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Student lead solutions…


So as we discuss 2.0 opportunities, will it be students who will build the tools educators think they want to have for to keep students safe?

A college student from the state of Washington mentioned an initiative he was working on for students (i.e. the profession or being a job of being a student.) What is Scriptovia! is an online community for students to collaborate and receive feedback on their academic work. This includes essays, notes, lab reports, presentations,and everything else students create to advance their knowledge.

Very interesting and needs further exploration. Thi may be the next GenYes.



New Tools, New Schools: Starting the Conversation about Web 2.0


Lynne Schrum mentioned that Teacher educators were looking for action research practioners in schools that looks at technology’s ability to enhance curriculum (learn better and deeper) as well as extend learning (by time, place, pace, repetition, intelligent alternate paths for remediation). I enjoyed the way she noted that it was a curriculum and results-outcomes issue….not one which looks to measure how much tech is being used. I am not sure I have articulated the idea and the difference well. (ideas/stories and experiences within the 2.0 environments as how one would define it.)  ISTE is the publisher.

NECC 2007 Linking for Learning: Collaborative Project Work


Sprinting in, Nigel, did a nice job of calming the gathered attendees due to a little late start with grace and humor.

Nigel Quirke and Nigel Metcalf

Two projects were discussed. ( ). The Moodle LMS was used. The project has several positive outcomes, including gains by students in communication skills, writing skills and research skills. Teachers gained through this project technology skills, insights into appropriate uses of technology, and project based learning. The video showed other skills demonstrated and learned by the students, such as work skills from the type of activities, such as meeting time lines. I could see that this might be mirrored in other areas or even within cities of disparate socio-economic status or differing ethnic densities.

The second project, Dissolving Boundaries ( ), also used Moodle. The project chose Moodle as a reliable, secure and easy interface with many tools which faciliated international school connections. One for Northern Ireland University, Maynooth and University of Ulster focusing on difference in schools between the two regions as noted by student teachers. ( ). Multiple schools throughout Ireland were involved.

From a technical point, they modified to simply the interface for the project. Wiki’s and forums facilitate the collaboration needed between remote groups. Two users cannot edit the wiki page at the same time was acknowledged as a known limitation.

Video conferencing was also used. ISDN telephnony. ISDN bridging does cause some challenges. IP conferencing is future possibility. Interestingly, Northern Island has tight controls on IT and settings which needed to be negotiated.

Nice to hear the international perspective.


Welcome to Leadership 2.0 Blog


Welcome to this blog’s inaugural post.

What I hope to do over the course of several years is to develop further examples and strategies for the development of leadership for educational technology directors and coordinators, while still making the content permeable to others who work in the K-12 education field.

This is a good time to start this blog as it links to a presentation at NECC 2007 in Atlanta. Dr. Larry S. Anderson ( ) has kindly agreed to join me in the Monday morning, June 25th, lead off presentation. In this presentation, we hope to help leaders to recognize several important aspects of leadership development of self and of team. (

I also will be blogging during and after NECC.

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