Archive for October, 2012

edcamp Oakland University (OU) & Bluewater

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Have you heard about edcamp? edcamps are participant driven professional development ( They are free and attended by educators all over the country. They encourage participants to bring their own wireless device. Check out the edcamp website at

There are two edcamps coming up in Michigan.

Saturday, October 27, 2012- edcampOU
at Oakland Center at Oakland University,
2200 N Squirrel Road, Rochester MI
Register at
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Saturday, November 17, 2012 – edcampBluewater
1st annual EdCamp Bluewater
St. Clair County Technical Education Center,
Marysville, MI

Register at
For more information, visit

The Diigo Connection

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Yesterday, a colleague pointed out that there should be an explanation for the enigmatic link to a diigo page at the top of the Virtual Meeting Place the EDMT Team set up for our students.

Diigo is a social bookmarking site much like the popular site Delicious that EDMT uses in a few courses. There are many such social bookmarking sites available. Diigo (digest of Internet information, groups, and other stuff) does more than just bookmark sites that you can then access from any computer. The service also allows you to highlight information within the web site or make and share notes about the site. Even better, you can share your findings with a specific group of people.

During a session at the 21st Symposium in Marysville, MI, in August 2011, presenter Ben Rimes reintroduced the site to a number of teachers. He noted that Diigo was quickly becoming the site most favored by teachers. A subscription to the Diigo in Education group will present a surprising list of ten or twenty sites a day in email format discovered by a community of teachers around the globe.

There are often gems that you will want to bookmark and share. is the group you can use to share information with anyone interested in following. It is easy to get out of the habit of sharing exceptional site with colleagues so today there are only two links. Join Diigo, follow the link, and click the “Apply to Join” button to begin sharing your finds with everyone.

Power Searching

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

I just completed a Google three-week online training program called Power searching with Google. It consisted of six classes, a midterm exam, a final exam and two opportunities to “hang out” with the instructors.

Each of the classes consisted of a series of videos between 4 and 9 minutes in length followed by a series of questions or exercises that allowed you to test your understanding of the materials presented. Some of these activities required posting to a forum where others taking the class could review your work.

I have read many positive comments on this model of training in which topics are chunked to be no longer than 15 minutes, including activities, and which learners take in increments, completing all increments within a specified time period to receive credit.

Google not only provided video, which was closed captioned so you could view it with the sound muted, but also links to a text version of the presentation as well as a link to the slides used by the instructor. They maintained a forum for asynchronous discussions and three live “hang-outs” where Google experts answered learners questions.

I would urge both faculty and students in EDMT to consider taking this course to improve their Google search skills.