I'm Lisa Burden and I teach Spanish I and Teen Leadership to mainly 8th grade students. I became interested in Web 2.0 when I started hearing a lot about it in the online business world (I also have an eBay store, Lisa's Cargo). So I was trying to come up with some cool projects that world engage my kids in learning Spanish and I thought what would really be cool is to make a social networking site such as MySpace, and have the kids post pics of their friends and describe them in Spanish. Of course that is banned in our district and would be too risky anyway, so my son told me I should try wikispaces, which was being used by one of his teachers. I started with that and now I love it and so do the kids. They taught me what I did not know about it and I've researched tons now too. I really wanted to attend the discussion of Web 2.0 Steve did in San Francisco and I would like to bring one here to the Central Texas area. Our district really has a vision for this and are very cutting-edge in that regard. You can view my wikispace here and also see a few of my students' use of Spanish on their wikis. I know that we are really not using the wiki in a strictly wiki sense, but it lends itself to collaboration in pairs or groups or just plain posting of a blog or comments, so I like it. Very versatile. Perhaps for next year I will change it up to a Ning or other space, but for now we have put a lot of work into them and they look really nice. I have also posted podcasts and used Vokis to use language in an interactive way. I am also interested in using Voicethread. I would also like to connect with another class to be able to share emails in Spanish in a way that I, as a teacher, can check them... trying to figure out the logistics of that. Perhaps someone here can give me a great idea they've used. I'm open to all tht is happening and am interested in getting other teachers to open up to the use of web 2.0 in the classroom.
I am a Spanish teacher too and I am looking forthe same kind of thing. Maybe we could start by exchanging tips and resources. Do feel free to check my delicious on my blog, My Languages at http://isabellejones.blogspot.com I ghave lots of tools, templates and resources for Spanish on there.
Greetings People at their Screens,
My name's Kathy Senior and I teach and coordinate the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) in Alice Springs at Charles Darwin University (CDU). We have a lot of fun in those classes and I love getting the students engaged with mulitmedia, in an effort to set them up for independent learning, as they only get 3 hours of English a week offered to them. We are living in a remote region of Australia.
We are here - http://asamep.blogspot.com/
And this is us - http://www.flickr.com/photos/amepas/
I am the professional development manager at the Office of Instructional Technology for the NYC Department of Education. I started a new blog called The Innovative Educator and companion wiki The Innovative Educator. I hope to provide valuable information and insight beginning with my local learning community and beyond.
I've met many of you and my joining the community is long overdue. I really look forward to connecting with all of you innovative and smart edubloggers.
Hello everyone! I currently serve the NYC Department of Education's Office of Instructional Technology. I was just introduced to this site and I am very excited to join. I recently launched my new blog and hope you can take a look TIP-Theinnovativeparent . I enjoy technology and all it has to offer, but I really love seeing how my son and countless other children seamlessly slip in front of computer and take off like they were born to surf, post, chat, comment, collaborate. It is a very exciting time to be in technology. Looking forward to meeting new folks through this forum. .
My name is John and I'm an active member of the Virginia Society for Technology in Education in the U.S.A. I work for a small (all Macintosh) school district in central Virginia as supervisor of Instructional Technology where we try to push the envelope with our K-12 teachers and students. I've seen Steve several times at NECC, and while I feel late to the party here, I've been blogging about education technology for several years through my professional weblog. In 2005, we began a teacher blogging initiative at my district where we have required each teacher to maintain a blog. It's provided a foundation for us to do other things with read/write technologies. My interests include using read/write tools both for instruction and the productivity of our administrators and teachers.
My name is Bea and I work with John (from the above post). I started blogging only recently, but I've been reading blogs for quite a while. I was not brave enough to put too much my own stuff out there until I absolutely had to.
I grew up in Colombia (hola todos! Me alegra ver tantos Bloggers de habla hispana.) and attended a school staffed by international educators who made me want to grow up to be a teacher. I taught Spanish for six years and now I am the Instructional Technology Resource Teacher at our middle school and high school.
I provide instructional and technical support to teachers using technology. I enjoy finding the right tool for each teacher and each particular group of students.
I spend an inordinate amount of time blog-hopping and have seen many of the names here before. It is great to have them grouped together like this.
I live in Calgary, Alberta Canada. I am a grad student, a technology director, tech lover, and "rdrunner" on some other sites.
Just thriving on the network, and jazzed about learning.
Interested in parent engagement in schools, and how technology might aid schools in developing and sustaining these partnerships. How well do we prepare teachers to work in partnership with parents? Are teachers comfortable enough with technological social learning tools to incorporate them into parent work?
For the past 14 years, I've worked as a middle school technology integration specialist, which simply means I encourage teachers to integrate software and technology tools into their classes. I also develop and teach inservice courses. When budget issues arise, my tech duties are cut and I am given classroom responsibilities. This year I'm 90% tech and 10% 6th grade math. During my long career in education, I have taught 2nd, 4th, 6th and 7th grades, most recently 7th grade U.S. history (50% for three years). Basically, I feel like a "Jill of All Trades"! For 10 years I was an adjunct faculty member of Lesley University's Graduate School of Education, Technology in Education Department.
I'm really interested in Web 2.0 tools, and am always trying to spark an interest in others. Several teachers in my school are using Nings and Wikis, and the enthusiasm seems to be spreading!
I live in the Boston suburbs with my husband and our two year old beagle, Betsy, whom we adopted from a shelter in LA last fall. We have two grown children who are each married, one living in D.C. and one in Austin, TX.
I love to read, design web pages, travel, garden and spend time with my family.