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Connect with the free, online Global Education Conference: Nov 12-16!

12 Nov

Today marks the first day of the 2012 free, online Global Education Conference.  Running all week, nearly 24 hours a day, this conference offers incomparable diversity and opportunities for global connections.

If you are new to the Global Education Conference, #GlobalEdCon “is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity.”

Here are a few of today’s sessions I think you’ll find interested… and details about the session I am presenting tomorrow, too!  The full schedule can be found here.  And remember, you can follow me on Twitter for ongoing updates, tips and highlights as well!

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12
(All times given in Eastern Time, U.S. Use the schedule above to check times in your area!)

10:00 AM — Opening Keynote: Creating Innovators
Tony Wagner, Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard
Link to Session: https://sas.elluminate.com/d.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=GECKPart1

1:00 PM — Session: #VideoGamesForGlobalLearning
Terry Heick, Institute for Habits of Mind
Link to Session: https://sas.elluminate.com/d.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=GECPart6

3:00 PM — Keynote: The Lessons I Learned While Making A Difference
Ilona Dougherty, Executive Director of Apathy is Boring
Link to Session: https://sas.elluminate.com/d.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=GECKPart13

10:00 PM — Top 10 Places to Find Real People in Your Community to Globalize Student Learning
Dr. Rita Oates, Oates Associates & Florida Society for Technology in Education
Link to Session: https://sas.elluminate.com/d.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=GECPart36

 

MY SESSION TOMORROW, TUESDAY, NOVEMEBER 13:

11:00 PM — It’s a Small World: Elementary Global Collaboration
Nancye Blair, Education Innovation Specialist & ISTE Emerging Leader
Discover powerful web resources and best practices perfect for connecting young learners around the globe. More details here.
Link to Session: https://sas.elluminate.com/d.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=GECPart101

I would love to connect with you through #GlobalEdCon this week. If you see me, please say hello! And have a great conference!
~Nancye

Free FETC Virtual Conference Today: Schedule and Links

18 Oct

FETC Virtual

Today is the FETC Free Virtual Conference.  There is a great line-up of speakers and sessions, plus opportunities to connect with other educators!  To register and log-in to the sessions, visit Register or Log-in Now.

Schedule:

10:30 am – 11:00 am Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Keynote
Personalization of Learning through Digital Content
Cheryl Lemke, President and CEO
Metiri Group
12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Wonders of the Web: Great Tools for Schools
Adam Bellow, Founder, eduTecher
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm PLCs in the 21st Century: Partnerships for Powerful Learning
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Co-founder and CEO
Powerful Learning Practice
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time or Technology Classroom
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm The Power of Engaging Projects
Rushton Hurley, Executive Director
NextVista.org
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm 10 Tech Tools You Need To Tackle Classroom Challenges!
Howie DiBlasi
CEO, Digital Journey

Re-envision Technology Integration in your Classrooms

25 Jan

With all of the advances in technology tools and 21st century learning strategies, it can be hard to both keep up… and to nail down just what ideas are the most important. My latest article in NAESP’s Principal magazine aims to help you do just that.

Technology Integration for the NEW 21st Century Learner

You can read it online here.

OR

You can view the full color PDF of the article here.

I would love to hear your thoughts, feedback and implementation ideas as we work together to use technology to make a difference in our schools and in the lives of our students.

3D Doc Cam Work Featured at CoolTECH 2011

24 Jun

CoolTECH 2011 took place at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, FL on June 10th. It was a great event showcasing emerging technologies from throughout the bay area. I was there debuting the 3D Ladibug Document Camera and sharing the work we’ve been doing with our students using the prototype at McKeel Elementary Academy (MEA) in Lakeland, FL.

The best part? We made the news! Check out the story about MEA here:

Or you can view the full report below:

Enjoy!

Interactive Whiteboards Get a Closer Look

27 Feb

ISTE’s Tech & Learning recently posted a blog by ed-tech expert, Gary Stager, which began with the sentence, “IWBs [Interactive Whiteboards] and their clicker spawn are a terrible investment that breathes new life into medieval educational practices.” As you can imagine, this led to quite a debate in the comments section.  Economic value, pedagogy, and even the history of chalkboards is currently in dispute.

In the postings, both sides share valid points about whether to “get” or ” use” IWBs.  Both share valid, even moving, anecdotal stories. Both strongly take a side on the value or lack thereof of. And interestingly enough, both Gary Stager and primary counterpoint commentator, Alan November, were the keynote speakers at the last two Best Practice Summer Conferences for our charter school.

Yet, at my school (like many in the Tech & Learning audience), we’re not considering getting IWBs.  We already have them.  I’ve had a SMARTBoard in my classroom for the last six years and have enjoyed having access to the tool.  In his post, Stager takes issue with common comments used to support IWBs  – like “The students are so engaged!” and “It all depends on how teachers use it.” Seems like those who agree with him recommend sticking to a laptop and projector, basically the IWB user’s current set-up sans IWB.

So, this begs the question: What are teachers/students doing with Interactive Whiteboards that they could NOT do with just a laptop and projector?

And for those of us who already have them, what Best Practices have we discovered that will ensure we both get the most value out of this technology tool AND truly engage students in worthwhile learning experiences?