Monday, April 26, 2010

May 6 - Perspectives on Blogging by Hattie Deraps and Jake Bogar

Blogging is one of the most beneficial, but frequently overlooked uses of technology available to educators and students.  Used within a classroom framework focused on higher level thinking skills, blogs prepare students for the 21st century. 
This is not the same things as writing.   

               Two high school teachers, one Alt Ed English and one physics/engineering 
               teacher, share their experiences in using blogs with high school students. 
               The pros and cons, challenges and successes of blogging will be shared.  
               Student perspectives will be included. - Participants will be encouraged to                 offer suggestions and ideas.       Presenters: 

  Hattie Deraps,  alternative ed. English teacher

Jake Bogar, physics/engineering teacher

Date:  May 6, 2010 
Time: 3:15-4:15 PM
Telephone Number:  1-866-910-4857

Pass code:  985399
Blogging provides students with:
1.  Engagement: (Take a look at this data provided by a high school class at Mt. Blue.) Many students use their computer independently and have access to the internet at home.

2.  Aunthenticity of Task:  Students want to have an immediate audience and use technology (including their computers) for communicating with their peers.
3.  Collaboration: Communicating with their peers means sharing or collaborating when thoughtful comments are posted on blogs.  Teaming -  debriefing, sharing, summarizing - provides another level of collaboration.
4. Literacy Strategies are strengthened through the use of laptops
5.  Information Processing: can be taught through laptops.  This is extremely important in the age of information and is critical when we consider that most students dislike and can not read nonfiction on grade level by the time they reach high school.
 Following is a summary of comments from students on the pros and cons of laptops (metacognitive reflections).
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Announcing: Webinar Series on Literacy and Technology - Archived

I have received several inquiries regarding our previous webinars -

Technology Integration in a First Grade Classroom by Alison Prescott


Using Wordle in a Dynamic Way by Lynn Oullette 

     The webinars have been archived and are available on  our Literacy and Technology Pilot blog in the right hand navigation bar.  Simply click on the webinar you want to view and you will be taken to the webinar and automatically admitted. 

     If you have any other questions, please call me or e-mail me.  I have been out of the office the past week and am trying to catch up, so please be patient.   -   If you don't hear from me, please contact me again.  My grand daughter had access to my phone and has erased all of my messages:( 

     Thanks for your understanding.  Enjoy:)  Darlene

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Using Wordle in a Dynamic Way by Lynn Oullette

If you could not join us on April 13, 2010, here is a link to Lynn's archived presentation on using Wordles to prioritize and revise.

Her presentation is step by step.  Anyone can learn to use this in their classrooms.  ASCD has just released an article on using "clouds" in all content areas.

Great job Lynn.  Thanks for sharing your expertise.
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Saturday, April 10, 2010

April 13 - Using Wordle in a Dynamic Way by Lynn Oullette

 On April 13, from 3-4, Lynn Oullette will present a several ways to use wordle in order to further your students' ability to prioritize.  For any of you who have ever had difficulty teaching your students to revise and/or create a definition in a collaborative group format, this is your answer! 
This is a excellent presentation and you don't want to miss it!

Tune in at:

Telephone Number:  1-866-910-4857

Pass code:  985399

Topic: Using Wordle in a Dynamic Way
                   This webinar will cover how to use Wordle to edit and prioritize when 
                 creating definitions, etc. Small group and individual use of Wordle will be 
     Presenter:  Lynn Oullette middle school language arts  teacher, MLTI team leader   
Date:  April 13, 2010 
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM

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Technology Integration in a First Grade Classroom by Alison Prescott

If you were unable to join us on April 8th to hear Alison's presentation, you can login at the following URL:

This is a great presenation.  Kudos to Alison and her kids.  
Thank you for sharing your expertise, Alison.  The teachers and students appreciate your hard work! 
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April 8, 2010 - Featuring Alison Prescott

On April 8, from 3-4, Alison Prescott will present a comprehensive overview of a first grade classroom.  You will be amazed at the higher level thinking and independence these students demonstrate.  This is a excellent presentation and you don't want to miss it!

Tune in at:

Telephone Number:  1-866-910-4857

Pass code:  985399


 Topic:  Technology Integration in a First Grade Classroom     
                   This webinar will provide an overview of a first grade classroom including the following topics:
   - What the students think of 
   - How to get started: podcasts,  
     skyping, teacher tube 
     videos (curriculum based)
    - Learning the toolbar and "lingo" often used
    - Claymation - Science Unit on Plants 
    - I-movies - Social Studies, Science, and Literacy              - Podcasts with photo and music - Literacy
Presenter:  Alison Prescott, first grade teacher 
Date:  April 8, 2010
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
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