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At 3:48pm on February 11, 2010, Jane Krauss said…
Hey I hope you'll join our new group in this Ning called PBL ~ Better with Practice http://www.classroom20.com/group/pblbetterwithpractice. I know you'd be a real asset. See you,
At 3:14am on August 6, 2009, rosa ochoa said…
HI Durff,

Looking forward to learning & collaborating when possible.
At 5:56pm on August 2, 2009, Jeffrey Niles Eaglin said…
I appreciate the welcome. I'm looking forward to using this site to share ideas. I teach English and history. I model several technology lessons at the school I teach and need to venture into sharing ideas with people with expertise beyond mine to enhance my teaching. I hope Classroom 2.0 does just that.
At 9:23am on August 2, 2009, Arthur Hall said…
Hello Durff,
Interesting place you got there. Looks like a real hub of activity. Thanks for the welcome greeting.
At 9:23pm on August 1, 2009, Chris Fancher said…
Thanks for saying hi. I had been meaning to look at this and had it bookmarked. I was at a conference this week and someone (Either @markwagner or @fitzwalsh) suggested it and I made sure to sign in.
At 1:46pm on May 10, 2009, Carolyn Stanley said…
Hi, Durff,
Happy Mother's Day.
Thanks for all your wonderful links and words of wisdom
At 4:56am on March 6, 2009, Durff said…
Kim Cofimo's words of wisdom = "Teachers who use technology in the classroom are: flexible, willing to take risks and try new things, not afraid of failing, able to learn from their students, adaptable, and comfortable with the fact that they are not the smartest person in the room. Cultivating this kind of mindset is the first step to understanding how to use technology successfully in the classroom." What kind of teacher are you?
At 4:54am on February 25, 2009, Durff said…
Lady Greenfield, professor of synaptic pharmacology at Lincoln college, Oxford, and director of the Royal Institution, "...told the House of Lords that children's experiences on social networking sites "are devoid of cohesive narrative and long-term significance. As a consequence, the mid-21st century mind might almost be infantilised, characterised by short attention spans, sensationalism, inability to empathise and a shaky sense of identity". [http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/feb/24/social-networking-site-cha...] Listen to the podcast to get the full impact of her point of view. What do you say?
At 8:28pm on January 31, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Durff. 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 BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
At 3:33am on January 27, 2009, Edwin Wargo said…
Hi Durff - I'm glad you did! I really appreciate sharing all of your experiences and questions. It was nice meeting you.

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K12 Online Echo

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

The K12 Online Echo will have Chris Walsh as a guest. Watch his 2009 presentation, Moogpal in Action, and then chat with him. You will have the chance to ask questions, share ideas and learn from the presenter and others in the chat room http://ning.it/dlXvLg</a>;

Here it comes.... !

Posted on January 21, 2010 at 4:28pm 0 Comments

As anyone can see from this lovely cabgirl's expression, Educon2.2 is almost here! Educon is THE conference which takes place at The Science Leadership Academy in Philly. Attending this conference the first two years was like going to a party with my Tweets… Continue

Another great Fireside Chat 1-9 6:30-8:30pmGMT

Posted on January 8, 2010 at 10:30am 0 Comments

We will host our "week 2 fireside chat" for the 2009 K-12 Online Conference this coming Saturday, January 9th! The week 2 keynote speakers, Rachel Boyd and Diego Leal, will present and engage in Q&A with participants via EdTechTalk's Ustream channel and backchannel chat. Time: January 9, 2010 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm GMT. NOTE: This is 1:30pm EST on Saturday, January 9. Please click the following link to see your local time:…


Fireside Chat with Joyce and Konrad: December 12th, 6:30 pm GMT

Posted on December 9, 2009 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

This Saturday there will be a live Fireside Chat with Joyce Valenza and Konrad Glogowski, the keynoters for week 1 of the k12Online Conference 2009. The live chat will take place at EdTechTalk --> http://edtechtalk.com/live where participants can hear the keynoters and chat in the chatroom. The Fireside Chat is scheduled at 6:30pmGMT -->… Continue

It has begun!!

Posted on November 30, 2009 at 7:48pm 0 Comments

The live event that follows up Kim's preconference keynote will take place at EdTechTalk with Kim Cofino live discussing the themes of her keynote with those participants in the chatroom. Of course, you may want to be there live, but if life intervenes, there will be a recording for later.

Below is a conference flyer for you to print and disseminate at your school, church, workplace. The conference is totally free. One only needs… Continue

K12Online2009 LAN Party

Posted on November 9, 2009 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Please join us on November 18, 2009 at 22:30GMT/3:30pmPST/ 4:30pmMST/5:30pmCST/6:30pmEST for a live event of the 2009 K12Online Conference

On November 18, the K12Online Conference is hosting a LAN party from 6:30PM to 8:30PM EST. We invite everyone to gather at the LAN party site with colleagues in order to view two past conference presentations and then engage in lively discussions in the EdTechTalk chatroom. The following presenters will be in… Continue

Flatclassroom09-3 - Sounding Boards

Posted on October 31, 2009 at 3:51pm 0 Comments

Every fall a global project takes place led by Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis. This year over 220 students from 5 countries will research trends in information technology and globalization, write a collaborative research report on a wiki, and produce digital videos about their topics. Sound impressive? Well it is! These students are not graduate level… Continue

The 2nd LAN Party of the k12Online2009 Conference

Posted on October 18, 2009 at 11:56am 0 Comments

Please join us on October 20, 2009 at 22:00GMT/3:00pmPDT/4:00pmMDT/5:00pmCDT/6:00pmEDT for a live event of the 2009

K12Online Conference

On October 20, the K12Online Conference is hosting a LAN party from 6:00PM to 8:00PM EDT. We invite everyone to gather at the LAN party site with colleagues in order to view two past conference presentations and then engage in lively discussions in our chatroom. The presenters will be in attendance.… Continue

K12Online2009 LAN Party

Posted on September 22, 2009 at 10:30am 0 Comments

Please join us on September 26, 2009

for the first live event of the

2009 K12Online Conference

On September 26, K12Online Conference will host a LAN party from 2:00PM to 5:00PM EDT and encourages everyone to get together with colleagues in order to engage in lively discussions. Past presentations will be shown and you are invited to participate in live conversations about the presentations with the featured presenters. A… Continue


Posted on July 31, 2009 at 8:22am 0 Comments

I woke up with all intentions of not ruminating over this at all. Didn't work out that way at all.

Last year about this time, Lee Baber lost her battle with cancer. Here is the link to the EdTechTalk Memorial Page --> http://edtechtalk.com/lee_baber

I hear August 19th was her birthday. I wonder if an impromptu webcast… Continue


Posted on July 27, 2009 at 8:30am 0 Comments

I'm reading the following for a course I am taking,

schools need to be able to provide high-quality instruction in both word-level and comprehension skills in order to meet the diverse needs of students who continue to struggle with reading in late-elementary, middle, and high school

and it occurs to me that this statement appears perfectly okay. But is it? If literacy is communicating and comprehending using a medium, then isn't… Continue

Powerful Learning

Posted on July 21, 2009 at 9:35am 0 Comments

Which is more powerful, a service or a community? This idea came up during the last ETT Community Meeting. A service was defined as a fully funded entity like your landline or your local hospital or even your community college. A community was defined more like a bunch of people who contribute to each other's learning. A community is an entity with which you can engage, and by engaging, learn.

The difference is both a but murky but at the same… Continue

The Gala Masquerade Ball awaits you!

Posted on June 13, 2009 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

On June 14th 1:00pm - 3:00pmSLT at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Southern%20Colorado/163/42/26

the Passionate Redheads Team of the Second Life Relay For Life will holding the first Gala Ball Event. A Fashion Show will follow the ball at 4:00pm - 6:00pmSLT.

On June 14th 6:00pm - 9:00pmSLT at…


Network Challenge

Posted on June 10, 2009 at 7:00am 0 Comments

Do you buy your morning coffee on your way into work? Well STOP IT!!

I challenge the network to give up the gourmet coffee once a week. (You know it has to be serious if I say that!)

Instead brew the coffee at home or drink the free coffee at work.

Use your credit card to donate the money you save (about $5) to the Relay For Life. You can either go to… Continue

The Passionate Redheads Gala Event

Posted on June 8, 2009 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

On June 14th 4:00pmSLT - 9:00pmSLT at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Southern%20Colorado/163/42/26 the Passionate Redheads Team of the Second Life Relay For Life will be holding a Fashion Show followed by a Gala Ball with concurrent Silent Auction.

One can view and place bids on the auction items starting Saturday, June 13th at 9amSLT. Directions on how to place bids will be available at the auction location. Stop by anytime between Saturday morning… Continue

Relay For Life

Posted on June 1, 2009 at 10:00pm 0 Comments

I need YOU to donate to the Relay For Life! https://secure3.convio.net/tacs/site/Donation2?idb=1887102074&df_id=1005221&1005221.donation=form1&FR_ID=19490&PROXY_ID=451857&PROXY_TYPE=22

Photo courtesy of stingray and the American Cancer Society, available… Continue

Network Challenge: Audiobook

Posted on May 31, 2009 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

A couple days ago I challenged people on Twitter and here I repeat my challenge. In these last days before summer, I challenge you to produce an audio book with students! Then disseminate!! There are numerous tutorials on how to do this and I won't repeat that here. Basically, all you need is something with which to record and students reading their original works. Why not have each student create a story? That project works in well with many content… Continue

Last Day's Assignment

Posted on May 26, 2009 at 4:49pm 2 Comments

I am assigning the following for our last day in class. Tell me what you think...

1. Contact another person. Verbal speech will disqualify you.

2. Find out what your contacted person had for breakfast today.

3. Show their answer to me in order to get your points.

4. Post their name/pseudo, location, relation to you, & how you contacted them on your blog.

1 point = someone in this room

2 points = someone in this school

3 points = someone in Maryland

4… Continue

Visit the Passionate Redhead Team Store!

Posted on May 22, 2009 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

Please visit The Passionate Redheads Team Store located HERE and while you shop or window gaze at the store donate to the pink kiosk. This benefits the Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society. Just right click on the kiosk, choose "pay", and choose a Linden amount. Every little amount counts! Thank you in advance for your donation to The Passionate… Continue


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