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I work with schools and education organizations across the country to integrate technology. My areas of particular interest are one-to-one computing, mobile technology, and open education.

My open ed site: http://www.k12opened.com
My open ed blog: http://www.k12opened.com/blog

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Common standards - what do you think?

Posted on June 3, 2009 at 10:00am 0 Comments

Forty-six states have signed on to an agreement to create common academic standards.

I think this is a tremendously positive change and one that is long overdue. In addition to seeming like good common sense to me, it could save states a huge amount of money. It could also be another crack in the travesty of the educational bureaucracy that is… Continue

What are the tech basics no teacher should be without?

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 2:19pm 14 Comments

I do a lot of professional development on integration, and I am always surprised by how many teachers, even those who use computers every day, don't know what I consider "must-know" tech skills. I'm not talking so much about broad areas like word processing or spreadsheets, but more small skills that make life easier no matter what application you're using.

Here are some "must-know" tech skills on my list:

- Right-clicking

- Tabbed browsing

- Efficient file… Continue

Student identity issues

Posted on March 24, 2009 at 4:16pm 0 Comments

We expend a lot of effort to make sure that only student first names and last initials (or sometimes use aliases to avoid even that) online publishing.

However, student first names, last names, and even pictures appear routinely on school web sites as a part of honor rolls, sports team listings, and other extracurricular activities.

Why the discrepancy? And what exactly is the concern with having student first and last names appear online?

Getting technology into the mainstream

Posted on March 16, 2009 at 6:09pm 0 Comments

I have been talking for a while about the need to get technology integration more into the mainstream of curriculum discussions. Technology shouldn't be a separate subject or another thing to implement -- it should be one of the tools we use to accomplish our curriculum goals.

One way to move this to the mainstream is for experts like all of us to present not only at technology conferences, but at curriculum conferences.

Another way to do this is to get involved in… Continue

The Open Writing Space

Posted on December 17, 2008 at 5:30pm 1 Comment

[cross-posted from K12 Open Ed]

I've been thinking about creating a high quality curriculum resource that is open and have focused in on writing as a subject matter. Why? First and foremost, I love writing and think it has the ability to transform lives. Beyond that, it transfers to all other subject areas and grade levels, and success in writing is correlated to success in many other endeavors. Writing is fun and rewarding. Technology can… Continue

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At 11:51am on October 31, 2012, Wayne Hartschuh said…

Nice meeting you at SETDA AND the Browns won last week. You must be good luck!

At 4:06pm on November 16, 2009, Helen Crompton said…
Fantastic, I would love to stay in touch.
At 5:11am on November 16, 2009, Helen Crompton said…
Fantastic, are you a technology specialist then? I noticed the k-12.
At 3:39pm on November 15, 2009, Helen Crompton said…
Hi Karen,

I noticed your interest in handheld technologies and would love to be in contact. I have worked for 16 years in school in England (13) and North Carolina (3) and currently am studying for my PhD in education with a focus on handheld technology.


Helen Crompton
At 11:14am on April 24, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Karen,

I think there might be an opportunity for our two organizations...

Our Brainyflix video contest just ended. We got 800 submissions from across the country! MIT was really happy with the results and will let us run another contest, so we're going for it! But this time, we're gonna have kids create Brainypics flashcards - which are images and sentences paired up with a one of our SAT/ACT words. The contest ends May 22nd, and there'll be iTunes and a cash prize like last time. To boot, we'll double the payout if the kids can hit a certain goal. More details at brainyflix.com/main/contest_rules.

Maybe we can cross-promote a little bit. We have a blog where we can post about your website and maybe you can have a link to our website somewhere...

Let me know!
At 10:03pm on February 2, 2009, Jack said…
Good to hear from you, Karen! Perhaps you can offer your insight into the matter of using copyrighted material. Per our research, we believe that the videos fall under Fair Use because 1) this is a charity event being sponsored by a non-profit and 2) it is for free public education.

We are definitely open to collaborations! Did you have something specific in mind?

If you can email me directly at admin@brainyflix.com, that'd be great. It's just an easier interface than these Ning comments.
At 6:12pm on January 31, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Karen. I was wondering if your students would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. If not, perhaps you have some educator contacts you could direct me to. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
At 5:49pm on December 17, 2008, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Karen,

With your work to integrate technology into schools I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based, have a bunch of features and free basic service.
At 6:25pm on December 2, 2008, Chris Lambert said…
thanks, i enjoyed your class today i learned some things that i can further explore
At 9:01am on December 2, 2008, Faye Shaffer said…
Thanks for the Web 2.0 workshop. I feel ready to start.


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