My name is Sarah and I work for an organisation in the UK which works for and with adult learners. I myself work on a staff development training programme which aims to increase the effective use of e-learning to enhance teaching and learning. My pet topic is web 2.0 tools :-)
Would be interested to hear from anyone (anywhere) who has used web 2.0 tools in adult education successfully.
Hi! I am Jodie and I am the Instuctional Technology Coordinator for a rural school district in Northeast Texas. We have about 3000 students (prek-12) and 6 campuses. It is my job to help the teachers develop and use technology to enhance learning.
This is the first year my district has made it a full-time position. For the past 5 years, I have been teaching a full load with one period off for technology support. I am so excited to have the opportunity to do what I love full-time. I finally have time to research all the "stuff" that I have been hearing about. It is so overwhelming. I have found so many new things and tools. I am trying to not overwhelm the teachers, but I want them to see all the new cool stuff. My district is behind when it comes to technology equipment. Most teachers do not have a projector, there are a couple in each library to check out. The libraries also have an elmo and a couple of interactive whiteboards for checkout. We also have 2 video conference setups that are portable.
My name is Chris Woodside and I teach AVID and Social Studies at Jurupa Middle School in Riverside, CA. My pet projects are:
Using my website mrwoodside.com to create better bonds with students and their parents. By the way, if anyone's interested, I have over 50 activities posted under the "Choose Your Own Assignment" CYOA tab. Feel free to download, edit, and use them to your heart's content.
Merging Game Theory and Education (Which is why my avitar is Woodman from the Megaman video games.) I started a thread if you want to discuss this issue further. I'd love it if someone would critique my ideas.
Using Alternate Reality Gaming to energize students critical thinking skills.
I am so blessed to be part of a community that is so creative and cutting edge. Thank you to everyone here. I hope I can be as valuable to this community as many of you have already been to me.
Hi, I’m from South Africa in Limpopo province. I recently attended an integrated computer technology conference in Cape Town. It was real inspiring. Before the conference I had no clue about all the web 2.0 tools being used in classrooms. The problem however is that most learners in my area do not have access to the internet. Most learners have the popular IM - Mxit. I hope to learn more from others how to use Mxit as a teaching tool
Aurelio Manuel Montemayor
The following was copied from a flyer that I used to campaign for a position on the national PTA board last June. I was elected to the board for two years:
Rooted in Advocacy Reared in Laredo, TX and growing up fluent in Spanish and English, Aurelio began his career as a public high school English teacher in San Felipe High School in Del Rio, Texas in 1964 and has been an activist for equitable schools since then. He continues to advocate for excellent and equitable public schools for all children, specially those that are economically disadvantaged, are of color or speak a language other than English. (For friends who are challenged in pronouncing his first name, one English speaker offered the following: Oh? Really? Oh!)
Professionally Skilled Aurelio is a senior education associate and master trainer with the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA). IDRA is in its 35th year of advocacy for schools that work for all children. He is the lead developer of the organization’s Family Leadership in Education Model. His four-decade professional career has been a mission driven journey in education as teacher, community organizer, curriculum developer, master trainer, and for the last 30 years at IDRA, as an advocate for parent leadership in education. He developed a fully bilingual training-of-trainers model, WOW Workshop on Workshops for educators and parents. Over 200 emerging parent leaders, many who are English-language learners, have participated in that course alone.
Proven Leadership In over 8 years of directing a statewide federally funded Parent Information and Resource Center, Aurelio has led hundreds of workshops, written many articles, participated in conferences and colloquiums and disseminated thousands of pieces of information on Parent Leadership in Education. In 2007 he wrote monthly articles related to parent involvement and No Child Left Behind. Under his leadership, the Texas IDRA PIRC was honored last year as one of five in the nation whose practices and processes were considered exemplary in a Department of Education publication Engaging Parents in Education: Lessons From Five Parental Information and Resource Centers.
Board Experience In the summer of 2006 he was named to the National PTA board as a member-at-large and served on the Diversity Committee. This year he is part of the Finance Committee. He is a member of the Horace Mann M.S. PTA in San Antonio. He is also on the national board for Parents for Public Schools (PPS).
Persistence His strongest recommendation is persistence (40+ years) in advocacy for excellent public schools for all children, and in that battle, supporting parents as the central and strongest advocates for all children to get an excellent and equitable education. Beyond all the training, writing and program development and evaluation he has done, his most cherished skill is the loud and persistent voice for families and children; especially those who most need the benefits and blessings of an accessible, high quality and equitable public education. Graduation for All!
Hello everyone. This is Debbie from Jacksonville. Found out about this ning as I played around on Voicethread. I am interested to be a part of this because I feel like I am always catching up with technology in the classroom. I am a K/1 looping teacher who loves to use technology in the classroom. I look forward to great information to learn and share. Thank you.
Hello! My name is Joe Hughes. I am a Professor of Classics at Missouri State University, where I have been teaching since Fall 1987. I have been fooling around with Internet-based instructional technology since 1995. I'm very glad to have stumbled upon this great site!
Hi there, I'm Melanie, a teacher in NSW, Australia. I'm currently working doing Professional Development on ICLTs for teachers around Australia and really love seeing educators getting excited about using them. I've been a reader of Steve's blog for a while now and have my own Ning networks for large PD projects in schools, giving them a space to flesh out ideas and share stories. I've also helped several teachers set up Ning networks for their classes to encourage communication and collaboration. It's all a work in progress, but it's great to see the changes happening.
I'm a firm believer in teaching skills for the future for our students of today. A child in Year 2 now is going to need to have literacy in areas we're only just naming.
I am in instructional coach at an elementary school in Albuquerque, NM. Recently a group of teachers and I decided to create a professional development group to bring technology into their classrooms (2nd grade, general ed and special ed). Our focus is on using technology for vocabulary development. Although I consider myself tech savvy, discovering Web 2.0 has humbled me a great deal, but I'm picking it up quickly. I see the great potential in using new technology for preparing our students for jobs that haven't been created yet. It may be a bit more difficult to show my colleagues the potential. If you have any suggestions, websites, blogs, podcasts, etc., that may be helpful, please pass them along. Thanks.