#clmooc #light Like Dandelions

Kim Douillard’s Sunshine on a Stem

Yes, I love these words, so powerful in their simplicity and wish. Interestingly, Kim doubted her metaphor, and shared it out to us for comment. When I read her post, I smiled, knowing that on my wall in my classroom is a tall poster that reads: Dandelions are my favorite flower because they refuse to stop growing. It’s there every year, for almost thirty years. So Kim, we educators love that metaphor!

This is Write with Light  [Storytelling with Light] Week 5 of #clmooc. And the first story I thought of was this metaphor, so I neoned it the best I could:


But it just didn’t seem quite the light it needed. I live in a rural area, and there’s not much in supplies for glowing things, but I do have Keynote on my Mac.  And I know I can make words and images sparkle and shimmer with light with that app. So I created the video above [first in Keynote, then in iMovie, and on to YouTube. It’s not perfect, but it fits with light, sparkling dandelion constellations, and growing writers and tinkerers and explorers. Because I did those things to make it.

But the best Make on Like Dandelions is from Anna Smith with her Zeega.

Like Dandelions

► Play Zeega ►

by anna


Thanks #clmooc team this week [ the Maker Jawn Initiative from the Free Library of Philadelphia ], Kim Douillard, and Kevin Hodgson for inspiring this Write with Light.

How are you writing with light this week?


World Webinars

Teacher Challenge 8

Today’s connected world offers us the opportunity to join with others to teach or share, listen and learn about the pedagogy, strategies, and tools that engage learners towards personal progress.

Four areas online have provided me with the confidence and resources to try new strategies and use new tools in my classroom.  These presentations not only teach strategies and demonstrate new tools, but also establish connections during the chat sessions. Through a combination of presentation and interaction, participants in the chat consider options for their classrooms, suggest projects with others in the chat, and share Twitter/email to make further connections.

Try these to build your knowledge and your PLN. The people involved in each of these sites are dynamic, creative, and inspirational. In addition, they welcome newcomers with open arms, and encourage everyone.

Classroom 2.0 Live:

CR20 Webinars: Except July, every Saturday at 9:00 AM Pacific
http://live.classroom20.com/ and
Join the Ning and Saturday sessions to learn new social media tools.
Steve Hargadon http://www.stevehargadon.com/
Peggy George, Kim Caise, Lorna Costantini: http://live.classroom20.com/hosts.html
This is my Saturdays; I learned Diigo, Wikis, VoiceThread, and many more here.

Teachers First
OK2Learn:  http://www.teachersfirst.com/
Candace Hackett Shively  http://blog.teachersfirst.com/thinkteach/
TeachersFirst website reviews tools with lessons and suggestions to make them work — a terrific resource for any teacher. In addition, resources for each month provide teachers with engaging and relevant ideas for immediate use in the classroom.
OK2Learn provides session how-tos to learn specific tools, such as Wikis, word-clouds, Smilebox.
I go here first to search for ideas and technology that fits my needs — with the suggestions for successful implementation.

The Australia Series
Tech Talk Tuesdays http://techtalktuesdays.global2.vic.edu.au/
Educators Guide to Innovation http://guidetoinnovation.ning.com/
Anne Mirtschin  http://murcha.wordpress.com/
The website ning shares the schedule for sessions during the Australian school year as well as the collaborative nature of a ning.
Tech Talk Tuesdays (11:00 PM Pacific) engages participants in sharing how to apply tools through presentation and participant sharing. Teachers share and present the use of the tools, asking participants to add.
In Tech Talk Tuesdays I learned about Google Plus.

Ed Tech Talk
Teachers Teaching Teachers
Paul Allison https://sites.google.com/a/ewsis.org/pallison/
Ed Tech Talk is a “Collaborative Open Webcasting Community” where teachers talk through and plan resources for their classes.
It is here I discovered a student blogging and sharing site: Youth Voices http://youthvoices.net/  It is free to sign up your classes to connect with other students.
To be a part of world webinars — please check out each of these: they will become your friends online and enlarge your world in relevant ways to improve teaching and learning. Just keep making those connections! That’s what it’s all about!  What are your experiences with such online learning sessions?

Photo Credit:

Blue Marble from Visible Earth at NASA

Tech Travelers

It’s official: we’ve created tech travelers at our school as the trek through our Google Mail, Calendar, and Blogger to create, circulate, connect, collaborate, and consider.

Our tired trekkers meet each Tuesday from 3:00 to 4:00 PM, taking on new challenges and overcoming tech fears. Each step makes us one step closer to confidence.  In fact, look at our wordle for sessions 1-5 combined, to show how much we’ve grown. Wordle takes a group of words (our reflections) and translates them into a cloud in which the most frequently used words display larger.

“Login,” “know” and “use” are now part of our tech vocabulary !  Look how prominant they are! Wowser to us!

Check out what we can do:

Our links:

Please leave a comment on their blogs.

If you read the comments there already, you will notice links to two wonderful posts by Denise Krebs, a teacher who took part in a blogging challenge at Edublogs along with Ms Edwards and her students.

The Do’s of Classrom Blogging:

Create, Contribute, Connect, Collaborate, Curate

Joining the Conversation

” Online we can all be on a level playing field. We can all make valuable
contributions. Even the weakest writers can do the work of the 21st
century when they share their own genius.”

Our teachers have created and contributed to the conversation. We step closer to a global conversation, a collaboration and connection that creates authentic learning for our teachers and our students. Soon our teachers will have “trackbacks” to their blogs when others learn from them.

Another commenter, Nancy Carroll, recently wrote a blog post on Lifelong Learning that is pertinent here:  Lifelong Learners Even though our teachers did not grow up with technology all around them, they see the value and need to continue learning with what kids today consider “natural” learning tools.

As of this writing, another commenter joined my call on Twitter to encourage our new bloggers. Paula Naugle and I have shared many Classroom Live Eluminate sessions learning about technology.  Paula’s blog post, A Teachable Moment – Pay It Forward, shows how in one small classroom blog in one corner of the world, a lesson can be shared across borders. Class blogs do “Pay It Forward” through shared lessons and student successes. And sometimes our failures are shared as we reach an “Aha!” moment that guides someone else to success.

Thanks to Denise Krebs, Nancy Carroll, and Paula Naugle for their blogger courtesy, showing the power of our personal learning networks (PLN). And thanks to Nancy, Jama, Gloria, Kayla, Sharon, and Terrie for taking their precious time to consider new ways of creating, contributing, connecting, collaborating, and curating (Thanks, Denise — those verbs rock!)

Keep Trekking, Techies !

Cross-posted at Our Tech Journals

Welcome New Bloggers

Please take time to welcome our new teacher bloggers from our school. They have set up and posted on their new blogs. Let’s congratulate them as they join us on our journey into the cloud.


Give them a safety tip on Internet use. What is the most important thing they should know about Internet safety? What would you like to them to write about on their class blog?

Student task:
  1. Click to a teacher blog.
  2. Congratulate their new blogging skills — design, content, ideas.
  3. Give them two safety tips on internet use, one of which is the one you think is most important.
  4. What would you like to know about their class? What should they post about? Help them get started 🙂
Remember how nervous you were when you started blogging?  What tips do you have that would help these new bloggers?  Thanks !

Our links:

Be the best blogger you can be by commenting on their blogs.
Cross-posted at Eagles Write for students and Ms Edwards