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Educational Technology Director researching appropriate use of Web 2.0 social media technology for use in the K-12 educational environment. Educational leaders must understand these technologies first-hand in order to make informed policy decisions, and to leverage academic achievement.

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Clarifying Copyright for Educators

Posted on July 31, 2010 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

A great deal of confusion exists in the educational community surrounding the issue of using copyrighted materials in classroom instruction. I was fortunate to attend Dr. Renee Hobbs' copyright workshop recently at the ISTE2010 conference, and captured these high-points of her presentation on the latest in copyright law. It should also be noted that ISTE NETS-T, section 4,…
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ISTE2010 Mashup: Highlights and Personal Reflections

Posted on July 2, 2010 at 12:43am 2 Comments

I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the festivities and workshops at ISTE2010 in Denver this year. The most memorable part of the event for me was connection with people. It was exhilirating to collectively brainstorm with the best minds in the field on educational issues facing us today while we consider what's over the horizon.

Sitting around the blogger's cafe' with friends, listening to Chris Lehmann's jokes, debating ideas out in the open--not in some closed door session…

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Twitter Resources for Teachers

Posted on October 13, 2009 at 6:30pm 4 Comments

I was tasked with preparing some resources for a presentation recently on the idea of using Twitter in our school district. I went back through my first 500 tweets on Twitter to compile this list, which I used at the meeting. Since then I keep receiving inquiries on the subject and decided to post the links here for now so that I will have a location to direct educators for the resources (until I get my Diigo account set up):…



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New Media Literacy: Relevance and Challenges

Posted on September 13, 2009 at 4:30am 0 Comments

The concept of Technology Literacy became immediately relevant for me last year as I was filling out the 2008-09 ADE Educational Technology Survey required for our district to receive funding under the Title II-D/EETT program. I had to answer the following questions:



Q40: How many 8th grade students in your school/district would be classified as technologically literate according to the following definition:



"Technology literacy is the ability to responsibly use… Continue

Engaging Students in Virtual Space Exploration through Second Life

Posted on August 30, 2009 at 9:00am 7 Comments

As our district embarks upon Web 2.0 implementation for our 21st Century learning enviroments, we are looking for the right tools to engage our digital learners. There is a company called Daden Limited in the UK which has created an Apollo 11 Tranquility Base Simulation in Second Life. I had recently learned about this sim region from one of my PLN colleagues on… Continue

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At 8:06pm on August 25, 2009, Nancy Blair said…
Thank you for the invitation. I want to help systems begin to take advantage of the Web 2.0 tools to enhance learning.
At 9:13am on August 15, 2009, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi David,

With your work in Education Technology and Web 2.0, 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 you might find of interest.

At 5:04pm on July 11, 2009, David Ligon said…
I am becoming more actively involved in the Social Mediasphere with a presence on Twitter, Ning and Facebook. There is a wealth of professional networking resources out there if you take the time to engage and connect with others. This first-hand knowledge will help someone of my generation understand the world of the next generation so I can lead the way to more effective policies in the K-12 environment.
 
 
 

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