With BlogBall09 (#bb09a) reaching the midpoint of its 22 week regular season, I’m starting to wonder, as Pink Floyd might ask, is there is anybody out there? My squad —Mr. Mojo Risin’ (58-43-9)– has been stuck in second place for the past 3 weeks unable to gain any ground on the league leader Hirschy Bears (66-41-3). Close behind me in the standings are Swing from the Heels (58-46-6) and Higgy’s Tribe Time (57-48-5). Mr. Mojo’s opponent in week 12 –fellow Ohioan, Buckeye Ballers (55-47-8)– leads the league in strikeouts (517) and could really gain some ground in the standings this week if Mojo’s squad continues to play as poorly as they have. Full league standings at the halfway mark are below.

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I had the opportunity to visit the campus of Ohio University – Lancaster today where I presented to a group of educators who are part of The Heart of Ohio Tech Prep Consortium. My session was titled ‘Teaching and Reaching the Millennial Learner: New Possibilities for the Information Age’ and was a part of their 2009 Summer Workshop. The session objectives were:

  • Provide an in-depth look at a number of free Web 2.0 tools and applications that K-12 educators can use to create standards-based learning experiences that are engaging, foster creativity, and relevant to the current and future needs of their students.
  • Address instructional strategies that enable teachers to promote collaborative, independent, and differentiated learning, adapting to the needs of each learner with a focus on content standards.

All of the resources demonstrated or referenced during this presentation can be accessed at http://brueckei.pbworks.com/ by clicking on the Heart of Ohio Tech Prep link located under PAST PRESENTATIONS in the wiki Sidebar. The Ustream.Tv recording of the session can be found below and on my Raised Digital-TV channel. I had a great time sharing, discussing and engaging in thoughtful conversation with a wonderful group of Ohio educators!

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I gave a presentation yesterday titled “The Social Web for Early Elementary: Shifting Literacy from Individual Expression to Community Engagement” at Lorain Community College for a group of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teachers from Lorain City Schools. Below, you can find the uStream.tv video archive* of the presentation and my Slideshare show. Here’s the complete presentation wiki.

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While Qik has been around for almost a year or more, I’ve never had the opportunity to leverage the service into my blog or any of my presentations. This had been primarily due to the fact that I did not have a Nokia phone or an iPhone. Alas, I am one of the few Mac users who uses a Blackberry. This is because I have a family plan/contract with Verizon for my cellular service. I’m extremely satisfied with Verizon’s service, but have always been a little bummed that I can’t have an iPhone (that isn’t jailbroken). Today, everything got a little better when I found out that Qik was now supporting the BlackBerry Storm, the mobile device I am currently carrying. You can see the results of Qik from my Storm above. I plan on testing the service more extensively in the upcoming weeks. If you’re a Storm owner who would like to utilize Qik, you can enter following link in Blackberry Storm browser and download latest version (0.1.11): http://qik.com/dl/298. Check the blog frequently for future episodes of Raised Digital LIVE!

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On Wednesday, June 10, 2009 I’ll be presenting at the Lorain City School’s Center for Early Literacy Excellence Summer Institute. The Summer Institute is a part of Lorain’s Early Reading First program.

From ED.gov:
Early Reading First, part of the President’s “Good Start, Grow Smart” initiative, is designed to transform existing early education programs into centers of excellence that provide high-quality, early education to young children, especially those from low-income families. The overall purpose of the Early Reading First Program is to prepare young children to enter kindergarten with the necessary language, cognitive, and early reading skills to prevent reading difficulties and ensure school success.
My session is entitled “The Social Web for Early Elementary: Shifting Literacy from Individual Expression to Community Involvement.” The wiki I’ve created to to serve as a presentation resource can be found at http://brueckei.pbworks.com/. Use the Lorain Early RF link in the SideBar to access the wiki page for this session. This is a partial list of some of the websites I’ll be sharing with the early elementary educators during my session.
Photo Credit: Eingabe4 by andrea.mayr, on Flickr

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