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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


May is MARVELous!!

May 5th, 2011 Comments off

MARVEL logoMLTI is excited to help spread the word about MARVELous May, a scavenger hunt project to increase students’ awareness of MARVEL!, Maine’s Virtual Library. MARVEL! contains thousands of magazines, newspapers, and reference books and is available anywhere in the State. Please spread the word to your colleagues, friends, and students so everyone can explore MARVEL! and have a shot at winning some great prizes in the process (including the grand prize of a digital whiteboard!).

MARVELous May is a joint project of the Maine State Library and the Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine (ACTEM). Please visit for full details.

March 10 Notes from Using Noteshare for Research

March 11th, 2011 Comments off

Great medium for a research unit.  Each section of the noteshare notebook for each research process.

Just because students can find out the natural resources of a country does not mean they know how to search and research.  Teachers need to quide them.  Help them internalize their research by adding that higher level research question.

Use the MLTI minutes for additional help in using noteshare.

From the chat box discussion in the second webinar several people concluded that schools who use noteshare frequently should get a noteshare server.

Links to sites or pdfs can be added to the noteshare.

Note cards can be created and sorted right in the noteshare.   Students can record information or teachers and record comments.   The material can be recorded for students with difficulty reading the material.

Here is a list of resources you might wish to use.

Pam Goucher included this link from School Library Journal in the chat box on the changes in student researching that is very interesting.

See Sally Research: An Environmental Scan by Joyce Valenza environmental-scan       (Copy and paste into browser
Isearch steps

Corrnel University Analyzing information sources

Cambridge and Latin School Basic Steps of the research process

Graphic Organizers:

Omnigraffle is a tool on the mlti devices that can also be used to create a graphic organizer.
Teachervision Graphic Organizer
Education Place Graphic Organizer
Research topic triangle

Kathy Schrock’s Guide to evaluating web sites

Citation Souces:

Easy Bib

Son of citation Machine


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March 10 Webinar: Using Noteshare for Research

March 7th, 2011 4 comments

The perfect marriage is joining Student Research and Noteshare.  These two are made for each other.   Lost assignments, notecards and first drafts could be an unpleasant memory for both you and your students.  Find out how Noteshare can make your life and your students life more pleasant by helping to focus attention on learning instead of constantly trying to find web links, teacher help pages and notecards.

From brainstorming ideas as the first step of the research process to completing the final draft, students can use a noteshare you create to keep all the steps of the research process together.    Find out how your students can add notecards and bibliographies to complete their assignments.  Same concepts, different formats.  Do you have students who would benefit from hearing a recording of your assignment?  You can dictate assignments and students can also record their thoughts and ideas.

This webinar will be held March 10 at 3:15 and 7:15.  To register, select the Webcast tab at the top of the page and register the time desired.

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MLTI Minute

January 10th, 2011 2 comments

The MLTI team announces the creation of MLTI Minute (MM). The MM is bite size PD for all MLTI users. We realize everyone has busy schedules and although we all would like to know more about our MLTI computers we often struggle to find the time. Most MM episodes only take a minute or two to watch, with some taking a few minutes longer.

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The short Screen Recordings cover a variety of topics related to MLTI. The clips show, as well as talk through demonstrations of the various features and applications of your MLTI MacBook. Each episode will focus on a tip or topic to help you make the most of MLTI. These bite size chunks of PD should help save time in your classroom or with your homework as they demonstrate some of the wonderful features of your MLTI laptop.

Perhaps there is something on your MLTI MacBook you would like to know more about? There is a section on the MM site for you to request a MM. If you request it, we will create it.

These short professional development clips are suitable for teachers, administrators students and parents. They work for anyone involved with the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. All MLTI Minutes are tagged. Use the search feature to find an episode.

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Notes from the October 28th Webinar: Accessing the Past

November 1st, 2010 Comments off

The digitizing of primary source material is becoming an important step forward in the teaching and learning of history. The ability of students to access and use high quality images of primary sources that once were confined to archives, museums, libraries and historical society’s shelves means that new learning and understanding of the past is feasible at an unprecedented level. In addition, the tools available to students to create their own digital copies of primary sources adds a dimension of ownership to the creation of history that can only be imagined at this point. However, as educators, we must ensure that this process and action is ongoing, rigorous and meaningful.

We should be encouraging our students to explore and add to current archives of material available to them. Some of the online collections that were examined in the webinar included the Maine State Archives Civil War Sesquicentennial Collection, the Maine Memory Network and the Library of Congress Flickr Collection of historic images. These three collections give a varied picture of how primary source materials are being presented to the public, and really only hint at the kinds of material available. To deepen this examination, students could be directed to search YouTube for primary source video, such as news broadcasts and amateur footage of events, and the Internet Archive for audio recordings.

The creation of digital copies of primary source material using student laptops is surprisingly simple, with the addition of a scanner or a digital camera that can create high resolution images. Scanners that can create images of 800 pixels per inch are now very affordable for most department budgets, and can be used by many to create an impressive library of digital images of documents, photographic prints and other material on a page, such as maps, plans and newspaper articles.
On the MLTI laptops, the application Image Capture makes the process getting a scanner to work very easy. For most scanners, it is a straightforward ‘plug and play’, and the ability to work with the images pre-scan is taken care of right in the application. Adjusting resolution, size of the image created, naming and location the image will be placed on the machine is now a matter of a few clicks.

Scanning guidelines for archival material can be found on the Maine Memory Network site.

Once a digital copy has been created, it is important to name the material correctly. This can be for the purposes of retrieval if the copies are added to a database, for both the creator and another user. If standard naming conventions are followed, it will make it more useful when sharing the material for anyone to locate and understand the material. The Maine State Archives have provided a naming convention for files containing digital copies, and can be found here.

Using digital tools to create meaning and understanding from primary source materials can occur in many ways. Using Comic Life to ‘unpack’ an image is a great entry point for many students: the whole image of the material can be placed in the center of a page, and cutaway focus images of the detail can then be added to the page, with text bubbles providing commentary on the detail. iMovie can be used to generate a Ken Burns style documentary (the default setting for still images in iMovie is the Ken Burns effect). Using Google Earth to locate the source material’s origin or current archive, through adding placemarks to the map, is a powerful way to build relationships to the material through geography. Building online collections, through blogs and wikis, and also through Flickr sets, provides the opportunity for the wider world to comment on the material, thus leading to new perspectives and new understanding around documents that were perhaps previously only available to a few.

The connections to the past that can be created through students using primary source material are important for the future of history and historical learning. By creating and gaining access to primary source material that before the arrival of the digital age was restricted, we can hope to build a new story of our past, and thereby gain a new understanding of who we are today.

October 28 Webinar: Accessing the Past – Using Primary Sources Digitally

October 22nd, 2010 Comments off

Powerful connections and understandings can be made when a student is able to use primary source material in their work. Their interpretation of documents, letters, photographs, films, contemporary reports and objects creates new learning and meaning, by placing the world of yesterday in the framework of our world today.

For too long, access to primary source material has been limited to museums, archives, historical societies as well as attics and basements. Now, with a growing movement to make digital copies of this material available online, access to primary source material is unprecedented for the student researcher. This access obviously brings great benefits, but also challenges: finding the material, storing the copies, and creating high quality digital copies that are accessible to all.

This webinar will discuss and demonstrate how students can create digital copies of primary source material available in their local area, and make the copies available to online users. We will talk about standards for digital copies of material, and work with tools that can be used in this process. In addition, we will look at online collections that are available for use, and discuss ways in which students can use the material found in collections.There will also be a chance to share your own experiences of using primary source material, both with students and from your own work.

This webinar is a precursor to the Maine Council for Social Studies conference on Friday, November 12. For more details on this conference, please visit

This session will be delivered on Thursday, October 28, at 3:15 PM and again at 7:15 PM. For information and to register, please choose the WebCasts tab at the top of this page.

Thanks to Jim Moulton for the image, showing a letter from Charles Potter from Bowdoin, ME, dated Aug 14, 1835.

WatchMECreate Engages Maine Students in Serious Creativity

September 30th, 2010 Comments off

Regular readers of this blog and participants in our webinars understand the importance of giving students opportunities to solve real problems and to create and publish their work for real audiences. MLTI in collaboration with ACTEM is providing such an opportunity with their new project, WatchMECreate. The first challenge, WatchMEGraduate, has already begun but it’s not too late for students teams to get involved. In case you missed it, I’m posting the original announcement here.

Student Conference

Do you believe that students do their best work when they take on challenges that truly matter in the real world? Have you ever looked for Maine-based projects you could point middle and high school students towards that would make a real difference?  Projects where they could use their technical and communication skills in support of something that really matters? Projects where they could work independently, in teams with their friends and have the chance to be rewarded for the quality of their work with something more than good grades?

WatchMECreate ( is a collaborative effort between ACTEM & the MLTI. It will consist of a series of serious challenges put out to Maine’s grade 7-12 schools, asking students (and perhaps teachers) to collaboratively develop and submit video responses.  While posed as a “student challenge,” it is assumed that some students may come to it independently while others will be directed towards it by their teacher.

The first challenge is called WatchMEGraduate and asks students to create a 2-minute video response to, “What one thing should be done in your school community to increase the number of kids who make it to graduation?” This challenge is made real by the following documents:

Gov. Baldacci’s Economic Strategy ( “The most important measure of economic development in Maine is the educational attainment of its people and the opportunities that arise from our people’s participation in the economy of tomorrow.”

From Maine Dept. of Education Website ( “An Act To Increase Maine’s High School Graduation Rates (Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA c. 211, sub-c. 1-B) …The bill also requires the Commissioner of Education and the State Board of Education to establish a stakeholder group to develop recommendations relating to increasing secondary school graduation rates in the State and to report its findings to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters by January 10, 2011.”

Dates: went live on 9/1/10; First challenge, WatchMEGraduate, went live on 9/7/10; Uploads will begin to be accepted on September 14, 2010 through November 10, 2010.
Here’s the process:

  1. A team of up to four student members (grades 7-12) will produce a video response to the current challenge
  2. Videos must put forward positive solutions that are process-focused
  3. The video will be no longer than 2 minutes
  4. Teams are responsible for obtaining appropriate permissions for any materials used
  5. All videos must carry, in the credits, a Creative Commons license
  6. The video will be uploaded (see web site for details), along with contact information, but will not be publicly displayed until all appropriate releases have been received by ACTEM & MLTI
  7. That’s it. Now get to work. Oh, and because this is professional grade work, please do be sure to cite your sources…

Judging process: Pains are being taken to make this not “feel like school.” A rubric has been created and posted on the web site.  Judges will be drawn from ACTEM & MLTI as well as other community sources.

Rewards: All teams whose entry is accepted as complete and placed on the WatchMECreate site will be entered into a drawing for team sets of four high quality, limited edition ACTEM / MLTI WatchMECreate T-shirts. Five middle school teams and five high school teams will be chosen at random. The top Middle School and High School teams will each be awarded $500 to be used by the team to help move their solution forward, as well as an iPod nano for each student team member.

Questions or comments: Please send e-mail to