TCEA Tech Notes
Last week I presented and learned at the Texas Computer Education Association Conference. I arrived in Austin Tuesday night and gave a 3 hour workshop on Wednesday morning. The workshop was Podcasting Stories and Poems. We explored Internet resources and created podcasts using GarageBand. To teach about writing stories and poems I used these Scholastic resources. I also shared he podcast resources.
• Storytelling Workshop with Gerald Fierst
• Writing With Writers
• Poetry Idea Engine
• Poetry Writing with Jack Prelutsky
• Poetry Writing with Karla Kuskin
• Poetry Writing with Jean Marzollo
• Write It Poetry
• Tech Tutor articles: A Guide to Digital Storytelling
• Tech Tutor Blog
• 10 Podcasts for Teachers and Kids
• Harry Potter Podcast Tour
As a learner I attended Digital Storytelling with Photography by Marco Torres. Marco spoke about different types of cameras and settings. He reminded us that photos need to tell a story and showed us many excellent examples of storytelling photos. A workshop from Marco is always a wonderful learning experience.
In How to Do Everything in Second Life by Jamey Osborne I learned more about having an avatar and using it in Second Life. Jamey did a great job with his presentation, but I'm still not sure how I would use Second LIfe in an elementary classroom. I think I'll leave it to the older grades. But please let me know if you have found a way to use it in your classroom.
Stained Glass and More with Photoshop Elements by Patricia Kathy and Kathy Smith showed techniques for creating a stained glass image. Photoshop Elements makes it easy to add layers to create your image.
Engage Young Learners with Web 2.0 Tools by Gail Lovely was one of the most practical sessions that I attended. One of the resources that I really liked was Andrew Church's Tech & Learning article "Bloom's Taxonomy Blooms Digitally". Weebly is a free website and blog that is easy for teachers to use. One of the most intriguing resources that I think students would really enjoy is Kerpoof. Not only can students write and online story, but they can also use Kerpoof to create an animated movie. ImageChef allows you to add words to photos and clip art. Picnik is an online photo editing site. You can find Gail Lovely's entire presentation with all her fabulous links on her YoungLearners2.0 site.
Mr. Gatekeeper, Tear Down Those Walls! by Mary Ann Bell included research about filtering in schools. Overly stringent filters can do more harm than good. They prevent teachers and students from accessing some excellent resources. Often it is difficult for teachers to get the filter opened up in order to use a resource in their teaching. What do you think? How strong should Internet filters be?
Digital Photography in the Classroom by Laquetta Shaw used my list of 100 Ways to Use Digital Cameras as her handout. I thought that was interesting.
Like Michelle did at FETC, I learned a lot at TCEA. It's always fun to learn from other people. Be sure to share with us your favorite online resources or online professional development. Thanks!