ISAS Heads of School Meeting- 2008
Colorado Springs, CO

Presentation by: Mr. Chris Bigenho



The Digital Immigrant: Crash Course



Description: This session provided a low-key opportunity for a first-hand experience with new emerging technologies. Session covered the basics of creating a blog, developing a podcast and how to subscribe to RSS feeds of interest. We also took a quick look at distributed learning management systems such as Moodle and Blackboard. Participants joined in the workshop with their own laptops. This presentation was based on work that Chris did for the NAIS Classrooms of the Future demonstration at the 2008 Annual Conference in New York City.

Presentation Materials:





Blog Resources


Adventures in Blogs is a collection of "learning adventures" developed specifically for the NAIS Classrooms of the Future demonstration classroom at the 2008 Annual Conference in New York City


  • Blogger: Free blog engine with no download required
  • Bloglines: Free blog engine. Also has RSS feed aggregator capabilities.
  • Edublogs: Free blogs for teachers. Run by Wiki Spaces
  • Live Journal: Free-Blog, Private Journal and Social Network
  • Movable Type: Powerful blogging software for purchase. Very flexible.
  • WordPress: Powerful blog hosting site. This site can also serve as a personal website.



Podcasting Resources


  • Adventures in Podcasting is a collection of "learning adventures" developed specifically for the NAIS Classrooms of the Future demonstration classroom at the 2008 Annual Conference in New York City
  • Podcasting Learning Object: This is a learning object was created as an introduction to podcasting with Audacity as well as manipulating RSS codes
  • Podcasting Tutorial: Another resource on podcasting
  • Podcasting Tools: This is a collection of additional resources- very useful


  • Audacity: Free audio editing software. This is great for preparing your files for posting on the web.





Learning Management Systems (LMS)




RSS Resources


Adventures in RSS is a collection of "learning adventures" developed specifically for the NAIS Classrooms of the Future demonstration classroom at the 2008 Annual Conference in New York City

RSS Feed Learning Object: This learning object was created to instruct about RSS feeds and how to create one in the WebCT 4.X environment. You can follow these same instructions for CE 6 and Vista 4 but place the copied code in the header of any folder.

JAVA SCRIPT WRITERS: These programs will write about 10 lines of code that you can copy and paste into any html page or text box in WebCT. You can find additional JAVA writers in search engines using the search term "feed2js".

AGGRETATORS: These are programs and web resources you can use to subscribe to a feed.


  • Feedster: This is a search engine for RSS feeds
  • Sample Feeds: These feeds were constructed using a simple html editor and an automatic JAVA script writer- Feed2JS.



Other Internet Tools


Social Book Marking Free social bookmarking tool that anyone can use. Tag your bookmarks, search other tags and users bookmarks. A fantastic tool. This is the free Blackboard social bookmarking tool. You can find other links for this presentation simply by visiting and searching by the tags bbworld07 and bigenho or blackburn.

Social Bookmarking with This is a page in WikiEducator that talks you through the basics of how to use This is a great place to start.

Social Note Taking: This is a new class of social software that has not reached mainstream yet. However, there is tremendous potential here.

Google Notebook: This is a free social notebook from Google.

Data Visualization:

Universe: This tool looks at news stories posted on the web. It makes use of tags and linked stories to create a "universe" around your search terms. This allows you to easily search for stories and see how they are related.

We Feel Fine: This tool searches the web for blog entries that have the word(s) "I feel" and grabs everything included in the sentence. This is then visualized in several forms and can be analyzed by gender, geographic location, date and time, and feeling. This is an interesting way to look at digital stories left on the web.

GapMinder: Visualize global statistical data. This is a new way of viewing complex social and economic data about the world. This is well worth a look.

Digital Storytelling

VoiceThreads: This tool allows you to easily post pictures and record audio that is linked to the picture. This tool also allows for text and audio comments. This is a wonderful tool for digital storytelling.

Tumblr: This tool makes it easy to place almost any form of information on the web- pictures, audio, movies, text. It can all be placed on the web through forms common in most web 2.0 tools. This tool could easily be used for digital storytelling.

Wiki Tools

  • Workshop Wiki "Sandbox-PHP": Feel free to play in the sandbox. Test out PHP Wiki with very simple coding. Check the bottom of the wiki for tips on editing wiki and to view key to simple coding language.
  • Workshop Wiki "Sandbox-GUI": Feel free to play in the sandbox. This wiki uses a familiar interface that looks a lot like MS Word.
  • Wiki Spaces: Free and powerful wiki using WYSIWYG technology. You also have space for threaded discussions, notification (subscription) password protection and history.
  • Seed Wiki: Free WYSIWYG wiki. Similar to Wiki Spaces but not as many bells and whistles.
  • PBWiki: Free and as they say, as easy as making a PB and J sandwich.

Additional Reading

Marc Prensky

Research Papers and Internet Usage Trends

Learning in the Digital Age

Stephen Abrams

Suggested Books



Resource Feeds

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Digital Story Telling