Archive for the ‘Read-Write-Web Class’ category

Coordinator’s Office Podcast #10

June 18, 2007

Final podcast on series on Read Write Web Class. Busy Monday. In Class and Prep Session for It’s Elementary Webcast. Oh Well another twitter missed opportunity. Great Networking Session. I also reflect on integrating technology in Room 36.

Listen at Coordinator’s Office #10.mp3 


Read Write Web Class

June 16, 2007

I am not referring to teacher class I am completing this week. I am referring to building and maintaining a Read Write Web Classroom. These last few weeks have given me a good overview of the different tools available to my classroom. There continue to be challenges to integrating technology in classrooms in lausd. Professional development is the first step in producing lasting change. My teacher blog continues to be a place to reflect on my teaching profession. Regular postings here help me find my own path in teaching. Keeping and maintaining a student blog allow me to showcase the learning that is going on in my classroom. It is like a virtual bulletin board. I will also use my classroom blog to coach my students in learning literacies that will allow them to participate in a flat world.

Coordinator’s Office #9 Special Edition Monday June 11, 2007

June 14, 2007

Decided to a Special Edition for a busy Monday!  I had inservice on mindmapping and was part of two online meetings.  I also want to share my thoughts on the development of Webcast on the edtechtalk channel.  Visit and leave us your feedback at webcast planning wiki 

Check out Coordinator’s Office #9.mp3

Incorporating Podcasting and Video Streaming

June 6, 2007

I like to think that any new learning needs to be experienced at the personal level. Podcasting has two facets; listening and producing. I like to learn by audio. I can sit and listen to radio programs and enjoy the show. In podcasts I have found a few great podcasts. I am a big fan of the Speed of Creativity. Wesley Fryer usually podcasts the different conferences that he attends. I enjoy listening to the different keynote speakers. It’s like being at a conference, but I can attend anytime, anywhere I can take my mp3 player. I now participate in live webcasts. I started in the edtechtalk programs. In the last few weeks (after WIAOC2007) I have joined other online conferences like FOE2007 (Future of Education 2007). All of these synchronous (live) presentations are recorded to be listened to asynchronous (later). As a teacher I have played around with podcasting. I produced several podcasts to reflect on what I am learning as a teacher. I podcasted last year on NCLB (No Child Left Behind) visit to our school. This year I podcasted my student’s participation at Infotech 2007 (District Technology Conference). We created a digital story as an entry in the elementary competition. Now I have posted weekly reflections on the Read Write Web Class I am taking now. In regards to video I posted in the class discussion forum;

Vodcasts or video podcast are the 21st century version of the TV and VCR player. Schools and districts invested fortunes buying videos for all subject areas from Science to Art. In the last couple of years the internet has seen an explosion of personal video streaming. Anyone can post video to sites like google video and youtube. As the medium matures we are now seeing content for teachers to use appear on these and similar sites. This morning was our bi-monthly visit to the computer lab. I searched for videos on our current language arts theme: money. I found several cool videos as teachertube. I choose to post video titled; The Money Poem by Shel Silverstein. I had students view video and respond to teacher prompt. My next step would be to have to students respond to each other. Check out post at

Classroom Blogs

May 21, 2007

There are different kinds of blogs. I started with a personal reflection blog. It was more like a journal. Afterwards I started a Professional Blog. In this blog I’ve kept my learnings in the Web 2.0 world. When I was out of the classroom my posts were on administrative part of education. I posted a series of blogs about NCLB and a review held at my school. I came back into the classroom in the fall 2006. My focus this year has been on creating a classroom blog. I’ve been active the last few months at room36. I have also found a few classroom blogs since then. Ms. Mercer’s Class and Mrs. West Classroom

I keep up with them in my bloglines account. You can also set up a search feed inside of bloglines that will search for you. I’ll update at the end of the week with new links.

Motivating Writers and Enchancing Communication with Blogs

May 16, 2007

This week I read two articles for my Read-Write-Web class. Blogs: Webs of Connected Learning by Miguel Guhlin from Around the Corner Blog and Successful and Safe Educational Blogging by Wesley Fryer from Moving at the Speed of Creativity.

I started my first blog in the summer of 2004 and have been hooked since then. I have used my blog as place to reflect on the different things going on in my career. The idea of creating a PLN or Personal Learning Network really resonates with me. At first it didn’t bother me that I wasn’t getting any readers on my blog. I was writing for myself. Nowadays this has changed for me. I actively read other blogs and comment on what I find interesting. I then link back to my blog. There is an intersection between reading and producing content. RSS facilitates the development of my Personal Learning Network. I have used bloglines as my RSS agragator and it works great; check out my blogroll Just recently there was a discussion around social learning communities like classroom 2.0  I read several posts and commented. I then wrote my own reflection on my blog. I also enjoy listening to educational podcasts. I have created a few podcast myself. I use them just like a blog but in audio format. In the last year or so I have participated in live webcasts. These synchronous conversations involve the use of a chat room, Skype, and desktop sharing all at the same time. I have also joined  twitter. I keep up with my edtech friends. Conversation develop around our day to day activities.  It is easier than creating a block post and you are sure your friends are reading.  You can even update with text messages from your cell phone. The BIG idea for me is for information to be transparent.

This year I started my blog classroom. I decided to go with  I have posted most of the content. I use it post learning topics, student work, and podcasts. The students respond to teacher prompts. At this point I haven’t thought about allowing for individual student blogs. In promoting blogs at a wider scale, either for student blogs or teacher and classroom blogs in one school.  I would recommend hosting the blogs on your local server. Both wordpress and edublogs support installing multiple user accounts on local servers.  You create a walled garden where exploration and expression can take place without having to worry about “outsiders” coming in.  The only drawback to this is that you won’t be able to connect with other educators outside your immediate circle.  I recently connected with two classroom blogs in my district, Brooklyn Avenue and Teacher in the inner city.  Even outside my district I connected with a third grade blog in Tampa Florida and a Fifth grade blog in Sacramento California.

Reflections for Week One

May 13, 2007

Welcome to the Coordinator’s Office Podcast. Show notes;

Busy Weekend, Mothers Day. Marathon Session at edtechtalk. Reflections on readings from week one. Following Discussion board and collaboration between participants. How to Skype session on May 17.

Coordinator’s Office # 4 .mp3