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METC 2010

This is the outline for the three hour, hands-on workshop based on the Powerful Ingredients for Blended Learning framework presented at METC 2010 in St Louis, Missouri, on February 7, 2010.

An invitation to move your learning! (Google Presentation)

PI Levels of Technology Use

Key Ingredients

  1. Active Lesson Design
    1. Engaged not enthralled
    2. Invite creative choices
    3. Learners not students
  2. Communicate With Media
    1. Talk with pictures
    2. Use friendly images
    3. Magic of voice
  3. Collaborate With Others
    1. Ask for feedback
    2. Tap outside expertise
    3. Comment with purpose
  4. Share Your Work (products)
    1. Student created work
    2. Digital portfolio artifacts
    3. Tag to organize

These key ingredients are reflected in the PI Administrative Walkthrough Rubric.


  1. Social bookmarking activity (Introduce yourself with bookmarks)
  2. Tell a Story in 5 Pictures
    1. Tell A Story with 5 Photos for Educators (Flickr Group)
      1. Creative Commons Licensed Photos (for VoiceThread)
      2. The Commons and Creative Commons on Flickr
      3. Compfight
      4. METC 2010 Flickr Group
  3. VoiceThread - Interactively publish (and moderate) with images, voice and text
    1. Examples: Helen Keller Book Report, Federal Holidays Project, Glucose and Osmosis
    2. Use friendly images
    3. Screencasts about using VoiceThread
    4. More VoiceThread Examples!
      1. Great Book Stories Project
      2. VoiceThread Digital Library
      3. Voicethread 4 Education wiki
  4. Surveys with Google Forms
    1. Video: Google Docs in Plain English
    2. Google Docs
    3. Google Support for Google Forms
    4. Administrative Example: Google Forms for Teacher Observations / Walkthroughs

Workshop Pre-Requisites

Workshop participants should register and create the following accounts PRIOR TO the start of this workshop.
  1. An Educator's VoiceThread account (Screencast available on Screenr and YouTube)
  2. A Yahoo Account (provides access to both Flickr and delicious)
  3. A Google Account (can be a Gmail account OR a Google Account using an existing email address)

Recommended Follow-up Activities

  1. Watch and reflect on Joyce Valenza's 2009 K-12 Online Conference "Getting Started" strand keynote, "The Wizard of Apps."
  2. Join the K-12 Online Conference Ning, and participate in the conference!
  3. Join the Powerful Ingredients Ning and participate in the PI4BL project.
  4. Follow us on Twitter: Wes (wfryer) and Karen (klmontgomery)

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