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Internet Safety Resources for Schools

Posted by dennisar on September 29, 2009

The issue of Internet Safety for students, educators and parents is one that concerns us all. Here are some resources, and an Ad4dcss Diigo group and wiki dedicated to collecting and sharing insights and resources to improve our collective knowledge, understanding and wisdom. In no particular order

If anyone analyzes/synthesizes these resources, please place a link to the analysis/synthesis in a comment below.

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Seaching For Our Town in Web 2.0?: Skitch Analysis

Posted by dennisar on September 22, 2009

Skitch Analysis: I used Skitch to prepare a personal Keynote analysis of Richard Schwier’s Searching for Our Town in Web 2.0 Keynote that he presented at the UBC Okanagan Learning Conference, May 8, 2008. I did this to prepare for an Elluminate session with the Dr. Schwier for Dr.Alec Couros’s Social Media and Open Education course, ECI 831, University of Regina, Saschatchawan, Canada. You can find the keynote at http://tr.im/zomO.

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Diigo & Delicious – “Save Elsewhere”

Posted by dennisar on September 16, 2009

If you want to save bookmarks to delicious and Diigo, you need to set up an account in both services. Then go to the bottom of any of the main pages in Diigo and click on “Tools.” The link will take you to the page you see here. Follow the arrows in the graphic to complete the process. Then any bookmark first saved in Diigo is automatically saved in delicious.

Save Elsewhere Funtion in Diigo: Automatically save to delicous when you first save to Diigo

Save Elsewhere Funtion in Diigo: Automatically save to delicous when you first save to Diigo

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ECI831 – September 14, 2009 – Week 2

Posted by dennisar on September 14, 2009

Week one was for those taking this course for credit.

Here’s a post on how Alec is using Twitter as one way to help participants connect during the course. He is using the power of one tool (tweetpml.org) to mine the richness of another tool (twitter). This “structural move” on his part potentially facilitates communication and collaboration within the class. Its usefulness, however, is dependent on whether or not the class takes advantage of this resource.

EC&I 831 Twitter Lists

By admin | Published: September 14, 2009

Hi everyone,
I have taken all of the Twitter user ids of for-credit students, non-credit students, and presenters and have created two http://tweepml.org/ lists. I had to create two lists as the limit is currently 100 members for each list. I am told by TweepML that they will raise the limit soon at which time I will combine the lists into one.

For now:
List #1: http://tweepml.org/?t=1111
List #2: http://tweepml.org/?t=1112

I believe this will make it a bit easier for people to find each other on Twitter.

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CCK09 – Introduction

Posted by dennisar on September 11, 2009

I signed up for the Connectivism and Connective Knowledge 2009 (cck09) course this morning. George Siemens and Stephen Downes will co-facilitate the course form the University of Manitoba, Canada. The support wiki for the course provides additional information.

Our first task was to introduce ourselves using this outline.

Introduce yourself to other participants in the course. Let us know:

  • Where you’re from
  • Why you’re interested in this course
  • What has to happen in order for you to consider this course a success
  • Random information about yourself – your work, your experience with networked technologies, etc.

So here I share my response with you.

Two years ago I had no idea that technology could facilitate the kind of learning connections we will be talking about in the course.”Wild West” learning experiences from my home just 20 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts, US. For the Canadians out there, my father’s parents emigrated to Massachusetts from Prince Edward Island so that makes me half French Canadian. My mother’s parents came to Massachusetts from County Cork, Ireland – grandfather from Skibbereen and grandmother from Ballydehob, Ireland.(Where you’re from – done)

I figured “it’s about time I got academic about what’s happening with learning these days.” This course seemed like the place to do it. It’s free. The coordinators are experienced, knowledgeable – wise even!, and funny at times (could use more of that).

I’m also going to try and keep up with Alec’s (the distinguished Dr. Alec “Big Mac Rapper” Couros) online course while I’m transitioning from being and administrator back to being a teacher. See my post about it here. I teach two courses this fall/winter – thirty-five teachers signed up for one of the courses – yeah!, don’t have the participant count on the other one yet, and another course in the winter/spring. I’ll try to translate (and model) what I’ve learned over the last two-and-a-half years and what I’ll be learning this year for the elementary, middle school and high school teachers in Massachusetts, who have signed up because they know something important, revolutionary even, is happening to the way we can teacher and learn today.

(Why you’re interested in this course- done)

Success? Not really sure what it will look like, but I know I don’t want to just talk about it. I want to learn and do. Walk the talk. Practice what I preach. Be articulate and smart enough so the teacher in any grade who is willing to change can discover what to do differently. So I guess that means I hope everyone who reads this about me will connect with my learning on an academic (the course focus) and practical (my focus) level. Help me stay focused on the classroom in our schools. Help me remember how difficult teaching the children is today. Help me take what we learn and say, okay, now how can I best share my learning with the teachers in our schools? Help me to discover how, despite the obstacles that are all too familiar, we can teach learning better to all children. Because I think we are turning a corner. I used to work convince educators that the change is important; now, there are educators who are saying, okay, we agree, now help me learn what and how to do what I do in the classroom differently.

(What has to happen in order for you to consider this course a success – done)

I have been a teacher, administrator and superintendent in urban and suburban schools since 1970. Now I devote my time to learning, creating and teaching. I have an undergraduate degree in English from Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts, US, and graduate degrees from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury, Vermont and Harvard University’s School of Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts. I am passionate about teaching and learning topics such as leadership, the right to learn, risk taking, creativity, powerful learning experiences, professional learning communities, digital age communication, universal access to education, collective intelligence, the participatory-sharing culture of the Internet and Web 2.0, global climate change and contemporary poetry. I blog at innovation3 (tr.im/i3blog and tr.im/i3blog2) and at Education Week’s LeaderTalk blog (tr.im/Leader). There is so much more about my journey over the last two year that is less random than I can speak about her, but you can find more at my innovation3 wiki (tr.im/i3wiki).

(Random information about yourself -done)

Looking forward to the connections.

Regards,

Dennis Richards

xxxxxxxxxxxxx (Wish there was a way of inserting a dividing line.)

Where is the University of Manitoba, Canada? In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Manitoba, Canada

Manitoba, Canada

Here’s a link to a series of videos about U of M.

Get educated: A video guide to The U of M

Get educated: A video guide to The U of M

Get educated: A video guide to The U of M

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Teaching & Learning with Alec and Others

Posted by dennisar on September 7, 2009

Today is Labor Day, a national holiday on the first Monday in September in the United States. Teachers have either returned to school by now or they begin tomorrow. One hundred and eighty days in a classroom from now until the end of the year. I will be teaching teachers this year. Three classes of teachers in three different school districts in Massachusetts. The classes begin on September 24th, October 15th and January 6th, respectively. I titled the course The Three C’s of 21st Century Teaching and Learning.

Time permitting, I will be participating as a non-registered student in an online course lead by Dr. Alec Couros from Saskatchewan, Canada titled Social Media & Open Education: Open, Connected, Social, ECI831.

This is the main page for EC&I 831: Social Media & Open Education, an open access graduate course from the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. This course is available to both for-credit and not-for-credit students. It features openly available, live, and recorded presentations from notable educators & theorists. It is anticipated that the open nature of this course will benefit both the registered and non-registered students especially in the fostering and development of long-term, authentic, educational connections.

I’m looking forward to being a teacher and a learner this year.

For anyone unlucky enough not to be Canadian, here are some aids to help you prepare for the course.

Audio Aid: Saskatchewan (pronounced səˈskætʃɨwɑːn (listen))

Visual Aid: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Regina, Saskatchawan, Canada

Cultural Aid:

molson brewery

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