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Pre-Conference Sessions (Half-Day/Full-Day)

Please include the pre-conference session name and a brief description of the course. Include how you will apply the information back on site. If the course you are taking is already listed, just add your comments below the other attendee.


Google Workshop for Educators (Full Day)

Scott Dickens attending this session Session page http://goo.gl/vd1nA


Discussed Google instant, Wonder Wheel, Timeline, Realtime searches.  (Rough draft, will write more information when things slow down... sd)

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Teaching Math with Technology

Michelle Attending This session included a multitude of resources for integrating technology into your math classroom. The resources were all compiled on the following sheet. Media:TeachingMathWithTechnology.pdf

Christian Attending This session gave a potpourri websites and ideas for using the web. Giving kids choices when making projects and websites came across as being paramount in Gayle Nixon's approach. Time is needed to sift through ads and usefulness of some sites. The presentation was worthwhile, but I would have liked a more hands-on approach and more interaction/collaboration in design. Some example websites I thought were cool: -- http://www.bigbrainz.com/ (try the trial version I think you can download it) -- National Library of Virtual Manipulatives http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vLibrary.html (check out virtual manipulatives) -- cp

Trevor Carlson

Teaching Math with Technology had some very helpful links to use in your math class. These websites ranged from test makers, video creating lessons, games, and online manipulatives. There is a lot of useful information on these sites but you have to spend some time searching for specifics so that you can apply them to your classroom setting.  :

Some game sites that might help to support standards are:

http://www.hanssoft.com/html/games.html (High School Based Algebra. Check out the cockroaches game for graphing)

http://www.theproblemsite.com/ (This one has lots of games but has also a lot of other advertisements etc.)

If you want the complete list of information and websites please contact me at tcarlson@smk.bssd.org and I can email you all the links on a word document or you can go to the ASTE conference website and retrieve it.


Look under Saturday presenters and Gayle Nixon on the pull down menus to get the documents. (TC)

Directory Structures and You

John N. and Kyle attended this session, the overarching theme was Open Directory (OD), but we touched on Podcast Creator, Snow Leopard, iCal Server, and a few smaller topics.

Our first topic was integratig an Active Directory domain controller into an OD network. This was an issue that affected some of the other participants in the session, but as BSSD is a Mac only district, we don't have a need for AD.

Next up was how to design a layered OD tree with Masters/Replicas. This is going to be very useful for transferring the OD database between our old servers and the new X-Serves. The process is basically going to look like this:

Backup OD on the old server Promote the old server from standalone to master Use the new server as a replica Demote the old server to standalone Promote the new server to master Promote the old server to replica

Misc. Resources

Teacher's Helper - ARD and Automator actions

ARD Action Pack

Disable Time Machine external drive prompt

SmartBoards--Secondary/Upper End

Jessica Streyle, Perry Corsetti, Sierra Corsetti, and Scott Dickens

Diana did an excellent job! She showed everybody where to download the notebook software, the training center for the training handouts, and then discussed the Lesson Activity Toolkit. Diana showed everybody how to use the ink recognition to transform handwriting. Explained how you set the ink recognition up to recognize hand writing. Then she explained how to use Around the World Eraser to erase an entire board of information. The magic pen was really neat, you can draw a circle around an object and then it will spotlight that particular object, or you can draw a square and it will zoom into the object. She also explained the shape recognition pen and the neat things it does. Then she discussed how you label your different slides with titles so you know what each slide is about. She also showed everyone how to drop a pdf and a powerpoint into the notebook software, which then automatically converts it to a notebook document. Diana discussed the advantages and the different things you can do with the recorder, which will record everything on your screen, and how she uses this for sub plans when she is out of the classroom. She explained how the sound is in iMovie and you can then use voice over to go in an edit the recorded files. We looked at how the floating toolbar works, and how you can link websites in the notebook. She showed everyone how to highlight information, take a picture and insert it into a notebook. Creating pull tabs was neat because it allowed you to pull things out, type the object, and slant the object. She also explained how to find already created lessons that are aligned to the Alaska GLE's and how to find other sample assessments. The last few minutes of the session everyone worked on downloading and installing the software.

Diana is a great example of the collaborative spirit we promote in BSSD: working together towards a common goal - student achievement. She shared much of the sweat and probably tears she has put into developing the use of a SmartBoard in her classroom over the last 4 years. She gave practical applications of the technology. Great job! pcorsetti

Silent Movies using Flip Camera

John Weemes - attending

I really enjoyed this session. The focus was on using DV and software tools to support reading and writing. The concept is the use of inner titles in silent movies to provide a “voice” for the story. The facilitator provided us with a host of resources (see folder) that includes some of the first known motion pictures and others. Samples of created borders for the titles and a guide to using keynote to construct the inner title slides are provided. We learned about the folder contents in the morning and were given a focus of capturing images of snow to tell a story, editing time, and sharing to close out the afternoon.

I have a decent set of skills and practice with digital storytelling and I approached this session as well as my time at ASTE with the notion of finding out how to build on my current capacities to be more effective with the educational technology my students and I currently use in our program.

My second semester SIP focus is on enhancing student achievement on constructed responses. I felt like this digital activity would fit very nicely with constructed response practice. Students would be provided with a short video clip and a question. Then students will be asked to create the inner titles to tell the story in the clip. These slides would be required to directly address the components of a constructed response rubric (demonstrate understanding of the information, address all parts of the question, ample related details support the answer). The creation of the text for the slides could be an end point. However, inserting the slides into the provided movie clip for peer review could be a very powerful extension. This is wide open for modification/extension. This constructed response focus could be an underpinning of a project topic such a social justice where the students answer a question via silent video and inner titles that respond to the question. Students could provide each other with a segment for response construction. The questions could be from instructors or from a pool of student generated questions. I will keep you posted as I pilot this concept.

iLife '09

Antendees(Jessica Streyle, Dianna Gharst, John Nasset, Perry Corsetti and Sierra Corsetti)


provide feedback: what you want to see in the next version

Faces-finds and recognizes faces.

Places- (camera's with gps built into them) Nikon has the specs.

Facebook/Flickr-shares out without third party

Slideshow Themes:

Travel Books


Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Elementary Materials

Nick Attending

Michelle Attending

Carolyn Staudt explained the free resources available through the Concord Consortium in this session. Universal Design for Learning is user friendly for all teachers. The website includes interactive science modules for students in grades 3-5. The modules are aligned to Alaska standards, and so in turn are also aligned to BSSD standards. You can create your teacher account, and then fill in your students' names so that the students may access the modules. E-mail Mfoster@sva.bssd.org if you are interested in using this resource and you need additional assistance.

Collaborate Like Never Before

Enterprise/District use and configuration of Google Docs. Damon and Randy are team teaching this half-day session on Saturday afternoon. This session went really well. People are highly interested in this technology and we were able to give them everything that they need to get started. --Damon Hargraves 18:45, 25 February 2009 (UTC)

SmartBoards--Interactive and Differentiation

Trevor Carlson attending

This session provided a lot of interactive ways to use smart boards in your classroom to get students involved. Using the technology of smart boards you can give the "21st Century students" an instant activity that will get them involved. Also this tool helps the teacher to differentiate content quickly and effectively. Another important aspect of this session was to gain contacts with other people. Being able to share lesson plans on smart boards is a great way to collaborate.

The Smart Notebook software was covered so that you can use the lesson plan activities and essentials for educators effectively in your classroom.

The website:


is a great site for links on all kinds of interactive websites.(TC)

Designing Technology Infused Lessons

Gary J., Bobby B. and Kyle attended this session

The panel started with a discussion on how/why we as teachers should want to integrate technology and digital media into the classroom. The pay attention video is used to introduce the idea that students have multifarious learning styles which can all be addressed using digital media and integrating technology into the classroom to turn students into creators of content. The presenter recommended finding ways to integrate the technology tools that students already have, such as cell phones and iPods into the classroom. The big one that struck me was podcasts - I'd love to be able to do that, of course, time is a factor though.

We also discussed the advanced search features of Google and blocking of web sites.


Pay Attention video

Rubric creator

More Rubrics

The Making of a High School Online Class

Christian Attending :: Cathie & Kade presented the "flow" they used to design an online course. The upfront hours needed to make an full online course are daunting. It is an ongoing labor-intensive process. The school is mainly helping students that are short credits for graduation. Many students hold jobs, have kids, work all day, and just want a diploma, for many know a GED isn't going to meet their future needs. I was impressed by the two presenters' commitment to making "it" work whatever "it" becomes and morphs into as they adapt to make the online school more efficient and broaden the course offerings. Condensing 16 weeks of classwork into an 8 week online class remains the focal challenge for this school. Worthwhile handouts and a great job expressing the give and take of designing online classes!

Nathan Attending - Delta Cyberschool has designs on being the virtual school for all of Alaska. Not that it was explicitly stated but they are positioning themselves to be there. They use Blackboard and Elluminate exclusively to coordinate courses and teacher/student interaction which dominated the first third of the workshop. Once the technology was out of the way the presentation veered towards curriculum planning for online coursework. We worked with and discussed Bloom's taxonomy as a guide for activities and lessons that could be delivered via Blackboard and Elluminate.

Personal Learning Networks

Anthony Fernandez, Amanda Pasonen, Kim Sweeney, and Adrianna Taylor-Brown attending.

Ginger and Matt presented a variety of tools to use to create your own personal network. The tools are free and available on the internet. A personal learning network is simply resources for a teacher to access so that he/she does not feel isolated or alone in the classroom.

Today we have used Twitter and Google Reader. It has been interactive and useful thus far. This afternoon we learned about using Delicious to organize our bookmarks. It also enables you to share your bookmarks with your students or friends or fellow teachers. It makes it accessible wherever you can access the internet. You can choose to make your bookmarks public or private. We explored Nings next. This incorporates social networking sites. Teachers can access various networks online. They can get ideas, share ideas, and make comments. If you really like a Ning, you can invite other friends to join. The last portion of the afternoon session is focused on Avatars. Avatars can be a lot of fun. I am looking forward to exploring them again. - Amanda

Ginger and Matt are doing a great job! I've learned how to set up Google Reader and Twitter. Getting ideas for how to use these resources in the classroom. This afternoon we learned about delicious.com and ning.com. Delicious is a really neat website that serves as a bookmark organizational tool. I'm excited to implement this tool in my classroom; I can see many practical instructional applications for this web tool. Nings are also really interesting. Seeing that I am a middle school teacher, my students are very into social networking. If I was to create a classroom Ning, I could essentially create a virtual classroom environment for my students to interact with. -Adrianna

The best part of this session, other than the stimulating presentation, was learning how to store, share and organize bookmarks so that they might be more useful. I liked keeping my main bookmarks in Google reader and the ones I want to check for regular updates on in Delicious. -Kim

Twitter and Ning are great for teachers, students, and staff in our district . They can send and share information or just catch up with each other. Delicious is really cool for organizing bookmarks or sharing them with other users. Ginger and Matt did a really good job presenting. I look forward to learning more about these sites and telling teachers and staff. - Anthony Fernandez

New ISTE NETS Teacher Standards

Gary and Bobby attended

Darla Jones and Mary Wegner presented the new national educational technology standards and outlined the process for selection and review. Participants tested their own understanding of the concepts by taking a sample assessment (aided by Atomic Learning). The presentation cold have been dry (the standards are set and adopted), but folks in the discussion were animated and passionate about the impact the new document may have on certification and recruiting of new teachers.

We wrote some practice rubrics and debated, rather vigorously, the virtues of Wikipedia versus anything ".gov."

The New ISTE Teacher Standards


Moodle Best Practices Symposium- Part 1

Jessica Streyle, Christian Persons, Perry Corsetti,

I What do we know about knowing?

Moodle Tools: there is no one best way to use moodle tools

Open source the problem and weed out the ones that don't work. Jason Cole

We all have something to teach and we all have something to learn. Moodle Philosophy


Design Principles:

<u>** Repetition Key to retention, reduce slope of curve, small chunks repeated better than large single exposure Best time to re-expose is 90 minutes after the first time

** Emotional Impact Memory priority feed, fight, mate relevance to retention

** Co-Attention Students who studied in groups, even only once a week, were more engaged in their studies, were better prepared for class, and learned significantly more than students who worked on their own. ---Richard J Light

I think these design principles are applicable to every lesson/unit we plan for our students. Another piece of information I found interesting: Students who studied in groups, even only once a week, were more engaged in their studies, were better prepared for class, and learned significantly more than students who worked on their own. –Richard J. Light (how they worked outweighed any other factor – socioeconomic status, effect of the teacher…) A consideration then, would be to create online learning groups perhaps. pcorsetti

II Game Module

III Holistic Course Development with the Moodle Lesson Module

Moodle Best Practices Symposium- Part 2

Jessica Streyle, Nathan Pitt Attending, Christian

IV Gradebook:Not helpful since we have DART - (?) Note: DART is not a gradebook ;-)

V Practice with iframes, get yourself a vRoom

VI Moodle 2.0 Live from Australia

Moodle Past:

Moodle Present:

Future of Moodle

Moodle 2.0

VII One Minute skills & Communities of Practice & Interest

VIII Roles, Understanding Them and Creative Uses

IMovie in the Classroom

Nick Attending. Amanda attending. Kim attending.

Eileen Truitt presented an overview of iMovie '06, and '09 first thing this morning. Most of the people attending had iMovie '08 on their computers, so after sharing background with the class, we got time to explore and create our own iMovies.

The iMovies we created we of still pictures already on our computers, videos that we already had on our computers, and videos that people shot in and around the building. It was definitely worth reviewing and learning more about, but the instructor was not an expert in iMovie '08. She knew '06 best. There are major differences between the two programs, something BSSD folks already realized.

The amount of work time allowed a lot of exploration in the program. Eileen tried her best to assist with any questions or concerns we had, even making helpful suggestions from time to time. Overall, it was worthwhile. The hands-on exploration with assistance provided when needed improved confidence and gave the opportunity to take risks in a safe environment. - Amanda, Kim, and Nick

The good thing was that I spent 6 hours working on an imove and learned a lot about manipulating the program. The bad thing was that after my instructor and I figured out how to rename my project, it disappeared from my computer. I am reminded, the power is in the learning, and there is always more to learn. -Kim

Note Share

Kyle attending Trevor Carlson attending

The software is Mac-only, but there is a viewer available for Windows.

NoteTaker/NoteShare seems to be designed for the 1-to-1 schools where students have their own dedicated laptops. It appears to be a decent organizational tool. To Do list with deadlines, notebook, address book, etc. are all included. (http://www.aquaminds.com/learningcenter.jsp)

NoteTaker is a standalone program that is used just for taking notes, you cannot share your document. NoteShare is more likely what a teacher would want as it allows you to share your documents.

NoteTaker has features of sharing like google docs. You can have everyone access it and change it, but you can also block users from accessing it. This tool would be good for conferences.

(KS) (TC)

John Weemes - attending

I currently use the Aquaminds NoteShare software in an UAA graduate program. This digital data container will function as my Leadership Portfolio. I really enjoyed the session. The facilitator is my University Supervisor and it was great to meet John Rusyniak in person. I attended to hear what other educators had to say about the tool, to ask some prior questions, and be stimulated by dialogue to pose some new questions. I personally feel that this type of tool is exactly what we need for student portfolios. DART is the data and progress piece with which stakeholders interact. Noteshare could be the ideal compliment to DART as the presentation and documentation vessel. I have the client but I choose to interact with the tool via the web. Thusly, students would not be tied to a machine or site server to access, modify, or share their work. Digital portfolios, remotely accessed, that reflect DART information, is a logical step in meeting our mission and aligns with the four components of our instructional model.

Laptop to ipods
Using Intelligent Tutor Technology

Trevor Carlson attending

The Intelligent Tutor from Carnegie Hall is a wonderful program for teaching middle school and high school concepts. The concepts helps the student see an importance in doing math and makes the interactive fun because it is on the computer. The programs are interactive and give hints when struggling. The teacher has the ability to set the students content.

The amazing thing is that the state of Alaska has bought the licensure of the program so that you can get it. Contact 1-888-851-7094 for the information to get it set up. The licensure runs out in 2010 but it might be up for renewal. I intend to get the material as soon as possible. (TC)

Casper Suite

JSS Mobile

Advanced search allows you to create "saved reports" - search results that are updated i.e.: not leopard compatible

Composer 7.0 is out - John N. has it

Information Technology in Science Instruction (ITSI)

Michelle Attending

Carolyn Staudt presented free resources that are available for high school teachers. The website has multiple (thousands) of modules that encompass science and math BSSD standards. You must create a teacher account in order to work with the resources. Remember: this is a free resource, there are no hidden fees. You can take any of the modules and edit them to suit your students' needs in the "do it yourself" section. If you have any questions, please e-mail Mfoster@sva.bssd.org.

Using Google Earth Measuring Tools

Michelle Foster and Bobby Bolen attending. In this session, we explored the new features of Google Earth. We took a tour of world landmarks and took screen shots of New York City and LA's 3-D simulated buildings. In addition, the session explored the new street view with everyone trying to find familiar driving locations and actually driving the route from your computer. We were also told that if you fill out a lengthy application, you can get Google Earth Pro ($499) for free. Check into it on Google Earth's website.

Using Technology to Combat Teacher Isolation in Rural Schools

Gary attended

All of us in rural Alaska feel isolated sometimes, geographically, professionally, and personally. This session offered some tools to help ease that feeling and invited conversations about how we are all effected by being "out there," away from the familiar and comfortable things in life. The best part of the session for me was the pockets of discussion that Caitlin initiated about how we deal with living and working in rural Alaska.

Existing Technology

Breakout 1: Group Discussions

Breakout 2: What I envision...

This was a satisfying exchange , because it didn't assume a level of understanding and comfort. I think we need that sometimes. Real and open... None of these are new technologies for our district, but it's rewarding to engage in the conversation with those for whom they are new. Watching someone else experience them for the first time renews my sense of possibility for some of the applications and platforms.

Concerns for District...

Concerns for Teachers...

"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they are yours." -Richard Bach

Lost and Found: Using Google Earth

Adrianna and Ginger attending. This session was full of stories and anecdotes about using Google Earth in your personal life, and in the classroom. We learned how to put an image overlay, the new features of Google Earth 5 (which were not operational for many of us), and using GE 5 to upload way points/locations/routes from your GPS. Application ideas: keeping track of students as they travel, logging vacation adventures, creating KML files for historical routes and events.

=====Alaska Career Ready===== Attended by Nathan Pitt and Bobby Bolen

The WorkKeys assessment was developed by ACT and will be required for all 11th grade students in Alaska as a measure of their work readiness skills. WinKeys is an independent product available online as curriculum to prepare for the assessment. During the session we previewed the WinKeys online software which is an assessment preparation program and used as a formative assessment system as well. At least three modules: Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information will be required curriculum for grades six and eight. The Win software is provided by the State of Alaska and available for all public school students K-12 (although not necessarily appropriate for younger students). However, the entire WIN curriculum is available to teachers and students and is quite extensive. It is another useful resource that merits attention beyond the required assessments.

[==Conference Keynotes, Sectionals, and Vendors (Mon/Tues)== Please write a paragraph describing your adventures during the Monday and Tuesday portion of the conference, could include door prizes, sectionals you taught, sectionals you attended, inspiring keynotes, or great evening events.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Dr. Brian Housand - 9am - 10 am

Dr. Housand gave an entertaining speech this morning. His humor about technology and his review of technology throughout the years engaged the audience. His beliefs about where technology belongs in the classroom and the school accurately reflect where society is going. He tried to implant ideas to get his audience to think. Dr. Housand wants the audience to think, not just for today, but for the future. Amanda

Technology Ideas for the Classroom 10:30 - 11:30am

We discussed various websites and other technologies teachers use in the own classsrooms. Individual teachers attending the session mentioned various websites and ideas they currently employ in the classrooms. Sharing this way encourages networking of a different kind. The instructor will e-mail the list to us from the list we signed up for in the class. I am looking forward to getting it. Amanda

Engineering a Second Life 10:30 - 11:30am (attended by Nathan aka Archer Carpaccio in SL)

Demo and explanation of a science/engineering class in SecondLife at Dimond High School. Students apply design concepts and transfer engineering concepts to program virtual structures and even robots in SecondLife. They have their own island and use programming using mathmatics and applied physics to create their virual world. They have purchased their own island which is private for security which somewhat limits collaboration among other SecondLife educational projects. Classroom management issues discussed - works best with students in meat space while working in SL. Great benefits for students with disabilities!

If you haven't checked out SecondLife yet, or if it has been a while, I highly recommend doing a little research with an eye on educational implications. SecondLife Main Website

Watch the video: "Watch the World(s)" by Robbie Dingo. It's a great example of what can be done!

Line Up with Math NASA has an amazing website that can show how math is used in the workplace. The simulation is about how you need to line up air traffic using calculations so that planes do not crash. The website is http://www.atcsim.nasa.gov/ One thing as a math teacher is that you will need to put a little time in working to prepare a lesson to get the students involved with the material. (Trevor C)

This was an exciting session because I have had a lot of success with simulations engaging students in math content and practice. Aviation is an integral part of our student’s lives and I feel that many learners would be receptive to the environment for math learning and practice. Also, the goal of the FAA in a broader view of this simulation is to increase awareness about aviation careers and this is a great resource for our students, parents, and teachers as we move into a time of great need for qualified candidates in the aviation industry. (John Weemes)

Digital Storytelling 1:00 - 2:00

"The Call to Adventure" story map, the integral part of the Disney movie format. How can we create story maps that assist our students with story writing? Then how do we get from the problem to the resolution? What does the audience want? Character transformation? What connects your audience to your story? The importance of giving a student their own voice. Is Voice the most important of the Six Traits? Maybe, maybe not, but it is essential for students to find it. Amanda

Interesting session on the uses of digital storytelling in the classroom. Got some neat ideas on resources for implementation of such projects into the classroom. For example, the presenter used the Planet Earth series to teach his students about attention grabbers in digital storytelling! I love the series, and I'm planning on robbing his idea and using it in my own classroom. Also had some great share out time with Amanda we brain stormed writing project ideas that use digital media to tell a story. The thoughts we came up with were:

Digital Storytelling- "Living in Place" Kids travel around the village and tell a story about their place, an event over the summer. Use Planet Earth to demonstrate digital storytelling and attention grabbers.

Ice Fishing Writing Project - Students learn to ice fish from an elder. Tier the writing projects to fit the various levels: level 4 = How to Ice Fish, level 5 = Why Learning to Ice Fish is Important, Level 6 = Ice Fishing vs. Salmon Fishing

Snow cave Survivors - Collaborate with another site and have kids works in teams to develop a snowcave, understand the effects of hypothermia, develop a team creed, reflect and blog about the experience, and give feedback to students at other sites. -Adrianna

Arctic Climate Model The presentation focused mostly on global warming. I wish the program went into more detail on how to use this in the classroom. They said that the students could do the measuring for the scientist and record it on the website but they did not show how to measure and how to put it into the website so that teachers still might not know how to implement this program. This program would be very helpful to students but I think you need to get some more contacts on how to get this program started. (Trevor C)

I joined the ACMP session to see what Glenda and Deborah had up their sleeves. I have really enjoyed the support from UAF-ACMP with the project over the years and wanted to be a “plant” in the crowd to offer anecdotal information about the project from a classroom perspective. From the technology side, those folks infuse technology in the lessons and I wanted to see if any new ways of using technology to support learning would be previewed in the session. (John Weemes)

Copyright or Copywrong? 2:00 - 3:00

How do we know if are violating copyright or not? Fair use policies are more of a concern for teachers. What should we be teaching our students?

Teachers cannot simply use anything they want to use. It is very subjective. We can use portions of things without being penalized. It is called "fair use." We do not have to pay for it, do not have to ask for permission, do not need a license to use it.

Four factors of fair use: 1.Purpose of work. 2.Nature of the work. 3.Amount of the work used. 4.Effects on the Market.

Can use if:

Public Domain - can use. Almost all copyright rules no longer apply - must give the original author credit.

If you are not sure about the copyright, check it out or do not use it. Software, music, and literature copyright violations happen. Try not to be the one who costs your school district money to pay for mistakes in copyright violation.

Handouts and online sites provided to all attendees. All links available at delicious.com: "cwaste09," password: "copyright09." - Amanda

Video Conferencing: Smart Classrooms for the Future

This session talked about how video conferencing can be used in the classroom. They did not have a demonstration which would be helpful to see all the stuff that they could do with their products. We would have liked to see the full class video conferencing in actual use or as a large video (instead of a small vid). It looked incredible that two school classes could see eachother in full size. One thing that the company would do is to help with searching for grants if you were interested in the products. They have full-time personel that help identify and fill-out grand apps. This could be very helpful for schools/districts without grant writer support personel. The company is polycom. (Trevor C. & Christian)

Alaska Learning Labs

This session talked about an after school tutoring program that improves student scores on the SBA. The program is broken into 80 sessions of 1.5 hours where there is 45 min. computer time and 45 min off-line work time. As students progress they can earn points to gain things that they can shop for and buy for the points that they acquire. This creates some tangible incentives for quality work. SERRC who puts on the program will come in and train individuals on this program and get them ready to help out the students. The cost can be granted out. The max. limit is 15 kids per course. SERRC (Trevor C. & Christian)

This session was telling us about getting training for starting an after school program the program helps students by providing - After school tutoring at no cost to parents,prizes that help kids on course,computer-based and hands on learning,trained and qualified local tutors,family nights and home activities,reports that track your child's progress and attendance, and healthy snacks/ this sounds pretty cool if you want to start an after school program for the kids and make some extra money on the side while having fun/ here is the url www.serrc.org/aklabs - Anthony Fernandez

Moodle Class Assistant Kodia HS is using Moodle to organize classes. About 10% of the classes are very active users. Vining showed how he uses Moodle at a lower information delivery method and a higher interactive delivery method. He has a IT class that is totally online with kids working at a pace meeting their needs. Online quizzes using Hot Potato are used for students to self-check their reading comprehension. KHS Moodle site IT Moodle site enter as guest. Christian

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Broadcast Radio Meets Web 2.0 10:30 - 11:30am

A bunch of websites that allow one to record voice, music, etc. WireTapp was recommended by the instructor. It does cost money. Levelator, another item he recommended is free though. Then there is nicecast to broadcast it online. There is a free version of it. Most of the software he recommends costs money. This is all pre-presentation time. 10 - 10:30

An outline of this presentation is available at: http://www.radiofreepalmer.org/RFPWebSite/ASTE2009.html

Interesting ideas about setting up a community radio station on the web. The FCC and others must approve it before it can happen, however. Amanda

Teaching Math with Technology 10:30 - 11:30am

Amazing resources that make teaching math easier! Our presenter compiled a word document that organizes math resources into categories for easy access. Resources consist of: worksheet generating websites; survey, quizzes, and puzzle websites; podcast and video resources; GPS resources; Apple downloads for math and science; and online math games. I am excited to share these cool resources with my staff when I get back to site. -Adrianna

Service Your Apple Products

This presentation had the info on how to get apple certified. This makes it so that you can work on apple products and get paid for it. There are classes online that you can take for free. The certification tests however cost money. Many people had questions about certification which were answered. This seems like a good idea for a tech person in a district to get. The tech person has to make a decision on what package or help that they would need from Apple. This is a link to get started on looking at Apple Care stuff: http://www.apple.com/support/ Even if you aren't certified the GSX portal can be useful for finding parts & items. You will probably have to talk with John N. about getting setup for GSX view only. (Trevor C. & Christian)

This was a cool session to go to I look forward to taking classes but we must have an account to access the site "Global Service Exchange System" the classes are free of charge but the exams cost $100.00/$200.00 per technician they give two exams one on hardware and the other on software there is a voucher for either exam to get a voucher request go to ssa.program@apple.com I think John Nasset was enroll the tech. liaison's in our district. this should be fun - Anthony Fernandez

Cell Phones as Mobile Learning Devices - 1:00 - 2:00pm

http://brainhousand.googlepages. Once again Dr. Housand takes us down memory lane with the evolution of telephones and devices associated with them. Pictures and graphics illustrate his point about how quickly things are evolving today. How to handle the cell phone in the classroom?

There is a discrepancy between "things my cell phone can do" and "features I actually use." Encouraging students to use technology available to them to find the answers to their questions is invaluable. Cell phones are mobile learning devices. What can cell phones do? How can teachers share the experience with their students instead of fighting them about it.

Text Novels - create fiction or nonfiction novels online. http://www.textnovel.com

Poll everywhere - find out the numbers involved. http://www.polleverywhere.com

Google SMS - http://www.google.ca/mobile/sms/index.html. Answers to simple questions.

Twitter - can link your cellphone to your twitter! http://twitter.com

Flickr direct from your cellphone - http://flickr.com/tools/mobile/ - Camera use

http://qik.com/ - video streaming.

http://www.rocketron.com/ - hear the news, do not read it.

http://www.dial2do.com/ - sends you a to-do list!

http://podlinez.com/ - listen to podcasts over your cell phone.

Camera, scanner, e-mail, text, web updates, video cameras, live video streaming, iReports, calculators, alarm clocks, calenders, notepad, etc.

Don't forget the online use of a cell phone costs minutes! None of it is free. Wow! The things that cell phones can do today is amazing! It is only going to continue to grow in the future. Amanda

Much has been shared by my colleagues so I will leave you with Dr. Housand’s closing point…and so relevant for our region with the installation of GCI towers in our communities (ATT soon to follow I hear) he said an idea to ponder is, “Are cell phones (mobile computing devices) the answer to 1 to 1 computing?” (John Weemes)

NISTEM Education Resource Center This sounded pretty cool it had students do online work and earn points for prizes the more work they do the more points they earn the bad thing is this site is based in Indiana the cool thing they just wanted to show how other schools are using Technology and having success with students working online,they have a web site the url is www.nistem.com - Anthony Fernandez

1:1 Laptops by Chris Romine

Chris discussed the implementation of 1:1 in the Denali school district. He talked about the key elements of ongoing professional development, and working together with newer teachers to get them to integrate the technology into their instruction. He says that sometimes the learning curve is steep for teachers, but the students often respond so well that the teachers are won over. At this point in the game he has many sites that are fluent with the process, collaborate and do lots of exciting things. The sites with a high turnover are further behind.

The laptops they are using can go on the internet, through their proxy, only. This can happen at home or out in the community. Most families go through a process where they want everything filtered, then they learn to supervise their kids, and want the filter off. Parents often blame the district for any problems, and it takes awhile for them to become involved with the system. Ginger Crockett

Smart Notebook and Smart Sentio (both sessions)

The smart notebook is a great way to get 21st century students involved with a rich and interactive lesson. There are many tools to help out the interactivity. The sentio pads make the lessons even more interactive because you can have a quiz with the students so that they can have their impute. This will get students who don't participate involved with the class. The sentio program is also a great way to do formative assessment on the spot. This would be a great teacher tool to have in the classroom. (Trevor C.)

Digital Portfolios to Enhance Media Literacy 2 - 3pm

https://sites.google.com/site/akclassroom/Home or http://twurl.cc/iau

Teaching kids how to construct media and their own portfolios. Students can create their own electronic portfolio instead of a paper one. http://etherpad.com/pRwMCg6aRr

ATEP: Alaskal Tsunami Education Program

Olga Skinner is an Alaska Native working for UAF's educational outreach program. There are some great resources for Earth Science at the web site. Interactive language and scientific concepts. ATEP is integrating stories from elders into the program. Fascinating project! ATEP site :: ATEP multimedia Christian

Film-making on a Village Budget

This was my favorite presention for Trevor Snyder presented his process of involving students in making a real film from script to community presentation and DVD. The examples of clips from the 30 minutish student movies were fantastic to see. The simple ideas and inexpensive ways to prop the sets was insightful. The major upfront investment are: shotgun microphone & XLR adapter for camcorder. These two items (about $500) give high quality film-making sound, a must have. I really thought Trevor did a great job integrating the kids work into the presentation. Christian

Classroom Collaboration with Google Docs

John Schauer from Fairbanks shared and modeled the power of collaboration with spreadsheets and surveys using Google Docs. It was fast paced, but some great examples of how he uses the distributive model of learning. One piece of advice was to use single logins for groups/classes to make the collaborative process easier when working on such projects. Google Site setup for this ASTE sectional :: John's google presentation slides Christian

AlaskaAdvantage Programs Perry attending

Andrea Van Ravenswaay Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE)

Outreach, early awareness Financial aid (FAFSA) Visits/events to communities (They cover their own expenses, just invite them)

Elem. Program:

“I Know I Can” Title 1 schools (2nd grade)

“I’m Going to College” program Title 1 schools (5th grade) trip to a campus to experience college life for a day

“College is for you” poster usually just in Anchorage (grades 5-6-7)

Middle School Programs:

Chart your course newspaper – also includes articles by students

“College is for you” poster

High School Programs:

Senior Planner ak365, testing dates, FAFSA...mailed to srs

Going to College in AK magazine ...mailed to jrs

College Goal Sunday (partnership with CASHE-Coalition of Alaskans Supporting Higher Education) helping families fill out FAFSA, (national program)

Adult Learners

Job centers

Job fairs

Success center in Anchorage (Dimond Mall)

Community Visits (free)

FAFSA workshops

College and career fairs

Financial Aid program – for neediest students in state (by April 15)

Federal Loan Programs

State alternative loan programs

Borrower Benefits (lower rates)

Exchange programs

Western undergraduate exchange

Wester region graduate program

Professional student exchange

WWAMI (UAA partnership with Univ of WA School of Medicine – instate tuition ($15,000)


Communit visits, free resources, success center, AKCIS and AKCIS training for administrators

Developing for the iPhone (and iTouch) by Steve Hayman - Apple attending Perry

A user friendly demonstration of developing possibilities for the iPhone and iPod Touch using web-based dashcode and Xcode for advanced users. The possibilities are endless - everything from writing applications to help conference goers keep track of a schedule of events...to gaming. Many education possibilities - be creative. Check out Apple Store's iPhone Developer package. Don't forget the "cowbell".

Parallels Server for Mac Kyle attending

Parallels server for Mac is available and was touted during the sectional as very useful for reducing the number of servers being used to run services. I see Parallels Server as being useful to our district to seperate services (a virtual machine for Team Alphie, another for open directory and a third for file sharing). This would increase security and perhaps remove some of the concerns over utilizing VPNs at the site level. (Kyle)

Digital Native Language Dictionaries Kyle attending

Ginger presented on the Inupiaq and Yup'ik dictionaries. I believe that most people in the district are already aware of this project. The most interesting thing from the vantage point of people already working with these projects in district is the interest in collaborating expressed by people from other districts and cultural groups in the state. I'll let Ginger add to this entry if she gets contacted by any other districts.

Mimio Smartboards Bobby and Randy

Talked extensively with representative regarding the new smartboards and how they might function within the new school. Like the features of portability. Saw ways that they could be used for professional development also. One dislike was that only one smartboard pad could be used in the classroom at a time.

InterWrite Pads Bobby and Randy

Talked with InterWrite representative. Comparing their white board system with Mimio's. I liked the feature of being able to use more than one pad in a class at a time. Allowed for collaborative work among groups. In addition, their new pad has an added screen feature that allows teacher to use a question response system and get immediate feedback about specific students, without the rest of the class knowing who knows what. System did not have the portability feature of being able to go from one place to another.

ALEKS Bobby and Randy

We attended a presentation for the math program ALEKS with their representative. ALEKS seemed like a good product that could be very helpful in increasing math scores across the district. I saw a few uses including the classroom, tutoring, and preparation for the HSGQE, either at skills camp or on site. This program assessed students and developed a plan of action for remediation as needed as well as moving them forward. Teachers can control what sections students work on as well as create tests and assessments throughout the learning process. The program can be bought in various amounts of time. Some students could use the program for a month, others all year. I thought this could be a very beneficial program to the district and would be worth testing at skills camp and at interested sites.

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Please list the times you were in the booth or helping folks with our various programs.

Ginger Crockett: Presented on the Inupiaq and Yupik dictionaries, Tuesday morning.

Ginger Crockett: Taught a Saturday workshop on Personal Learning Networks.

Kyle Schneider: Presented on school newspapers and collaborative writing using blogging Monday afternoon

Kyle Schneider (booth): Monday 1-2, 3:30-6 and Tuesday 1-2, 3:30-4:30

John Weemes stopped by the booth to help Gary, Damon, and John put things away for the evening...:-)

Bobby Bolen (booth): Monday 10-11; 3-5; and Tuesday 10-11:30, 3-4.

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