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October 20 Webinar – SAMR and TPCK: The Basics

October 20th, 2011 Comments off

SAMR and TPCK Models

When designing teaching projects using technology, it is important to employ frameworks that enable the best selection, planning, and use of the tools available. The SAMR and TPCK models have proven themselves in use in Maine’s classrooms and around the world. In 2010, over two thirds of Maine teachers familiar with the models found that they played a crucial or important role in their work.

In this webinar we will review the basics of the SAMR and TPCK models, using new examples that reflect evolving priorities and projects in Maine schools. We will also see how to use them in practice, introducing the concept of the “SAMR Ladder” — a concept that we will extend and develop further at our October 27 webinar.

This webinar will be offered twice, once at 3:15pm, and once at 7:15pm. You may find it useful to read some additional information about participating in our webinars; you can click here right before the start of the webinar for quick access.

MLTI Summer Institute Day 2 Updates

July 27th, 2011 2 comments

Today’s Poster Session Schedule — please note changes (*) — Session Descriptions

Exploring Co-Teaching & Content Integration Searles Hall – Room 126
Hands On History : Primary Documents, Oral histories & Connecting to the Community Massachusetts Hall – 3rd floor seminar*
Maine OER Team Projects: Learnings, OER Sites, and Exploration Searles Hall – Room 115
Free, High-Quality Online Science Resources for Your K-12 Classroom Searles Hall – Room 313
Math Snacks – using technology to meet the needs of students Searles Hall – Room 314
Multiplicity self-portraits using Acorn Druckenmiller Hall – Room 20*
NAEP Data Explorer – Investigate the Questions Tool Kanbar Hall – Room 109
Providing Challenged Writers The Tools to Success Hubbard Hall – Room 22*
The Thousand Word Project-Maine Artists Inspire Literacy/Technology Skill Druckenmiller Hall – Room 24
Vital Signs Kanbar Hall – Room 107

Today’s Agenda
Wednesday July 27

7:00 – 8:15 Breakfast at Thorne Hall
8:30 – 10:30 Cohorts meet
9:30 Coffee/Water/Fruit break
10:45 – 12:00 Keynote at Daggett Lounge in Thorne Hall

Steve Midgley, Deputy Director of Education Technology at the US Department of Education – Keynote Speaker

National Education Technology Plan: A random walk through the implications and opportunities for technology in education
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch at Thorne Hall
1:00 – 2:00 Poster Session – What’s a poster session? Poster sessions are brief one hour sessions covering a variety of topics.
2:00 – 5:00 Cohorts meet
3:30 Water/Soda/Cookie Break
6:00 – 7:30 Dinner at Thorne Hall

Lobster Dinner (A steak and vegetarian option is also available) outside of Thorne Hall (near Chamberlain) (If you did not purchase a lobster dinner ticket, you can still bring your dinner outside to the back)

MLTI Summer Institute Day 1

July 26th, 2011 Comments off


Hannah inspires the audience

Over 150 educators gathered for the MLTI Summer Institute at Bowdoin College. Cohort groups began their three-day intensive workshops, and we finished the day with some fantastic keynote speakers, students Hannah Potter, Yarmouth HS and Chris Jones, Oak Hill HS. In the audience were not only the Institute participants, but senior officials from the Ministries of Education from 12 different Caribbean nations. All were treated to Hannah’s inspiring work connecting Maine teenagers with Iraqi teenagers through her web site, ANewView. Chris Jones followed up with an engaging presentation about how MLTI inspired and provided him the opportunity to become a software developer, and a part of an international software development team. You can learn more about Chris at and

Chris wows the audience

More photos from the day…

Del and John

Del and John discuss the uses of Sketchup Pro

Geogebra helps to stretch your mathematical muscles

Geogebra helps to stretch your mathematical muscles

Susie discusses digital citizenship

Susie discusses digital citizenship

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2011 MLTI Student Conference

June 6th, 2011 Comments off

The 8th Annual MLTI Conference was a great success! Over 1000 participants converged on the UMaine’s Orono campus for a day devoted to inspiration and information. Highlights of the day included four powerful student voices in Block 1 – Joe Lien of Poland High School, Hannah Potter of Yarmouth High School, Chris Jones of Oak Hill High School, and Mike Rodway of Telstar Middle School. These student presenters held the attention of Commissioner of Education Steven Bowen and the 1000+ conference attendees as they made clear what can be done when the potential of the MLTI is fully leveraged. Don’t be surprised if you hear from these four – they have compelling stories to tell, and know how to get a message across. Visit the Student Conference Webpage and click into Block 1 and follow links for each to learn more about these amazing young Mainers, and visit other parts of the conference web site to learn more about this incredible event.

Maine DOE Newsroom

Mark your calendars! The date has been set for next year, the 9th Annual MLTI Student Conference Thursday May 24, 2012


Notes from May 12 Cyberbullying Webinar

May 17th, 2011 1 comment

There were great discussions and resources from participants who joined us on May 12th for the Cyberbullying and Your School Webinar.  My thanks to Rebecca Randall for joining us and giving us good advice on cyberbullying and talking about the Common Sense Media programs for schools.  Common Sense has an elementary and middle school curriculum and will have a high school curriculum available in the Fall.  You can contact me at for more information.

Representative Don Pilon was not able to join us due to a vote on health care.   Don Pilon  is not the only legislator who is concerned enough about cyberbullying to sponsor a bill.  Please check out the National Conference of State Legislatures site which lists several states that have enacted legislation.

Added Resources from participants:

Book, Stop Laughing at Me by Jodee Blanco (also a speaker)

The book The Bully by Paul Langan as a school/community read on Cyberbullying

An article in The Healthland

Reference sources from our webinar:

Common Sense Media (sign on as an educator to get material for lessons)
Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
Cyberbullying Research Center
Stop Cyberbullying
MPBN Maine Lawmakers Propose Measures to Combat Bullying  2/11/2011
Confronting Cyberbullying by Peter Levy THEJournal  5/2/2011

Articles from Marvel         Academic Research or Eric

Education Digest, Jan2011, Vol. 76 Issue 5, p4-9, 6 p.

High-Tech Cruelty
By: Hinduja, Sameer; Patchin, Justin W.. Educational Leadership, Feb2011, Vol. 68 Issue 5, p48-52, 5p

Assessing Middle School Students’ Knowledge of Conduct & Consequences
And Their Bhaviors regarding the Use of Social Networworking Sites
By: Kite, Stacey L.; Gable, Robert; Filippelli, Lawrence. Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v83 n5 p158-163 2010. (EJ893199)

Cyberbullying and Other Student Technology Misuses in K-12 American Schools: The Legal Landmines
By: Conn, Kathleen. Widener Law Review, 2010, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p89-100, 12p

Cyberbullying at School: Good Practice and Legal Aspects
By: Marczak, Magdalena; Coyne, Iain. Australian Journal of Guidance & Counselling, Dec2010, Vol. 20 Issue 2, p182-193, 12p; DOI: 10.1375/ajgc.20.2.182

Drama is the term HS students often use for cyberbullying
Advice for schools:

Review and update existing policies
Implement an education program in your school.

Use creative ways to raise awareness, like public service messages
Have older students teaching younger students importance of using technology in ethical ways.

Peer mentors for students
Role playing to create empathy
Schools need to learn ways to de-escalate

Teacher Advice to Students:

Ignore the bully

Save evidence

Change your privacy settings

Tell trusted friends and adults

Stand up to the offender and if that is not possible, befriend the target and help him/her advocate.


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May 12 Webinar: Cyberbullying and Your School

May 9th, 2011 Comments off

School systems in Maine and all over the United States are dealing with issues related to Cyberbullying.  It is deeply affecting our students and learning environments.  Join me and my guest Rebecca Randall from Common Sense Media at the 3:15 webinar as we look at this issue and give practical advice on how to deal with it in your school.

At 7:15 Representative Don Pilon will also join us to speak about the bill he is sponsoring LD 980, “An Act to Prohibit Cyberbullying in Schools”  Please come with your questions for Rebecca and Representative Pilon.

Select the webcasts tab from the top menu, then scroll down to April 26, 2011 and select the time interested to be directed to registration.

Notes from the March 24 Webinar: Connecting Classrooms

March 24th, 2011 Comments off

Great big thanks to Nadene Mathes, who took us through the projects she has been working on with her First Grade students, connecting with students in Europe and collaborating on some excellent work. Her work really exemplifies the power of connecting with other classrooms and teachers: her students got to experience life in a culture separate (but similar!) to theirs; they exhibited excellent digital citizenship skills and picked up many good habits that will sustain through their school careers.

Please check out the sites where you can see the work of Nadene’s students:

To find classrooms and teachers that are looking to connect, try the following sites:

(MLTI’s Epals page:

Also try Google Earth Community – try looking under the ‘Education’ forum:

Great places to find teachers on Twitter (thanks to Richard Byrne for this information):

The Flat Classroom project is inspiring in so many ways, and gives a great view of how large collaboration projects can grow. The site has much to explore and learn from:

Some tools that were mentioned as a means to connect included iChat, Skype, and Voicethread. In addition, using wikis to collaborate and blogs to host information are great tools for students to get involved with. Check out wikispaces and edublogs for free wiki and blog hosting.

Other means of sharing work:

Thanks to all those who took part in the webinar. Please get in touch if you have any further comments or questions.

March 24 Webinar: Connecting Classrooms

March 23rd, 2011 13 comments

This webinar will focus on the connectivity of our classrooms: getting our students in touch with other students, educators and experts outside of our school buildings. There is tremendous learning to be gained from discussions and collaborative work with people outside of the immediate environs. Differing perspectives, language practice, sharing lifestyle and culture information can all lead to a rewarding experience for students.
I will be joined by my special guest Nadene Mathes, first grade teacher at Atwood Primary School. She will take us through a project her students worked on with students in Europe, helping us to understand the work that goes into connection projects and the benefits her students gained from taking part. The webinar will also look at places to get started on connection projects, some ideas for ongoing projects and tools that can be used to smooth the way.
The webinar will take place on Thursday, March 24, at 3.15 and again at 7.15. To register for the webinar, click on the ‘Webcasts’ tab above and follow directions.

Image by superkimbo on Flickr, used under Creative Commons License.

February 3 Webinar: From Copyright to Creative Commons

February 2nd, 2011 2 comments

From Copyright to Creative CommonsAs citizens of the 21-st century, we have reached a point in human history where content creation and consumption is at an all time high. With this increase the notion of copyright has become prominent among all who traffic information. This webinar will provide the participant with an introduction to the concepts of copyright.

During the 3:15pm webinar we have the honor of talking with Creative Commons Policy Coordinator, Tim Vollmer. He will be discussing Creative Commons from an educators point of view. There will be time for Q&A so make sure to bring your questions.

During the 7:15pm webinar we will be discussing Copyright and Creative Commons with as many layman’s terms as possible. Very often it is easy to get caught up in the jargon around copyright. This session aims to introduce participants to copyright, the public domain, fair use, and Creative Commons.

Come join us Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 3:15 or 7:15 pm.  To register for this webinar, select the Webcasts tab at the top of the page and register for the time desired.

Update: As promised I have updated this post with links and resources used in the two webinars. Click read more to view them.

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2011 Rice Bowl Challenge

January 19th, 2011 Comments off

Rice Bowl LogoThe Maine Learning Technology Initiative in partnership with the Good Shepherd Food Bank and the United Nations World Food Programme is excited to invite you to participate in the first annual Rice Bowl Challenge. We invite you to challenge your students to Think Globally, Act Locally. The challenge starts now and runs through February 12, 2011.

Students can Think Globally by playing the Freerice game online that challenges them with questions about art, vocabulary, chemistry, geography, world languages, and math. For each question answered correctly, 10 grains of rice are donated to the World Food Programme. The game is adaptive, so as students answer correctly, the questions get harder! The Rice Bowl Challenge sees two teams compete for the RiceBowl championship. The objective? To raise rice for WFP and beat global hunger while proving intellectual strength.

Super Bowl 2010’s Most Valuable Player Drew Brees and Freerice are challenging students and sports fans, young and old, to team up for a different kind of bowl game this February, with the goal of beating global hunger.

The challenge runs February 6 – 12, with results tallied daily. Three Brees-autographed footballs will go to the top players who rack up the most rice by February 12.

Leading the charge this year is the Students Team led by the Maine Department of Education’s 1:1 laptop program, the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI). MLTI has already begun its blitz to tackle hunger, organizing 100,000 students to battle for the Bowl. Are you a student? MLTI invites you to join the MLTI Student team.

This year, we hope that 100,000 Maine students will participate! Students, teachers, parents, and community members can play. Learn more at

Students can Act Locally by helping to raise online donations for the Good Shepherd Food Bank. The Good Shepherd Food Bank helps collect and distribute much needed food to organizations all over Maine to help feed the hungry. Schools can compete to see which school can raise the most money during the RiceBowl Challenge by registering online. By registering, your school will have a unique URL (for example that will accept online donations directly to the Good Shepherd Food Bank on behalf of your school. 100,000 students each helping to raise an average of $10 each would mean $1 million to help feed the hungry here in Maine. To learn more and register your school, please visit

Wait there’s more! Check out these curricular ideas on how to challenge kids to think about how to solve hunger. If you have additional ideas, please share them by adding comments to this blog post!!

Please feel free to share this with all your schools in your district!

Curriculum Ideas: