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LiC Podcast: Design with Forever in Mind Archive

Although I was thrown a whole bunch by not having wifi for the first 45 minutes, I think that the session was worthwhile. Here is the archive of all that we have done. I am also including my planning podcast from my drive up to copper mountain.

Presentation:

Drop Box:

drop.io: simple private sharing

Important Links:

Ben Wilkoff Links:

  1. Learning is Change Blog and Podcast>
  2. Twitter Page
  3. Other Presentation on Thursday (The On Button: Instant and Always-on Collaboration)

Presentation Links:

  1. Foreverism
  2. Math Casts
  3. Web 2.0 Game Over

Exit Plan for Vocaroo:

  • Wav files backed up to a hard drive/server

Exit Plan for Drop.io:

  • Everyone who downloads the podcast will have a copy.

Exit Plan for JamGlue:

  • Mp3 files of mixes

Exit Plan for Screencastle:

  • Download Direct Link to File and store on hard drive/server

Exit Plan for Screentoaster:

  • Mov Downloads before uploading to screencastle site

Exit Plan for DimDim:

  • Download and build own DimDim server and store recordings there.

Exit Plan for Twitter:

Exit Plan for Google Docs:

Ustream Archive:




Twitter Archive:

  • CosmoCat: @bhwilkoff was great to learn about screencasting and audio recording! Hope you enjoy Audioboo! #forevertie09

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    bhwilkoff: Thanks to everyone for adding value to my session #tie09 #forevertie09

    Jun 23, 2009 09:40 PM GMT ·
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    toniobarton: Learning needs real purpose and real audience. #cotie09 #tie09 #forevertie09

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    bhwilkoff: How do you capture learning? Add to the spreadsheet: http://tr.im/pvz2 #tie09 #forevertie09

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    CosmoCat: I’m searching for #forevertie09 live on TweetGrid Search – http://bit.ly/4A1lo3 (expand)

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    care507: I’m searching for #forevertie09 live on TweetGrid Search – http://bit.ly/4A1lo3 (expand)

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    forevertie09: I’m searching for forevertie09 live on TweetGrid Search – http://bit.ly/MVxM0 (expand)
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    forevertie09: #forevertie09 Devonee – Technology Integration Specialist from Mesa County

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    forevertie09: I’m searching for #forevertie09 live on TweetGrid Search – http://bit.ly/4A1lo3 (expand)

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    villagegreen: #forevertie09 to back channel: I’m Matthew Woolums, Integration Coordinator from DPS. My blog: http://villagegreen.edublogs.org

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    matthewadennis: SpEd in middle school in NW Denver. #forevertie09

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    jcope50: #forevertie09 Hi! Jill – Skyline HS Teacher Librarian- St. Vrain – just moved to CO on Saturday from CA!!!

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    toniobarton: #forevertie09 first year HS Computer Teacher from Manitou Springs High School

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  • Sara24lynn: #forevertie09 Hello! I am a library media specialist in a K-5 school in Greeley, Colorado.

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    lbreed: #forevertie09 Hi! Lisa from Evergreen Middle School! I am looking forward to learning about authentic assessments.

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    matthewadennis: Name is Matthew (obvi). Work in DPS. #forevertie09

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    Sara24lynn: #forevertie09 Audioboo.fm is an audio tool for iPhone My audioboos http://audioboo.fm/profile

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    matthewadennis: @forevertie09 mind being blown; didn’t realize so many tools out there that I didn’t know about. Not in the know at 25?? #forevertie09

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    bhwilkoff: How do you use audio to capture learning? Call 646-402-5701 x 25286 #tie09 #forevertie09

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    McTeach: I’m getting real-time search results at TweetGrid http://tweetgrid.com/ #forevertie09

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    toniobarton: #forevertie09 I like http://www.vocaroo.com/ recording website, easy to use.

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    dlevesque: vocarro does not work on a eeepc #forevertie09

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    erhubbell: @bhwilkoff Hi everyone! Looking forward to great conversations today. #forevertie09

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    matthewadennis: Will the iPhone be forever, Ben? #forevertie09

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    McTeach: @bhwilkoff was giving it rave reviews! RT @courosa: @zemote I see Edmodo on the screen at #forevertie09

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    sroseman: #forevertie09 how do i get rid of the echo

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  • zemote: @courosa awesome!!!! thanks for letting me know #forevertie09 , if anyone has questions, forward them on

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    courosa: @zemote I see Edmodo on the screen at #forevertie09

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    courosa: #forevertie09 re: learning that lasts 4ever,think about boyd’s media attributes” persistence,replicability,searchability,invisible audience

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    dlevesque: #forevertie09 why last forever?

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    RickTanski: @bhwilkoff Hello from an office in Colorado Springs :-( #cotie09 #tie09 #forevertie09

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    McTeach: @bhwilkoff Hello from Sunny Northern California! #forevertie09

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    ericolsen: Will the computers ever work?#forevertie09

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    courosa: #forevertie09 Hey Ben, hi from the St. Louis airport, soon to get back to Canada.

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    villagegreen: Sitting in on design with forever in mind at tie #forevertie09

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    bhwilkoff: Say hello to all of the folks at #forevertie09

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    RickTanski: @bhwilkoff 3 hour session! I’m going to kill some bandwidth bits for sure. #cotie09 #tie09 #forevertie09

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    mjmontagne: tuning in to a bit of @bhwilkoff ‘s workshop #forevertie09

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    bhwilkoff: Creating a hashtag for my session tomorrow at #tie09. Come and Join in the session with #forevertie09
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    The glue has just become superglue.

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    As I have written before, I am more and more convinced that the glue that is holding together all of the small pieces of online learning has to be as flexible and universal as Moodle. While I wasn’t convinced that it had to be Moodle vs. something else, I am becoming more and more convinced that this is the right direction for the many connected and authentic learning experiences I expect to have in the future.

    Today’s reason is that Moodle has an incredibly easy to impliment solution for synchronous events. As many schools and districts are looking around for synchronous tools to buy like Elluminate, Adobe Connect, iLink, and others, the unassuming little open source solution called DimDim quietly integrated with an LMS so seamlessly that you do not even have to set up accounts.

    I was able to get this solution to work in literally ten minutes (and most of that time was just transfering the DimDim files over to the moodle folders). If you are interested in experimenting with having live sessions within your own moodle classrooms and 20 seats is enough for your purposes, this is a free and easy way of doing it:

    Step 1: Download the moodle/dimdim integration package here.

    Step 2: Follow the instructions for uploading  and configuring the files on moodle here.

    Step 3: Set up your own meeting in a classroom or on the front page of your moodle, by simply inserting a new activity and then putting in the configuration of the meeting you would like to have. (As you can see below, you have a lot of options to turn on or off.)

    Once everything is set up, you get a link to your webmeeting that looks like this:

    I can’t even believe how easy it was to provide a synchronous tool to anyone who wants it, all without having to create accounts or adjust permissions.

    While, this isn’t the killer app that does it all and it doesn’t make large class sizes any easier, the simple ability for any teacher at any time to set up their own learning events that can be recorded for later use is just one more reason why we need to be gluing everything that we can to Moodle and making the community better in the process.

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    Sloodle: The potential for 3d learning environments coupled with LMS

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    I have been looking at this project for quite some time, but I have only begun to explore the real potential here.

    Over at Sloodle and a more recent project to port it over to Open Sim, they are marrying Moodle to a 3d virtual environment in which teachers can ask for students to create “real” learning objects and assess their learning through the use of avitars. So far, it really is only accesible to people who are already familiar with both administrating Moodle and playing with objects in Second Life. I think that the real potential will come when it is more available to the average teacher to set up classes and assignments.

    I really do see a future where students can choose to create buildings to understand archetechture and math, create tutorials for writing that could walk through, and simulations to demonstrate a science concept. This isn’t too far off, and I think that the more people who experiment with it, the more likely it will be to happen soon.

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    Challenging question…

    Earlier today I was talking with a colleague that I highly respect who was challenging the premise of my blog post from yesterday.
     
    She was saying that if I truly wanted to recast education as a new character that I would need to define what it is that I can do with connected learning and technology that I can’t do otherwise.
     
    This particular teacher (and tech integration specialist) has a wonderful way of pushing me to think about whether something like google docs is really any better than butcher paper and different colored markers. Whenever she asks questions like this, I really do take pause. So I put it to you. What is it that we can do now that isn’t just the logical extension of what has come before? What collaborative exercise is not just a gallery walk in disguise? (I have my ideas, but I would like to see if anyone wants to take the same bait that I was given.)
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    Logging back in…

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    So, I have run into quite a few hiccups with my Google Apps and Moodle Integration so far, all of which I think are my fault. I single handedly broke the portal by installing a rancid plugin. I have also been trying to push the integration farther than intended because I don’t want to be stuck talking about “moodle” and “google apps” as individual entities. I want to talk about the greater strategies for communication in an online learning space and having conversations about the ways in which we treat children’s privacy in a k-12 school.

    Yet, I have had more meetings about specific tools in the last few days than I have in the last year. It seems as though, as much as I try to dodge my responsibility for being the “tech guru” (our art teacher’s words, not mine), it seems to catch up with me. I have to both talk specifically about how to create groups in gmail, and talk about how creating groups in gmail will create an ongoing message board of sorts when anyone clicks reply all (or we turn on labs to have that be the default). I need to be able to teach others how to create a Google Site and subscribe to the pages of importance, but then go deeper into what makes the subscription different than simply going back and checking on student’s progress.

    The hard part is really getting to that deeper level. Once people see you as the person who has the “tech answers” it is hard to push beyond that. I guess that is why I continue to ask so many questions. I want to know things and be able to do things, not because I want to teach others, but because I want to learn for myself. I’m not sure that many people accept that there is just as much that I want to learn from them, as they may want to learn from me. How do I convince them?

    With that question asked and not answered… here is my bit of concrete skills for the day.

    If you would like to be able to log back into moodle from your Google Apps installation, you will need to either use the built in gadget that comes with the moodle-google package or you can simply use that gadget and put it onto any webpage. So long as you are logged in to google apps or moodle, you should be able to put this gadget in any webpage and perform a hocus pocus of single-signing in back to moodle.

    <script src=”http://www.gmodules.com/ig/ifr?url=http://edcsd.org/login/auth/gsaml/moodlegadget.php&amp;up_selectedTab=&amp;synd=open&amp;w=320&amp;h=200&amp;title=eDCSD_Moodle_Gadget&amp;border=%23ffffff%7C3px%2C1px+solid+%23999999&amp;output=js”></script>

    (notice that “http://edcsd.org/login/” is where your moodle directory would go and instead of “eDCSD_Moodle_Gadget”, you would want to have your own information).

    Sometimes, cookies really are amazing things. I have yet to try it out on anything too fancy, but I like the idea that you could put this onto your blog, a wiki site, or any other webpage in existance that takes this kind of embed and have students get right back in to their moodle access (and therefore, google apps). Anyone care to think of a good use for this outside of what I have already outlined.

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    Making content your own

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    In order to document just what I am doing with moodle to make sure that it is the direction I would like to go in for creating (at least) a portal for our online school and possibly use it as the Learning Management System of choice for professional development, I will be writing about a few of the particular paths I am taking.

    The one I am interested in right now is displaying content outside of the moodle directly in the moodle page. The reason for this would be because there are a lot of pages that display exactly the right content that I would want to be able to interact with in the moodle installation. These include wiki pages (non-moodle wikis), blog pages (non-moodle blogs), and tons of web resources. The blocks and activities that exist to do this are pretty good (they allow you to link to things, or html pages directly), but they don’t allow you to embed the page directly, making it look like one fluid page.

    Well, I was able to find a block to do this and a patch to make sure that I could put blocks in the middle of the page as large content items.

    Here is the block download

    Here is the patch download

    You can see an embedded google site page at our portal.

    The best thing about this block is that it really makes it look like a part of the page and not just an iFrame of the google site within a moodle. It does, however, do some funky things with links, but I will figure those out.

    Just thought I would share how we may be putting it all together. (Not earth shattering, but I do like putting things together.)

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    Rolling it out

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    Yesterday was my first attempt to inject Google Apps into the conversation about our online school. Now that we have most of the integration worked out with users, it was time to show just what it was capable of to our staff.

    I held three different meetings at three different schools yesterday during which I showed off the capablilities of using gmail and calendar for communication, Google Docs for collaboration, and Google sites for holding projects together. I tried not to get too overwhelming, but I’m afraid that I wasn’t able to hold back my excitment for the possibilities (at least on one of those meetings). When I get started talking about all of the things that you can do “today” in order to improve communication with students, I start answering every question that is layed out in front of me.

    Some of the more tangential questions that we explored in the sprawling of these meetings:

    1. How would I conduct a book club using Google Docs?
    2. Is there a way to do a discussion forum in Google Sites?
    3. Can we integrate Ning with our portal page and Google Apps?

    The staff is very excited, but perhaps a little overwhelmed.

    My idea to make sure that they are not overwhelmed is to do a lot of face to face work with staff in order to make sure tha they have the skills they need in order to communicate effectively using Google Apps. My thought is to make a Google Spreadsheet that would allow me to track just where everyone is in their progression (and allow them to track it themselves). I will be creating this later today, I hope.

    The next thing that I would like to do in order to roll it out is to establish the best plan for getting students and parents on board. I have already set up a meeting so that we can all come together and talk about it, but I haven’t gone much further. From our brainstorming yesterday, this is what I believe the roll out should look like:

    1. Meeting to introduce Google Apps and have a conversation with parents and students about what they would like to see more of/less of in its implimentation. Answer any questions that come up.
    2. Pilot meeting with 10-20 students from all grade levels. If I can see them face to face, it would be great to get them all trying out what they do and don’t like about it and where they want it to go next.
    3. Measuring success along the way among staff, parents, and students on logging in, checking gmail, setting up their calendar, etc.
    4. Switching on Google Apps within the LMS and switching off the internal calendar and message system.
    5. Continued workshops on the topics of Beginner/Advanced Gmail, Calendar, and Sites.

    My question to everyone that reads this is the following: “What am I missing?” What sorts of roll out pieces haven’t I thought of? What would make this transition easier for staff, students, and parents?

    (I’m sorry that this post sounds so much like an e-mail. I really am just in a very procedural place right now. I have to figure this out, and one of the most basic places that I figure something out is on my blog.)

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    Moodle as glue

    I have to say that for a long time I really missed the boat on Moodle. All this time I really just thought of it as a way to put courses online and distribute online content to students. While it is still those things, it took me a couple of weeks of heavy research to really figure out what the true genious of moodle is: The way it talks (and listens) to other things. Now, I am not just talking about the new integration between Moodle and Google Apps, although that is pretty cool. I am in fact, talking about the ways in which it can authenticate to many systems at once (Firstclass, LDAP, a drupal server, etc.). I am talking about the ways that it can accept content from many sources and formats and call it its own:

    I believe that I have finally found the glue for our online school. Whether or not we end up using Moodle for our Learning Management System needs remains to be seen. But, the simple ability to have students go to one place to access all of their content and have it actually make sense. Well, that is just beautiful.

    (Just to make sure that I am being as forthcoming as possible, the most beautiful thing for me is in the fact that students will be able to be created in Infinite Campus, automatically created within Moodle, then automatically created in Google Apps. The less manual entering of student I have to do, the more I get to play around with the future of learning.)

    The Missing Community for Google Apps?

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    As I am working hard to roll out Google Apps for Education for our online school, I am struggling to find the community that supports it. With all of the great things that Google Apps has to offer, it is mind boggling that there wouldn’t be a single community spaces (or even a series of well-developed communities) that would be talking about best practices for collaborative document creation or the easiest ways to communicate with students using global contact lists.

    Does this place exist?

    Well, this is what I have found so far:

    But, these sites are not enough to me. I want a conversation about student learning with Google Apps. And the way that it will start is by stating in one place just who is using Google Apps for Education and how to contact them to ask questions. One of my favorite bloggers, presenters, and teachers (Lucy Gray) has taken us in that direction quite a bit by offering a Google Form to identify yourself.

    Please go and add yourself!

    And, here are the results (some ussual suspects, but many potential collaborators that I have never made contact with).

    The next step in this process of creating community around the topic is to tag every blog post, presentation, and wiki edit, tweet and video with “GoogleAppsEd” or #GoogleAppsEd.

    I want to see us start tagging ourselves as GAE users, not because we love Google or because we believe that they are best thing to happen to education since the invention of erasers. I believe that the conversation is important because if we would like students to collaborate using these tools, we must be using them to collaborate.

    The last step, that I would like to figure out is setting up a series of online meetups to talk about the issues inherent in rolling out Google Apps for Eduction. Here are the ones I would start with, but please add ones that you woud like to discuss in the comments:

    1. The legality of giving students e-mail adresses as young as Kindergarten.
    2. Using Google Apps as a wharehouse for our data.
    3. The Google Terms of Use
    4. Advanced uses of Docs (forms, turning things in via sharing, etc.)
    5. Advanced uses of gmail (academic uses of chat, system-wide groups, etc.)
    6. Advanced uses of calendar (student and faculty calendars meshing)
    7. Labs for google apps including Moderator.

    I think that there is a lot more here, but I just want to start the conversation. Please spread the link to Lucy Gray’s spreadsheet and form and the tag for spreading the conversation. Let’s talk soon.

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