Greetings from Waubonsee College in Aurora IL, I run a technology department dedicated to Adult Education students (GED prep, Literacy, English as a Second Language, Workplace etc.) We have about 1500 students per semester that use the labs for everything from pre-test prep to skill enhancement. We even have a small number of adults who are challenged by things like blindness,stroke and other disabilities. We've been a state model for technology in education since 1995,(which is soooooooooo last century), but work to keep up with the newest trends and techniques. Although we have our own student population,we provide our classroom instructors with professional development training and assistance with questions that usually start with 'How can I ...' and end up with 'Really, that's all it takes?' I also work with outside K-12 schools, colleges and universities to develop Web 2.0 competencies and other in-service.
Being an ed-tech 'pioneer' I've seen all phases of technology development, but the one consistent challenge is getting the information TO the providers. No matter which decade, the common thread is that technology takes commitment and more importantly, time. The next level of concern is support, both from IT and administration. I believe education has a long way to go, but forums such as Classroom 2.0 are a great service. I enjoy this community. Cheers!
Up until recently I worked in a upper secondary school, teaching media and communication here in Norway. I have however had some increasing health problems these last few years, and was diagnosed with FMS a while ago. It turns out I cannot work in a classroom envirement any longer. I had been looking into new methodes of teaching already, now seems to be the time to take this to the next step, and create a job for myself working online, teaching from home.
Hi! I am the Instructional Technology Coordinator for a small suburban district in southeastern Wisconsin. We moved here from Virginia 10 years ago and I still have my southern accent! I I am excited about the opportunities I have for teachers to learn about and implement Web 2.0 into their teaching and learning.
I currently have 14 teachers from the district enrolled in a graduate class on Digital Media (really Web 2.0). We are using a ning as the course foundation. A great way to communicate, collaborate and share.
My name is Karen Ortiz and I'm an Instructional Technology Specialist at a High School in South Carolina, USA! Our district is now in it's fifth year of a one to one laptop iniative. I heard about your site while @ the SC EdTech conference a week a go and have spent LOTS of my time here!
One of my favorite things to do is to share innovative ideas with my teachers that allow them to integrate more technology into their curriculum while engaging the students more!
My main purpose here is to find/research those ideas and then to share them with my over burdened teachers. I don't mind doing this kind of work for them!
Hello to everyone. Brian Kingbird here from Fort Mill, SC. I am currently working on a Master's in Education at Winthrop and look forward to learning new stuff from current History teachers in the field.
Now that I've had the chance to look at the blog link, there are some really cool ideas that will work. Thanks! Have you heard of the National History Education Clearinghouse? . I've come across this site via a mailing that I got earlier this year. Now that I'm curious, what are some of the other things that you've read about?
Here are several more examples you can add to your list. This blog is written by Harriett Tubman and I've seen one written by someone who lived through the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. We didn't do these blogs but thought they were neat. Students wrote blogs as space tourists. Here's Diary of Anne Fairweather, a fictitious convict. Here is a ning done by people who were involved in the Civil Right Movement and people who were at the Continental Congress., We did podcasts as passengers and crew of the Titanic, you can see them here. These projects, IMHO, raise the bar for critical thinking, synthesis, analysis, and evaluation.