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After growing up in Maui and getting my degree and teaching credential in San Diego; I began my career as an elementary classroom teacher. For the past ten years, I have been working at a charter school in California, serving students in grades K-12. Lifelong learning and innovative teaching are my passion! I love seeing how creativity, technology, and forward-thinking can combine to engage students and help them on the path of lifelong learning.

I am interested in technology tools that facilitate collaboration, communication and creativity.

My other interests are: cooking, travel (especially anywhere near the beach), concerts, NFL, photography, writing, blogging, networking, and Starbucks!

If you want to connect, share ideas, make a friendly football bet, or collaborate on a project, you can find me at: and my Networks: Classroom 2.0, ISTE, CUE, The Future of Education, LearnCentral, Ning in Education, and ISTE.


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At 3:02pm on December 1, 2010, Dr. Nellie Deutsch said…
You are invited to enroll in the free Moodle courses at IT4ALL.
At 10:24am on March 25, 2010, H2onE2 said…
gig-idy gig-idy
At 9:40pm on March 12, 2010, Beth Still said…
Hey sister! How was CUE? Let me know when you have made your reservation for ISTE. I'm anxious to get travel arrangements to Estes made!
At 4:32pm on March 4, 2010, Leon Avrech said…
Hi Donelle, saw that you are in Rocklin where the 49ers practiced years ago. My name is Leon Avrech, San Jose CA and a 49er fan, not too many miles from their new practice hdqs in Santa Clara. I wanted to share with you that I recently had a book published that I hope you will tell new teachers about and those planning to be teachers. The title is,THINK YOU CAN TEACH? A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS. It is available from, and I am retired after 37 yrs in middle school as teacher, vp, principal and mentor teacher. I had a passion for teaching my 8th grade U.S History classes. The book begins with the first day on campus to the end of year evaluation.
Lesson plans, yard duty, parent conferences, are among the many topics covered.
Thank you.
At 8:49am on November 17, 2009, Michael Pfannenstiel said…
Donnelle, are you using any video conferencing technologies at your school district? Check out Desktop PC based mulit point video conferencing. It is a new technology launch for us and since you are a technology evangelist I would like to hear your feedback. Feel free to contact me at mp@appiaservices to demo the service.
At 2:50pm on September 16, 2009, Beth Still said…
Are you still alive. We HAVE to talk!!! It is important.
At 2:36pm on August 13, 2009, Hassan Wilson said…
Small world, I just subscribed to your blog and commented on your article about digital textbooks. Congrats on the new position btw.
At 7:49pm on July 20, 2009, Beth Still said…
Hey Donelle----I just started a new group for people who support the ISTE 10 Newbie Project! You will have to stop by and check it out!
At 5:52pm on July 7, 2009, Josh Paluch said…
Hi Donelle,
I'm both a doc student in EdTech at the Univ. of Florida and a 4th grade teacher. I'm currently researching the explicit educational value of SNSs for elementary students and have just happened on elgg. I know Ning is a no-no for the <13 crowd, but hear that elgg might be somehow different. Do you have an opinion on what tools/services I should be looking at? Thanks, Josh
At 11:45am on June 28, 2009, Chris Lindsay said…
Thanks for the friend request! Had a great time at edublog con. Hope you did too - I'll look for you during necc!

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Planning for NECC 09

Posted on June 23, 2009 at 7:00pm 2 Comments

This will be my first trip to NECC, but I've attended other conferences in the past. My favorites are CUE (Computer Using Educators Conference, in Palm Springs), and the ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) conference I attended in Chicago. Good times and a wealth of learning opportunities.

Here are a few tips to share for your conference… Continue

iPhone Apps for Lifelong Learning and Fun

Posted on June 10, 2009 at 9:24am 3 Comments

Learning with the iPhone

I love my iphone. I've had it for 3 months and am always on the hunt for apps.

I stumbled on this list of iPhone Apps for learning. Those of you with a passion for lifelong learning should check out this list. There are apps for literature, the arts, foreign languages, travel, science, math, and nature, to name a few.

Here is a sampling of what you'll find:…


Summer 5! What are you reading?

Posted on June 5, 2009 at 10:30am 1 Comment

beach chairs

The last day of school for students is in a few days.

I'm in project mode. Working on 7 projects this summer.

I'm in a reflecting-on-the-past-school-year mode. Will be blogging about it soon.

I'm in a getting-ready-for-summer-reading-mode. Went on Amazon last night and ordered books.…


Web 2.0 Conference Reflections: CR20Sac2009

Posted on May 14, 2009 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

If you are considering attending one of the Classroom 2.0 workshops in your area, this post will give you an idea about what it is like.

The first of the 2-day conference began with introductions and a few rules of the loosely structured format. Steve shared the "rule of two feet," commenting that anyone could get up and leave if this wasn't what they were looking for. The first day was interesting, but it was the afternoon session and… Continue

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Donelle commented on Beth Still's group ISTE Newbie Support Group
"Yes. I would turn my application in to you to be on the committee. I'd love to work with you, Paula and the newbies. :) Just keep that in mind."
Feb 14, 2010
Donelle commented on Beth Still's group ISTE Newbie Support Group
"I think what you have done is a fabulous idea. Many of us want the opportunity to attend conferences but are not able to do so because of funding. I had to say no to several opportunities in the past but was so blessed to be able to attend NECC last…"
Feb 13, 2010
Donelle commented on Beth Still's group ISTE Newbie Support Group
"I'm so glad the goal was met. And we still are several months away. That's awesome! It will be great to continue to follow Jason's blog after ISTE10, to see what an impact it will make in his teaching and PLN experiences. Looking…"
Feb 13, 2010
Wendy replied to Donelle's discussion What's the Best Platform to Showcase Student Work?
"Sue, I had never heard of live binders. I checked it out and am very interested. What have you used livebinders for? I am interested in a place for completed work/showcase and then when I looked at the video clips realized that I could combine…"
Dec 7, 2009
Wendy replied to Donelle's discussion What's the Best Platform to Showcase Student Work?
"Thanks for the information about Elgg. It certainly looks powerful. But, it also looks like something that an individual teacher would not do independently. For younger students (I teach 5th) this looks like a lot. I didn't see anything about…"
Dec 7, 2009
Wendy replied to Donelle's discussion What's the Best Platform to Showcase Student Work?
"Alan, I looked at your portfolio wikispace. I like the way you have organized each page or made a template so that there are categories for each student. I have used wikispaces before, but have never managed to get some of the pages to show on the…"
Dec 7, 2009
Sue Roseman replied to Donelle's discussion What's the Best Platform to Showcase Student Work?
"You may want to give LiveBinders a try. It is quite versatile. Live Binders is an online 3-ring binder and students could readily build Live Binders to showcase their work. Do look at the featured binders at Here is…"
Dec 6, 2009
bjoernlasse replied to Donelle's discussion What's the Best Platform to Showcase Student Work?
"I would recommend to simply do a virtual event on a blog. Every hour you post a new piece of art and have a discussion around in the commenting session of the blog."
Dec 6, 2009

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