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Today I had the pleasure of attend a workshop with Will Richardson.  This is a list of resources discussed in the Back channel and that Will talked about.  I am posting this at the request of folks in attendance.  So here ya go!!

Will Richardson’s Website/Blog

Follow Will on Twitter!/willrich45

The Back Channel Conversation

The Google Docs Presentation will everything he discussed.

Ok, here are some random links for things that were mention and may not be in the presentation.

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web.As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

Educators – Information for educators using Scratch

News – Stories about Scratch in the media

Research – Papers and presentations about Scratch

Donate – Support the Scratch project

Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Intel Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Google, Iomega and MIT Media Lab research consortia. Desktop client kinda of like a chat or instant message window. TweetDeck is your personal browser for staying in touch with what’s happening now, connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and more. Great place to find teachers using Twitter

Lots of Educators on Twitter

Wiffiti publishes real time messages to screens in thousands of locations from jumbotrons to jukeboxes, bars to bowling alleys and cafes to colleges.  You can interact with Wiffiti from your mobile phone or the web.

RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Amazing Teacher, reflective blog

Glog – interactive poster, Collaborative class projects, School-level teacher management of students and classes, Private and safe student environment, Engage students in fun and creative activities, National educational standards,

100 Inspiring Ways to Use Social Media In the Classroom

Capture anything:  Save your ideas, things you like, things you hear, and things you see.  Access Anywhere:Evernote works with nearly every computer, phone and mobile device out there.

What started out as Sal making a few algebra videos for his cousins has grown to over 2,100 videos and 100 self-paced exercises and assessments covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history.

Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover,

Monte Selby’s song, It’s Not the Test and more of the work form this amazing Kansas Educator,

How the Flipped Classroom Is Radically Transforming Learning, and Flipping the classroom from learning Conversations

Blog by Sylvia Martinez, Follow me on Twitter, Diigo,, or Google Reader Shared Items.  The

Monday… Someday post Will spoke about,

Instapaper: Save web pages for later offline reading, optimized for readability on your iPhone or iPod touch’s screen. Featured by Apple and critically acclaimed by top blogs, newspapers, and magazines! $4.99

Save pages from your computer or phone.  Read at home, work, on the plane, or during your commute; even without an internet connection. Read It Later is integrated into many popular applications and platforms you may already use.

Dr. Michael Wesch, Mediated Cultures, A visions of Students today. His maid website is: and the video with over 4 million views.

Will Richardsn,s UStream TV channel,

Teachers to Follow on Twitter:  I would look a t ill list of who he follows

A personalized iPad magazine that gets smarter as you use it.
Learn the basics of our FlexBook System with this Quick Start video.
A Google Doc Spreadsheet of FREE online Textbooks sorted by category, content area.
Offers URL redirection service with real-time link tracking.

Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators.

Here are a couple of examples.
iPads in Schools:

An Educators Guide to Twitter:

Amazing Animal Webcams:

My K-State group, I share resource with my students via the email weekly notifications, I invite you to join our group and also share and benefit from the sharing.

OK,, I think this is it, I am sure I missed something, so please share anything I missed in Comments.  It was a great day of learning that is for sure.

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I find web tools we can use in our teaching and with our students all over the place and I usually try to include them on my blog in some format or another.  Well, there are so darn many……, each week I am going to include a list of 5 to however many I found that week in my Friday post.  I hope you find them useful and take time to check some of them out and bookmark the ones you like in your delicious, Diigo or maybe even create a LiveBinder.

Believe it or not, I will likely do all three. I love Delicious, and use it daily, in fact, I have to admit, my delicious is a bit of a mess with over 5000 sites tagged. I also use Diigo, and have a K-State Pre-service group in Diigo as a way to share resources with my students at Kansas State and a friend, Dean Mantz, (Mantz Mission Blog) is big into LiveBinders, recently he gave me a lesson on the benefits of Livebinders, so this is a perfect opportunity to give it a good solid try.

I will put the list here and as well as posting a link to the weekly growing LiveBinder. I will be interested to here what you think and please share you resources to this list in comments and if you would like to be a collaborator on the LiveBinder, let me know and I will add you as a collaborator.

Animasher is the place where you can make really easy animations.  This is kinda fun and really easy. The animation editor works intuitively, so you won’t have to labor hard to make your masterpiece. Just drag and drop images.  Add  text bubbles, etc., and you’re ready to share your creation with the world.

Ahead, kinda like Prezi. A zooming presenter for presentation, websites and even widgets.  I love Prezi, but wow, is it a different way to think, and so is Ahead, but their tutorials is quite good and it is all FREE. They even have a good step-by-step manual in PDF format:  Ahead_Manual_ver28.  (tutorial video at the bottom of this post)

AwesomeHighlighter is an easy way to highlight texts on web pages. When you finish highlighting, you get a link to share it with others.  Do I have to come here to highlight?  nope… check out our FireFox add-on and bookmarklet. Very cool and potentially useful.

AnyTypos free,online spell checker,  just copy paste your content and get the results online instantly.  Sometimes you just need a spelling checker and one that works online is very useful.

Alphabetizer puts any list in alphabetical order.  You can even print it. Features include reversing a list, removing duplicates, capitalizing first words or ignoring definite/indefinite articles.

OK, here is the LiveBinder I have started, Weekly Web Tools from A-Z.

Needless to say, it does not contain a great deal yet, just the resources mentioned above. But will grow each week and I find new resources to add.  Right now I have it set up with a few categories, Creativity, Presentation, Collaboration, Sound/Audio/Podcast, Productivity, Video/Movies.  I know there will be more categories, but this gets it started.

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I am using many of the Google apps/tools in my pre-service tech class this semester.  And although most of the tools are pretty easy, most are not very intuitive.  You really do have to dig around to figure out how to do things.

One of my Diigo groups (Google in Education) gave me this link to a Google Doc that is a simple list of Google A-Z.  I think it would be useful to anyone using the Google suite of apps/tools and I especially think it will be useful to my students.  The trick is getting them ot use it!!

And here is a course by the Oconee Schools Google Apps Education Edition.  Here is enformation about access everything.

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Michael Zimmer of The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness lists his top 10 resources for 2010. Most would be on my list as well.  The interesting part is everyone of the resources on the list is blocked in many of schools.  I guess I am envious that Michael teaches in a school district that “gets it.”  Don’t get me wrong, I show all this stuff to my pre-service teachers, but unfortunately many do not get the opportunity to practice it in the schools they do their internships.

And here we go again………a topic I have written about numerous times, the tail is wagging the dog.  In other words, the IT department is making decisions about want can and cannot be used in the classroom for teachers.  How crazy is that! That is like me telling a doctor which knife to use in the operating room. I am certainly not qualified to be doing that.  Recently I was in a school that I will be doing some staff development for next semester, and I suggested we use some of the Google tools, because they are free and easy.  The answer I got was, oh no, out IT department won’t allow that, “it opens up too many thing.”  Talk about the tail wagging the dog.  The administrators I was meeting with were very open minded and they really want the professional development to succeed, so I am going to think positive and hope we can move the IT department into the 21st century.

Michael’s List of top ten.

  • Glogster
  • Diigo
  • Skype
  • Simplebooklet
  • Prezi
  • Creaza
  • Common Craft
  • FotoBabble
  • Wallwisher
  • ToonDoo
  • Twitter

Cyndi’s Top Ten (no particular order)

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ISTE 2010 conference just ended and I am home now. It was a great time reconnecting with with old freinds.  I even saw all my grant teachers!  I  learned tons of stuff about, teaching, Integration,  Technology and Education.

Here is a way to discover find many of the websites shared during ISTE 2010,  ISTE 2010 Diigo group.   If you have links from the conference not in the list, please join the group and add them.  I found lots on the list I did not know about.  I wish I had seen the Tweet about this Diigo site during the conference, but I will be adding a few links today and exploring a whle slew there already.

And Lisa Thurman has an excellent post with links to blogs, and wikis and all kinds of stuff from the conference: #ISTE10 Where to go, What to see, What to d. Thanks Lisa.