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Is this working?

Diekman - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:16:35


Lisa-Ann Berger - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:16:52


Diekman - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:16:59

Backchanneling is great for processing

Telannia - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:17:11
I agree. But what I find interesting about it is that the processing becomes communal or "social." I had a conversation after my second presentation with a young man and we got to talking about the hive-mind aspects of this, where dendrites are starting to spark outside of our brains -- energizing more synapsis inside our brains. Does that even make sense? - dfw

This would be amazing for students

Tammy - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:17:14
Yes, but I suspect that it has to be used in a dedicated way. At some times it is not appropriate for learners to be backchanneling. They need to be paying attention without the distractions of second and third layer conversations. - dfw

What is a good qr reader?

Debbie dodd - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:17:21
I use something called QR-Scanner on my iPhone. But there are a ton of them out there. I just got 655 returns to a search for "qr codes" on the AppShopper - - dfw

Can we see the QR code again?

Felicia - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:17:22
One of the things that we learned yesterday was that the QR-Codes need to be fairly big. Some of the codes in the scavenger hunt were too small to be read by some phones. - dfw

hello from okc

Jamie CLark - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:17:26

I am 29 and holding...... does that make me part of the under 34 group???

Lisa-Ann Berger - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:17:27
;-) -- I've actually taught myself to type and listen at the same time with only some deminishing of either. But I can't read and listen simultaneously, and suspect that I'm probably not capable of it... - dfw

Ms Stewart says show me something...

hewalker - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:17:32

This is going to be a great conference!

Randa - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:17:39

this is neat.

rebecca mcintosh - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:17:53 this is the site that the QR linked to

Diekman - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:18:07

Hey Randa! How are ya?

Lisa-Ann Berger - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:18:10

Excited about learning all that I can to include technology in the learning process!

Toni Duke - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:18:11
..and I think it's probably a pretty good time of the year. You have some upcoming weeks to actually play a bit, which is a great way to learn this stuff... - dfw


Amanda Allen - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:18:23

i am over fifty and trying to catch up with my students. ; hope this will help

kathy prosszer - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:18:37
Hmmm! But if we embrace this idea of "Teacher as Master Learner," does it become less important that we have caught up. Wouldn't we want our students to see us "catching up?" Might it be instructionally beneficial to our learners if we come to respect their learning, by asking them questions? - dfw

Need qr again - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:18:41

hey! cathy! ow are you?

marcia frank - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:19:16

Tthis is cool.

Cathy C. - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:19:32

I am amazed at the interactivity of this speech.

Telannia - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:19:46

HowdY y'all!

L Warden - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:20:18

Do you have an iphone or a droid?

Amanda Allen - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:21:12

I heard Second Life was born from a world created by Neal StephensoN in a novel.

Cathy C. - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:22:12
That's not entirely true, but "Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenson ( was part of the inspiration. Part of the book plays out in a virtual world called "the Metaverse," where people have jobs, go out at night, etc. very much like Second Life. - dfw

I have already learned so much

Crystal Hoogeveen - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:22:47

I have an iphone

Telannia - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:23:14

More and more people do work from home

Telannia - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:23:55
What seems even more odd, from my perspective as a small town boy of the 1950s, is that I have virtually invented this job. I often describe myself as, "Trying to make a living without a job." Almost nothing that I do today even existed when I graduated from college. This astounds me. - dfw

Go to your app store and search for qr coder

Amanda Allen - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:24:37

No time for first life, much less 2nd life!

D. Muse - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:25:20
This is true, and I have to confess that I spend very (very) little time in Second Life. I go there to teach mostly. But what intrigues me about SL-style virtual worlds, from an educational point of view is its potential as a method for developing mathematics skills. Everything in SL is made of numbers. If you learn the language of SL, you can use mathematics to describe objects and even make them behave in specific ways. The file drawer in my office is controlled by an algebraic equation the defines its changing position -- making it appear to roll out. - dfw

@ cathy. Wikipedia (never trust it) says...

Diekman - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:26:09

I-nigma is a great qr code reader

Telannia - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:26:43

will we everf have this ability in :'

kathy prosszer - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:26:49

Me too, it looks cool

Amanda Allen - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:27:02

how can we convince those who purchase the computers..that we need lap tops i pads etc in our rooms

kathy prosszer - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:28:54
It will happen. We have no choice. It's either now or later. The question is how many of your students will graduate from your schools, educated based on 15th century information technologies? - dfw

reminds me of the Nintendo Power Glove. lol

Diekman - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:29:18

This beats the jetsons.

Telannia - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:30:11

How could we use knitterchat in the classroom?

Crystal Hoogeveen - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:35:36
Knitterchat is a person experiment and in constant beta. I recommend the following free tools for your consideration:

We can't. It's blocked!

D. Muse - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:37:15

If you are on knitterchat now, it can't be blocked. If it ever does block, use primarypad. It works the same way.

Diekman - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:41:23
Primarypad was new to me. Thanks! It reminds me a lot of EtherPad, which was bought a while back by Google. It's now available as Open Source, which means that it can be freely downloaded and installed on your school servers. My friend, Chris Smith, has it running on his servers (, where he makes it available for free to educators around the world. - dfw

Create help tickets & reference technology - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:41:34

What's primarypad?

Crystal Hoogeveen - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:42:14

I have attended tech "training" and had sites unblocked JUST for the training... then blocked when want to use in classroom

Lisa-Ann Berger - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:42:57

I'm on my phone. Student laptops block sites coded social networking.

D. Muse - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:43:05
As I said above, this will change. But, again, the question is how many of your students are going to leave school thinking that learning is something that "needs to be done to them." - dfw

Google it. It is a screen chat that you send the link out to. You can cut and paste it to word or whatever to save it.

Diekman - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:43:10

Diekman, I am going to kidnap you and not release you until all this tech stuff is set up in my room!!!

Lisa-Ann Berger - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:44:13


Diekman - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:44:27


Diekman - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:44:47

Pish posh! I have no $$$$. I AM A TEACHER!

Lisa-Ann Berger - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:45:13

Principal has to request & justify the need Must have written plan &ETS input - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:46:11

If you run into a problem like that @devbear2004, it is worth the fight. I fight it everyday and ocassionaly win a few.

Diekman - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:47:28

what are the stats concerning type of games and educational in la@g aqusition.math. science...

kathy prosszer - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:49:02
Here's ( a list of scholarly works that mention "video," "games" and "education," 286,000 of them. - dfw

stats sway too easy in influence. Tons of research done on both sides of the argument. It needs to be questioned WHO is doing th

Diekman - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:50:46
Respectfully, why do we need stats? Why can't I understand what my children need to learn, their nature as learners, and identify a game that will help them learn it. Research is good and necessary, and stats help a lot. But I think that the intuitive skills of a good classroom teacher are even better. - dfw

Preaching to the choir! - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:51:21
Yep! But hopefully helping the choir to sing better. - dfw

Sorry...WHO is doing the research

Diekman - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:51:25
Mostly universities. In the U.S., it's mostly MIT, Harvard, University of Wisconsin Madison, and University of Southern California. There is a fascinating conference held each year in Madison called "Games, Learning, & Society." It's mostly university folks with a fairly large representation from K-12. One of the most intriguing presentations I saw there was research that a woman did on cheating, the processes involved in doing it. Much of it is actually highly resourceful thinking. - dfw

yes wikapedia is unreliable...but it makes kids think at a higherf level..proving it right or

kathy prosszer - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:53:53
What I like about Wikipedia is that you have to approach it questioningly. In reality, we need to be in the habit of approaching everything questioningly. - dfw

I'm with @kathy prozzer. Wikipedia get them started into real research. Never let them cite it though.

Diekman - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:54:39
This is mostly true. But I go back to "appropriateness." If Wikipedia, which is often richer, deeper, and certainly more up-to-date than Encyclopedia Britannica, is the most logical source for the work being done, then it should be cited.
Sometimes I tell the story about a Wikipedia article I started several years ago. Less than six minutes after I posted the article, it had already been flagged for deletion. They did keep it alive long enough for enough people to add good content to leave it up. Look up EduPunk on Wikipedia. - dfw

Why is wikipedia more fun?

Crystal Hoogeveen - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:54:49
What's really fun is tracking the edits, from the first submission of the article to present. I've known of high school teachers who assigned students to report on how a Wikipedia article has evolved. - dfw

how they like to work

kathy prosszer - 8 Jun 2011 - 10:55:59
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