Hi Everyone, I'm Tracy Watanabe from Apache Junction, Arizona. After 14 years in the elementary school classroom, I now work in the Technology Department as the Technology Integration Specialist.
I spend over half of my time in K-12 classrooms with our students and teachers. The other half is spent designing professional development classes, curriculum, and collaborating with educators. I am most excited when we collaborate on project-based learning and blogging.
I'm hoping to learn about the many wonderful collaborations out there so I can point those in my district in the right direction.
On a personal note, I'm a mom of two, a pastor's wife, a daughter, a friend, my son's soccer coach, and a retired snowboarder. Any of these license plate holders would be appropriate for my car: I'd rather be snowboarding, playing soccer, painting, touring an art gallery, or learning.
Most people know I see the cup as half full, even when there's only condensation showing. =)
I look forward to getting to know new people and learning with you!
I was wondering if you could help me. I am disabled and can't sit for long periods of time. I refuse to just let my mind turn to mush. Between my spinal condition and the pain pills that barely touch the pain, well, I am sure you can imagine what my days are like. Okay, this is what I need. I have a Mac. I need voice to text software. I plan to use it to help me write stories. The software would have to be able to handle standard story parameters: dialog and paragraphs. I also want to write screenplays (my favorite of writing) and know that would be a template, so, hopefully, the software you can point me towards would be able to have templates added to it. Do you know anything that can help? I have a very limited budget, but, if I have to buy something, that is fine. I am not computer savvy (if you read my post, I didn't know what Text Edit was until someone told me :)).
I see you found my response. Try some of the links I sent over, and let me know if you need some more help. Also, there are tons of mac forums you could try too.
I am Tina Schmidt and I teach 3rd grade in Pennsylvania. I love to use Skype in my classroom to connect with students in other states and countries. This past year, my students and I took part in a Flat Classroom Project for elementary age students. We loved meeting new people and learning about our similarities and differences. I just learned about this website while taking part in the Edublogs Teacher Blogging Challenge. I hope to make new connections and learn new ideas here.
HELLO TINA !!
I LIKE YOUR IDEA FOR THE PROJECT AND FOR THE CONNECT WITH SKYPE !
I AM PRIMARY TEACHER IN BULGARIA!
IF YOU WANT PARTNER WIT US TO FIND ME ON THE SKYPE
Hi! I will be teaching Spanish 1 and Pre-IB Spanish (high school) and would love to learn how to take advantage of this resource to benefit my students. I have heard of Foreign Lanfguage yeachers that use Skype and Voicethread to do "lab" type work with their students and I would love to see if this social network can be used for that as well. I taught for 10 years and then took a break when we relocated . Now I am going back and I am excited to see all the newer ways we can use to reach our students. Now I just have to decide what is the best way to go, and if there is a difference between them.
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