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Learning Ecology by Doing

Ecology workshopThe best way to learn a subject is to immerse yourself in it and the Ecology Summer Workshop 2012 uses the Appalachian mountains as its classroom. The course costs $490 and includes help writing a curriculum, hands-on lesson plans to take back to your school, lab experiments and experience in performing the new AP Biology labs. Topics include population dynamics, water, energy, biodiversity and field ecology and includes field trips to a water treatment plant, landfill and a green building. The class runs from June 25 to 29 in Asheville, NC.




FETC 2012: Learning, the Virtual Way

PBSTeacherLineBlackInterested in a partial or total online teaching option for kids? PBS TeacherLine’s "TECH 570: Fundamentals of Virtual K-12 Teaching,” can be a good way to get started. The six week online class not only covers the basics of virtual education, but is meant to ease the transition from face-to-face instruction and develop the needed skills that can last a teaching career. The course costs $525.



iPad Takes the Big Screen

Mzl.rcylojro.320x480-75There are several ways to project an iPad’s display onto the big screen, but by far the easiest and cheapest is to use Panasonic’s free Wireless Projector for iOS app.  It works with iPads, iPhones and IPod touch devices. The good news is that it allows the marking up of documents and Web sites. The bad news is that the software only works with PT-FW430 and FX400, PT-DZ570 and DW530 and DX500, PT-FW300NT and F300NT as well as PT-LB90NT Panasonic projectors and can only project images, photos, Web browsing and Acrobat files.



Freebee Friday: Projector DIY

Epson calibration video Having an interactive projector is just the start and winging it isn’t an option anymore. Epson has posted a series of online videos and Webcasts on how to make the most of a BrightLink projector, or any interactive projector for that matter. Produced with Atomic Learning, the online resources include lessons on using and calibrating the wireless pen as well as using the software.


Freebee Friday: Sensing an Opportunity

Labquest kid Interested in incorporating Vernier’s sensor technology and its software into a classroom curriculum, but don’t know where to start? This September, Vernier will start a round of free seminars on how to use its LabQuest products in the classroom. Each is a four hour, comprehensive workshop that will not only show how to use the equipment but get you to actually do it yourself. 

The first round will be in the Southwest at these locations:
• September 12, 13: Dallas, TX

• September 13: Tulsa, OK

• September 14: Austin, TX

• September 14: Oklahoma City, OK

• September 15: Wichita, KS

• September 15, 17: San Antonio, TX

• September 19, 20: Houston, TX 

• September 29: Minneapolis, MN

More are coming later this year. 


Talking Math

978-1-935099-12-3_HRes Keeping math teachers up to date on the latest in teaching techniques is getting a lot easier with MathSolutions’ “Classroom Discussions: Seeing Math Discourse in Action” professional development class. The program includes access to two DVDs that show teachers positively interacting with students as well as a guide to help teachers get kids talking and has sample dialogues between teacher and student. It includes a slew of reproducible worksheets to try out what you’ve learned, costs $40 and could open up a new way of teaching math.


Freebee Friday: Happy Pi Day, Almost

5530_GSP-5 Get it? 3-14 is Pi day. Well, it doesn’t matter how corny it is, because Key Curriculum Press is offering a free online seminar for its Geometer’s SketchPad program next Tuesday and Wednesday; Pi day plus 1 and 2. Run by Andres Marti, it’s worth an hour of professional development credit. All you need to do is register.

Online Degree

Pbs teacherline Want to get a graduate degree but can’t find the time to get to an accredited college? You can do it all online with PBS TeacherLine’s courses without even putting your shoes on. The program just added the University of Missouri - Kansas City, Washburn University and the University of Central Missouri to its curriculum providers. The program has courses from 28 institutions. Teachers can earn credits in specific areas to brush up their skills or get a graduate degree. A 15-hour online course is good for 1 credit, which costs between $79 and $330, depending on which institution provides the course material.

Office Links

1287768450281microsoftoffice2010 Believe it or not, there’s a massive amount of online resources ready, willing and able to help you get up to speed with the new Office suite of programs. But, like a new curriculum, it will seem similar to the old version but just new enough to provoke no small amount of anxiety. These Office online tips and tricks can be a way to calm down and learn the ins and outs of the new Office. That way it’ll be a snap to teach it to the kids.

TechCrunch's Complete Guide to Microsoft's Office 2010

Office 2010, The Movie

Channel 9's Office 2010 Training Course

Techie Buzz's Office 2010 Tips & Tricks

Freebee Friday: Learn About AV Online

AVerMedia new logo Even if you’re an absolute beginner who feels like a fish out of water when it comes to using a projector, document camera and all the programs needed to bring life to a digital classroom, AVerMedia can help with Webinars. The biweekly presentations use GoToMeeting technology and cover AVerVision Document Cameras, AVerPen Solutions and AVer+ Software. The seminars start on April 19.



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