Notes & Resources from Midsouth EduTweetUp & Web 2.0 Smackdown (Jan. 2011)

The first Midsouth EduTweetUp of 2011 was held Tuesday evening at the IDT Studio. Approximately 10 educators representing several school districts and area independent schools enjoyed an informative evening of networking and idea-sharing.

The evening’s festivities included opportunities for requesting advice/advice sharing, a tour of the IDT Studio, discussion about upcoming events, and concluded with a Web 2.0 Smackdown, where attendees had the opportunity to demonstrate their favorite Web 2.0 tool and share how it can be integrated with teaching and learning.

Thanks to everyone that participated and made this a fun and informative event.

A special thanks to Philip Cummings for coordinating the barbecue dinner and to Trey Martindale for hosting us in the IDT Studio.

Below are the slides from the meeting followed by a few notes and resources from the evening.


Educational Technology CertificateUM IDT‘s K-12 certificate in instructional computing applications is a series of four Instructional Design and Technology courses designed to prepare inservice and preservice teachers to meaningfully integrate technology into teaching and learning.

Graduate degrees in Instructional Design and Technology and School Library Information

2011 Martin Institute Spring Conference – Those who come to feast with us can choose from the a la carte menu of learning sessions, attending as few or as many as time allows. Registration in each session will be limited to the first hungry learners to “make their dinner reservations.

The 2011 Martin Institute Summer Conference will focus on PK-6 grade literacy and STEM. The call for presentation proposals will be posted in the coming weeks.

E-Learning Network – Monthly lunch meetings for professionals to learn about and share e-learning technologies and strategies.

Web 2.0 Smackdown

Here are the links from the Web 2.0 Smackdown.

Waze – Real-time maps and traffic information based on the wisdom of the crowd

Twitterfall – Twitterfall is a Twitter client specialising in real-time tweet searches. New tweets fall into the page.

Big Huge Labs and Education

SweetSearch – A search engine for students.

SweetSites – Collections of sites organized by subject and academic level for teachers and students.

Haiku – A lesson-centric learning management system built to bring the advantages of the web to your students and classes.

Digital Wish – Putting technology in the hands of teachers and students.

Wetoku – Easily conduct video interviews.

Skype Education – A free directory for teachers who want to use Skype to bring education to life in their classrooms.

Sqworl – A clean and simple way to visually bookmark multiple URLs.

NextUp and Meetzi – In-meeting management tools that helps make your meetings more focused, actionable, and on time.

Kids’ Vid – An instructional web site that gives teachers and students the tools necessary to implement video production in the classroom.

Review the tweets and links using the event tag: #metu.

Future EduTweetUps are already in the works. Please add your information to the Memphis EduTweetUp database to receive information about future events.

Event Tag: #metu

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Clif Mims is a Christian, husband, father, teacher, cancer warrior, and fan of the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Memphis Grizzlies.