Linda & I started out early. (I really have no choice; I am wide awake at 5am bouncing off the walls of my room). We kicked off the day with Nicholas Negroponte. If you do not know this man you have missed something great. He is changing the way we think & look at computers. He is determined to give every child in the world affordable computers. One Lap Top per Child. He made me realize what a computer mega manna I was with my PC tablet with all the bells & whistles.
I spent the rest of the morning and late afternoon stopping by booths and getting trained on various new products etc. These were my choices:
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I spent some time at the Edutopia Booth. It is the brain child of George Lucas. I can not begin to describe the great resources that this non-profit is offering to teachers. I would suggest some time to look. I know my Georgia teachers will be experiencing several of his modules that include Project-based learning, Technology Integration, and Multiple Intelligence.
A booth that took me back in time was the “Lego” booth. As a mother of a Lego child, who spent countless hours picking up, scooping up, & stepping on Lego’s, I know that it is a toy that is truly educational. They have this new robotics series that I would love to see in the science classrooms with students of all ages. The program is called Lego Mindstorm. LEGO Education. I must find a grant?
The last in this series of teacher resources is a personal choice. It was a beautiful booth that promoted the history of Colonial Williamsburg.
The last part of the day was the “Birds of a Feather” with Discovery Educators and a birthday celebration at Dave & Busters. I am sure there will be lots of pictures posted on the “DEN” website of this.