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Technology for Teaching and Learning Conference #KCDTTL

Welcome, #KCDTTL attendees! Here are resources cited in my talks at Kentucky Country Day's Technology for Teaching and Learning Conference. Please free free to download and browse any of these resources.

  1. Introductions Padlet
  2. Connecting to the World handout on Tackk
  3. Share Global Resources Padlet
  4. Exploring Instructional Uses of YouTube on Tackk
  5. Exploring Instructional Uses of YouTube Slides and below
  6. Slide decks for both global sessions can be downloaded in PDF or Keynote formats from


Resources for Summer Spark! #usmspark

I'll be at the University School of Milwaukee's Summer Spark conference tomorrow! I'll be leading three sessions on how to get involved with the Global Education Conference, globally infused PBL and leveraging YouTube for instructional purposes. 

I've uploaded my Keynote files and PDFs of these presentations to and you can download them below or by clicking this link.  Also, my Exploring Instructional Uses of YouTube can be found here. 

For my global sessions, also check out my Evernote notebook of global resources, my apps list on Appolearning, and materials from a previous workshop. We will also be using this padlet to list projects and resources. Anyone is welcome to contribute to this. 

Please let me know if you have any questions! 


Lucy Gray's Workshop Materials for #TCEA15

Tomorrow, I'll be leading two 3 hour workshops with teachers at the TCEA conference in Austin, TX. I've re-tooled two sites to house my materials that you are welcome to browse. 

Going Global Workshops

Exploring Instructional Uses of YouTube Workshops


Presentation Materials for #ISACScon

I'm thrilled and honored to speaking at the annual ISACS conference today! Please feel free to download my materials so that you don't have to take copious notes. In my YouTube and global presenations, there are many hyperlinks to resources that are clickable, including some photos. I've included my slides in Apple's Keynote format as well as PDFs. I've also added my slides to Slideshare. If you are working on an iPad, the Keynote and PDF options will probably work best for you.

If you need to follow up with me, please contact me at lucy@lucygrayconsulting, @elemenous on Twitter, or @GlobalEdCon on Twitter.

Our backchannel for questions, resource sharing, and conversation can be found at:



Resources from Chicago Education Festival #edfestchi

Here's the narrated version of my slides. 


And here are my slides devoid of my scripted presentation.... the opening image won't appear. I uploaded another copy and perhaps it will start working properly. 



Download the PDF and Keynote files here:

Exploring Instructional Uses of YouTube - #ISTE12

Slides with clickable links can be found at


Download ExploringInstructionalUsesofYouTube slides in PDF




Additional Resources:


Favorite Educational YouTube Videos:


Lucy’s Diigo Group:


Lucy’s Google Custom Search:

View more presentations from Lucy Gray.

ACTEM Workshops

Very excited to be in Maine today, home of the famed Maine Laptop Initiative.  Every educator at this conference will most likely have some sort of device as this state has been pioneering 1 to 1 computing and I'm excited to see how this has amplified technology fluency with educators.

My workshops today are two standard ones that I've been teaching and tweaking this year. I've completely re-tooled them for this event:

Exploring Instructional Uses of YouTube

Going Global: Preparing Students to be Citizens of the World

Let me know what you think and feel free to use any of these resources!

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.  


Breakthrough Learning @Google: Day 1 Video

Get a taste of the Breakthrough Learning education summit that was held at Google at the end of October. I had the great privilege of attending this historic event and I'm glad to see that the ideas discussed are shared this way with the general public. As a friend noted afterwards, this stuff needs to go viral in the way TEDTalks have.

I've been involved peripherally with Google's education efforts since 2006 as a blogger for the Infinite Thinking Machine and as a Google Certified Teacher. It's been exciting to watch their education initiatives develop, and this event was significant as it indicates that Google plans to continue its role in conversations about education at a national level. The fact that both CEO Eric Schmidt and co-founder Sergey Brin addressed this audience was not lost on me, and I can't wait to see what develops as a result of this two day convening of people influential in the world of education.

I love education conferences in general, and could soak up the ideas of others forever, so I enjoyed 99% of the speakers at Breakthrough Learning. I was particularly struck by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who apparently really knows education through his involvement with the California State Board of Education and KIPP. He's clearly a brilliant guy who understands that there aren't quick fixes to our nation's educational woes. I also loved NYC principal Jason Levy's story of turning around his school with computers and Google Apps. As one of the few practitioners represented in the speaker line up, his presentation was truly compelling.

Here's the official Google video from day 1. More to come!


Also, check out Esther Wojcicki and Jason Levy in these videos:


My Digital Kids

Although both of my kids are four years apart, they have similar digital tastes. I've found items like Leapfrog's Leapsters to be helpful during our 35 minute plus commute to school, and I decided they were ready for iPods when their last birthdays rolled around (both were born in October). I purchased the last version of the iPod Nano (the square chunky model) along with iTunes gift cards for them in addition to loading up the MP3 players with content that I thought they'd enjoy. 

So far, so good in terms of their use. My fourth grader, Julia, has learned how to select content in our iTunes library and sync it with her iPod. Both keep their headphones and iPods in plastic bags most of the time for easy transport and protection. Henry has a lamp that plays the iPod and he listens to audiobooks and music at bedtime. Julia has a clock radio that does this, too, but it hasn't worked as well as the lamp. 

In terms of content, we can fit about one movie (the current selection is Alvin and the Chipmunks) and a slew of audiobooks and podcasts on the iPods. Both kids love a Webkinz podcast; Julia tends to gravitate towards audiobooks and Henry is learning a great deal from video episodes from the National Geographic channel in iTunes. Here's a video that I did with Henry about what he's learned so far. 

YouTube - Learning to Change-Changing to Learn

Link: YouTube - Learning to Change-Changing to Learn.

How many people in this video do you recognize or are familiar with their work?

Karen Greenwood-Henke, a fellow Beloit alum, sent me this CoSN video via Facebook today. I think it accurately captures the essence of how education needs to change. The first statistic about how education, among various fields, ranks dead last in IT intensiveness. While I'm not sure what constitutes "IT intensiveness", this piece of information was news to me.

Incidentally, I recognized Karen's name associated with a Net Day SpeakUp day survey a few years ago, and got in touch with her. Since then we've talked here and there, and it's been fun to renew the acquaintance and talk shop. I am not sure either of us predicted 20 years ago that we'd be passionate about educational technology.

At any rate, please take a look!

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.

Another Hit: Google Docs in Plain English

I love all the videos from Common Craft and here is one that's new to me. I just added it to my favorites in You Tube, which I'm increasingly relying on as a way of bookmarking videos I frequently use in workshops. You can view my channel here to see my favorites and videos I've created myself, although I haven't  upload many of those.

Anyway, I'd love to see more Common Craft videos explaining Google features such as Google Groups. I just made a Google Group for my daughter's soccer team, and some parents found joining and using the group perplexing. It's a reminder to me that all this techie stuff may be easy for me, but somehow, something gets lost in translation and other perfectly intelligent people don't find it that way and miss the power of today's internet. I really need to rethink how I explain techie stuff to people...

Blog Action Day 2007 : Remix This Idea

I found a link to this in the Google Earth Users Guide Project blog. The main site can be found here .  I  like this activist concept, and will be thinking about what I can blog about on October 15th.

In the meantime, what about an Education Blog Action Day? Wouldn't it be neat if edubloggers or any bloggers with an interest, for that matter, blogged on a particular topic in education on one day, tagged it with the same tags and made a statement to the world? What topics would be good for this? Hmmm....perhaps something related to  NCLB, School 2.0, early literacy, digital divide? What is a univeral issue for everyone with education?

Friday 5: TeacherTube

Friday 5 : TeacherTube

Hi All-

TeacherTube  is a new service for educators to upload and view educational content. Here are several videos worth watching!

Have a great weekend,

Lucy Gray


1) Did You Know

2) Pay Attention

3) Why Let Our Students Blog?

4) Riddle iMovie Step 1

5) Homage to Magritte

6) Inspiration Software with Math Instruction

7) Constitution Day 2006

8) Poetry and Multimedia

9) Dinoland

10) Digital Students @ Analog Schools

11) When I Become A Teacher - This is my all-time favorite. I couldn't find it on TeacherTube, but here it is on YouTube.

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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