Dean Mantz's Blog (6)

ESSDACK Technology Integration Study Group 4/4/2008

This blog will be live from the ESSDACK Technology Integration Study Group that meets the first Friday of each month in Hutchinson, Kansas. See you Friday!

Added by Dean Mantz on April 3, 2008 at 9:20pm — No Comments

Thoughts as a result of Wesley Fryer's video "Strive to Engage not Enthrall" PD video.

With our laptop program we have teachers that want to have technology available and accessible, so they select to have classroom discipline and do manage and observe the students. This is a big emphasis out our middle school. I have had 3 Internet browsing violations from those students in 3.5 years compared to the high school; I may have that in a month. I feel that the reason our middle school teachers do a good job is that they do get up and observe students, interact with them while they… Continue

Added by Dean Mantz on March 12, 2008 at 11:14pm — 2 Comments

Thoughts after reading Wesley Fryer's weblog on school Internet filtering.

As a former teacher and now the Director of Technology for a school district in Kansas, I agree with many of these comments. I too am deeply involved in developing our technology and providing a "Differentiated" scheme to our school district Internet as well as providing additional training for the implementation of technology as a resource and not just another tool.

Our school district has a 1:1 laptop program with students in grades 7-12. The lower levels of students are about… Continue

Added by Dean Mantz on March 12, 2008 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Unitedstreaming.....more than streaming videos

Download jeopardy template_with video and image placeholders.ppt Download This zip file contains all of my presentation materials from the MACE Conference in Bonner Springs, Kansas. I have also included a few extra information and instructional PDF files. Please enjoy and let me…


Added by Dean Mantz on December 4, 2007 at 1:32pm — 7 Comments

Open Source in Education

As a Director of Technology I have to wear many hats and maintain a limited budget. So, I am always looking for ways to get educational based applications that are educational based and provide higher level order of thinking challenges. Well, one weekend I spent time searching for open source software and came across the article I have uploaded. It provides open source software for PCs, Apples, and Linux OS systems. I have read through the 77 pages and downloaded several recommended…


Added by Dean Mantz on October 5, 2007 at 7:29pm — 3 Comments

Developing a technology training plan.

I look forward to communicating and sharing great ideas with fellow educators. I am starting to develop a professional development schedule for my teachers in Lyons. My vision includes sessions conducted remotely as well as in person trainings on how to improve their own technology skills and integration. Those of you that have established successful programs please feel free to make suggestions. I have personally participated in Intel's Master Teacher Training, current member of the…


Added by Dean Mantz on June 5, 2007 at 8:38pm — No Comments


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