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1 Blogs, MP3s & Digital Players: New Tools for Your Struggling Students Dave Hohulin, UCP-Infinitec Kirk Behnke, Texas Region IV TATN Regional Conference June 7, 2006

2 A little history…

3 Slates “Students today can’t prepare bark to calculate their problems. They depend on their slates, which are more expensive. What will they do when the slate is dropped and it breaks? They will not be able to write.” Teachers Conference, 1703 Jeni O'Sullivan-Corn, “Picture This: Effective Technology Integration in Schools”

4 Paper “Students today depend upon paper too much. They don't know how to write on slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. They can't clean a slate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper?” Principal's Association, 1815 Jeni O'Sullivan-Corn, “Picture This: Effective Technology Integration in Schools”

5 Fountain Pens “Students today depend on these expensive fountain pens. They can no longer write with a straight pen and nib. We parents must not allow them to wallow in such luxury to the detriment of learning how to cope in the real business world which is not so extravagant.” PTA Gazette, 1914 Jeni O'Sullivan-Corn, “Picture This: Effective Technology Integration in Schools”

6 Ink "Students today depend upon store bought ink. They don't know how to make their own. When they run out of ink they will be unable to write words or ciphers until their next trip to the settlement. This is a sad commentary on modern education." The Rural American Teacher, 1929 Jeni O'Sullivan-Corn, “Picture This: Effective Technology Integration in Schools”

7 Ballpoint Pens "Ballpoint pens will be the ruin of education in our country. Students use these devices and then throw them away. The American virtues of thrift and frugality are being discarded. Business and banks will never allow such expensive luxuries." Federal Teacher, 1950 Jeni O'Sullivan-Corn, “Picture This: Effective Technology Integration in Schools”

8 Technology “While nobody will ever dispute the importance of a good education, meeting the needs of today's students has changed dramatically from what it was 10 or 20 years ago. Students today are exposed to a vast amount of information and technology early in their lives. Computers, electronic mail, long-distance learning, and the internet have changed the dynamics of education here in our region and throughout world.” Congressman Jerry Moran, 1999 Jeni O'Sullivan-Corn, “Picture This: Effective Technology Integration in Schools”

9 We’ve come a long way, baby…

10 Why am I here? “Even though you may not be a theoretician or be expected to do software programming, you still must have a basic knowledge of how technology works and how to utilize it in the workplace.” U.S. Rep. Major Owens, NY

11 Blogs Weblog “a web-based publication consisting primarily of periodic articles, most often in reverse chronological order.” Wikipedia

12 Blogging for Beginners Blogging services Free! Blogger WordPresswww.wordpress.comwww.wordpress.com TypePadwww.typepad.comwww.typepad.com Bloglineswww.bloglines.comwww.bloglines.com Edublogshttp://edublogs.org/http://edublogs.org/ and the infamous MySpacewww.myspace.comwww.myspace.com

13 Blogger – Begin Your Own Blog!

14 Blogging in the Classroom

15 Weblogg-ed.com

16 TechLearning

17 Free Resources from the Net

18 Cool Cat Teacher Blog

19 EduBlog Insights

20 Podcasting What is podcasting?

21 Or in simpler terms…

22 And how does this affect me?

23 Podcasting – The Equipment Computer-based Players Portable Players – MP3 Players Considerations for Use Player Types Audio Video Storage Capacity Flash Hard Drive Downloading and Listening – Format issues

24 Computer-based Players

25 Portable Media Players

26 Format issues FYI Not all resources downloaded from the iTunes Music Store or other online vendors will play on competitor platforms…

27 Where Do I Find Podcasts? iTunes Music Store iPodder Podcast Alley Yahoo! Podcasts Google base.google.combase.google.com and many, many more. Just search for “podcast”

28 Podcasting in the Classroom How can I use podcasting in my classroom? How can I use podcasting and MP3s with my students with disabilities? The Great Equalizer… AT Tools Multiple Intelligences Universal Design

29 MP3s in the Classroom

30 For example…

31 Podcasts in the Classroom

32 Case Studies – Video Podcasts

33 Great Educational Blogs/Podcasts Kidcast Adventures in Podcasting The BEST Podcast Kathy Schrock’s website Podcasting News TechLearning Tuning in AT Infinitec AT Blog

34 For more information, please contact: Dave Hohulin at


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