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Ten Ideas for Teaching Teachers Technology

Ten Ideas for Teaching Teachers Technology
I had never been to an "unconference" before, but when I heard the organizer of SocialEdCon Unconference introduce the event, I knew I was in for something new: "Write your ideas that you want to discuss on the top of the poster board. Each of you can look at all of the ideas and put check marks beside the ones that interest you, and then that will drive the topics that we discuss today." I leaned over to my husband, Brad Flickinger, an "unconference expert," and whispered that I'd love to learn more about educating teachers about technology. He told me to go up and write it down. Fifteen minutes later after the milling crowds of educators thinned out from around the poster boards, I saw my idea surrounded by checkmarks. I gulped! I was here to learn from others -- not lead a session -- but I jumped into the deep end of the pool of unconferencing. What Did I Share? 1) Show, don't tell. 2) Teach with TV. 3) Be "liked." 4) Chirp about your accomplishments. 5) Blog about it.

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Writing with Google Docs: Foster Collaboration & Creation (While Addressing Common Core) At ISTE, I had the pleasure of presenting in the Google theatre on Writing with Google Docs. It was a short presentation aimed at demonstrating how educators can use Google Docs to foster writing in its various stages. I wanted to share some of the my slides to inspire other teachers to explore how docs, spreadsheets, forms, drawing and presentation can be used in creative ways to foster writing. Just some general info on Google Docs… Google Documents is a great tool to facilitate collaboration. Group students together into writing groups working on a single document so they can research, brainstorm, and pre-write together. Using a classroom webpage to communicate with parents CONSISTENT COMMUNICATION BETWEEN TEACHERS AND PARENTS can be a complicated goal to achieve. Busy teachers find it hard to take time out of their day to make phone calls or write notes to working parents who are difficult to contact. Yet administrators, teachers, and parents continue to strive for regular interaction as a way of involving parents in classroom life and improving student achievement. Kathleen Eveleigh, a first grade teacher at Mary Scroggs Elementary School in Chapel Hill, communicates with parents daily about activities occuring in her classroom by integrating a classroom webpage with her daily instruction. Using a classroom webpage to connect classrooms and communities Kathleen Eveleigh gathers her first-grade students on the floor in front of her to write a summary of the school day’s events.

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