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By Instructional Technology on 6/29/2008 3:03 PM
NECC 2008 in San Antonio.Today, teams from Littleton, Heritage, Arapahoe High Schools, and members of the Instructional Technology team met up in the heat and humidity (heat index 108) of San Antonio, Texas, to take in the 2008 National Education Computing Conference. Their mission: to transform first their classrooms, then their schools, into models of 21st Century learning. We’ll keep a running blog to exchange ideas and thoughts, and give the folks back home a sense of what’s going on at the world’s largest educational technology conference. One of the key issues at this conference will be the unveiling of the ISTE (International Society of Technology in Education) standards for teachers. As soon as I can get my hands on them, (it seems like they’re under pretty tight wraps) I’ll post them. These standards are supposed to compliment last years’ NETS (National Education Technology Standards) 2.0, which, in a nutshell, shifted ISTE’s focus from learning about the tool to learning with the tool. Anticipation...
By Instructional Technology on 6/26/2008 1:47 PM
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THOSE SEEKING LPS CREDIT: Be sure to sign up for CDE credit at the booth next to registration and complete the 1000 word assignment on time. Once you have received the certificate from CDE, present it to the HR department at LPS for LPS credit. Mike
By Instructional Technology on 6/26/2008 7:31 AM
Hi all---

Well, it looks like we’re back online! Life without the internet—it somewhat reminds me of 1996! I have a general overview on TIE 2008 that I’d like to share: content matters! At the risk of making a huge generalization, the presenters I have seen and heard about have all done a wonderful job at not only detailing the bells and whistles of all the cool programs and tools, but also stressing how it fits into curriculum and enriches it. I believe that our keynote speaker did an excellent job at starting that thread. If you recall, he emphasized the story line first, then the effects and transitions. Good advice. After all, the digital medium is only a vehicle to carry students’ voices, thoughts and stories. The media is not itself the message. Your thoughts?
By Dan Maas on 6/24/2008
In some conversations I've had, people have expressed to me a worry about publicly posting comments and ideas. Is this a barrier to blogging and other web 2.0 strategies?
By Dan Maas on 6/4/2008
Our national guide in China uses the english name of Gavin. On our drive to the airport today, we shared with him our thoughts of his work as our guide. Those thoughts are captured here:
By Dan Maas on 6/3/2008
We did a little off-line blogging in the airport today. This blog post includes the voices of our students as we prepare to come back home...
By Dan Maas on 6/2/2008
A quick reflection as we prepare to leave this land of beauty...
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