Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE)
Check back here leading up to the Annual Technology in Education Conference for exciting previews of presentations happening at the conference!
Tuesday (12/6) at 11:15: Come learn how to obtain and utilize various open source/freeware applications (PC-based) that run directly from a flash drive or other portable mediums WITHOUT ANY INSTALLATION REQUIRED ON A COMPUTER! Free applications that provide student support with planning & organization, text-to-speech, & other utlility-based functions will be demonstrated. The best part...it's FREE and can be used by any student/staff on just about any PC, anywhere. See you there!
On Sunday at 2 PM I'll take you down "Thunder Road" in the Second Life playground. I will take you through six steps to becoming comfortable teaching, learning, and networking in Second Life, the pathway to other virtual worlds. If you've tried it and just didn't "get" it but would like to, this might help.
The A.T.TIPSCAST LIVE! The Power of Podcasting -
Oh yeah! Have you heard of the A.T.TIPSCAST? Oh, it's just this little podcast featuring free (or commonly found) technology that can be used to differentiate the learning experience! Most episodes are between 5 and 10 minutes long. Check it out at http://attipscast.wordpress.com or on iTunes at http://bit.ly/itunesattipscast. End your Monday (4pm) by participating in this fun, interactive, engaging session about podcasting. We'll chat about ways to make a podcast, ripping down barriers to podcasting, share how existing podcasts (like http://nightlightstories.net) can be integrated in classroom activities, and how podcasting can be used as a professional development tool for everyone! The session will be recorded and then put up as an episode of the A.T.TIPSCAST...just like this one ---> Direct Link to Audio File: http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/14260.mp3
There's no better way to end your Monday!
Hope to see you there!
AT SMACKDOWN -
That's all you get.
Then you're done.
Share your favorite strategy, web site, tool, methodology, or whatever.
Repeat for the duration of the session.
It's called a "SMACKDOWN". Get up. SMACK down a way to help students. You're done!
I'll be there to moderate, keep things flowing, and, of course, to record the whole thing!
Still not sure? Have a listen to a previously recorded SMACKDOWN -
Be there for this energizing, fast paced, and fun session with LOTS and LOTS of sharing. Come armed with ideas to share!
11am on monday! MONDAY! MONDAY!
4:00 Monday, December 5, 2011
Take your science class on a trip to the Chesapeake Bay to see the wildlife there. Then take your reading class to Alaska to follow the Iditarod trail. Next, in art class, travel to Europe to see the places Van Gogh lived, as well as some of the paintings he created in each place. Would you like to visit the Moon and send home postcards with your science class? You can do all of this and more without chartering a bus, a boat, or a spaceship. Come learn how to harness the power of Google Earth and use it in your classes to bring your lessons to life. I'll show you some examples of Google Earth tours and then give you step-by-step directions for creating your own tour and tailoring it to your class. We'll also discuss how to cite your sources when creating this kind of digital product.
Travel back in history as student interest is engaged and captured in these new and free interactive SMART Board history lessons for K-6th grade. Use the SMART document camera to capture history book images and interact with maps. Observe and use the SMART Response (Senteo) clickers to assess learning comprehension. My presentation is at Monday December 5, 2011 2:45pm - 3:45pm I will also be sharing some free SMART Board resources.
Get Spatial! Wanting to learn about using geospatial technologies in your classroom? We've got you covered in three different VSTE sessions.
Sun at 12:30 - Come hear Paul Rittenhouse from JMU talk about how to join in on the GIS software site license consortium. Your district can get GIS software at a greatly reduced rate and get free professional development.
Sun. at 3 - Bob Kolvoord and Paul Rittenhouse from JMU will lead a workshop featuring the new browser-based GIS tools - learn how to put maps in the center of your classroom with only a browser.
Mon. at 9:45 - Bob Kolvoord from JMU will share the work of students in the Geospatial Semester. This unique-in-the-nation program lets students learn about geospatial technologies and do projects of local interest while they earn JMU credit. He'll feature student projects and show you how your school can take part.
It'll be a "spatial" couple of days - come spend part of it mapping a difference!
Join Patrick Heath and myself as we unveil the power of Study Island for differentiated learning centers. Take a tour before you get here by signing up for a 30 day free trial at: http://www.studyisland.com/demoAsk.cfm?action=TUOT&myState=VA
Learn to create interactive centers using clickers, computers, and engaging worksheets to teach mulitple subjects.
Patrick and Peggi