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Technology Teachers Resource Meeting

Tonight we’re hosting a meeting for teachers who use technology in the classroom. It’s going to end up being kind of a new technology showcase…there are a lot of cool things going on in educational technology! Here’s a few items we’ll be talking about…

  • Google Earth and Google Maps…if you haven’t seen these yet then it’s time! See what New Orleans looked like on August 31, 2005 (two days after Katrina).
  • Janine and I will be demonstrating Skype, a free program for making calls over the internet and Festoon, which works with Skype to add video to your calls. A very inexpensive way for videoconferencing to happen in the classroom.
  • ASK, Authors, Specialist, and Knowledge is a videoconference opportunity that’s not new, but definately worth participating in. This program coordinates a conversation between a classroom and an author, or subject area expert.
  • We have been promoting WebQuests as effective online activities for some time. Now Bernie Dodge, the originator of WQs, has developed an online tool for developing, hosting, and sharing teacher created WebQuests. QuestGarden is in phase 1 and open for business.

But wait, there’s more! Some items I’ve highlighted on REMC Ramblings, however, so I won’t go through it all again. Besides listening to us, we try to get a handle on what sort of help teachers want and need from use. We are a service agency, and try to serve as effectively as possible. Does your school or classroom have a need for technology assistance? Let me know.

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