Saturday, February 18, 2006

LA Association of Computer Using Educators


On February 14-16, I had the opportunity to attend the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators’ State Conference. While in Baton Rouge, I attended the following sessions: Podcasting 101 – This was presented by a representative from Apple Computer. Even though I am not an Apple computer user, I was pleased to learn many new and exciting aspects of Itunes. We had the opportunity to see the new video Ipod in action and listen to an episode of Radio WillowWeb. Next, I attended Photo Editing with Adobe Photoshop Elements 4 presented by Leslie Fisher. She is most knowledgeable about all kinds of gadgets and software. Thanks to her workshop, I can now use this software to reduce the size of my photos. An instructor from Trinity Episcopal School taught me a little about RSS in RSS: Learning More While Doing Less. I can hardly wait to subscribe to various podcasts and have them downloaded as contents are updated. While I was waiting to begin my presentation, I attended Reeling IT In: Integrating Technology in Math. This workshop was particularly valuable for fourth and eighth grade math teachers who are preparing students for the Leap test in the spring. While strolling through the exhibit hall, I had the opportunity to visit with Luba Lewytzkyj with Atomic Learning. Atomic Learning offers online training videos in numerous software. Since I received a 30-day free access code for the service, I tried out the Introductory Excel with my students. They loved it! They are beginning to expand their curriculum tools. They even have an online workshop on podcasting!

The conference website is http://www.lacue.org/

Thursday, February 02, 2006

School Based Enterprise Students Use Palms


Students in my school based enterprise have begun to use our set of handheld computers. As part of their portfolio, they must take at least one photo of themselves at work on a product. They must also photograph any products they create. When students do not have an order to work on, they are encouraged to check out their handheld computer and begin learning to use it.

One student is responsible for the distribution and collection of handheld computers. So far, this system is working quite well. Later in February, I plan to incorporate some podcasting into our class.