Monday, March 1, 2010

This week in Instructional Tech.

Spring is a approaching and new life is in the air. We could actually make it to 35 degrees today! Happy to see frosty melting!
I am excited about this week because I get to meet with principals and tell them how we are going to outfit their school with the latest and greatest technology. Things that will engage students, allow teacher efficiencies and breathe new life into some subjects for students. It's really something that you dream about being able to do in my position, so finally being able to see it coming is very exciting! Last week, J&J knocked the summer training schedule out. It's all scheduled and teachers will be able to sign up through I'll be writing purchase orders all week to get these elementary buildings outfitted by the end of summer!

I'll be in some classes at the high school and middle schools helping students with video projects this week. It's really fun to see how they take a online tool that I show them and build projects by mashing things together. Students have been using Picasa and movie maker together. They make picture collages in picasa and then add them to a movie in movie maker.
Stuff on the very near horizon...

  • Student email and student logins to computers... This is imperative to our newly improved Middle School Technology Curriculum

  • Additional video resources from Safari-Montage

  • Statewide Consortium for Online learning

  • New software for Family and Consumer Science in HS

  • Keyboarding software for the elementaries

  • Online discussion board for Library/Media website.

  • New fluency software in the elementary schools called Quickreads

  • New computer labs at Irving and at West Middle School.

  • Quarterly Teaching with Technology award....


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