Sunday, January 27, 2008

Social Networking

I sat here this morning reading Twitter messages and viewing the Ustream at

and was amazed and excited about what I was learning through an educational conference called Educon 2.0

While multi-tasking during the morning by reading tweets at twitter, reading/watching a live chat and Ustream, and writing notes for this blog, I realized I wanted to shared what educators at this conference were saying:

* Web 2.0 tools such as social networks, twitter, blogging, wikis, Voicethread, podcasting, and skype (just to name a few) are being used in many schools around the world.

* The use of these tools are increasing in schools across this country.

* One of the problems was that teachers and students were not using these Web 2.0 tools in their classrooms. (Note: It is assumed here that Web 2.0 tools are available for use, but teachers are choosing not to use them and therefore; students cannot use them).

* Web 2.0 tools promote reading and writing just like the pencil and paper has promoted reading and writing.

All of this made me think of my students and realize that they are using critical thinking and higher order thinking skills while trying to use Web 2.0 tools. For example, the students create stories, post them to their wiki pages at school, then when at home at night, they copy and paste their stories onto their blog at Classblogmeister

What a great experience for kids if they were allowed to blog at school! There is no doubt that Blogging promotes their creativity, writing, and communication skills.
In fact, students need audiences that will read and comment directly to their creative stories or informational articles. Students need to feel their articles are being read by an audience of people. This motivates students to write more. One child told me that “I didn’t think I was a writer until I started writing in here, Mrs. Pritchard”……..He was referring to his blog articles!

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Educon 2.0

Today, Twitter was an exciting place to be when you couldn’t attend the Educon 2.0 conference held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For example, by watching a Ustream of the opening keynote speaker, I was able to go to a live blog. A live blog is just what the name implies. Live (real-time) blogging at the same time you are attending a conference. If you want to know more check this out Liveblogs at

Friday, January 25, 2008

Exciting news for Whittier School!

We have been invited to participate in the Springfield Technology 2008 day held at the capitol building in Springfield, Illinois. My class along with Ms. Esparza’s class will be going on May 7 to this event.

What will we be exhibiting? Blogs, wikis, and podcasting!

About Blogs:

Through The Landmark Project and David Warlick a blog engine provides us with a safe environment for students to work with blogs. My students have created various stories and articles to place on their blog spot. If you are interested in reading more about my students visit us at

About Wikis:

Our wikis are at and
Unfortunately, our blogs are private and can only be viewed through our presentation at Springfield. Otherwise, you will need to come to visit us at school.

About Podcasting:

We have used Audacity to create podcasts for various projects throughout this school year. Our podcasts have been placed on our Classblogmeister homepage. Unfortunately, they are private and you will need to come to school so we can show them to you.

As you can see, we are keeping our Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasting safe for kids!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Getting out the bugs!

Up early today working on my feeds for my other blog. I wanted people to be able to subscribe to feeds such as feedburner. I was also spending time searching for a new look for both blogs. Something with a cleaning, sharp, and refreshing look. This lead me to spending time putting in a picture of my husband and me out in Arizona. What a beautiful desert!!!!

I feel it is important to keep updated on many of the wonderful tools and opportunities going on in the educational technology world of Web 2.0, so I included my links and will eventually add more to my blogroll. All the blogs I read have a tremendous amount of information. It seems the more I read and learn about technology, the more I realize that I need to read and learn more. It is a never ending cycle.

I spend at least 2 hours a day reading my Twitter information and visiting sites recommended by the technology people that I am following. Twitter is a social networking place where the users answer the question “What are you doing?” Many times, people contribute wonderful information regarding technology that I am able to link to and read about. My knowledge of educational technology has been growing because of these fabulous people.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Here is an excellent "how to" on bookmarking using

After watching this, you will want to start using tags to organize your bookmarks.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

More about Blogs

Great video I saw at Rachel Boyd's website. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Podomatic and Young Writers

My students have created fantastic stories that you can listen to at the following Website address. We used audacity in the classroom to record their stories and uploaded the MP3 file to podomatic. Easy!

We hope you enjoy listening to these stories.


I was reading information on Twitter this morning when I ran across Patrick Higgins' blog using VoiceThread in his professional development in-service coming up on Monday. This was an exciting time for me to join in and try out VoiceThread as well as experience the power of the read/write and publish web using a Web 2.0 tool.

Thursday, January 10, 2008