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January 8, 2012

…On The Tapis (January 2012)

tapped_inFrom Friday’s inbox…

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…On the Tapis
January 2012
Issue 158

…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] Tapped In is Off and Running in 2012!
[2] News Nuggets
[3] Tips and Comments to TI via Twitter
[4] Comments from the Experts
[5] About …On the Tapis

Quote of the Month – “Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.” – John Dewey (1859 – 1952)

[1] Tapped In is Off and Running in 2012!
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After a long holiday break that, hopefully, gave everyone time to recharge and renew commitments to education and learning, the Tapped In Calendar of Events up and running. January events begin on the 9th with the Special Education Forum. K-12 Language Arts and the K to 3 Great Resources are scheduled for January 10, a special Webheads EVO tour of Tapped In will be held on January 11, and the always inspiring WriteTalk is on January 12. Check the calendar for events scheduled for the rest of January and take advantage of these opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and learn from the fabulous experts who volunteer to lead these discussions![2] News Nuggets
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This is both a News Nugget and an example of how Tapped In members can collaborate globally. Phil Benz, a TI member in France, chatted with Claudio Mattos, a TI member located in Brazil.PhilipB: If you’re at all interested in joining a large (-ish) group of international teachers starting a new project called “Watershed in Crisis”, then email me at benzphil@gmail.com
ClaudioM: Yesterday I created a K-12 classroom, because I want to expose my students to this community of practice
PhilipB: Cool!
ClaudioM: thank you so much for the invitation. I will
PhilipB: You can see some bits about our new project at one of my blogs, at http://cartesmentales.blogspot.com/2011/11/working-at-partners-in-learning-global.html
ClaudioM: can you tell me what is the project about
PhilipB: I would love to have an EFL teacher from Brazil join our project.
ClaudioM: ok
PhilipB: If you click on the above link, you can see some of our initial project work.
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Tapped In member Sven Cederberg announced that registration for the (free) 2012 global projects is now open.

GlobalTeenagers Learning English – Let your students become globalwise at the same time as they improve their English. Contact SvenC to have your own course room!
http://www.forumeducation.net/reg/gt200/
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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

[3] Tips and Comments to TI via Twitter
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Tweet 12/5/11 ShellyTerrell Tapped In by @dkapuler
http://cyber-kap.blogspot.com/2011/12/tapped-in.html

David Andrade, Tapped In member, is the author of The Educational Technology Guy. http://sn.im/edtechguy  [educationaltechnologyguy_blogspot_com]
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[4] Comments from the Experts
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Here’s another example of a Tapped In member (Peter Kronfeld) collaborating with one of the TI discussion leaders (Math Transformers, Patricia Chen).

PeterK: I’m doing part-time subbing as a Special Ed and Child Development assistant.
PatriciaCh: do you help with instruction?
PeterK: Usually I’m helping special needs students work on assignments, worksheets etc.
PatriciaCh: ok …
PeterK: That’s the problem.  Typical students aren’t highly motivated by worksheets.  SPED kids even less so.
PeterK: That’s why I participate in these Tapped In discussions…. to get ideas for more engaging lessons.
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Tapped In member Alisha Comick had some meaningful dialogue with Susan Roseman, who leads the K to 3 Resources discussion, and BJ Berquist, a Tapped In helpdesk volunteer.

AlishaC: I like the discussion. I was supplied with resources in real time. Which is totally different from my online class.
BjB: when you no longer have online classes, Tapped In gives you colleagues with whom you can collaborate
SusanR nods
AlishaC: It’s like an online dialogue. Collaborate is big! Collaborating with you guys helped me and my students.
BjB smiles happily
BjB: may I quote you on that, Alisha?
AlishaC: I’m all about sharing ideas because someone may have an answer too.
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Tapped In member Wendy Quinones responded to a post to the Playing to Learn group discussion board. (The discussion boards are an asynchronous way for groups to communicate and collaborate, even if the group does not meet for real time discussions!)

WendyQ: Hey BJ!
BjB waves hi to Wendy!
WendyQ: Just wanted to thank you for that article on making curriculum in video game style!
WendyQ: I haven’t read it yet, but it is just what I have been puzzling over for a long time.
BjB: you’re welcome :-)
WendyQ: I’ve printed it and some of its cousins and will read it over lunch
WendyQ: I think Playing to Learn meets on one of my teaching nights, unfortunately
BjB: Playing to Learn doesn’t have real time chats…
WendyQ: Oh
BjB: I post to the discussion board.
WendyQ: So there’s stuff up there?
BjB: but, if you’d like to help me plan a chat, that would be fun
BjB: yes, tons of posts on the discussion board…and in the links and files
WendyQ: That would be! Let me read the articles and refresh myself with Jim Gee’s book.
BjB nods
WendyQ: And I’ll check out the board.
WendyQ: Remember I teach adults, so it’s a bit different than most
WendyQ: But the principles are the same
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Tapped In member Carmen Degabriele used the discussion board in Reception to post a greatly appreciated thank you note!

Through this discussion I would like to thank BjB for the help and patience with which she tackled my chat and for the support she gave me when I asked her questions.
Thanks, CarmenD
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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

[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.

October 23, 2011

[OTL_Grp][BjB] This Week In Tapped In (October 23-29, 2011)

tapped_inNote the Online Teaching and Learning session on Thursday.

Posted by: BjB
Discussion in Room: Online Teaching and Learning
Folder: This Week in Tapped In
Subject: [OTL_Grp][BjB] This Week In Tapped In (October 23-29, 2011)
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This Week In Tapped In (October 23-29, 2011)

Sunday, October 23
Webheads in Action
8am EDT/5am PDT/12:00-14:00 GMT
The focus of Webheads in Action is on teacher professional development for teachers and teacher trainers and forming communities of practice with CMC tools.
http://www.vancestevens.com/papers/evonline2002/webheads.htm Join Vance Stevens every Sunday in Reception at noon GMT (for two hours).

Learning Hub Tips & Tricks VFT of Tapped In
3pm EDT/12 noon PDT (1.5 hours)
Join Dianne Allen to learn how you can use TI as a hub for learning in your classroom and for your own professional development.

TI: Learning Hub is an extended Calendar Event series. The purpose of the series is: Using TI as a learning hub to build a professional learning community.

Participants will learn how to use the basic tools available in Tapped In. The Learning Hub Series will empower educators to be more flexible and knowledgeable in helping their students to be independent learners who use a variety of formats and resources to communicate ideas and construct learning.
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Tuesday, October 25
Classroom Assessment- Teacher Standards for Assessment
7pm EDT/4pm PDT//23:00 GMT
Join Maryann Durland in the Classroom Assessment group room to explore the tools that help us to understand the connection between what we do as teachers and students and learners. Part of thinking about assessment is not just about the way we assess and when (like a test at the end of a chapter), but what does assessment really mean to a teacher in the classroom more broadly, and how assessment is directly connected to how we make choices about instructional practices and activities, which results in learning. I would like to move toward the direction of assessment as part of the “continual learning conversation” we should be having with students which provides us with information about what students are thinking and how. Defining “continual learning conversation” would include going more into what do we mean by assessment, diagnosis, formative learning evaluation, etc.K-3+ Resources – Classroom as Community
5:00pm PDT/8pm EDT/next day 00:00GMT
Join Sue Roseman in the Comfy Conference Room on October 11 and 25 for Great K-3+ Classroom Resources. Start your school year with some great classroom community ideas.

If you’ve not participated in the K to 3+ Resources discussions and want to learn more about what topics are discussed, visit the group room before the discussion is scheduled and look at the resources available under Featured Items and on the discussion board.
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Wednesday, October 26
ArtsConnectEd Workshop – Interdisciplinary Art Teaching Tool
7pm EST/4:00 pm PST/24:00GMT//7pm EDT/4:00pmPDT/23:00GMT
This workshop utilizes both easy to understand computer technology and the free resources of Art Collector and Artists Toolkit from the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Walker Art Center, to provide teachers with additional educational tools for student skill development and improvement. Over the summer the ArtsConnectEd trainers have been working on creating art curriculum material utilizing the new tools that are available in Art Collector. Kevan has been giving workshops on ArtsConnectEd at Tapped In for a number of years now, and is currently providing information on how to utilize the new structures that have been made available on the ArtsConnectEd site.

Join Kevan Nitzberg in his TI office on October 26 when he will be discussing information regarding the ArtsConnectEd format.
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Thursday, October 27
Online Teaching and Learning
7pm EDT, 4pm PDT, 23:00 GMT
Join Roger Goodson on October 27 to share effective strategies for infusing technology into teacher training for online teaching and learning.

If you’ve not participated in the OTL discussions and want to learn more about what topics are discussed, visit the group room before the discussion is scheduled and look at the resources available under Featured Items and on the discussion board.

Global Project-Based Learning
6:00pmPDT/9pm EDT//next day, 01:00GMT
Global Project-based learning refers to connecting teachers and students to collaboratively work together on curriculum based real-world projects. New technologies, tools and resources are emerging in interesting ways to facilitate a global learning community. Join Linda Ullah on October 27 in the GPBS Group Room for this discussion. Bring your favorite global or multi-school collaborative project web site. Be prepared to share. What global projects have you done? What global projects would interest you?

If you’ve not participated in the GPBL discussions and want to learn more about what topics are discussed, visit the group room before the discussion is scheduled and look at the resources available under Featured Items and on the discussion board.
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Saturday, October 29
Learning Hub Tips & Tricks VFT – Extended Skills
7pm EDT/4pm PDT/23:00 GMT
Join one of the Tapped In HelpDesk volunteers to learn how you can use TI as a hub for learning in your classroom and for your own professional development.

TI: Learning Hub is an extended Calendar Event series. The purpose of the series is: Using TI as a learning hub to build a professional learning community.

Participants will learn how to use the extended skills/tools available in Tapped In. The Learning Hub Series will empower educators to be more flexible and knowledgeable in helping their students to be independent learners who use a variety of formats and resources to communicate ideas and construct learning.

Extended Capabilities
#Office and Group Room formation and outfitting capabilities
#Operating private messages
#Form a private office
#Own a group [this can be a K-12 Student Classroom]
#Post links in office or group room
#Writing notes for office or group room
#Starting a discussion in a group room
#Responding to a discussion in a group room
#Using the Whiteboard
#Featuring Notes, Links, Whiteboard, Passageways, etc
#Establish passageways from Learning Hub to office and/or group room and vice versa

Visit the group room before the discussion is scheduled and look at the resources available under Featured Items and on the Discussion board.

Posted by BJ Berquist
bjb@tappedin.org
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October 17, 2011

[AR_Grp][BjB] This Week In Tapped In (October 16-22, 2011)

tapped_inThis showed up in my inbox on Saturday, but I am only getting around to posting it today. So folks missed the Sunday events, but my mobile learning readers should note the Thursday iPads and eBooks session.

Posted by: BjB
Discussion in Room: Action Research
Folder: This Week in Tapped In
Subject: [AR_Grp][BjB] This Week In Tapped In (October 16-22, 2011)
Message:

This Week In Tapped In (October 16-22, 2011)

Sunday, October 16
Webheads in Action
8am EDT/5am PDT/12:00-14:00 GMT
The focus of Webheads in Action is on teacher professional development for teachers and teacher trainers and forming communities of practice with CMC tools.
http://www.vancestevens.com/papers/evonline2002/webheads.htm Join Vance Stevens every Sunday in Reception at noon GMT (for two hours).

Learning Hub Tips & Tricks VFT of Tapped In
3pm EDT/12 noon PDT (1.5 hours)
Join Dianne Allen to learn how you can use TI as a hub for learning in your classroom and for your own professional development.

TI: Learning Hub is an extended Calendar Event series. The purpose of the series is: Using TI as a learning hub to build a professional learning community.

Participants will learn how to use the basic tools available in Tapped In. The Learning Hub Series will empower educators to be more flexible and knowledgeable in helping their students to be independent learners who use a variety of formats and resources to communicate ideas and construct learning.

Tuesday, October 18
Learning Hub Tips & Tricks VFT of Tapped In
5:30pm EDT/2:30pm PDT
Join one of the Tapped In HelpDesk volunteers to learn how you can use TI as a hub for learning in your classroom and for your own professional development.

TI: Learning Hub is an extended Calendar Event series. The purpose of the series is: Using TI as a learning hub to build a professional learning community.

Participants will learn how to use the basic tools available in Tapped In. The Learning Hub Series will empower educators to be more flexible and knowledgeable in helping their students to be independent learners who use a variety of formats and resources to communicate ideas and construct learning.

Math Transformers – MUSIC & Math
7pm EDT/4pm PDT/23:00 GMT
Tired of hearing how boring math is? Tired of teaching concepts and having the students complain about not understanding or ask when do we use it? Join Patricia Chen for the Math Transformers chat in October to get your middle school students moving to the beat of math.

Learning From Lyrics
9pm EDT, 6pm PDT//next day, 01:00 GMT
This media literacy curriculum involves the use of popular song lyrics as a flexible teaching tool to engage, motivate and inspire students, grades 5-12. Join John Chase in the Learning With Lyrics group room in October to learn about an interdisciplinary instructional strategy that is suitable for all students and is particularly useful and effective for at-risk and disengaged students who may be struggling with the new learning standards and standardized assessment.
http://www.learningfromlyrics.org/

Thursday, October 20
Action Research-Building Community
7pm EST/4pm PST/24:00GMT
Diane Painter offers an Action Research discussion about what action research is and how it differs from traditional ed research. The topic for October is building community.

Students in university/college classes who are engaging in action research are invited to join us here in TI’s Action Research room to share what we are doing. Please join us- and invite someone to join, too!

ISTE-MS – iPads and eBooks
8pm EDT/5pm PDT/
Dr. Lesley Farmer, facilitator of this discussion, coordinates the Library Media Teacher Services Credential Program at California State University. Join the ISTE Media Specialists SIG in the Cybrarians group room where we will look at the Join Lesley in the Cybrarians Group Room where we will look at the international aspects/factors of eBooks and iPads for the October discussion.

Saturday, October 22
K-12 Campus Tour and Classroom Support
2pm EDT/11am PDT/18:00 GMT
Second and Fourth Saturday
Join Jeff Cooper, one of the Tapped In HelpDesk volunteers, for K-12 Campus Tour and Classroom Support. Topics will include 1) Getting started with Tapped In Special Interest Groups or K-12 Student Groups and accounts, and 2) Questions and Answers regarding creating a K-12 Student Group or Tapped In Special Interest Group. Jeff will share ideas for getting your online classroom better equipped to work with students during the school year. These tours will start in the Reception room of Tapped In.

Learning Hub Tips & Tricks VFT – Extended Skills
7pm EDT/4pm PDT/23:00 GMT (1.5 hours)
Join one of the Tapped In HelpDesk volunteers to learn how you can use TI as a hub for learning in your classroom and for your own professional development.

TI: Learning Hub is an extended Calendar Event series. The purpose of the series is: Using TI as a learning hub to build a professional learning community.

Participants will learn how to use the extended skills/tools available in Tapped In. The Learning Hub Series will empower educators to be more flexible and knowledgeable in helping their students to be independent learners who use a variety of formats and resources to communicate ideas and construct learning.

Extended Capabilities
#Office and Group Room formation and outfitting capabilities
#Operating private messages
#Form a private office
#Own a group [this can be a K-12 Student Classroom]
#Post links in office or group room
#Writing notes for office or group room
#Starting a discussion in a group room
#Responding to a discussion in a group room
#Using the Whiteboard
#Featuring Notes, Links, Whiteboard, Passageways, etc
#Establish passageways from Learning Hub to office and/or group room and vice versa

Posted by BJ Berquist
bjb@tappedin.org

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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[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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[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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