Showing posts with label ACTEM. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ACTEM. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Audio of Best of the EdTech Web 2010

Image Credit: Sarah Sutter
Last Friday at ACTEM's annual conference and again on Monday at CECA's annual conference I gave my Best of the EdTech Web 2010 presentation. Bob Sprankle recorded the audio of Friday's presentation and it is now available on his blog Bit by Bit. Listen to the recording here.

The slides from my talk are embedded below.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

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Wow! What a busy end to the week. On Thursday and Friday of this week I gave presentations at ACTEM's annual conference. (You can find the slides from those here and here). On Thursday evening ACTEM announced their Educators and Leaders of the Year. This year's Educator of the Year is Karen Abbott from Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Congratulations Karen! I was fortunate enough to be nominated by Beth Still and was named runner-up for Educator of the Year. Thank you to Beth, the selection committee, my girlfriend Denise for putting-up with all of my time spent exploring technology for the classroom, and to all of you who have helped me in so many ways over the last few years. Congratulations as well to Bob Asselin who was named Leader of Year and to Sharon Betts who was named runner-up for Leader of the Year.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Videos of Middle School Science Experiments
2. Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright
3. MarkUp.io - Draw on any Webpage
4. Great, Free PD - K12 Online Conference Starts Soon
5. Collaborative Whiteboard Scribblar Adds Flickr
6. Create Your Own Super Hero Comic
7. YoYo Games - Create Your Own Games


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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Week in Review - Most Popular Posts

It's Saturday morning in Maine and time for the week in review. I hope everyone had a great week and finds some time to relax and enjoy the weekend. Hopefully, by the time you read this I'll be catching landlocked salmon on Kennebago Lake.

This week, before I write the list of the most popular posts, I want to share some good news related to Free Technology for Teachers. This week I found out that I was named runner-up for ACTEM's Teacher of the Year award. I also found out this week that my column in the School Library Journal will run monthly instead of bimonthly for the foreseeable future. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and this blog by sharing links with others and telling people about Free Technology for Teachers. The opportunities that have come my way through this blog are due in very large part to all of you.

Here are the most popular posts of the last week:
1. Wordia Brings Words to Life in Video
2. Using Facebook to Connect With Students & Parents
3. Do You Google Yourself? Do Your Students?
4. Snappy Words - A Visual Dictionary and Thesaurus
5. Sketchy Explanation: Starting a PLN
6. 5 Tools to Create and Administer Quizzes Online
7. Wild Sanctuary - Sounds of Nature on Google Earth

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Conference Buffet - What Do You Want To Eat?

I spent Thursday and Friday presenting and watching presentations at the ACTEM 09 conference in Augusta, Maine. Like any good conference there was a large selection of interesting presentations going on simultaneously. It was difficult to decide which sessions to attend. It was a lot like going to buffet of great ideas.

On my way to the conference yesterday morning, I had the brainstorm of picking a goal for the day (not a novel concept, but something I'd never applied to conference attendance). I had two goals for the day. The first goal was to observe how professional speakers organize their presentations and work through their presentations. The second goal was to hear the ideas that they have regarding education. Therefore, I chose to attend sessions conducted by Marco Torres and Wes Fryer. These guys are true pros at conference speaking and are thought-leaders in the field of education.

Overall, going into the day with a game plan yielded a better learning experience for the day than I might have had if I had just hap-hazardly chosen workshops.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Lesson Learned from a Small Workshop

Today, I had the opportunity to present at the ACTEM annual conference pre-conference. My workshop was designed to give participants ideas and tools for improving their classroom blogs, websites, and wikis. There were some excellent workshops being offered by the likes of Marco Torres, Wes and Sarah Fryer at the same time as mine as well as an all-day Google Apps seminar. There were nineteen people registered for my session, but only five came. In response to the small number, I altered my plan for the workshop. In hindsight, that was not my best idea.

In altering my plan to try to make it more personal for the attendees, I didn't keep the organization that I had planned. As a result, it felt like (to me anyway) that the workshop did not accomplish the goal of sending everyone away with a new tool to use in their blogs, wikis, and websites. All participants were able to see the tools in action (you can find them here), but my presentation of them was not what I had planned. Every experience can be a learning experience and the next time that I'm in a similar situation, I'll stick closer to my original plan. On the upside, we did have some good conversations about filtering policies in districts across the state of Maine.