Parent-Teacher Conferences


It’s that time of year again … time to meet the parents to discuss their son/daughter’s achievement in your class.  Check out this blog post to read some advice on what works in conferences.  Be sure to also check out the comments to the blog for even more advice.  Then, return here and leave a comment with YOUR tips/tricks/best practices for Parent-Teacher conferences.

What do you do to ensure that your parent-teacher conferences go smoothly?


Global Education Conference

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Bienvenue! Welcome! 歡迎! Willkommen! Benvenuto!
반갑습니다! Seja bem-vindo(a)! Bienvenido!

The 2011 Global Education Conference will be held November 14 – 18, online and free. Sessions will take place in multiple time zones and multiple languages over the five days. The 2010 Global Education Conference had 15,028 unique logins and presentations from 62 countries.

To attend and be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, click HERE and join the Ning.

The sessions schedule is now live and available in multiple time zones HERE.

The conference is a collaborative, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity.

The conference seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects related to connecting educators and classrooms with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real–world problems. Through this event, it is our hope that attendees will challenge themselves and others to become more active citizens of the world. Let us learn, question, create, and engage in meaningful, authentic opportunities within a global context!

Our goal is to help you make connections with other educators and students, and for this reason the conference is very inclusive and also provides broad opportunities for participating and presenting. We have expert presenters and keynote speakers, but we also encourage presenters who either have not presented before or have not presented in Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate).

The information above was borrowed from:

Searcheeze – Collaborative Research Made Easy!

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Thanks to Christine Rineer who sent me the video below, and Ellen Kosh who sent it to her..  This looks to be an awesome, easy-to-use and effective collaborative research tool.  Not only can you build your collections (of websites, specific text on sites, photos, videos, anything) for your private use, but you can share them as well.  On top of that, you can invite others to work on your collections with you.  And there you have it, collaborative research!

In addition to finding and saving items into collections, there is the ability to add text to each entry, custom text fields in-between and among items, and also each item in the collection can be commented on, shared on social networking sites, etc.

Check out this video to learn more:


Check out my first “go” at a collection for Collaboration & Video Conferences:

How do you think this can be used in your classroom?  Leave your comments below!

Want some quick, effective teaching tips to get kids to pay attention and follow directions?

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This link will take you to the NY Times videos (average 1 minute in length) for 5 effective techniques to get kids to pay attention and follow directions.  Taken from Doug Lemov’s work, author of Teach Like a Champion, try these simple techniques and see the impact in your classroom dynamics.

FREE Moodle Webinars

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You’re Invited to CCIU’s 2011-12 Moodle Forums!

We have scheduled a full year of Moodle sessions, and as always, they’re on-the-house! Won’t you join us?

The Moodle Lesson, Explained
with guest Andy Petroski, Harrisburg University
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 | 3:30-4:30PM ET

Inside a Moodle Mind: Laurie Korte
with guest Laurie Korte, author of  Moodle Magic: Make it Happen
Monday, November 14, 2011 | 3:00-4:00PM ET

Inside a Moodle Mind: James Gates
with guest James Gates,
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 | 3:00-4:00PM ET

Welcome to Moodle 2.0, Part One: Navigating and Editing a Course
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 | 3:00-4:00PM ET

Moodle Modules and Plugins
with guest Andy Petroski, Harrisburg University
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 | 3:00-4:00PM ET

Moodle Design Disasters, Repaired
(back by popular demand!)
Wednesday, March 14, 2012  | 3:00-4:00PM ET

Welcome to Moodle 2.0, Part Two: Resource Changes
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 | 3:00-4:00PM ET

The Moodle Database, Explained
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | 3:00-4:00PM ET

Welcome to Moodle 2.0, Part Three: Activity Changes
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 | 3:00-4:00PM ET

Visit the Moodle Forums page to get the full scoop and descriptions.

Register for Act 48 credit at

Hope to see you there!

CCIU Moodle

Discovery Education Fall Virtual Conference

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Hi, everyone.

A week from now Discovery Educators from all over the world will dressing up in their best Tech or Treat costumes and getting together, virtually and in person, for the DEN’s Fall Virtual Conference.  We have an amazing lineup of presenters including Wes Fryer, Joe Brennan, and PA’s own DEN Guru Traci Blazosky.

Check out the schedule at:

The focus of this year’s Fall Virt Con is Digital Storytelling.  I hope you can join us, and if you are interested in getting together in person we are hosting a free event in Harrisburg, PA.

  • Saturday, October 22, 2011
  • Foose Elementary School, Harrisburg, PA
  • 9 AM to 12 PM
  • Lunch and prizes will be provided courtesy of the Discovery Educator Network!
  • Register at:  

Join us for hands-on digital storytelling sessions, networking, prizes and food.  Come spend the morning with us and invite your colleagues as well.  Share the flyer below.

And, when you decide to join us, think about taking it to the next level by dressing up in costume.  We are giving away some serious prize packs for the best costumes!


on behalf of the PA DEN Leadership Council

Lance Rougeux
Vice President
Discovery Education

Virtual Field Trips/ Video Conference PD Opportunities

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Would you like to break down the 4 walls of your classroom and bring the outside world in?  Read on!

Magpi is once again offering FREE professional development opportunities for learning more about virtual field trips and video conferences.

A brief outline of offerings is below.  Click HERE for the flyer with more complete information and registration info.

Enhance Your Teaching with Virtual Field Trips
Date:October 4, 2011
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM EDT
Target Audience:
K12 Educators, Educational Technologists, IVC Integrators
More Info/Registration:

Supporting Interactive and Advanced Video in the Classroom: A Workshop for Technology Integrators and Network Specialists
October 6, 2011
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Target Audience:
K20 Technology Integrators and Support Staff and Network Specialists
More Info/Registration:

Best Practices for Videoconferencing in the Classroom: The Educator’s Edition
October 25, 2011
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM ET
Target Audience: 

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Jazz Up Your Interactive Presentatons or Distance Learning Sessions!
November 10, 2011
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Target Audience:
K12 Teachers, Higher Education Faculty and Technology Integrators
More Info/Registration:

The Social Side of Videoconferencing: Enhancing Collaboration and Moderating
Tuesday Nov. 15, 2011
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM EDT
Target Audience: 
K12 Teachers, Higher Education Faculty, and IVC Integrators interested in incorporating social networking and other interactive tools to increase interactivity
More Info/Registration:

** If you cannot attend any of these but want to learn more about video conferencing, please contact your librarian or Dianne Krause!  **

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