Hello. My name is Shana Opdenberg and I teach Educational Technology in the Little Falls, NJ Public Schools (grades 3-8).
Thank you for creating this forum. I've already gotten great information from people in discussions.
I am Cassy Holzhauer in Phoenix Arizona. I am the director of IT services, on the mac side, at an all girls Catholic school (my alma mater). My focus in college was on communications and I have my minor in english education. I also help lead youth ministry/religious education for teens at my church. Right now my big project at work is implementing an iPod touch program - we were able to get 13 iPod touches in the hands of our teachers and we'll go from there.
Hello Everyone. My name is Karen Moore and I am the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for a large suburban school district in Northeast Ohio. I am interested in networking and learning new ways to use Web 2.0 in our classrooms to enhance the learning of both students and adults.
Hi everyone.. Jeanne Carter... Three Oaks, Michigan.. I'm the Instructional Technology Facilitator for grades K-5 in our small rural district. I'm always looking for projects, collaborations and fun new things to take to my teachers!!
Hi, I'm Rees Midgley from Ann Arbor, MI (Go Blue!). After retirement from the Univ of Michigan I formed a small, grant-supported non-profit company, inDepthLearning, focused on using the web for teaching and learning. We're in our third year of a major grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIH) and have developed a new type of game for middle schools called "DSI: Drug Scene Investigators" (go to: dsihome.org). We are evaluating it nationally starting the end of this month. The game engages students in a drug mystery. Solving it requires inquiry of a provided library, finding clues in scenes, talking with witnesses, doing lab experiments, note-taking and note-linking, critical thinking, and answering brief quizzes with formative feedback on every answer. Teachers and students love it. Many have said it's "awesome."
Our task now is locating schools willing to participate. Eligible participating schools will receive $50 for the first classroom, $25 for each add'l classroom, and free access to DSI: Drug Scene Investigators for the next year. Getting the word out is our current big problem. Any ideas?
Hi Everyone. I am currently teaching at a 2-year college in Colorado. I teach Algebra, computer programming, and web design. My background includes a BS in software engineering and a MA in Education. I am just starting to apply technology to my math courses, and working on helping other general education teachers to incorporate technology in a useful way. I look forward to the discussions.
I am very excited to be a part of this network! I can't believe I hadn't heard of it until now.... It's great to find a group of professionals committed to the integration of technology in our schools. I looking forward to participating in the online community!