Thursday, May 7, 2009
Okay - I'll admit it - I had my doubts. It was to be an online conference in real time for Maine educators and just about anyone who wanted to drop in. The vehicle: Adobe Connect Pro. That was the proposal, and all I could think of was what might go wrong.
Let me tell you this: This naysayer has been converted to an ardent believer! I have been awed by the organization and execution of the conference by David Patterson and his crew, and I have been inspired by the presenters as well as the participants. Well done!
I will even go so far as to say that this online experience has been even richer than a face-to-face conference might have been. The opportunity for interaction - at least in text, audio, and visuals - has been superior to being in the same physical space . . . and certainly a vast improvement over the ATM video system. Now don't get me wrong, physical connections need to be part of the mix in ongoing learning, connections right in the classroom and school, but gosh, this digital platform was superb. And to beat it all, I could enjoy it in my own home with a cold beverage close at hand.
Besides that, the conference will live on with recordings of each session. Here's a list in case you missed the real time experience:
Keynote – Angus King
Second Life – Rez your Teaching
iTeam Project-based Service to the Ambassador Actors
Enablemath 360 – a terrific web-based program that is to numeracy what Read 180 is to literacy
Vital Signs – Developing Student Understanding and Application of Inquiry using GIS technology to Monitor Invasive Species
When Essays Move – Bringing Content-Area Writing to Life through Multimedia
Mathematics in Design - An Investigation using GeoGebra
Low cost interactive whiteboard and EcoBeaker Maine Explorer (EBME)
Literacy and Technology across the Curriculum with a Graphic Novel
Rethinking Presentations – Prezi and Dynamic Narrative
Maine is My World GIS!
Blogging it Up!
PowerPoint Based Portfolios – Sharing a format that can be used in any content area for students and instructors to build portfolios
Applications of Calculus – A Resource Wiki
BackChannel Chats as Classroom Tools
Rural Voices Radio
Art Meets GIS!
Let Your Laptop Do The Talking
Creating a tessellation screen saver
A Wider World: Google Earth for Research, Writing and Sharing
American History – Family Narrative
Exploring Cultural Differences
GeoGebra – Redefining Math Instruction and Learning
Why Wait For the Science Test?
Using podcasts in the classroom to engage students and improve student comprehension
Google Earth, Ancient Rome, and the 21st Century
Promoting Literacy with Cartoons, Comics and Graphic Novels
The conference was a winner!