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June 2011

Invited Speaker at ELTAI

I only found out after I presented as an invited speaker at the ELTAI that there were over 400 participants. It was an awesome experience presenting to such a huge audience online via WizIQ. Here's the recording .

Math & Arts Conference

I am co-organizing the Math & Arts Conference at Ithaca College in NY. The conference will be online and face-to-face.

Moodlemoot (MMVC11)

MMVC11 will be taking place from August 17-21, 2011. The Moot is online and free. Join the events, today so you can receive reminders of the event and view the video recordings. I no longer need help with the Moodlemoot online conference (MMVC11).

Moodle for Teachers (M4T) Book

Started the M4T book collaborative project.

Virtual Classroom

WizIQ Research Study



September 2010

September 5, 2010

Join a free online conference at Crste Global Symposium

August 2010

August 31, 2010

IT4ALL Mahara was launched today. You may join and create your e-portfolio for free.

August 25,2010

  • L4C42 has started and I'm really excited about facilitating on WikiEducator after an absence of 2 or 3 months. I find the workshop and the facilitation a very exciting learning experience. I always learn about others, myself and ways of improving online facilitation and collaborative learning.
  • My students will be creating e-porfolios to allow them to reflect and develop their cognitive structures. I will be following many of the ideas suggested by Betty Garner in getting to Got it!. Here's a great video by Lisa Gray for those who would like to know more about the many ways of using eportfolios:

August 18m 2010

Professional Electronic Portfolio (PEP), a 4-week workshop on IT4ALL Moodle, officially began, today.

July 2010

July 27, 2010

My Doctor of Education degree arrived, today.

June 2010

June 2, 2010

I love reading about other people's journeys. I am currently following a jewelry designer's journey. Efrat Deutsch has created a blog where she documents the process of designing jewelry.

May 2010

May 31, 2010

I miss the doctoral journey.

May 30, 2010

IT4ALL Global Exchange (GE) is attracting more educators as it combines WikiEducator L4C38, free Moodle workshops, and groups that cater to various categories.

May 21, 2010

I passed my oral defense and submitted my doctoral dissertation to the dean's office. It was very exciting.

October 2009

October 26, 2009

I just sent instructions for Day 2 of L4C31 because Gladys, the lead facilitator informed me that she cannot post to the group. ( edited the document on google docs where Gladys had added it for me to access and sent the message off to the participants, It is very important to have backups and co-facilitators. Working in teams ensures that the job gets done when one facilitator cannot access the Internet or has other issues.

I am also learning the value of asking questions and am reminded of the KWL/KWHL charts as learning and reading for understanding strategies. What we know is crucial to figuring out what we want to know. Once we know what we want to know, we need to figure out how and where to get the information, whom to ask and the resources that will provide the answers. Once we try various sources, we can evaluate and reflect on the learning process and summarize what we learned and start the cycle all over again.

I would like to add a question that was asked on the first day of L4C online course:

Participant's Question

I was wondering as to where do we have to post the activities. Is it on the Wikis discussion thread? Or right here through emails? Or is it just for our own reflections and no need to post them?

Facilitator's Answer

This is an excellent question. You practice the wiki skills on your user page or sandbox that you will see on your user page, too. Just click the sandbox heading, click on edit on top to start the page and practice the wiki skills you learn there. In addition, pay careful attention to the instructions and follow the links that are provided. The links will be leading you to the tutorials that provide explanations on how to proceed. Please continue asking questions such as this because they will lead to your success in acquiring the skills needed to use the wiki.
Thank you.

October 24, 2009

Dr. Robert Diotalevi presented on Copyrights Laws for Educators on WiZiQ, today. It was an incredible learning experience even his audience.

Dr. Diotalevi has given permission to add the presentation so others can learn but with due credit given to him for doing the work. Dr. Diotalevi does these presentations on a voluntary basis. I would like to thank him publicly for helping educators become aware of fair use and copyrights in and out of the classroom.

Dr. Diotalevi's Presentation

  • Watch Dr. Bob Diotalevi's presentation on Copyright Law in Education
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Resources on Copyrights Laws for Educators

September, 2009

September 19

Started CCK09 ning for those who would like to explore connectivism and connective knowledge. Do I have time for all this? No, I have a huge to do list that I am have nightmares about, but then, social networking is so much more fun.

September 18

Completed interviewing participant number 23 and have a few more to go. I only need 20 but would like to make sure the research goes well. I have joined Atlas-ti 6.0 and may join Transana by David Woods if I can convert my tipcam files as AVI. I believe I recorded them as Flv.

September 17

Love the transfer big files free service.

From August 28 - September 22

Lots of issues with my computers. One hard drive died with all my poems and stories lost forever. The new PC won't record using tipcam and the Webcam has gone on strike. I have been using my laptop and the new desk top alternatively while interviewing for my research study on the laptop and doing other things on the PC. I am also juggling between two fax, scanner and two printers moving the USB from the laptop to the desktop. Luckily, I have learned to be flexible when things go wrong. Patricia warned me that August and September would be difficult, but I never really took it seriously until ... wow. Yes, things are going according to the stars.

August, 2009

I got my doctoral proposal approved by the ARB and am waiting to get approval by the IRB so I can start collecting data.

Responses on Facebook

  • Kimberly Culver McClain

Congratulations! That was fast!

Thank you, Kimberly. Yes, it took a week.
  • Alisha Panjwani

Congratulations Nelie!!!!

  • Jonathon Richter

woohoo! keep at it!

  • Alejandra Guajardo

Great step Nellie. Congratulations!!

  • Phil Bartle

Oh, that is good news

  • Angelina Macedo

Congratulations, Nellie!!

  • Lorraine Mockford


  • Arielion Clawtooth

Great job, as always! May it bring you all that you hoped it would & more balanced by a personal life that's even more fulfilling!

  • Elaine J. Roberts

Congratulations. Hope the IRB process goes smoothly.

  • Evelyn Izquierdo

Congrats, Nellie!!!! A big hug.

  • Marilyn Sahiba

Congrats, Nellie!

July, 2009

July 26, 2009

Falling takes a long time

As I was running on a side street heading north to Dupont Street, I tripped and was about to fall. I could sense the fall and tried to stop it from happening, but realized the angle of the fall was too steep and fast to stop. So, I decided to let myself fall but to stretch my hands out in front of me a few inches from the pavement to absorb the fall. I did just that, I lay flat on the pavement. The palm of my hands were dirty and very painful from the impact on the wet rainy sidewalk. I got up and continued running until I found a puddle to clean the palm of my hands and relieve the pain. I had fallen flat on my face without any marks on my body. Who would have believed I could fall and not get hurt. Was this a miracle?

July 18, 2009

High Schools Not Ready for Technology

My current high school has asked me to stop using the computer lab and only work in the traditional classroom. However, I am not going to stop using technology. Starting September 1st, my students and I will only be connecting from home. I may be able to get a few computer classes to get the students started but that's all. I guess I am lucky that I am very experienced in integrating technology into my EFL classes, so I will be able to manage. I am a bit shocked that some schools are just not ready to accept technology. Am I alone in believing that technology can facilitate and improve the quality of instruction and learning in the K-12 setting?


I posted the following message on Facebook: Am I alone in believing that technology can facilitate and improve the quality of instruction and learning in the K-12 setting?

  • You are far from alone, though I certainly understand the feeling.
  • Not at all! Have you seen the work of/@ teach paperless?
  • Alone?! Definitely not! I'm right here with you. Naysayers beware. The Ed Tech Revolution is here to stay.
  • Of course you aren't alone...but you're feeling is shared too. In most schools, just a few teachers can see ahead with open minds
  • They just don't know how to take advantage of technology. Keep up pioneering efforts... you have the "know-how" --Gladys Gahona 14:36, 26 July 2009 (UTC)
So, maybe we should form a support group.
Yes, that's a great idea!