Monthly Archives: May 2011

Classes Starting this Week!

Summer tele classes start at the end of this week! If you haven’t already signed up, do so today- spaces are filling fast:

New classes include: Tech4Learning Classes: Pixie 3 and Share, Google Feng Shui (see below), Best Practices in SMART Notebook Lesson Creation (Level 3 Training) and Integrating Media Literacy Across the Curriculum. Returning favorites include: Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works, Creating Technology-Rich Lessons to Increase Student Achievement and Movie-Making in the Classroom: Creating Digital Stories and Photo Essays.


Google Feng Shui on June 9

NEW! Google Feng Shui 
June 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
$149 CSD member; $189 non-member
(One Graduate Credit Available)

Do you need to balance your online life? Are you in the midst of organizational chaos? The 21st century learner is bombarded with information 24/7 from various electric portals….

Come learn shortcuts around Google’s Even More Apps, like iGoogle, Labs, and other Widgets. During this class we will spend time learning about Google’s Hidden Treasures by exploring this online “technology playground.” Participants will understand the power of sharing through Google’s Calendar, Talk and Groups. Come prepared to discover how to organize your own online communication methods to access anytime, anywhere! Bring your own laptop with wireless Internet capabilities. PRE-REQUISITE: You must have a Google Account and/or Gmail.

Register here.

Bring Your Own Laptop

BYOL is becoming increasingly more popular in K-12 schools- for instructional technology professional development and for classroom use! Bring your own laptop allows you to use great Web 2.0 applications on your own computer- making it even easier to access them at a later date.

THE Journal recently featured an article called The ABCs of BYOL on one Ohio school district’s bring your own laptop effort for students- and the issues that arise from it, like teacher prep, parental buy-in, and equity.

Locally, Lindbergh Schools has a BYOL program. Their program is called Lindbergh Laptop Friendly Schools and has been up and running since January 2011. According to the district, “[s]tarting with the second semester of the 2010-2011 school year, LHS students will be able to access school and Internet resources through the use of their personal computing device such as netbooks, laptops, iPads, tablets, slates, etc.  Other schools will follow during the 2011-2012 school year.” As they note on their website, “[t]his is a young deployment and we hope students and parents will find it useful and educational.”

Many of the Virtual Learning Center‘s programs- including the Midwest Education Technology Conference– offer BYOL workshops for educators. This summer, in the tele, participants may bring their own computer rather that use one provided by the VLC’s lab. However, some tele classes are exclusively BYOL, such as the Google workshops and Tech4Learning workshops- allowing us to offer more PD to St. Louis area educators.

So what do you think of BYOL- for schools, for PD?

Summer School Videoconferences Available

originally posted Thursday, May 28, 2009

… though the content remains true today in 2011! New Links members, feel free to contact me during the summer months!

Posted by Rebecca Morrison in Classroom Technology, Distance Learning, Videoconferencing.
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Conspirator's photostream | "School's out for Summer!"As the 2008-2009 school year wraps up, I want to remind readers that interactive H323 videoconferences for K-12 students are available year-round! If you are part of a summer school program, consider connecting to some content providers during the day. New Links to New Learning members, contact me for options & ideas!

Moodle Basics

Moodle Basics: Using a Course Management System (no required prior knowledge necessary)  
This July 25th workshop is for you if you want to learn more about using Moodle at your school!

In the first half of the class, find out what this powerful course management system is, how to use it as the one stop website for your class, and how to get your own for free. Participants will have an opportunity to see how other teachers are using Moodle, and try their hands at setting up various features of the course management open source software.

In the second half of the class, participants will have an opportunity to practice developing their own course in Moodle. Lots of hands-on time will be provided to create a sample class and organize it. This class runs 8:30 to 3:30 at Cooperating School Districts at a cost of  $149 for a CSD member; $189 for a non-member. Sign up early! Register here.