Monday, March 23, 2009

Professional Development Day at Amity

There were lots of technology offerings for our Professional Development Day.
Because I was teaching the Smart Board Notebook 10 software offering, I didn't get to hear about some of the other technology workshops.
Please comment here. Share what workshop you participated in and something valuable you learned at the workshop you can share with our community.

Besides the workshops, I had also signed up for a webinar from Discovery Streaming at 7:00 this evening. The featured speaker was Don Tapscott, the author of Growing Up Digital, written about 12 years ago. He has recently published Grown up Digital, about these digital natives who have now entered the workforce.
While there were some glitches in the audio, it was a pretty interesting session. There was also a team of experts on hand answering questions and responding to messages sent from participants in the "live chat" window.
Vicki Davis, who runs the "coolcatteacher" blog was on hand. She is also one of the teachers who set up the now world-famous wiki - Flat Earth Project. She responded personally to 2 or 3 of my posts to the chat - very exciting.
I must admit, I did have a hard time paying attention to the speaker and his presentation and following the chat at the same time. Others didn't seem to have the same problem; they were also on Twitter.

Anyway, go to Don's blog, "NetgenEd,grownupdigital" for more information.

Good Night!

SmartBoard Use in the Classroom is Transforming Education

I am offering a professional development workshop this morning featuring how to use Notebook10 software. There is so much to learn about this wonderful tool. I have only begun to scratch the surface of what it can do to make the classroom a more engaging place in which our students can learn.

Here are some important links for teachers to use when they need to review how to use this software.

Here is where you go to download the software. It is a free application for any teacher or student whose school uses SmartBoards:

In the training center, you can watch short videos on various aspects of using SmartBoards:

Here is a hub where you can access thousands of lessons created in Notebook10 from teachers all over the world:

As you experiment with creating lessons using SmartNotebook10 software today, please leave comments on this blog post to share your learning experience with others.

I will also set up a folder on our shared "Y" drive for teachers to share the lessons they have created.

All of the training materials for this session are located in that drive, as well.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Time Flies

I cannot believe I haven't posted since January of 2009. Many exciting technology integration things have been happening at Bethany. I wanted to post something quick just to get back to the blog.
I will make a comment on the previous post. Once I removed the toolbar with "next blog", my place to sign in to edit the blog also disappeared. I had to go to and sign in in order to access the blog. It's worth it, I guess.