Hi Donelle, saw that you are in Rocklin where the 49ers practiced years ago. My name is Leon Avrech, San Jose CA and a 49er fan, not too many miles from their new practice hdqs in Santa Clara. I wanted to share with you that I recently had a book published that I hope you will tell new teachers about and those planning to be teachers. The title is,THINK YOU CAN TEACH? A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS. It is available from xlibris.com, amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com I am retired after 37 yrs in middle school as teacher, vp, principal and mentor teacher. I had a passion for teaching my 8th grade U.S History classes. The book begins with the first day on campus to the end of year evaluation.
Lesson plans, yard duty, parent conferences, are among the many topics covered.
Donnelle, are you using any video conferencing technologies at your school district? Check out www.appiavideo.com. Desktop PC based mulit point video conferencing. It is a new technology launch for us and since you are a technology evangelist I would like to hear your feedback. Feel free to contact me at mp@appiaservices to demo the service.
I'm both a doc student in EdTech at the Univ. of Florida and a 4th grade teacher. I'm currently researching the explicit educational value of SNSs for elementary students and have just happened on elgg. I know Ning is a no-no for the <13 crowd, but hear that elgg might be somehow different. Do you have an opinion on what tools/services I should be looking at? Thanks, Josh
HI Donelle -- sorry to be so long getting back to you. I'm here at NECC and so are the Wilkes people. If you want to take a look at the blog I"m maintaining for them, please go to this page of my Small Changes; BIG RETURNS tools wiki and you can link from there. The courses can be very intense, but I'm learning a lot from the process of allowing myself to be challenged by the content and trying to find ways to incorporate new ideas into the tool chest of an old teacher (moi). There's a ning that is in development as well, and thanks to the 21st century thinking of another Canadian student, many of us are trying to take the same courses and we meet online in Elluminate on Tuesdays at 6:00 Pacific time. I started by lurking and listening there to see if it was what I really wanted.
Would LOVE to hear from you while your at NECC! ;0) So fun! The TCEA conf in Austin, Tx is the one I go to and it's usually the first week of Feb. Check it out http://www.tcea.org/convention/2010/Documents/index.html not sure how much info they have up yet for 2010. Hoping to present there this year, but won't know until Sept. You have a fabulous Tuesday girl! Glad to be communicating with you! ;0)
Ugh! Totally forgot about that meeting. Dang it. It sounds like we're going to have a better chance signing up for one on that sight where the trainings are posted for anyone to attend. I'm going to be tied up Tues and Wed with curriculum writing and then all next week with subbing summer school and a moodle training for 2 days. The week after that.....vacation. But while I'm working I'll still be checkin in here and everywhere else. ;0) NECC is going to be awesome.....wish I was going with ya, but maybe next year. I'm gonna work on it!
I saw you mentioned on twitter that we were set up for Thursday to do an elluminate training, but wasn't sure of the details. I checked learn central to see if something was posted but couldn't find anything. Could you tell me what time it starts? Don't want to miss it. ;0) Hope your having a great day!