Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Seven Things You Don't Need to Know about Me

Thanks to Nic Mobbs for tagging me for this one. It was a lot of fun to do.

1. I am a Lindy Hop swing dancer and met my husband at Swing Dancing camp.

2. Louie CK was my high school boyfriend.

3. I hate cilantro.

4. My favorite movie is Dirty Dancing (Nobody puts Baby in a corner!).

5. Red is my favorite color.

6. My first job after college: manager of the stationary, toys and luggage department at Jordan Marsh department store.

7. I traveled across the country on a Harley Davidson motorcycle (yes I was younger then).

Now to tag 7 people:
Lisa Thumann
Jen Wagner
Steve Hargadon
Diane Cordell
Sue Waters
Page Lennig
David Truss

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Close but no Cigar

So my post, "Ten Tips for Growing your Learning Network" was the first runner up for the Most Influential Post category of the Edublogs Awards. Thanks again to Lisa Thumann who nominated me and reminds me "you get what you get and you don't get upset" (and who also took third place in the new blogger category). Congratulations to Al Upton who's Order for Closure post won in this category. I just want to state for the record that should Al be unable to perform his duties as winner, I am more than happy to take over the crown.

Seriously, it was fun to be part of the conversation and I appreciate all of the new visitors who may have found their way here because of it. Thanks also to everyone who voted for me (next time vote more than once;).

Photo Credit: "First Runner Up" from ronnie44052 photostream on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/ronnie44052/2614123241/

Thursday, December 18, 2008

My Interview with Michael Horn

I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Horn when his book, Disrupting Class How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns (co-authored with Clayton M. Christensen and Curtis W. Johnson), first came out. He works down the street from my house. Back in June, 2008 we sat down for coffee to talk about his book. Since then, Michael has appeared at conferences all over the country and has been interviewed many time. His book has also been the subject of discussion all around the web. Laurie Bartels collected many of the interviews and discussions on the book here.

This was my first podcast interview. I was nervous about it, but it was a lot of fun. I had some trouble figuring out where to post it and how to embed it on blogger. I ended up posting it on Classroom 2.0 and embedding the player. It seemed to work. I would love to get your feedback on the interview and/or the book!

Here is another link to the interview, if the player doesn't work.

Links to some of the sites mentioned in the interview:
K12 Inc.
Reboot Learning Retreat Paper (pdf)
The Innovator's Prescription

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

21st Century Technology Tools, 2nd Edition

I have finally completed a revised edition of my book of technology tutorials for teachers. This new edition includes updated screenshots for Delicious, Ning and Google Docs. I have also added tutorials for Google Reader, Twitter and Flickr. I published the book using lulu.com, you can purchase a copy for $9.94 or download the PDF for free.

I am thrilled that my school has purchased copies of the book for the entire faculty and staff. It is wonderful to work in a place that is so supportive of my efforts to help teachers to start using Web 2.0 tools.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Two For Tuesday 12/9/08

Thanks to my Twitter and Plurk networks for all of their suggestions today (see below)!

1. Do Something: Empowering Teenagers to Make a Difference in the World (from @JazzyJsMom)
"Do Something believes you have the power to make a difference." They provide the ideas, resources and connections to help you bring your great ideas to life. Do something lives by five guidelines, they believe, trust, celebrate, respect and value the ability of young people to change the world for the better.

2. WorldMapper: The World As You've Never Seen It Before (from @plennig)
WorldMapper contains 366 maps, all available as PDF posters, which provide a visual representation of global data. Categories include movement, transportation, poverty, housing, education, pollution and religion, among others. For example, you can view a map of worldwide secondary education spending, passenger car distribution and the increase of carbon emmisions between 1980 and 2000 (see below).

Again, thanks to everyone in my Twitter and Plurk networks who gave me suggestions. (I've saved a bunch for future posts.)


L Winebrenner
JazzyJsMom @lizbdavis http://www.dosomething.org/ 5 things they believe in: Believe in teens Trust teens Celebrate Respect & Value teens scholarships 2
Emma Haygood
hlvanrip @lizbdavis if you haven't used www.capzles.com it is a really great tool!
arvind s grover
arvind @lizbdavis http://quizlet.com would be perfect for 2 for Tuesdays. 8th graders using it to create study sets and then share with each other
Keisa Williams
monarchlibrary @lizbdavis How about the Free Rice website http://www.freerice.com/ind... in the spirit of giving.
Page Lennig
Durff Icon_red_lock @lizbdavis oldies but goodies? RSS Readers like pageflakes and google reader; Voicethread


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Thanks for the Nomination

A super big thanks to Lisa Thumann (who is also nominated for best new blog and for best resource sharing blog) for nominating my post: Ten Tips for Growing Your Learning Network for an Eddie award in the "Most Influential Post" category. This is my first nomination and I appreciate the recognition. I encourage you to check out the other nominees and cast your vote for your favorites. This is a great way to discover new bloggers and add to your learning network.

Here is the list of all the nominated blogs:

1. Best individual blog

2. Best group blog

3. Best new blog

4. Best resource sharing blog

5. Most influential blog post

6. Best teacher blog

7. Best librarian / library blog

8. Best educational tech support blog

9. Best elearning / corporate education blog

10. Best educational use of audio

11. Best educational use of video / visual

12. Best educational wiki

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Two For Tuesday 12-2-08

1. Weebly: Web creation made easy
Thanks to Steve Hargadon for pointing me to this great website building tool. Weebly is an easy and free way to create a website. They have easy to use templates, a blogging tool, content editing tools and the ability to embed video and other widgets. The site is free to use, but also offers the ability to purchase a domain or point an existing domain to their site. This is the perfect tool for building your digital footprint. I created this site to collect all of my online resources in one place.

2. Soshiku: The smart way to keep track of your homework

Soshiku is a free online tool that will help students keep track of all of their assignments. Students can add notes and information about each assignment that is due. Soshiku will even send text messages as reminders of important due dates. It also allows for file uploading and working collaboratively with a partner. Upgrade your assignment book into the 21st century and never loose track of a deadline again.