Wednesday, June 29, 2011

ISTE 2011

My Brain is full. My Mind is tired. ISTE 2011 ended just 6 short hours ago and already I am making plans for school year 2011-2012 that include what I have embraced over the past 5 days in Philadelphia. I can't process it all right now but as the song says: I Love School.

The music video features Temple University's Broad Street Line and the Alliance for Progress Charter School's 4th Grade Class. This video made me smile while I watched it and helped me realize what ISTE is all about.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

ISTE 11 Conference Planner

I am officially starting to get excited and worried about ISTE2011. I am excited but also not sure how to get the most out of my ISTE experience. Today I found this on the 2011 ISTE Newcomers group on the ISTE2011 Ning. It helped me fill out my conference schedule and now I have to go see if I can download it to my iCal. The amount of junk mail I am getting from vendors is a little overwhelming too!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Vote Livebinders...

Have you ever heard of Livebinders? It is my new favorite tech tool. I am planning to use it heavily in the next school year and I am hoping to learn more about it during ISTE. I first learned about Livebinders from one of my Plurk Buddies, Dean Mantz. Then I saw how some teachers were using it when I attended a Discovery Education Pre-Conference Workshop during PETE&C. Now Livebinders is holding a contest. You can vote for your favorite Livebinder and the winner will be announced at ISTE during an ISTE Unplugged Session at 11 AM on Monday, June 27, 2011. ISTE Unplugged sessions are short half hour presentations that are scheduled to take place right outside the Blogger's Cafe at the Broad Street Atrium in the Philadelphia Convention Center. Below you will find a way for you to take part in the voting. I suggest you go to each of the LiveBinders and check them out. They are all pretty awsome! And if you notice, Dean Mantz has two LiveBinders in the running! I am not going to tell you my favorite because too many of them are too good for me to take sides. Let's just say I will be voting more than once!

Vote for Your Top 10 LiveBinders

Sunday, June 12, 2011

ISTE and iPad

So now I am really getting excited about ISTE! I found this video posted by Paula Naugle on the ISTE2011 Conference Ning! Brad Flickinger, the author of Teaching with netbooks, presented 8 reasons why iPads are going to change education. I am excited because it was posted on the Elementary Educators group wall and I believe iPads may be the best platform for elementary students. The interface is simpler and kids pick it up right away. I think I would almost rather have a cart full of iPads rather than laptops! Now that Brad has been using iPads for a while I am sure he and Paula will have a lot more than 8 reasons to use iPads in elementary education. I can't wait to run into Brad or Paula at ISTE2011 in Philly! I am planning on learning a lot and taking my new found knowledge and skills back to my elementary library!