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Lots of information to share from last week’s MACUL conference.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Berrien RESA is collaborating with Kalamazoo RESA and Calhoun ISD to offer an exciting new program: 21 Things for the 21st Century Educator.  This program combines online resources with live web conferencing to help teachers gain skills using new technology tools. We will be hosting a face to face kickoff at Berrien RESA on Tuesday, April 20 from 4:00 – 6:00.  All participants will need to register through Calhoun ISD: http://pdreg.calhounisd.org.  Credit available: 4 graduate credits or 12 SB-CEUs.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468I really liked ipadio.  It’s a site that lets you record using your phone…then posts that recording online for you or anyone to listen to.  It’s free and easy. Record homework, assignments, instructions, greetings, sub plans…you name it!

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468If you have a phone that shoots video, you should take a look at Qik.  With Qik, you can broadcast live from your phone over the Internet.  It’s one of those clever tools they’re making these days.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468For students who need help with Algebra take a look at Purplemath.  Not sure why algebra is purple…it makes most people see red.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468The History Channel is providing a DVD copy of America The Story of US to every school in the nation.  “premiering on April 25 at 9pm/8c — America The Story of US is a six week event that provides a fascinating look at the stories of the people, events, and innovations that forged our nation.

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http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468 Upcoming Workshops: Our workshop flyer will be out this week…keep your eyes open!  You can also search Berrien RESA’s Professional Development schedule. Here are a couple coming up quickly.

  • Monster Match Videoconference Training: Writing, Math & Art
    In Monster Match, PreK-8 students design a monster and send the description to their partner class. Both classes then make each other’s monsters, carefully following directions.
    Date: September 23, 2009
    Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
    Cost: FREE
  • 2Week Tech: Use YouTube
    YouTube is blocked, but you can still find ways to get to the good stuff.
    Introducing 2Week Tech: short, interactive web conferences designed to introduce technology tools and strategies.  Join in 2Week Tech sessions from the comfort of your own computer.  For more information visit http://2weektech.pbworks.com/.
    Date: September 22, 2009
    Time: 3:45-4:15 pm
    Cost: FREE

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Getting a file in the right format for your computer can be quite a trick.  Use Format Factory to convert image and media files so that they’ll work where you need them to.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Search internet resources by Subject or Content Expectations using MORE, Michigan Online Resources for Educators.  Included are standards-based, grade-specific, K-12 lesson plans, student interactive tools and reference materials.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468ARKive Education is a free-to-use, multi-media resource bank that provides downloadable, ready to use modules on a wide range of curriculum topics such as geography and environmental education.

http://remc11.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/www_bullet.jpg?w=468Add the World Digital Library to your list of primary resources links.

New Workshops @ the Berrien RESA

Finally got around to getting some workshops scheduled for this fall.  You can see all technology workshops being offered at the Berrien RESA right here.

In October I’ll be leading a new class trying to cover some of the many, many web 2.0 tools that can easily be used by educators.  Connecting & Collaborating with Web Tools starts on October 13 and will last six weeks.  During each of those weeks, we’ll focus on a different category of tool and explore ways in which those types of tools can be used to help students gain understanding and learn by being connected not only to pertinent resources but pertinent people (for example, other students) as well.

It’s kind of unfortunate to have to divide those tools into categories, because the differences between some of them is very blurry.  But, I needed to be able to chunk the information into a week’s worth of content, so I was forced to make some choices.  Here’s how I broke down:

  • Week 1:  Get Organized…kind of speaks for itself.
  • Week 2:  Be Productive…this one too.
  • Week 3:  Look What I Did…publishing and photo sharing.
  • Week 4:  Talk to Me…communication tools.
  • Week 5:  It’s Showtime…video and animation creation.
  • Week 6:  I’ve Got People…social networks and communities.
  • I’m really looking forward to this class…one reason being that participants will have such a variety of activities to choose from.  Nobody’s experience will be like that of another.  The sharing of projects in the discussion forum should really open everyone’s eyes!

    Oh…one more thing…just received confirmation that Connecting & Collaborating with Web Tools has been approved for 6.0 SB-CEUs as well as 2 graduate credits.  That can be helpful.  :-)

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