Darren Draper
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What It Means To Participate In EduBloggerWorld

Posted on September 13, 2007 at 8:38am 2 Comments

At first I was disappointed. Then I better understood reality. When I first saw Suzanne's forum post on the newly created EduBloggerWorld ning, I wasn't sure exactly how to respond.

"Why is it that teachers…

Window to EduBlogger World - Quick Reflection

Posted on August 29, 2007 at 9:16am 2 Comments

It's been nearly a week since our initial virtual meet-ups for EduBloggerWorld. Since the meet-ups, I've had a little time to think about what we experienced, and what we accomplished. As a result, I will now share a few observations I have made and pose a few questions for our community to answer. I will be frank and open, and encourage your thoughts as to how we can improve.

A Few Observations

  • First off, Julie…

Postcards From Afar - A Request From My Daughter

Posted on August 24, 2007 at 11:51am 3 Comments

[Quick note: This blog post has been written by my daughter - cross posted on Drape's Takes]

My class is doing a project. We're learning about the world. We're trying to get postcards from all over the globe. I think it will be really neat to learn about places I've… Continue

Where's Japan?

Posted on July 25, 2007 at 11:01am 0 Comments

I'm excited to see the EduBloggerWorld community grow - and excited for upcoming additions (as with most online communities, progress isn't as fast as we'd sometimes like it - patience is a virtue).

I'm particularly impressed with the emergence of the Spanish Bloggers groups and their rate of growth/activity! Keep up the good work!

That said,… Continue

Pay Attention - Advertisement For Smarter Teaching

Posted on July 16, 2007 at 8:38pm 0 Comments

I posted my Pay Attention video to our Ning - not as an advertisement for our site, but simply as an push toward improved teaching. While you're more than welcome to use the resources we've created, I am mostly concerned that you effectively integrate technology into your teaching - regardless of where you learn how to do it.

The Jordan School District T4 website has been a worthwhile resource for… Continue

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At 2:56pm on August 28, 2007, Steve Hargadon said…
Yes, my 9-year-old and I. The same one who "Googles" better than most adults. She just seems to get the deeper levels of the technology. She said today, "I was writing on Google Docs--I mean, I was writing *in* Google docs, not about it..." OK, just plain scary.
At 11:54am on August 24, 2007, Darren Draper said…
Hi Sharon,

I'm with you: these SN's can be very overwhelming to a large majority of teachers. I tend to build a wiki or blog for each of my trainings and point them to the SN as places they can go to learn more/get more involved.

Our T4 site is running Joomla. It took a little work to get it up and running but has made adding content a snap.
At 12:51pm on August 17, 2007, Sharon Betts said…
Hi Darren,
What software is your T4 site running under? I love the look! I am in agreement with not competing with Classroom 20. However, I also feel that for some of the more hesitant teachers, this SN can be overwhelming. I still am going to direct mine toward my newlearning.ning.com

At 11:03am on July 25, 2007, Darren Draper said…
This picture was just a reflection of my state of mind during my three-week graduate class stint. Too much readin', writin', and rithmatic.

At 6:41pm on July 18, 2007, Christine Southard said…
Hiya Darren. Are you feeling okay? Your picture is making me nervous. :)
At 5:49pm on July 16, 2007, Brian Crosby said…
Darren - I'm totally new to Ning and I'm on a trip until the end of July, so not sure how much I'll be doing in the short term.
Excited about the network though - I agree with recent posts - this might be part of the tipping point.
At 2:47pm on July 11, 2007, Russ Lauber said…
Thanks...still trying to follow your lead...I'm learning, but still feel SO unlearned...man, it's going to be SO hard to teach the unitiated if I can't folow the lead myself...
At 7:42am on July 11, 2007, Darren Draper said…
Glad you like it. I felt so left out!
At 7:12am on July 11, 2007, Kelly Dumont said…
Nice work on the photo retouch.
At 6:52am on July 11, 2007, Darren Draper said…
Yeah, to be honest I don't have a whole lot of experience with Ning. It does, however, seem to have a lot of potential. You should look into Julie and Vicki's Horizon Project and how they used the Ning.

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