Thanks to eSN’s Conference Correspondents program, nearly 100 volunteer educators filed dozens of session reports from the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in San Diego July 5-7. The result: Readers of eSchool NewsOnline now have access to key advice culled from literally hours of conference sessions. Here’s a sampling of some of the best of these reports. (For complete access to these and other Conference Correspondent reports, visit http://www.eschoolnews.com/cic.)
From “A One-Hour Tour: Navigating Primary-Source Materials on the Internet”
“Kathy Schrock, a long-time leader in educational technology … went on to give us what could really be a three-hour tour, squeezed into her hour-long presentation. Luckily, all the links she shared are organized on a corresponding page from her web site (http://kathyschrock.net/navigating/index.htm). … I thought it was also helpful that she included so many different subject areas. Many people assume that primary-source documents pertain only to social studies curriculum, but Kathy made connections to math, science, geography, visual arts, history, world languages, world literature, government, economics, and world issues. She also gave a list of what she referred to as ‘super sites’ for finding primary-source materials. …” –Lori Burch, Instructional Technology Specialist, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES and Hilton Central Schools, Hilton, N.Y.
From “Extending the Traditional Classroom through Web-Based Learning”
“Finally! A new vision of how online and traditional learning can work together to create the perfect combination of how 21st-century learning should look in a K-12 classroom! [Presenter Kathleen] Gallagher has taken the fever of hybrid courses that has become fundamental in the higher-education scenario and applied it at the secondary level. She presents her online classroom in a manner that makes it sound very doable to K-12 teachers. Through the use of Angel software, the Cathedral High School in Indiana is encouraging teachers to create online components for their high school classes that reach high school students where they live–in the online world. Ms. Gallagher stated several times during her presentation that all the materials that she created in her online classroom are not required for students to do, but that all the students in her classrooms have utilized the multimedia tutorials, discussion boards, online chats, videos, calendar, and other tools for educational purposes, extending her classroom [beyond] the school day …” –Barb Shulz From “Visual Learning and Generation M”
“… We have our students spend 13 years taking courses in reading and writing, but how many years on media literacy? [Speaker David Thornburg] asked what has more impact, and then proceeded to show us text relating Hurricane Katrina’s effects and then actual photos. Which selection elicited an audible audience gasp? Text our brains analyze; pictures raise an emotional response and get right to the heart. … Allowing more use of multimedia allows students more choice in how they learn. Such choice leads to personalized experiences that stay with students. … [Thornburg] proposed a new curriculum: literacy, numeracy, and mediacy (esthetics, mechanics, and communication skills: multimedia authoring). Of course, this approach has some challenges … My writing alone just cannot adequately convey what we who were there experienced, and that was exactly his point. Multimedia tells a better story.”–Robin Spicer Pulido, K-8 Computer Teacher/Tech Coordinator, St. Rose of Lima School, Diocese of San Diego, Calif.
From “Reaching and Teaching Multimedia-Driven High School Students with Tablet PCs”
“‘Every student involved in the school last year turned in every assignment digitally.’ This was one of [speaker] Dina Kraemer’s opening statements in discussing the Business and Interactive Technology (BIT) Small Learning Community housed at Hamilton High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Kraemer is the director of the school and helped to land partnerships with Gateway, Microsoft, and Intel to provide all of the school’s 112 students with tablet PCs. … Kraemer was passionate about how technology should be used in education–just like it is used in business. She asked the audience, ‘Would you want to share your computer with another person during your work day?’ … Throughout business, whatever the industry, the same principles are followed to be successful: use of technology, teamwork, and networking. These are the same principles applied in this small learning community… This is an outstanding example of one-to-one computing at the high school level.” –Rob Darrow