CyberCamp 08

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Six Months…Really?

December 7, 2008 by · No Comments · General, Google Apps Education, Online Learning Communities, Virtual Campus, WiP

Wow…December already?  We decided that November or December would be a great check-in time to bring everyone up to date with our projects.  I know that everyone has been slammed since school started.  Hopefully you will all be able to take a few moments and give us an update on your Cybercamp project.  It has only taken me a month to post since Bud’s reminder in November.  There were such incredible ideas and products born during Cybercamp — I’d love to hear what worked, what didn’t work, and all about the great things you are doing.

I am pleased with the progress and results of the Google Apps Education implementation for the Wired classes.  There has been a lot of lessons learned on the scope of use in the classroom — and time for reflection, changes, and improvements will come after semester ends.  Four classes were set up on the Google Apps domain, with student email addresses and access to Google Docs, Google Sites, and all the Wired resources on the Virtual Campus site.  You are welcome to view the final product on the Wired Classroom site.  Just send an email for the password: MyraG (at) shsfalcons (dot) com.

Students have been using Google Docs for reflections, sharing work with project teams, and sharing work with their teacher.  They have produced presentations for career exploration projects and group/individual Google sites for their exploration of Digital Citizenship topics.  I’ll share a sampling of those projects at the end of the semester.  The final project will be to pull all their work together on an eFolio — they will use a Google Site to feature their work from Wired, and other classes in 2008-09, on the online document.  Their reflections for the semester, career presentation, and a link to their Digital Citizenship project will be linked or embedded in their eFolio.  They will be able to personalize their site (hopefully using all the tools they learned in their digital safety research) to make it their own and, optimally, use as a repository for their best work during high school.

Google Apps Education was piloted with the 9th-grade Wired classes, but we are planning on opening up the framework to any teacher wishing to use the collaborative environment.  But, oh, there is still so much to learn and all kinds of applications yet to be discovered.  Anyone have any time to loan?

I look forward to CyberCamp 2009 (is that on the calendar?).  The time to work, network and learn with other CyberCampers, and the mentoring from Bud and Jerry was so valuable.

Helllllooooo, Anyone there?

November 6, 2008 by · 3 Comments · Blogging, del.icio.us, Elementary Stuff, General, Podcasting, Presentation, Smart Classroom

I got the email from Bud and thought I’d go through with the whole blogging thing…. :)

I’m currently working on my first podcasting project with my 5th graders. They are researching famous scientists/inventors. I will be posting these to my new Fall River Technology blog (publicly opened last week and still in the baby stage). I will be presenting them in true podcast form ~ available for subscription in RSS format~ coming soon!

I am also currently using Twitter with a third grade class as a communication tool with parents. 

Oh and by the way…I now use a Delicious account with all my students 1st ~ 5th. Check it out. 

Also, I am working on having 3rd, 4th, 5th graders develop personal websites (unpublished due to personal information and safety issues). Students will use iWeb to do this. They are going to be including projects they complete throughout the year.

I will be sharing all of this new information at a parent meeting on Monday. 

All of this would not have been possible with out Cyber Camp! You guys ROCK! I hope all is going well with each of you. I am excited to hear everything that is going on.

Hey Bud & Jerry, I will see you Monday, but feel free to stop by any time and see what we are doing! I’m looking forward to visiting with you about next steps.

Helllllooooo, Anyone there?

November 6, 2008 by · No Comments · Blogging, del.icio.us, Elementary Stuff, General, Podcasting, Smart Classroom

I got the email from Bud and thought I’d go through with the whole blogging thing…. :)

I’m currently working on my first podcasting project with my 5th graders. They are researching famous scientists/inventors. I will be posting these to my new Fall River Technology blog (publicly opened last week and still in the baby stage). I will be presenting them in true podcast form ~ available for subscription in RSS format~ coming soon!

I am also currently using Twitter with a third grade class as a communication tool with parents. 

Oh and by the way…I now use a Delicious account with all my students 1st ~ 5th. Check it out. 

Also, I am working on having 3rd, 4th, 5th graders develop personal websites (unpublished due to personal information and safety issues). Students will use iWeb to do this. They are going to be including projects they complete throughout the year.

I will be sharing all of this new information at a parent meeting on Monday. 

All of this would not have been possible with out Cyber Camp! You guys ROCK! I hope all is going well with each of you. I am excited to hear everything that is going on.

Hey Bud & Jerry, I will see you Monday, but feel free to stop by any time and see what we are doing! I’m 

What no blogging into and out of the day?

June 13, 2008 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Good news, bad news and good news…..I have made the moodle, sorry virutal campus, do some things I want it to, pageflakes is still down–but it’s not my fault, and ikeepbookmarks has an RSS feed….although I am not sure if I am using it right.   So, is there a cybercamp 12 step program?  We could have an intervention like the one they did on the Sopranos for Christopher.  I am still amazed by the Wii, whiteboard, lightware, computer, bluetooth, combo!

9:00 am and no CyberCamp

June 13, 2008 by · No Comments · General, Routines

Well, it’s about 9 am (on Friday) and I’m still in CyberCamp mode.  I will miss the conversations, the great ideas flying around, the focused work time, and …did I mention the conversations?  I am so looking forward to following the progress of all the projects.

Thanks to all for the laughs, the incredible ideas, and the sharing of tools and discoveries.  What a wealth of learning and inspiration was always percolating in that room.  Thanks to Bud and Jerry for all the time spent outside of class time, sharing their expertise, and the well-run camp activities.  We learned a lot just from watching the use of all the tools in the background.

 Have a great summer, campers.

Today’s the REAL First Day of CyberCamp

June 13, 2008 by · 1 Comment · Blogging, Connective Writing, Learning, Online Learning Communities, Routines

I’ll admit it – I’m already suffering some CyberCamp withdrawal.  But that’s okay – as I suspect there’s more on the way from the CyberCampers.  Plenty more, based on what I saw happening in our classroom and here on the blog.

In a sense, today is the REAL first day of CyberCamp – the first day when posting or sharing isn’t in some way mandated by someone else.  I hope folks will continue to sharing their work and learning here, in this space.  I look forward to reading more from you, CyberCampers, from learning from you as you continue to learn.

I’m grateful for all of your hard work so far, and I know there’s plenty more to do.  I’m eager to see your projects happen, and to participate as I can in them.  To paraphrase Garrison Keillor‘s catchphrase for his daily Writer’s Almanac podcast, I hope you’re well, doing good work, and that you keep in touch.

Better late than never

June 12, 2008 by · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Once again I would like to thank the people that made CyberCamp so useful for me.  That would be everyone involved.  I started thinking about my entry in terms of how much I have yet to do; however, at this time I think it’s better to mention how much has been accomplished in really a very short period.

  1. I have a skeleton of a course in place on my virtual campus site.
  2. I have a good critique tool embeded in my site.
  3. I have a really solid foundation for a unit project that has the potential to yield quite varried, but interesting results.
  4. I have researched Moodle, online photo tools, wiki’s, blog’s, online productivity tools.
  5. I have offered help with various app’s to other CyberCamper’s
  6. I have helped to establish another Professional Learning Community within our district.

It is easy to see the never ending journey in a new project that is not even crawling yet, but it is also easy to discount the progress made at such an early stage.

Thank you again,

Jerry

Last Day at Camp

June 12, 2008 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

I didn’t cry when I left camp like my brother did many years ago (but that’s a different story). Rather, I was excited by the new friends I had made and the adventures we embarked upon together and separately. Our time together went by very quickly.  As expressed earlier, I hope that we can continue to communicate about our future adventures, those we embark upon together and those we pursue separately. It’s been a great ride so far.

I finally remembered the statement I had been racking my brain for earlier today:

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” (unknown)

Go out and create!  I will see many of you soon at TIE. Now for some family time—Yahoo!

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Wow!

June 12, 2008 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

All the way to the end! As I’m sitting in the lab, finishing my last “official” cyber camp post, Kay and Scott have figured out the Wii/Smartboard solution. Amazing! It’s a never ending cycle of learning.

Thank you Bud and Jerry! You have created an amazing opportunity. This has been a journey of discovery and has been a successful one. All of us have learned something that we will take with us into our teaching. With OUR learning, we will effect our students learning. How exciting to think about what we can do with our students now.

I am now focused on getting ready for a week of learning at TIE. I look forward to seeing some of you there.

Best wishes on projects and…
THANK YOU! :)

Cybercamp Comes to and End?

June 12, 2008 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

What did I like best about Cybercamp? Well, let’s just say, “I liked it”! It’s been a whirlwind of a two weeks and I can honestly say that I gained knowledge, tools, and a keen sense of camaraderie with the group. We are a candidly astounding group of people, who have vision and some of you are just downright very funny. Thank you for your time and thank you for sharing.

Don’t have much more to say today, but hope to share with all of you in the Cybercamp Cybersphere, and possibly at TIE.

Haiku on,

Joanne