So after the Superintendent and I successfully delivered the keynote speech together, (phew!), I was able to enjoy the day’s workshops and meet some of the attendees. In the Math Class, we used wireless HP tablets to answer math problems. The teacher also had a wireless tablet, from which he drove the software, provided by DyKnow, that was projected onto the SMART board. In hindsight, he did not need the SMART board to complete the lesson. Really the combo of the DyKnow software and the touch technology on the tablet did the trick. DyKnow allows the teacher to control what and when students see applications on their machines, and even enables and disables specific students’ controls. You can send an “eyes to the front please” broadcast on all screens, lock out 1 student, or project 1 student’s work on the screen, or allow 2 students to work on one question at the same time.
In science class it was clear that real-time data collection and analysis was a very powerful experience for students and the most true-to-life way in which scientists do it. PASCO sensors were plugged into laptops, and data was collected, and immediately, those data sets could be interpreted in multiple ways visually, such as graphs.
Some nuggets from the hand-outs and the conversations at lunch included :
www.k12blueprint.com : provides plenty of resources and guidance for technology planning
iPass is a robust student management system worth looking into
Rameo Marquis of Learning Curve is a strong resource about implementing Moodle, an open-source app, as a collaborative learning environment.
Intel showed a fantastic video introducing us that really opens your eyes as to what kind of digital world today’s kids are growing up in, compared to what we did. Ill find it…and post it…