MassCue day 1 @ Gillette Stadium. Yes, there were football players - no photos please.

Day 1
Moving Towards the Virtual Classroom provides educators with an
example of how to effectively use a classroom website as an educational
resource for students and parents. 4th grade teacher Maureen Devlin
uses teacherweb.com to host a virtual classroom which includes
reminders, website links, projects that students have completed,
schedule etc. The students also have invitation only accounts on
ning.com. The following quote is from the Classroom Technology page:
"Technology is a tool for learning the curriculum and developing 21st
century skills: collaboration, communication, critical thinking skills
and creativity." This session has inspired me to revisit the classroom
blog that I started, but I now have some ideas to make it more
effective.

2 Kindergarten teachers demonstrated co-teaching strategies as well as how they use a document camera during their presentation Collaborative Teaching on the Age of Technology.
During a writing lesson, one teacher used the document reader to
project a piece of writing in need of editing, while the other used a
large chart paper size copy of the same text. One interesting
observation the teachers shared is that some students will look at the
projected document, where other students prefer the duplicated chart
paper product. The document reader, an updated version of the overhead
projector allows students an unobstructed (by a teacher) projected
image. Definitely something that can be used to demonstrate many
learning experiences in the kindergarten classroom: how to hold
scissors, how to write a letter/numeral, to how to use a calculator,
reading a book together, editing writing, counting the sides of a
geometric shape etc. Although this was presented by Kindergarten
teachers, the document reader can be a great teaching tool in older
grades.

Engaging Students on Their "Turf" demonstrated "Quest Atlantis"
created by Indiana University to research transformational play in the
classroom. Teachers from around the world have written quests in all
curriculum areas. The demonstration highlighted examples of quests
completed by students ages 9 to 16 who choose an avatar, complete a
quest in which students help Atlantians find their "lost knowledge", and
are required to write about their experience. Students can also
communicate in a "chat" area with other players, but each person's real
identity is private. This can be a great proactive lesson/discussion
about online safety as well as cyberbullying.

Nuggets for the day: There is an educator version of wikispaces that does not have ads and can be made private. Vimeo is another video sharing site that may be slower to upload to than youtube but uploaders have more control over privacy. "The more you do with technology the easier it works."

Tomorrow - day 2, more nuggets and what I'll share first with the Kinder team.

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