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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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.
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Back in January of 2007 I had the opportunity to travel to Indiana University and meet with Dr. Curtis Bonk to talk about his work with educational technology, learning objects and e-Learning. I learned a tremendous amount from that trip and have since kept in contact with Dr. Bonk, whose latest book has been a great resource in improving my own teaching practice.

When I saw one of Dr. Bonk’s recent updates on Facebook was in regards to using wikis in the early elementary classroom, I eagerly dropped him a line to offer my assistance since I have given numerous presentations on this topic. As it turns out, you might be able to help Dr. Bonk and his colleagues as well, plus have a chance to win an iPod Nano! See details from Dr. Bonk below and thanks in advance for your assistance!

A research team from Ohio University and Indiana University is conducting a study of the use of wikis in the classroom by early childhood and elementary teachers and would love those of you using wikis in these age groups to help. If you are a P-6 educator who is using wikis in your classroom please consider contributing to the study. TAKE THE SURVEY

Those taking the survey will be entered in a drawing for a free iPod nano. Anyone volunteering to be interviewed about their experiences will be entered into a second drawing. The survey will take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. When you enter the survey site, you will first be asked to initial and date a consent form to indicate that you agree to participate in the study. If you have any questions, the researchers can be contacted via at the emails listed below.

Dr. Lena Lee, Assistant Professor, Ohio University, School of Human and Consumer Sciences, leer2@ohio.edu
Dr. Curt Bonk, Professor, Indiana University, School of Education, cjbonk@indiana.edu
Ms. Chun-Yi Lin, Doctoral Student, Indiana University, School of Education, cl17@indiana.edu

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