hi all, I'm AgileBill. I teach adults in the agile style of project mismanagement and software development. I've done computer programming for a couple decades, and consulting for a few more years. My goal is to distinguish my work by learning to teach better.
In 2009 I came to virtual worlds and the rest is history. I Joined the Board of Directors of Rockcliffe so I could help with the VWBPE conference for educators. I got a certification in virtual worlds from the U of Washington's one year program. I've enjoyed Teacher camp since April 2012 and am now participating it for the 3rd time. In a few weeks I'll start school for a grad degree in EdTech.
I teach distributed teams by day, and at night I use virtual worlds and any other new gadget to teach project management. The more I learn the more I realize how little I know! And my adult learners are not as comfortable with new approaches as the younger set. I hope to learn the answers to some of these riddles through teacher camp and beyond
Lee Ann Tysseling (Arianna in GameLab). I am a professor in the Department of Literacy at Boise State University. However, I have always had technology as a secondary interest. My second area of emphasis in my doctoral work at U-Wisconsin-Madison was technology.
What are your favorite tech tools you use already? Right now I am relying a lot on Google Sites (or wiki's in general). I don't like the LMS our university is using (BlackBoard). I also rebel at their policy of closing students out of the course sites at the end of the semester. If we are really working as a learning community it is essential that they retain access to the knowledge the group has created. By using a wiki I can let students continue to have access for years. (Although I'm not certain that they are taking advantage of this).
What tech tools do you want to know more about? Right now I have a burning need for literacy apps for iPads.
(optional) your Twitter name. (I.E. mine is @GarlicSuter), website, or blog Twitter: @LeeAnnTysseling Blog: http://leesbooks.blogspot.com/ (I'll let you know when I get my facebook and new website up)
My name is Sharon Byrnes and I am a Year 9-12 Computing Teacher and K-12 ICT Integration Support Teacher at Central Coast Grammar School, about 75km North of Sydney in Australia.
There are too many tech tools I use to mention, especially in the range of age group I work with. Some of the more recent tools I've been using, include Quest Atlantis (we did a trial run with Year 6 last year which was incredibly successful), Minecraft (with my Year 12 Software Class, to build logic gates), Scratch with Year 4 (to start introducing basic computer science and programming skills), Kodu with Year 3, Moodle from K-12 (and associated plugins, such as flat file databases, quizzes, wikis etc), Text to Speech apps (Voki), Vidcasts, Podcasts, iTunes U, various iPad apps (our Year 12s have school issued iPads, and our learning support in K-6 also have iPads), Edmodo, Evernote, etc etc.
I have a twitter account but would prefer using hash tags to access information, rather than follow anyone or be followed :-)
I am a middle school science teacher, and I also teach some middle school and high school engineering. I currently use old reliable resources such as edu.glogster and google earth. I have some difficulty finding resources that do not require a student e-mail. Our school is protected by the Bureau of Indian Education and we are not allowed to give school e-mails, use google apps for education or moodle. I have found some work arounds, but we have not been given approval yet. I really see students motivated by using computers and other technology so I want to encourage it in my classroom. My twitter is@tammoncel
My name is Jane Trkay, and I am a high school ESL and reading teacher. It makes me sad when I see students in high school who have lost their sense of wonder and the joy of discovery. I have attempted to try different types of technology in my classroom, but it always seems so cumbersome, or it doesn't work, or this or that...The 3D game lab platform seems promising. I've been a huge proponent of inquiry based learning and I think I can meet the needs of the district and my students through quest based learning. I'm interested in any tech tools that will help keep my students engaged while learning. Keeping my fingers crossed!
Hi, I'm J. I teach science in NY. I use a lot of tech tools in the classroom. I like to voice over class notes to make .wmv files and do group projects on Google Drive. I'd like to lean more about using video games in the classroom. @soupandscience
Name and what you do for a living What are your favorite tech tools you use already? What tech tools do you want to know more about? (optional) your Twitter name. (I.E. mine is @GarlicSuter), website, or blog HI- I am Megan Gray- I teach High School Science- AP Biology and Marine Ecology. I use probeware in my class at school (handheld lab software). I use a lot of webquests- web searches and online research- but nothing like what I am experiencing through this program. I use google drive and have end of year course evaluations there, my department uses the spreadsheet functions to use our computer lab. My twitter name is @Mermegan11 but I rarely check it :( I hope to design a good series of quests for my Marine ecology class in this program (Planet Stewards) and then expand them as I get more involved.
Megan Gray (Mermegan) Tesoro High School Las Flores, CA Marine Ecology & AP Biology Teacher
Name and what you do for a living What are your favorite tech tools you use already? What tech tools do you want to know more about? (optional) your Twitter name. (I.E. mine is @GarlicSuter), website, or blog
Hello! My name is Melanie Joseph. I am a high school Biology instructor at Florida Virtual School. My favorite tech tools so far are Balckboard Ellumiante, google drive, and popplet (concept mapping). I want to learn more about the Live Binder; this sounds perfect for teaching online! I don't have a twitter name, but my skype is: mjoseph_flvs
Hi. I'm Becky and I teach high school physics, electronics, and pre-engineering. Favorite tech tools: Moodle, Google Docs, and Vernier gadgets for physics. I want to learn more about using games, such as Mincraft, to build student understanding of electronics. I also want to learn more about programming, specifically for hardware. I'm in Meridian, Idaho.
Name and what you do for a living My name is April Hayman, but I'm also known as Taselian. I am an instructional designer/trainer and I work for an American provider of Moodle services.
What are your favorite tech tools you use already? Oh there are so many. Let's see, I use Twitter, Wordpress, Paper.Li, Gimp, Jing, Skype, Thunderbird. Those are the ones I use on a regular basis. I also play WoW and I am a member of Inevitable Betrayal and Cognitive Dissonance guilds. I also dabble in Minecraft and Scratch.
What tech tools do you want to know more about? Game dev tools that are easy to use and require little to no coding skills. I'm thinking for students (regardless of age), rather than teachers.
Your Twitter name. (I.E. mine is @GarlicSuter), website, or blog Twitter: april_hayman Blog: idlovesedtech.wordpress.com
I am also known as April Hayman but you can call me Tas.
@THX1138 - That sounds like a full load of courses. What type of tech classes do you teach? Are you using SmoothDraw to record audio/physics drawings while teaching or in some other way? I can only imagine all the iterations of Smoothdraw that are as good as or better than Khan's.
@Taselian - I'm also a member of CogDis, but I doubt anyone would recognize me if I logged in, as I've moved completely to Guild Wars 2. Some 7th graders and I meet 3 times a week to play and discuss "The Hobbit" by using Lucas' Hero's Journey Curriculum. We've altered it a bit though. I now have an incredibly talented 8th grader taking over as leader of our mini-project...conducting guild meetings, implementing assignments (Today 2 students emoted a custom character-backstory they wrote while in the capital city of Lion's Arch). Fun stuff.
@Beckadingo. I keep saying your name outloud as it is fun: Beck-a-DING-go. I presume you are in Lucas' Minecraft strand in 3DGL. I've been advocating (via conference submissions at the moment) the use of minimal-coding game development as an intro to Computer Science concepts...with the intent of winning more students to the discipline and sparking their interest. Too many students have no idea what CS entails, and are intimidated by the thought of hundreds of lines of code. My favorite tools currently I wrote about here: http://babasuter.blogspot.com/ My favorite is GameMaker:Studio. I have about 25% of a 3DGL curriculum that utilizes the free version of GM:S to teach CS concepts. I'll be finishing it this Summer as I HAVE to have it done for the August Teen Game Lab camp (http://teengamelab.com/). Good to have you!
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Hi I'm Yvonne - currently an administrator in a primary school in Western Australia. Responsible for ICT development and take up at my school.
Have used: ThinkQuest, Quest Atlantis environments, Connect, dabbling in Minecraft, have immersed myself in Tolkienish fantasy roleplaying in SecondLife (after working through an Action Learning project and a short roleplaying activity with RL colleagues) and travelled through - Reaction Grid, jokaydiagrid, Open Life grid, Open Sim and now InWorldz where I can be creative and enjoy the many art fests and live musicians. I had a .mac website through which I shared thematic units with colleagues - but that closed so I will be rebuilding over time in a new web address. I started blogging at edublogs only recently as a colleague told me they thought I had something to share. I use Facebook for communication and leisure activities, use Skype occasionally, avidly use email and text messaging via the iPhone. I have a Twitter account but I am not an avid user - I just like hearing what others are doing! Recently started experimenting with iPad apps. I have a long history with the iLife tools and Microsoft applications in a classroom setting - where I have engaged students in a multitude of projects including film making, web page creation, robotics with Lego Mindstorms, claymation etc.
My aim is to develop my skills in using new tools such as development of Learning Quests which will allow me to cater for high ability students in the primary school. I also want to set up Minecraft and Open Sim environments on an internal server for my students at school - I prefer to have a closed environment in which they can safely experiment! I want to improve my knowledge of Gamemaker and Scratch - I have dabbled a bit but never really got anywhere - having used LOGO on the BBC computers years ago I think Scratch kind of bamboozles me because I can't figure out how to do what I used to do in code!
I look forward to continuing this journey and making a difference for my students!
My name is Shayne Emond. I'm teach 7th and 8th English as well as Algebra I at an American international school in Abuja, Nigeria. I use a a lot of technology in my classes. Some of the more prominent ones: students make video commercials using professional video editing software; they do simple image editing with paint.net and use the image to create photostories for their elementary peers with Microsoft Photostory. I want to learn about practical tools that I would be able to use at a middle school level.
@Yvonneh - I've never used inWorldz, but it looks solid. I've spent maybe 40 hours in SecondLife, mainly for online class meetings and presentations. For your Minecraft project, I know Lucas (In the Minecraft strand of teacher camp) uses Craft Bukkit, and here's his addons. I'm a big fan of Scratch and GameMaker: Studio. A colleague and I are making a GameMaker curriculum entirely for use within 3D GameLab, which we will of course be happy to share with you. Our deadline for completion is August, so I'll tweet a link to it when we're finished from @babasuter (my teacher name) and @garlicsuter (only tweets regarding 3dgamelab)
@Bemoan - What video editing software do you use? We use Adobe Premiere and After Effects. I looked up your location on Google Earth. Looks like a nice outdoor sporting complex!
Name and what you do for a living I'm Lori and I a bit of a jack of all trades right now. I teach online English 101 and 102 courses at the community college level. I've also been teaching a beginning Computer Literacy course to Elementary and Secondary ed majors. In addition I'm working on a NSF grant project that's using 3DGameLab to provide professional development to high school CTE teachers.
What are your favorite tech tools you use already? Google Docs is a lifesaver. I love the comments and being able to see revision. I let students know right of the bat that I use their revision history to check for plagiarism and recycled papers. I also really like Popplet. I've been using it for planning and also to give presentations.
What tech tools do you want to know more about? I'm up for anything. I love learning about the latest tools and exploring how I can use them in my courses.
I'm David. I am a junior high social studies teacher plus broadcast media, student council, junior beta, campus activities as well as department head for 7/8. It's easier to call me an ADHD Educator (I can't seem to focus on just one area of schooling).
I push technology strongly in my classroom and among educators. Recently, I have designed some unique uses of Apple products in the classroom. Perhaps I'll share my setup in a later post if anyone is interested in using Apple TV, iPad, and utilizing the students' iproducts in the classroom.
Dropbox, iMovie, Brain Pop are my consistent techs that I use daily.
Welcome to Tech Integration! Reply to this thread with answers to the following: Name and what you do for a living I am Beth and I currently am a Computer Programming and Web Development teacher in a high school. I also have several administrative duties at the school where I teach.
What are your favorite tech tools you use already? Google Docs/Drive, Moodle, Screen-casto-matic
What tech tools do you want to know more about? I never have enough time....I am just looking for exposure to the other tools that are available. :-)