Toyapalooza with Kathy Schrock

I’m a pretty big gadget freak.  If it’s shiny and has a battery in it, I’ve probably owned it or a variation of it at some point or another.  From the Palm to the Pocket PC, Archos Jukebox to iPod, I thought I’d tried them all.

During yesterdays Ed-Tech Connect webinar with Kathy Schrock I learned just how wrong I was!  Kathy’s webinar was a blitz of the hundreds of gizmo’s, gadgets and tools that are on the open market right now, all with an educational spin.  If it can be plugged in or powered on, it was probably in her presentation. 

Now I know what you’re thinking, who has the money to buy all of those gadgets?  She had a phrase that nicely sums up the same philosophy I’ve been embracing for years.  "Buy it, try it, sell it on eBay!"  It really is true.  I’ve had a new PDA just about every year for about 8 years now.  When a newer model comes out, I package up the old one, sell it on eBay and then put that money towards a new one.  It’s amazing how long gadgets hold their resale value online. 

I really can’t do the presentation justice, you’ll just have to watch the recording of it for yourself.  You can find both the archive of the presentation as well as her list of resources at the Ed-Tech Connect web site

If you’ve been considering buying a new flash drive, mp3 player, pda, hard drive, laptop, wristwatch or anything else that beeps or lights up in any way, you should check the webinar out.  Now you’ll have to excuse me, I’m off to eBay!


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  1. Kathy Schrock said:

    Thanks, Steve! It was a lot of fun to do the Webinar, but I missed hearing the oohs and aahs of the audience!

    On another note, I was just accepted as a DEN member and am honored to be part of a growing community of such dedicated teachers!

  2. Howard Martin said:

    Steve, in your opinion, what was the greatest gadget introduced that would play a role in an elementary classroom? You know, the one thing I should run out and get.

  3. Steve Dembo said:

    That’s a tough one. Huge gadget envy all over the place. Not to mention that I’m pretty well set in the world of gadgets. But if I had to reccomend one, I’d go simple. She pointed out several USB drives that you could load up with software like firefox, thunderbird and other programs that will run just fine off of a flash drive. This would be incredibly handy in schools where you can’t just install the software you want or take your bookmarks with you from computer to computer. Sometimes the simple solutions are the best ones.

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