video about the project that captures some of the experience (, but it doesn’t do justice to the final days as the letters were mounting and we were all watching the polls and then the election returns together.

Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, Ph.D.
Director, National Programs and Site Development
National Writing Project
University of California
2105 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720-1042
ph: (510) 642-0963

2008 Top-Ten from Mary Ann Apple
Classroom 2.0

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Google Docs


My top 10 favourites for 2008 (Mary Page
1.Classroom 2.0-love the contact, collaboration and information from so many like minded teachers
2.Wetpaint- free wiki, add free for education. (a few more free options that wikispaces)
3. Google Reader- Having info come to me!
4. Google- google docs, google forms, igoogle, google notes, google presentations, google search
google news, google calendar
6. JingProject - screencapture made simple, great for showing how to.. instructions
7. VoiceThead-
8.authorstream - presentation sharing
9. windows movie maker
10. CAPZELS- Interactive Timelines

MJ Page
Burlington Central High School
Business Studies/ e-Learning

From: Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow (
This Top Ten List is a digest of key findings from the Speak Up Student Surveys. For more information about the Speak Up National Research Project, data findings from our parent, teacher and administrator surveys, and information about our upcoming release of our Speak Up 2008 data findings, visit us at

Digital Divide is Alive and Well
The digital divide between students and adults (including teachers and parents) continues to widen – despite all of the investments and professional development, our students are still powering down to go to school and powering up after school to re-enter the digital world. Other digital divides exist as well between segments of the student population including gender, technology skill self-assessment and age.
Spectrum of Digital Native-ness
Don’t assume all digital natives are the same. The Speak Up data reveals that there is a spectrum of “digital native-ness” today with younger and older students exhibiting increasingly divergent tech behaviors as well as very different attitudinal views on technology within learning. Case in point – a 5th grader is almost 5X more likely to participate regularly in a virtual world than an 11th grader.
Explosion of Access to Mobile Devices
Today’s K-12 students are carrying “multiple computers in their pockets and backpacks” everyday. Highlights from the data include: almost 40% of K-2 students have their own cell phone, about half of students in Gr 3-5 have their own MP3 player and almost 24% of middle and high school students are carrying around a smartphone or PDA.
New Obstacles to Tech Use @ School
Technology use at school is still a major frustration/disappointment factor for the overwhelming majority of students. #1 obstacle to effective tech use (for the 5th year in a row) is school filters and firewalls – of course. But the real surprise was this year’s #2 obstacle – teachers that limit our technology use. The students told us in focus groups that they had better access to technology before their teachers received training on technology use!
Let Me Use My Own Devices!
So, what advice do students have for their schools about improving technology access at school? Across the board, the students say “let me use my own devices at school!” Students want to be able to use their own laptops, cell phones, MP3 players and Smartphones for a variety of applications within instruction. They, of course, want access to the network as well – from anywhere on campus and from home, too.
Online Learning – Defying Conventional Wisdom
One-quarter of all high school students have already had experience with an online class – and that experience most likely was self-initiated by the student, not the school or the teacher. Adults say that students want to take an online class for scheduling or convenience reasons or to get college credit. However, we find that the students have different motivating reasons. Today’s middle school students tell us that the #1 reason they would like to take an online class is as a supplement to their traditional class, not in place of that class. They want additional help in a subject where they are struggling. What is that subject? Math – the new frontier for online learning.
21st Century Skills and Gaming
Students say that the incorporation of gaming technologies within instruction will help them better develop skills in critical thinking, decision-making, teamwork and creativity. How do they know that? From their own “learning” experiences with all kinds of digital and online games outside of school. Over 2/3 of all K-12 students are regularly interacting with some kind of electronic games, averaging 8-10 hours a week in game play. The devices vary greatly by user profile however. Girls are most likely to enjoy computer based games; younger students thrive in a cell phone game environment. Gaming is not just for high school boys anymore!
Technology and Student Social Activism
While the majority of social network fans are using their MySpace or Facebook sites for standard communications (email, IM) 10% of students in grades 6-8 told us that they have created a special interest group on their personal website about an issue that they were interested in, 15% have participated in an online poll about world issues and 17% regularly use the Internet to research local or world problems. Activism and technology goes hand in hand even in middle school today.
Wake Up Call for Our Nation’s Schools
The greatest divide amongst students today in terms of their behaviors and attitudes about technology use, in school and out of school, is reflected in their own self-assessment of their tech skills. The students that perceive themselves as technology advanced compared to their peers (average tech users and beginners) have dramatically different views on technology across the board. This self-assessment divide follows through when we polled students about their own school’s ability to prepare them for the jobs and careers of the 21st century. While less than half of the students in grades 6-12 said that their school was doing a good job preparing them for the future, only 23% of the technology advanced students held that same view. This should be a wake up call to all educators – our most technology advanced students are giving our schools a failing grade!
The New Face of Personalized Learning – the Free Agent Learner
The #1 trend we saw in 2008 from our Speak Up data analysis work and our focus group discussions with students all across the country is the emergence of the “Free Agent Learner.” This Free Agent Learner is un-tethered to traditional school institutions, is engrossed in developing their own content for learning, regularly creates new communities for knowledge exchanges and social interaction, and is an expert in data aggregation to drive experiential learning. The Free Agent Learner believes that he or she must be responsible for their own learning destiny since their school is not meeting their needs, and is empowered by a wide variety of emerging technologies to do so. The Free Agent Learner is as we write and speak defining the new face of education for the next generation and still, with few exceptions, our schools do not even realize this new style of learner exists – at least not yet. Welcome to 2009!

Speak Up is a national initiative of Project Tomorrow (formerly known as NetDay), the nation’s leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. Project Tomorrow reserves all rights to the data, viewpoints and trends identified in this Top Ten List.

From: H Sonhai
Subject: My List of Top Tools for 2008

Eve Heaton
Mossy Oaks Elementary School

My 2008 top-ten educational technology that made 2008 special for me (I am a second year teacher who is currently teaching fourth grade and all the these things have been discovered and used since August of this year).

1. Finding a great teacher website company ( to finally break free of our districts limiting teacher websites!
2. Making my website more interactive (and less passive)so that students can submit assignments on line, takes tests, post to the message board, etc.
3. Purchasing my own domain name to make getting to my class website easier.
4. Signing up and using a free online grading software program so that parents and students can check grades (
5. Getting a Promethean board in the classroom (interactive white board). It has completely changed how I teach students.
6. Checking out and figuring out how to use our portable laptops (which included a lot of trial and error as we tried to get a handle on our wireless situation on my end of the school).
7. Getting permission from the school district to start a student blog and being asked to teach a class about it this summer (found out about student blogging at a science convention where a fifth grade team had students blogging about a composting project).
8. Finding Classroom 2.0 on a random internet search for other school bloggers
9. Working on a collaborate project with a fourth grade class in Colorado using their blog and WizIQ to communicate.
10. Starting my own personal blog detailing how I use science notebooks in the classroom.

The following shows how to make a "Karaoke-Style Captioning-Subtitles video".
Phil Wagner

First I use AVI2WAV to save the audio from the video. I then use Audacity audio editor to know what is said in video one sentence at a time. I separate the sentence from the rest of the video's audio in Audacity and save the audio. I bring the audio just saved into Audacity, clean it up a bit and slow it down 30 using the effect Tempo and save it with a different file name. Having heard the sentence enough that I remember it well enough to type the sentence using Wordpad. Wordpad is in richtext format. It is important to keep it in richtext. Next I highlight the text which will be the sentence that becomes the captioning-subtitle. I make the font larger and use the bold font I copy the sentence by using edit/copy. In microsoft Paint I load a picture from the video, which I had captured, and paste the sentence onto the picture. With some editing I make the sentence fit in well with the picture. I save the picture which now has the captioning-subtitle in it. In Paint then I put a rectangle around the first word in the sentence, reverse the color and save the picture with whatever name and two zeros after the I put a rectangle around the second word, save this picture as I did the in the previous picture except instead of 00 it is saved as 01, and so on. I use Audacity audio editor to save individual sentence audio clips. I load the pictures saved in Paint to Microsoft Movie Maker. The sound needs to be synchronized with each individual word highlighted. Individual frames at the timeline need to be wide enough to click on them to change the width of the frames according to how long it takes for a word to be said. There may be pauses or slowness when a person says a sentence so these frames are made wider to slow down the movement of individual word-frames so the sentence a person says is in rhythm/synchronization. Longer words require wider frames. Certain words like at, in, it, or, etc. require the frames for these words to be narrowed to speed up the rhythm because they are said faster.

Movie Maker is the only application that I know which does this. I happened upon this function by accident about six months ago. I was lucky to come across this function. I don't read much how to do something, Instead I tinker around because I like using different multimedia applications and I don't like paying for any of them if it is at all possible. I have bought many but only when I couldn't find what I want from freeware.
The process of making the videos for a Mac can be done if there is a word processor which has the equivalent of writing a sentence like in Wordpad's rich-text-format, and then highlighted and copied. A paint application must also allow highlighted and copied sentences to be pasted into a picture previously loaded into the paint application. Unfortunately, not all word processors nor all paint programs allow these things to occur. You can download a Mac version of Audacity at

That is probably more than you wanted to know about the process. Thanks for your patience and attention. If you have any questions please email me.
Phil Wagner

Highlights at the Butler Community College Collision Repair Program
I'm not sure if this is the top ten list you're asking for, but here are our 2008 highlights.
Student interaction with our class blog.
Student and instructor led videos.
The Butler Grizzlies won National Championship two times back-to-back in football. This makes their 6th NJCAA Championship victory. Read More
The Butler Livestock Judging Team took some National Championships this year. They have 23 national contest victories this decade. Read More.
Dr. Vietti, Butler's president, was nationally recognized as the recipient of the 2008 Western Regional Chief Executive Officer award for the national Association of Community College Trustees. Read More
Dr. Ellis, Butler's vice president, was recognition as a South Plains College Distinguished Alumni. Read More
Patrick Sampoll, Fernando Galindo, and Jose Valenzuela, BCC Collision Repair students, produced a auto collision welding video, which was in a major national collision repair magazine called Auto Body Collision News (ABRN) Read More
Jennifer Engelbrecht, a BCC Collision Repair student won a $2500.00 scholarship through the I-CAR Education Foundation, in conjunction with AkzoNobel Coatings, Inc. and the Most Influential Women of the Collision Repair Industry. This scholarship was announced at NACE 2008 in Las Vegas, NV.Read More
Jennifer was also interviewed by Scene Exchange about the collision industry. Read More
Our BCRN blog and our videos were mentioned on Parts & People.Read More
Have a Happy New Year!

Donnie Smith
Butler Community College
Lead Collision Repair Instructor

2008 Top-few from Rebecca Ronald
1. windows movie maker slide shows
2. frontpage simple web site design
3. wiki for collaboration (I used
4. making concept diagrams using
5. flickr
6. Blogspot/blogger blogs

Cindy Lane, District Instructional Technologist, Lindbergh School District, St. Louis, MO USA
GCT, Emints Trainer,

1. Using Visuals as Learning Tools
2. Collaborate, then collaborate some more!
3. You are one email/twitter/blog away from the answer to your question.
4. Tomorrow is ANOTHER opportunity to learn something new to help students.
5. Rules are simply suggestions, do what you need to do to get it done.
6. You can learn more from a conversation then from some textbooks, and remember it too!
7. Its important to talk, but MORE important to listen.
8. Always center yourself around people that challenge you (thus Classroom 2.0!)
9. Keep pushing yourself and others.
10. Try to decipher what you CAN use and share with others at every opportunity.

Steve Hargadon's 2008 Top 10 List

  1. The impact of "Openness." Wikipedia goes mainstream, changing our perceptions of who/why/how knowledge is gathered, and what "open" means. Open Source software starts being unerstood and taken seriously (helped by financial stress).
  2. Dramatically lowered costs for organizing and collaborating (Clay Shirky's Here Comes Everybody). Examples include this show: Classroom 2.0 network, wiki, and webmeeting. Craigslist, Google, and the free services that companies can now afford to offer. and other easy free web-building programs make building a personal portfolio or starting a project super-easy. Free domain mapping a big part for me.
  3. The Web as a conversation. From "information overload" to "finding your conversations." From soap-box blogging to social networking forums and Twitter--not just a change in technology, but a change in tone.
  4. The Web goes portable. Web access from cell phones. Netbooks. Good cellular broadband. Google Docs and working in the "cloud."
  5. Web 2.0 starts to pervade mainstream life. Blogging, Google Docs, Facebook--my friends are "getting it." Mommy/family/life bloggers.
  6. Social networking becomes a legitimate topic for education. Professional development (more) and classroom use (less). Classroom 2.0 gets to 15,000 members.
  7. A return to participation. Shifting from the "broadcast" culture. From being passive to being engaged learners. Being a part of the conversation and what that does to our learning and lives.
  8. The "long tail" in education: impact for both students and educators. Working on specialty topics and permeating the school/life boundary.
  9. "Unplugging" conferences. NECC Unplugged. Ustreaming. Back-channel chatting. Virtual conferences.
  10. Online meetings and distance learning: freight trains moving at full speed. Skype and video-calls.

From Sue Hellman: This is what I've learned on my journey out of techno-fossildom over the past year
A. 10 steps to begin becoming an unfossil:
1. Take a look at your class from the students' point of view -- ask yourself just how engaging are they really finding it?
2. Don't buy into the dialogue that suggests everything you are doing and have done for so long is worthless to the 21st learner.
3. You don't have to remake yourself as a teacher, but you do need to consider how incorporating some new tools and resources could make your classes better for the students. Show them that you're willing to make a move in their direction by adding a new dimension to one of your lessons.
4. Find someone you trust who has a tech tool they like and sit in on their class to see how they use it.
5. Start small. Think of one task or one assignment that could easily be given a 21st century makeover. Get help to find a tool that will work and that you can manage.
6. Suck it up and try it out -- make the necessary arrangements and find a tech-savvy person who will co-teach the lesson if you can.
7. You are right to assume that things will go wrong -- have a back-up plan ready -- you may need it. Know that you have been teaching long enough to handle a quick change-up if you need to.
8. Trust the kids -- they'll help you with the technology -- that's what they're good at.
9. Stick to your standards -- some students will complain (don't they always?). They are so used to using the world of web 2.0 as their playground, that to be slowed down enough to produce and revise work that meets all your criteria may cause them a lot of frustration.
10. If there was a need to break off the session -- don't let that deter you. Find out what the problem was, get the help you need, and finish off what you started.
B. 10 ways IT people can support this effort://
1. Respect us for the years we have given to kids and to the job. Don't talk us down because we don't share your vision yet!
2. See our reluctance as fear -- not of change -- but of the enormity of the task we think we face and the fact that we really don't trust the computers and software to work seamlessly
3. Understand that small changes from your point of view demand a high level of risk-taking from our side. We know we'll have to both manage the class and also cope with tech problems at the same time. What do we do when the technology lets us down?
4. Find out what we want to do or find one awful job we do that could be made easier with a Web 2.0 tool -- capitalize on our teachable moments.
5. Find a small selection of easy tools that will help us do that -- even if it takes you lots of time outside of the school day .
6. Allow us to choose for ourselves -- if we ask, be ready with a quick assessment of +'s and -'s as we might see them.
7. Offer to teach the class and allow us learn the tool by playing alongside the students.
8. When we try the lesson on our own, be ready to come into class and unfoul the computers right away.
9. Make this about helping us meet our needs, not yours.
10. Be happy with any change you get! Remember, we had to step way out of our comfort zone to get this far.

For both groups, remember: small changes can bring BIG RETURNS.

My Top-Ten list after the Show from Cyndi Danner-Kuhn: I am listening to to the archive of the show on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009 for my office. WOW am I learning a ton. I teach a class called Technology for teaching & Learning in the College of Education at Kansas State University. The course link on my website is DED318, feel free to check it out. This class is for ALL undergraduate education majors, in other words, future teachers. So, most of mine are things I am teaching these pre-service teachers and trying to get them into the world of technology and using it both personally and profssionally. I am still amazed at how apprehensive most college students still are when it comes to technology!!

Classroom 2.0: THis is am amazing resource for these future teachers.
delicious: Could not live witout this social bookmarking tool.
Twitter: Learn from Twitter EVERYDAY, also use TweetDeck for desktop client.
Animoto: Truly the death of bulletpoints and PowerPoint
VoiceThread: I will never use PowerPoint again!
Wordle : My students voted their favorite tool last semester.
iPhone: Thank the Lord!! Just loving it and becoming increasing more dependent.
EdTechTalk: I love all the shows, but EdTech Talk Weekly is my favorite. I learn so darn much every time I listen.
Blog: Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer Simiply Amazing and gobs to learn from Wesley!!!
iChat: (cyndidannerkuhn) Keeps me connected!!
iWeb: Easy way to create a website. No not kidding, EASY and FREE and looks great!! I can actually update my website daily!!