Happy July 5th Everyone!
Still enjoying the wonderful weekend of the 4th, and catching up with new friends I met in DC at NECC '09 and virtually through Twitter. My latest meet-up includes a great MidWesterner named Scott Smeech from Plano, IL. Scott was part of the Birds of Feather Leadership Forum at NECC and has been sharing and showcasing the power of mobile technology and how it is transforming instruction. Scott has developed an interactive web presence through the portal of Ning located at iear.org. IEAR is all about taking a closer look at the educational value of ITouch / IPhone / IPods in the classroom. I highly recommend becoming a member of this PLN!
Through Scott's multiple web presences- you can feel and see his passion for integrating intuitive educational technology tools with administrators, educators and students to support their 21st teaching and learning environments. I especially like Scott's blog www.smeech.net where Scott is always pushing the envelop with educational leaders like ISTE to improve the organizational setup to further promote collaboration and communication in a large venue. I whole heartily agree with him that the Blogger's Cafe needs to be front and center at NECC, because these learning opportunities to finally meet face to face with educational technology leaders in a highly visible area is priceless. The expanded PLN's conversations, sharing of best practices and strategic planning strategies taken away from the Bloggers Cafe' meet-up are the exact key components all educators and leaders thrive for and need. This new knowledge and expertise will only strengthen K-16 teaching and learning environments, and prepare and INSPIRE our educators and students to be productive 21st century digital citizens!
Thanks Scott for sharing your expertise with me and inspiring me to push the envelop as well!
Visit IEAR - I Education Apps Review for the IPhone and ITouch