1.Name of Session: “Oh the Possibilities”
Conference year and strand 2008 Kicking it Up a Notch
URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=333
Lisa Parisi


Lisa Parisi discusses how to prepare for and implement a project based lesson. She first reassures instructors that they have already done these lessons, but correctly identifies the problem faced by most instructors—exhaustion while in the middle of the lesson. She gives clear directions on how to prepare these lessons so that they aren’t such a challenge, and in fact, become the norm for the classroom. Key components are limited choices for demonstrating knowledge [ these choices are based on skills introduced early in the academic year—a tool kit], a rubric based on curriculum goals and project assessment and finally the caution to “keep yourself away from the expert mode.”
Web sites for rubrics are included.

2. Name of Session: "21st Century Learning Plato's Way
Conference year and strand: 2009 Leading the Change
URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=437
Elizabeth Helfant

Plato not Pluto

Summary This presentation is definitely for someone who teaches the lower grades as the focus is the elementary level and the activities referenced are also. However, the main idea of using Blogs is appropriate for all levels. The key idea is that blogs and video games can be incorporated into the curriculum to address specific learning needs in a very enjoyable and engaging manner.
Questions/ideas The games mentioned were really not for the grade level I teach, but I did find the use of the Wii Music to teach music interesting. I think this (if we had it) might be a fun way to introduce the students to the Chinese scale. I wondered how they would operate some of the games—sharing specifically—in a larger class setting. The logistics of it would seem to be a challenge.
Personal Professional development I do want to explore more blog sites to see what they offer. Additionally, the Moshi Monsters—not really what I want –but it might be useful in teaching the concepts of scarcity or in dealing with what are cultural norms. Also, it was reassuring that they were not able to get this idea up and going throughout all the school—it was gradually introduced in some classes and even in some small test groups.
Ideas for lessons The plan to partner each new inexperienced gaming student with a more experienced partner does seem to make it more likely that something will be accomplished. I generally have students work in the lab alone—but now I am much more likely to let them share knowledge—help each other out.
The instructors emphasized the idea of scaffolding the learning. Many of the games were used as motivating activities—or to work toward social/cooperative goals. The benefit was an engaged student who was excited to be in the classroom. But this scaffolding came with the direction to “have in mind where you want to go with it” which keeps the gaming more concrete. The Moshi monsters may be appropriate for an intro to World Cultures. Or, it would be nice to set up a blog with one of the TerraNova classes.
Finally, the blogs need to be modeled. I just assumed my Econ. Class would do well with the Nicenet blog—stockmarket activity, but I now realize that I need to actually demonstrate more of what I want to be achieved. Write—accept constructive comments—write in return—all need to be demonstrated.

3. Name of Session ; "Prove It"
Conference year and Strand: 2008 Promise into Practice Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=311

4. Name of Session: Parental Engagement in the 21st Century--Leveraging web 2.0 tools to engage parents in non-traditional ways"
Conference year and Strand: 2008 Kicking it up a Notch Lorna Costantini and Matt Montagne
URL : http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=340

Parents come to fear the internet. Media influence—online dangers—overblown risks.
Teachers didn’t grow up online—not comfortable either—but students are online—it is simply commonplace. No one is really leading them—acceptable use policies and filtering software don’t lead them to develop responsible use – in all other areas parents provide the guidelines—but not online since the parents aren’t there. Encourage parents to get online. Make them see the advantages of going online—record speakers –or events the students are involved in—trips, etc.
Be positive –not negative
1. Assumes parents have the technology—but not all homes have computers.
2. What forums would be beneficial—not gripe sessions
3. What are we doing to reassure parents about online tools?
Personal/professional development
Didn’t really give me anything new (other than the web site)—but I do see some of the challenges to getting students engaged with 2.0 skills—if the parents are fearful.
How will I apply the learning?
1. I will send more messages to parents about the resources that are on the web and how the students could/should use them.
2. The concept of the live/nightly broadcast from a group on a trip is an interesting idea—and one that may be a possibility the next Middle School trip.
3. I should prepare a lesson on “Digital Citizenship” with situations/choices to help guide the students—independent of parents or teachers. What would you do if. . .

5. Name of Session: "Nurturing the 21st Century History Teacher"
Conference Year and Strand: 2009 Week in the Classroom Tom Daccord
URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=512

6. Name of Session: "Building A Web 2.0 Culture"
Conference Year and Strand: 2009 Leading the Change By Elizabeth Helfant
URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=457

The Web 2.0 culture needs to be built into the schools and this session focused on developing a professional culture of Trust, Respect and Responsibility in the school. Three key elements of the Web 2.0 culture and education:
1. Information is democratized.
2. Collaboration is powerful
3. There has been an exponential growth of knowledge.
All three are a threat to our current culture as teacher’s are no longer the source of all information, the group—not individuals-- is held responsible and personalization is the new approach rather than standardized tests. New Tech High was established in Napa to operate with project based learning as the core of the curriculum. Modeling behavior is critical to developing the professional culture and creating within the student the desire to be part of the online community.

1. Trust was the first element of the culture. The instructor has to let go of control in order to teach self control. How should this be integrated through the grade level curriculum? Can we establish certain benchmarks at certain grade levels?
2. How do the behavioral expectations of rules—such as those concerning e-mails—match with school discipline rules/
3. At what point it is apparent that the student is learning without us? Learning to learn on their own?
Critical to be able to determine this.

Personal Professional Development and Applying the Learning
The idea of having the students involved in the creation of the rules and being accountable to their peers is one I liked. With my StockMarket activity I will post a blog board that will provide the forum for the students to develop the rules for acceptable postings and what should be the consequences for breaking the rules. The idea of not punishing all for the mistakes of a few is significant and this would mean that the entire activity does not need to be shut down because of the foolishness of a few.
I will also stress to my department that collaboration is not cheating and is in fact how work will be accomplished in the future—but also that we need to deal with plagerism and not permit indiscriminate copying from the internet. Also the idea of personalization is significant—especially for the academic students.
Finally—the idea that when students (or adults) know each other as individuals—or the element of Respect—then the discourse is civil. I will do more activities to develop this familiarity earlier in the academic year. Most of my collaboration comes with the December Bill writing of the Government unit and later the various activities of the second semester economics unit and the students don’t really know each other when we start this. I need to develop a specific lesson in Sept. that would focus on class online interaction—probably something related to the Bill of Rights and group answers.

7. Name of Session : "Sustained Blogging in the Classroom"
Conference Year and Strand: 2007 Classroom 2.0
URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=170

Jeff Utecht

8.Name of Session: " Crossing the Copyright Boundary in the Digital Age"
Conference Year and Strand: 2007 Obstacles to Opportunities Karen Richardson
URL: http://k12onlineconference.ort/?p=185
Summary – The actual presentation didn’t come through—what you get is a short intro to what she plans to present. I had to go to the blog to try to get additional information. The very clever Disney snipet that she referenced was removed from YouTube for violations. (Apparently copyright violations –the topic of the session.) But the creative commons information is available and also the Center for Social Media information is also available.

other sites referenced

9. Name of Session: "Organizational Learning and Technology Collide"
Conference Year and Strand: 2009 Leading the Change Ben Grey
URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=450

10. Name of Session : "Around the World in 80 Minutes"
Conference Year and Strand: 2006 Personal professional Development Joseph Papaleo
URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p+69
Summary – it was quickly apparent that this came from a few years ago as many of the things Mr. Papaleo addressed are pretty commonplace now. The hook to get you interested in the session was the link of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days to the technological breakthroughs of his time (Railroads, Suez Canal opening) and the new opportunities of the internet. He started with a look at Google earth and some of the lessons planned. He strongly recommended the google earth community at http://bbs.keyhole.com. The section on vodeoconferencing was a bit dated---with a recommendation to use VolP /Skype. The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration looked interesting and the AT &T knowledge Network Explorer had databases and technical tips. The World Clock Time converter at www.Qlock.com looked like it would be fun.