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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.

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!

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

Pump up your Summer Learning

WeAreTeachers Microgrant

WeAreTeachers Microgrant

WeAreTeachers is sponsoring another MicroGrant contest that officially kicked off today and runs until June 1, 2009. The theme for this promotion is ‘A Summer of Learning!’. I submitted a proposal entitled, “Pump up your Summer Learning!” My proposal can be found on the first page., sixth one down.  would appreciate your vote and efforts to spread the word to your colleagues about voting as well as I attempt to find ways to fund my passions of learning, technology and summer fun!

The grants that receive the top 10 most number of votes will win a Flip Video Camera and $200! Please vote by clicking here: http://www.weareteachers.com/web/weareteachers/solvote.  Thanks to everyone who helped in the past and I sincerely appreciate your assistance again!

Calling all Educators!

This past April 1, 2009, I decided to take the plunge and start a master’s program. I enrolled at Western Governors University and am working towards a Master of Education in Learning and Technology. As a culminating project, I will be writing a capstone project about the following instructional problem:

Teachers frequently express frustration with the quality of professional development they receive about effective ways to integrate technology technology into their teaching.

I have posed a possible solution to the above instructional problem:

mwsnap01247“A learning management system will be created featuring an online Moodle community with modules that will train teachers on basic technology skills and ways to integrate technology into teachers’ content area(s) to enrich student learning. This will result in teachers taking ownership of their learning, changing negative perceptions of online professional development and creating similar online  activities for their students to participate.

Moodle will be the tool used to deliver the online training sessions. The goal is to deliver quality professional development online that is accessible 24/7, that is meaningful and relative delivered online to the participating teachers.  I haven’t worked out all of the details as I am just in the needs analysis phase and am just starting to gather data.

I have created two different instruments to gather data. One is a Google form at:

http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=cEROTTBDOTItTFN1QkdWbVlEV0VKRHc6MA

If you could take a moment and share the link with your colleagues I would great appreciate it. Feel free to tweet, plurk, post on your blog, Facebook, or anywhere that you think would help drive educators to complete the survey. Educators from Superintendent to the beginning teacher are invited to complete the two instruments to get a wide range of responses. The audience is all educators; more specifically educators new to using technology.

The second is a short questionnaire embedded at one of my wikis:

http://caisefiles.wikispaces.com/capstone_project_questions

The questions are completely open ended and your answers can be very brief or extensive – whatever you have time to write. I know time is a valuable commodity for everyone so I understand if you are not able to complete either one of the intruments. If you aren’t able to complete the instruments but can share with colleagues the links to the instruments I greatly appreciate it.