Archive for May, 2010

GoogleFest, meet Prezi

May 23, 2010

I haven’t had a lot of time to blog this week, with finals, graduation, yet another graduate class, and preparing for next week’s GoogleFest.

I was asked to put together a series of hour-long sessions for this year’s end-of-year professional development days.  The sessions are Collaboration with Google Docs, Forms & Spreadsheets, Calendar & Presentations, and Google Sites.  With the help of a couple of colleagues, GoogleFest was born!

I began by planning the sessions and their descriptions, and then I recruited some help to share the workload.  I created a Google Site to house all of the resources associated with the sessions, and I tried to use as many Google tools in the creation of the resources.  Just hours before tr.im stopped accepting new URLs, I shortened the GoogleFest site to http://tr.im/gfest2010

Everything changed when I got my free Prezi account.

I had seen Prezi used once before in a presentation given by Steve Dembo, but they didn’t offer free accounts for educators at the time.  Through my work as a Discovery Education STAR, I was given a free Prezi account.  On a whim, I decided to organize a GoogleFest presentation in it.  By the end of the day, I had several of the workshops completed using Prezi.

Check out this great Prezi on Google Search Tips,  my GoogleFest Prezi, and all of the great Prezis categorized by discipline at http://edu.prezi.com.

PS:  If you’re new to Prezi, use the arrow keys to navigate!

K-12 Computing Teachers Equity Workshop – Scholarships Available

May 12, 2010

Hosted in Partnership with the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI), the 2010 K-12 Computing Teachers Equity Workshop will be held in Atlanta, GA on Saturday October 2, 2010.  I participated in this workshop in 2009, and I highly recommend it to any computing teacher seeking strategies, allies, and support in reaching all students.  Scholarships are available, but you must apply soon!

This workshop will convene K-12 computer science teachers who work with under-represented populations of students at the Grace Hopper Celebration to:

  • Instigate a discussion of equity and computer science curriculum;
  • Create knowledge sharing opportunities on concrete solutions grounded in teachers’ articulated, specific needs;
  • Disseminate these solutions to a broad audience of teachers, STEM practitioners, and interested stakeholders via workshop, Town Hall meeting and discussion of a newly released white paper; and
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of these solutions in classrooms that serve under-represented student populations.

For complete details, check out the full workshop agendaScholarships are available which cover travel, lodging, and registration costs for this workshop and the Grace Hopper Celebration.  The deadline to apply is May 24, 2010.

Scholarships Still Available for the K-12 Computing Teachers Equity Workshop

Surely You’re Joking, Mister Teacher

May 11, 2010

As I was parsing articles in Google Reader, I came across an article on the Learn Me Good blog titled, “Top 10 ways to close out the school year.” At first glance, I was appalled by what I saw. Napping contests? Surely you’re joking, Mister Teacher.

One of the ways I have decided to close out this year is to give students an opportunity to flex their creative muscles with Glogster.  Because I teach Computer Science, my bonus assignment asks the students to research famous computer scientists.  You might have them research people, places, current events, or other topics in your field.  The sky is the limit.

Glogster is a wonderful web-based interactive poster creation tool.  Far beyond PowerPoint, students can embed photos, videos, music, links, and text in a rich web-based environment.  When done properly, Glogs can be captivating for viewers.  Check out this student-produced work on the Grapes of Wrath or this Glog about Glogs (a meta-Glog?).

Educators can register up to 100 student accounts for free — no student email addresses required — at Glogster’s education site:  http://edu.glogster.com