Archives for June, 2007

  1. Meet Your July Texas STARs!

    This month’s Texas STARs are:  Lori Reed (who will be attending the Bahamas Institute), and Vanessa Jones (who will be attending the Berkeley Institute) — read all about them here, and watch for guest blogger posts from them as they attend National Institute! Lori Reed teaches 3rd graders at Kress Ind. School District in Kress, […]

  2. Now I Know – Do You?

    TOTALLY AWESOME! Have you seen the enhanced, revised, expanded, etc. Did You Know/Shift Happens video from Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod?  If not, you will be amazed.  It is fantastic and even engages the viewer to contribute to a collaborative community through a Did You Know wiki.  The wiki contains a history of the Did […]

  3. Cool Summer Vacations

    Summer is now underway and many of you are probably on vacation. One great way to share your summer fun with your new students next year is to create a trip journal. Check out the trip journal I made after my wife came out following the DEN Institute and we tripped around DC. How did […]

  4. IL-TCE 2008 "Learning without Boundaries" Feb. 26-29, 2008

    IL-TCE 2008 “Learning without Boundaries” Feb 26-29, 2008 is now accepting proposals submissions for full day workshops, half day workshops, general and poster sessions. The new form is available off the new ICE website at: Information about past confernences is available at:

  5. 50 Ways at NECC

    As promised, here is the 50 Ways to Integrate unitedstreaming presentation we presented in the booth at NECC.  It’s a fun presentation for getting your colleagues excited about the many ways to use unitedstreaming as they prepare for the new school year.  Also, I included the unitedstreaming and Google Earth tutorial.  Enjoy! 50 Ways to […]

  6. NECC Day 4

         After a quick breakfast with DEN director Scott Kinney, I headed down to a session by Tabula Digita (“Where there’s power in numbers”), the folks who make the multi-player math game whose finals were featured live in the concourse yesterday afternoon. The teachers this morning were just about as competitive and excited as […]

  7. ThinkLink probes and planning

    Hello everyone; As my thoughts begin to turn to the new school year, I’d like to know if any of you have had experience using the ThinkLink probes with your students on an ongoing basis? Are you planning time for this daily? Weekly?  Have you tried using the ThinkLink probes during your computer lab time?  […]

  8. Day of Discovery Is A Resounding Success!

    Today was our first Day of Discovery for Tennessee, and if the responses to our survey are any indication, it was a huge success.  We had nearly 30 teachers from varied backgrounds.  Elementary, middle, and high schools were present.  Mac and PC users were on hand.  unitedstreaming veterans and novices made their presence known.  The […]

  9. Attending NECC Virtually

    This year I missed attending NECC in Atlanta, but I didn’t really miss NECC. I was envious of everyone being together F2F. I didn’t get to give hugs and laugh with everyone, or walk the exhibitor floor collecting free stuff. But, I did learn a lot while attending NECC virtually. I Skyped into the DEN […]

  10. NECC Envy

    So how many of you are sitting out there reading the blogs and thinking, "I wish I was at NECC".  Well, the good news is that you can relive the best sessions of the conference through a podcast.  All you need to go is go to iTunes and seach for Conference Connections in the podcast […]

  11. NECC 2007 – Atlanta – Day 3

    I going to start this post at the end of the day.  As I was walking around the exhibit hall yesterday  I came across these pirates.  Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t expect to find pirates at NECC.  These pirates were part of TurningPoint Audience Response System’s Booth. With 100% PowerPoint® integration, […]

  12. Day of Discovery in Knoxville

    On Thursday (tomorrow by today’s standards), the TN Leadership Council will host our first Day of Discovery in Knoxville, TN.  We have 30 excited teachers anxiously awaiting the doors to open and qualify for some of the best training anywhere (and door prizes).  That’s great news!  But even greater news is that we have 35 […]

  13. NECC Day 3

         The day started with a great deal of nostalgia for me. Roger Wagner and his flagship program, HyperStudio, were the biggest reason I morphed from Spanish teacher into certifiable multimedia maniac. So when I bumped into him on Monday and he invited me to breakfast for the official announcement of HyperStudio, which he […]

  14. Wish You Were Here

    I keep hearing from teachers who are building some amazing affinity networks at NECC.  Lucky for the rest of us, they are also inviting us in through their blogs and wikis.  Chris Champion shared his NECCAtlanta wiki where he is keeping all of his notes. Kristin Hokanson continues to blog prolifically on her Connected Classroom […]

  15. Exciting News from CoSN

    Exciting News from CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) CoSN is pleased to announce the formation of a new state chapter in Pennsylvania. This seventh CoSN chapter was formed through a strategic alliance with the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology (PAECT).  View Press Release.

  16. In all your free time…

    Well, the temps around our fine state have been heating up as of late and one would imagine that leaves many opportunities for inside activities!  If you are looking for some diverse, engaging and interesting opportunities for professional development all from the comfort of your own home, look no further.  Discovery Education has announced the […]

  17. More Ruminations From NECC

    Thanks, once again, to Kristin Hokanson, chair of our PA Leadership Council, for sharing her impressions from the NECC sessions she attends.   You can also read all her blog postings on her "The Connected Classroom" blog. For more front-line NECC coverage, surf over to Ken Pruitt’s Conference blog.  Like Kristin, Ken is blogging about the […]

  18. STAR DE Honored

         NECC Atlanta is off to a great start. STAR Discovery Educator and fellow Illinoisan, Charlene Chausis, was honored last night as ISTE’s 2007 Outstanding Leader which recognizes and honors an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in implementing technology to improve education.      Ideas are the currency of the Future There was […]

  19. NECC Precon Event Stone Mountain, GA

    How fitting that for our DEN NECC Preconference Event that we were meeting in Memorial "Hall" at Stone Mountain, GA. Our morning started with a continental breakfast overlooking the relief sculptures here at Stone Mountain. The view of course was spectacular and brought back memories of climbing up Stone Mountain when I was a wee […]