Archive for the 'Collaboratory' Category

*i*Collaboratory Symposium 2009

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Tomorrow is the 12th Annual Collaboratory Symposium, featuring the iCollaboratory. The Symposium will be May 7, 2009, from 8:30-noon with breakfast starting at 8:00 a.m., at Northwestern University’s Hardin Hall, Crown Center. Continental Breakfast is included. This Symposium will feature the iCollaboratory.

Area Map for the Symposium.

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I will be speaking briefly about integrating Moodle with Google Apps for the iCollaboratory.

iVOTE! on iTunes U!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

In case you haven’t heard, Northwestern recently joined Duke, MIT, Cambridge, Stanford and Yale as a provider of free intellectual video content on iTunes U. Aside from just academic material, iTunes U also disseminates News@Northwestern. Last week, they released a story on iVOTE! ‘08, featuring the students of Lincoln Middle School and … me!

Get Your Read On!

Monday, January 5th, 2009

I am starting a Google Sites project for the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award on the iCollaboratory.

iVOTE! Election Results

Thursday, November 13th, 2008


The results are in, and iVOTE! ‘08 proved to be a winner! Over 1,500 students voted in early and regular elections. But what I am most excited about its how well they did in defending their reasons why they voted the way they did. They thoughtfully considered the issues that were important to them and delivered great reasons as to why others should select their candidate.

McCormick Freedom Museum Resource Fair

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Freedom Museum

Looking for something to do on a Saturday morning that will give a little pep to your teacher step? Come visit me at the McCormick Freedom Museum 3rd Annual Resource Fair! I’ll be talking about how iVOTE! ‘08 can bridge the gap between civic engagement and democratic participation and how you and your class can be a part of it! I will be joined by a number of excellent exhibitors, including my good friends and partners in iVOTE!, Natalie Brouwer from the Citizen Advocacy Center, and the good people at the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago.

See you there!

Illinois’ World Wide Web of Spiders on the Collaboratory

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Adobe posted my article on the IDNR Illinois Biodiversity Spider Study. I’m most happy that it shines a light on the work of everyone involved and how the project worked. Hopefully we’ll have more participants this year!

Collaboratory Symposium

Monday, June 30th, 2008

collaboratory Symposium

The videos are posted from the 11th annual Collaboratory Symposium. It was strange and sad not having Gary there to guide us throughout the day, but the day went pretty well. I presented on iVOTE!, as well as demonstrated how to create a Collaboratory project of your very own.


Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Northwestern University Information Technology has posted information about iVOTE! ‘08 on their website.

Live from the Field Museum … It’s a Spider!

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Me and Tarantula

Today I took a trip down to the Field Museum of Natural History to meet with Drs. Mike Draney, Petra Sierwald and Jim Louderman. We did a videoconference using Adobe Connect with students in Milford, Illinois. The students in Milford did a great job of collecting data on spiders and keeping research journals on the process, so our initial plan was to go visit them. That was before we realized exactly where Milford was. I think technology really saved the day in this case, saving us more than 4 hours of travel there and back, giving the students access to the lab with its spiders and letting us record the conference for other students and teachers to see. The recorded video quality isn’t perfect, but I think it does the job.

A special shoutout to my boys Tim Stack and Kim Cavanaugh, who talked me through the Connect setup. It really was as easy as they said it would be.

Illinois Youth Summit

Friday, March 14th, 2008


Today, I gave a presentation to the Illinois Youth Summit Student Advisory Committee and their teachers in some beautiful offices near the top of the Willis Tower. The Youth Summit is an annual project that encourages high school students to debate three controversial topics and present their ideas to the Illinois Senate in Springfield. It’s a fantastic program by the fantastic people at the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago. The Summit students will be using the Collaboratory to share their ideas on topics, so I showed them how to use it for the great work they are doing!