Friday, September 08, 2006

Third Inservice For 8th Grade Teachers

Eighth-grade teachers had the opportunity to experiment with several software programs including Divisible, Gone Mad, Numerus, Crickometer, and Angles. I chose to introduce these programs after reading Tony Vincent's blog entry concerning his experiences with teachers from Phoenix. After a brief demonstration of the programs, teachers actually used the Palm Quick Install to transfer the programs from my webpage to their laptops and on to their handhelds. The teachers are doing a great job with the handheld computers--we hope to have the actual handheld computers available to our 8th graders by October 1.

After attending Mike Curtis'workshop at NECC, I purchased a copy of Tap Smart Handshare for demonstrating handheld programs to teachers/students. It is a wonderful program--it is so nice not to have to bring another piece of equipment such as the Elmo!

My students used Sketchy to create animations of famous events in history. I showcased a few of these at the workshop: The Dawn of Man, The Hindenberg, and September 11. At first my students were disappointed because there were three September 11 animations. However, it was very interesting to see the different points of view.

Marge Arnold has recently started a blog describing the use of educational technology in Franklin Parish. You can find her blog at


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