Summary of IT SUMMIT 2009


Another great conference was put on this year and I have summarized some of my notes, some of the general messages, and collected the links that I found to be the most interesting (and have merged them with a list that Sherry Vetter collected as well). Some of these links may be blocked by your school division but all of them are worth a look.

Students involved in an E-journalism project - followed the conference.

Day 1: - J McKenzie - Keynote

Day 2:

Literacy and Learning for the 21st Century - Keynote - David Warlick - entire presentation online - Landmarks for Schools

Contemporary Literacy

1. Expose what is true. Must be digital detectives

2. Employ the numbers and information - Make numbers tell their story.

3. Express your knowledge in a complelling way

4. Ethical use of information

(It looks like this - This is what I found, this is how I found it and how I decided to use the information, how I validated it and expanded it - The WORLD is their curriculum)

We need to stop "integrating technology" and redefine literacy so it reflects today's information environment and integrate that literacy - it is key that we teach kids how to teach themselves to prepare them for a future we can not yet define. They must be willing, able and ENCOURAGED to ask questions. 

After the London Bombings : was launched.

Tag crowd - 75 most used words (cut and paste the text from speeches to see what words are the most used. Compare one person's speech to another's (Bush to Obama) or compare language used over time. - self publish books on demand.

Personal Learning Networks - D. Warlick

Social networking for teachers

Everyone's network is different. Do not teach the tools - it is about connection - BLOG -Use networks to Ask a Question, Start a Converstation, Create A Document (that is evergreen). - entire wiki online

Will Richardson - person to note -

Google education - users -

Ning à social network à   (note blocked by spsd) - Facebook style social networks. Could be used for reading clubs, study groups, research projects....

Social network (on Ning) for those interested in Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies: - Virtual Worlds are quite popular with little ones through sites like and à searches what people think (their input into blog entries and the like) (where as Google searches for information) - Mine the netowrk for what you need. - search twitter feeds - what is top of mind RIGHT NOW? - search already screened bookmarks ---- replace cartography with what you are looking for - it searches the tags rather than the written discriptions

RSS aggregator ---- (start page)

"Train the information to find us ... rather than train to find the information"

Network visualization - webpages as graphs - /

Concept tracking - Visualize

webpagesasgraphs - map your own network

Tag Clouds - see trends in twitter   ---- pulls images according to tags - what's buzzing in the twitter world - Wordle is a toy for generating "word clouds" from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.

Networks are - Personal - Spontaneous / Directed - Idea  Dependent - People Connected Through Ideas

Additional Resources:

Cogdogroo - - 50 ways to tell a story. This site goes over web based tools you can use to create your own web-based story. - Mathtrain.TV is a free educational "kids teaching kids" project from Mr. Marcos & his students at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA.

Games - We all know that kids love their computer games. Get students involved in creating their own using Alice ( or Scratch ( - Games appeal to students and keep them engaged. We do not need to bring the games into the classroom but we should allow the discussion about their favourite games to enter the classroom.(D. Warlick) 

Online presentation program - not linear like powerpoint -

Podcasting Resources: C.P. Bazin Webster (day 2 - 1:15)

defaultTedTalks - Go to the itunes store and search under podcasts. You can subscribe to the podcasts from there.


CBC programming is available via podcast.

Radio WillowWeb is a podcast for kids and by kids from the students at Willowdale Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska. Each new show is called a Willowcast. Each Willowcast can be heard on WillowWeb
as an mp3 digital audio file.

Audacity - free sound editing tool for Windows.

Photostory - used for digital story telling but can also be used for a podcast by doing the following... (coming soon)



10 Disruptions That Could Transform Your Classroom

10 Disruptions That Could Transform Your Classroom - D Shareski

"The future has already arrived... It's just not evenly distributed yet."

Poll everywhere -

1 - smartphone

2 - low cost computing

3 - cloud computing

4 - live streaming - ustream -


Qik -

5 - Backchanneling (passing notes)

K-12 Online Conference Amplifying Possibilities

Microblogging - Twitter

6 - Immersive Environments

        Video games

        Teen Second Life -

Second Life -

7 - Privacy

8 - Time shifting


            Aaron Sams

            Jonathan Bergmann

9 - Open-Connected

            MIT Open Courseware -

            Academic Earth - video lectures from the world's top scholars -

10 - outsourced instruction


Keynote - Telling the New Story

Keynote - Telling the New Story - Live - D Shareski, K Cassidy, C Fisher, D Kuropatwa (Day 1 - PM)

A discussion with teachers who classrooms are a little bit different.




RESOURCES Will Richardson (From his blog - Welcome to Weblogg-ed, maintained by me, Will Richardson, "Learner in Chief" at Connective Learning and the author of  Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms now in its 2nd Edition, published by Corwin Press. This site is dedicated to discussions and reflections on the use of Weblogs, wikis, RSS, audiocasts and other Read/Write Web related technologies in the K-12 realm, technologies that are transforming classrooms around the world.) - Allows you to search the blogosphere for key words and get a feel for what PEOPLE are THINKING! - Phunland - physics sandbox for testing ideas

Food Force - Created by Homeland Security - based on real problems. - Some one is the Puppet Master. Create a School Mystery with clue popping up in Curriculum - have teacher/librarian be the puppet master. -  The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its innovative display encourages exploration and learning. You'll understand language in a powerful new way.

Creating Global Collaborative Projects - (K. Brown)

YouTube Videos



Digital Storytelling with Music and Comic Art

Digital Storytelling - G Hammond - retell stories using ONLY sound. - presentation online here


Comic Art - avail for MAC and WINDOWS

Mixcraft -

Garageband  - MAc mixer

ComicLife -

Freeloops -

Audacity -

Bubble share - Digital pictures with bubbles of text added - add speech balloons to digital pictures of field trips. Tableau scences, digital photograph them and then add speech bubbles.

Toondoo - Premade characters -

\Sadies Secret\

GoAnimate - /