Linda Loder
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I work for the Smoky Hill Education Service Center in Salina, Kansas, which supports seventy-some school districts in north-central and north-western Kansas. I'm mostly just a geek who loves working with students and teachers! I work in area schools and also provide workshops and training sessions on using all the technology tools we can find to improve learning for teachers and students.
The most important part of my day is to learn something new, and I'm so intrigued by the web 2.0 applications I've tried. I've started working with teachers to implement as many of them as I can get them to try! It's an easy sell - a 'try it you'll like it!' phenomenon. What is there NOT to like about web 2.0?

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Another Reason We NEED Our "Social" Tools

Posted on November 6, 2009 at 8:00am 0 Comments

I haven't written here in a long time, and I don't usually cross-post. But this time, it's different. Here goes:

Unless you live in a vacuum, you know what happened at Ft. Hood, Texas yesterday. Tragedy for those there, tragedy for all our military forces everywhere, as they are, truly, a band of brothers and sisters who normally trust each other with their very lives. Yesterday, that trust was betrayed.

News reports were as chaotic as the scene, as the networks struggled… Continue

A Lesson on Learning

Posted on February 12, 2009 at 8:23am 3 Comments

I have a grandson (actually, three grandsons and three granddaughters, but I digress already...) Grandson in the middle attends school in a large city district in another state. He called his Grandpa and me last Friday night on his own initiative; I don’t think his parents even know that he called us. He was just missing us, he said.

During the conversation, of course I had to ask how school was going. The boy just sighed. “It’s OK, but it’s getting hard. We’re practicing for the… Continue

I Read LOTS of Blocked Blogs! So Should YOU!

Posted on April 17, 2008 at 8:46am 0 Comments

The Internet world of many teachers I mentor at several different schools has been shaken up recently by the installation of “new and improved” school filtering systems. It is not the fault of these schools’ tech coordinators, who are struggling valiantly to unblock good resources and keep within the boundaries of policy and law while they are doing it. Rather, the schools have been sold services by vendors who seem to believe that the ‘read only’ web is easier to deal with in educational… Continue

Smile - You're 'Out of the Box!'

Posted on September 23, 2007 at 10:24am 0 Comments

This note went out from a teacher at one of my project schools to another one this past Friday:

"To realize what happened with the kids during this project is awesome. Now I understand - the light has dawned. I did less work and kids did more work without complaining and learned more than I would have ever dreamed possible - on so many levels. Okay; now I am hooked - teach me how to use this stuff."

I was so lucky to see this unfold in her classes on Thursday. Students (Junior… Continue

Situational Awareness

Posted on May 3, 2007 at 8:14pm 4 Comments

My husband is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant, and even though we’re a few years out from living that wild, wonderful, crazy existence of being in the military, we have children in the military now and still try to follow what is going on in that world.

One thing that never changes is the use of Jargon. No one does it better than the United States Military. A recent quote in the newspaper, from a Major (whom we know personally) talking about a bombing error by a pilot that resulted… Continue

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At 4:15pm on June 24, 2009, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Linda,

With your work in Integrated Technology for your Education Center, 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. Here’s a public class recording conducted by Nellie Deutsch on Technology Integration.

At 5:10am on March 23, 2009, Kimberly Allison said…
Hi Linda,
I'm doing some research regarding blogging platforms for teachers in our district. I read in a discussion forum from 2007 that your teachers use Class Blogmeister. Are they still liking it? Any insight you can provide would be much appreciated. Thanks! Kimberly
At 7:38pm on January 31, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Linda. I was wondering if you have students or educator friends 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 5:42pm on December 29, 2008, Alyshia Olsen said…
Hi Linda,

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 'e-learning and online teaching' 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 a competition for startup funding 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 12:20pm on March 11, 2008, Joe Sherwood said…
I created a wiki in response to all the people who offered to help me on the Interview. If you are still interested please visit the following link:

Thank you.
At 12:03pm on October 3, 2007, Dennis O'Connor said…
Hey Linda! We've got to keep meeting like this! Great to see you in another Ning. I've got a group on Classroom 2.0 as well. The E-learning and Online Teaching group is just getting started. Its a mix of those interested in the topic, with many of my colleagues from UW-Stout, where I coordinate an online teacher training program.

I'd love to have you join the mix!

At 7:37pm on June 2, 2007, Tracey Gould said…
Nice to meet you! I missed the KSDE conferance in Wichita, I wanted to go, does that count?
Thanks for the hello!!
At 2:53pm on May 3, 2007, Maxime Viens said…
Hi, Linda, thanks for the invitatin and i rally enjoyed reading your blog on Situational Awareness.
At 6:39pm on April 25, 2007, Linda Loder said…
I really do! I have the best job in education in Kansas.
At 5:40pm on April 25, 2007, Kevin H. said…
It sounds like you have an interesting job, Linda!


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