If you live in the northern part of the state, you should consider taking some time out of your busy schedule this Saturday, January 28, to attend the Twelfth Annual Mini-Conference hosted by the Northern Illinois Computing Educators. The event will be held at Maple School in Northbrook and runs from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Each year, this half-day event draws a large audience of teachers and media specialists who come for both the great presentations and the raffle prizes at the end of the event.
This year, several Discovery Educators from Illinois will be presenting at the NICE Mini-Conference. Lori Abrahams is doing a session titled “Teaching Them to Be Safe on the Internet,” Charlene Chausis will explain how to create “Virtual Staff Development Modules Using Moodle,” and Joe Brennan will conduct a demonstration titled “Digital Storytelling:Makin’ Movies. “ Steve Dembo, the DEN Online Community Manager, will also be there to do a presentation titled “Edu-Podcasting 101” and I will be at the Mini-Conference all during the day to meet new DEN members and share details of the network with others who attend. Sessions on iPods, KidPix, Dreamweaver, Mac OS X, iCal, and a variety of other topics are also on the schedule.
The Illinois Computing Educators organization has chapters all across the state and they are all doing great things to educate teachers and share practical ideas about how to integrate educational technology resources into classroom projects and activities. I strongly encourage you to join ICE if you are not already a member and visit their website to learn about workshops and events in your area. I hope to see you on Saturday!