I learned recently about an educator who is making a professional development journey across the United States to work with teachers and schools on using collaborative web 2.0 tools with students, and I sent her an email with the following information. These are collaborative projects I want to make sure she knows about, as well as the special place where I work now, and am sharing this here so you’ll know about these projects and place too!
1. Celebrate Oklahoma Voices (COV)
COV is a statewide digital storytelling project empowering learners to become digital witnesses, archiving local oral history and sharing that history safely on the global stage of the Internet. We have used grant funding from SBC and AT&T to provide “digital backpacks” of equipment for participating educators including a digital audio recorder, digital camera, headset with mic, and flash drive. We provide 2.5 day workshops in which educators learn how to use these technology tools to create digital stories, so they can return to their classrooms and help students create and share them. Our learning community is open, however, and we have approximately 80 digital stories there now which have been created by Oklahoma teachers and students. These can be used as great examples of local digital storytelling, and your workshop participants are welcome to contribute to our project as well. We will be migrating our website to a new learning community using Drupal later this fall, but all our stories will remain online and available. Our learning community is:
2. StoryChasers – empowering responsible digital citizenship
Storychasers is a new project I am just helping to organize currently, but will be supporting in 2007-2008 and beyond. I anticipate writing grants which will support StoryChasers as well, and this is a broader initiative which can include eduators and students across the nation. The description of the project we have now is:
Storychasers is a multi-state (and potentially multi-national) educational collaborative empowering students and teachers to responsibly record and share stories of local, regional and global interest as citizen journalists. Where STN (Student Television Network) participants may focus more narrowly on student broadcast news productions, Storychasers has a broader focus on not only student-created news broadcasts, but also student-created documentary films and live event coverage (webcasting). Storychaser media productions can be shared as live broadcast events or recorded, asynchronously shared audio and video files.
We have a meeting in Elluminate tonight at 7 pm central which you are welcome to join. That Elluminate link will be posted on:
3. K-12 Online Conference
The K-12 Online Conference is the best resource I know to share with teachers as we help them become more self-directed in their professional development and specifically focused on the use of interactive new-media technologies / web 2.0 tools for learning. The conference is all online, free, and takes place in October each year, although conference presentations are archived indefinitely. The official website description of K12online is:
The K-12 Online Conference invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. This FREE conference is run by volunteers and open to everyone. The 2008 conference theme is “Amplifying Possibilities”. This year’s conference begins with a pre-conference keynote the week of October 13, 2008. The following two weeks, October 20-24 and October 27-31, forty presentations will be posted online to the conference blog (this website) for participants to download and view. Live Events in the form of three “Fireside Chats” and a culminating “When Night Falls” event will be announced. Everyone is encouraged to participate in both live events during the conference as well as asynchronous conversations.
4. Great Book Stories
Great Book Stories is a collaborative project with a simple premise using powerful technology: We encourage students to share short digital book reviews using VoiceThread about books they have enjoyed reading. The project website is a collaborative wiki, where teachers are welcome to add links to their students’ own VoiceThread examples. This project not only provides a great opportunity for teachers and students to learn how to use VoiceThread to create and share interactive digital stories safetly online, but it also provides a great opportunity for teachers to learn more about using a wiki in a collaborative project.
5. Oklahoma Heritage Association (OHA) and Gaylord-Pickens Museum
I’d like to invite you to the Oklahoma Heritage Association and Gaylord-Pickens Museum, where we are focused on preserving the unique history of Oklahoma while promoting pride in our great state. We honor our state’s rich tradition by telling Oklahoma’ story through its people. We have a beautiful museum in the heart of Oklahoma City that features thirty digital stories of famous Oklahomans, organized around five characteristics of an Oklahoman – perseverance, pioneer spirit, optimism, generosity and individualism. I’d love to give you a tour of the museum as well as meet you in person if you come through OKC, so please let me know if this can work out. More information about our museum is available.
Thanks to a recent, generous grant from Dell, field trips for many students in the Oklahoma City area to our museum are now completely free (bus gasoline and all is paid for!) More information about field trips as well as a scholarship application for metro-area schools is also available.
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- Free Play and Our Overscheduled Lives - 2014
- 2011 iPad 2 = 1985 Cray Supercomputer - 2013
- 30 in 60: 30 Tools for Tech-Savvy Teachers - 2012
- Getting Your Game On: Great Ideas for Integrating Game Design in Your Curriculum #blackfootETC - 2012
- Beyond Search by Lucy Gray - 2012
- Mobilizing Learning with iPods, iPhones and iPads by Lucy Gray - 2012
- Glacier National Park in August - 2011
- Jessi Slaughter (Jessica Leonhardt) on YouTube: A Case Study on Digital Citizenship - 2010
- Focusing administrator attention on basic values and the importance of VISION - 2009
- Join Storychasers this evening (7 pm US Central) - 2008