Friday, March 12, 2010

EdTech Resource for March 2010

My Favorite Video of the Month

dy/av : 002 : the next-gen lecturer from Dan Meyer on Vimeo.


Dan Meyer, who created this video, is a passionate middle school math teacher. You'll enjoy the deep reflection and conversation on his blog at http://blog.mrmeyer.com/
He recently spoke at the TEDxEDNY conference in New York. His passion for learning and teaching, and giving learners the opportunity to experience their learning is evident in all he does. Enjoy!


EdTech Leadership Meetings
A special thanks to Jutti Marsh for sharing Thinkfinity.org with us at our February meeting. Additionally, a heartfelt thanks to all of you who come to our meetings each month. You make learning and conversation fun and engaging.

Our next meeting is Thursday, March 18th, 4:00 p.m.
, at Montara Ave. Elementary School. You will get a tour of the beautiful new lab that Michelle Ngai has built with the vision and help of her school team. You'll enjoy! Thanks to Michelle, her principal, Juana Cortez, and all the staff at Montara, for allowing us to meet there!

Montara Ave. Elementary School
10018 Montara Ave
South Gate, CA 90280

323-567-1451


Workshops/Conferences

Infotech 2010
The best student led conference is just around the corner! Register online at http://infotech.lausd.net There are two ways to attend:
  • Bring a team of students to present at the conference.
  • Come to the conference to learn from other educators and students about how they are using technology in the classroom.
Lunch will be served, as well as free parking at the LA Convention Center. For those who bring students to showcase, buses are available. We hope you register and attend!

LAUSD's Best Practices Conference
LAUSD’s First Annual Best Practices Conference - Saturday, March 13th.
Location: Central Los Angeles High School #9 for the Visual and Performing Arts

Best Practices Conference Registration is now OPEN!!!

Click here for The Learning Zone to begin Conference Registration
  • Go to Courses>Class Offerings>Program>Best Practices Conference>Search
Conference Brochure
Registration Flyer and Directions for Registering


Grants/Funding

YoLink - Win $3000 for Your Classroom
All you need to do to enter this contest is to download Yolink and complete the registration form. Get all your colleagues at your school to do the same, and your school has a better chance of winning the award. The added bonus is that you are now using a very powerful tool to help you search, organize, and create new content from resources, even using Google Docs! All this is free!

We Are Teachers Microgrant (via http://twitter.com/edtech4lausd
)
Teachers can submit their ideas to this site. Based on the number of votes the idea gets, it could get awarded $200 and a video camera to document the idea being put into action. From the website:
The WAT Microgrant program puts resources in the hands of teachers who use their creativity, imagination, and initiative to enrich and supplement the quality of their students' education. To win a microgrant, you simply submit your best idea for a teaching project on a given topic and compete for online votes.
What a terrific way to validate thinking outside the box!

Money Monday by Mike Leffin from LACOE
A great collection of grant and funding opportunities for schools and classroom teachers.


Resources/Gems


Montara Ave. Elementary Podcast
Listen to the students at Montara Ave. Elementary. Each week, they produce a weekly announcement for their school, including jokes, vocabulary, celebrations, and updates. It's fantastic. Bravo, students and teachers at Montara Elementary!

The Horizon Report 2010
This annual report, published by the New Media Consortium and Educase, predicts the trends in higher education for the next 5 years in regards to technology. It's a very insightful read as to how educational technology will influence education. Soon, the K-12 edition will be published, but this higher-ed report offers valuable information about educational technology trends in general.

Challenge-Based Learning
What does challenge-based learning look like? How can you implement this in the classroom? Apple Learning Interchange's Challenge Based Learning site has many resources to inform you of the how, what, and so what of Challenge Based Learning. Be sure to read the Challenge Based Learning Research Report published by the New Media Consortium. It's a model we should be doing in our schools! What do you think!

Aviary Now Free!
The powerful, web-based image/audio editing tool, Aviary, is now free - for even the most complex editing tasks. Explore and enjoy!


For Primary Students
The St. Patrick's Day Project - Count and predict the amount of "green clovers" in a box of Lucky Charms, then compare your results with others from around the nation.
This project is hosted by Jennifer Wagner, an outstanding edtech leader. Explore the entire collection of engaging, online, collaborative projects designed specifically for K-6 classrooms. Additionally, teachers can register to be part of the Projects by Jen social network created specifically to talk about the online projects.

The District 6 Social Network
Please join our Local District 6 Social Network, where educators from all over our district are collaborating online. Have conversations about education or share your photos of your latest classroom adventure. This is a great place to make connections with other educators in our district. It's good to see everyone connecting. Come join us!

Collection of Resources
For the latest collection of my resources, visit http://delicious.com/district6 There are many resources in different content areas.

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