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Notes from Will's presentation -- feel free to add your own details to these snippets....

Will shared the story of "1 red paperclip" -- Kyle MacDonald has successfully traded 1 red paperclip to now a movie contract. He is aiming for a house. Read his blog at: http://oneredpaperclip.blogspot.com/



2,500,000,000 links in Technorati


ideas... we are linking ideas


Lawrence Lessig, authored "Free Culture" -- about copyright.


Will began blogging in 2001


NY Times statistics: 12 million kids creating content online, but if you look at the amount of kids on MySpace, it's many more.


Willl played a podcast by Mathew Bischoff, an early podcaster, "from his bedroom" on Thurs. Nov. 4 2004,



Tess's (Will's 8 year old daugher) top "Weather Recipes" are published on Flickr:



http://www.fanfiction.net/ -- it's amazing to see how people are writing


Scribe15... having a daily scribe post notes online about what happened in the classroom that day.


Building networks... this is the big deal... nothing has taught him more than being a blogger.


Student in Clarence Fisher's class noted how you don't have to be some rich person in New York to podcast.


MIT open courseware... Video lectures, study materials, exams, assignments... all are available to anyone.


Wiki Books... FHSST Physics Waves: Properties of Waves.


Teachers as DJs? -- H2O play list...


In 5 to 10 years, all apps will be web delivered.


ThinkFree.com -- 1 GB of space available.

Google just released the Google spreadsheet.


http://www.43things.com/.... what do you want to do with your life?


Will showed "his" network.... and his Bloglines feeds. He also showed the Wikipedia "List of Social Networking Websites"



He also showed del.icio.us



and Flickr...



"Social" is the name of the game...


"Vegifitti" -- a Flickr group.. only with today's social networking....


Moving from "just in case" learning to "just in time" learning. We should be teaching students the skills to find the information when I need the information. Information literacy is the important skill that students need to learn.


Pull vs. push...


Origami... new Microsoft tablet handheld -- more of a game console.


At some point we will be "Ubiquitously connected and pervasively proximate." -- you never lose your Internet connection in Japan when traveling on the train from north to south.


The learner can decide "what when, where and how she learns."


Will is a "nomadic learner" -- that's why he works well in a networked environment.


From text to multimedia....

The podcast list for K-12 podcasts is huge....


He showed "Othello" from "Bud the Teacher's" blog...



"Small pieces, loosely joined" -- recommended reading.



Wikipedia... story about a student who posted his paper on wikipedia so that others could edit it and polish it up and then he turned it in.... we have an ethical dilemma ??

Whether we like it or not, we need to be aware of the impact.. more readers than the NY Times.


Reading and Writing... Literacy AND Information and Network Literacy....

Google is scanning 5 million books .. sending to China to be scanned. The future will be that texts will be online and hypertexed. Kids are "click-happy" right now.


It's imperative that we all become editors...

Will showed the http://martinlutherking.org/ website that has put information online. It's owned by "stormfront" --an arian nation.. you can look up who own's any domain at:



Another book... Daniel Pink, "A Whole New Mind" --

Design. Story. Symphony. Empathy. Play. Meaning.


We need creative thinkers, not regurgitators ....


How does a teacher's role change? Become more of a connector. "The Secret Life of Bees" was an example of one of Will's beginning experiences of bringing the author to his classroom.


MySpace is big enough to be a country... kids are doing things online that scares us as adults.

Dana Boyd and Henry Jenkins have an article about why kids are doing this. Are we too protective? Do they need this space to "be" adolescents? Will used to hang out in the park, kids don't do that now.


Look at the media we are subjected to... altered images that have been perfected. The culture of MySpace reflects what we advertise... look at beer ads, or billboard. Will thinks we should be teaching MySpace. Turn it into a learning experience. 67% of the MySpace members are adults.


Al Gore: "Change is inconvenient"


27% of adults over 25 have a college degree.


Chris Lehmann... talking to 49 superintendents... tell them....




So, what is "your one red paperclip" ... how can you move forward?


What questions/concerns/comments...


• What do we do with standards?

• Podcasting is powerful!

• Disrtricts spend money on stuff, but not on training on how to use the stuff

• Time

• Low level learners

• Blocking blogs

• Laws




RSS = Real Simple Syndication (more content + more control)

Aggregator = collects content provided as "feeds"

Feed = website blog or other syndicated content

... to find feeds... look for the "orange chicklet" with XML or RSS on websites. Some browsers also indicate a symbol in the browser address. Or, Google... add "RSS" to your search term, such as NYTimes RSS


Will likes the new browser named Flock


It integerates an easy access to Flickr, blogging and aggregator all in one place.


http://www.bloglines.com is a web-based aggregator to monitor all your favorite feeds in one place.


http://technorati.com -- Use to search the "blogosphere" for content


Google "judges" based on how many links are to one site... Will is #3 in Google.


Ok.. my fav... (sorry, editorializing here) ... you can search in Flickr



and del.icio.us...


Start small... try about 20 feeds in Bloglines. You WILL be overwhelmed!


PART 3 -- AFTER LUNCH -- sleepy time....?


Feed2JS -- for adding RSS feeds on webpages.



You can use this for putting RSS newsfeeds about topics. COOL FACTOR = +10!!


Also, you can turn email into RSS (why? ... think outside the "in" box). Check out the links on the main page to: RSS for Educators, and 50 things that educators can do with RSS. These are great PDFs for learning more about RSS.


Moving to del.icio.us...

People can save links FOR you.

Teachers can create a "generic" del.icio.us site such as English204 and have all the student post research links to the site, then the teacher can monitor it with RSS.


Now we are doing "folksonomies" or tags.. creating our own mini "www" for ourselves.



Great for student research.

If students Furl websites, then they can Export the sites using "Tools > Export > Citations > MLA"


back to Flickr now... check all the Flickr links on the wiki main page.



Check out the link on the main page: http://webloggedlinks.pbwiki.com/Social%20Software


Search Flickr for flicktion



People are writing stories to go with pictures.

Annotations... add notes on flickr pages to identify items for students.




More about reading than it is about writing...

There are many different levels of blogs.

The process of blogging... finding something of interest, let the world know.. how is it relevant to your practice. The power of the blog is your ability to connect ideas and people. It should be more than "just a diary."


Anne Davis... http://adavis.pbwiki.com

"Improving Instruction Through the Use of Blogging"


There are several educators in this group who's schools do NOT give teachers the option of blogging. You have to be sure that you are comfortable with what you have written and that you have an image to maintain. One teached shared a story about a first year teacher who blogged about not having to "see the little bastards" over spring break, that teacher was fired.


Writing on a consistent basis is good exercise for the mind.


It doesn't take much to get started.

Creating a blog is truly as easy as 1-2-3 on http://blogger.com

Once you set up an account, you click the create post button, type and click publish and you are done!

Blogger.com has added an ability to moderate comments... this is a a recent feature added.


You can set up "teams" -- such at the Illinois Technology for Educators Conference...



MissPrizzle is an interesting blog about someone who writes about NY City schools.


There was also a scientist that came from the business world and began teaching.


Also... then for your classroom.. edublogs.org

David Warlick's class blogmeister (controllable by teachers)

Alan November is offering a blogspace for a license fee. (Alan's software is "tablet enabled")


Elgg.net is an open source site.


Moodle now has a blog portion of it's software. Moodle has wiki's built in and the development community is huge.


Gaggle.net -- an email service that now has blogging -- filtered


Answering the "why" -- take examples to your principal. Show how it can connect your students to a larger audience.





http://techcrunch.com/ is "the" blog to follow to learn about the amazing stuff being developed for the web.


Skype... for collaborating... calling people


Podcasting: probably the one technology he has been resistant to, probably because it is the least social. But most podcasters will put their podcasts on their blogs.


Younger kids (elementary) love these. Teachers can say enough about how this technology is changing their classrooms. Room208 (Bob Sprankle's podcast -- bobsprankle.com)


will show you how the kids make a podcast.


Check out the sample podcasts on the wiki main page. One example is webcasting -- live!!

http://worldbridges.net to turn your computer into a "live" broadcast -- 2 pieces of open source software.


All you need is a way to record audio (internal microphones on computers, lapel mics, usb mics). Eric uses a small digital recorder by iRiver.

Audacity.com ... open source recording program and editing for rendering into an mp3 file. It's open source and available for both Mac or PC. Be sure you also download the Lame file so that exporting to mp3s works.


Odeo.com makes it easy to post content. Link to http://studio.odeo.com/create/studio and record directly online. Once recorded, upload so that it becomes a link.... you could email that to parents.


Other sites....






Gcast.com (a sister site to Garageband.com -- has a ton of "podcast-safe" music.)


The complex stuff is getting your podcast to be an RSS subscription. You need to create the RSS feed, the easiest is http://feedburner.com -- follow the Podcast link. Use the "Smart Cast" link so that people can subscribe. Feedburner also tosses in the iTunes part.


Reviewing the Process...

1. Record

2. Mix

3. Export as mp3

4. Upload to a server, get link and place link in your blog, OR get an RSS feed created so others can get to it.



Be sure to visit the Den Regional Institute for more info:


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