Thursday, November 29, 2007

November 2007 Updates

Hello Educational Technology Leaders,

There are a few news items I wanted you to know about. A full edition of the newsletter will be available at the beginning of December.

Free iMacs!
Are any of you interested in 8 slot loading iMacs (the purple ones)? A wonderful educator would rather donate these older machines to a school that could use them rather than seeing them go to salvage. If interested, please leave a comment or contact me for more information.

Free Outstanding Professional Development Opportunity
Saturday, December 8, 2007 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at KLCS-TV
1601 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA
Discovery Education, in partnership with KLCS and CUE invite you to an engaging, technology-infused professional development day focused on creative ways to use digital media in the classroom. Learn techniques to inspire your students by maximizing PowerPoint, movie making, Google Earth, iPods in education, and KLCS’s Knowledge Probe. Maximize the resources from Discovery Education’s streaming (a.k.a. unitedstreaming) at schools with this media resource.
Registration is at
Space is limited so sign up as soon as possible.
You can download a flyer that has more information to share with colleagues here.

Attention Secondary School Teachers
Google Open Source Contest for Students (ages 13+)

Google has announced the Google Highly Open Participation Contest, developed to help introduce secondary school and high school students to open source software development and to encourage young people through opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Prizes include a chance to win t-shirts, cash prizes, and a visit the Googleplex for a day of technical talks. For more details, visit the announcement page at the Google Code Website and the Google Code Blog.
This is a great opportunity for students to participate in some authentic learning opportunities.

Those are the announcements for this week. More news will be coming your way in a few weeks.

Contact Information
Janice Stearns
ITAF, LAUSD Local District 6, Office of Instruction
Phone: (323)278-4903
E-mail: janice.stearns (at)

Paul Burns
ITAF, Instructional Technology Branch, in support of Local District 6
Phone: (213)219-0836
E-mail: paulburns (at)

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

November 2007 EdTech Leaders Cadre Meeting

Our November EdTech Cadre meeting is Thursday, November 15th, from 4:00 to 5:15 at the District 6 office, 3rd Floor Conference Room.

5800 S. Eastern, Commerce, CA

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This month, we will be discussing the power of RSS and how it can be used in the classroom and also for your own professional learning. We will explore some different types of aggregators, how different sites publish rss feeds, and how you can use rss to pull information from many different sites into a learning space.

We will also set aside some time to discuss and share District news, events, and ed tech strategies.

I hope you can be there!