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I am working for USD 376 in Sterling, Kansas as their Network Coordinator. One of the biggest benefits of taking this position is getting to work with my wife and be in the same school district as both of my children. I previously worked for USD 405 in Lyons, KS. I worked for the district for fourteen years. I originally taught at the middle school. I was responsible for developing an Exploring Technology module class. I also taught American History. In 2000, I assisted in the development of the Rice County Technology Academy. The academy provided opportunities for students to enroll in a variety of career curriculums. Students could participate in A+ training, Webmaster curriculum, and develop themselves as Certified Cisco Network Associates.
I have truly enjoyed my time working with kids and teachers on how to integrate technology. I have participated in McREL's program, Intel's Master Teacher training, and LoTi's mentorship program. Another venture I have truly enjoyed is becoming a member of Discovery's Star educator network. I find that the programs offered by Discovery are an excellant source of supplemental materials for all classrooms and grade levels.

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ESSDACK Technology Integration Study Group 4/4/2008

Posted on April 3, 2008 at 9:20pm 0 Comments

This blog will be live from the ESSDACK Technology Integration Study Group that meets the first Friday of each month in Hutchinson, Kansas. See you Friday!

Thoughts as a result of Wesley Fryer's video "Strive to Engage not Enthrall" PD video.

Posted on March 12, 2008 at 11:14pm 2 Comments

With our laptop program we have teachers that want to have technology available and accessible, so they select to have classroom discipline and do manage and observe the students. This is a big emphasis out our middle school. I have had 3 Internet browsing violations from those students in 3.5 years compared to the high school; I may have that in a month. I feel that the reason our middle school teachers do a good job is that they do get up and observe students, interact with them while they… Continue

Thoughts after reading Wesley Fryer's weblog on school Internet filtering.

Posted on March 12, 2008 at 10:30pm 2 Comments

As a former teacher and now the Director of Technology for a school district in Kansas, I agree with many of these comments. I too am deeply involved in developing our technology and providing a "Differentiated" scheme to our school district Internet as well as providing additional training for the implementation of technology as a resource and not just another tool.

Our school district has a 1:1 laptop program with students in grades 7-12. The lower levels of students are about… Continue

Unitedstreaming.....more than streaming videos

Posted on December 4, 2007 at 1:32pm 7 Comments

Download jeopardy template_with video and image placeholders.ppt Download This zip file contains all of my presentation materials from the MACE Conference in Bonner Springs, Kansas. I have also included a few extra information and instructional PDF files. Please enjoy and let me…


Open Source in Education

Posted on October 5, 2007 at 7:29pm 3 Comments

As a Director of Technology I have to wear many hats and maintain a limited budget. So, I am always looking for ways to get educational based applications that are educational based and provide higher level order of thinking challenges. Well, one weekend I spent time searching for open source software and came across the article I have uploaded. It provides open source software for PCs, Apples, and Linux OS systems. I have read through the 77 pages and downloaded several recommended…


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At 12:37pm on January 31, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Dean. I was wondering if any of your students would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. If not, perhaps you have some other educator contacts you could direct me to. You can view contest details at Please let me know. Thanks!
At 12:54pm on December 26, 2008, marcotuts said…
Hi Dean,

I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. My name is Marco Morales; 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. I found you when I searched for middle schools on classroom20, and since our project is specific to middle schools, 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, 2008, 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 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!


Marco Morales
At 12:48am on March 13, 2008, Clif Mims said…
Hey, Dean. I've enjoyed looking through your posts and resources. Good stuff. I predict that our paths will cross again.

All the best,
At 9:43am on October 5, 2007, Craig Scribner said…
Dean, I attended the Essdack workshop on Loti. I would be interested in what you are doing in Lyons at the K-5 level with Web 2.0. What sites are you using, etc...
At 9:48pm on September 26, 2007, Mrs. Deines said…
Yes, I completely agree with you! I wish that our tech guys would open it for students to use! They say that since "Watchguard" says it is not safe, then we couldn't possibly use it! Anyway...maybe one day! Thanks!
At 9:45pm on September 26, 2007, Mrs. Deines said…
Great! I will keep you in mind when we open it up to parents. It is coming along, slowly. We will see what happens at grade card time!
At 5:06pm on September 21, 2007, Mrs. Deines said…

I am just writing to ask what your opinion of is for the classroom. I made a ning website for my 1st grade classroom. At first, our firewall was not blocking the site. Now it is, listing it as a "personals and dating". I am having a super hard time with my tech. guys. They can't figure out where the pictures, videos, etc. are posted (IP addresses) to "unblock" them from our Firewall (Watchguard). It is unfortunate that they will not unblock the site. They have given me permission to log in without the firewall to show the site to my kids, so we can look at things. However, I wanted to have sites for my teachers and other classrooms...they will not allow everyone to do this. Do you deal with these kind of issues in your district?
At 7:19pm on September 20, 2007, Peter Dawson said…
Hey Dean!

I have a contact in Maize (Kansas) who is willing to do a project using VoiceThread. She's going to send me a Teddy bear and I'll take picutres of the bear around the school, which the kids can comment on through voicethread and send to her. Then the Teddy gets sent on to someone else. Think any of your teachers might be interested? or someone on a worldwide scale?
Let me know......
At 8:55pm on September 10, 2007, Tim Holt said…
Dean, My version of the Friday podcast is online:


At 9:21am on July 27, 2007, Tuanua Swartz said…

Hey...we made it back from Thailand. Skype worked great, however we could only video conference with one person at a time. What was great was the option to be able to call land lines while we were overseas! The cost per call was peanuts!

See ya at nerds!


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