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Joined on April 26, 2008 at 7:38 AM


Moderator: Hi, mrmansour


Moderator: Had trouble last week with some vandals drawing on the whiteboard during a session, so I'm disabling that ability.


Moderator: Sorry!


mrmansour: no worries, I've haven't tried this before.


Moderator: Didn't want to inhibit your creativity at all!


Moderator: Just wanted you to know why I was turning that part off.


mrmansour: Does this start in a few minutes?


Moderator: Yes.


mrmansour: I was at a tech conference in Nebraska yesterday and went to a distance ed. presentation. Unfortunately, the speakers were a bit behind the times.


Moderator: Too bad.


Moderator: Not using a tool like Elluminate?


mrmansour: This program and vyew are pretty cool.


mrmansour: They didn't get into the tools so much as the rationale for it.


mrmansour: But they hadn't even heard of this and some others I mentioned.


Moderator: Interesting.


Moderator: Was the rational appealing?


mrmansour: They played a podcast of some guy from Harvard who proposed that all education will be distance ed. in the future.


Moderator: Hi, Peggy.


mrmansour: Mostly for shock value.


PeggyG: G'morning


Moderator: I wonder who that was.


PeggyG: I can hear you


mrmansour: yes


PeggyG: Your voice sounds as sleepy as mine


PeggyG: Not good-so sorry


mrmansour: yep


PeggyG: just go an error message loading web tour-may have to change computers


Moderator: http://www.classroom20wiki.com/live+conversations


Alice Mercer: I remember that one


PeggyG: Really excited for Phoenix session!


Michael Staton: So that's just a packed week then....


PeggyG: The biggest 2.0 stuff this week was Earthcast08


Alice Mercer: I can hear it


Alice Mercer: Headphone are our friend


Alice Mercer: I started using cocomment this week, and it isn't working well


Alice Mercer: edublogs has the email


Michael Staton: it isn't working well?


PeggyG: No solution--I have the same problem-only try RSS


Alice Mercer: Nope, mistitles the blog post, doesn't list new comments


Michael Staton: http://www.disqus.com


Bob Caro: It's almost like we need an aggregating aggregator - give me a list of all the blog and rss changes


Michael Staton: http://www.getbackboard.com


PeggyG: LOL-you're right!


Michael Staton: like netvibes?


Alice Mercer: Nope, my presos are to mostly newbies, so they are amazed at slideshare


PeggyG: I do use the Diigo comments/mail notification for my groups but that doesn't begin to capture the blogs & comments


Alice Mercer: Yep, text only


Bob Caro: can backboard comment-ers be limitied to a specific list of commenters, like students?


Michael Staton: http://www.getbackboard.com/view/MTE2OQ


Michael Staton: yes, i think so


Alice Mercer: constructive


Alice Mercer: always the issue


Alice Mercer: VT can be monitored, BUT I will look at these tools


Alice Mercer: I know that there has been a complaint even with blogs about stuff not being threaded


PeggyG: I was really interested in the new feature cogdogblog tweeted about on WordPress-way to "reward" people who comment on your blog post by getting featured on their site as commenter


Michael Staton: http://spotlight.digication.com


PeggyG: Shareski talked about using the "CommentLuv" feature from WorkPress--really interesting


PeggyG: I loved using eportfolios with my university students-we used TaskStream as the vehicle for creating and sharing them with potential employers


PeggyG: With TaskStream they can share a URL or burn their eportflio on a CD--worked well


Durff: do you have an url?


PeggyG: no mic-my computer is really slow today!!! hope it doesn't crash on me


Alice Mercer: I just used a blog (http://amercerportfolio.edublogs.org)


Alice Mercer: But I'm a dork


Durff: no you are NOT!


PeggyG: Blogs are good.


PeggyG: Web pages are good too for eportfolios-


Alice Mercer: nope, for my own, BUT I use blogs for instruction with students


Alice Mercer: I haven't TRIED to keep portfolios for students


Alice Mercer: I teach Elementary


Durff: but it is a portfolio of the class' work


PeggyG: Shawn Wheeler just created a digital portfolio on a website with his own domain name and it is really good-can post all of his podcasts, presentations, resume, etc.


PeggyG: eportfolios can serve many different purposes


Alice Mercer: It's my first year, I teach computer lab so I have 4-6 a lot of students. It would take a lot of time to do right.


Alice Mercer: Self-promotion I started blogging there this week.


Alice Mercer: I saw your post. Glenn Moses "favorited it" on GoogleReader


smeech: Interesting Post that might relate Steve? http://www.techlearning.com/blog/2008/03/web_20_is_the_future_of_educat_1.php


smeech: Your writing for Techlearning


Durff: that was an interesting story


Alice Mercer: Yeah, but if he was Egyptian, would people have cared?


Durff: or done?


Alice Mercer: I'm GLAD that he got out


Michael Staton: can i hear more about taskstream?


PeggyG: That was a great post on embedding Google forms!


mrmansour: Can't wait to see how you got the form in


Durff: https://www.taskstream.com/pub/ ?


PeggyG: http://www.taskstream.com


PeggyG: It's a combination of classroom management system and educational tools such as lesson plans, eportfolio, rubrics, etc.


PeggyG: We used both the management system and the learning achievement tools


PeggyG: I looked at the form you embedded on flatclassrooms for registration and you couldn't tell it was an embedded form--really cool


Alice Mercer: I'll just chorus on Earth Day Webcastathon


Michael Staton: Peggy, are they easy to use?


Durff: Alice talk about the Earthcast!


Bob Caro: It looks like the taskstream is $25 per semester per student. It is at one university, but maybe not at all


Alice Mercer: Peggy?


Durff: you missed it steve


PeggyG: yes, TS was very easy to use as faculty as well as students


smeech: @mjmontagne said it was huge success


Durff: alice does


Alice Mercer: Peggy you gonna talk?


Alice Mercer: I'll do it then


smeech: He slept 2 hours but his students gained a lot out of it!


Durff: matt?


PeggyG: teachers can join TS when they are not at the university for $49 a year or so


smeech: Yes @durff


Durff: or4 doung?


Durff: ah


Durff: i cannot type


PeggyG: I participated in quite a few of the earthcastathon sessions--they were fantastic!


Durff: the kids were fantastic


Durff: I do!


PeggyG: the student voice was really powerful!


smeech: @mjmontagne has students from his students working with the academy as well... They went the other night and it was fantastic.


Durff: they were, weren't they


PeggyG: They are compiling all of the resources from the week in the Diigo group called earth day as well as on the earthcast08 wikispace--some great resources!


Durff: i think they will do next wk too


PeggyG: Terry's interview was wonderful!


Moderator: Any links?


Alice Mercer: http://edtechtalk.com


PeggyG: I could really relate to the safe route to school discussion siince we went through that at my school


Durff: http://edtechtalk.com/earthcast08


PeggyG: Couldn't participate in the Spanish conversation didn't understand enough Spanish


Durff: $5


Durff: also http://enviroscims.wikispaces.com/Earth+Day


PeggyG: Some people seemed to prefer the spontaneous conversations with students but I liked both the pre-recorded and spontaneous


PeggyG: Durff captured teachers and students in the hallway to ask what they were doing for the eart--great stuff.


PeggyG: earth


smeech: probably at PB Wiki?


Durff: scroll down for schedule


smeech: or Google Docs


smeech: hehe


Michael Staton: steve, you mind if i chime in to ask a few questions?


cchausis: or Zoho


PeggyG: it was a huge project but VERY successful!


Durff: go michael!


Durff: not i


Durff: no mic


Durff: do i have too?


Michael Staton: my question: what was so powerful - the content or the publishing?


PeggyG: I especially enjoyed hearing the students talk about their environmental clubs and projects they are involved with


Durff: @Michael the powerful thing was getting students to hear themselves on the air


PeggyG: for some students it was their first time participating live with a global audience and they were really excited and proud to join in


Michael Staton: so the publishing?


Durff: many of my students joined after school


Michael Staton: okay.... that's actually good.


Durff: awareness


Durff: empowerment


Durff: i think that is the powerful thing


PeggyG: I hope the earthcast will become an annual event


Michael Staton: i'm going to turn on my mic.


Durff: hi michael


Durff: yes


Alice Mercer: Yep Lisa


Durff: yes and adults too


PeggyG: the ideas shared about saving the environment were incredible


Durff: yes baby steps


Alice Mercer: Yes that would be it.


PeggyG: I learned a lot of new things including about the coral reef issues


Alice Mercer: They got to share what they were doing and what they thought


Durff: not yet


Durff: they will


PeggyG: there were some wonderful experts throughout the event in addition to the students


Durff: exactly michael


mrmansour: Wish I'd known about this


Alice Mercer: The coordination of time is the biggest issue


Durff: it is recorded


PeggyG: the conversation with the scientists was awesome on the coral reef


Durff: all available on edtechtalk


PeggyG: @ Michael-great question-wikis are becoming an awesome collaborative tool


Durff: mmm...you start it Michael


Michael Staton: alright!


PeggyG: it's always amazing to me with the time zones that there is someone available every hour of the day


Durff: we did have Europe though


PeggyG: people are going to bed when others are getting up and it just flows


Durff: Afica often doesn't have the hardwarde


Alice Mercer: You could


Michael Staton: yeah


Alice Mercer: And people do


smeech: http://globaleducation.ning.com/ or http://onlineproj4tchrs.ning.com/ I completely agree Steve


Michael Staton: you could do it with schols in the same city


PeggyG: flat classroom is a topical project, right? But it is global


smeech: Sometimes we think too big... Glocally, Locally, etc.


Michael Staton: @smeech agreed


PeggyG: some video but very little


smeech: Very good article by Ryan Bretag about it: http://www.techlearning.com/blog/2008/02/local_global_or_glocal_1.php


Michael Staton: @smeech locally can be more powerful


Durff: most was audio streaming


PeggyG: the video promo for the event on YouTube was wonderful


smeech: Local, Global, or Glocal?


PeggyG: I think it will go on with the wiki and Diigo group


PeggyG: we have had that conversation before about engaging people in these groups after the event is over


smeech: Just congrats to everyone involved


Durff: you're doing a fine job


Michael Staton: yeah that was great!


PeggyG: Steve has some opinions about that because I asked him about our Phoenix LIVE event-concern re lack of adding to the wiki


Michael Staton: instructify.... just went to it


PeggyG: bite-size chunks--great idea!! beginners can easily get overwhelmed


PeggyG: the intro to Ning Steve led was a great example of how to start simply


PeggyG: I can't believe the time has gone by so fast!


cchausis: thanks for sharing... awesome!


Michael Staton: so, if i made a way to coordinate webcasts this would be used?


PeggyG: Yes


Michael Staton: yes


cchausis: yes


Durff: yes


Alice Mercer: Yep, I'm muted on mike now


Durff: oh no


Durff: i thin k steve can't hear michael


Michael Staton: can you hear me?


PeggyG: I've been learning about how Scribd can be used to embed docs in blogs/wikis--it's also very good.


Alice Mercer: What's going on with sound?


Alice Mercer: We were


Alice Mercer: I can hear Michael


PeggyG: now yes Michael


Durff: i can hear michael and steve too


smeech: I can


Durff: yes


smeech: Getting a little feedback on Steve


Durff: no


Moderator: Keep talking.


Michael Staton: www.netvibes


Michael Staton: www.netvibes.com


Moderator: I'll be quiet


Alice Mercer: No I haven't used new netvibes. I've gotten sucked into pageflakes


PeggyG: haven't used netvibes-tell us what you like about it


Alice Mercer: That's like PageFlakes, PageCasts


Alice Mercer: Which has been around since last summer?


Durff: yes


Alice Mercer: Yep, it's a matter o'taste


Durff: i used it last ye for NECC


Alice Mercer: So I will TRY it


Moderator: I can hear again... Sorry if I interrupted!


Durff: yr


PeggyG: I've also really been liking the things people are doing with Skitch and capturing images with arrows, titles, comments to share on blog posts. Really great visual tool


Alice Mercer: Michael is still talking.


Alice Mercer: Can you have a number of personal pages?


Michael Staton: http://www.netvibes.com/mpstaton


Alice Mercer: I'll post up a flake in a bit


smeech: Have you explored Diigo?


PeggyG: Is that like bloglines and blog rolls?


Alice Mercer: http://www.pageflakes.com/alice_mercer/20942187


Lori Abrahams: morning all


Lori Abrahams: need to go get headphones


cchausis: but with Netvibes, you can add widgets like weather and such


cchausis: Hi Lori


Alice Mercer: Can't hear Steve


Moderator: Hi, Lori. We're just finishing up!


Alice Mercer: There you are Steve


smeech: Great stuff as usual ... have a good weekend


cchausis:


Alice Mercer: Oh poo


Lori Abrahams: oh I"m too late


Lori Abrahams: oh well


Durff: hi lori


Michael Staton: yeah, it looks like pageflakes is good for that


cchausis: I like the tabs that Netvibes provides


Alice Mercer: sure, can we talk about rss next time?


PeggyG: Diigo has been working really well for me for finding and sharing resources within groups


cchausis: so you really have more than 1 page


Alice Mercer: I'm diong a series on Instructify.


Michael Staton: can we start a wiki for our rss pagecasts


Michael Staton: or whatever?


Alice Mercer: The front ends like NetVibes?


Alice Mercer: And iGoogle?


Michael Staton: sounds great


cchausis: yes, like iGoogle


Alice Mercer: Create websites with rss using point and click.


PeggyG: Yes, I love iGoogle


Durff: great!


cchausis: mashups


Alice Mercer: You teach me about NetVibes!


Alice Mercer: adios!


Alice Mercer: thanks all


PeggyG: RSS and aggregrating! Wow! That will be a big topic for an hour.


cchausis: thnks


Michael Staton: be sure to put some stuff in diigo


Michael Staton: great


cchausis: bye


Durff: bye all


Michael Staton: bye


PeggyG: Thanks everyone. Got the juices flowing


PeggyG: Bye


Lori Abrahams: Ii'l join diigo group


Lori Abrahams: bye


PeggyG: just grabbing the links-I'll be out in a sec