April Chamberlain
  • 43, Female
  • Birmingham
  • United States
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  • Mark Kirkemier
  • Barb Smith
  • Dr. Rita Oates
  • Katrina Keene
  • andrew churches
  • Jack
  • Millis High School
  • Govinda Prasad Panthy
  • Mandy McIntosh
  • Sean Spencer
  • Shawn Nutting
  • Tina Fortenberry
  • Margaret Parker
  • Jamie
  • Dawn Childs

April Chamberlain's Discussions

Publishing writing for a larger audience

Started this discussion. Last reply by Doug Walker Apr 2, 2010. 1 Reply

Looking for Editors

Started this discussion. Last reply by Amanda Grady Sep 23, 2009. 1 Reply


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April Chamberlain replied to Marc's discussion Sharepoint or Moodle?
"Our system uses SharePoint for teacher sites and student digital portfolio. With the most recent upgrade in SharePoint, they have added blogs and wikis. The site works well for some teachers because most things are fill in the blanks and say ok. We…"
Feb 19, 2009
April Chamberlain replied to Michal's discussion Technology Distribution in your District
"We struggle with this too! We are very fortunate that our Superintendent believes in the added benefits that technology brings to the learning community. She gave us, technology department, the first professional development day back from Christmas…"
Feb 19, 2009
April Chamberlain replied to Michal's discussion Technology Distribution in your District
"We did something similar to this with teachers who voluntered their time to help others with technical issues at their school. They earned points for closing work orders which they then redeemed in a special catalog we made. It took a lot of time…"
Feb 19, 2009
Steve Hargadon replied to April Chamberlain's discussion Live Video Show Options
"Use the Elluminate vRoom "three for free" program. :) Should be good for this. (Disclaimer--I now do work for Elluminate!)"
Feb 13, 2009
April Chamberlain posted a discussion

Live Video Show Options

Does anyone know/use a live video feed website with chat features with students? I have used ustream.tv but was frustrated today when I learned that popup ads are now a part of it. I have looked at Stickam and wanted an open room but was put off by kids looking to "hook up". I have a class of 4th graders who want to publish a weekly live show using a webcam during school hours. Help!
Feb 13, 2009
April Chamberlain replied to Frances DiDavide's discussion Using Tablet computers
"They are SmartBoards in the palm of your hand. You can do everything that a Smartboard can but you are not tethered to a wall or cable. Every easy to use and walk around with. Students love them because they don't have to go to the front of the…"
Jan 28, 2009
April Chamberlain replied to Frances DiDavide's discussion Using Tablet computers
"We are in the process of handing out tablets to math and science teachers at our high school. They also have SMART Airliners (interactive slates) so they are using the SMART software to write and record short video clips of difficult to…"
Jan 28, 2009

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Trussville City Schools
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About Me
I am the District Technology Integration Specialist for a small city school system. I am relatively new to the job and looking to learn from those who have been there, done that.

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At 5:35am on January 5, 2010, Govinda Prasad Panthy said…
plz. email me at gopisu@gmail.com a school teacher from Nepal
At 8:10pm on April 24, 2009, Jack said…
Hey April,

Our Brainyflix video contest just ended, and I wanted to thank you for helping us get the word out. We got 800 submissions from across the country!

That said, MIT was really happy with the results and will let us run another contest, so we're going for it! But this time, we're gonna have kids create Brainypics flashcards - which are images and sentences paired up with a one of our SAT/ACT words. The contest ends May 22nd, and there'll be iTunes and a cash prize like last time. To boot, we'll double the payout if the kids can hit a certain goal. More details at brainyflix.com/main/contest_rules.

Do you mind passing my message along to students and your colleagues again?

At 8:43am on February 26, 2009, Greg Gorman said…
It's nice to have technology minded individuals on the board! I worked in a district where the school board, and superintendent could care less about technology, and it really showed across the district. Anyway, here is one for the K-1 teachers, who usually have to "dumb-down" programs built for other grade levels to try to make them work for primary. This one was built especially for K-1, to cut assessment time in half, and give them a deeper analysis of their test data so they can actually use it. http://intro.esgisoftware.com If you end up passing this on to any kindergarten teachers, i would love to hear their response.
At 11:44am on February 13, 2009, Steve Hargadon said…
Hi, April. If my association with Elluminate can help you in any way, let me know.
At 11:07pm on January 12, 2009, Jack said…
We'll let anyone sutmit a video! But most likely, grades 10-12 would be most interested, though we have gotten middle school teachers interested and even an ambitious elementary school teacher or two. For more details, please go the contest rules at http://www/brainyflix.com/main/contest_rules
At 9:17pm on January 11, 2009, Jack said…
Hi April!

Hope you had a nice winter break. I was wondering if you or your students would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. If not, perhaps you have some educator contacts you could direct me to. We'd really like to get students involved from Alabama!

You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
At 12:00pm on December 30, 2008, Alyshia Olsen said…
Hi April,

My name is Alyshia Olsen; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham, MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. Since you are in the 'e-learning and online teaching' group, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:

Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2009, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.

Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win a competition for startup funding on ideablob.com. You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975 . We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.

Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!


Alyshia Olsen
At 6:27am on November 5, 2008, Millis High School said…
We at Millis High School are very strong in the field of Web 2.0 and 21st Century Learning. We currently have two classes at MHS. Advanced Web 2.0 and Standard Web 2.0. Last year was the pilot year for Web 2.0, and it went so well they carried the returning students over to Advanced Web 2.0. Our class has created as Wiki, http://milliswiki.wikispaces.com, which we worked on last year and it is now completed. What we would like to do is Skype with other classes to talk about Web 2.0 using our Wiki as a resource. For younger students we can talk to them about Internet safety. We are open to any educational effort so we can apply Skype to the classroom.
At 11:09am on January 27, 2008, Helen Otway said…
Hello April,
Welcome to the Peer Coaching group. Hope we can learn and share together.
At 10:42am on January 25, 2008, elise.montgomery said…
April, have you looked at http://chitch.at? There was a recent discussion thread that mentioned this particular social network for use in schools. I've been investigating it and one of the things I am impressed with is the ability for me to make vocabulary, sentence, and grammar flashcards for students to drill/study and take a multiple choice quiz over.
This site might be something that other teachers (not just foreign language) may find useful.

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