There really is no category…but I have had some interesting conversations/emails with folks this week and they were worthy enough to share. No, the discussions were about cool ideas in the classroom not the TV show of the week (although I love The Amazing Race –my favorite. Oops, not a Discovery show – it’s the only show I watch outside of Discovery :)).
Last week, I visited with Rosanna Webb, librarian from Lindsay ISD. Rosanna is one of those people that you enjoy talking to so much that you end up at her school for over two hours! Rosanna wrote later, "I was encouraged by your visit–and challenged! I SO want to move beyond just "viewing" videos into integration & collaboration!!!… I’m so encouraged by our new administration that I see it as more of a possibility than I ever have before which has given me renewed energy. Maybe with your help, we can actually get the ball rolling." The DEN will be there for you Rosanna!
I was working with Jackie Chetzron yesterday and she is a librarian at Lake Highlands Junior High in Richardson ISD. Every spring, the students are given their summer reading list and instead of giving the same speech to every student or just a handout, Jackie thought of making a digital story using MovieMaker to share the summer book list. Or maybe she could even podcast and email it to all the teachers or put on her website??? Not that we want to take away that face to face interaction, but the students could access the video and possibly even record their thoughts this summer. I think I might be understanding this technology thing….Steve, do I qualify for geek status yet?
I also received an email from Minetta Smith, librarian at Reed Elementary in Allen ISD. She shared a story of how a teacher who had never checked out the media cart EVER finally tried it when she wanted to show The Magic School Bus Blows Its Top. Minetta wrote, "DEN worked a miracle today…She [the teacher] thought it was pretty neat. So thanks DEN for providing a means of getting her involved.” I don’t think the DEN is the ONLY reason – Minetta, you are the BEST reason! Keep up the fantastic work!
Finally, here’s a question for you out there……How can you use unitedstreaming and digital media in a one-computer, projector-free classroom? There are people out there doing it……let us know what they are doing!