The first full day began and ended with Baseball. Michelle Futch, Linda Rush, and I stumbled into the session with the Baseball Hall of Fame. It was great. It has free lesson plans that integrate baseball and content subject matter. www.baseballhalloffame.org. The educational link: http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/education/units/default.htm.
It is a great way to get kids engaged.
The three of us decided to conquer and divide. I went to hear the presentation about Moodle. “The session was filled to the gills”. I sat with a real techie who had used it before. Moodle is an open source course management system. The web site to register: www.moodle.remote-learner.net. It is something I fully intend to pursue.
I wander around the vendors. A couple of my top choices were: A resource for global project-based learning, problem-based learning, and online collaborative learning : www.GlobalSchoolNet.org. Also the Library of Congress Teacher Page- www.loc.gov/teachers.
The key note speaker was Dewitt Jones. http://dewittjones.com. He was a freelance photographer for National Geographic for Twenty years. We heard “Extraordinary Visions”. The presentation was not only extraordinary, it was totally inspiring. Make sure you listen to the audio/video clips: http://dewittjones.com/html/keynotes.shtml
Went to the Discovery Booth and hear Hall Davidson, he is always exciting. He was talking about Learning Adds Up. It is a unique way for schools to earn money if parents sign up for Cosmeo http://www.learningaddsup.com/. I know if my children were in school we would have it.
We spent the afternoon in a brain drain session about the Den Web Page. http://www.discoveryeducatornetwork.com/
The day ended at the San Diego ballpark.
Discovery hosted hotdogs and tours of the park for Discovery educators. Very cool!
I am still on Georgia time so I am blogging early.