Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Staying "Fresh & Rejuvenated"

I have been around the beautiful state of Wisconsin for most of July presenting a variety of keynote presentations and hands-on technology integrations workshops- and it has been fabulous and quite an educational journey. Yes it takes a lot of work, a lot of patience at times, and a high energy level- but I truly enjoy what I do! I always learn so much from the educators and administrators I interact with- and am so thankful to be involved with these positive and engaging learning exchanges to gain more knowledge from each other!

At times some of my attendees ask how do I stay current and on the cutting edge with all the latest and greatest technology and within my profession. Well.... it takes a lot of effort, dedicated time and commitment to reading and reflecting on my own learning experiences, and asking a multitude of questions to facilitate discussions with my PLN's to gain insight and background knowledge on key areas.

To support my ongoing efforts "to stay fresh and rejuvenated" I would like to share a wonderful resource on current trends in technology and informational resources through the Learn-gasm portal. The latest topic includes 25 Incredible
Ted Talks for Educators- this is EXCITING!- all of the best professional development video resources of keynote presenters in one area. I refer often to the Learn-gasm site for up-to-date resources, a vast listing of web 2.0 blogs, leadership strands, and video segments to assist my research efforts to create a collection of best practices. I am also very thankful for Amber Johnson's efforts ( http://www.bachelorsdegreeonline.com/blog) for notifying me when the Learn-gasm site has been updated with the brand new resources to assist and guide me in my professional development efforts! Thanks Amber!

When time allows check out the "25 Incredible Ted Talks for Educators" to stay "fresh and rejuvenated" all summer long!

Naomi

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

My Favorite Web 2.0 Repository List

Here is a Web 2.0 Repository list to find some of the best of the best Web 2.0 tools for educational technology.


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Transforming Instruction with "i" Mobile Technology

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