Virtual Field Trips/ Video Conference PD Opportunities

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Would you like to break down the 4 walls of your classroom and bring the outside world in?  Read on!

Magpi is once again offering FREE professional development opportunities for learning more about virtual field trips and video conferences.

A brief outline of offerings is below.  Click HERE for the flyer with more complete information and registration info.

Enhance Your Teaching with Virtual Field Trips
Date:October 4, 2011
Time:
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM EDT
Target Audience:
K12 Educators, Educational Technologists, IVC Integrators
More Info/Registration:
 http://magpi.net/Community/Programs/Enhance-Your-Teaching-Virtual-Field-Trips

Supporting Interactive and Advanced Video in the Classroom: A Workshop for Technology Integrators and Network Specialists
Date:
October 6, 2011
Time:
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Target Audience:
K20 Technology Integrators and Support Staff and Network Specialists
More Info/Registration:
 http://magpi.net/Community/Programs/Supporting-Interactive-and-Advanced-Video-Classroom-Workshop-Technology-Integrat-0

Best Practices for Videoconferencing in the Classroom: The Educator’s Edition
Dates: 
October 25, 2011
Time:
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM ET
Target Audience: 

More Info/Registration:
 http://magpi.net/Community/Programs/Best-Practices-Videoconferencing-Classroom-Educators-Edition

Jazz Up Your Interactive Presentatons or Distance Learning Sessions!
Date:
November 10, 2011
Time:
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Target Audience:
K12 Teachers, Higher Education Faculty and Technology Integrators
More Info/Registration: 
http://magpi.net/Community/Programs/Jazz-Your-Interactive-Presentations-or-Distance-Learning-Lessons

The Social Side of Videoconferencing: Enhancing Collaboration and Moderating
Date:
Tuesday Nov. 15, 2011
Time:
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM EDT
Target Audience: 
K12 Teachers, Higher Education Faculty, and IVC Integrators interested in incorporating social networking and other interactive tools to increase interactivity
More Info/Registration: 
http://www.magpi.net/Community/Programs/MAGPI-K20-User-Group-October-2011-0

** If you cannot attend any of these but want to learn more about video conferencing, please contact your librarian or Dianne Krause!  **

YouTube <3’s Education

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Today YouTube.com launched a new channel designed specifically for teachers that provides tips on how teachers can use YouTube in the classroom.  Also new today is the YouTube Teachers Community, a mailing list, to allow educators to share their own tips and tricks.  Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/teachers

In addition to this great new feature, I’d be remiss not to mention http://www.youtube.com/edu which is a YouTube’s Education area in which educational videos from a variety of colleges and universities (including the Khan Academy) are categorized by subject-area.  What a great way to find YouTube content for your class without having to search and wade through a lot of inappropriate stuff to find what you need!

In the video below,  Chris Anderson, the founder of TED, talks about how YouTube is driving innovation and its impact on education.

Have some Back to School Night advice to share?

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Wikispaces Projects

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If you know me and have worked with me these past few years, you know that I am a very avid fan and user of Wikispaces.  Although there are many reasons to use and love Wikispaces (check out Wiki eToolbox page for ideas), they have just released a new feature in educational wikis – Projects!

You now have the ability to create projects in your wikispace and set them as private or public. Then you can create different groups in the project and assign specific students to each group.  This is a very powerful tool for any type of collaborative project.  As the teacher, you get total control over everything and can change privacy settings as you see fit.  With this, you can feasibly have a wiki that parents/outside world can see but then also have private student work going on within the wiki that only the assigned students can see.  How cool is that?!

If you want to learn more, check out the Wikispaces announcement about it or watch the video tour.

If you want to jump in yourself, check out these great step-by-step directions.

If you want to try out creating a project and need help, just schedule an appointment and we’ll get started!

What’s The Best Classroom Management Advice You’ve Gotten?

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Setting up effective classroom management practices during the first weeks of school will go a long way in setting the tone for the rest of the year.  Check out this link to see how 62 educators responded to this question.  You may find some great ideas or, if you are  inspired to share your response to this question, leave a reply below!