Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Diigo Insights

Diigo is a remarkable social bookmarking system that let's you mark up a page with highlights and sticky notes and share those notes with your research groups. In this article, Miquel Guhlin explains how Diigo can be used with the Thinkfinity archive of teaching resources to create a slide show oriented pathfinder.

  • More on innovative uses of diigo from Miquel Guhlin. The use of diigo's list and slide features to create a 'pathfinder' for any thematic topic is intriguing.

    Use Diigo, the social bookmarking and annotation tool, to help organize your bookmarks, and then use the slides feature of Diigo to present the web pages to students, colleagues and friends. This article addresses how to accomplish this and responds to these key questions:

    1. What is Thinkfinity?
    2. How can you use Diigo to store your favorite bookmarks, annotations (highlights and comments) for Thinkfinity?
    3. How can you use the List and Slide features of Diigo to present Thinkfinity resources to others?
    4. How can you enhance your Diigo Slide with audio?

    tags: diigo, diigo_slides, 21cif, e-learning

    • The List feature is described in this way by Diigo:

      “List” is a great way to organize, share and display specific collections of bookmarks. Once you add bookmarks to your list, you can easily drag and drop items to arrange the order in any sequence that you’d like to present.
      Best of all, once you create a list, when you click the button, you can browse, play and annotate any list of URLs as a slide show! It’s great for content browsing, sharing, and creating unique presentations based on web content.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here. (Diigo also provides a nice automatic feed of bookmarks and annotations to this blog.. a very handy feature indeed.  ~ Dennis

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Rapid E-Learning Yearly Roundup

  • Round up from the folks at Articulate. If you're looking for cutting edge advice about e-learning instructional design, this is a terrific place to start.  The yearly round up is lik a mini course for anyone interested in creating 'on demand' learning objects.

    tags: e-learning, blog, tips

    • The Rapid E-Learning Blog shares practical tips and tricks to help you become a rapid elearning pro. They also offer a free 45 page pdf e-book worth the download!

      It is hosted by Tom Kuhlmann who has over 15 years of hands-on experience in the training industry and currently runs the community at Articulate.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Experts’ Favorite Time-Saving Tech Tip Shortcuts

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Here is a selection of the best time-saving tech tips which recently appeared in David Pogue’s technology column in the New York Times.

Hide All Windows and View the Desktop in One Stroke

Macintosh: Press F11, or on recent Mac laptops Command+F3 (Command Key is just to the left of the spacebar)

Windows: Press the Windows key (between Ctrl and Alt) and D or click on the Show Desktop icon in the Taskbar.

Switch From One Open Program to the Next
Macintosh: Command+Tab
Windows: Alt + Tab

Quickly Toggle Uppercase/Lowercase in MS Word
In Microsoft Word clicking on a word and then pressing Shift+F3 makes a word change from all uppercase to all lowercase to just the first letter upper case.

Enlarge Text on a Web Page
Macintosh: Press Command and the plus key (for smaller fonts, press the minus key)
Windows: Press Ctrl and the plus or minus keys

Web Page URL Typing Shortcut
For Websites ending in .com, such as Amazon, merely type “amazon” in the address bar, and then press Ctrl+Enter (Windows) or Command + Return (Macintosh). This will put the http:// in front of the word amazon, and .com after it and will also take you right to the Website.

Jump To Address Bar in Web Browser
Pressing Alt + D (Windows) takes you to the address bar of most Web browsers. This way you can easily type in the next address instead of having to use the mouse to highlight the address.

Select Multiple Files At Once in Open Windows
Windows: You can individually select multiple files that aren’t right next to each other by highlighting the first file, holding down the Ctrl key, and clicking each additional file.
Macintosh: Same procedure, but press the Command key while clicking each file.

UW-Stout Online Course Spotlight: Digital Media and Visual Literacy

“What I liked best was that this course answered questions that I would never have known to other words, it enlightened me to what I actually needed to know about video in order to not only use it more effectively, but teach it!"~ Art, Computer Art, Video Production Teacher - Wurzburg, Germany

EDUC 744 938 Digital Media and Visual Literacy
January 20 - March 27, 2009
Plug-in to the YouTube generation by working with your students to create hands-on digital media projects that incorporate technologies like video on-demand, podcasting/vodcasting, and screencasting. Discover how to use free web-based software for video production to stimulate inquiry, creativity, and higher order thinking. Examine pre-production classroom practices, video editing, distribution methods and criteria for evaluating student work.

Register online:

Register Now for Spring 2009 Courses
Participate from your home computer; no travel to campus is required. Select university billing, and no payment is due until spring session begins.

Request Information Online

School of Education Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
phone: (715) 642-0209 or 715-232-2253

Reposted with permission of
Karen Franker, Editor Tech Tips for Educators

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Care to Moodle your Google (GDocs that is)?

moodle your google

Learn the basics of GDocs collaboration in ths week long fully facilitated online class. Learn a bit about G-Docs, get introduced to Moodle based online learning, and have some fun!

It's a simple search puzzle to find us: Use Google to search with these keywords:

information fluency

Follow the first link and you'll be on the path to an interesting and inexpensive online learning experience!

Questions, as always, will be cheerfully answered!

~ Dennis

Friday, November 07, 2008

Try it, you might like it: Social Bookmarking Resources

I've been teaching social bookmarking as part of my e-learning classes for some time. Social bookmarking is always a difficult concept to get across. Truly, it's something you need to actually do in order to begin to grasp the power of this web 2.0 technology.

On a basic level, you move your bookmarks from your browser to a website where you can get to them from any computer connected to the Internet.

On a social level you can build a trusted community of searchers who share their results by 'tagging' the content with descriptive words.

This technology lets you go beyond searching to sharing results and insights with other humans. Hear are some resources I tagged and/or annotated using Diigo, a user friendly social bookmarking service. Try it! You may like it!

*Thanks to the readers who wrote to tell me that many of the links in this post were dead. I've revised the post with new resources! ~ Dennis

Monday, November 03, 2008

Google Earth™ Lessons

Tech Tips:
Create PDF’s in Office 2007

Draw Quick Horizontal Lines in Word 2003 & 2004

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Google Earth Lessons
This site is a rich source of high-quality Google Earth lesson plans searchable by subject area. Included are tutorials as well as a Nifty Tricks section for advanced users.

Google Lit Trips
Jerome Burg’s award-winning site provides Google maps of well-known literature to deepen students’ understanding of setting and background. Teachers are encouraged to submit their own literary maps and lesson ideas.

Google Earth Blog
Frank Taylor’s site is full of the latest tips and lessons for getting the most out of Google Earth, including live hurricane tracking. Be sure to check out the PC World Top 10 Amazing Google Earth Add-Ons link for some creative new tools to enhance Google Earth.

Juicy Geography: Google Earth Lessons
This site created by educator Noel Jenkins contains nine ready-to-use lessons on topics such as Stonehenge, safe cities, and wind farms. Juicy Geography’s Google Earth blog includes teaching guides, downloadable files and other resources for teaching Google Earth.

Using Google Earth To Investigate Water FlowI
n this Teacher Tube video, instructor J. Calvert demonstrates how to teach the use of Google Earth’s tools in conjunction with a middle school classroom unit on water.

Tech Tip #1: Create PDFs in Microsoft Office 2007
Office 2007 users can now save any file as a PDF by installing a
downloadable add-on file from Microsoft. After installation, a PDF option will be added to your Save As menu in eight Microsoft Office programs, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Tech Tip #2: Draw Quick Horizontal Lines in Word 2003 (Windows) & 2004 (Mac)
You can create a horizontal line across your Word or Outlook document with just a few keystrokes. Three styles of lines are available.
For a normal thin line, type three consecutive hyphens and press Enter.
For a bold line, type three underscores and press Enter.
For a double line, type three equal signs and press Enter.

Originally posted by Karen Franker, Editor Technology Tips @ 9/21/2008 11:40:00 AM

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

PODetc Professional Development Fall 2008

Folks, I've worked with Alicia Mundt, a mover and shaker at PODetc. I can tell you she is a top flight pro. You'll learn a lot with her and the good folks at PODetc. ~ Dennis

PODetc (Professional Online Development from the Educational Technology Community) is pleased to announce a new course on ISTE’s new NET Teacher standards through UW-Green Bay’s Education Outreach for K-12 educators.

Please consider this opportunity and share with your colleagues. Follow the links below for cost and course instructor information.

Classes are online; no travel to campus required. Participate from your home
Computer. Same tuition rate for in-state and out-of-state participants


Session 1: Full

Session 2:
EDUC 795-9 Introduction to Instructional Technology in the Classroom
1 gr. cr. begins Nov. 17

Session 3:
EDUC 795-9 Introduction to Instructional Technology in the Classroom
1 gr. cr. begins Dec. 8
Alicia Mundt
Online Professional Development Director & Instructor
203 Prospect Ave
Long Beach, CA 90803
Telephone: 1-800-408-
4935 ext 2

Monday, October 13, 2008

Creating and Managing groups for E-Learning

In the E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate program at UW-Stout we like to limit classes to 20. Sometimes we'll get 21 - 24 students and have to make the decision to split the group into two classes or use grouping with a single course. I find that groups of about 15 are perfect. Otherwise I prefer to divide the students into different class sections.

Groups help you achieve a sense of intimacy and reduce the stress students feel when facing large numbers of unread posts.

Here's how I divide students into small groups within the course management system.

I start with a whole class icebreaker, then divide the class by alphabet into balanced sized groups.

I like to ask folks to post to their assigned groups first. Then give them permission to visit and post in the other group if they want. This is a form of differentiation for those high achievers who want to do it all.

At mid-term we change up the groups so everyone works with everyone else.

At the end of the course, in the presentation of projects and journals, we join together again as one class.

This allows 'smaller' discussions, while fostering a sense of overall community.

Additionally, I offer optional discussion threads open to all. This is another differentiation method that allows me to present value added resources on topics that may not appeal to everyone. (In my E-Learning for Educators classes this includes additional research into blogs, podcasting, and wikis.)

My 2Cents!


Friday, October 10, 2008

Google Documents (Fully Facilitated 5 Day Online Class)

Moodle Based
Fully Facilitated!

Login as guest:

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

How much time will this take?

Plan for at least 5 hours of instruction (about an hour a day). It will be easy to put in more time than that. We hope you'll find the information so interesting that the time will fly by.

Do I have to login at a specific time each day?

The course is completely time shifted. It's designed so that participants can enter the online classroom 24/7 and still interact. This let's you fit the class to your schedule. We'll go Monday - Friday, with the following Saturday to wrap things up.

What will I learn how to do?

  • Create a Google account

  • Upload documents to Google docs

  • Share a Google document with a colleague

  • View the revision history of a shared document (a wiki like function of Gdocs)

  • Publish a shared document as a web page that automatically updates when the source document is edited.

  • We also have an optional independent study module on how to use Google Docs offline.

How is this course taught?

Instruction includes the use of illustrated webpages and video. Additionally Dennis O'Connor will be facilitating this class. (Dennis is a highly trained online teacher.) There are discussion forums where participants can share ideas. The instructor will also be monitoring the class for questions and be available for trouble shooting help.

What about teaching resources?

You will find many resources with ideas for teachers and librarians interested in using Google Docs in the classroom.

How long will I have access to this course?

The course remains open to you for at least three months so you can continue study and have access to the resources.

How do I register?

  • First establish an account on Note the graphic on the course home page. (Each person taking the class should create their own account.)

  • Next login using your established username and password.

  • Click into the Gdocs online classroom.(Found in the Information Fluency Category.)

  • When you first enter you'll be presented with a PayPal registration page.

  • Click through to pay for the class by credit card.

  • You do not need a Pay Pal account to use this secure system. (We do not store your credit card information.)

  • Once you have paid you'll be returned to the Gdocs class.

  • The full course will open on October 27th.
We hope to see you online!

Friday, October 03, 2008

Information Fluency: It's Elementary! Beta Testers needed!

Carl Heine is developing a series of online learning games to teach elementary students the essentials of search. We're looking for feedback and suggestions as we begin the development cycle.

We have an Information Fluency group on Joyce Valenza's Teacher Librarian Ning where we are asking for feedback on our new elementary age games.

Please join the Ning and our group so you can participate in our beta test?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wikis: The Power of Collaborative Learning

Tech Tips for Educators from UW-Stout

Why Wiki (PDF File)

Educator Louise Maine provides an excellent chart highlighting how wikis enhance 21st century learning.

The Power of Wikis in Higher Ed
Writing in Campus Technology, Linda L Briggs describes the benefits of using wikis in higher education.

Wiki Woman: How a Web Tool Saved My Career
Grace Rubinstein offers quick tips for successful use of wikis in the classroom and describes how a high school teacher transformed her teaching with the use of wikis.

The Wiki Revolution: A Challenge To Traditional Education
Rita Zeinstejer lists effective uses of wikis to enhance instruction and professional development.

Examples of Educational Wikis
The PBWiki Educators section provides links to examples of quality educational wikis.

GoApes Wiki
Here’s a terrific example of an effective professional development Web site that was nominated for
Edublogs’ Best Educational Wiki of 2007. The audience is environmental educators, but the model is useful for all teaching areas.

Tech Tips: Internet Explorer 7 Printing Shortcuts
Tip #1: When you only want to print part of a Web page such as a paragraph or an image, you can copy and paste into a word processor and print from there; however, here is a quicker way:

Highlight the desired text or image with the mouse, go to the File menu and select Print, and then click the Selection button. Now only the selected part will print.

Tip #2: If a desired Web page includes links to other must-print Web pages, you can easily print both the original Web page and the linked pages all at once.

Go to File- Print, select the Option tab, check the Print all Linked Documents box, and then click OK.

Sign Up Soon for Online Courses Starting in September
Meet your professional development goals for learning new skills, changing salary lanes, licensure renewal and advanced certification.
The following classes still have openings:

Courses Beginning on September 15
EDUC 744 954 Instructional Leadership Skills
EDUC 744 930 Web Design for Educators
EDUC 744 939 Intermediate Web Design

Courses beginning on September 22

Courses Beginning on September 29


Participate from your home computer; no travel to campus is required. Select university billing, and no payment is due until early September. A payment plan option is available for fall semester

Republished with permission: originally
posted by Karen Franker, Editor @ 8/27/2008 09:03:00 PM

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Essential Role of Information Fluency in E-Learning and Online Teaching

I've been researching and writing about Information Fluency since the turn of the century. My work is published on the 21st Century Information Fluency Portal: You'll find modular online learning content including games, micromodules and assessments on the portal. (Free for all educators.)

I include information fluency training in all of my online classes. I introduce power searching and website investigation to the graduate students studying in the E-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate Program at UW-Stout ( ) because I believe that Information Fluency is a foundation skill for all online teachers and learners.

dif model

What continually surprises me is that most educators (including those with advanced degrees) lack formal training in this field. Unless I'm working with a Library Media Specialist, most have little experience in searching, evaluating, and ethical use of digital materials.

Curiously, most educators think they are competent searchers and evaluators, when they are really just beginners. Their disposition is to ask for help rather than search for answers. With simple instruction many radically improve their ability to search, and evaluate. This is empowering and greatly increases learner satisfaction. Instruction in copyright and fair use is also part of the program.

At the same time I push the idea that it is everyone's duty to teach website evaluation and ethical use as part of any online curriculum. Too often educators assume someone else should have done the job by the time their students walk through the door. The application of information fluency to all curriculum areas is profound. Students given even rudimentary instruction in Information Fluency immediately benefit.

As online teachers and learners we work in a computer where information is just a few keystrokes away. I hope we can promote the disposition in all online teachers and learners that skilled use of Internet resources is the essential learning skill of our times.

Dennis O'Connor
Program Advisor
E-Learning & Online Teaching
School of Education
Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Wisconsin's Polytechnic University
530-318-1145 (Cell)
Skype: wiredinstructor2

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Flattening the Classroom

Seven Steps to a Flat Classroom
In this Slide share presentation, Vicki Davis describes and illustrates the seven essential principles for an effective flat classroom.

Flattening the World: How to Harness Web 2.0 Tools To Engage Learners Inside and Outside the Classroom
Doug Balsa’s Slide share presentation shows how educators can get started in creating a truly global classroom.

The Five Phases of Flattening a Classroom

Vicki Davis describes the tools and student competencies needed for each phase of evolving into a collaborative and global “classroom without walls”.

Flatten Your Classroom and Embrace 21st Century Learning (Slide Share presentation)
Julie Lindsay’s conference presentation provides an overview of how the flat classroom concept supports 21st century learning skills.

Flat Classroom Project Student Awards
Award-winning examples of student videos created as part of the Flat Classroom Project.

Tech Tip: Embed YouTube, Teacher Tube or Google Videos on Your Website

It is very useful to insert playable imported videos within your Web page or blog so that users have quick access. Here’s how to quickly embed video code from YouTube:
1. Locate the video on YouTube.
2. To the right of the area where the video displays (under the video description), you will see a field called Embed followed by HTML code.
3. Copy and paste all of that HTML code into the HTML View of your Website or blog post. Hint: Be sure to paste the code in the area of your page where you want the video to appear.

This trick will work on all popular video sites. Just look for the option that says Video Code, Embed Video or Put This Video on Your Page. Remember to include a citation with the title and creator of the video as well as a hyperlink to the original source.

Search/Browse 40 Online Courses Starting in September
Fall courses will be offered including web design, poverty in schools, methods of teaching art, math, reading and writing, technology integration, classroom management, teaching English Language Learners, autism, differentiation, inclusion, assessment, instructional leadership, mentoring, bullying in schools, school library/media specialists, relearning and online teaching.

Participate from your home computer; no travel to campus is required. Select university billing, and no payment is due until early September. A payment plan option is available for fall semester

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by Karen Franker, Editor

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Online Courses in Information Fluency!


Search Help, Evaluation and Digital Ethics for School, Business and Home

Courses Starting Soon...

powersearching and wsi

Need to create a back to school training?

Use our modular content to snap together your own unique training course.

Power Searching in a Web 2.0 World

Next session starts Aug 4 (4 Weeks $99)

View as Guest | Enroll | Course Description

Website Investigator: An Introduction to Information Forensics

Next session starts Aug 11 (2 Weeks $68) View as Guest | Enroll | Course Description

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Friday, June 13, 2008

NECC 2008: Information Fluency...See you there?

21st century information fluency
Necc 2008
Join Carl Heine and Dennis O'Connor in San Antonio for NECC 2008.

Monday June 30, 2008

Web Site Investigator: An Introduction to Information Forensics Add to Planner

[Session: Lecture]

Carl Heine, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy with Dennis O'Connor

Monday, 6/30/2008, 11:00am–12:00pm; HGCC 206 A

blog tags: necc, n08s402

Motivate students to evaluate Web sites with information forensics. Track down elusive authors, dates, check the accuracy of claims, and more using investigative search techniques. Recommended by ISTE's SIGMS

Necc 2008 Necc 2008

Tuesday July 1, 2008

Teaching NETS•S III: 21st-Century Information Fluency Project Add to Planner

[Poster: Traditional]

Carl Heine, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy with Dennis O'Connor

Tuesday, 7/1/2008, 1:00pm–3:00pm; HGCC Tower View Lobby, Table: 26

blog tags: necc, n08s781

Discover new resources for teaching information fluency to your staff and students. Recommended by ISTE's SIGMS, SIGCT

Necc 2008

21st century information fluency

Look for new online classes coming from Information Fluency this summer!

  • 4 Week Online Course: PowerSearching in a Web 2.0 World (Starts July 7)

  • 1 Week Online Course: Website Investigator: Introduction to Information Forensics (Starts July 14)

  • You may view the course offerings in 'guest mode'. To register online, first create an account.

  • Online Registration Information

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Online Teaching and Training Careers

Are you interested in advancing your career with new opportunities and want to...

• Teach online in a technical, community college, or higher education

• Work as a virtual school teacher in new K-12 environments

• Develop and deliver training for your district, business, government, health care,

or other nonprofit organizations

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Becoming an Online Teacher

Bobby Hobgood provides an excellent overview on becoming an effective online instructor. He describes three critical phases of online course development: preparation, design and teaching.

Future of Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Kyong-Jee Kim and Curtis J. Bonk explore the results of a survey of postsecondary administrators and instructors regarding future trends in online teaching and learning. Includes predictions about the changing roles of online instructors, student expectations, and projected technology use in online teaching and learning over the next few years.

Table 3 Copyright © Kyong-Jee Kim and Curtis J. Bonk

Table 3 image used with permission from Educause Copyright © 2007 by EDUCAUSE

Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Education (PDF file)

John Watson and Jennifer Ryan report on the fast-paced growth of K-12 online schools and how successful online programs with quality outcomes are

being developed and delivered at many different levels, from national organizations to single-district, as well as state-led, multi-district, and consortium programs.

Promising Practices in Online Learning (PDF file)

John Watson gives examples of how blended learning combines the best elements of online and face-to-face learning, and is increasing educational opportunities for students all over the world.

National Standards for Quality Online Teaching (PDF file)

In February 2008 the North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL) released this report to provide states, districts, online programs, and other organizations with a set of quality guidelines and best practices for online teaching.

Tech Tip – Free Software Training Quick Reference Sheet

Here’s a wonderful time-saving resource for technology training. The CustomGuide Learn-on-Demand Web site has a selection of free printable “cheat sheet” software user guides for Macintosh and Windows. Each of the colorful PDF quick sheets is appealingly formatted with screen shots and keyboard shortcuts. Sheets can be shared with staff and students and posted on your school or organization’s Web site.

Titles include:

Summer Courses are Filling Quickly – Don’t Delay

Participate from your home computer; no travel to campus is required. Select university billing, and no payment is due until summer session begins.

Final Call for Courses Beginning on June 16 and June 23 Register online

EDUC 760 E-learning for Educators

RDGED 702 Reading in the Content Areas K-12

EDUC 744 909 Teaching Writing with the 6-Traits

EDUC 744 917 Inspiration and Kidspiration: K-12 Strategies to Build Study Skills and Comprehension

EDUC 744 914 Methods of Teaching Middle School Math (Grades 4-8)

EDUC 744 965 Issues and Problems in Teaching Primary Mathematics - K-3

EDUC 744 925 Bullying in Schools

EDUC 744 928 Instructional Applications of Digital Photography

EDUC 744 938 Digital Media and Visual Literacy

EDUC 744 941 Mentoring Teachers

EDUC 744 949 Assessment for Learning

EDUC 744 951 Teaching Information Literacy with Primary Sources

EDUC 744 954 Instructional Leadership Skills

EDUC 744 956 Building Better Instruction with Technology

EDUC 744 963 Teaching English Language Learners (ELL) in General Education

EDUC 744 964 Workforce Development: Every Teacher’s Responsibility

EDUC 744 929 Web Design for Educators

EDUC 744 937 Applications for iPods and Handheld Computers

EDUC 744 939 Intermediate Web Design

Register online

Originally created for the UW-Stout Infobytes Newsletter Karen Franker, Editor

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Pass the word? Help make it a 6-traits online summer!

register now for Teaching and assessing writing with the 6-traits

Please forward this announcement to teachers in your district.

This summer teachers from around the nation and the world will join online to exchange ideas and share best practices. The conversations are rich. The community is real. If you've never taken an online class before... this is the one to start with!

Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6 Traits

EDUC 744 920 Elementary (Gr. K-4) - 3 gr. cr. begins June 16, 2008 EDUC 744 909 Middle/High School (Gr. 5-12) - 3 gr. cr. begins June 16, 2008

Learn to teach and assess writing with the 6-Traits of writing (voice, ideas, word choice, organization, sentence fluency and conventions). Learn to use the 6-Traits with the writing process to teach revision strategies. Help learners meet higher standards and improve test

Earn graduate credits via online courses that support your professional development goals for licensure renewal, salary advancement and advanced certification.

Sign up soon to reserve your spot! Classes are TOTALLY ONLINE. You may participate from your home or school computer. Registration is limited to 20 participants per section.

Syllabus and other details: REGISTER ONLINE or REGISTER BY FAX Fax: (715) 232-3385

For more details e-mail Dennis O'Connor:

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Evaluating the Research Process

Evaluating the Research Process

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21st Century Literacies
AT&T and UCLA have developed a Website with individual lessons focusing on aspects of essential research skills including questioning, identifying/collecting, evaluating, sensemaking, reflecting/refining, using information and assessing the final product.

21st Century Information Fluency
The staff members at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, including UW-Stout online instructor
Dennis O’Connor, have developed free tools, games, and tutorials to help students effectively locate, use and evaluate digital information. Try the excellent “Getting Started” page for “mini lessons” on such topics as “Thinking Outside the Search Box.”

Rubrics to Evaluate Student Research Process Tasks
UW-Stout online instructor
Karen Franker has developed two ready-to-use rubrics for students and their instructors to effectively assess the major steps of the research process --planning, gathering, organizing, citing and presenting information.
Research Process Rubric – Elementary
Research Process Rubric – Middle School

Rubric for a Research Project
Joyce Valenza's rubric describes six key areas for efffective assessment of research projects at the senior high and college level -- thesis question/problem, information seeking, analysis, synthesis, documentation and product/process.

Tech Tip – Quick Page Zoom in Internet Explorer 7
Some Web pages contain images and text which are much too small to be easily viewed. Internet Explorer 7’s zoom feature provides a quick way to magnify pages for improved readability.

With your Web page open, look in the lower right hand corner of your screen. You will see a small magnifying glass with a + (plus) sign inside it and the word 100% next to it. If you click on the downward-pointing black triangle, you will get a menu of magnification percentage options. Select any above 100%, and your Web page text is instantly enlarged. You may also reduce the text size below 100% to see more of the page at once.

Summer Registration is Available Now
Are you looking for graduate courses that support your professional development goals for learning new skills, changing salary lanes, licensure renewal and advanced certification?

Dates of Summer Online Courses
Sign up soon to reserve your spot! Select university billing, and no payment is due until the class begins.

What's New for Summer 2008
EDUC 744 967 Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders

EDUC 744 966 Implementing Instructional Technology Innovations

EDUC 744 963 Teaching English Language Learners (ELL) in General Education

EDUC 744 964 Workforce Development: Every Teacher’s Responsibility

EDUC 744 928 Instructional Applications of Digital Photography

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Originally created by Karen Franker, Editor Infobytes Newsletter. Reposted with permission.

Online Class: PowerSearching In A Web 2.0 world

New Section Forming! April 28 - May 22.
Power Searching in a Web 2.0 World: 4 Week Online Course.

Searching, evaluating, and ethically using digital information. Activities include self-paced learning modules, online flash based games, and forum discussions.

To Register Online: Click Here (This Moodle based course begins April 28, 2008)

For information write ~ 21CIF Team

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Collaborative Revision with GoogleDocs

Google Docs Goodies:

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Google Docs in Plain English (video)
The Common Craft staff members have created an excellent short video to illustrate how Google Docs facilitates collaborative projects.

Google Docs
The Tech Learning staff provides tips on getting the most out of Google Docs and includes examples for collaborative use in the classroom.

Google Docs and Spreadsheets: Collaborating in the Classroom or Library
Christopher Case describes how Google Docs & Spreadsheets has transformed his classroom, and offers tips for veteran users as well as first-timers who want to make the most of these tools.

Teach Collaborative Revision with Google Docs
The Google for Educators site contains helpful articles from Writing magazine with student-friendly tips and revision techniques. Also included is a teacher’s guide with ideas for using Google Docs to create innovative lesson plans about revision.

Google Docs Tutorials
Atomic Learning provides a series of free tutorial mini-movies showing how to use Google Docs’ main features, with special sections on publishing and collaborating.

Tech Tip – PowerPoint Design/Copyright Do’s and Don’ts
Is it legal to copy music from a public library CD into a PowerPoint presentation? What about transferring music from an LP record to an iPod? Alvin Trusty’s humorous video illustrates key points about copyright and effective PowerPoint design.

How to Create a Great PowerPoint Without Breaking the Law (video 44 min. 51 sec.)

Announcement: Register for Summer Session
Are you looking for graduate courses that support your professional development goals for learning new skills, changing salary lanes, licensure renewal and advanced certification?

The e-learning and online teaching certificate courses and reading teacher certification courses are filling quickly. Sign up soon to reserve your spot!

Search/Browse Online Courses Starting in June

Participate from your home computer; no travel to campus is required. Select university billing, and no payment is due until summer session begins.

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