Tuesday, September 30, 2008

LD6 Educational Technology News for October 2008

Greetings to all Educational Technology Leaders,
The October issue of Local District 6's EdTech Newsletter has finally arrived! I hope your new year is going smoothly and you're full of energy and ideas for engaging your students in a new year of learning.


Upcoming Local District 6 Educational Technology Leadership Cadre Meeting for 2008-2009
District News
Professional Development
Grants and Funding
Technology Gems

LD6 EdTech Leadership Cadre Meetings for 2008-2009
All meetings will be held on the third Thursday of the month from 4:00 - 5:15 at the Local District 6 Office (unless someone would like to volunteer their school to host our meeting)

Local District 6 3rd Floor Conference Room
5800 S. Eastern
Commerce, CA 90040

Our first meeting of the month will be Thursday, October 16th.
When: 4-5:15
Where: Local District 6 Office - 3rd Floor Conference Room
5800 S. Eastern, Commerce, 90040

At our first meeting, we'll brainstorm some ideas about upcoming meetings. We'll also share some of the latest news. Please bring an edtech tip, application, or activity to share with all of us. We can have a cool tools and tech tips for the classroom session. Your input is appreciated. Additionally, we'll join in briefly to the fireside chat with Professor Stephen Heppell from the Pre Conference Keynote of the K12 Online Conference. (See details below.)

Upcoming meetings will be Nov. 20th, Jan. 15th, Feb. 19th, March 19th, April 16th, and May 21st. I look forward to an exciting year!

District News and Announcements

EdTech Profile - from Joe Oliver

All LAUSD certificated staff are reminded that the 2008-2009 window for mandatory annual completion of the EdTech Profile ( formerly CTAP2 ) survey closes on October 31, 2008 at 5:00 PM. This survey is completed individually, online and takes approximately 30 minutes. The survey can be completed in a single session or over multiple sessions. Aggregate information from this survey is used to tailor professional development offerings and to study the impact of various grants and initiatives.

Introducing the Dell E-Series of LAUSD Computers, by Arey Jones - Lunch and Learn - November 6th, 1:30 p.m. at South East High School
Join Tiffany Stone from Arey Jones to test LAUSD Dell models in person. Lunch is provided, as well as a chance to win a free Dell Printer. Please RSVP to Tiffany Stone by Monday, Nov. 3rd. Download the flyer for more information.

Professional Development
K12 Online Conference 2008 - Amplifying the Possibilities -
October 20 - October 31
Absolutely the best conference to learn and network with others who are learning about the possibilities of using Web 2.0 tools in the classroom. During the two week span of the conference, there will be 40 presentations available in 4 different strands, released throughout the two weeks. The strands are Getting Started, Prove It (research to back up the use of technology in the classroom), Kicking It Up a Notch, and Leadership. There will be live events with the presenters, as well as the culminating 24 hour "When Night Falls", where educators get together from around the world to reflect on their learning. The schedule will have links to each presentation. The podcast channel and rss feeds will allow you to subscribe to the content. Join the fun and learn with global colleagues, anytime - anywhere. There's a guide for first time attendees that's very useful. Please download and print the flyer to share with colleagues.

21st Century Learners Symposium - October 24th - California State University, Los Angeles
California Technology Assistance Project (Region 11) at Los Angeles County of Education, will host their second conference on 21st Century learning. Keynote speakers are Marc Prensky and David Thornburg The deadline for registration for this conference is Friday, October 17th at 5:00 p.m.

CUELA Conference - November 15th, 2008 - Virgil Middle School
This fantastic day of learning will feature great workshops on using tools like Google Earth, Podcasting, Blogging, Digital Storytelling, and so much more. The Keynote Speaker is Robert Craven, Educational Technology Coordinator for the Orange County Department of Education. Robert was formerly the technology coordinator at South Gate Middle School! How wonderful this conference is going to be! For more information and to register, visit http://www.cuelosangeles.org/techfair.php

Grants and Funding
I recently wrote a post on my personal learning blog about Grants and Funding. I hope you will find the information there useful.

Technology Gems

K12 Online Conference
Foremost on my list of gems this month is the upcoming K-12 Online Conference. The learning that can take place there is incredibly valuable, and is a model of 21st century learning - anytime, any place, any pace (Thanks to Liz Kolb for that last part - "any pace"). Please view some of the sessions as they appear, and participate in the live events. It's a free, rich experience that's a wonderful learning opportutnity.
You can now listen to the Pre-Conference Keynote by Professor Stephen Heppel (especially the last 20 minutes!), join him for a fireside chat at 4 p.m. via Elluminate (web conference) on Thursday, Oct. 16th, and scroll to the bottom of the pre-conferernce session page to add to the VoiceThread your reflections on the three essential questions he poses. This is just the start to a wonderful 2 weeks of sustained learning!

Bit by Bit Seedlings Podcast with Liz Kolb
In this podcast, Seedlings show hosts Alice Barr, Cheryl Oakes, and Bob Sprankle have an engaging conversation with Liz Kolb, who did one of the outstanding presentations from last year's K12 Online Conference on using cell phones in the classroom, called Cell Phones as Classroom Learning Tools. This interview is an update on all the new ways that cell phones can be used as learning tools. Liz's philosophy is that we should be using what students have in their pockets as learning tools in the classroom. How many of our schools ban the use of these powerful technologies? This is well worth a listen! Also check out the links in the show notes. You'll be amazed!

StoryTelling Resources Online by Mathew Needleman
Mathew Needleman, an LAUSD literacy coach, Apple Distinguished Educator, and Educational Technology Leader, offers a rich collection of online resources on storytelling in a recent blog post. There are so many ways to engage our students with these resoruces. One of my favorites from this list is BookPals Storyline Online, where members of the Screen Actors Guild read favorite books via streaming video.
Mathew's blog, Creating LifeLong Learners, is a must read for all educators. He has great suggestions for Open Court, digital storytelling, and much more.

Election 2008 Resources
Get your students involved in learning about the U.S. election process. There are many web resources that engage students in many authentic activities to learn about our national election.

I'm looking forward to a great year of learning with all of you!

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