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Support Some Fabulous #SxSWedu Proposals

Julene Reed, Michelle Bourgeois and I are excited to have submitted a proposal to run a workshop at the South by Southwest Edu conference in Austin next March. In order to get selected, the public needs to weigh in by voting for us AND commenting on why this workshop would be an asset to the event. We're planning on leading a hands-on workshop focused on iTunes U as we think more educators and ed tech industry people need to experience the power of this repository. 

Fellow ADEs also have proposals submitted that I'm sure will be great. I've assembled them in a Pinterest board in order to make it easier for people to find our sessions and vote. We would all appreciate your support!

Follow Lucy's board #SxSWedu Proposals Worthy of Your Support on Pinterest.

Summer Learning Opportunities for Educators

Summer is quickly approaching and it looks like it's going to be a busy one. I'll be presenting at a slew of conferences that may be of High Techpectations readers . Read on for more details!

June 18-20 The Connections Conference at Sidwell Friends, Washington DC

Visit one of the nation's leading independent schools and engage with colleagues during three days of breakout sessions and full day workshops. I'm excited to be presenting at this conference along with colleagues from Educational Collaborators!

June 25 - 27  ISTE 2012, San Diego, CA

Stay tuned about a possible Global Education Conference in person summit! I'll be also conducting a presentation during the conference on Exploring Instructional Uses of YouTube and  Podcasting and Mobile Media Learning and Teaching along with Julene Reed and Larry Anderson. 

June 28 - July 1 The Asia Society's Partnership for Global Learning Conference, Brooklyn, NY

The Asia Society has been on the forefront of global learning for many years, and I'm thrilled to be presenting at PGL12  along with my Global Education Conference co-conspirator, Steve Hargadon. Anne Mirtschin, an Australian educator who has been very active in our online conference, will also be traveling to NYC and I can't wait to meet her in person! 

July 10 -12, iSummit, Atlanta, GA

I'm thrilled to be returning to the Coalition for Lighthouse Schools' annual conference. This is a fabulous event for independent and international schools with 1:1 Apple deployments. C0-chaired by my fellow Apple Distinguished Educator and friend, Julene Reed, this conference is a sure hit!

July 21, SDE Midwest Conference on Differentiated Instruction, Chicago, IL

SDE is one of the nation's premier providers of professional development, and I'll be presenting several sessions that be of interest to educators at their Midwest event.

August 2-5, Blackfoot ETC, Missoula, MT

After a two week sojourn with my family in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, I'll be keynoting this conference for Montana educators. I'll be focusing on mobile learning and can't wait to travel to the West to spread the word about best practices in educational technology.

Hope to connect and learning with many of you at these events! 





What I Really Wanted to Say

Final day of the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute... My group has plans to publish a series of epub documents in ITunes U to help educators incorporate global collaborative projects into their teaching repertoires. We had to present our plan to our esteemed ADE colleagues, and of course this makes me incredibly nervous!!!

Anyway, this is what I intended to say ... It's a good thing I didn't read this word for word, or else our time allotment would have bee completely used up! Thanks to the amazing people on my team, Helen, Gayle, Julene, Deanna, Rita, and Ann!

Becoming an ADE opened up a world of possibilities to me, and the 2006 Institute where we traveled to Europe was a particular catalyst for me as well as some of my fellow group members. I discovered that it's never been easier to connect our classrooms via technology and that we need to help educators leverage these technologies effectively.

The 2006 trip led me to start an online network around global collaboration, and I co-founded an online conference dedicated to this topic last year. During this journey, I've come to realize that our kids are facing complex problems requiring solutions from across borders. Networked learning leads to networked problem solving... We must help kids do this so they are prepared for their futures.

Our project comes from our beliefs around the importance of global education and our goal is to provide a comprehensive set of resources to help teachers connect globally. We have four ePub resources planned so far: a guide to global collaboration, a directory of people and projects, resources for using iOS devices to promote global awareness and a resource toolkit complete with rubrics, templates and an annotated bibliography.

Let us show you what we have planned!

Stay tuned.... Hopefully, this all this will be online in October!!

Prepping for a YouTube Presentation

YouTube - ‪elemenous's Channel‬‏.

Next week, I'll be presenting with a slew of others at Google Days, a professional development event produced by Craig Nansen's school district in Minot, North Dakota. One of my session's will focus on YouTube, a service I've utilized for awhile, but never really demonstrated for educators. I'd like to add a creative slant to the presentation (which I'll post here when I'm done) and I need YOUR help. 
Above you will find a link to my channel, which I mainly use for bookmarking videos that I like and might use in my work. I also subscribe to many other channels as another way of garnering great videos and resources to support my work. My own videos aren't particularly useful; I wish I had more time to become a better producer of content. 

At any rate, I'm curious as to how others are using YouTube for educational purposes. YouTube is blocked in many schools, but that shouldn't stop educators from utilizing this rich resource in the classroom. Help me encourage others to re-think the use of YouTube by offering your tips here in this blog, by filming your thoughts and posting to YouTube (don't forget to post the link or email it to me), or by just sending links to your channel or your school's channel. 

Try out YouTube Labs, Video Editor, or these other YouTube partner tools to create a clip on how you use YouTube and I'll put your short story in my presentation. You can also just record using Photobooth or a web cam of your choice. It doesn't have to be long or fancy... 

Here are some questions that I have:
  • Do you have a YouTube channel? How do you use it mainly? Link?
  • Does your school have a YouTube channel? Link? 
  • Do you use YouTube in your classroom? How? 
  • How do you harvest YouTube videos to use in the classroom?  
  • What channels do you subscribe to?
  • What's the best educational resource in your opinion on YouTube? 
  • What's the funniest video you've seen related to technology and/or education?   
I'll be sure to post the slides for my presentation here along with all the relevant links, so that you can use the material in your own professional development efforts.  


ADE: Apple Distinguished Educator

At conferences and workshops, attendees are apt to hear me use the acronym ADE quite often. ADE stands for Apple Distinguished Educator, and I'm proud to be a member of this online community since 2005. Apple Distinguished Educators are authors, advocates, advisers, and ambassadors for Apple Inc. Most importantly, we are passionate and dedicated to pedagogical and curricular change via the thoughtful use of educational technology. 

In early 2005, I was invited to apply for this distinction which is given to approximately 50 US educators every two years (international classes of ADEs are formed in alternate years). At the time, invitations to apply came from Apple employees, and my friend and mentor, Helen Hoffenberg nominated me for this. Since then, the application process has become more open and any educator is invited to apply. 

It was such an honor just to be invited to apply as I had admired the work of other Illinois ADEs for years prior. Joe Brennan, Marianne Handler, and Karen Percak had been powerhouses in our local educational technology scene. As my career was still budding, I never thought I'd ever join their ranks in the ADE program. I was just grateful to learn from them at ICE conferences and through my Master's work at National Louis University. Helen, Joe, Marianne and Karen can be credited with being my earliest inspirations in the world of educational technology. 

So, when accepted in the spring of 2005, I was beyond thrilled. It was especially meaningful because sometimes we are prophets in our own land. We have ideas, enthusiasm, and a passion for innovation that are not always recognized in our silo-ed workplaces. It was exciting for me to find a community of like-minded individuals; I also worried about my worthiness as the talents and accomplishments of my ADEs colleagues were truly amazing.

Soon after being accepted into the ADE program, a personal tragedy also affected me. I  found out I was pregnant with my third child, but miscarried early on.  It was a tremendously sad time for me for assorted reasons, and I think I would have been preoccupied with this had I not been inducted into the ADE program during the required summer institute held in San Jose, California. The ADE program also put my work on steroids, and there has been no looking back. 

This institute was a week long whirlwind event that left participants feeling as if they won the golden ticket in a Willy Wonka movie. We worked on collaborative projects, listened to amazing speakers such as Alan November, and played with Apple technologies. Apple's foray into podcasting had just been announced and there was quite a buzz around its potential, too.  It was particularly fascinating to network so many other interesting educators; there was something to learn from each ADE. We also had the opportunity to visit Apple, shop in the company store, and listen to Apple giants such as Jonathan Ive. I'm a bit embarrassed to admit this, I was still such a newbie to all things Apple that I didn't even know of his significance until hearing him speak!

At any rate, the ADE program has given so much to me and I hope that I've been able to return the love over the past few years. I've participated in three other institutes following my induction in 2005, most memorably one that was held in Europe during the summer of 2006. We traveled to Berlin, Dresden and Prague while developing global education materials. It was fun, intense, and eye opening; this event inspired me to start the Global Education Collaborative. It also led me to travel to Singapore in 2008 to help with the Asian Apple Distinguished Educator Institute, which was a rare and special opportunity. 

Other numerous events have happened along the way including staffing Apple booths at conferences (this has generally been phased out), helping with briefings, and writing curriculum, but the most important aspect of being an ADE has been the informal networking that has occurred through various communication channels. One ADE told me that summer in 2005 that my life would change because of this program, and she was spot on. 

The relationships I've developed in the ADE community go beyond networking; I'm connected to people better than myself who continually inspire me. If I don't know the answer to something, these people jump in immediately to help. If I need examples of best educational practices, my ADE colleagues point me in interesting directions. If I want to do a collaborative online project, again ADEs are there to join in. This community has taught me much about the power of professional generosity and that together, we can move education in positive directions. In addition to the collegial relationships, I've made some lifelong friends and an important element of the ADE program is this hard to describe family-like bond. 

My experiences as an ADE have also made me realize all teachers should have the opportunity to experience the power of online professional learning communities. There are many places that exist where educators can seek out like-minded folks without applying for an award. While I wholeheartedly encourage everyone I know to apply for the ADE program, don't let the exclusivity of this group prevent you from connecting to other educators. Jump into communities such as Classroom 2.0, and chances are that you'll experience much of the same professional joy that I have just by connecting and collaborating with others. 

If you are applying for the ADE program, here are a few tips. I've had many people approach me for words of wisdom about the application process and some want me to review their required videos. I don't think it's particularly fair to dispense with advice to a selected few, so hopefully this post will be helpful to a larger group of people. Please bear in mind that I have no special insight into the selection process, and I have no clue how applications are vetted, to be quite honest. So the following are just some tips, and I cannot offer you any guarantee of success. 

  • Read the application carefully.

Pay attention to the types of educators that the application is calling for. Answer the required questions and such accurately. 

  • Avoid clichés; be original.

  Choose your words carefully and keep it fresh.  Don't overuse hackneyed terms such as 21st century skills.

  • Share your special talents and expertise.

Think about how you can share your unique interests, hobbies or talents through the application. Lots of ADEs (not me particularly) have talents that make them just interesting people to be around, aside from passion about technology.  Also, keep in mind that there are lots of amazing educators out there and consider how you can stand out. 

  • Keep student learning at the forefront.

Focus on how your efforts have benefited student learning. Be concrete by giving examples and avoid making this application all about you. It's still all about the kids, and you need to balance this while describing your experiences. 

  • Articulate how you would participate in the ADE community. 

This is just not an award; it's an invitation to participate in an active group where everyone benefits by sharing. Be prepared to show that you are collaborative and generous to colleagues. 

  • Create a video that's clever, simple, and elegant.

Just like Apple, keep it simple. Don't go overboard with special effects and such unless you are a whiz at Final Cut Pro. Have your video tell a compelling story and make sure to include concrete examples of student work.  Videos also take time; don't wait until the last minute to do this. Also, don't go over the required time limit.

  • Don't apply just to have this title on your résumé. 

I recently read a tweet from someone who honestly answered that he thought the ADE title would look good on a résumé. I have no doubt that listing this affiliation is helpful, but that shouldn't be the sole reason you are applying. You should be applying because you want to collaborate, you want to learn more and you want to advocate for the power of educational technology. 

I hope that you find this information helpful and I wish you luck in the application process. If you are not one of the lucky 50 who receive this distinction this year, keep working on your skills, leadership abilities, and student projects. Quality work will speak for itself as to your impact on education more than any award, and you can always try again the next time applications are accepted. 

The Apple Distinguished Educator program has been such an influence on everything I do, and I am profoundly grateful for the opportunities its afforded me. We need more programs like this so that educators feel respected, inspired, and empowered!

NECC'S ISTEVision: Podcasting for the Absolute Beginner

One of the best new features of the National Educational Computing Conference this year was the addition of the ISTEvision webcasting channel. Many presentations from this conference have been posted, including Larry Anderson's Podcasting for the Absolute Beginner. I've been fortunate to be a part of this session at NECC for the last four years. We had new additions to this group this year including Anna Adams and Helen Mowers, the famous Texas Tech Chicks. I'm looking forward to following their work; they seem really absorbed in learning as much as they can from everyone around them. Many thanks to Larry Anderson for continuing to support and mentor me; he's one of the finest people I know!

Seth's Blog: You Matter

Seth's Blog: You matter.

I've been enjoying a few entries from Seth Godin's blog including this post which reminds me of many of my Apple Distinguished Educators friends. It describes many of their attributes and I hope I evolve in this direction. 

For the past few years, I've really wrestled with whether or not my work or ideas matter; it's not particularly good for one's morale to think that you don't matter. I think the bottom line is to not expect validation from one's peers or colleagues and be happy if that does happen. However, I do think supervisors should always be mindful of this when looking at the big picture within in an organization. On a personal level, think about the last time you let someone know that their work, ideas, contributions etc. matter. Pay it foward!

For more worthwhile posts by Seth Godin, check out these other two that I appreciated recently:

Textbook Rant

Learning from the MBA Program

Robomance: An iStopmotion Production

Fellow ADE Dan Schmit and I attended a stop motion workshop at Macworld sponsored by Boinx software, the creators of iStopMotion. The workshop was held at the Zeum, a very cool digital technology space for kids. For pictures of how the Zeum sets up its space for visiting school groups to do stop motion animation, check out my Flickr photos.

Here's our first attempt at this type of animation. We used previously created figures from the Zeum.

Apple Learning Interchange 2007 - Field Trip 2.0 Educators Group Page

Link: Apple Learning Interchange 2007 - Field Trip 2.0 Educators Group Page.

Hi All -

We've formed a group to support our ALI exhibit from this year's institute. Our goal is to encourage conversation around kicking field trips up a notch by adding digital components.

We'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas:

Additionally, we are planning on hosting a group live conversation using Flashmeeting in the near future. We'll post the date and time in our ALI group space when we have that set.


Apple Learning Interchange 2007 - Field Trip 2.0

Link: Apple Learning Interchange 2007 - Field Trip 2.0.

Here's the team project I worked on this summer as part of the 2007 ADE Summer Institute. It was really an enjoyable experience working with a fun team of people who produced and followed through on our plans. Make sure you check out the various movies and such that were created by my teammates. The great thing about the Apple Learning Interchange is that you can add such media directly to your iTunes library with a click of a button located in the right hand column of the page.

Speaking of plans, we are plannng adding content to this site as the year rolls along. In fact, I went on my first field trip at my new school two weeks ago, and need to do something with the material I collected. I also am planning on holding a videoconference on fieldtrips as some point so that educators can discuss interesting field trips and resources. 

Please take a minute to review our content. Leave a comment or two and rate our project!

Field Trips 2.0 Project

I am part of a group of teachers working on a project that we plan on submitting to the Apple Learning Interchange. Specifically, this project focuses on the idea of reinventing field trips as we traditionally know them. We'd like to show teachers how to plan effectively for mobile learning experiences, what great excursions look like, and help them kick field trips up a notch by taking advantage of collaborative opportunities, digital tools, and web-based resources.

Interested educators are welcome to join our project. There are a couple of ways you and/or your colleagues can help:

1) Add bookmarks to our resource collection in by tagging any great links with the tag: Fieldtrips2.0.

2) Let us link to your educational blogs, blog posts, and Google Earth files that deal with your own field trip experiences. We also would love links to geocaching projects. We will post your name and school along with any links you send.

3) Participate in a group audio and/or video. We want to record a conversation, preferably using iChat AV, between multiple educators on how to make a field trip work, particularly when using Apple stuff and other digital equipment.

Send any of us an email indicating strands of interest if you'd like to participate. Additional details will then follow.

Thanks in advance,

Lucy Gray - University of Chicago Charter School
Judy Beaver - Punahou School
Andrew Gardner - The School at Columbia
Julene Reed - St. George's Independent Schools
Mike Searson - Kean University

NECC 2007 Workshop Resources

Excuse multiple crossposts -

Julene Reed and I are teaching a workshop at NECC on global collaboration, and I've set up a series of resources to demonstrate during this class. I hope that these resources will live on as people become interested in sharing resources used to teach global awareness concepts. Please consider jumping in and joining any of these groups. Some of them are already seeded with material, but others are just getting started. Feel free to pass this info on to anyone you know that also might be interested.

If you are presenting on a simliar topic at NECC, please think about "crosspollinating" material in these spaces as well.

1) Global Education Ning group

2) Global Education Flickr group

3) Global Ed Google Group

4) Global Education Collaborative Wikispace

5) I'm tagging any resources I bookmark with the tag globalawareness in Furl and in

6) Google Calendar for Global Education - enter your NECC global awareness events here, for instance.

If you think of other similar resources we should include, please send me suggestions.  Thanks!!!

The Global Education Collaborative

Link: The Global Education Collaborative.

Excuse the multiple cross-postings on various listservs etc....

Please consider joining a Ning community on global education:

At the National Educational Computing Conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia this June, fellow Apple Distinguished Educator Julene Reed and I will be hosting a workshop on global collaboration. I plan on utilizing a variety of tools and resources throughout this hands-on class, including Ning, a service that allows one to establish a custom social networking site. I am hoping to seed this site with people and content in preparation for this workshop, and I would like to invite anyone to jump in and participate.

I've made a few prior attempts at creating an online meeting space for those interested in global collaboration which included the establishment of a .Mac group and a blog. While I still plan on posting to these resources, I think this environment might be more inviting because it allows for the posting of photos, videos, and RSS feeds. Users can make their own custom personal pages, contribute to discussion forums, network with other like-minded individuals, and comment on these features. I've been inspired by the success of Steve Hargadon's Classroom 2.0 and School 2.0 Ning communities, particularly by the forum conversations in the Classroom 2.0 one.

I also hope that this will also serve as a hub for anyone who will be presenting at conferences on various global education topics. Please consider uploading any relevant files including presentation slides. You can upload slides to sites such as SlideShare and Scribd, which I think, will give you the html code to embed videos in a Ning community. If you need help with any of this, just let me know.. it's pretty easy. Of course, you can probably also save slideshows as Quicktime files and upload them directly, too.

Please let me know if you have any questions...

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Friday 5: Special Mystery Guest: Astronomy

Greetings -

This week's list comes to us from the one and only Karen Thompson of Springfield, Illinois, another Apple Distinguished Educator. She is a stellar person, no pun intended!

Next week's list will feature summer professional development opportunities... send along any suggestions that you think should be included!


Lucy Gray

The spring equinox is March 21, 2007. I started this list of websites with Stellarium. It offers so many delightful explorations for students!

1)  Stellarium

A free open source planetarium for your computer.

2)   Springfield Public Schools - Stellarium Projects

I’ve listed some of the lessons we’re using with our 6th graders.

3)  Open Astronomy Curriculum

Stellarium is great, and this will get you started in some meaningful explorations.

4)     Bad Astronomy

I know it’s going to come up, so as long as we’re talking about the equinox, let’s not forget about standing eggs on their ends. Don’t miss the Bad Astronomy website and the discussion on the eggs and the equinox.

5)  The Ceres Project

Did you see the recent lunar eclipse? Stellarium makes it very easy to preview these events. If you’re looking at the moon, let’s explore the Birthday Moons!

6) Time Exhibits

And if you’re looking for more information on the change to daylight savings time, check out this site.

Karen Thompson started her teaching career as a middle school science teacher with a slide rule in hand. Currently she is an instructional technology facilitator in Springfield, Illinois and serves as a school board member in the consolidated school district of Tri-City in Buffalo, Illinois. Karen is currently using her vision of educational technology to help guide her district’s 1 to 1 laptop program for 800 6th graders.

Mapping Literary Journeys: Google Lit Trips

There's a new post up at the Infinite Thinking Machine that focuses on the new project of my fellow Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher, Jerome Burg. Jerome has instituted a project called Google Lit Trips, which are essentially guided tours of resources related to books within Google Earth. Check it out and consider making a lit trip of your own to submit to this site!

I have an idea for a collaborative Google Lit Trip that I'll post here later!

Resources Worth Mentioning

I've been audio and video chatting a great deal with fellow ADES recently, and I thought I'd pass on a couple of resources I've learned of via these conversations. First, check out Rae Niles' web site, and particularly this page. She's created simple video tutorials for basic thinks like CD burning. And, Judy Beaver recommmended a blog maintained by a colleage at the Punahou School as well as a book by Dr. Sally Shaywitz. Judy heard Dr. Shaywitz speak at this Learning and Brain conference. And, Judy and Kris Hill both discussed a reading intervention product called Fast ForWord that might be of interested to blog readers.