My name is Daniel DiFalco, and I am currently a Physical Education and Adapted PE teacher at Ardsley Middle School, in Westchester NY. I graduated from Cortland State in 2007 with a degree in Physical Education/ Kinesiology. On top of teaching, I also Coach three sports (Football, Skiing and Lacrosse). I am currently pursuing my Maters in Educational Technology part time. In my extremely limited free time, I like to fish, rock climb, ski, and play sports. I currently play on a men’s lacrosse team and compete in skiing competitions on the weekends.
I am so pleased to have found my way to Classroom 2.0! I am a former middle school social studies teacher who is now district coordinator for character education. I also write curricula and create professional development components for a company here in Jacksonville that creates high-interest teen literacy books.
I am a gifted resource teacher in Arlington Public Schools, located at Washington-Lee High School. In our new school we have Smart Boards in all classrooms and our ITC is leading a professional learning community in using Web 2.0 tools. It is overwhelming, so for me, I am taking one tool at a time and assessing its practical and effective use in the classroom. The tool I am learning about now and applying to a pedagogical scenario is Wall Wishers. Using this tool, a classroom teacher and I are posing a Socratic question for students to which they respond live and must post evidence to back up their responses. We will use the responses to analyze visually how they provide evidence, the depth and clarity of ideas, and repetition. Through this visual approach we hope to improve the seminar process in our classrooms. Here is an example:
Hi! My name is Debra and this is my second year teaching technology to lower school children (K-5) in an independent school. I would never have thought that I would be teaching technology (I have been a classroom teacher prior) but this literally fell into my lap and I love it! I have learned so much this last year and a half and everyday I find something new thanks to the different communities I am in and the feeds I get. Looking forward to more learning with this community.
I teach K-4 technology in a small independent school in Chicago. Where area you located? Perhaps we could collaborate through one of our classes. How does your program work? Each of my classes comes into the computer lab once or twice a week. I try to collaborate with the homeroom teachers to create projects that integrate into their curriculum. I use a lot of Kid Pix in K-2. Since last year I've been trying to incorporate Web 2.0 into the classes. How does your program work?
My name is Skeet McCracken, and I live in Loveland Colorado with my wonderfull family. I work for the Poudre School District as a Buyer for the Warehouse. I am in the class 23 Things to Learn with PSD. I am having a great time with it so far learning about the latest in technology. I work on a computer all day, but never really check out the latest that is out there. I hope to keep learning so I can show my six year old daughter how everything works.
My name is Nick Amb. I live in rural, northern Minnesota and am currently teaching social studies and computer in a small school district up here.
I am working toward my master's degree in Educational Leadership. I have just a couple classes left. I am currently taking Technology and Information systems, and we have learned a lot of neat things already--some of which got me to this place! The goal eventually is to find gainful employment as a school administrator. In the meantime, I really enjoy being in the classroom and learning new things.
My wonderful family includes my wife of 21 years, Lisa--and our three kids. Our oldest son is off to college this year! We have a big yellow lab, too.
In my free time, I enjoy running and watching tv...