STEM with Dr. Helen Padgett and Lynn Castiglione

May 2, 2009

I am live blogging this session:

Goals-Building a pipline of students who are prepared to enter the university with STEM degrees.

75% of AZ 275 physics teachers do not have a degree in physics. ASU physics classes for teachers is available.

Online engeneering textbooks–there are opportunities.

nsdl.org-great resource.Lots of their postings are on iTunes U is also excellent too.  courses are up from universities and there are lots of stem pieces there.

World of the future–transforming life–

demand for online learning.high school classes will be in an initiative.  in 21st century skills, the stuents need to learn

Partnership for 21st Centurry Skills -they have 6 skills and key elements we need to go. 21stCenturySkills.org.

Adaptive Curriculum presentation where we use online curriculum to enhance learning.

Based on “flash” activity objects.  objects can be manipulated and use problem-solving.  This is supplemental curriculum, supporting core content. Typically enhancing the most difficult concepts, an standards-based.

Teachers can use this as a teaching tool, as a closure tool, as an independent tool for students.

This software is excellent in fostering collaboration and learning, dynamic discussions and problem solving.  It will be available to the HS level this fall.  In our district we have been part of a pilot using this curriculum at the HS level in Math and Science, I believe.  The teachers all report that it is amazing, in that it enhances the teaching and learning moment.

The rest of the materials that accompany the system are amazing.  Not only are there printable work pages, there is also a variety of teaching strategies to help with implementation.


Personal Learning Networks for Professional Growth

May 2, 2009

With Irma Sandercock, Professional Development Coordinator, Arizona State University.


I am so excited about this session.  I respect Irma and am anxious to learn how to grow this in my district.  

What are our current issues:

She started with a poll from Polleverywhere.com.  What is your biggest professional development challenge?

Showing a publication  called”  Professional Learning in the Learning Profession–a report.  we do great with the one shot workshop, but we fail at the sustainable learning.

Another publication:  Grow you Personal Learning Network. Leadership and Learning magazine.

Allows educators to prticia\pate in formal and informal modes of pd

teachers assume greater responsibility foro their guided PD

As a professional developer:
Create a professional learning network

Formal pds and informal pd otpportunities offered through ideal.

Webinar solutions:




Using the tools, we could try to create even a static presentation and upload it to iTunes U and then using the google chat feature conduct a synchronous session.

Showing IDEAL and the opportunities there for Personal Learning Professional Growth and Learning. 

In Discovery Streaming, there are ASCD Videos in there for all sorts of topics.  Idea:  Show a movie and then post a discussion forum for the community of practice.

Collaboration Tools:

Interest Groups-you can use these groups to increase group collaboration.

Then also Google Apps for Education.

Personalized Start page in IDEAL Google Apps, lets you create your page.  

Google Sites:

this is a quick way to build a webpage that houses al of your resources.  You can use this google sites to create  a workspace.  

iE.  Make a math site, add a calendar, recent announcements, recent files, sites block.  

In IDEAL go to >Collaboration Apps


>Search Sample Learning Network



WOW Conference-May 2 Keynote Dr. Howie DiBlasi

May 2, 2009

This keynote is about google, and titled:  Super Amazing Google Search Tricks

I am attempting to live blog this, but I am rusty.  



  • whos linked to that site


  • find out what sites are related to the site


  • Youll get the definition


  • restricts a search so that all the keywords must appear in the title.




Use the Advanced Search in Google–using series of words.  Using quoates, get something specific.


PDFs, PPTs, DOC, type:  exmple:  21st century learning filetype:pdf

Scholarly searches:  filetypes:pdf site:edu

The tilda:   ~   means an educational webpage.


<Here he is talking about lots of different types of searches.>

Have you checked the : “more” button on the front of the google Site?  

There is even an “even more” button.  

He talks about 80 things you can do with Google.  

Talking about the Google Apps Education edition.  Talks about the power of collaboration and this groups.

howie@frontier.net–share your story with him.

He is talking about blogs in the classroom.  <I want our teachers to send him our blog and podcasting pages to him to see what we are doing!>  

He will share his presentation that has links etc.  Talking about doing blog searches.  search using the two letter coutry codes to see multiple perspectives of a topic.

So many things in Google, that are tools FREE available.  I believe this is building everyday!

How do we unblock things in our schools?  communicate and collaborate together to decide what you need, what projects you will be doing, and what sites you need to be unlocked. 

Search engions have “bots” that go out to your sites.

Directories have categories.  this may be easier.

sketchup. gooogle.com/download.  This is a free tool.  It is a fun tool.

Google Language Tools:  less than good.

Google Groups–you can form your own groups.  

Google Moon.  google.com/moon, google.com/mars


Anyway, many different things you can use in the classroom.



Go there to see all of the classes he teachers, and download his handouts.


Digital Storytelling!

April 7, 2009

Well, I just want to say how thankful I am to have been able to be trained two years ago in Digital Storytelling.  I was fortunate to have attended two training courses with the Center for Digital Storytellingone out of Denver-with Daniel Weinshenker, just an incridible experience.  And one out of the home office in Berkley, California, the Train the Trainer course.   Both of these experiences have been transformational for me, and I had hoped to bring back the learning to my school district, Cave Creek Unified School District, and work with teachers to bring this powerful medium into classrooms. 

My work with the AZ K 12 Center, helped open those doors, last summer when one of my participants in my Digital Storytelling Workshop at the Tech Camp that I was teaching happened to be a 7th grade teacher from my district.  We had never met before but her principal had paid for her to attend this excellent technology camp which I will write about in my next post.  At that time, I remember her writing a reflection saying she was going to use Digital Storytelling in her classroom during her Immigration Unit. 

Sure enough I got a call from her, in mid-first semester, saying she was ready to plan the unit!  This teacher is Jill Kratzke, and she is, I found out later, just a 2nd year teacher.  This was a surprise to me because of her willingness to jump in and take the risk, plan and implement this project.  She was welcoming and invited me to co-teach with her, and what a gift that was to me.

I appreciate her for inviting me in and letting me participate in this project from start to finish.  Here is a link to the project.

I sent this project to my twitter network when we were finished, and then I decided to send it to Wesley Fryer, knowing he is especially interested in Digital Storytelling.  He sent me such a nice note and then posted a note to the ISTEConnects blog.  How nice! 

I am very excited about this project.  Currently I am working with a small group of  6th grade special education students in Jill’s school(Desert Arroryo Middle School).  Additionally, I am teaching the process to a group of five teachers at an elementary school, Desert Willow Elementary School in our district.  This is an interesting school, because it is a Spanish Immersion Program, where students are learning Spanish during their Social Studies classes.  One of the 4th grade teachers in that building Kira Dubin just won a competitive statewide grant to do Digital Storytelling in her class, and she received 17 netbooks, among other things…..This has implications across the board for every student and every learner. 

I am so fortunate to be invited in and help facilitate.  That is the best and morst rewarding part of my job.


Making a Different Kind of Pie–Creating a new class

March 11, 2009


This was a little class I was in during the MEC conference.  It was a good little class about how to recreate your online coursework.  The big take away was make things modular, so that you can pick and choose your content, based on the needs of the students. 

Good plan.

Below are the live blog notes–Like I said–It was a short class!  🙂






Create modules of sections of courses…keep it modular so that all stdents get the same Material, but each teacher teaches their order and manner they choose.

This will not work on classes that you are scaffolding and building background.


length of class, standards to complete, how funded, type of class, who would attend, where do we place it?  How long to plan for it –1 to 3 years….?


Ask wat is the top priority?

Brainstorm?  What do you have, what do you need?

Common Syllabus….

STandard testing?

The presenter is extremely organized and asks her teachers to be organized.

My ig take away, is modules!


The Role of Expectancy in Online Teaching-Session

March 11, 2009

This is by Jared Richardson and Damian Creame

Referenced the book:  Distrupting Class

Making the point of when the transistor radio came out way back when.  They saw a market, and the music, the industry changed — now the people were buying radios who were not buying large ones.

Same thing for Online Education….

At first, it was not very successful:  used for those who needed credit recovery, bad completion rate, etc.

Now we know more about how technology interfaces with students……

Now–How to motivate students using Technology…..

Number one motivation is their interaction with teachers……this holds true with online. That’s why the shells, and the online purchased curriculum is not that great.

Keller’s ARCS Method

  • Attention
  • Relevance (related to expectancy)
  • Confidence
  • Satisfaction

This did not work for students—over all…..

then the other model was based on the research of Rheinberg, Vollmeyer, and Rollet

Three expectancies: consider….

What constitutes Success

Degree of responsibility and freedom

Learned approach and can be modified.

Basic to relevant education

How to diagnose

1.  AOE-Action Outcome Expectancy

  • These students take responsibility for their learning
  • Will not tolerate busy work
  • Learning must have relevant goals
  • Grades are not a motivator

<So these students are interested in learning for learning sake……>

2.  Outcome Consequence Expectancy-People-Oriented Students

  • lets teachers or others set agenda
  • highly motivated by grades
  • takes responsibility for personal performance…..

<These stuents are still low in numbers….>

3.  SOE-Situation Outcome Expectancy-Comfort-Oriented Students

  • Total responsibilit for learning is gien to others
  • Will do only what is the minimum to survieve
  • Seldom follows set agendas

How do you deal with each type of student:


Technology assists:  Immediate fedbace, brancing, authentic projects, higher order discussions

Teacher approach-Coaching (+ and – feedback)

Instruction Design:  ARCS


Tech Assists:  Immediate feedback, ineractive tasks, synchronous conferencing, threaded discussions

Teacher Approach:  Cheerleading (+feedback)

Instruction Design:  ARCS


Technology Assists:  Immediate feeback, levels of progress, rich visual environment wi/o distraction.

Teacher Approach:  Coaxing( 0 feedback)

Instructional Desigh:  Video Game Format……(need to establish relavence)

Volitional Snags:

  • Serendipity Effect (unplanned)
  • Distracters (planned)
  • Dependence (waiting to do something until told to do it)
  • Text-based ennui (boredom)
  • ADD/ADHD syndrome

Astleitner’s Checklist

13 things that you need to design a good online class:

  1. reflective learning
  2. cognitive motivational emotional learning
  3. considers strenghs of students
  4. knowledge acquired and applied in various contexts
  5. basics and higher order thinking..

Applications for the 21st Century

  • We need a branched approach where we build on their strengths and needs
  • Personalized programs-based on needs of the students
  • Human-Technology Interface
  • Disruptive Innovation-it might get messy but that is a good thing
  • Life-Long Education-we want to help students be life long learners…we want them to value education
  • Economics

Good discusson about their school–Premavera Learning: American Virtual Academy.

Schedules of when the teachers will be online.
They publish this for the students, so that they get the support “online” when they need them.. Do not use webcams at al, but they use the white board sessions with “adobe connect” where they share desktops.  They don’t expect that ll of the students are online at the same.  They will be able soon do IMing to their teacher.

Assessment:  Standard MC, Projects, threaded discussions.  all of these are the ways they are assessed.  Eachlesson they do get assessed and then they can get retaught if hey don’t do well.  They then do get mid-terms, etc.

Student/TEacher interaction is 2-3 times more than that of regular teaching.

How do you diagnose the expectancy levels?  Ask”what do you want out of this course?”


Your Digital Personality : the real you in your online class

March 11, 2009

This session is about creativity, images and content on your online classes.

He had music on when we walked in. the Music sets the mood…..in K 12 environments, it works….do we remember when we took classes in college?  Can you set the moood ther?

How do you set the mood in an online course?

PASSION-a word on the screen—-the most important thing a teacher to have…..passion.

Today, passion –how do you transfer your passion into the digital environment?

In 1999-75 colleges wre using online learning.  Tod Conaway, went to Walden University (online)

Most models follow the structure of text based info, then forums.

Let’s agree”

  • The instructions personality impacts student learning
  • There is more that is learned in a class than “the content”
  • Online instruction makes a “personality” difficult to develop or create.

Online instruction is important to create the environment that we learn in..

  • we need ambiance–what does it look like in a face to face classroom, what does it look like  “online”?
  • How is it created?  art, sounds, the tome, the istructor’s personality
  • Does it impact student learning?

Role of the online instrucion:

  • pedagogical role
  • social role
  • managerial role
  • technical role

So the closer you get to someone the more you learn–the more open you are to the learning environment. This is true in the F2F classroom….how true in the Online class.

Online Ambiance:  Banner, background,

What does the role of the instructor play:  How does he instructor put this all on line?

There is more to the LCMsystem than the system.

  • You can bring “in” all of the things you want to use for collaborating,
  • If you deliver your content within a website, you can do HTML easily
  • Roles of the instructor
  • Web 2.0 is a great place and great ways to bring in content

The way that you are present in your courses is important.

You want to give them students your passion and enthusiasm…..

  • you should put a video, lots of pictures, knowing they will go and Google you.

<great discussion about what should a teacher/online instructor put on line…..I really believe that we need to reach out to our students and risk and offer to them a bit of ourselves.>

Examples:  online weekly videos about what the week’s learning willl be.  A video series from one HS social studies teacher in costume taking on personnae of hisorical figures.

<tegrity-lecture capture program……>

Using video to introduce online classes, is a great way to do this–using Camtasia.

Free programs:  jing.com, Screencast.com, Audacity, dimdim, skype, ning,picassa

connections with students……your personality can be so much more…..

So, this is excellent, and was very good.

Now he is an instructional designer, to help teachers