April 11, 2010

Show #: 124

GUEST: Silvia Tolisano

SKYPE: Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano (langwitches)

Show Host Skype Names:
Sharon (eebee1)
Cheri (drctedd)
Peggy (pgeorge1)

WOWS to be delicioused:
(we didn't use our WOWs of Week last time so can carry them forward if you like)

Our delicious tag for tonight: (use this format-year,month,date-no spaces: wow2_20090324)



http://snipurl.com/uzia5 - Not necessarily the topic, but how he created this. I want to learn how!
http://www.preceden.com/ - Creating timelines
http://snipurl.com/uziix - 20 ways to use flip-cams in the classroom

Peggy: Urgent Evoke (gaming projects shared by Rachel Smith on Teachers Teaching Teachers this week) http://www.urgentevoke.com/
A Crash Course in Saving the World:
EVOKE is a ten-week crash course in changing the world. This is not a simulation. You are about to tackle real problems.Food security. Energy. Water security. Disaster relief. Poverty. Pandemic. Education. Global conflict. Human rights.

It is free to play and open to anyone, anywhere.
The goal of the social network game is to help empower young people all over the world, and especially young people in Africa, to come up with creative solutions to our most urgent social problems.
The game begins on March 3, 2010. Players can join the game at any time.
EVOKE is directed by alternate reality game master Jane McGonigal. http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world.html
EVOKE is for all ages; recommended age 13 and up. If you'd like to get involved in some of the teacher projects, they're just getting started. Here are the details:
The group has brainstormed six different projects with goals and timelines, and we're looking for people who are interested in working on them. They range from a jointly-authored paper to a learning game to a curriculum package for using EVOKE-like techniques in the classroom.
Wiki link: http://urgentevoke.wikia.com/wiki/Calling_All_Teachers
Have a look at the projects on the wiki, and if you're interested in being part of one or more, put your name and a link to your EVOKE profile in the Team Members list for that project.

Silvia's Sites:
Blog http://langwitches.org/blog/
Flickr Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/langwitches
The challenge is to connect your students with 80 schools from around the world via Skype (a free video conferencing tool). Once completed, you will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of "Skyping Certified Educator"

Transition to Around the World with 80 Schools Ning

Around the World with 80 Schools started in January 2009 and is an ongoing project.
“Around he World with 80 School ” has continued to grow beyond expectations. Currently there are over 400 participants.
A few weeks ago, I added a Ning platform to facilitate management, communication and collaboration among members.
The Ning already has over 175 185 members participating.
I am in the process of transitioning ALL the project content to the Ning, which means the
will no longer be active and maintained starting May 1, 2010.


Are you ready to get started with Skype? In this presentation you will see and hear what kind of hardware and software you will need, get step by step instructions to set up for your first call. Find out strategies and discover projects to join as well as links and resources how to find and contact more partners. You will hear advice from real teachers on how to prepare your class for successful Skype connections, help your students learn, document, reflect, and many more ideas how to open up your classroom to the world.

Silvia's book published on Lulu: How-To-Guide: Digital Storytelling for Educators (120 pages)
FreeDownloads immediatelyThis guide was written especially for educators, who want to teach 21st century skills, such as collaborating, communicating, and connecting, through digital storytelling
My name is Silvia Tolisano. I was born in Germany, raised in Argentina and am living in the United States. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with a Minor in International Studies and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology.
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My areas of interest include technology in the classroom, digital storytelling, multicultural and global education.
Current Position: Jacksonville, FL
  • 21st Century Learning Specialist at Martin J. Gottlieb Day School
  • Tech Advisory Blogger at Techlearning.com
From LinkedIn:


Coordinate and facilitate the technology integration program through modeling the use of technology in all curriculum areas and assist teachers as they integrate and utilize technology resources.
Co-plan and co-teach projects with core subject and resource teachers by modeling effective use of the internet and tools for students and teachers.
Implement learning technologies and 21st Century Literacy skills in curricula.
Effectively incorporate and support teachers' use of technology in delivery of curricula through a variety of instructional methods.
Capable of integrating global awareness, international content, issues, and perspectives into a standards-based curriculum.


Technology integration, Web 2.0 and learning, 21st century skills, social media tools, global studies and global awareness, global collaborative projects, interactive white board, digital storytelling, project based learning, web design, faculty, staff and administrator training and professional development, conference presenter.

-Teaching Certificate:
Educational Media Specialist PreK-12
Foreign Language- German K-12
Foreign Language- Spanish K-12

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