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Classroom 2.0 LIVE! will Return this Saturday

Classroom 2.0 LIVE! will return this Saturday after a brief hiatus for October due to health reasons for each of the co-hosts. We are excited to return this Saturday at our regularly scheduled time of 12pm ET/11am CT/10am MT/9am PT. We appreciate all of the wonderful comments, emails and best wishes from our friends and colleagues while we were on hiatus.

Saturday, October 29th, will be another webinar in our ‘Featured Teacher’ series. Bryan Jackson will talk about web 2.0 mean to him and why he uses web 2.0 tools in his classroom. Bryan Jackson is a high school gifted-education and music teacher in Coquitlam, British Columbia. For five years, he has taught the T.A.L.O.N.S. program, a two-year, interdisciplinary program for identified ring

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Two Unique and Innovative Ways to Use Twitter

There are tons of innovative ways of using Twitter but I am only going to touch on two ways. First is the use of hashtags. Whenever I am in a webinar talking about hashtags, I am always asked what to explain what a hashtag was. A hashtag on Twitter is a word or phrase with the # symbol in front of it. It is like a keyword to help filter Tweets. We use ‘liveclass20′ when referencing our Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinar series on Saturday mornings. If a conference is happening, people use a term to represent that conference like ‘ASCD11′ that referred to the recent ASCD conference.

I was reading a blog post by Meg Wilson about educators using Twitter. She shared this about Twitter,

If you are a new teacher, I highly recommend that you be a part of the Twitter community. If you aren’t comfortable tweeting just yet, you can still make great use of Twitter searches. You can locate some excellent resources just by searching hashtags like#EdReach#EdChat#EdTech#IEAR, or #SpEdChat (just to name a few, but there really is a search for almost every topic out there… Jerry Blumengarten has a fabulous list here). Once you experience the wealth of resources that are available on Twitter, I am positive that you too will want to be a part of the conversation.

On certain days of the week, you can participate in a group chat using the specified hashtag. #edchat occurs on Tuesdays at 12pm EST and 7pm EST. This is a great article discussing ways you can participate in a group chat on Twitter. You can use any of the desktop Twitter applications, like Tweetdeck, to follow a group chat. Tweetdeck is great because you set up different columns and follow group chats on designated days of the week.

The second use of Twitter that I think is so innovative is when teachers or students have a Twitter where they portray a fictional character, famous historical person, or trending topic from current events. Lots of people set up fake Twitter accounts trying to be celebrities so Twitter resorted to putting the label of verified informing other Tweeters that the Twitter account is actually who the bio says they are.

Civil War Sallie is actually Jim Beeghley’s daughter, Sara, who blogs and posts Tweets from the viewpoint as a traveling bear that visits classrooms. The classrooms take the bear on a variety of field trips and then mail back to the bear Civil War Sallie. The bear shares her travels with everyone via a website at Civil War Sallie. Sara was our guest on Classroom 2.0 LIVE and she shared the wonderful adventures Sallie Ann had been on that month. You can view the archived session on #liveclass20.

There is a website, and I can’t think of the name right now, where someone acts as a historical figure and answers questions from students as the historical figure is still alive around the time the person died – kind of like freezing time for the figure or someone turning ’29’ for the 12th time. Seriously though, you can do the same with Twitter. I have come across Twitter accounts that do just this and it is really interesting to see the content posted from the Tweeter.

fdfYou can follow Shakespeare and see what he has to say about the plays he wrote way back when. One really hysterical Tweeter is @BronxZoosSnake.  If you just came out from under a rock, or been away from your TV for awhile, you may have just learned that a Cobra snake from the Bronx Zoo escaped from his cage in the reptile house and is loose in the Bronx Zoo. In a few days’ time, the snake has over 111,000 followers and increases every hour – especially since the snake’s Twitter account has been shared on several television shows and newscasts.  The @BronxZoosSnake has not been found I am loving the adventures the snake has experienced and the people he/she has encountered.

Classroom 2.0 LIVE! meets the Australia Series

Wednesday evening the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! co-hosts (Peggy George, Lorna Costantini and myself) presented with Anne Mirtschin and Carole McCulloch of Australia as part of the many presenters featured in the Global Education Conference. We had a wonderful time and about 25 people join our session. Anne and Carole co-host several webinars as part of their, “The Australia Series” featured at LearnCentral.

Our presentation featured the ways we each prepare for our webinars, find guests and communicate behind the scenes in preparation for our weekly webinars. Both webinar series have many international guests joining the sessions, serving as presenters and participating in conversations about topics relevant to teaching our students and colleagues about global collaboration and connections.

As in all of our Classroom 2.0 LIVE! webinars, we featured a Gl.am link in honor of the ‘glamorous’ co-hosts: http://gl.am/D4k3c. We also created a VoiceThread as one of the follow up resources and invite everyone to post their comments and reflections to the VoiceThread regardless of whether you joined our session last night or viewed the recording of the presentation. The VoiceThread asks ways that you connect globally and requests you share your favorite web tools to connect with other educators. The slidedeck is displayed below the VoiceThread.

In the event you have been under a rock or missed hearing about the Global Education Conference because you just started using the internet, all of the sessions were recorded and will be available  for you to watch and share with your colleagues. The list of recordings can be found here.

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

2009 – A Year in Review on Classroom 2.0 LIVE!

Classroom 2.0 LIVE!

This Saturday, January 2, 2010, we will host a very special Classroom 2.0 LIVE! All of the special guests that have been on our show, as well as everyone who has participated in the live or recorded sessions, are invited for a special celebration. The show will mark the one year anniversary of when Classroom 2.0 LIVE! first began. Please join us for virtual food, fun and reminiscing as we celebrate all of our participants and special guests throughout 2009 on our first-year anniversary.

To commemorate the event, we have created a wiki page and are asking everyone to share one take away from any Classroom 2.0 LIVE! session at record it on our wiki page at http://wiki.classroom20.com/2009+-+A+Year+in+Review. We’d like to compile some stories, in advance of the show, from your experiences on Classroom 2.0 LIVE this year. You are invited to share a story of one take-away from any show, and briefly describe how you were able to use the idea. Was there a new idea, an “aha moment” or something new you learned that you would like share? We’ll share some of the stories during the live show and there will be opportunities to come to the mic and tell us your story. Please take a few moments to give us feedback and share how Classroom 2.0 LIVE! has touched your life.

Come prepared to share one image of a virtual refreshment or party decoration with the participants! More information and session details are at http://live.classroom20.com. If you’re new to the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show you might want to spend a few minutes viewing the screencast on the homepage to learn how we use Elluminate and navigate the site to find the archives of previous shows and resources. Each show begins at 12pm Eastern and may be accessed in Elluminate directly using the following Classroom 2.0 LIVE! link at http://tinyurl.com/cr20live.

Peggy George, my fellow CR 20 LIVE! co host, created a very special Animoto to mark this milestone. The Animoto features the topics presented each week on Classroom 2.0 LIVE!.

‘Classroom Websites’ and ‘ePortfolios’ Resource Groups

LearnCentral.org

LearnCentral.org

Do you have great resources about creating classroom websites or fantastic examples of a classroom website that you would like to share? A new group at LearnCentral has been created to serve as a repository of resources for easy classroom website design.

Weebly

Weebly

This past Saturday on the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show we had Dan Veltri from Weebly.com. Dan announced the recent release of the new education version of Weebly.  As a result of our conversation, I created this group for us to share ideas, resources and examples of using a classroom website with your students or parents. You can find the link to the recording of the show at: http://live.classroom20.com/1/post/2009/10/using-weebly-to-design-classroom-websites-special-guest-dan-veltri.html.

The link to the Classroom Websites group is: http://www.learncentral.org/group/30362/classroom-websites.

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ePortfolios

After our recent show with Dr. Helen Barrett discussion ‘ePortfolios’ on ‘Classroom 2.0 LIVE!’, an ‘ePortfolios’ group was created for people to share resources and examples of student created ePortfolios.  There are already 20 members in the group and I encourage you to join and start a new discussion thread with your links, resources and examples for using ‘ePortfolios’ with students.

The link to the ‘ePortfolios’ group at LearnCentral is: http://www.learncentral.org/group/26108/eportfolios

New Online Position for Me!

Elluminate

Elluminate

Many of you know of my affiliation with the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show and Classroom 2.0.com founded by Steve Hargadon. Our weekly show is held in Elluminate each Saturday morning and through my affiliation with the show and Steve Hargadon, I was recently offered the part-time position of  ‘Elluminate/LearnCentral Community Facilitator and Flat Classroom™ Project™ Administrator’.

Flat Classroom™ Project

Flat Classroom™ Project

My duties include supporting Elluminate and the new educator community ‘LearnCentral‘ and split my time supporting the Flat Classroom™ Project with Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay. I assist with coordinating teacher meetings, project announcements and help manage the many projects that Vicki and Julie oversee.

LearnCentral.org

LearnCentral.org

If you haven’t joined LearnCentral I encourage you to check out the community and wealth of resources. Elluminate sponsors both LearnCentral and the Flat Classroom™ Project and funds my position.