NCETC – What a great week!

What a great week at NCETC! From the opening keynote speaker to the closing luncheon, it was an overwhelming flood of resources and opportunities for those of us who value instructional technology. The focus this year was Unlocking the Power of Technology in 21st Century Schools and the conference certainly fulfilled that promise. I wish I could give you a complete rerun of the week- but short of that I can tell you about some high points and great resources from our week.  The opening keynote speaker was Jim Moulton who talked about how to support our “screen”agers with the 21st century skills and “any century” skills they need. He believes combining project based learning with digital technology will create real world projects that prepare our students to be world leaders. He offers resources for teachers and students at http://jimmoulton.org/1.html.  Patrick Crispen was back with his entertaining sessions that are always packed with information, what’s new with Google, great resources and humor. You’ll find his conference PowerPoints and notes on his website for everyone to use. http://netsquirrel.com/.  Nicole Gray (our blog leader!) and Gretchen Robinson presented an inspiring session on using Google Earth and other online tools to create virtual fieldtrips. I cannot wait to get back to school and try a fieldtrip of my own. You’ll find an amazing collection of resources and their handouts at their website. Click here for that site. By now it should be obvious that the real key here to unlocking the power of technology is a community of educators coming together to inspire, share ideas and resources with their colleagues and ultimately create more engaging and powerful learning opportunities for all our students.  So, get  a cup of something you enjoy, sit back in a comfortable chair and be prepared to spend time with these wonderful resources.

Comments

  1. Nicole

    Great posting, Pat! It was great to finally meet you at NCETC – and boy, what a great conference!!! Hope to see you again soon…maybe this summer at NECC or the DE Institute. Keep in touch!

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