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Getting back to 2.0 and approaching 3.0

Posted on June 1, 2015 at 8:15am 0 Comments

It has been a while since I last visited Classroom 2.0.  With all of the new technologies available, I thought it might be a good thing to consider changing the name of this website to "Classroom 3.0".

In a nutshell, I'll update you on my life.

I decided to retire "early" from my position as a school psychologist last year.  I moved my retirement date from October 1st to January 1st to step in for another psychologist on leave.  After I retired, I visited friends and family, spent time with my grandson, traveled to St. Maarten, relaxed on a beach near Sarasota, Florida, and took a trip to Portugal and Sao Miguel, an island in the Portuguese Azores.  

My friends and family didn't think I'd last very long as a full-time retiree, and they were right!  I plan to work part-time in the field of innovative technologies, focusing on those that support ease of use, learning, and collaboration.  Over the years, I've witnessed the evolution of technology in all aspects of life - through my own eyes, the eyes of my parents, through the eyes of my children, nieces and nephews, and now, through the eyes of my grandson, born less than five years ago.

This is an exciting time for educators, despite the challenges of diminished education budgets, standardized testing, and adoption of the Common Core.

I look forward to the journey.


Got Interactive (Multimedia) Textbooks Inside your iPad or Tablet? Lots of Links!

Posted on November 3, 2012 at 9:25am 0 Comments

Here is the link to a recent post I wrote, with lots of very useful links to presentations, articles, whitepapers, research, and blog posts:

Got Interactive (Multimedia) Textbooks Inside your iPad or Tablet?  Lots of Links!

Algodoo Physics App, now optimized for the SMART Board (800 series), supports multitouch and multi-user interaction

Posted on April 24, 2011 at 10:03am 0 Comments

Here is a link to my blog post, along with videos and related links:


Algodoo Physics App, now optimized for the SMART Board (800 series), supports multitouch and multi-user interaction!


Note:  I am not marketing this application- I just like it. I've been following the evolution of this app. since it was PHUN beta.


Play and Experiment with Music with NodeBeat Music Sequencer, for the iPad, Phone, and iPod Touch

Posted on April 23, 2011 at 8:30am 0 Comments

If you love music and have an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you'll have fun exploring and experimenting with NodeBeat. As soon as I get my iPad, I plan to get this app!  This would be a great asset for music educators, and at 99 cents, it is very affordable.

"NodeBeat is an experimental node-based audio sequencer and generative music application for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. NodeBeat is designed to let you create a variety of rhythmic sequences and ambient melodies in an intuitive fashion. It is scheduled for release on April 25th." -Affinity Blue

NodeBeat - iOS Music Sequencer from AffinityBlue on Vimeo.

NodeBeat is a collaboration between Seth Sandler and Justin Windle. It was developed using openFrameworks, with PureData for audio synthesis.  According to the NodeBeat website, "Octaves and Notes make up the two types of nodes. Octaves pulse and send messages to Notes within proximity. Each Octave is assigned a random octave…

Call for Papers: Child Computer Interaction: 2nd Annual Workshop on UI Technologies and the Impact on Educational Pedagogy -in conjunction with CHI 2011

Posted on December 15, 2010 at 5:29pm 0 Comments

I thought this might be of interest to some members of Classroom 2.0!


Child Computer Interaction

Workshop on UI Technologies and Educational Pedagogy

in conjunction with CHI 2011, Vancouver, Canada

May 7th or May 8th 2011

Topic: Given the emergence of Child Computer Interaction and the ubiquitous application of interactive technology as an educational tool, there is a need to explore how next generation HCI will impact education in the future. Educators are depending on the interaction communities and to deliver technologies that will improve and adapt learning to an ever- changing world. In addition to novel UI concepts, the HCI community needs to examine how these concepts can be matched to contemporary paradigms in educational pedagogy. The classroom is a challenging environment for evaluation, thus new techniques need to be established to prove the value of new HCI interactions in the educational space. This workshop provides a forum to discuss key HCI issues facing next generation education.

We invite authors to present position papers about potential design challenges and perspectives on how the community should handle the next generation of HCI in education. Topics of interest include:

• Gestural input, multitouch, large displays, multi-display interaction, response systems

• Mobile Devices/mobile & pervasive learning

• Tangible, VR, AR & MR, Multimodal interfaces, universal design, accessibility

• Console gaming, 3D input devices, 3D displays

• Co-located interaction, presentations, tele-presence, interactive video

• Child Computer Interaction, Educational Pedagogy, learner-centric, adaptive “smart” applications

• Empirical methods, case studies, linking of HCI… Continue

Sir Ken Rpbinson's Presentation: Changing Education Paradigms. Great animation, great content.

Posted on October 16, 2010 at 6:27pm 0 Comments

(Cross-posted on the Interactive Multimedia Technology blog)

The following video is an "Animate" of a talk by creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce). How do we educate our children to take their place in the economies of the 21st century, given that we can't anticipate what the economy will look like at the end of next week?
FYI: An Animate is a video in which a talented illustrator draws images related to the content of a speaker's presentation. (It is a great way to engage visual thinkers, in my opinion.)

The video explains it all.


The following video is the longer original presentation by Sir Ken Robinson, responding to the question about how change can happen in education, and what we might do to make it last:…


Sharing: Video clips of sea life, gardens, butterflies, etc. set to relaxing music- useful with my students who have autism spectrum disorders

Posted on September 10, 2010 at 3:06pm 0 Comments

I created a set of high-definition videos for use on newer IWBs that I've found useful for students I work with who have autism spectrum disorders. I created shorter video clips for teachers to use in their lessons that also have a calming/relaxing effect on their students.

I'm in the process of experimenting with interactive video, using similar content.

Here is the link to my Classroom 2.0 video page:

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Union County Public Schools- Work; University of North Carolina at Charlotte -School, Univ. of Mich. alum
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The Interactive Multimedia Technology blog focuses on topics such as games in education, serious games, interactive multimedia applications for prevention and intervention, such as health promotion, stress management, and mental health, and exploring new ways that interactive multimedia can support efficiency in learning, cognition, and communication. This includes multi-touch technology on displays of all sizes.

The posts on the TechPsych blog are geared for psychologists, special educators, media specialists, educational technologists, teachers, speech and language therapists, and others who work in education or related fields. I look at ways that technology can be used to support important efforts in the schools, such as Universal Design for Learning, Response to Intervention, Positive Behavior Supports, and health promotion. I also touch on assistive technology, the use of technology in psychology, counseling, and related fields.

The posts on The World Is My Interface blog reflect what I've been discovering during my mid-life return to higher-education studies. The topics in this blog include technologies that support human-world interaction on and off the desktop: ubiquitous and pervasive computing, human-computer-interaction, collaborative technologies, info-viz, usability, and interaction design. I sometimes post examples of things I've nominated for the "usability hall of shame".

Some of my videos:

Art Related - Monet's Gardens, set to music:
First version of "Poetry Picture Share" for use on an interactive touch screen display or whiteboard: (A NextWindow Human Touch display was used in this demonstration.)
First version of "navSmart" Photo-Globe Explorer with video-links, for use on an interactive touch-screen display or whiteboard. (A NextWindow Human Touch display was used in this demonstration.) Cute Kitty Video - just for fun!

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At 6:34am on January 4, 2012, Frank Parker said…
I can't believe I am just noticing your message after 4 years. I am currently retired but still do a lot of consulting in the use of technology in the classroom. Johnson C Smith has been a laptop university since 2000. we provide laptops for all full-time students. Our work is mostly focused on finding effective laptop use that supports learning. When the technology is available to everyone, innovation happens very fast.
At 8:21pm on May 2, 2009, Lynn Marentette said…
I've been away from Classroom 2.0- my father had complications following surgery on March 3rd and was in the ICU for a few weeks, then a special care unit. I'm catching up with work and hope to visit the Classroom 2.0 world more regularly in the near future.
At 6:46am on January 26, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Lynn. I was wondering if your students and colleagues 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 8:08pm on January 18, 2009, Johnathan Chase said…
Popular music and lyrics are excellent tools for engaging all learners especially at-risk students.

Great for social and emotional learning/character education and lessons focusing on identity, self-esteem, healthy risk-taking and goal setting.
At 8:04am on December 27, 2008, Elizabeth Fox said…
I've been slow getting back to classroom 2.0. I've gotten into working with Project Lead the Way, and I've been consumed with getting that going for the past 18 months. I should be able to get back into this forum now that PLTW is running successfully.
At 3:45pm on December 21, 2008, James Edward Charles Webber said…
At 9:45am on December 21, 2008, Brad Chapin said…
Hi Lynn,
It's nice to see another psychologist interested in technology. I enjoyed reading your blogs. Check out if you have time. I am looking for someone with a good background in technology and school psychology to do a review. Take care.
At 3:00pm on December 7, 2008, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Lynn,

That's one of the reasons I like it. :) If you have a question or need help please let me know. It's a powerful virtual classroom, I recommend you set up a session and just play around with it.
At 2:05pm on December 7, 2008, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Lynn,

In your research of web technologies I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's web based power point presentation platform. Both web based platforms have proven to be very useful to me in my online class.
At 8:44pm on June 17, 2008, Gavin McLean said…
This is the SoundHouse Assocaiation web site:


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