Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
On another note, I've sent all the information off to Sharon about our TTL sessons, and I'll be confirming with the necessary parties just as soon as I can. Thanks!
Monday, December 1, 2008
So I have had a huge success using technology in my classroom. My students were asked to create a trail map, choosing between a hiking, ATV, or snowshoe trail. They then used PowerPoint to add trail markings, parking lots, outhouses -- and some even added Sasquatch! Once the map was finished and saved as a jpeg, they added it to a brochure template in Publisher. Once this was complete their creativity took over and they created descriptions and added other creative details to their location.
New technology that I used consisted of the class wiki to post documents for them to retrieve, PowerPoint for something other than presentations, Publisher, the laptop cart and finally a Google Docs survey to give me feedback on the overall project. It was an awesome project that exceeded my expectations.
I need to know who'd be interested in presenting (or co-presenting!) one of our workshops. I envision each workshop being two sessions long, and each session being one hour. So far:
Wikis -- Keith
Google Earth -- Paul
Check out the proposals and see what you'd like to do. Thanks!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
It escapes me at the moment, but someone on our last TTL day (who may or may not have been actually talking to me) mentioned photo stitching. I tried out that option on the software that came with our cameras, and it was actually very easy and worked pretty well. Just open the software, go to the "tools" menu, then select "stitch photos." I'll put one up here as soon as I can.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Differentiated Instruction based on Expertise Level for the March Professional Development Day:
- Beginner/ Intermediate
- Awareness of tools available/ hands-on Activities
Offerings of courses:
- wireless labs
- document cameras
- Google Docs
- Basic Skills
We should allow people into our classrooms to see it in action, before March!!
We need to create a survey for the staff to complete to find areas of interest.
We discussed getting the TTL names out so that everyone knows who we are as well as David starting the Teacher Center Technology Series!!!!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Free Lunch (Johnston) – a book which chronicles the waste of hundreds of billions of taxpayers dollars (...depressing).
Energy Victory (Zubrin) – a comprehensive plan for breaking the “oil monopoly’s” power while bringing jobs and dignity to the masses (...encouraging).
Lee-The last Years (Flood) – A narrative of Robert E Lee’s life after Appomattox. Lee became the President of a college: Washington College became Washington and Lee. He did amazing things to heal the wounds of war from this position (brilliant and well written).
Other-than-that... Time flys! Our jobs become more important/demanding every day, and I continue to be impressed with the talent of our staff in their efforts to prepare our studednts.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
It's National Metric Week! This is the week that contains the tenth day of the tenth month -- 10/10 -- to honor the simplicity and whimsy of the metric system. The way I see it, we're supposed to be mavericks (can I even use that word with dignity anymore?) of technology and heralds of the future of education, right? Seems to me, then, that the metric system is the wave of the future, so get on your surfboard. Need ideas on how to metric-ify any class? Check out the links below!
Metric Week Activities
www.metric.org -- the United States Metric Association. Are you a member? Not to judge...but if you're not, you're just not cool. You get a newsletter and all sorts of dork....er...cool things.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Here it is! I used an easy-pro cart. It's a little small and there are a lot of wires. I have to move it out of the way when I'm not using it. This projector might be a little smaller than the one I'll be getting so I may have to change it a bit. I'll have to use a separate cart when I get the document camera. I have not ever posted to a blog before but this was pretty easy to figure out!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Here it is! Not glamorous, I know, but it works. I teach in three different classrooms, so I get to move my setup around. I have a longer VGA cord (about 5m) that I use to put my projector on a student desk or on my cart, and just point it at the screen. I put my laptop on the front desk. I've ordered another set of speakers so I don't have so much to move, and to get a little better sound quality. The other picture shows how I usually have to set up the projector. I have 23 students, so I run out of desks doing it this way, but its the only way that I can get it to work.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Here are some guiding questions for use of technology to enhance learning:
1. What do you want students to know and be able to do? How will technology enhance this?
2. What will students need to know and be able to do with the technology so they can meet the established learning outcomes?
3. How will you assess student learning and use of the technology?
4. How are students actively engaged, constructing meaning, sharing their thinking, and reflecting on what they are learning both during the process and at the end?