CUE Conference, Palm Springs

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March 6 - 8

Thursday, March 6th

Pop-up Sessions

9:30 - 10:30

Congress Million Dollar Report and The Truth!

Antwon Lincoln
A Session on What the Study Got Right and Wrong
(Really, it was a session on tech leadership)

“Get over your title and get to the point. It’s about building relationships” - Alan November

April 2006
ED Study Slams Software Efficacy

10 million dollar study
Impact of school software shown achievement was not sig. higher.
No sig. progress between one class using tech and another that was not.
NCLB needed research to demonstrate that tech was indeed helping to raise achievement
Issues where that teachers didn’t get the kind of coaching and support that is needed in tech.
Prof. development/ mentoring was not provided
Students provided with the tech were only given 11% instructional time - far less than needed and recommended by software creators.

Leadership is shown to be a key component to effective tech integration.
“Inserting tech into the classroom without proper leadership and support won’t do any good.”

Ctrl -
C - Capable computers
How is the software going to work in our distinct environment? Need to take care of the foundation to have success
T - Targeted Teaching
The issue is not the software. Rather the program and software needs to be included into teachers instruction/ the curriculum.
R - Real Research
What research demonstrates the effectiveness of the software. Kids “liking” software does not provide ample research.
L = Locked on Leadership
We need to be very clear of objectives. Understanding that the goals are the only important element.

Bottom Line - everyone takes the blame for the failures described in the study. Leadership was the reason for the failure and Leadership is the element needed for success.

Will this run on my computers?
What role will the teacher play?
Is that based on sound research?
Can I commit to leading the process?

Students’ future is based on THE future - which is technology, not a teacher’s pending retirement
(On the question of what to do with teachers who are coming to their retirement and refusing to utilize technology.)


Blogs and Wikis

Writing across the curriculum
Brian Bridges

CLRN California Learning Resource Network
A guide to standards aligned electronic learning resources and assessment

  • First blog was written in 97
  • 175 K blogs a day
  • 1.6 million posts a day
  • Japanese is the most popular language to blog in 37 % English is 36 %

Why Blog?
Easy to create
multimedia/hypertext/low or no cost
Increases motivation in students
AUDIENCE and AUTHENTICITY - “unless students are publishing their work, they really aren’t being held responsible by authentic audience”

Blog/write for ourselves. It helps to keep track of what we’re doing and learning. It’s useful to blog on our sessions and keep track on what we’re learning.

Reference Will Richardson (the man for blogging)
The Secret Lives of Bees - class project blog

Improves writing through an audience. Meaning gained though posting online.

Blogging compared to Moodle -
Blogging is open to anyone online. Audience
Moodle is better for a private conversation/ threaded discussion (Erik thinks not appropriate at K-6)

Educational Blogs

Worthy tools
Google Analytics
Technorati = the google of blogs Jamendo - uses a Creativecommons license to allow over 7000 songs for use


Used well for text-based information.
Schools have used in classrooms, as school websites, for district tech plans, for many uses, but wikis are visually not as interesting as blogs.

A powerful use of a wiki would be the use of a wiki as a database/area for students to collaborate and build the site together and teach others.


Mark Wagner

• Edublogs usually not blocked by school servers
• Administration features (approval of bloggers, entries, comments, etc)
Import tool allows for previous blogs in other websites to be imported into edublogs
• RSS feature: updates come to YOU
• Bloglines & Google reader: your RSS summaries. You can also share your RSS subscriptions with others
• Social Bookmarking: del.ici.ous
• Twitter: micro-blogging (140 characters or less), “social microblogging”


Copyright Wisdom For Music in Multimedia

Barry S. Britt

Git rid of Kazaa and Limewire from your computer (peer to peer sharing)

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has been coming down on school districts for illegal music sharing/ copyright infringement
Worth noting when questioning why the RIAA would go after schools. The RIAA consists of many people. Some members might be a “flash in the pan,” or rather a guitarist for a small portion of one song. After their career is done, they might attempt to sue for any bit they can to make money.

LEO ( legal ethical ownership )

Buy a song from iTunes

Can you buy a song, burn it and give it away? Yes, you gave your copy away
Can you use that song in your movie? Yes, it’s for personal and home use
Can you email it to a friend? No
Slideshow? Yes
Don’t put it on YouTube or your website

Business world

They should pay a fee to play the songs . Businesses need permission to play music
Sporting events pay for “we will rock you”


Fair Use Guidelines - a conference in 1997 to establish some guidelines for educational use - defines that fair use isn’t clear
Attempting to give credit to copyright holder is tough. Brittany Spears music has nearly 20 copyright holders.
No web pubilishing of copyrighted music
No copies of copyrighted music
Use of copyrighted materials used in class must be relevant to course content
Use of crighted materials must be used for F2F instruction (good to document this fact in lesson plans)
One time use. If you use c.righted music each year on a continual basis, you must seek permission.
"Fair Use" says you can use 10% or 30 seconds if it’s synced to some sort of presentation (don’t put it online!)
Seeking permission - emails and such are appropriate
Good resource Carol Simpson’s copyright for schools volume 4
Garageband - Can’t create music, sync it and then sell it to parents

3:00 - 4:00

Web 2.0 Applications for Education

Johnathan Brubaker
Google Docs
Zoho- an online word processing program! flash drive
  • One gig is free.
  • Use a class subscription like a drop box
Quizlet- Create your own quizzes/flashcards
ipaper- the YouTube of documents
mango - Mango is designed to equip you with conversational abilities from the very start. Whether you're learning how to order a pizza or ask when the game starts, Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations in 12 different language courses.
zamzar - Online program that will convert files to other formats. YOUTUBE TO QUICKTIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Visual Literacy Lynell Burmark

Visual literacy: reading (interpreting, consuming) and writing images (producing, purposefully creating images)
• Images in advertisements: little text, lots of emotion thru images
• Eye will go to color before black & white, will go to pictures before text
• Activity idea: ad for medicine, but no picture to address side effects. Have students draw side effects & discuss why advertisers do not make images for side effects.
• Teach The First Amendments in a visual, multi-media, dramatic way so students can remember it.
• Visuals go to long term memory. As educators we must look for visuals that will lock into the emotional experience.
• Eye to brain: 10,000 fibers; ear to brain: 30,000 fibers. Easier to process info through eye.
Humans process visuals 60,000 times faster than text.
• No right or wrong image, simply celebrate creativity.
Words can only recall images we have already seen.
• Stupidity vs. ignorance
• Always begin with an image. Look at an image projected, discuss for 30 seconds, prior to beginning a lesson/unit. Homework assignment: find out more about the image.
• Teaching voice through images: take a look at a picture & take on a character and write about their perspective in the picture. Then discuss abstract terms like perspective, voice, etc.
• Progressive story through images
• sequencing images, tell a story; sequencing historical events thru images (in small groups)
Richard Mayer: Multimedia Learning—retention and transfer go down when the presenter reads bullet points from the slide.
• Most effective power point slide: all picture (with voice); picture & text because it pressures listeners to write down everything on slide.
Using illustrated materials, retention and recall increase 42% & transfer increases 89%.
• Start with image, layer the text
• Epson 400W: multiple images on a screen

Building a Purposeful Community: A Technology-Infused Professional Development Model

Trang Lai

• What comes first? Access for students vs. Access for teachers (answer: both)
• 32 mobile laptops, 1 laptop per teacher, monthly Professional Development
• Purposeful Learning Community: committed to one purpose, unwavering focus, collective efficacy
• Year 1 focus: digital photos; year 2 focus: movies
• Everett Roger’s Rate of Diffusion (change theory): Innovators (early on, jump in, eager), Early Adopter, Early Majority, Late Majority, Laggards: My question: where are we in adopting technology change in Solana Beach?

Social bookmarking

Build a better browser:

an overview of Firefox themes and extensions for educators

Mark D. Wagner - (this is linked to Mark's Blog. Here you can find his preso as well as other helpful resources)
The notes of this presentation can be found at the following URL.

Feature Rich
Open source means open for anyone who understands the source code to the software
Tools>add_ons> extensions or themes
At the button of the window click on get extensions
And choose the one you want
Then on Firefox highlight a word and right click it and you can choose what you want to know about through that highlight

Apple T opens a new tab on firefox

Taming Wikis and Other Wild Beasts

Presented by Jon Leister, ADE,

Posted by Carrie Brewer
• Like a digital whiteboard online
• Wikis are web sites that have multiple authors (collaborative)
• Changes are tracked (accountability)
• Keyword for classroom use – Structure
• Edit, Save, Link

• Ideas For Use:
  • Time shifted group work
  • Lab write ups
  • Peer editing
  • Group writing
  • Write a chapter or whole text book
  • Group response to art or literature
  • Editable Web Quests
  • Poetry/Lit. Corner
  • Anytime you want collaborative, creative, sharable student products

• Can be setup so come people can use and others cannot
• Set up so most can only view and a selected group of member can edit

• Comment – 2 Ways:
  • Internal
• Communication tool for editors
• Allows you to track changes
  • External
• Comments for non-editing members
• Allows (semi) public comment – or public feedback
  • Issue
• Some minor snafus when two are editing a page at the same time
• Last to save will show (other student’s work won’t show)
• Not a big problem – all changes are saved
• Teacher can go in and copy and paste the other student’s changes
• Wikis are not designed for multiple users at the same time – Not like a Blackboard or Online Forum
• Rather, an avenue for several partners to work collaboratively on one piece of work, however at different times
  • Student #1 can being writing on Monday
  • Student #2 can add/edit on Tuesday
  • Student #1 can go back in later and view changes, then edit more
  • Etc…

Excel Across the Curriculum (Lori Wolf)

Because Excel may seem overwhelming to some, this session presented a number of practical uses of Excel in language arts, social studies, science and math. Go to: and check out some of the ideas you can use.