NAIS Annual Conference- 2008
New York, NY

Presentations by: Mr. Chris Bigenho



Classrooms of the Future



Hands on Exploration Station: This link contains all of the adventures featured in the Classrooms of the Future Hands-on Exploration Stations at the 2008 NAIS conference  

Web 2.0 Revealed: Exploring the Possibilities while Keeping it Real



Description: What is all the talk about Web 2.0? This practical session will remove the mystery and provide practical uses of Web 2.0 for education. All participants will leave with the ability to produce a podcast along with powerful ways to use blogs, wikis and other tools of the social web in education. Join us as we explore the web of the 21st century.

Presentation Materials:

  • Slides- Impatica Format: click slide or nav. controls to advance (requires JAVA)

Connecting with 21st Century Alums






Description: Those who have grown up on a diet of digital content have developed different information consumer habits. They have grown accustomed to dynamic content in the voice of the participant. They seek instant and ubiquitous access to information. How can schools address the needs of these digital alums? Participants in this session will explore the world of social software including wikis, blogs, and podcasts. We will discuss how these tools may be used to keep 21st century alumni connected to their schools.

Presentation Materials:

  • Slides- Impatica Format: click slide or nav. controls to advance (requires JAVA)




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.

Sample Blogs



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
  • 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.


Additional Reading

Marc Prensky

Research Papers and Internet Usage Trends

Learning in the Digital Age

Stephen Abrams


Suggested Books

  • Collins, J. (2001). Good to Great
  • Pink, D (2005). A Whole New Mind
  • Weinbergerskip to next title, D. (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
  • Sunstein, C.R. (2006) Infotopia: How many minds produce knowledge
  • Rheingold, H. (2002) Smart mobs: The next social revolution
  • Friedman, T.L. (2005) The world is flat: A brief history of the twenty-first century
  • Weinberger, D. (2002) Small pieces loosely joined: A unified theory of the web
  • Senge, P. (2000). Schools that learn
  • Senge, P. (xxxx). The fifth discipline
  • Gladwell, M. (2002). The tipping point
  • Brown, J.S. & Duguid, P. (2002). The social life of information
  • Tapscott, Don and Williams, Anthony D. (2006). Wikinomics

Resource Feeds

There will be some duplication with items listed above. This is because the feed below is dynamic and comes from my current listings in

Digital Story Telling