Hello. Sue Culver, an ELA teacher - 11th grade, honors 11, and senior electives in creative expression and drama. I teach at Mount Markham High School. It's a rural district in upstate NY. I'm looking to do more collaborative writing with my students. I'm struggling a bit with the overwhelming possibilities....I love new ideas, but recognize that the best ideas don't go anywhere without a plan. It's the planning that I'm struggling with right now. How do I implement these tools in my classroom?
I am Deb Day from Cresco Iowa. I teach Advanced English for 7th and 8th graders and high school speech, drama and creative writing. I love technology, but am a bit unsure of how to implement in my classes. My new school year resolution is to try something new with each of my classes.
Hi. Dale Ferrario from the Silicon Valley. Long time Sun Microsystems employee. Recently started a non-profit called FreshBrain in order to help address the educational gap that I see with our teens around technology. Joined a while back but finally have my head above water and am not participating.
I worked in software for a decade before becoming a math teacher at the O'Bryant High School in Boston, Massachusetts. Now I'm going into my second full time year of teaching. I *LOVE* my new career, my school and my students.
I am teaching a couple sections of Geometry (which I am familiar with), a section of Algebra II (which I've never taught but feel comfortable jumping into) and a class called Technology Literacy (for which I have next to no idea what I will teach). I do have some of my own ideas for the Tech Lit course: a project where students create a family tree using a wiki, a video classroom sharing with a school in Jamaica using Skype, Facebook/technology safety, etc. I start the school year on September 10th, I just got married this summer and I'm having a baby in December so I'm trying to keep it simple. I'd love to primarily base the Tech Lit course on someone else's curriculum/syllabus. Please let me know if you have a suggestion for where I can find a syllabus or who I should ask for one.
If you are looking for some great resources tools and e-learning apps that will make your professional life a great deal easier check out my blog at www.edgalaxy.com with regular updates and lesson plans.
Kevin, this is great - your blog, I mean!. I thought I knew many web2.0 tools and I do use them regularly in my classes but you have certainly brought my attention to even more - and many of them are so simple. Thanks for sharing.
Keren Taylor here. Executive Director and founder of "WriteGirl" (www.writegirl.org) - we are a creative writing and mentoring program for teen girls, based in Los Angeles.
We match teen girls with women writers for one-on-one mentoring, workshops and public readings. Pairs meet in cafes, libraries, sometimes parks....many of our girls do not have regular internet access, so our focus has been on in-person meetings and workshops. We work with over 300 girls annually.
In addition to the mentoring program, we also partner with six alternative schools where we offer creative writing workshops.
This year, we'd like to do some blogging with our school programs. We have about 150 girls altogether in that program, and I'm really not sure what kind of platform to work with. Can anyone offer some guidance for us?
Thanks! Looking forward to learning more about online education tools!