This is a preview of the article I am preparing for the Summer edition of Connections the NHSTE, New Hampshire affiliate of the International Society for Technology Education. Each issue I survey our members on a topic of interest and report back on their responses. This issue we surveyed the membership on Professional Development direction for the summer. Here are the results, a few things stand out.
Many folks are going to conferences. Top on the list is ISTE 2010—formerly known as NECC, In Denver CO, June 27- 30.
I love going to NECC, now called The ISTE conference. The sessions are great, although sometimes crowded. There are more vendors than I can cover, so it is an excellent opportunity preview and compare product, and visiting with the participants and meeting online friends f2f would be worth it on its own! – Deb Boisvert
This conference is my annual “brain recharge”. The energy, networking, and access to information is unsurpassed. – Cyndi Dunlap
ISTE 2010 offers many related conference events and workshops, such as EduBloggerCon 2010, all day Saturday, June 26th, at the Colorado Convention Center just prior to the ISTE Conference.
Can’t go to Denver? Don’t worry; now you can participate from the comfort of your own home or office. ISTE has announced Virtual Workshops to this year’s conference line up.
Next year ISTE 2011will be return to Philadelphia. This offers a outstanding opportunity for New England educators, so start making plans now for a team from your school to attend.
Other educators are attending the Constructing Modern Knowledge Conference, July 12-15th in Manchester NH. Constructing Modern Knowledge is a minds-on institute for educators committed to creativity, collaboration and computing. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in intensive computer-rich project development with peers and a world-class faculty.
Still others are attending Alan November’s Building Learning Communities 2010, July 11-13th in Boston, MA
Both Cathy Higgins and Mary Rubega are recommending the CRESTE, Capital Region Society for Technology in Education, Summer Boot camp offerings, . Many offerings are online, throughout June, July and August, ranging in price from $10 to $350. Topics range from Teaching ans Assessing 21st Century Learning to five courses in Google Sketch Up, free software that you can use to create 3D models of anything you like that can be added to Google Earth.
Many NHSTE members are both attending and presenting at conferences.
Alice Barr is teaching a variety of classes Through the University of Southern Maine including, Learning to Use Podcasting and Vodcasting for Teaching and Learning, 21st Century Teaching and Learning with Technology, and The Read/Write Web in the Classroom. She would love to have more students enroll.
Cathy Brophy is offering a Summer Technology Institute, July 12-30, with classes of varied length, in Somerworth NH.
We decided to plan our own mini institute to try to reach out to as many teachers as possible, by offering a wide variety of topics, dates and formats. This is our first attempt at something like this-and we’re hoping to learn much from the experience!
Linda George is Teaching Scratch, a computer application aimed primarily at children thatallows them to explore and experiment with the concepts of computer programming by using the simple graphical interface, at the Scratch@MIT event August 11-14th, at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA.
She says: I enjoy teaching kids how to use Scratch. The kids love learning how to use it and then using that knowledge to create their own projects. The fact that MIT makes this application and freely distributes it, as well as allows the creators to upload their projects and allow conversation among the kids makes this an important global connection. I am presenting at this conference and will be sharing some of the many resources available to the teacher who would like to learn how to help the kids learn how to “Scratch!”
Maria Knee is co presenting Let’s Do It: Planning for Technology in Early Childhood Classrooms at ISTE 2010 and at BLC 2010 in Boston.
As always it shapes up to be a full and exciting summer and I always think that I will have more time then than I do now, so it is always fun to plan.