Monthly Archives: October 2010

McDonald's, I'm NOT Lovin' it

My sister went to a McDonald’s on Culebra near Woodlawn Avenue in San Antonio to see if the manager could donate 9 of the empty buckets they are giving with happy meals and mighty kids meals. The manager said no and that she would have to call the main McDonald’s number which of course no one ever answered. I

t is really sad as I know McDonald’s has donated to lots of community activities and who more than anyone needs comforting and special treats (no pun intended with trick or treating on Halloween) than the children in the children’s shelter. These three and four year olds are living in an isolated ‘cottage’ as they call it, which is essentially a dorm for children. The kiddoes are separated from their parents and are not housed with their siblings. They are torn from their families, which is usually a good thing for most of the children housed there, and McDonald’s can’t donate 9 empty treat buckets? My sister wasn’t asking for herself, for her family or for kids with families that could afford the buckets. Most McDonald’s do a lot for the community and have a budget set aside to fulfill requests for donations. How much would the buckets have cost McDonald’s? Probably a handful of dollars at the most. How sad that this particular McDonald’s refused to help the little ones with a bucket to to fill with treats.

McDonald’s, I’m NOT Lovin’ it

My sister went to a McDonald’s on Culebra near Woodlawn Avenue in San Antonio to see if the manager could donate 9 of the empty buckets they are giving with happy meals and mighty kids meals. The manager said no and that she would have to call the main McDonald’s number which of course no one ever answered. I

t is really sad as I know McDonald’s has donated to lots of community activities and who more than anyone needs comforting and special treats (no pun intended with trick or treating on Halloween) than the children in the children’s shelter. These three and four year olds are living in an isolated ‘cottage’ as they call it, which is essentially a dorm for children. The kiddoes are separated from their parents and are not housed with their siblings. They are torn from their families, which is usually a good thing for most of the children housed there, and McDonald’s can’t donate 9 empty treat buckets? My sister wasn’t asking for herself, for her family or for kids with families that could afford the buckets. Most McDonald’s do a lot for the community and have a budget set aside to fulfill requests for donations. How much would the buckets have cost McDonald’s? Probably a handful of dollars at the most. How sad that this particular McDonald’s refused to help the little ones with a bucket to to fill with treats.

Web Conferencing to Enrich Learning and Connect Globally

Saturday, October 23rd is going to be a busy day for online conferences. The DEN is hosting their Fall Virtual Conference and sessions continue as part of the 2010 Global Symposium hosted by CRSTE.

As part of the Global Symposium, my presentation is scheduled for 3pm EST/2pm CST and I hope you join me. I will be talking about a subject that is near and dear to my heart – web conferencing. Not a week goes by that I am not in a web conference or hosting a web conference. Through web conferences and webinars, I am able to connect with educators around the synchronously and asynchronously.

I believe I have found my niche: online learning, online professional development, and online presentations. The sole reason I went after an advanced degree was to enable me to teach and mentor educators online and facilitate online courses. As a former technology specialist, I employed the use of web conferences with other specialists on different campuses in the school district. This is a strategy that is supported by research showing students perform at a higher level and increase the quality of their work when their audience is expanded beyond just their teacher and peers. Helping students travel the globe and experience cultures, different languages, habitats, and cuisine without leaving the classroom is my passion and ultimate goal when presenting professional development sessions for education. I only wish I had the bank account to finance my purchases at all of the stops around the globe!

Join me for a session on connecting globally via web conferencing at 3pm EST:

Using Web Conferencing to Enrich Learning and Connect Globally – Kim Caise
3:00 PM EDT
Elluminate link: http://goo.gl/CoBv
Join well-known online educator Kim Caise as she shares strategies to integrate web conferencing into instruction and connect with other classrooms globally.

CRSTE Global Symposium Catalog
http://crste.org/images/2010GSSessionCatalog.pdf

Tomorrow morning head over to the DEN and participate in their awesome sessions scheduled on the hour throughout the day. Once the day concludes, hop over to Elluminate and join me for my session. I welcome your contributions to the conversation and appreciate your show of support for my session. Our regularly scheduled ‘Classroom 2.0 LIVE!’ has been canceled tomorrow and will resume on October 30th. Hope to see you online!

Tech or Treat Time

It is ‘Tech or Treat Time’! On Saturday, October 24th, the Discovery Educator Network will host its free Fall Virtual Conference. Many cities throughout the United States are hosting face to face events in conjunction with the virtual conference sponsored by state leadership councils. The theme is ‘Tech or Treat’ and there will be treats galore given away that day. If you submit a picture of yourself in a costume you can win prizes for your classroom. One special treat  is that we finally get to find out what ‘AREA 51′ is!

The virtual conference will begin at 9am EST and will run until 3pm EST. You can find out more information about this event at http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/fall-virtcon-2010/.

Except and image are taken from the DEN blog post:

Join thousands of educators online and in-person as the DEN team goes house to house to explore the many digital treats available to educators today.  During this unique professional development event you have the flexibility to attend online or in-person at one of many regional events hosted by the DEN Leadership Councils.

The day will feature special presentations from Gail Lovely, Steve Dembo and Hall Davidson along with featured STAR Discovery Educators sharing their projects from the DEN Summer Institute (DENSI10). A host of other great sessions from your DEN team is guaranteed to satisfy your digital sweet tooth.

As part of the day’s festivities we’ll have prizes for the best costumes that day. Whether you are attending in-person or online, get dressed up and you could win a fabulous prize for your classroom.

Register at http://LINKS.discoveryeducation.com/virtcon

Be sure to register to make sure that you are able to join in the day’s events. You will definitely not want to miss this free virtual conference!

2010 Global Symposium

There are only two days left to register for the 2010 Global Symposium hosted by CRSTE.  The Global Symposium is a free virtual conference open to educators around the world. The conference begins October 16 with kicking off two weeks of sessions held in Elluminate. The conference lasts until October 24th and sessions are scheduled throughout the day and into the evenings. Educators around the globe are scheduled to present and the conference is full of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities. You can view the conference catalog so be sure to register in the next two days!

Participate in the Great Mail Race

I received this in an email newsletter from Terry Shay who oversees the FableVision Ambassadors (which I am privileged to be a member of this esteemed group!)  Terry sends out email newsletters updating us on events and announcements for FableVision. Below is an invitation to assist a fellow educator with a class project.

Participate in The Great Mail Race

I received this from our wonderful Bill, the Dot Connector….Seems like a great way to use Stationery Studio!!

Ms. Blake is a fifth grade teacher at Sadie Saulter Elementary in Greenville, NC, and her class is involved in a very exciting project, The Great Mail Race. As a part of their writing and geography studies, students have decided to participate in The Great Mail Race. They are writing to fifth grade students in all 50 states and tracking the responses that they receive.

The students are hoping that other classes would be willing to participate in The Great Mail Race by receiving a letter from one of Ms. Blake’s students and responding with information about your school and state. The students will send a questionnaire designed to  collect basic information about schools and states that can later be used to compare and contrast fifth grade classes across the nation.

If you are willing to participate or interested in learning more, please contact Ms. Blake at blakes.sadi@pitt.k12.nc.us

Additional FableVision announcements are below:

For every 10 people who view this short, animated trailer for Peter H. Reynolds‘ book Rose’s Garden, FableVision will donate a children’s book for the national literacy and mentoring nonprofit EVERYBODY WINS! to read and give to a child while supplies last.

In under a minute, you can contribute to this effort to inspire children to read. We encourage you to watch the trailer here.

Rose's Garden Trailer

WHAT MAKES YOUR CLASSROOM WONDERFUL?
LET US KNOW, AND ENTER A DRAWING FOR
FREE SOFTWARE.

We’re writing a book called The Wonderful Classroom, designed to help educators create a 21st Century teaching and learning environment. Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds the book will include a library of practical tips that teachers can apply immediately to build on what works well today.

Would you like to help? Please click here to share tips, strategies, and examples from your “wonderful classroom.” We welcome input from you and your students! All submissions will be entered into a free drawing for a five-computer license of Animation-ish, Stationery Studio, OR SmartMoves. Click here for more information.

Note: Above announcements were taken from the FableVision website. All rights reserved.

Can you believe these statistics?!?!

Steve Hargadon, founder of Classroom 2.0.com and Future of Education.com, asked Peggy George, Lorna Costantini and myself for statistics of the shows that we do each Saturday morning in Elluminate entitled “Classroom 2.0 LIVE!”.

Classroom 2.0 LIVE!

Below are the statistics related to our webinar series and Classroom 2.0 LIVE website. We often receive feedback about the power of the discussions and the guests we have on our show each week are always receptive to feedback and constructive criticism. Often times, people confuse Classroom 2.0.com and Classroom 2.o LIVE! Classroom 2.0 LIVE! is an extension of the conversations that occur online at Classroom 2.0.com.  When I read the statistics that Peggy compiled, I was even more proud of the work we are doing to help educators integrate technology and connect with others around the globe. The statistics were outstanding and so eye opening for me that I wanted to share them with you.

Classroom 2.0 LIVE! Statistics:

*76 shows since January 2009 with weekly blog posts archiving all recordings, chat logs, and follow-up resource links for every topic which people are using to share with educators in local professional development experiences in addition to watching recordings when they weren’t able to participate in person

*Number of participants range from 30-110 with average participation around 50-60 each week

*Since we began offering professional development certificates for webinar participation in Oct. 2009 we have distributed 833 certificates ranging from 5-38 per session with an average of 22 certificates each session.

*52 different countries have visited this site. Total unique visitors: 35,806 (these stats differ somewhat from the Weebly stats)

No count of countries participating in our shows but our international audience is growing. If this is important we could gather this information from chat logs over time.

*87 special guest presenters who are educational leaders, teachers, students, administrators, professional development consultants and online program developers

*30 video and audio recordings posted on iTunesU where people can subscribe and download mp3 and mp4 recordings to portable devices (don’t have statistics for how many people are using this service)

*348 followers on our Twitter account: http://www.twitter.com/liveclass20

*68 members on Diigo group where gl.am links and other related show links are shared: http://groups.diigo.com/group/classroom-20-live

* Classroom 2.0 LIVE Co-Hosts have done presentations both virtually and f2f sharing “Host your Own Webinar” on Elluminate/LearnCentral using our process as an example for demonstrating social networking tools for planning, communicating and collaborating (Virtual Technology Conference/TX; Elluminati Virtual Conference; ISTE 2010 Poster Session; AzTEA T&T and WOW Conferences; Australia Series/TechTalk Tuesdays; AzTEA Elluminate webinar presentation on LearnCentral features by Gailene Nelson)

I find this information interesting…not sure if it’s significant but it shows people are coming to our site in many different ways. (Peggy George)

Referring Sites to our website for Month of September:

29 www.classroom20.com
23 www.google.com
8 www.delicious.com
7 gl.am
7 gret.wordpress.com
www.google.ca
6 webtwopointo.ning.com
www.ask.com
5 teacherbootcamp.edublogs.org
5 twitter.com
www.google.co.th
www.eduref.org
www.ourschool.ca
www.diigo.com
5 esumoodle.esu.edu
4 wiki.classroom20.com
4 seomax.sg1004.myweb.hinet.net
www.allanabolics.com
4 nyitonline.nyit.edu
www.google.no
www.nitinpandey.com
3 webzimbra.amersol.edu.pe
www.plurk.com
www.shambles.net
www.smriders.net
www.bing.com
www.web-hosting-web.com
www.weebly.com
www.facebook.com
www.netvibes.com
www.google.es
www.google.pl
www.ikeepbookmarks.com
www.google.co.za
www.google.co.uk
www.instapaper.com
www.laser-tech.org
www.lornacostantini.com
www.google.it
www.allaboutexplorers.com
3 search.yahoo.com
3 meghowland.info
3 mail.google.com
3 l.wbx.me
3 kcaise.wordpress.com
3 guidetoinnovation.ning.com
3 ce5160networkedclassroom.wikispaces.com
3 beyondwebct.wordpress.com
3 twittertim.es
www.uni.edu
www.forextradersreview.com
www.aztea.org
1 longurl.org
1 ieducationappsreview.ning.com