Susan Hutchison

SESSION 1: ‘Oh the Possibilities’
Strand: Kicking it up a Notch (2008)
URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=333
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SESSION 2: ‘Oodles of Googles’
Strand: New Tools (2007)
URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=154
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Brief Summary: This presentation introduces some Google tools that make collaboration a breeze. She first demonstrates the Notebook application which allows a user to basically have a digital notebook where pictures, text, and URLs can be placed and shared with other users. She then presents how to take the content that is placed within the notebook and convert it into a Google Document which can then be shared with other users who can view or even edit the content. In addition, she demonstrates the use of Google Slides where powerpoints can be created, shared, and viewed within the browser. She shows how these application are great for collaborating with group members by creating discussions where ideas can be archived, and users have the ability to view and edit documents in real-time.
Questions: I love the idea of sharing the documents and being able to see other group members changes that they make to the document; however, what if two different group members are changing the same content within the shared document at the same time? Is there a notification system that alerts me when another user is making edits? I will need to explore these applications further to answer these questions.
Personal Gains: I have the knowledge of these Google applications and how useful they actually are when it comes to sharing a document being edited or viewed by multiple people within a group. These tools will allow me to share documents with my students.
Application: These applications will be useful when it comes to projects in the classroom. Students can create these online Google documents, and if I am added to the group I can keep tabs on which students are doing research and editing the documents. Also, using these applications, I can allow my students to create presentations that will be accessible to the rest of the students in the class. Students can study other groups presentations and come up with good questions to ask when it is time for the oral presentations to be given. These applications can also be useful for sharing classroom plans between teachers allowing better collaboration.


SESSION 3: 'Promise into Practice'
Strand: Prove It (2008)
URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=311



SESSION 4: 'Googlios: A 21st-Century Approach to Teaching, Learning, & Assessment'
Strand: Kicking it up a Notch (2009)
URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=478


SESSION 5: 'Parallel Play or Collaboration – Leveraging the Wiki Platform for High Quality Work'
Strand: Kicking it up a Notch (2009)
URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=576


SESSION 6: 'Unlikely Coordinates? Geocaching Across the Curriculum'
Strand: Kicking it up a Notch (2009)
URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=489


SESSION 7: 'Engaging Our Youngest Minds'
Strand: Kicking it up a Notch (2009)
URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=572


SESSION 8: 'Student Creation of Digital Documentaries in History Classrooms: Research Findings'
Strand: Prove It (2008)
URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=304
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Brief Summary: Glenn Bull, Curby Alexander, and Tom Hammond of the University of Virginia researched the "Primary Access" project that enables students to search for images and write scripts for web based digital videos for history projects. Using a simple text editor students write scripts which serve as a timeline for the movie. All work is saved on a primary access data base and can be accessed through the internet. Teachers can review each project online and can leave feedback for students.
Questions: How much time are students allowed each day for this project? Does each student have access to a computer at school and at home? At what age can a student participate in projects using Primary Access? Can this program be used in a cross curriculum situation such as history and literature combined?
Personal Gains: I gained knowledge of the availability of the websites and how useful and fun it would be to middle school students.
Application: I will certainly peruse this website, Primary Access, to use with my middle school students. This would be a great way for my 7th graders to learn the history of the Holocaust before reading the play, Anne Frank. My 8th graders could research the John T. Scoped Monkey Trial before reading the play in class. I think it will be a very useful tool and look forward to using it with my students.

SESSION 9: 'Around the World with Skype'
Strand: Week in the Classroom (2009)
URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=481


SESSION 10: 'How Can I Become Part of this ReadWriteWeb Revolution?'
Strand: Getting Started (2008)
URL: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=269

Brief Summary: This is a presentation by three IT support personnel from a school district in Maine. They discuss how teachers can make their classrooms more engaging for students as learners through communication and collaboration. A new skill set is the 21st century literacy of digital students. Since kids need to be self directed, these IT personnel give information about a 24/7 Skype chat room for teacher support. They tell us “you don’t have to go it alone”. There is a tool or technology for every learner and we should allow students to create and innovate. This is the future so if we leave out some of the social networking tools because we are afraid of them, we are not preparing students at all. They give teachers web sites and book titles to help bring excitement to our classrooms. So, climb onto the k12online revolution magical mystery tour!
Questions:Where can I get several flip video cameras to use in the classroom?
Is every school equipped with several computers in each classroom? I have one computer for student use.
Are teachers expected to teach the new skill set of civics and ethic literacy?
Can I handle this new revolution and still get enough grades to report on edline every two weeks?
Personal Gains:I feel that I can seek help from Skype to get answers to some of my questions. It is great to know that there is someone out there in cyberspace that can help me if I get lost. Also, the idea that I could really use Voice Thread or Flip Video to enhance learning is exciting.
Application:I can just imagine how my middle school students would love to write scripts and interview one another posing as characters in the novels with flip video cameras. Chat rooms would get students to elicit responses to reading assignments at home. Skyping would be a great way to meet other classes who had read the same novel or even meeting the authors.