Showing posts from July, 2014

My Take on ISTE 2014

I was blessed to be able to attend not 1, but 2 technology conferences this summer.  This was my second year at iSummit, and it was wonderful-as usual (see my previous posts about iSummit). Then came ISTE 2014!  This was my first time attending ISTE! I must admit it was a little overwhelming at first. I went with my co-worker Megan, from Digitally Enhanced Classroom, who had attended before.  She had described it to me as "iSummit on steroids". Boy, was she right! There were so many people and vendors it took me a day to get the hang of it. I still never participated in any "playground" sessions.  Whatever that was??

If you have never been to ISTE before, you might not realize just how much information you can learn just from walking around listening to the different vendors talk about their products. You can get some great freebies. I'm still waiting on my t-shirt from Remind (formerly Remind101).  I had my picture taken with Edmodo and sat in on one of the…

Connecting with Technology

We're Back . . . . Well Almost!

I'm really excited about this school year - a brand new grade level, a brand new group of eager students, a class set of iPads, magnetic white boards . . . I know! Sometimes it's the small things.

This year my class will be participating in International Dot Day (September 15) and The global Read Aloud.  This will be my second year participating in the The Global Read Aloud which begins in Oct.  You can read my post about my experience last year. I have already connected with some great teachers.  We decided to use The Dot as a way to connect our students before we actually begin GRA.  Once GRA begins we will be reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.  I am excited about connecting my students again this year and giving them a real purpose for writing.

Both of these activities provide wonderful opportunities to "Engage students in authentic learning by providing real-life examples and interdisciplinary connections" (breat…