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Looking for Technology Attitudes Survey

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barbara Jan 31, 2009. 1 Reply

Scratch@MIT Conference - Will you be there?

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Web 2.0 in SC for Elementary?

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-Teacher/Technology Specialist for a Kg-5th elementary school
-Masters in Technology in Education
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Elementary Tech Teachers SMARTBoard Tech Lessons?

Posted on October 9, 2008 at 5:00pm 1 Comment

Elementary Technology Teachers teach how-to.... and integrate technologies. We must spend time teaching how to use software and hardware so that students can apply tech skills in other areas. In our struggle of encouraging everyone to integrate SMARTBoards and other IWBs, I find that we do not have many of the tech How-To... lessons for the IWBs. SmartBoard and Promethean lessons for curriculum topics are springing up all over, but we still cannot ignore the basic technology knowledge needs.… Continue

Scratch@MIT Conference

Posted on July 27, 2008 at 3:24pm 0 Comments

Cross post from my other blog :Scratch@MIT Conference

We just returned from presenting at the Scratch@MIT conference at MIT in Boson. If you are not familiar with Scratch, it is a new programming tool developed at MIT. Students imagine, create, and share games, animations and more. This past year we used the software in my fifth grade elementary technology classes. Also, students formed a club to continue to learn more ways to program using Scratch. I did not realize how important… Continue

Get Your Cat to Teach Reading - Crazy Talk!

Posted on March 19, 2008 at 8:15pm 0 Comments

"Get your cat to teach reading," my email to the district office read. I had previously received a picture of a cat, Steve McQueen, via email and in return I made a video clip. The animated video is of Stevie the Cat reciting a poem about....cats. This clip is making the rounds in classrooms and sparking many ideas of how to motivate students.

How did the digital… Continue

Podcasting and the Super 3 - Build Reading and Writing Fluency

Posted on February 14, 2008 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

Podcasting can improve your child’s reading and writing skills. It’s true. The steps of the Super 3 plan / do / review to create good podcasts require many skills. Students communicate with peers, think through ideas, write (or type), talk, record, evaluate, and edit-edit-edit. Their favorite part seems to be the challenge of making a satisfying recording. Students repeatedly listen and record and build fluency skills with each… Continue

Authentic Audience and Videoconferencing

Posted on December 2, 2007 at 7:31pm 0 Comments

We have first hand experience with the many faces of authentic audience with Skype and ooVoo. Research projects have brought about audiences in our classroom, down the hallway, up the highways, and across the oceans. Student classwork is seen by many more eyes than just their teacher (with a red pen). Their research,writing and voices are being shared with partners, other classes, on the web, and through video conferences. Let me explain. Students are researching and using web 2.0…


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At 12:37am on December 15, 2009, ddn59@7taddaw said…
Pleased to know you.
My name is Ms. Taddaw suchin nickname eve I participated in classroom activities on programming in the classroom. I need help in programming. I want to ask your help.
Thank you.
At 8:14pm on September 16, 2009, Govinda Prasad Panthy said…
HI Jo Nelle, nice to meet u here. I'm a school teacher from NEpal. I run a small school for rural family children of NEpal. I love to share more on educating poor family children of rural area.
At 8:30pm on July 25, 2009, Roger said…
Hi JoNelle
Thanks for the welcome
I am secondary school trained,and work casually at the moment. I have just enrolled in a masters course in learning sciences and technology at Sydney Uni, I really enjoy classroom interaction, however have a long way to go to develop a more refined teaching technique and experience.
At 11:02am on July 23, 2009, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Jonelle

Here’s a public class recording you might find of interest.

At 9:34pm on January 30, 2009, Jack said…
Hi JoNelle. I was wondering if you have any high school contacts who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at Please let me know. Thanks!
At 4:26pm on January 1, 2009, Eve Heaton said…
Thank you for the warm South Carolina welcome. I am really enjoying the discussions and the support of classroom20.
At 8:06pm on December 29, 2008, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi JoNelle,

With your work as a Technology Specialist, 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 9:20pm on December 27, 2008, Alyshia Olsen said…

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' groun, 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 7:03pm on August 5, 2008, Nancy Bosch said…
Jonelle, I just realized i was responding to a year old comment on Classroom 2.0!! Yikes, you might have reited by now. N
At 7:01pm on August 5, 2008, Nancy Bosch said…
We have our kids one full day week. I would guess that kids could learn the software, build the robots and compete in one challenge in about 12-15 hours. We start with the "Can Do" challenge and recommend no more than 3 on a team. We add sci fi literature and history of robots as an intro. Check out the Scientic Frontier America website for robotics videos. I'll also develop a robot website to store all our stuff so check my website

Let me know what else you need, I'll be glad to send you my latest grant proposal ($5000.00), it'll tell you exactly what you need to buy.


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