Virtual School Meanderings

September 27, 2011

OTL Discussion 9/29/2011

tapped_inI received this via my subscription to the Tapped InOnline Teaching and Learning” group last night.

Posted by: BjB
Discussion in Room: Online Teaching and Learning
Folder: This Week in Tapped In
Subject: [OTL_Grp][BjB] OTL Discussion 9/29/2011
Message:

The back to school discussion in the Online Teaching and Learning group room will take place on 9/29/2011 in the group room at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the best practices to make your online teaching and learning more effective.

BJ Berquist
bjb@tappedin.org
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To *reply* to this discussion message:
http://tappedin.org/tappedin/do/DiscussionAction?state=displayMessage&MSG_ID=391429&ROOM_ID=12859&cb=1

September 22, 2011

…On The Tapis (September 2011)

tapped_inFrom Tuesday’s inbox…

                      …On the Tapis
September 2011
Issue 157

…On the Tapis is the Tapped In newsletter. If you want to unsubscribe from these mailings, or if you forgot your Tapped In username or password, see the bottom of this email for instructions.

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[1] RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge
[2] Tapped In Calendar of Events Up & Running!
[3] News Nuggets
[4] Tips and Comments to TI via Twitter
[5] Comments from the Experts
[6] About …On the Tapis

Quote of the Month – “One of the hardest tasks of leadership is understanding that you are not what you are, but what you’re perceived to be by others.” – Edward L. Flom, CEO of Florida Steel

[1] RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge
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Registration is OPEN for RealWorld-InWorld (RWIW), NASA’s engineering design challenge. Face-to-face and virtual reality experiences related to the James Webb Space Telescope and Robonaut 2 will be the basis for the middle and high school challenge. See http://www.nasarealworldinworld.org/RWIW is well-suited for formal and informal educational groups (e.g., teachers, home schoolers, etc.). Free, flexible online educational resources can easily be used to develop an activity, after school science/robotics camp, or unit study for middle and high school youth (teens). These materials guide teachers and sponsoring adults through the challenge so their teams may submit their final project solutions.If you have questions, contact the RWIW project manager, Sharon Bowers, at rwiw@nianet.org

[2] Tapped In Calendar of Events Up & Running!
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As if the above announcement about RWIW isn’t exciting enough, Sharon Bowers is leading a virtual tour of this project via Tapped In on October 12! The Tapped In calendar is chock full of great PD opportunities. Take some of the stress out of back-to-school by meeting with other community members to collaborate. To view the calendar in your time zone log in to Tapped In and select the Tapped In tab at the top of the web window. Then select Calendar in the blue menu bar. All the calendar events are free and are led by leaders in the education field (see Lesley Farmer’s News Nugget, below). In addition to providing updates in their various fields of expertise, all the presenters give you the opportunity to ask questions and suggest topics for discussion. Fabulous discussions that are personalized to your needs and a transcript to boot! What more can an educator ask for?!

[3] News Nuggets
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Tapped In member, Cybrarian, and ISTE MS discussion leader Lesley Farmer had a busy summer. She’s trying to finish writing her book on library services to youth with autism, received an ALA award for contributions to library education, and presented at Comic-Con about libraries and graphic novels from a research perspective. In addition, the California School Library Association is co-branding Lesley’s Digital Citizenship training modules, and they won the International Association of School Librarianship Library Innovation award for it! To keep up with Lesley (wear your track shoes!), see her K12 Digital Citizenship wiki at http://k12digitalcitizenship.wikispaces.com
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Seamus Clune is a PhD candidate in Organizational Leadership at Eastern University and a middle school principal. As mentioned in the last On the Tapis, Seamus will be conducting survey research with Tapped In members to investigate the impact of online communities of practice (CoPs) on instruction. Keep a lookout for the survey and please take a few minutes to respond!
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Do you have a News Nugget about yourself or another member of the Tapped In Community? Send your News Nugget to BJ Berquist at bjb@tappedin.org

[4] Tips and Comments to TI via Twitter
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teacherrogers (Tapped In member Sandra A. Rogers)
@tappedinorg Thanks, BJ, for this article on Internet safety. I bookmarked it for the next time I give a session for young learners. [June is internet safety month– safe & resp. online citizens w/resources from #Thinkfinity http://ow.ly/5kvb1   http://thinkfinity.org/search  [keywords: "internet safety"]
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tappedinorg BJ Berquist
Information Age Education Newsletter http://t.co/VO7UChp June Issue: Beyond Consciousness
teacherrogers Sandra A. Rogers
@tappedinorg I signed up for the newsletter. I didn’t even know that it existed! Thanks for sharing ;)
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For updates on news related to Education and daily reminders of Tapped In calendar events follow Tapped In on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/tappedinorg

[5] Comments from the Experts
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During a chat with Tapped In member Catharine Reznicek she had this comment: Ok, think I am going to explore for a bit. Thank you so much for your help. The great help desk support is one of the things I always appreciated about this community.
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If you have a comment or experience to share with the Tapped In community, please submit the information to BJ Berquist at bjb@tappedin.org or post to the How You Use TI link at http://tappedin.org/tappedin/do/RegisterAction?state=promptReportNews

[6] About …On the Tapis
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Postings of all …On the Tapis issues are available at
http://tappedin.org/tappedin/web/newsletter/

Contact us at http://tappedin.org/contact/ if you have any news items that you want to share with the community for …On the Tapis, or would like to end your Tapped In membership.

July 10, 2011

…On The Tapis (July 2011)

tapped_inIt has been a while since I received one of these (March in fact).  More potential professional development items for my online teacher readers…

                      …On the Tapis
July 2011
Issue 156

..On the Tapis is the Tapped In newsletter. If you want to unsubscribe from these mailings, or if you forgot your Tapped In username or password, see the bottom of this email for instructions.

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In This Issue
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[1] The FIRST ‘R’= Research
[2] Impact of Online CoPs on Instruction
[3] Tips and Comments from the Experts
[4] News Nuggets
[5] About …On the Tapis
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Quote of the Month – “For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

[1] The FIRST ‘R’= Research
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Did you know that Tapped In was originally created as a test-bed for research in education? TI’s foundation, as well as current practices, include continuing the collaborative and cooperative aspects of research. When you read about a Tapped In member doing research about the community, please support their efforts and take a few minutes to respond to questionnaires or surveys. Your contribution will add to over a decade of research and support those who make the Tapped In experience possible.

[2] Impact of Online CoPs on Instruction
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Seamus Clune is a PhD candidate in Organizational Leadership at Eastern University and a middle school principal. This fall, he will be conducting survey research with Tapped In members to investigate the impact of online communities of practice (CoPs) on instruction.

In particular, the purpose of the study is to examine the relationships between perceptions of transformational principal leadership, teacher self-efficacy, personal characteristics, and the effective use of educational technology in instruction for teachers who have participated in an online K-12 Communities of Practice. Personal characteristics will be divided into background information (i.e. age, gender, years teaching) and information regarding grade level taught (i.e. K-4 Elementary; 5-8 Middle; 9-12 High School). Nationwide data collected by the U. S. Department of Education on the effective use of educational technology for instruction will be compared to data from study participants.

Keep a lookout for the survey and please take a few minutes to respond!

[3] Tips and Comments from the Experts
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Tapped In member Susan Goldarreh responded to a post that was made to the Cybrarians group discussion board. Note that even if your group(s) are not active with synch (real time) discussions, the asynch (email group) discussion board always allows you to communicate with your personal learning network (PLN). To see the information to which Susan refers visit the Cybrarians group and look at Files and Discussion.

Hi Bj. I wanted to respond to your email (which I ALWAYS enjoy receiving) that I will absolutely be using the poets.org link (and others I received from Dr. Farmer’s transcript) that you had sent. I have scheduled several classes during the week of April 11th. We will be creating a poetree in the library media center with favorite and created poems. We will also be participating in Poem in Your Pocket on the 14th. Again, your resources are so enjoyed and appreciated as I am building my library media program!

Susan later sent images from the poetree project. These images are available in the Cybrarians group room.[BJB]
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Tapped In member Alyssa Roth posted an interesting reflection to the DWP-ESA Digital Marathon Group. After a summary of the pros and cons of the digital tools (which included Glogster, Wallwisher, and VoiceThread) she used in her lesson, she concluded her Reflection Paper on the Spring lesson implementation with, “I have learned a tremendous amount of information about technology. I learned that I can take about any reading or writing lesson and improve it just by adding a form of technology. We as teachers need to come out of our shell and branch out and embrace these 21st Century Skills because our world is so technology based that our students know more about it than we do!”
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Tapped In member Peter Kronfeld shared some reflections on how to engage educators in Tapped In.

Whenever I’ve told teachers about Tapped In, it’s been about how it’s a great resource. People’s eyes seem to glaze over — too many “great resources” out there to deal with. What would attract new teachers might be if they saw TI as a solution, rather than another generic resource. The challenge would be to identify/define the problem, since it might be unique to each person.

Since many new users of TI are university students introduced as part of their teacher prep curriculum, one route would be through the professors. I was introduced to TI through Dr. Bernie Dodge as part of an assignment to try out Personal Learning Network (PLN) resources and write a reflection on the experience. TI certainly can’t control the assignments University profs give out, but maybe if students identified their own issue and then used TI to address it, they would see the benefits of TI. Since the professors assigning TI are already on board with the benefits of collaboration, surveying them for input would be a good starting point.

Hope this is of some use. I’d certainly like to see more people in the discussions!

If you have comments to Peter’s ideas, please send ‘em! [BJB]
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This teacher’s comment is posted here anonymously to protect the offending student’s identity. I couldn’t resist this opportunity to share how Tapped In Helpdesk monitors logins to provide student security and how teachers respond to that monitoring!

Yes, please delete this account. And, thank you for continuing to moderate. I have used TI for various purposes and all the time used for timely discussion about Internet safety, netiquette, and etc. There will certainly be a “come to Jesus” meeting with this young feller on Monday at school; he may be done using the District’s computers for the rest of this school year.
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Tapped In member Charlee King posted the following to the TI: Learning Hub Reflection Topics folder:

Taking the tour is a valuable way when learning and understanding how to navigate through the site. The pace of the tour was a little slow, which could be necessary for larger groups. However, I felt ready to explore the site and topics available. The initial tour introduces the site and teaches all the basics for future use.
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If you have a comment or experience to share with the Tapped In community, please submit the information to BJ Berquist at bjb@tappedin.org or post to the How You Use TI link at http://tappedin.org/tappedin/do/RegisterAction?state=promptReportNews

[4] News Nuggets
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Responding to the addition of a Tornado folder in the Natural Disaster Help Center following the deadly tornadoes in the U.S., Sandra Rogers let TI know that she had added Tapped In’s info to her blog: http://blog.brokebutnotforlong.org/tuscaloosa-birmingham-tornado-assistance/
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Johnathan Chase, leader of the Learning From Lyrics group in Tapped In, sent this update to student writing assignments:

Thought you would appreciate our (12th grade Govt./Economics class)final writing assignment for the school year, a post-viewing response to the documentary “Waiting for Superman”.
http://chaseusgovernment.wikispaces.com/Waiting+For+Superman

You might also be interested in this writing assignment inspired by the film “Norma Rae”. Scroll down the page and click on student names to read their responses…
http://chaseusgovernment.wikispaces.com/Norma++Rae+Soundtrack+Activity
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Do you have a News Nugget about yourself or another member of the Tapped In Community? Send your News Nugget to BJ Berquist at bjb@tappedin.org

[5] About …On the Tapis
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Postings of all …On the Tapis issues are available at
http://tappedin.org/tappedin/web/newsletter/

Contact us at http://tappedin.org/contact/ if you have any news items that you want to share with the community for …On the Tapis, or would like to end your Tapped In membership.

May 10, 2011

The SIGOL Daily

tapped_inI received this via my subscription to the Tapped InOnline Teaching and Learning” group.

Posted by: BjB
Discussion in Room: Online Teaching and Learning
Folder: None
Subject: [OTL_Grp][BjB] The SIGOL Daily
Message:

RT@iTechSpec The SIGOL Daily http://paper.li/iste_sigol A daily online newspaper of top news in #education & online learning #iste_sigol #edtech #iste

from Twitter
by BJ Berquist
bjb@tappedin.org
www.twitter.com/tappedinorg

March 31, 2011

[OTL_Grp][BjB] 3/31 OTL Discussion

tapped_inHaven’t received a “This Week at Tapped In” notice in a couple of weeks, but this showed up in my inbox yesterday.

Posted by: BjB
Discussion in Room: Online Teaching and Learning
Folder: This Week in Tapped In
Subject: [OTL_Grp][BjB] 3/31 OTL Discussion
Message:

Next Online Teaching and Learning discussion will take place in the group room on Thursday, March 31 at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT. Looking forward to seeing you there!

BJ Berquist
bjb@tappedin.org
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