Saturday, March 14, 2009

PODCAST - CLMS 2009 Skype for Educators

This is a recording of my presentation at California League of Middle Schools CLMS on Saturday March 14th, 2009. This is an introduction to use of Skype in Education. You can find the presentation wiki at Special thanks to Dr. Wagner for his invitation and connecting educators in the use of technology all over California. I added a page to wiki for CLMS conference attendees to leave contact details for Skype collaborative projects. Have a listen SkypeForEducators.mp3

Thursday, March 5, 2009

EdubloggerCon West - TakeAways

So, it's the day after and on my commute into another busy day.

My takeaways:
1. I came with an expectation of what Edublogercon West 2009 would be and I was really pleased. It still amazes me that you can have an opportunity to participate in event like this (an unconference where you decide what is going to be talked about and you can know that your voice will be heard) and most educators are still unaware, don't see the importance, or just plain don't care.

2. When I look at professional development and everything that is spoon fed to us, Edubloggercon West was such a rewarding experience. There are a few things that I already do. What the unconference did for me was to give me validation, knowing that I am not alone. Also, what others are doing as in the cool things but more importantly how they keep going.

3.Next Steps This is critical; I can be happy, I can say how good the food was (Alice had great snacks) and I CAN go back an do NOTHING. Sure I can, I've done it before. My next steps is to walk into my classroom and infect my students with this bug.. the learning for life bug, the go out and network bug, the share what you are doing and bring it back to those around you bug. My next steps does include my continual quest to "think globally and act locally"

Have a listen to my reflections as I take my 10minute walk to tomorrow. WoodenNickelz Podcast