TEACHER TOOLS FROM HERE AND THERE



Many of the things I have discovered and learned about can be found in my delicious account by searching the tags. After having completed my second ICEconference and going through notes from the last two years, I thought it might be best to post them all with a description.My technology adventure certainly has been, as the song says, "It's A Brand New Day."I think these tools make it clear that it really is a A Whole New Mind and we really are teaching digital children.

ISACS 2007

A presentation by NAIS president Pat Bassett introduced me to Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind Above. Many people at this conference not only referred to this book, but also The World is Flat by Thomas Freidman and Wikinomics. Bassett also talked about Howard Gardner's newest book as well.

Kathy Nunley'ssite on brain research from which she developed her Layered Curriculum program. I have registered for her newsletter as well which keeps up with current studies on the brain and also has some great teacher tips. This site is a treasure trove

I also went to a talk by Alan November, a teacher and thinker that I really admire.As aresult, I have heard him speak on other occasions and felt fortunate to attend his BLC conference in 2008. His major message is about competing global and thinking critically, areas where the US is falling behind . I first heard about Skype here, but I have yet to follow up and how to use this free telephone,internet teleconferencing tool.

Archdiocese of Chicago Technology workshops

At their fall conference, I learned a bit about Learning in hand, a resource for educational technology focusing on smaller devices.
At the summer workshops offered, I learned about smartboards, photo story and blogging, However, I learned the most at a Web 2.0 workshop presided by Nadine Norris where I discovered wikis. At the time, she was a teacher at St. Francis and she shared an example of their school wiki.

ICE-COLD conference in DuPage County


I attended this conference on a cold, dreary Saturday morning in March and really got a vision of how technology can work and where it can go. I credit most of this to a session I attended by Lucy Gray , who has since become a freind and mentor of sorts to me. Not only did she introduce the plethora of things that Google has available to all, but talked about a number of the sitres and resources the she uses. I learned so much. the best I can do is encourage to click the link to her blog above.

Miscellaneous

JamieMcKenzie - an internationally know education speaker, presented at an LMAIS offering a couple of years ago. I was impressed and attended one of his workshops last spring. He puts a great emphasis on visuals and critical thinking. As a result, we have now subscribed to Visual Thesaurus. He publishes 2 online journals that are well worth subscribing to as well.
The Collaboratory - a project run by Northwestern and funded by money from the McCormick Foundation.
Discovery Education - has so much more than United Streaming. There are links at the top of the page for educator resources as well as professional development opportunities. I I follow their weekly blog and have participated in a number of webinars. Here is a map of a School 2.0 ecosystemas presented by Tim Magner of the U.S. Department of Education who shared the vision for U.s. schools of the future.

NECC 2008

Alternatives to Powerpoint - Notes and links from a presentation that provides examples and tutorials for Moviemaker, Photo Story, and Muvee.
Voicethread - This is a digital storytelling tool that I keep hearing about. NECC was the first time it was introoooduced to me. Interestingly, the webiste explains voicethread with a voicethread. Best psrt....it is free!!
Iearn and The Hero Project which are discussed on Investigating Global Connections

BLC2008

I spent a full day session with an E-Pals presentation which is also discussed on Investigating Global Connection.