Recent Group Activity
Year 1: Mentor teachers in a safe atmosphere; learned productivity tools (MS Office)
Year 2: Using Intel Teach to the Future to integrate into the classroom.
Professional Dev't: Pay teachers to go through Intel TTTF program; bring in outside presenters as needed
Basic skills are really important to have prior to integration.
Goal: Provide a model classroom environment for integrating technology.
Trainings occur in the model classrooms (mostly on Saturdays). Generally there is a practice day that is set up for a couple of weeks after the training so people can come back and get help.
Using a variety of software/hardware: MS Office, Dreamweaver, Inspiration, Smartboard, Fireworks, Synchroneyes,...
Student projects: lampshades, lightswitch plates
TechCamp in the summer for teachers to prep them for the next school year.
TechNight: kind of like a science fair...almost all teachers participate.
I think it is great to hear about what others are doing! I will take ideas back to my university and hopefully change will happen..in this decade!
What are your favorite blog tips for new users?
I think that I could use blogs for the kids to write their original work, and then everyone can respond to it in a nonthreatening manner.
My first use of a blog will be to use it as a communication tool for teachers who are in schools involved in the group.
I could see using blogging to hold discussion on various subjects. The students may feel less inhibited if they did not have anyone else listening to their answers.
You could post a question for extra credit. Interested students could blog their answers.
Students could review for tests with each other. They could take turns asking and answering.
Blogging!!!!! Hmmmm Maybe blogging could be used to connect two schools in two different countries. The world is becoming smaller everyday and with the comunication we have today, I think it would be cool to connect two schools that speak different languages. It would be a great way to practice learning a foreign language. Maybe by typing to a student in another country kids would take a great interest in the practical side of speaking and writing another language. Kan du hav it godt, jeg hop den kan forstove hvis jeg se. COOL