2007 NAIS Annual Conference
Denver, CO

Presentations by: Mr. Chris Bigenho



Accelerating Educational Reform through the World of the Digital Native



3 hour workshop:

Description: Perhaps you have read that technology is an accelerator in moving from good to great. This session explores the world of the digital native -- how their technical world could move educational technology from integration to cognition and collaboration. We will explore ways emerging technology can enhance and improve the efficacy of schools in educating today’s students.

Presentation Matierials: Slides

Session Wiki : Feel free to edit and add information to the wiki. Keep the conversation going.


Tapping into the World of the Digital Native



1 hour presentation:

Description: With digital content and information being so accessible, there is the possibility that students are developing different methods of learning and that we should adjust our pedagogy to meet these evolving learners. This session will develop the concept of “digital natives” and introduce the use of RSS, wikis, blogs and podcasts in blended and online courses.

Presentation Matierials: Slides

  1. Introduction: Digital Native Concept
  2. Online Trends of the Digital Native
  3. Social Software Described
  4. Wikis
  5. Podcasting
  6. Blogs
  7. RSS
  8. Social Book Marking and Social Notebooks

Blog Resources

Blogging Tools

  • 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.



Podcasting Resources

How to:


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

Podcast From Phone

Sample Podcasts and Blogs



Wiki Resources

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.

RSS Resources

How to:

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".

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

Other Resources

  • Feedster: This is a search engine for RSS feeds
  • Google Notebook:

Sample Feeds: These feeds were constructed using a simple html editor and an automatic JAVA script writer- Feed2JS.


Other Internet Tools


Social Book Marking


Social Note Taking


Additional Reading

Marc Prensky

Research Papers and Internet Usage Trends

Learning in the Digital Age

Suggested Books

  • Collins, J. (2001). Good to Great
  • Pink, D (2005). A Whole New Mind
  • Weinbergerskip to next title, D. et.al. (2001). The Cluetrain Manifesto
  • Wink, J. and Putney, L. (2002). A Vision of Vygotsky
  • Wiske, M. (1998). Teaching for Understanding
  • Meier, D. (2002). The Power of their Ideas
  • Bransford, J. (2000). How People Learn
  • Papert, S. (1993). The Children's Machine
  • Barabasi, A. (2003). Linked
  • Weinberger, D. (2002). Small Pieces Loosely Joined
  • Gardner, H. (2000). The Disciplined Mind