Debbie Herzig - Woodward Academy Primary School

1. Getting Started - "Video-Conferencing: It’s Easy, Free, and Powerful”
2. October 2006 Overcoming Obstacles
4. Brian Crosby, a veteran teacher, gives realistic and practical ways to use video-conferencing in the classroom. By incorporating the skills of collaborating, writing, public speaking, analyzing and critiquing, students can greatly benefit from their “messy learning.”
5. When podcasting with the class in New York, how were technical problems, different schedules, etc. addressed? I had questions about the story, “The Mystery of Harris Burdich,” by Chris Van Allsburg. I wasn’t familiar with it so a synopsis would have been helpful. I would have liked to have heard how Lee Nabors utilized the information after the students heard themselves during the interviews they conducted.
6. Ideas for using video-conferencing:

· Guest speakers for both students and teachers
· In-service opportunities for teachers
· Virtual field trip


Draw My Own Personal Monster:
1. Draw an oval and two thin triangles on the top of the oval on the left and right sides.
2. Draw a small red circle on the oval below each triangle. Then draw a black circle on the lower part of the red oval.
3. Draw a black circle in the middle of the oval below the red and black circles.
4. On the left and right sides of the black circle, draw two parallel dotted lines .
5. Draw a larger rectangle below the oval on the right side.
6. Beginning on the left underside of the rectangle, draw a shorter black line, then draw a longer black line, again draw a shorter black line and a longer black line.
7. At the top right side of rectangle, draw a black line straight out to the right. Then add an arrow at the end.

1. Kicking It Up a Notch -“Monsters Bloom in Our Wiki”
2. 2009 – Kicking It Up a Notch
4. Two teachers from New Jersey and Florida, worked collaboratively on a monster wiki that they exchanged with their second grade students. Not only did the children learn about the importance of adjectives in their descriptions, the use of Kidspiration and Wikis, and collaboration with long-distance peers, they unknowingly progressed through Bloom’s Taxonomy in their journey.
5. I would like to know how much input the regular classroom teachers at Anna’s school had in this project since she is the computer teacher. Also, having done a Wiki myself, I wonder how much training about manipulating Wikis was introduced to these second graders.
6. Even though this was an impressive project, I feel like our teachers at the Primary School have surpassed this level of proficiency. I would like to see our teachers collaborate more with schools all over the world. Ideally, Nneka’s school in Australia, our sister school in Caracas, Venezuela, and even Woodward North would be an easy place to start.
7. I will share this project with Nicole and Beth Ann to see if our students, possibly our first graders, would benefit from this experience.

1. "Embracing Web 2.0 for the Administrator"
2. 2009 - Getting Started
4. Bill Carozza, principal of the Harold Martin School in New Hampshire, gives an overview of Web 2.0 tools, Social Networking, Aggregators, Blogs, Collaborative Writing, Photo Sharing, and Podcasting, that are available to school administrators. After explaining each application, Bill describes how he has used each and recommends the easiest way to begin a Web 2.0 approach. He challenges the administrators to choose one method and provides reference information via a Wiki.
5. Bill should have adhered to the adage, "Less is More," with this presentation. Even though it was extremely informative, I found myself wishing that he had focused on 2 or 3 Web 2.0 tools. He did provide examples of the ones that he frequently used, but they were fuzzy and difficult to read. I would have liked to have seen the chart, "The Networked Teacher," more clearly. Maybe he has included it on his Wiki.
6. I finally understood the difference between Web 1.0 and 2.0. My professional journey into the Hannah Lee Wiki and my personal jump into Facebook have helped me realize that I'm putting my toes into Web 2.0! I found the quote by Will Richardson, (I know one of your gurus!) inspiring.
7. Bill used Skype as a tool to aid in conferences when one parent is in a different location. We have used conference calls; however, the Skype idea is certainly one I'd like to attempt. Also, I found it quite interesting that Twitter, according to Bill, is one of the "most powerful professional development. I will delve deeper into this possibility. In addition, the Google reader would be a handy tool both professionally and personally.