Tuesday, April 15, 2008

LD6 Educational Technology News for April 2008

Welcome to the April 2008 Edition of the Local District 6 EdTech Newsletter.

In this edition:
  1. Local District 6 EdTech Leadership Cadre Meetings
  2. Our Teachers and Students at InfoTech 2008
  3. Professional Development
  4. Technology Gems
Upcoming Local District 6 EdTech Leadership Cadre Meetings
Our next Local District 6 EdTech Leadership Cadre meeting will be this Thursday, April 17th, from 4:00 to 5:15 at Local District 6, in the 3rd floor conference room.
5800 S. Eastern, Commerce, 90040

Our agenda includes our guest presenter, Mr. Vic Pacheco, South East High School, who will be sharing how he uses free finance tools like Yahoo and Google Finance to provide authentic learning opportunities for students.

Additionally, Mr. Paul Guenthner, Specialist with LAUSD Online Learning Programs, will also give an overview of online course options for students. This was a topic in our group discussion forum. I know this will be of interest to all secondary teachers, including middle school educators.

If you are unable to attend, I will have a virtual meeting room set up and also will record for later viewing.

I hope you can attend our meeting this Thursday!

Our last meeting of the school year will be on Thursday, May 15th at SouthEast High School.

Infotech 2008
Congratulations to all participants in LAUSD's Infotech 2008. Your work is truly inspirational. Below is a list of participants and links to their work, if available online. BRAVO!

Student Competition
Gage Middle School - Mr. David Billett-
Middle School 1st Place Winners! Click here to read the article and see their project.

Other Local District 6 competition contestants include the following teachers and their students at South Gate Middle School:
Jennifer Dodge
Thomas Castle
Tamara Moore
Diana Chhuo

Thanks to all of you for your thoughtful submissions to the Infotech Student Competition.

Student Showcases


Montara Elementary
Michelle Ngai - Giving Students a Voice with VoiceThread! Ms. Ngai's fantastic website

San Miguel Elementary
Mariana Espinoza - Podcasting: Myths and Legends of California Native Americans
Carlos Gomez - The Puma Power Podcast Crew-Enhanced podcast based on themes from 4th grade OCR curriculum (Check out all the amazing student work published on this website!)
Roberto Mancilla - Native American Reports

Middle School

Gage Middle School

Francine Avila - Mentos: The Freshmaker
Beth Billett - Mathnology
David Billett - Digital Video Production: Public Service Announcements
Lorena Hernandez - The Best of Things

South East Middle School
Cynthia Walker - Endangered Species Research Report
Tim Schlosser - Independent Study: Using Technology to Explore our Passions

South Gate Middle School
Ann Gonzales - Geometric PowerPoint Presentation
Jose Gutierrez - The Crusades (IMOVIE)
Michelle Touceda - Create a Powerpoint presentation responding to The Giver
Xiomara Benitez - Explorations in Science
Mike Albert - Podcasting in History - Tech! Small Learning Community Podcast (They even podcasted from Infotech!)
Tamara Moore - Integrating Literacy and Technology throughout the Content Areas
Diane Chhuo - DataMyte and My Sweet Quince
Marivenus Magbitang - Explorations in Science Podcast
Tom Castle - Understanding States of Matter through Animation
Jenny Dodge - Iron Filings Newspaper
Edwin Moralia - I want to go to college
Silvio Vidal - Creating Websites using IWEB

High Schools

Maywood Academy
Walter Hamilton - Computer Network Administration and Design (ITC Academy)

South Gate High School
Mailelei Rex - Step 5 on a Whole New Level

A special thanks to Mr. Galindo, our Local District 6 Superintendent, who came to visit students and teachers in the showcase booths. An equally special thanks to all the teachers, administrators, coordinators, coaches, ITAFs, and students for making InfoTech 2008 such an amazing success!

I've posted the photos from Infotech online, but the photos are private. If you would like access to the photos, please leave a comment or contact me, so I can share them with you.

Professional Development
  • Apple is offering a very special workshop entitled Supporting English Language Learners with Digital Tools on Wednesday, April 23rd from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Pacific Blvd. Elementary in Huntington Park. Registration, a flyer, and details about the workshop can be found on the LAUSD Apple Website.
  • CaMSP Summer Science Institute will again take place this summer at Thacher in Ojai during the week of July 20 - 25. More information and registration details can be found on this flyer.

Technology Gems
  • Make an interactive whiteboard with a Nintendo Wii Controller! For less than $50, you and your students can have an interactive whiteboard. Watch Johnny Lee, the inventor of the software that controls this setup, at Ted Talks. For more information on how to make this type of device, visit this site.
  • Diigo - a powerful social bookmarking tool. Many of you know that I've been an active user of Del.icio.us (social bookarking site) for several years. I've resisted adding a new tool, but the irresistible value of the networking and annotating capabilities on Diigo make it worth considering. Read this excellent blog post by Miguel Guhlin called Diigo Made Simple. Make sure to watch the referenced video on this post by Emily Barney. See if Diigo is right for you. I like it! (I also see it as a potentially powerful learning tool for educators and students.) This is my profile on Diigo, if you want to join, try it out, and be my friend on Diigo. :)
  • Docstoc - Embed most types of files on a web page or blog. This cool application allows you to display a linked file right on your blog or web page. The file can be interactive (allow comments). There are many different features that are available with this tool.
You will notice that Grants and Funding is missing from this edition. I will publish a separate post sometime next week with all the grants and funding opportunities I can find.

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

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

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