I live in a suburb of Cincinati, Ohio. After spending 19 years in the classroom, I have moved to the district level where I am currently enjoying my role as an Instructional Technology Specialist. One of my responsibilities is leading a group of more than 100 teachers, grades K-12, in a technology project for our district. Each teacher has been given a tablet pc, projector and speakers. Along with learning about these amazing technologies, we are exploring the ways in which web 2.0 applications can support teaching and learning.
In addition to the T.A.B.L.E.T. Project, I have created a Summer Technology Workshop Program in our district which I hope to further expand for summer 2009. Finally, I am currently working with Will Richardson and Sheryl Nussbaum Beach as a fellow in their PLP Program...and loving every moment of it!
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Hi Cary. I was wondering if you have students or educator friends who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
With your work in Instructional Technology at your District, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service.
I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) My name is Alyshia Olsen; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham, MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. Since you are in the 'connecting content and technology' group, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:
Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2009, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.
Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win an idea competition on Ideablob.com You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975 . We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.
Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!
Having fun experimenting with classroom 2.0. This really does seem like the wave of the future. What a great way to exchange resources without "reinventing the wheel." Connecting students globally is very empowering. Students put forth their best effort when they are composing for their peers.