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
I recently saw a tweet mentioning the use of Dropbox. I have used Dropbox for several years. While I continue to use Dropbox, I used to use Humyo to specifically share and host audio and video files from recordings of our Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinar series until Trend bought them out. I still have my account and keep files previously linked to Classroom 2.0 LIVE blog posts.
Dropbox gives you access to 2GB of storage for free and there are several services, including a desktop client, that you can download and use with Desktop. “Sendtodropbox” is a great way to email files to your dropbox account. You can view the apps that are compatible with Dropbox at this website – https://www.dropbox.com/apps.
Dropbox allows you to customize who and how you share files/folders with others using their email address. When sharing files, you don’t have to make everything accessible to those that you share dropbox files with as you can share individual files with different individuals.
Back in 2009, I started using SugarSync on my iTouch. Sugar Sync is a similar service that is free but gives you 5GB of storage instead of just 2GB. Like Dropbox, both apps have mobile apps so that you can use most types of mobile device to remotely access your files. You can share and email files to your SugarSync account much easier than you can with Dropbox.
Both services have great interfaces but I prefer the look of SugarSync a bit better. Since I have different Dropbox accounts I found it difficult to figure out which files were associated with which Dropbox accounts. SugarSync makes viewing the location of desired files much easier for me to find than Dropbox.
Both services allow you to receive extra storage space for referrals that sign up for the free or paid accounts. Dropbox gives additional MB for each referral with a .edu email account. SugarSync gives you 500 MB for each referral and Dropbox gives you 250 MB per new account.
**Blog Author’s note: URLs for Dropbox and SugarSync are links that will give me additional MB of space so please use the referral links.
Dropbox – http://db.tt/574H7Dh
SugarSync – https://www.sugarsync.com/referral?rf=fbx70zhi76g5f
From all of us at ‘Classroom 2.0 LIVE!‘, we would like to invite you to a ‘Countdown Smackdown’ as we countdown the new year with a smackdown! This will be our final webinar for 2010 and you are invited to participate in the smackdown.
The Countdown Smackdown will be held Thursday, December 30th at 12pm EST. If you would like to share a resource, please take a few moments to complete our sign up form. It isn’t necessary to share a web tool to attend or register for the session. A smackdown is where people have two minutes to share their favorite technology resource or web tool.
Note: If you would like to share a tool, please make sure you have a USB headset to prevent echoing or any audio difficulties. Please take a moment to fill out the short form below prior to the Countdown Smackdown session so we can prepare the gl.am link with as many of the resources that will be shared as possible prior to the Smackdown.
It’s that time again! Time to vote the nominees for the Edublog Awards. While there are so many valuable contributors and innovative educators nominated, we hope that you will vote for our webinar series, “Classroom 2.0 LIVE!” at http://edublogawards.com/2010awards/best-educational-webinar-series…. The competition is fierce for all of the categories and we are honored and thankMcTeach for her dedication to our webinar series and for nominating us.
Please consider voting for the Classroom 2.0.com Ning as the best educational use of a social network at http://edublogawards.com/2010awards/best-educational-use-of-a-socia…
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.
Vodpod videos no longer available.
Vodpod videos no longer available.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.