Monday, March 31, 2008

Using wikis with your students

Integrating new and powerful tools with your students can be a bit challenging (even though it's incredibly rewarding as well)... Finding this resource on Educational Wikis prompted me post to RETA Moodle.. and so I repost here:

The educators wiki at PBWiki.com rocks.

Here are some valuable resources you'll want to use as you implement wikis and other collaborative read/write tools with your students.

How do you protect your students with these type of tools?
http://educators.pbwiki.com/Protect+your+students+online

What kinds of expectations/etiquette can you suggest for your students when they use wikis?

http://educators.pbwiki.com/Wiki%20Etiquette%20for%20Students

Best practices & more...
http://educators.pbwiki.com/AllPages

Go check it out! Contribute and share.

Have a great eLearning moment today,
H.
While we are on the topic - don't forget about tomorrows RETA Webinar on wikis in the classroom...


We encourage you to send this information to other teachers.

This is a reminder that you are invited to Wikis in the Classroom I, which is due to start at Tuesday 1 April 2008, 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM.

Below are the event details and instructions for participating:
Event: Wikis in the Classroom I
Description: Wikis are extremely useful tools for doing everything from helping you easily create web sites to providing your students with an engaging collaborative workspace. Yet, choosing the right wiki from among all those available can be quite challenging and time-consuming. In this webinar, you will explore a few different wikis and learn how to choose a wiki that’s appropriate to your class needs.
When: Tuesday 1 April 2008, 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM

TO JOIN THE WEBINAR
Our webinars are one hour and will begin promptly at 4:30pm MST (5:30 CST; 6:30 EST; 3:30 PST).

* If you have not registered for this event, please go to the following link to register at least 24 hours
prior to the event: http://nmsu.acrobat.com/wikis1/event/registration.html


* If you have previously registered for this event, attend by going to the following link and enter the email address and password you used to register: http://nmsu.acrobat.com/wikis1/event/login.html


Join the webinar 20-30 minutes prior to the start time to configure your computer. To participate speakers are required; a simple computer microphone and/or headset is ideal for complete interaction. A webcam is optional. If you have never used Acrobat Connect Professional, please test your connection at:
http://admin.adobe.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm


TECH ASSISTANCE
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Cissy Lujan-Pincomb or Miley Grandjean at webinars@nmsu.edu or call us 575.646.6143.


FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please visit us at http://webinars.nmsu.edu


Have a cup of coffee, invite a colleague and raise your eQ (eLearning Quotient) with us.


Thank you,
The RETA Webinar Team

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Friday, March 7, 2008

Attention New Mexico Educational Technologists!

Thank you to Cissy and Miley for this information :)

You have been invited to the following event:
Event: NETS Standards / NMSTE
Description: Dr Jill Brown will provide you with information regarding the updated NETS( National Educational Technology Standards), an update on the International Society of Technology in Education, and information on the newly formed New Mexico Society for Technology in Education (NMSTE).
When: Tuesday 11 March 2008, 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

TO JOIN THIS EVENT
Our webinars are one hour and will begin promptly at 4:30 pm MST (5:30 CST; 6:30 EST; 3:30 PST).

-Please register for this event at least 24 hours prior to the event.
-To register, please go to the following link: http://nmsu.acrobat.com/nets/event/registration.html
-The email and password you use to register will be your login and password to attend the event.
-You will receive a reminder email with the link to attend 24 hours prior to the event.

To participate speakers are required. A simple computer microphone and/or headset is ideal for complete interaction. A webcam is optional. If you have never used Acrobat Connect Professional, please test your connection at: http://admin.adobe.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please visit us at http://webinars.nmsu.edu
Have a cup of coffee, invite a colleague and raise your eQ (eLearning Quotient) with us!


Thank you,
The RETA Webinar Team

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Show me the Moodle - Blocks! 5 pm MST Today!!

How do you add RSS feeds to the sidebar of your course? What if you want an interactive calendar for students? These are only a couple of the Blocks available in Moodle. In this one hour session, we will demonstrate implementation of these popular blocks and show you how you can add Widgets to incorporate other dynamic content into your course.

Find out today at 5 pm MST.

http://moodlebots.blogspot.com/2008/03/show-me-moodle-blocks-and-more.html

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Reaching out to the middle school educators in New Mexico

I received this on email; seems like a very relevant post for this group.

Subject: **Special Announcement: PALMS seeking new Outreach Leader schools**

Dear Colleague:



The PALMS (Postsecondary Access for Latino Middle-Grades Students)
project is sending out a special announcement to members of our mailing
list and to individuals who registered to receive a copy of Tools for
Latino Family Outreach.



We are offering interested middle and high schools the opportunity to
join the PALMS Outreach Leaders Network for the 2008-2009 academic year.
The Outreach Leaders Network is a community of practitioners dedicated
to helping Latino students pursue education beyond high school. Members
of the network use the PALMS Tools for Latino Family Outreach to create
school-based programs focused on this mission. For a modest fee,
Outreach Leaders receive a six-week online course, a summer training
workshop, five telephone coaching sessions, a Starter Kit of materials,
and access to a members-only Online Resource Center.



Adaptable to any local setting, Tools for Latino Family Outreach have
helped create or strengthen programs in communities as diverse as
Montevallo, AL; Northwest Arkansas; Castro Valley, CA; Loveland, CO;
Chicago; Reno, NV; and Westchester County, New York. They provide a
framework through which to organize existing and future efforts to reach
Latino families and students. To download application and informational
materials, please visit http://www.palmsproject.net/tools/network.htm.
Schools applying from the same district may be eligible for a 10 percent
discount. Applications are due April 25, 2008.



We hope many of you will benefit from this opportunity in the coming
school year.



Best wishes,



PALMS Project Staff

Education Development Center, Inc.

55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02458

Telephone: 617.618.2608

Monday, March 3, 2008

Show me the Moodle Blocks! and more...

This is your eLearning Update for March 3, 2008.

This week’s RETA Webinar!

Blogs in the Classroom I by Cissy Lujan-Pincomb and Miley Grandjean
Tuesday, March 4, 2008 – 4:30 pm-5:30 pm
Register at: http://webinars.nmsu.edu/

You hear about blogs everyday from students or co-workers, but have you thought about using them in your classroom? In this webinar session you will be introduced to the refreshing world of blogging where you will begin generating ideas on how you might use blogs within your own classroom. In this first session we will introduce you to: what a blog is, what a blog can be used for, help you set up your own blogging account, and then send you on your way with resources, so that you will make an informed and enjoyable push into the “blogging world.”

This week’s Show me the Moodle Webclass!

Show me the Moodle Blocks by Holly Rae Bemis-Schurtz
Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 5 – 6 pm
Register at: http://moodlebots.pbwiki.com/register+here

How do you add RSS feeds to the sidebar of your course? What if you want an interactive calendar for students? These are only a couple of the Blocks available in Moodle. In this one hour session, we will demonstrate implementation of these popular blocks and show you how you can add Widgets to incorporate other dynamic content into your course.

This session is for Moodlers who have already had an introduction to Moodle Course Design.

This session will be recorded for on demand viewing. Details will be shared after the session.

Attending these sessions

A simple computer microphone and/or chat headset is ideal for participation. A web cam is also nice, but not required. Please plan to join the session at least 20 minutes prior to the start time to configure your computer.

If you have never used Acrobat Connect Professional, please test your connection at:

http://admin.adobe.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Tech Assistance

Support will be available 30 minutes prior to the start of session for tech assistance.

More great eLearning webinars and webclass sessions coming up every week! For more information, see
http://moodlebots.pbwiki.com/Synchronous+Learning+Events

For more information on Moodle

Our ancillary resource for this session is the Moodle 1.8 Handbook at our site at http://reta.nmsu.edu/moodle. After attending, you should be able to practice the ‘hands on’ component in your own Moodle classroom (contact me if you would like a course environment for your use at RETAMoodle - http://reta.nmsu.edu/moodle).

Can’t make it?

Sessions will be recorded. A link for a session recording will be available. Contact me for more information.