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School’s Out for the Summer

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

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My last day of school for the 2009-2010 school year was Friday, May 28. I can’t believe this school year is over. It went so-o-o-o fast.  I left New Orleans Friday night with a friend of mine to attend the Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge over the Memorial Day Weekend. In between listening to the great artists – Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Brooks and Dunn, and Kenny Chesney – I took some time to reflect on my school year.

I am proud of the fact that I won a $15,000 Technology Model Classroom grant, completed my first two courses toward my Master’s in Educational Technology Leadership, and taught my students well. Our high stakes LEAP test scores were released just days before summer vacation and my students did an awesome job on the math test. They also loved the projects we completed during the year, and enjoyed learning to use all the Web 2.0 tools I shared with them this year. Their favorites were SkypeGlogster, and Edmodo. They always loved when I told them we would be watching a Discovery video. Since I teach 4th graders, I used dozens of videos with my math classes, and even more with my social studies class. They were thrilled to learn how to embed a Discovery video clip in their Glogsters.

While this was a great school year, I’ll be looking forward to using all of my new tech equipment next year. This summer I’ll be attending ISTE10 in Denver and the DEN Leadership Council Symposium in Boston.  I’m sure I’ll also attend several other conferences virtually (my PLN will tweet out the links) and most of the Classroom 2.0 Live sessions on Saturday mornings. But I plan on spending the majority of my summer planning for next year. I have a lot of great ideas I want to try.

I Presented at LaCUE 2009

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

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This year marked the 25th anniversary of the LaCUE Conference in Baton Rouge. I attended for the first time last year and vowed then that I would present a session at the next one. Well, I manage to keep that vow. My presentation was about building a personal learning network (PLN) and was titled “Communicate, Collaborate, Contribute”. I asked a member of my own PLN, Alexis Western to be my co-presenter. Alexis is a Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) in Jefferson Parish Public School System where I work. She gladly accepted my invitation.

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Well after many hours of putting together our presentation we were ready. Alexis was great about letting me take the lead because she said this was about how I built my PLN and she was there more as a facilitator. In the last eight months I have built an incredible PLN and I showed the attendees how that was accomplished. Then Alexis and I walked them through the steps to start their own journey. We helped them set up Google accounts, Google Reader, a Ning identity and had them join the LaCUE Ning, Delicious, Skype, and Discovery Education. I told them how I became a STAR Discovery Educator and a member of the Louisiana Leadership Council. Hopefully they will stay the course and become STARs too. It felt great to be a presenter, and I plan to do it as often as I can.

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Beside presenting, I attended the “Dining with the STARs” dinner hosted by Susan Tompkins, Louisiana Leadership Council (LALC) Chair. At the dinner I was able to meet the other members of the LALC – Cindy Wallace, Events Coordinator, and Susan Gauthier, Blog Team Leader. They graciously welcomed this newbie into the fold. Now when we communicate on our monthly online meetings I will have a face to put with their names. I continued to grow my PLN by meeting the other Louisiana STARs who attended the dinner.

LaCUE 2009 ROCKED!!

 

 

Conquering Wikis

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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Okay. I spent this past school year learning how to set up my classroom website and blog. My integration of technology improved each month. I learned how to use many Web 2.0 tools such as Skype, Ning, and Jing. Now I need to conquer wikis. 

I just signed up for a free, online course offered by PBWorks. PBWorks Summer Camp is a four week course that I am going to complete so that I can learn how to set up and use a wiki with my class. Check it out and join us.

Easy Video Making Website

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

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I just used Stupeflix.com to make a video of our Odd Day activities. It is free and very easy to use. Your video is quickly ready to share and embed. Check it out.