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Just started a Ning!

Posted on January 4, 2009 at 4:50pm 1 Comment

In getting ready to teach another session of Classrooms for a Digital Age - an ed. tech philosophy course more or less, I revisited Ning looking for a cool way to incorporate it into the curriculum. I created to get started and think that I may try to utilize this in my district to help connect the grade level and secondary content teachers with resource collaboration.

We'll see how it goes! Happy 2009 to everyone.

Trying to keep up!

Posted on August 2, 2008 at 6:09pm 4 Comments

How do you best stay afloat in a sea of new widgets, gadgets, nings, blogs, wiki's, podcasts, gcasts, photocasts, and the list continues? When I finished my PhD in Special Education - Ed. Tech emphasis, I was feeling quite confident that I would never be one of those who fell behind. I took a great deal of pride in my abilities to keep "in the know". Those days are long gone!

Rather than feeling like a relic I'm doing the best that I can to keep up with what seems an ever quickening… Continue

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At 5:02pm on January 4, 2009, Barbara D said…
I started a Ning social network for my school as a way to do collaborative professional development. I just started in November and it has been hard to get the more seasoned teachers on board. I plan to use this network to share ideas and web 2.0 applications with teachers in my school. I would like to be able to show that this is the new way to provide professional develpment so that teachers make their learning more personal. We will see how it works out. Wish me luck!
At 4:58pm on January 4, 2009, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Christy,

With your work in Ed Tech , I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service.
At 10:04pm on December 27, 2008, Alyshia Olsen said…
Hi Christy,

I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) 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 'connecting content and technology' 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 an idea competition on You can find us at . 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, anything you like!


Alyshia Olsen
At 4:13am on August 3, 2008, Hans Feldmeier said…
Hi dear Christy, thanks for becoming friend on CR 2.0!
You are welcome, I´m from Germany.
Would you also like to share bookmarks within the group Digiskills?
If so join the Diigo Group DigiSkills (72 members):
At 5:53pm on August 2, 2008, Sanjib Kumar Parida said…
Hi Christy,

Welcome to this rocking community.



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