Indiana Trails Educational Cooperative
Technology and Learning Professional Development
Conducted by John R. Kuglin
Senior Consultant and Retired Associate Dean, University of Montana
May 10 & 11, 2012
Online Content Repositories
Items Needed for These Sessions
An account with Mindmeister – Free account can get us started.
A set of ear buds or head set for listening to audio privately.
Google Earth loaded on your machine.
Class Wiki - http://indiana10days.wikispaces.com/Session+5
Main Kuglin Website - http://www.kuglin.com/http://www.kuglin.com/
I am using a new format for the agenda this session more to reflect the activities that will be
covered as opposed to a time schedule. Each day will have a morning and afternoon break build
into the day with ample time for lunch. Please let me know if you have specific questions
regarding this agenda.
Opening Video – 60 Minutes Story
Latest Speak Up Survey – Just released and what does it mean?
The Digital Educator Map
Merlot.org. The MERLOT repository is not only learning materials, but learning exercises
comments, personal collections and Content Builder web pages, all designed to enhance the
teaching experience of a learning material. The learning materials are categorized into 18
different learning material types. A large selection of materials in MERLOT also has
assignments and comments attached to them. It is also possible to add any material to a personal
collection, to make organizing your teaching materials for each of your courses.
Storify.com Storify helps its users tell stories by curating social media. A new communication
tool and content aggregator for communicating in the ever changing hyper connected social
Google Earth for Educators
Google Earth continues to mesmerize young people with its ability to put the world's geographic
information at their fingertips. Educators around the globe have created engaging classroom
activities that go beyond geography to teach literature, history, math, environmental science, and
more. The Google Earth for Educators Community provides all of the tips and tricks for using
Google Earth as a teaching tool. On this site, you can view lesson plans for a variety of grade
levels and subjects, discuss Google Earth teaching tactics with fellow educators, see student-
created work, and read how other teachers are using Google Earth in the classroom.
YouTube for Education – Get More Into Learning
YouTube EDU brings learners and educators together in a global video classroom. On YouTube
EDU, you have access to a broad set of educational videos that range from academic lectures to
inspirational speeches and everything in between. Come here for quick lessons from top teachers
around the world, course lectures from top-tier universities, or inspiring videos to spark your
imagination. Finally, now there is no reason for educators and students to tap into the wealth of
information stored and delivered from youtube.com/education!
Building Project Maps
We will be working with Mindmeister the market leading and multiple award-winning web-
based collaboration solution that uses proven mind mapping concepts to facilitate multi-user
planning, brainstorming, and project management sessions, all from within a standard web
browser. This session develops the context for the various learning objects that will be created in
many of the Web 2.0 tools in use today. This activity will start bringing it all together for you!
Incorporating the Web’s Highest Quality Teaching and Learning Materials
This Section is devoted to building and using personal and on-line content repositories. Three
nationally know resources will be featured providing educators with award winning content with
the click of a button. The Learning.com Sky product features custom curriculum publishing,
Verizon’s Thinkfinity site providing access to the highest-quality teaching and learning
materials, and the iSchool Initiative providing the best of the best mobile touch applications.
In addition, numerous cloud-based applications will be featured providing a means for you as an
individual to setup, aggregate, and deliver your own library customized to your individual needs
as an educator.
Learning.com Sky - Learning.com recently announced a new type of cloud-based
application called Sky. With this introduction, they have also introduced a new
concept called “Custom Curriculum Publishing. Sky and CCP offers the ability to
Enhance Teacher effectiveness and confidence in their abilities to lead in a web-
enabled classroom. Sky does this through the web-enhanced digital learning environment
that provides teachers with tools to find and deploy digital resources with their students,
collaborate with other teachers to create, find and share successful lessons and strategies.
This is an exciting new concept and serves as a major component to any 21ST Century
Verizon’s Thinkfinity has tens of thousands of standards-based K-12 lesson plans,
student materials, interactive tools and reference materials that are reviewed by the
nation's leading education organizations to ensure that content is accurate, up-to-date,
unbiased and appropriate for students. All Verizon Thinkfinity content is endorsed by
Verizon content partners, the nation's leading education organizations, who either
develop or review each resource. Each of these organizations is a recognized leader in the
specific discipline for which they create Thinkfinity content. In addition to the national
standards alignment, Verizon’s State Partnerships also ensure that Thinkfinity lessons are
aligned with state-specific standards.
The iSchool Initiative is a partnership between students, teachers, school administrators,
and software application developers, providing a mobile platform for each to comprehend
the other's needs. iSchool’s mission is to advocate, support and implement technological
advancement for students and educators in the 21st century. In order to accomplish this,
they have three primary objectives: raising awareness for the technological needs of the
classroom, providing collaborative research on the use of technology in the classroom,
and guiding schools in the implementation of new learning opportunities through
advancing mobile technologies. Educators will learn more about the latest mobile
applications for both the iPad/iTouch solutions as well as the new Android based touch
tablets poised to hit the market. Many of these technologies are either free or very
inexpensive thus saving schools money during these difficult times.
Learning to use Key Cloud-based Collaboration Tools
Setting up Collaboration Systems
This skill building block will focus on teachers becoming aware of and developing proficiency in
using some of the web’s most common collaboration tools. This hands-on experience will
provide teachers knowledge of the various collaborative tools on the web while providing a
means for them to share an online experience with each other.
Participants will experience in depth hands-on experience with the following topics or
Google Forms – Building assessments with auto correct capabilities.
Learn New and Free Screen sharing and Online Course Management Systems
Docstoc – Document Displaying
LiveMinutes. com - LiveMinutes is a free service that lets you organize live web
meetings to share and annotate documents with team members, students, clients,
etc. You can use LiveMinutes for internal meetings, training, and teaching. Each
time you host a meeting, the minutes are automatically generated for you and are
stored in your account. You can share these minutes with collaborators, students,
etc., without them having to sign up to LiveMinutes.
Building Additional Skills in Communicating On Line
Creating Learning Objects with Web-based Content
Building and Expanding Your Skills with Weebly
Understanding and Developing New Systems for Content Delivery
Closing Student Presentations
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