Monday, June 06, 2011

June 2011 EdTech News

Thanks to all of you who have attending our EdTech Leadership Meetings throughout the year(s). Your dedication and expertise are so very much appreciated! I hope your summer is filled with exciting adventures!

Events and Professional Development

June 8 or June 16, 2011 Getting Started with iPad Workshops
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Soto Street Lab,
2151 N Soto St
Los Angeles CA 90032
(also June 9th at Valley Region EL #6, Panorama City or June 15th at Peary Delta Center in Gardena).
Description from the website:
 FREE Professional Development Seminar hosted by LAUSD EdTech and presented by Apple Education
In this 90 minute session we'll cover:
  •  Using the on screen keyboard, including editing tools like cut, copy, paste, and undo
  • Connecting to wireless networks
  • Installation of the LAUSD Root SSL Certificate
  • Connecting to your e-mail account
  • Presenting with the iPad and your VGA projector
  • Apple's Free “Find my iPad” service
  • Using Apple's Safari Web Browser
  • Recording Video with iPad 2
Please visit the website for directions on registering for this workshop.

Update: June 9,  2011 SMARTBoard User Group - Canceled 
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Stevenson Middle School

Join us for the final UserGroup meeting of the year. Learn some great tips on using the SMARTBoard in the classroom. If you are planning on attending, please let me know.

June 10, 2011 Apple iPad Webinar 
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
From the list Email:
Our seminar host is Michael Wells, Director of Technology for Vallecitos Union School District. He will describe a variety of factors that have made the iPad program a powerful way to use Apple’s innovative technology to transform teaching and learning.

By the end of the seminar, you will
    •  Understand how iPad devices are providing rich, interactive content - apps, books, internet browsing, video and media tools.
    • Hear techniques and tools for managing iPad content.
    • Learn from an early adopter how the iPad is redefining teaching and learning through a personalized, highly engaging approach for students and teachers alike!
    • Participate in a live chat for Q&A.
Click on the registration link to reserve your space!
Register URL:   <>

For assistance, email
PDF Flyer

June 11, 2011 iFest 2011
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Mulholland Middle School
Come join us for the first ever iFest, a conference on Mobile/Tablet Technologies.
From the website:
If you have an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or a droid, join us for a day of learning. These mighty devices are changing the world! Let's figure out how to make them work for education. We will have sessions about personal use, best classroom practices, how to set up sets of iDevices, ePublishing, Classroom Responders and lots more. Click HERE to register.
I hope to see you there. It's going to be fun!

August 2-3, 2011 SMART Content Creation 2 Day Seminar 
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. LA County Office of Education
Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity! From the email from Angela Folendorf, Education Consultant, SMART Technologies:
Thanks to our gracious hosts at the Los Angeles Office County of Education, we are able to offer this free two day seminar. Please send this opportunity out to your intermediate/ advanced teachers. Space is limited to 100 spots.


Enhance your ability to create professional and interactive SMART Notebook lesson activities.  During this seminar you will learn tips and tricks for using SMART Notebook software’s interactive tools and Lesson Activity Toolkit.  You will create lessons that can be shared with educators and uploaded to the SMART Exchange.
SMART’s experts will be on hand throughout the seminar to guide and assist in your lesson creation.  You must bring a laptop to create lessons.  No laptops will be provided onsite.  We also encourage you to bring any curriculum materials you might need, such as teacher guides and supplemental materials.

The seminar is open to intermediate and advanced SMART users.  Complete the application by Tuesday, July 5, 2011.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Participation in both days of the seminar is required.

Lunch and parking will be provided.  Dress code is casual.

Dates and Location:

LACOE Ed Center West 606A
12830 Columbia
Downey, CA 90242
08/02/2011 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
08/03/2011 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Cost: free

Target Audience: Classroom Teacher


Technology Gems

 If You Were on Twitter by Scott McLeod
This post really gets at what Twitter is all about, and why it can empower teachers with collaborative learning opportunities for themselves, like no other tool. Click on some of links to see the wealth of information you can find in just one day!

A Google a Day - One new question is asked a day. Search the web to find the answer, then submit. A great tool for all learners!
Google Scribe - This site uses predictive text to help writers complete words and phrases. An excellent classroom tool!
Google Apps Training Programs
This resource helps you to become an expert in Google Apps for Education. (Our student MyMail system is a Google Apps for Education program.) The Google Apps Training Program consists of online curriculum, qualification exams, and certified trainer status. Study the curriculum, pass the exams, then apply to become a Google Certified Trainer! Even if you don't desire to become a Google Certified Trainer, the curriculum on this site is excellent for anyone who would like to learn more about this powerful suite of tools that you can use in your classroom.

InfoGraphics as Creative Assessments by Kathy Schrock This site is a rich resource for learning how to use Infographics as creativity tools and assessment tools in the classroom.

Horizon Report K-12
The third annual Horizon Report K-12 is now online. This report predicts the trends in educational technology and how those might affect the classroom. The major trend to watch in the near future is: MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES. How will we use these in the classroom? How can we best engage the learner? These are questions that need to be addressed. This article  by Daniel Donahoo explains it well.
The image below is a chart analyzing the Higher Ed Horizon report, which has been published since 2004. This chart comes from jochen_robes on Flickr. It looks like the predictions from the past Horizon Reports are all fairly accurate! (Click on the image to see a larger chart.)

Have a great summer, everyone!

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