Day 8 Notes from Sonia

Everything is Miscellaneous, by Alyssa and Sonia

The World if Flat, by Pat, Katie, Mary Grace, and Melanie

Today we are trying something new! As we are listening to the presentations we are also are doing live blogging to each other. We used coveritlive to get logged on. It was quite an experience. I found, as a presenter, that this activity had a distinct advantage. When we asked the class to list ways to classify…. The information came streaming in. Answers could be seen immediately! And people could comment on what others did and realized as well.

Pat mentioned, Carl Fish blogged book discussions called fishbowling. This is when the class is broken into group and each group is assigned a chapter to discuss. One group at a time would sit in the center of a circle and begin their chapter discussion while the other students sit around them and blog live. The bloggers’ responses would be guided by a rubric and their understanding was monitored at the same time.

The main message of the book, Everything is Miscellaneous, was that for many years we have carefully categorized and organized objects in the material world as well as knowledge. Now in the digital advancements, there is so much data that this method is not as efficient. There are just too many ways to store and retrieve information. So thus the art of tagging has become the new method of organizational madness. The video snippet was a very effective presentation of how we have transformed from the card catalog days through the introduction of computers and now today…. My how things have changed!

For the next book, The World Is Flat, The group tried to go off site to another room….perhaps an ocean or two away…. As Pat so clearly explains;

” We also learned that technology is not always perfect and can sometimes fail. Our group tried to present our “book report” from a different room to better illustrate how “flat” the world really is. We had planned on using a service called GoToMeeting, which supposedly allows people to meet in a virtual world and share information from one computer screen to another. The audio portion of the service worked with a little tweaking. The video portion only loaded at the beginning, but did not refresh to show the change in slides. Instead, we went with Plan B, which was to share the presentation via Google Docs and present from there, with the audio portion. It wasn’t the ideal solution, but it did work.”

…. Thanks Pat…great explanation!

We had a lively discussions while we were live blogging as well as when they returned. Ironically enough, the video they showed for us was developed by a teacher from the New Castle Voc. Tech High School…right here in Delaware. AND he was also a student in this class just a few years ago. I found it interesting when Katie mentioned that she didn’t even think to investigate “the source.” She/They agreed with the message that he, the producer of the video clip, was portraying and that was enough!

There’s so much to say about this book. Take a moment to review the presentation, video, and blogging comments along the way.

A thought, among many, to take with you perhaps….. is to specialize, specialize….Make sure that the jobs you prepare your students for are the jobs that are not the microjobs. Help them to be big thinkers and problems solvers. Inspire them to be life-long learners – because nothing is going to stay the same.

Before adjoining to work in our groups, Pat showed us how to Jing! It’s when you move through an application and your voice and motions are recorded and then jing can be played back and embedded into you blog/wiki.

Mary Grace on Day 7

Day 7 Book Reviews

July 15th, 2008

Karen and Lynette explained the book they were both assigned called “Rainbows End.”   They used Googledocs for their presentation that we could all access (audience) and had one person google jockeying on the laytop so that there were two streams of information at one time.  We found that the book is availabe online.  It was discussed that the role of the Googlejockey is for that person to stray off from the presentation, and find their own information to expand on the topic.   A critical review was shared on the book by Alyssa who was the googlejockey and added to the overall presentation.  This is the book available online for free. was another website that was given.

** In the middle of the presentation, several people arrived for a presentation on Secondlife.  Sonia and I stayed after school yesterday and could not get a user name.  The fact that we could not get a user name speaks to how many people use this site. 

                                             Part II of Rainbow’s End

  Melanie was our new GoogleJockey, we picked up on Googledocs and proceeded on. 

On with the summary….use communication to widen your classroom.

       Here are some points that stood out to me in regards to the book: 

Augmented reality:  These can be profitable in the classroom and needs to be worked into the curriculum. 

Wherable computing:  At all times they (characters in the book) are walking around and if they  want to Google something, it is in their head….walk up to a person, and in their head is their entire biography.  All about being immersed in the web and utuilizing it by “wearing it.”    So the internet is just the part of the physical being.  Silent messaging is just like (im’ing).   This came simply from escapulting computer experience. IBM meets high fashion.

The wearing of rings to help you type quicker. So the more superior level you are at, the better you do.  Meaning the use of assistance technology helps individuals.

Einstein supports the fact that games are educational and fun for kids and very eudcational. 

*If one does not keep up with technology, you fall farther behind and this stood out in the book.  A character in the book has an outdated computer that he is attempting to modify and he is behind the times because he can’t keep up. 

                                         Connecting ”Rainbows End” and school

 *In the book they refer to as “sming.”  We can relate to this because of cell phones, etc., but in the book there are no “verbal interupptions” because of “sming.

High School newswas everywhere in the school, meaning current events were surrounding everyone.  Navigation arrows were everywhere, which meant characters he had assimilate and get where they had to be.

Searching while teacher was teaching. (Googlejockey)

Answerboard:  Just like our Kindle.

Cams:  Similar to a camera so you could see someone else’s viewpoint similar to the “sming. ”

Collaboration:  They performed presentations instead of a physical “product.”

Physical presence:  Voice there but no body, meaning they can send their virtual body somewhere else.  Some instances you  had to be there. 


Quick summary:  There were a ton of connections you could make from the book to today’s world and was very involved.   Karen explained that what they shared was just part of what the book supplied. 


  Vicki Green was our presenter.  An “Elmo Gizmo” was used and was designed to use in the classroom instead of an overhead.  In other words it is an opaque projector for the 21st century.  This tool was used in the OJ trial.  That was most likely the first time we would have heard of something of this type.  Document Presenter is the correct name for this tool. 

Vicki did a quick overview of the Amazonkindle.  it is a tool that you can download books onto.  She gave examples of how she downloads and saves the books that she has purchased.  She also explained that her daughter has one and she found a free website to download.  She went on to explain that she loves it because she can read a book, read it, and then go to content manager, and then she can click over the book she has finished, go back to menu, and then remove the items that she has read.  Now, she has read the book, but takes it out, Amazon stores it so she can recall it at a later time, but she knows that it is still there.  She explained how she used the Amazon for Nownow and will answer your questions with in 15 minutes like Pats 1-800-Cha-Cha.  Three people answer any question on Nownow in 15 minutes, amazing.  Pat then explained that the people that answer the questions, get paid so many cents a question.   Next she showed us how to use it  e-mail.  Vicki uses it for gmail, googlereader, and all are free.  It is called whispernet and it is free.  Unlike the other e-readers, you have to pay $20.00 a month.  What you purchase for the equipment is the only cost, along with what you pay for books you purchase for it.  Alt+ T on the tool gives you the time of day.  Also, Alt+up will give your mindsweeper game.  She went onto explain how she wanted her mother to read “Exile”, so she explained how she could changed the font for her mother to read the book.  Most expensive book is $10.00 through this tool.  Most of the books that Vicki has purchased are around $6.00.  She showed us a demonstration of how she connected and purchased a book.  She showed us that it gives a “star” book review (rating) and how you can also preview the book.  She also noted that you can also download a sample of the book (about 50 pages) for free so it gives you the ease of reviewing the book before purchasing it.  The battery lasts about 14 hours on one battery.  The battery is drained when getting online.  If Vicki wants to download free books, she must download from her computer first and then onto this tool.  She also explained that she can download music at  It also has RSS capability.  You cannot read this book at night because of the light. 

Pat showed the IPOD touch, the e-reader on this tool can be downloaded onto the IPOd touch.   Vicki added that her screen is bigger.  Pat explained because they are public domain, they are free.

  Vicki then went onto explain Secondlife. Vicki said before going onto this site, spend an hour to practice It is a virtual life like Simms.  My son Jacob has Simms on his DS and loves it.  I on the other hand need to be more educated on this subject so this will be interesting.   Vicki wanted Pat to go to Isti Islandwhich tend to be more educational.  To teleport, Pat goes over to the map and types in Isti Island and hit search.  Now it’s going to show to main Isti Island and then hit teleport. The page shows an auditorium.  An information card has been given to tell you all about the island.  You can keep the card to refer back to.  Everyone that was in started communicating.  They started typing and then the characters begin to speak.   There is a way to change the camera view but both Pat and Vicki could not recall how to do this but it is possible.  It was also possible to speak into the speaker…..go to edit…preferences…audio/video…voice chat…hear voice chat from the camera….then press voice talk.  Once this was enabled, everyone was able to speak instead of type to one another.  Vicki then entered and joined in the fun.  Then there was someone who joined the group from  the outside.  The woman’s name was Debbie and she created the UDEL Island.  She went onto explain that she was Debbie Jeffers and works for the university.  It was too noisey to continue the conversation so it ended.  Pat then went onto her inventory and looked for people to join the group.  Vicki then went into Picasso’s paintings.    We then followed Abbynoonan Skytower on the screen. Vicki explained that Pat was adding Abby as a friend on the UDel Island.  Abby then accepted Pat as a friend and Pat then offers to teleport her to tell Pat where she is. 

They then went into the Sistine Chapel and viewed masterpieces.  The curtain that covers the pieces only uncovers for 15 seconds. 

Go to inventory to go to another place.  You can also join groups.  Up to 25 maximum groups.  Most of the groups that Vicki is in are educational groups. 

There are cards on different people that tell all about the people that visit ot enter the auditorium you are in.  The first thing that Pat ever did in SecondLife was go visit a concert.  She explained the chairs were programmed to move to the music. 

Questions for the class:  None, but Pat explained there is a ton to explore.  She explained that Primms is the smallest  building blocks (like legos).  

Leave the site:  Quit Secondlife which is a seperate app. 

Additional notes:

Probably the leading educator in high school is Peggy Shehee in Ramapo Island.  There are Secondlife Videos on Youtube that show Secondlife.  This was added to our Diigo group.

Are there any other school districts in Delaware utuilizing Secondlife?  Vicki said that it is highly doubtful that districts will most likely not pick something like this up.  The issue is not simple to set up a team island. 

Snowcrash was a book that Pat would recommend. 

 The class ended with us deciding that we would pick up on books reviews tomorrow and work in our presentation groups. 











Day 6 (Last year’s “Week 2, Day 1)

Hopefully you found the title amusing.  The rapidly changing technology horizon may be one of the reasons a veteran of Pat’s Education Technology class keeps coming back for more.  Tony Powell was our first guest in class today.   He shared with us how he has used some of what he learned in class 2 years ago.  He has focused mainly on blogs, however, that incorporates a lot thanks to links and widgets.  Pat was our “google jockey” and displayed his blogs ( and during his discussion.  Mr. Powell has utilized blog enhancing components like ClustrMaps (a widget) and voki (a cartoon simulation of him with audio).  One of the blogs he linked had odiogo (audio that reads the blog content for you).  Odiogo appears to be great for fostering inclusion on several levels.  Another audio tool Pat displayed was which makes talking pictures; a very funny way to convey knowledge.

At this point in our session we worked on our Book presentations which will start tomorrow.  Pat reinforced that we should summarize our text, explain the main ideas, and what can be applied to the education field.  Then we broke up into our groups and went to work.

After a break the class watched video on how a wikipedia page is developed and reviewed the article by Kathy Schrok entitled Critical Evaluation in the Collaborative Era.  Pat relayed her thoughts on the matter and broke the class up into 2 groups.  Each group had to concur on how to deal with the wikipedia issue for their population.  Both the Middle/High school group and the Elementary group decided on a similar course of action.  Each would relay the pros and cons of wikipedia and require other research sources to support wikipedia’s information.  Elementary would use a simpler explanation and more guidance for research with an approved sites list.  Pat suggested elementary makes sure their students understand what makes some sites/sources more credible than others.  No one thought banning wikkipedia was a good idea.  Then we watched a comical vignette performed by Stephen Colbert on making up details for wikipedia pages and the damage it can do.  Don’t forget the five tests for credible source material…

1.  Author authority

2.  Accuracy

3.  Bias

4.  Coverage

5.  Currency

More guests arrived!  A different technology class came over to join us for a Wii demonstration.  We watched a presentation by Johnny Chung Lee on using the Wiimote as part of an interactive whiteboard system for educators on a budget. and Pat did her best to demonstrate this technique.  Oh, and there were some demonstrations concerning using the Wii to teach physical education and music appreciation too.


The next scribe is Mary Grace

Day 5

-We started the class looking at Twitter which is a micro-blog in which you can only write 140 characters but you can follow other bloggers that share your interests.

-Lynette brought up a valid point that there are so many different things you can sign up for that it is a bit overwhelming to check everything. The basic answer was that you need to pick ones that apply best to your situation.

-We also talked about MySpace and other social networking pros and cons. In the long run, we talked about it being better for our students/children to have a positive space out there on a social site that parents know about then preventing them from experiencing it.

-We looked at which allows you to create concept maps and share with others.

-We decided to move our discussion on Wikipedia’s reliability discussion to Monday.

-We got into our groups for our assigned books and worked on how we plan to present our report on Tuesday.

-We also looked at Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device which allows you to read books and look at Wikipedia without paying a monthly service/contract fee

-Google Jockey : makes a presentation/lesson a more collaborative experience by having someone Google items/references at the same time

Wikimapia: powered by Google maps : satellite images in which you can click on boxes that allow you to access a wiki about that area.

Eyespot : a site for hosting, mixing and sharing your video on the Internet and over mobile devices

Photo Story 3: a similar video/photo sharing site but for Windows PC users

-We finished out the class working on our final curriculum projects

The next scribe is Lynette.

Day 4

Another fun day in technology land! (Sorry, I haven’t been able to test my notes because my school computer has blocks that won’t allow downloads (to get Diigo toolbar) and because we don’t have Firefox, so feel free to post corrections and additions/deletions!)


We reviewed our individual blogs and looked for questions, problems, and ways to improve how we posted our articles and podcasts and videos.



  • On class wiki: Use “Recent Changes” on left sidebar to quickly see new stuff on the site
  • Good advice: After doing something, TEST IT to be sure it works!
  • Use a thumb drive to carry Firefox so you’ll have your personal bookmarks (use
  • can download and use to run Firefox from thumb drive
  • RSS feed needs to be on the site that you want to pull in
  • It’s not a podcast, even if it says “podcast,” UNLESS it has an RSS fee
  • Use Evoca to record calls
  • Protopage was introduced



To post a video in blog, #1 (vs a podcast):

  • Find a video
  • Highlight URL and post in blog as a link (use “chain” icon)


To post a video in blog, #2:

·        Find a video

·        Look for “Embed” and copy the code

·        In blog, click on HTML tab (can toggle between HTML and Visual)

·        Paste code

Can post videos in wikis, too.

In Firefox, can use toolbar add-on for downloading videos, save on computer, then can view video (may need to use special program to run it)



            To share a link with the group:

·        Highlight something on a web page

·        Bookmark it

·        Use the Diigo toolbar; share with group

·        Can create a tag, if desired


Tools: (may need to install Diigo toolbar: Right sidebar: “My Diigo Tool”; click “Install Diigo toolbar”) Diigolet:

·        Highlight something on a web page

·        Using sidebar, can make a comment; make it available to group

·        Can place “sticky notes” and share with group

·        Can drag note to the bookmark toolbar


Widgets in blog review:

  • On site with desired feed, click RSS feed icon (blue or orange icon)
  • Highlight URL (RSS feed address)
  • In blog, click on RSS feed in widgets and paste URL


Create a podcast and post as RSS feed:

  • Made audio using(MAC: Garageband/PC: Audacity) or video (MAC: iMovie/PC: Moviemaker) or use a digital device (ex: digital video recorder)
  • Use RSS feed in the applications or put in blog, which already has RSS feed
  • Or use iTunes to open the video


Wikispaces: (the new “poster”!!!)

  • Begin a new page (ex. in class “New Presentation”)
  • Name it and highlight it
  • Complete the pop-up window; new page is now started
  • Go to a web site and find “Embed” code; copy
  • Go back to Wikispaces page; use toolbar to “Edit” page; paste embed code


The next scribe is Melanie.

Example from Lynette

Today was different than the last couple.  We mainly focused on the rubrik for the class project.  But never fear we were still amazed and slightly overwhelmed by technology.  We had a podcast crash course.  We visited where I recorded a lame podcast for the class to suffer through repeatedly using my cell phone and Pat’s Gcast account!

For homework I listened to this podcast from THE Journal that you all might find interesting.

I also found this article in The Journal on classroom technology also tagged below that I suggest you all read.  Hopefully I have tagged and linked the podcast and article properly since this was the other technology skill our class learned today.  Time will tell.