Class Announcements - Updated May 12 Mrs Lindsay


This project requires a lot of self discipline and focus. Each of you may be at a different point in this project. Expect your teacher to ask where you are with this project. Some students are choosing to print out this list and keep it in a folder. They are checking off things when they are done!
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Sunday/Monday May 13-14


  1. Multimedia Artifact: Your final personal video should be uploaded to TeacherTube and/or YouTube (or Google Video if you prefer). Horizon Project groups have been set up on TeacherTube and YouTube. Once the video is uploaded it must be embedded into the wiki page on the area of impact page AND the main wiki page for your trend. The following details need to be put with the video ON the wiki page: Title - Explanation of Video. Author - (First name last initial, Country, Year). Contributors - First name last initial, country, year - Item contributed (list all items contributed for the video)
  2. Student Summit: We have an exciting week ahead with SIX main Summit sessions using Elluminate conferencing software. Check out the calendar on the Summit wiki and make sure you have the URL to login to Elluminate from your teacher. ALL summit sessions will have at least two of the 5 classrooms in session as well as other international guests. ALL summit sessions will be recorded.
Summit Preparation: Each student in the summit will be asked to share their project with the participants.
Students are to prepare answers for:
  • What is the most significant trend for your topic?
  • What is the best resource you found for this project?
  • What is your prediction in this trend/area of impact that you think is most likely to happen?
  • Share your artifact on the public screen and speak to it (e.g. a .jpg file, a short (2-3 slides) PPT)

IMPORTANT Announcements


Resources for you

Resources Wiki Page: New tutorial called RSS in Plain English. Also links to help you with Storyboarding and Copyright with your multimedia artifact!

Expert review

From Lee Baber UCC, Judy O'Connell SN, Beth Ritter-Guth VW, Stewart Mader NSEFP, Kelly Christopherson MMEG, Steve Dembo MP. If you see messages etc in the discussion forum from these people they have volunteered to help you with your research and work. Use them to ask questions etc as well as your regular teachers.

Post questions

Remember each team gets 4 questions for the authors of the report. Agree on them and leave them on the questions page. You need to leave them this week.

Multimedia Artifact

Each student must have one video artifact for this project. You should have a portion of this video be from another student in your group. They may send you either an audio file, pictures, multimedia video, or another item. You should have licensing rights to all items used in your videos (creative commons licensing) and cite your sources at the end of the video. Your video should have this information included beneath the video.
Title - Explanation of Video
Author - (First name last initial, Country, Year)
Contributors -
First name last initial, country, year - Item contributed (list all items contributed for the video)
The video should be embedded on the main page for your trend (communciate with your PM about this)


Don't erase pages!

Just make sure that if you edit a page and don't save -- then you come back to the page say two days later -- it will ask to load the previous draft. If you say, "yes" it loads the draft from two days a go, not the one you're looking at! Then, when you edit and save, it overwrites everything from the last two days. So, if this is the case, when you go to the page and you want to edit the page as you currently see it, make sure that you click "Discard Previous Draft." Then you are good to go along with a list of what you plan to do next. Communication is vital! You are not an island but an ecosystem!

Some tips to help you in your day:



Coming into Class

  1. Check their RSS reader for edits and discussions on their pages. Reply to discussions and make a list of what they need to do for their day.
  2. Check their RSS reader for the daily announcements. See Class Announcements Page
  3. Read delicious links for their group -- they should be embedded on their pages.
  4. Check their e-mail and sign into the IM of their choice. Their team mates may be online.

During Class

  1. It is easy to get "lost in the Internet." Each day, your student should have an objective or goal that they can tell you about. (i.e. I am researching and reading my team's del.icio.us links and finding 5 more, or I am recording my introduction and posting. If they can't tell you what their doing, they need guidance! Review upcoming milestones with them and help them get focused.)
  2. Leave lots of notes on the discussion tab as necessary to leave questions, etc.
  3. Anything you have typed up should be posted to the wiki. (There is nothing worse than having a student do everything in word and post it to the wiki on the last day -- that is poor collaboration and a frustration for teammates who want to edit.)

At the end of Class

  1. Leave a summary note of your progress for the day on the discussion tab of your main wiki along with any questions/ issues for the whole group or your project manager. The teammates should know what you're doing and where you are with things.
  2. On your impact wiki, you should note where you left off, your questions and thoughts for your partner.

Past Announcements



4/17/2007


  1. Read the Horizon Report. See also the online web enabled version. (very useful for hyperlinks to resources!)
  2. Read the Student Start Page and followed the instructions there.

Wednesday 4/18/2007


  1. Post your introduction to the Student Introductions page. (if you haven't already done so).
  2. We've had a little change, most PM's are wanting to create a team communications page, so that is where you may post your twitter. This lets others see what you're doing! (Create a twitter account to do this. This will help you keep track with who is available to work when!)
  3. If you've already posted your twitter, go there and post!
  4. Go on your discussion tab and let others know which impact wiki you are interested in. The PM's need to decide as soon as possible who is doing which wiki!

Thursday 4/19/2007


  1. Note from Mrs. Vicki - I have left feedback as have some of the other teachers on your discussion tab, look for it first!
  2. By the end of the day, PM's should assign Impact Wikis and send e-mails. (Project Managers check your project manager home page!)
  3. PM's should have "touched base" with all students. Everyone should be checking the discussion tabs and leaving messages for each other!
  4. All students should have posted to the main page of your wiki. You should ALL be working to explain the background, current trends, and future trends of your group with hyperlinks. (User Created Content is a group with an incredible start!) Monday, you will get feedback from a class in Canada!
  5. Give your e-mail to your teacher so that they may share it with the other teachers. E-mail your group to touch base.
  6. It is highly suggested at the end of class that you post a message on the discussion area, talking about what you've done and where you left off

Friday/Saturday/Sunday 19/20/21 April



  1. PM's should have e-mailed and "touched base with all students." Check your e-mail and reply to their questions! If you don't reply, they don't know you've received it!
  2. Look at the way that you will be graded/assessed Focus on the wiki grading portion now!
  3. Make sure your main wiki is ready for review on Monday! Everyone should have posted in a meaningful way!
  4. Students begin working on impact wikis.
    • Begin discussions about videos and who will do each one on the impact wiki. (There must be one for each student.) You will need to think about the video that you'll be shooting to share with the other students. Next week, you'll need to send video to your impact wiki partner.

Sunday/Monday (April 22-23)


  1. It is very important for all students to keep communicating on a regular basis. Use the discussion forum of the wiki, and use it often to ask questions and make suggestions and share ideas. It is discouraging for some if they feel as though their discussions are not being read or responded to.
  2. Main wiki page: Everyone should be contributing to this page for your trend. In simple terms:
    1. Background: what is the trend all about (concepts, together with developments and ideas of where it is going);
    2. Current News: what are people saying about/doing with your trend? Every students should be able to post a unique news item and give a brief discussion about it.

  1. RUBRICS: Check the completed rubrics and also the rubric overview page. Work towards these. Note: the WIKI rubric is designed as a GROUP assessment.
  2. Expert review from Lee Baber UCC, Judy O'Connell SN, Beth Ritter-Guth VW, Stewart Mader NSEFP, Kelly Christopherson MMEG, Steve Dembo MP. If you see messages etc in the discussion forum from these people they have volunteered to help you with your research and work. Use them to ask questions etc as well as your regular teachers.

Tuesday/Wednesday (April 24/25)


  1. We are so honoured to have Karl Fisch as our Keynote Speaker later this week. Make sure you watch his video (embedded on this wiki).
  2. Look at how you will be graded! Check the completed rubrics and also the rubric overview page.
  3. Select an editor. As you have begun to notice, although we all speak English, there are many accepted spellings that differ by country. To keep us from having "wiki wars" over spelling, we are asking that each wiki page have a primary editor, at the bottom of the page write who the primary editor is and what standard of english is used. For example, this page will read:
    Edited by: Vicki D
    Standard: American English
  4. Video for your PM - Project managers have the daunting task of including video from all of you. You should be droploading a 30 second -1 minute (unedited) video about your area of impact. Discuss this with PM's. They need this in their inbox by Sunday!
  5. EDIT WIKIS! By now, you should have:

  • Contributed meaningful information to the background wiki (See yesterday's announcements)
  • Emailed your partners and established communication with them (Mrs. Vicki has unblocked facebook in her classroom to help this.)
  • You should be starting your impact wiki!
  • Teachers will be sharing information with one another to talk with those who need extra help at this point. If you have a partner who is not contributing, let your teacher know!

Sunday/Monday (April 29/30)


  1. Announcing our Keynote by Karl Fisch "2020 is on the Horizon". Karl has also created a podcast so that you can listen to his keynote and read it. Use the discussion tab to post your comments and questions to Karl. Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss your ideas for your multimedia artifact and your vision for the future!
  2. Send your video to your PM as soon as possible! (WHS students will do this by Tuesday, May 1st.) Project managers have the daunting task of including video from all of you. You should be droploading a 30 second -1 minute (unedited) video about your area of impact. Discuss this with PM's.
  3. PM Report: All PM's should send a brief report to their classroom teacher detailing progress so far with their trend and team of students. Deadline: Wednesday May 2
  4. Multimedia Artifact/Video: You should be working on a detailed outline of your video NOW. Discuss with your partner(s) what type of content you can send to help support each others work. Don't forget: Read the rubric Criterion E about needing to have some content in your own video from another team member.
    - Also, for your PM -
  5. Resources Wiki Page: New tutorial called RSS in Plain English. Also links to help you with Storyboarding and Copyright with your multimedia artifact!

Tuesday, May 1st


  1. Listen to the Keynote by Karl Fisch "2020 is on the Horizon". Use the discussion tab to post your comments and questions to Karl. Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss your ideas for your multimedia artifact and your vision for the future!
  2. Send your video to your PM as soon as possible! (WHS students will do this by Tuesday, May 1st.) You should be droploading a 30 second -1 minute (unedited) video about your area of impact. Discuss this with PM's.
    • PM Report: All PM's should send a brief report to their classroom teacher detailing progress so far with their trend and team of students. Deadline: Wednesday May 2
  3. Multimedia Artifact/Video: You should be working on a detailed outline of your video NOW. Discuss with your partner(s) what type of content you can send to help support each others work. Don't forget: Read the rubric Criterion E about needing to have some content in your own video from another team member.
  4. Check Discussion Tabs - Discuss things with your partners, communicate!
  5. A SMALL request! Can all PM's check that the Teams wiki page has the correct wiki pages hyperlinked AND the correct student names next to each area of impact (I am spending TOO much time trying to work out who is doing what when the information is not updated). Thank you!

Thursday, May 3rd


Mid Course Correction Announcement!

Collaborative projects in the real world often require a "mid course correction" based on current circumstances on the project. This is your opportunity to make such a mid course correction. You have until sunset on Sunday (this is the horizon project, after all) to combine any two of your impact wikis. All topics must still be covered and you must link to the "old" wiki so that information (edits and discussions -- evidence of collaboration) will be preserved. This will allow you to put together effectively functioning teams so that your objective is achieved: a complete research project on your trend.

These projects are becoming excellent resources for all of us in the educational community! Keep moving! Keep working! We are very proud of you!"
  1. Discuss Mid Course correction with your team
  2. Multimedia Artifact/Video: You should be working on a detailed outline of your video NOW. Discuss with your partner(s) what type of content you can send to help support each others work. Don't forget: Read the rubric Criterion E about needing to have some content in your own video from another team member.
  3. Check Discussion Tabs - Discuss things with your partners, communicate!
  4. Project MANAGERS -
    All PM's must check that the Teams wiki page has the correct wiki pages hyperlinked AND the correct student names next to each area of impact This is how the "judges" will assess you -- make sure the link is correct!
  5. Notice that the Final Date has been Extended to Monday, May 14th!

Sunday/Monday May 6 and 7


  1. Mid-course correction announcement: The UCC trend has combined two wikis. Employment et al and Arts et al can now be found at UCC Wiki B and C
  2. Sharing multimedia files: Please note it is better to use yousendit.com than to email.
  3. All students should be continuing to focus on creating video clips to share as well as working on their own multimedia artifact.
  4. Student Summit is coming next week Tuesday May 15 - Friday May 18. See the calendar on the summit wiki and start discussing when your class will be available to go online and present their findings and discuss their topics with others. You can see by the chart where the overlaps occur in a normal school day. However, it may take some working out to see if we can organise summit sessions during school time. ISD have made a start by listing ALL class times for the chosen dates.
  5. What will they present at the summit? What they have found (individually, in pairs, groups). PM's should be leaders here as well. Discuss approaches this week (PPT, video, wiki pages etc).
  6. DEADLINE for ALL WORK is now Monday May 14!

Thursday/Friday May 10-11


  1. Only 4 days to go! Everyone is working very hard to complete all wiki pages and videos, upload the video and embed them in the wiki by sunset on Monday May 14.
  2. Peer reviews from sounding board classes: Have YOU read your review yet?? A number of students and classes from around the world have also been working hard providing feedback and review for your wiki pages. Some of these are on the discussion forum with you, others are on separate wikis. Go to sounding board page for more details. Fast track to reviews from: New Zealand and Malaysia
  3. VIDEOS! Where are you going to put them?? We have created a group in Teacher Tube called Horizon Project 2007. What you need to do is join Teacher Tube and then join the Horizon Project 2007 Group. Then upload your video! That way we can keep track of all videos created for this project. We also suggest you upload it to YouTube as well, however many schools are blocking YouTube so your work will not be seen!
  4. Student Summit: Program to be finalised by Friday. Sign up your classes and students via the Horizon Project Calendar View the calendar on this wiki. Also, do you have your invitation to Elluminate yet??? Email Vicki or Julie. We have 50 seats to fill for each session!