I teach at a Middle School in the Midwest (German and French). I have been living in the States for about 10 years. I am German and enjoy the American lifestyle. I love to paint, to go on walks with my dog and to learn new exciting web tools.
With your interest in Technology and Web Tools, 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. Here’s a public class recording conducted by Nellie Deutsch on Technology Integration.
Central States Conference offers grants (check out their website). You might also try your PTA. I am going to look into a few other options and get back to you on this. Maybe we can collaborate on something--I will see what is available. I just returned from the Southwest Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages where Vickie Scow and I presented an all day workshop on LinguaFolio--we drove so it was a long drive! I am ready for a little down time at home.
Your session was outstanding and everything you experienced regarding the motivated students and higher achievement is exactly what the research has shown. You are truly bringing technology into the classroom and learning process that speaks to how kids learn. I am going to send you the article on teaching vocabulary as I noted you are seeking ways to teach vocabulary. Hope it helps.
Happy New Year! I was wondering if you, your educator contacts or students would be interested in participating in a nationwide Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. We'd really like to get more students involved from Nebraska!
You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
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. I found you when I searched for middle schools on classroom20, and since our project is specific to middle schools, 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, 2008, 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!
Hello Sabine and welcome! I too am overwhelmed with the range and possibilites of web2.0 and I have been at it for 12 months. Lurk around this site as there is so much to be discovered and lots of friends to be made.