This week our guests were Kathy Cassidy from Moose Jaw SK , a grade 1 teacher, Leah Welch from Hamden Maine, a grade 1 teacher and formerly a kindergarten teacher, and Amanda
Marrinan from Brisbane Australia who teaches 6 and 7 year olds. These
teachers do amazing things with their students - blogging, video,
moodle, google docs, and more. Kathy, Leah and Amanda sharedtheir practice and talked about the details in how
they make things work. The time flew as we all listened to the stories of their work with young children.
In It's Elementary #24 we talked with Dean Shareski and Wesley Fryer,
two of the conveners for the k12Online2008 Conference. Dean is a
Digital Learning Consultant with a school in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan,
Canada. Westley Fryer is the Director of the Olklahoma Heritage
Association. The K12Online2008 conference is totally online, including
both synchronous and asynchronous components. This year's
pre-conference keynote will be given by Heppell Next week. (week of
October 13th) The conferece contains four strands 1. Getting Started 2.
Prove it. 3. Kicking it Up A Notch 4. Leading the Change Within each
strand, there are many presentations that fit that theme. Several of
the presenters prepared teasers, or short advertisements. of their
presenations. These are available at http://k12onlineconference.org/?cat=27 More information can be found at http://k12onlineconference.org Join us for our next show on October 27th where we will discuss technology in the Early Childhood Classroom. To read Chat see attachment
60:46 minutes (27.82 MB)We were joined this week by Stephen Lewis, principal of Oak Ridge
Elementary. Stephen shared his experiences as principal of a Title One
school and how technology is present in the school. Alice Mercer is the
tech integrator at the school. Stephen and Alice discussed the issues,
joys and challenges of their work. We continued to stream for part of our post show.
Next show - October 6, 2008 where we will talk about the K12Online Conference with the conference conveners. Chat Log
This show featured Clif Mims, a professor at Memphis State University, and Bethany Smith,
an Instructional Technologist at North Carolina State University. Both
of them work with pre-service teachers to help them learn about how to
effectively use technology in the classroom.
We started off with our backgrounds, and what we were required to do
vis-a-vis technology in our pre-service. Then we looked at these
Are pre-service teachers being well prepared for entering k12 classrooms today.?
Are pre-service teachers bored in college lectures? Does this affect entry into the field?
What are your recommendations for best preparing pre-service teachers?
Bethany felt that teachers needed to have a PLN through Ning, or
another service, to go to. Clif thought they needed to see examples of
teacher who are using technology successfully. Alice felt that with the
advent of more scripted/prescribed curriculum, teachers needed to see
what project-based learning looked like. It was a great discussion, and
the text chat log below includes comments from teachers who are taking
a class on education technology.
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