On Thursday night Congress votes on overriding the President's veto of education spending. Now is the time to make your voice heard.
Action: This Thursday night, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on overriding the President's veto of the FY08 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations bill, which contains $272 million for Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program. The Senate may vote soon, as well. Please email your Senators and Representatives immediately and urge them to override the President's veto and support passage of the FY08 Labor, HHS and Education spending bill. Click here to send e-mails.
Background: The House and the Senate approved a final, compromise Labor, HHS and Education spending bill last week. The final, conferenced bill contains level funding of $272 million for EETT-a victory for education technology advocates. On Tuesday, the President vetoed the final version of the Labor, HHS and Education spending bill because it exceeds his budget proposals by nearly $11 billion. This action imperils EETT funding. The House and Senate need a two-thirds majority vote in order to override the President's veto and enact this appropriations legislation. This may be our last chance to ensure adequate education technology money in 2008!
Please write your congressional representatives and ask them to override the President's veto of the Labor-HHS and Education bill. Let Congress know the deep impact this funding has on the day-to-day lives of our nation's students and teachers.
My thanks to CoSN and ISTE for sponsoring the Ed Tech Action Network.
I am at a very small Christian school in Kansas City, KS. and I just finished my first quarter teaching. I am the computer lab teacher as well as the Spanish, and P.E. teacher. I am also responsible for keeping the computer lab and all the teachers computers up and running, and the server in tip top shape.
Now that I have cried a river, let me tell you what I can use your input on. I teach K-8th grade. I have things to keep the little ones busy the K-4th. That leaves me with 5th-8th I know that I wanted to teach them word, PowerPoint, and excel. I think I can handle that without a text book or curriculum. The way in which I want to go about it is where I can use some direction.
The lab here is out dated, so I thought how can I kill 2 birds with one stone? I have equipment that doesn't work or needs to be replaced, and 50 kids that need to learn word, PowerPoint, and excel. Hmmm, I could ask for a curriculum, give them some commands, tell them to commit them to memory, give a quiz, and then a test. Or I can find a way to give them real world experience with Microsoft office tools. Hmmm, how can I do this and update the lab? I went to a work shop on proposal writing, you know so I could update the lab. Well as you can see from the first paragraph I don't have enough to do. Sooo, why not start writing proposals too?
But then after my proposal work shop it hit me, let the kids write the proposals. Am I crazy? What government agency or foundation will accept a proposal from some middle school and grade school kids? And the 5th and 6th graders. I mean really, I'm I just nuts?
So here's the plan and you can tell me if "I'm just nuts". Let me remind you "THIS IS MY FIRST YEAR TEACHING", so feel free to smack me around a bit and point me in the right direction. We are going to start small we will use "word" to make an outline. They will visualize a dart board. We will start with the center and work our way out. The center will be mom, dad, and other family and close family friends. From there we will ask the inner circle to tell us were they work. How open would their employers be at helping us. This will start the 2nd ring of our target buy letting them know if there business or employers have widgets, computers, money, and services, they could donate. They will keep track of the budget and goals in excel. The next circle in the target will be for them to research local companies. The last circle will be anything they choose outside of the local business area. We are hoping that some of the local companies will allow them to present PowerPoint’s. Buy them we will have identified their strengths, the leaders, researchers, spokesmen and number crunchers. And with corporate precision we will make presentations. Well that's the plan. Can you help me make it work?
I have just added Clustermaps to my Byte Speed Website, and I think it is the coolest thing. For those not familiar with it, the map essentially MAPS everywhere a site gets a "hit" from, and places it on a map.
So, because I just love looking at this, I was wondering if you all could do me a favor:
Could you click on
so I can see the little dots grow on the map?
I know, this is purely egotistical. You don't even have to explore the site. Just go to the first page...
I posted a video of a presentation that I am going to do next week...I condensed the entire hour presentation into 7 minutes. It is in the beta phase, still have some kinks to work out..but I appreciate your feedback on it.
It is called T&L@2k+7: Teaching and Learning at 2007
I was wondering how many of you would be willing to participate in a podcast experiment that I was contemplating?
What I was thinking of doing was getting a group of my "friends" out here in blog land, having a Skype discussion. The topic of the conversation will be:
"Education Technology Use From Where I Am."
The purpose is to kind of give listeners an idea of what types of Ed Tech are used in different areas of the country/world.
I also thought that it would be cool if anyone who participated in the call could also record it, then at the end put their own thoughts and post on their site. That way, lots of people looking at the same session could then personalize it.
This will be a Skype Audio Cast which will be recorded and then posted on my Byte Speed website.
The experiment will take place:
Friday September 7, 2007
3:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time (UTC-6) to 4:00 PM
(I know that there is no real "best time" for these type of things. Most of you will be in other time zones.)
Prior to that, I will need your Skype name so I can add you to the list.
Anyone game for it?
I hope so. If it works, we can do some amazing discussions that we all can all post as podcasts and then add our own spin. I know a lot of people are looking for podcast material, and this would be a cool way to make a lot of podcast and then personalize.
I know that many of you have been involved with stuff like this before, but it is a first for me, as I add to my list of tricks that I can do in the web 2.0 world.
Tim I did get your TAG note....fun...
I was happy to learn that you are an X science teacher.....I was one too. Also that you were Pres of TSTA...wow...once I was Pres. of Intergrated Science Teacher of Texas........
But here I am a director.........of technology ...how did that happen?