*Monday Sessions

Q&A from the Keynote
Radical change is afoot!

Save yourself time – make a podcast. Create a podcast the first time you teach a lesson, then when students who missed the lesson or need review can watch the podcast. Then post the podcasts to a website where students can access it whenever, wherever.

iTunes U – universities world wide offering courses through iTunes store. Most are free.

iPods can be used as an assessment device. Connects to wifi. Use Safari web browser. Upload digital content created by students or teachers. Create online preassessments using google docs that students complete and resend.

Kevin Kelly article “The Technium – Better than Free”
(I’m still searching for this one)

Final thought – Tim Tyson
Why wasn’t technology being used in classrooms at Mabry at first? I asked my teachers to use it. We put a computer in every room. It was because I, the building leader, wasn’t taking the lead. I contacted vendors immediately to get more computers. One vendor told me he couldn’t get me computers, but he could get me all the traing I wanted. That was the key. Until teachers were shown what the technology could do, they weren’t ready to use it.

Free & Inexpensive Internet Resources
This list is full http://library.cchs.org/internetresource.htm

The Night at the Museum activity is really a great idea I can’t wait to try with my students. Students pick one exhibit to research and learn all about and then create a presentation of what happens in this exhibit “after hours.”

There are tons of great links on this list, but one of my favorites is the free, online etch-a-sketch. http://www.etchy.org/

Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works

Roxanne Everhard has taught online classes about this book. She discussed the Nine Categories of Instructional Strategies
Identifying similarities and differences

*Summarizing and note taking
*Reinforcing effort and providing recognition
*Homework and practice
*Nonlinguistic representation
*Cooperative learning
*Setting objectives and providing feedback
*Generating and testing hypotheses
*Cues, questions, and advance organizers

This session was designed with the main goal of helping bring the world of technology into classrooms. She showed how technology can be applied using Marzano’s nine research based strategies, as well as Web 2.0 tools and other resources.

The session was really too short to get into details. If you have not picked up this book…do! It is full of simple, yet practical and valuable ideas of how to integrate technology into the classroom.

“TIE”ing it all Together

This session also talked about Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works. Demetria Moon and Darci Love, the presenters, also talked about how their district has implemented a district-wide technology program based on this book. It has involved lots of hands-on professional development and time with teachers developing lessons using the guidelines set forth in the book.

The most interesting tidbit for me was actually when they said they take 1 full day and give all new teachers a tour of every building in the district, introducing them to staff. Wow! To have a district small enough you could do that in a day!