I stumbled upon this SMART Board training resource today and thought it might be helpful to new SMART Board users! Click the link to view the 2 minute Flash videos and learn how to use the tools and different aspects of the Notebook software. After having a small discussion about the need for our substitute teachers to have “SMART Board skills” I am thinking this might be a good start and a good site to direct them to. Thoughts?
As directed by our district technology committee, I have been doing research on what it would take to implement a 1:1 computing initiative in our school. I stumbled on America’s Digital School report and the following are the top six trends in technology and education.
Large-Scale 1:1 Implementations Are Alive and Well
Learning Management Systems Go Mainstream
Online Assessment Is Replacing the No. 2 Pencil
The Student Computing “Race to Mobility” Accelerates
Interactive Whiteboards Come Into Their Own
Awareness of the Internet Bandwidth Crisis Reveals New Concerns
I would say that currently in Byron, all of the above areas have been discussed or started to implement over the last several years. I have begun to collect my 1:1 resources – http://delicious.com/jenhegna/1to1 and would appreciate any feedback OR useful research you have found. I am also looking for 1:1 research regarding the infrastructure, training, and support needed to have a successful 1:1 program.
Yesterday we had the Library of Congress present a workshop during our Bears Professional Growth Academy! Judy Graves did a great job in the morning showing us around the LOC’s website and then in the afternoon she showed us how to analyze primary sources from LOC’s American Memory website . (THIS WAS FUN!!!) She posted all her resources on our wiki – located here. Did I mention she came to us via our new video conferencing room? It is unbelievable the connections a school can make when the technology is available. Library of Congress in Byron – WOW!
Elluminate is widely used as a meeting space for learning. They have archived many of these events that are free for the viewing. Check out the archives by clicking here! Between the topic ideas and the presenters (some quite famous) it looks like a fabulous resource!
A couple of weeks ago, we had over 500 students congregated in our commons for a special Guitar Hero tourney! The majority of the students were excited, engaged, and glued to the screen. Are they like this the classroom?
Are you looking to learn a little more about Web 2.0 technology. This month Atomic Learning is providing free training on Web 2.0 on their website. This training was developed by Cool Cat Teacher Blog creator Viki Davis.
Today was the first day of workshops during our week long Bears Professional Growth Academy. We really had a great “round 1” of sessions. In our opening (virtual) keynote, “Preparing students for the new economy – A candid discussion about education in the 21st century”, Dr. Scott McLeod provided us with an impressive overview of where public education is heading (or as the research shows – not heading). My wheels are turning and the message was pretty clear – crystal that is. My next steps – get the word out, share, collaborate, discuss and most of all get the ball rolling! Stay tuned, you will be inundated with the message!
After the keynote, our staff learned how to use our new online computer/technology training system – Infosource. Through an E2T2 grant with the South East Service Coop, our access to this learning management system will help accomplish one common goal between all of our districts – Develop expanded 24/7 educational opportunities for teachers and staff. (How 21st century is that???)
My afternoon session, “Podcasting in the Classroom”, was also well received. Even though this technology is new to Byron teachers, I believe podcasting (whether subscribing to content or creating your own) will provide an extra resource to our classrooms and community.
I have to admit, I am very empowered by Byron staff. They are an extremely talented group! Some may feel a little apprehensive about the “tech stuff” – but for those leaders (yes you are all leaders in my eyes) to walk through my door is a giant step in the right direction!