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2012 Caldwell College Ed Tech Conference

I’ve had the privilege of being asked to present two different tech conferences at Caldwell College on Friday, Oct. 26th. At first I was hesitant because of the work load I have put on myself this school year, but after working on the two presentations, I have a new outlook on the conference. I’m really excited to present!

Not only am I excited to present, but I’m also interested in meeting the other presenters and participants.  Conferences always get the most excited and bright-eyed individuals because they elect to go. They have some vested interest in the conference, so they’re looking to learn something new.

The Presentations:

Google Earth:   The workshop will introduce the participants to the Google Earth software and will outline what the learners can do using this tool in a social studies classroom. The participants will examine simple tools that Google Earth has to offer – layers, zooming in and out, creating paths, tagging. Sample lesson plans will be discussed. Time permitting the participants can brainstorm and come up with their own examples of lessons. The participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops to get the most out of the workshop.

Digital Storytelling:  This workshop will introduce the participants to the effective use of digital story telling in their classrooms. The participants will access and explore the functionality of the Web 2.0 software of VoiceThread. Participants will learn how to use the software and create their first digital story. Time permitting, the participants will be able to view the other participants’ VoiceThreads and leave comments on each digital story.

Looking forward to a great day.


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S-M-R-T…I mean S-M-A-R-T

The SMART board has arrived and I’m super excited about it.  It is just a giant touch screen…what is not to like?  The next step is to figure out how I’ll integrate it into every aspect of my class.  Difficult?…possibly, but It’ll happen.  

The SMART board company also makes something called an airliner.  This is simply a remote slate that can be used in addition to the board itself. For those of you familiar with Interwrite pads…it is the same thing.   If anyone knows where and how I can get my hands on one of these guys, please let me know.  




So I walked into my new school today with the utmost excitement.  New school.  Fresh faces. New material. Fresh start.  And then I walked into my new classroom.  NO WHITEBOARD. NO TELEVISION. NO PROJECTOR. EEEEEK!!!  I guess I’ve been spoiled for the past two years.  I’ve used whiteboards, televisions, and projectors. I’ve used technology!!!  Anytime I could get my hands on it, I’ve used technology.  I love using it and kids of any age embrace it.

I think I can live without a whiteboard.  I actually like the look of an antiqued chalkboard…I just wish I had better handwriting.  Hopefully, I won’t use the board much because I’ll be using an LCD projector that will find its way to my classroom.

My entire style of teaching has evolved in a way that can not be returned to its previous state.  (I sound like a drug addict jonesing for technology)

What should I do?  Should I beg my principal for some techie tools?  Should I buy my own goodies to use?  I’ve been trolling for projectors and Interwrite pads on ebay and craigslist, but it’s nothing I can afford right now.

I’m stuck in a pickle!!