I have spent most of my career teaching middle school language arts and social studies. I spent 2 years working with teachers all over the state as a full release mentor for the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project. I spend most of my professional energies focusing on 2 things - learning and teaching using strategies which enhance creative and critical thinking, and finding new and innovative ways to make technology part of that process.
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Hi Tracie. I was wondering if you have high school contacts 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!
I left a comment on your blog, but thought you may not get it, so thought I would leave a message for you here. I am based in New Zealand and involved with eLearning and distance education in rural schools. I noted from your blog that you are involved with education in rural schools in Alaska, so I am sure that there are many similarities in the challenges we face as educators and providers of professional development / edtech. The schools I work with are mainly secondary schools, but there are two primary/middle schools in the group too. We use video conferencing, Adobe Connect and online learning environments as the tools to facilitate learning and distance learning.
You can check out stuff at www.virtuallearning.school.nz and on my blog, fastpaddy.blogspot.com.
With your work in Ed Tech integration, 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 Marco Morales; 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 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!
Greetings from Germany!
Feel free to check out my site.
I created the biggest group on Classroom 2.0 about digital teaching methods called DigiSkills with 194 members now. Would love if you join as well.