Wesley Fryer, Ph.D. (@wfryer)

Oklahoma City, OK

The below is an off-site archive of all tweets posted by @wfryer ever

August 2008

mobile web access on my laptop (while my wife drives of course) in the car is really amazing. I just wish it was less expensive!

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@shudson71 But of course! I’m even friends with a few Huskers too! :-)

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new post: DRM, Libraries and Digital audio book checkout limitations - http://twurl.nl/e411mu

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new Eyes Right post: Exploring the Biblical World Through Google Earth - http://twurl.nl/ympvk6

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just discovered (or perhaps rediscovered as I’d forgotten it) Flash Earth thanks to bookmarks from @Clane. WOW. http://www.flashearth.com

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new screencast podcast: Installing Moodle via Fantastico from CPanel on a Custom Sub-Domain - http://twurl.nl/tavhxu

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@GingerTPLC I did watch the game. [grin] The cats did well but looked a bit sloppy. Missed tackles, several stumbles early on… it was a W!

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Wireless connectivity at KSU stadium is VERY bad during a game. They need supplementary cell towers brought in for games.

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First home KSU game is over for ’08. Weather was perfect. And we won! A perfect fall Saturday night.

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Hurricane season is a great time to live in Oklahoma or Kansas

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Enjoying the KSU - North Texas football game, esp now that we moved over to the sombra side! :-)

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I’ve got the basic framework for a Moodle course setup for our 5th grade sunday school class this year. Moodle is amazing.

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It is a beautiful fall Saturday in Manhattan, Kansas. Perfect weather for our outing to Aggieville for coffee and the farmer’s market

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new post: Akismet spam delete all problem fixed - http://twurl.nl/14dr0z

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@lnitsche Interesting. I wonder if we’ll see car stereos you can directly add your USB aircard to?

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@MikeGras Yes it is definitely amazing! I wish the 3G network was everywhere, but EDGE is decent, particularly for email.

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It is so amazing to be online in the car on my laptop. (I’m not driving of course.) Sharing the connection with my son— mobile wifi hotspot

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“we had 1 parent make their child lug every textbook home for weeks. That was a wonderful learning experience.” [for the child]

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Seeing this makes me very motivated to complete the curriculum DVD I am making and remix lesson plans fir our museum field trips….

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What if the student needs more feedback than will fit in the small box provided on the agenda?

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How much time and energy is spent each day just copying down the homework assignments?

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Why is the homework not just published to the web? Is copying down the homework each day a best-practices learning task?

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So the only example of tech use we have seen tonight is using a symposium as an overhead projector. I am not impressed. Unfortunately some R

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I so want to teach in an immersed laptop environment… Maybe I should have taught at Crescent. Maybe I can adjunct at OC next spring?

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My question: when do our children get to touch this fancy technology to create, communicate and collaborate?

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A symposium is being used. Some parents think this is cool. Reality check: this is being used just like an overhead projector

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This is the only use of technology we have seen from our teachers… And we should buy more SMART boards why?!?!?

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Now showing a MS Office TIFF image of the agenda used in class

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Question I have “Can my child bring his laptop to school and use the school wireless network?”

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By February the kids will need to be able to respond to all the 4 types of writing prompts

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“we will be sending home writing prompts directly tied to our state test”

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I so dearly want my kids to attend a school where teachers embrace blogging

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“District policy is to require 20 min of reading per night. We really encourage them to read fiction”

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“we want kids to get lots of practice at math.” (yes but shouldn’t the focus be learning and comprehension instead?)

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“you can expect to see homework in math at least 90 percent of the time”

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@kevinrose has posted rumor info and a photo of the new iPod line - http://twurl.nl/q6umjb

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@bcrosby Uhhh, yes…. DEFINITELY! Especially if you want the kids creating media with iLife. Go with Macbooks or iBooks for sure.

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@vbek you are most welcome! :-)

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Just learned about Jog the Web from @klmontgomery - looks like a GREAT new way to share website hotlists http://www.jogtheweb.com/

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@ElizabethHolmes Thanks for the ref to “tough choices.” I have read the exec summary but no the entire thing. I need 2. http://bit.ly/308sHR

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@nzchrissy Thailand is not on my travel agenda for the coming year, but maybe Learning 2.0 will come to Bangkok next year! I’d love to come!

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@barbs1 Thanks so much! can you please tweet me the link? Words cannot express how much I’m looking forward to New Zealand in February!

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new post: Live tweeting back to school night - http://twurl.nl/k1bbqx

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@Dowbiggin Wish I could come! With my new job my travel is MUCH more limited than in the past.

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@gardenglen Good for you. Putting HW online is a good first step. Publishing to the web is a step in the right direction, just keep going!

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@chocxtc I agree these would be good questions for the board. Hopefully that chance will come at some point. But they may not have answers..

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@ehelfant thanks for that link Elizabeth! I wish you could come share some PD sessions here in Oklahoma! :-)

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@todbaker that string of tweets was a confusing mix of quotes from the teachers and my thoughts. I tried to put their words in quotations

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@ijohnpederson thanks for the words of encouragement. I need them. I shall be strong and steadfast…

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@lnitsche absolutely. All educational constituents need to be on board for school change. this is not just an issue for the teachers.

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@KarenJan Yes absolutely. It’s not just kids with formal IEPs that would benefit from all the HW being posted online. Many would

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@TAG156 I hear you on the no time to post homework issue. But the teacher could have a rotating class scribe post the HW each day…

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@TeachaKidd Good suggestion, yes we are definitely going to encourage both kids to share their writing our our family blog!

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@Dowbiggin I’m afraid so. Perhaps we can visit someday. Or videoconference. I’ve been to San Jose in 2005 for ADE camp. Alex would love it!

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@Dowbiggin Please send it! I’d love to see it, even if it makes me exceptionally jealous. :-) wesfryer@pobox.com

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I asked if our kids will be able to blog so we can see their work and comment on it. Answer: No. We can see their work at school in folders.

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@garystager I have mixed feelings for sure. Should I tweet this? I am not sure. I hope it is ok to.

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The kids should know cursive now. It is amazing how many of them can’t read cursive.

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“you can email us when the website is up and running”

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Your 5th graders have at least 3 teachers.

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It is a very interesting cultural experince to be a parent of kids in a very affluent community” Lots of assumptions made here.

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“I am not very good talking in front of parents”

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“if you are absent, check with a friend to get the notes”

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Lots of emphasis on recording reading minutes each day. When do we emphasize the ideas we are reading about?

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The assumption this year in 5th grade is: more departmentalization is better. I disagree.

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What ways are our kids able to experience the curriculum content through video? (my question I am not asking during the presentation)

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“kids don’t want to write things” (5th grade social studies teacher)

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“we want kids to learn to love social studies” - “in 5th grade kids are expected to assimilate information”

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At our Elem school back to school nite - PTA fundrsising goal: buy more SMART boards and pay for artists in residence

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Live on Ustream for the storychaser meetup - http://www.ustream.tv/wf…

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working on logging into ustream for the storychaser meetup…

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StoryChasers meetup starts in an hour at 8 pm US central http://ustream.tv/wfryer

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new post: Capturing DVD Video for editing - http://twurl.nl/2qlzb6

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new learning signs post: Writing with pictures - http://twurl.nl/ue5oav

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new post: Media literacy, US Presidential elections, and assertions of infanticide support - http://twurl.nl/6iglup

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I created a private facebook group and a textmark for the youth deacons group I’m leading at church this year. http://www.textmarks.com

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new post: Got digital wishes for your classroom? Disintermediate your edtech funding process! - http://twurl.nl/fi2rdh

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Indeed Plurk is quite engaging, distracting, and addicting. :-) http://www.plurk.com/use…

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new post: Can’t delete Akismet spam comments in latest Wordpress - http://twurl.nl/xe8318

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At last I’ve succumbed to peer pressure and joined plurk. http://www.plurk.com/use…

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new post: Filmmakers document incredible courage of Liberian women - http://twurl.nl/r2ws6j

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new post: No Ning networks for students under age 13, Monitored ePal email Accounts - http://twurl.nl/uyb3kv

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@DSWATERS Well then congrats to you as well Sue! You’re inspiring me too… Now I need to just spend the time on GMail…..

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new podcast: StoryChasers Brainstorm #3 from 21 August 200 - http://twurl.nl/2rflzc

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@Holtsman See Christopher Breen’s article “Moving music off the iPod” for help - good luck! http://tinyurl.com/3yvev3

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@coolcatteacher Many, many congrats on your inbox zero today btw. Boy do I ever want and need to see that same screen myself in GMail!

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@coolcatteacher well, donuts on saturday are a special event for us now. we hadn’t been since April I think! they were tasty.

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for some reason when I just posted with MarsEdit2 from another computer my wordpress dashboard worked, but my blog homepage wouldn’t come up

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few things make my heart skip a beat these days than my blog going down or appearing to be inaccessible… is this perhaps dysfunctional?

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new post: Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus formatting problem solved - http://twurl.nl/8ltfa6

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our first Sat morning trip to Krispy Kreme in months. Kids are with me, mom has opted for Starbucks instead.

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k12online08 conveners meeting is over for this morning. I have 16 new to-dos for the blog! We missed you @dkuropatwa!

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@dkuropatwa Congrats to you and your family on the new addition, Darren! Please let us know when you all select a name today!

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our 5 family wordpress blogs are all updated to 2.61 now. that took longer than I thought. stringandme.com went offline but is back.

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@BethStill maybe a file is getting corrupted somehow, I don’t know.

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@BethStill I don’t know what has happened but this isn’t the first time. I re-upload the WP install files and that seems to fix it…

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@jsigler yes, my mysql database for my wordpress blog is backed up by my isp, and I periodically download backups myself. Not often enufftho

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new post: WikiPedia gives good citation advice - http://twurl.nl/rq1wdx

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I am going to speak at the state school board conference this afternoon about Celebrate Oklahoma Voices!

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Pricing info for Oklahoma TitleIID grant applications for Celebrate Oklahoma Voices PD workshops is available - http://tinyurl.com/6xp7jd

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@jdungan @pdonaghy be aware @rmbyrne reports some of the quotes on Typeracer may be questionably appropriate. Not sure if age affects quotes

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@dcnavis85 glad you like it Darlene! Have you started fall classes yet in Hong Kong?

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new TechLearning blog post: Keyboard practice and racing with Typeracer - http://twurl.nl/rjk3vd

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Wow, this is amazing and just the sort of online keyboarding game I’ve been wanting to find. http://play.typeracer.co…

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@lorenchuk I didn’t record in ustream but will post the recorded audio from our Storychasers brainstorm as a podcast shortly…

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live on ustream now for storychasers brainstorm - http://tinyurl.com/2cklb7

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join us for a storychasers brainstorm in 25 min at 8 pm US central on Ustream - http://tinyurl.com/2cklb7

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the archive of text chat of tonight’s edtechtalk will be posted on http://www.edtechtalk.co…

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Live now on EdTechTalk “Teachers are Talking” - http://edtechtalk.com/

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about to go live on EdTechTalk in 3 minutes - http://edtechtalk.com/

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new COV forum post: Budgeting for Oklahoma Title IID grant professional development (COV professional development) http://tinyurl.com/6xa82s

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I love using TubeTV (free) for downloading offline copies of flash videos and getting them converted to QT. http://tinyurl.com/2cwt3k

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new post: Webcasts tonight: Teachers are Talking and Storychasers - http://twurl.nl/gmazbh

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@CLykowski thanks for the email heads up, I am looking forward to both conversations this evening! :-)

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new post: Comments about Oklahoma education from Kirk Humphreys - http://twurl.nl/yz4ijz

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@gmudge excellent, thanks for the link!

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new post: Comments about Oklahoma education by V. Burns Hargis, President of Oklahoma State Univ - http://twurl.nl/g5m7rx

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Notes from BLC08 “Changing the Culture of Schools: Creating Conditions that Promote Student Achievement” http://tinyurl.com/5ndz5m

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I’m going to the Oklahoma City “State of the Schools” luncheon by the OKC Chamber of Commerce today. Should be interesting-I have my tie on.

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@gmudge You are kind. Do you have a link to the VA tech standards work you’re referencing? I’d like to check it out at some point.

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@rockourworld Excellent Carol Ann! I’m glad to hear it. Even tho it won’t take stills I’m thinking a Flip would be great for our COV project

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new post: Railroads and virtual connections - http://twurl.nl/1qul8m

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@tRains_Tech are you referring to the discontinued Sony GC1 or another model? I think higher MP digital stills are very important…

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@alexragone @paulawhite too bad a still capture from the 640x480 video is all it can do - thanks for letting me know tho..

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@joebjr I looked at the specs and the Flip website indicates it records in MP4 AVI format. Doesn’t look like it takes still images tho?

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new learning signs post: National Meet Your Neighbors Night - http://twurl.nl/asbamr

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@paulawhite excellent, I’m glad to hear that! Do you know if you have to have Flip4Mac installed to import the Flip WMV files into iMovie?

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@billbrandon wow I didn’t realize video editing was built into the Flip. That is amazing. Any mac / iMovie compatibility issues?

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@elmofromok I think the flip style cameras are a big part of our collective digital futures as far as user-created video content goes

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@CLykowski Yes, the Flip cameras look good too. Do they all record to WMV? I created a new wiki page for cameras - http://tinyurl.com/5oa7cs

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new post: Searching for the ideal StoryChaser camera - http://twurl.nl/4nw6y4

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@BaghdadBrian I’d love to learn about your work for WITNESS’ Hub and specifically about the project’s use of Media Mover for Drupal

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new post: Storychaser Brainstorm Aug 21st - http://twurl.nl/ecgtk3

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Here is the URL for the Storychasers wiki - http://wiki.storychasers…

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I’ve successfully installed MediaWiki for StoryChasers and done some basic configurations. WOW. Impressive how easy it was.

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I think all hospital ER waiting rooms should have free wifi… Mercy OKC does, unfortunately Edmond Memorial dies not… At least EDGE works

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@erniec excellent, thanks Eric! Our association is publishing their 1st Native Am picture book this fall so u am very interested in this…

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@dmcordell do you have a link for good Native American picture books?

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In the Edmond emergency room with one of our neighbors, she may have broken her foot :-(

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new post: Missing mobile alert in GMail - http://twurl.nl/htmo6k

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@palisade14 Thanks for the tip on Zotero and Evernote as alternatives for Google Notebook - I need to read their legal stuff on ages…

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Massive lightning storm all around us right now in Edmond, Oklahoma

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@HeatherAV23 I think legally students under 14 can’t have Google accounts, so they can’t use google notebook. That’s how I understand it :-(

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@lorenchuk those are wiki engines that you can install and run on your own website. If your district or org wants to own all content…

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@Dowbiggin I didn’t see the pic yet but will look for it. I’m behind on email as usual….

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new Technology Shopping Cart podcast: Screencasting for Learning- http://twurl.nl/gfg17d

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@Dowbiggin So you get parent permission for elementary students to have a google account and use G notebook - do parents set it up?

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good comparison of the best open source wiki engines: MediaWiki, TikiWiki, DokuWiki - http://twurl.nl/t3wh74

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Boy I love my job. I just need 48 hours in a day… Getting part time and intern help is going to be very good tho, after training…

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@HeatherAV23 No, I don’t think they currently do use Google Notebook at all, but I’m not positive. The goal was to intro them to it. Oh well

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Tomorrow’s workshop on Google Notebook for teachers is cancelled. Teachers have to barcode their new textbooks…

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@garystager Excellent, thanks for that link and the heads up for the upcoming article.

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@lsqualls Good luck with your PD workshops with teachers this week!

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@annemareemoore covered with ice a few days ago? Do you live in the southern hemisphere?!

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new post: ReadingFirst, NCLB, School Accountability, and our Educational Future - http://twurl.nl/qjnuax

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@SPeters (and I would too as well, along with other conveners, but I mentioned Bud since he’s heading up that committee)

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@SPeters What are your thoughts about notk12online? This is an event with an evolving form- I’m sure @budtheteacher would like your input!

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it’s hard to find fault with pepper jack cheese on a hot charcoaled burger

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finished mowing the yard, burgers are almost done on the grill… bread and butter pickles taste delicious! Great summertime supper!

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@johnpeters I need to post that article online too, so thanks for reminding me of that…

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@johnpeters Thanks for the feedback John! I need to join TCEA again so I’ll get the TechEdge- I missed the conference last year…

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Rachel is writing a new sentence on her chalkboard: “Bailey had a close shave.” Reference to Wallace and Gromit! http://tinyurl.com/6lnaax

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@jgustin I’m replying late, but you might check out Jamie McKenzie’s take on “digital natives” http://tinyurl.com/6lo5gu

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@jcbleif your family videos on blip are precious! :-) http://elferings.blip.tv/

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Twitter Karma now appears to be working great. This is a VERY useful site… http://dossy.org/twitter…

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@cairnsco I think the age limit on Google accounts applies to not just GMail but also regular “Google accounts.” @Clane can you verify?

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new learning signs post: Our golden retriever has been shaved! - http://twurl.nl/jkfqaw

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I am working on my first PBwiki site using PBwiki 2.0… I like it! I need to convert my main http://teachdigital.pbwi… site to 2.0!

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Oklahoma City Artist Paul Mays’ websites are http://paulmays.net and http://www.myspace.com/p…

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We’ll be publishing the interview with Paul Mays as we get closer to his art show. SO interesting to hear him describe his work and process

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Just finished recording an interview with local artist Paul Mays, whose art will be showcased here at the OHA in October.

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Met and worked with my first intern Chris this morning, showed him how to upload event photos to Flickr and started working on guidelines…

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setup a new private PB wiki to track media projects for the OHA. Projects, projects, everywhere! A great management challenge.

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new podcast: A Conversation about the Cell Phone Audio Tour at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum - http://twurl.nl/p02wdu

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here is the link from @miket123 on Gmail terms http://tinyurl.com/phjep

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@cairnsco @erniec thanks to @miket123 for finding Google age requirements, to legally have an account students must be at least 13 (COPPA)

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Cloudy and cool again in OKC today, but no rain downtown-yet like yesterday. Wonderful to get some precipitation and have a break from HEAT!

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new post: QuickStart Guide for Internet Research with Google Notebook - http://twurl.nl/7bzb4n

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@chasunci I looked in the terms but couldn’t find an age specified. It just said you must be of an age to enter in a contract with google.

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@jmpcronin thanks for the tweet on iPhone datacase! Are you a beta user? I didn’t think it was out/available yet.

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To legally have a google account, a student must be at least 14? Is this correct? Does anyone know where this is stated on Google?

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working on a quickstart guide to Google Notebook for a workshop on Friday

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@erniec yes those standards can be helpful, but our OK teachers are focused on state PASS standards so I’m interested to learn if they align

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new post: Helping young people prepare for IT related careers - http://twurl.nl/yow63z

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@erniec Yes I am thinking about 21st century skill standards like those, but also ones which are explicit to global collaboration in OK

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@palisade14 Evernote provides a way to save and organize notes which sync across platforms including my iPhone, so that is why I’m using it

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wondering if we have global education standards in Oklahoma?

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“we need ubiquitousand invisible digital dipsticks for skill assessments in all content areas” - paraphrase of a Kevin Honeycutt quotation

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digitizing hand scrawled notes from recent meetings into Evernote. http://www.evernote.com

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How does fair use and copyright work for rodeo programs? Do they use iPods, computers, or what?

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My daughter ran out for the nickel scramble in flip flops… Note to self: everyone wears cowboy boots to XIT next year!

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@butrflygirl on a mac use TubeTV - free and converts to QuickTime

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@JennAFuzz it’s a perfect night for XIT rodeo! Free BBQ was great, now we are watching steer wrestling!

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In Alanreed along old route 66, enroute home, having a rest stop :-)

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new 6 minute documentary: 72 Years of Free Barbeque - http://twurl.nl/t08rv5

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Added more XIT videos to Flickr tonight - 42 in all now… - http://twurl.nl/pw448j

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