Following #ISTE13 From A Distance – Thank Goodness for Hashtags!

I first noticed the power of following a conference hashtag two summers ago during the Building Learning Communities Conference in Boston. While I was unable to attend the event due to a number of schedule conflicts, I was amazed at the number of resources that I was able to access by following the tweets of the attendees during the conference.  With this in mind, I decided that I would spend some time going over the stream of tweets from ISTE’s Annual Conference to try to fill some of the void that I am feeling from missing out on the biggest Ed Tech conference on the planet.

As I began to look through the Twitter stream on the #ISTE13 hashtag and save some of the more interesting links to my Diigo bookmarks, it struck me that I should be sharing them here as well. I am sure I missed a number of great resources trying to follow the action in San Antonio from so far away, but here are a few that piqued my interest.

Leading Innovative Change – Google Doc from presentation by George Couros (Thanks to @wfryer for tweeting it!)

Changing Our Vocabulary As Technology Integration Coaches
This post from Wes Fryer reinforced the point “that non-techy terms are important when we want to win the hearts and minds of parents as well as other teachers.” Check out the great list of alternatives that Wes gives to help schools make this transition.

10 Killer iPad Projects Students Will Love #ISTE13 – from Sandy Kendell (AKA EdTech Sandy), an EdTech Specialist in Texas.

The Persistent Appeal of Technology in Learning – from Edutopia

Free Resources for Better Content Creation – from Horry County Schools in South Carolina

Stay tuned for more…

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Edutopia Blog Highlights Work of BPS First Grade Teachers

A blog post by Andy Marcinek went up on Edutopia’s Site this week highlighting the efforts two Burlington Public Schools First Grade teachers have made this year to integrate technology into their classrooms. The two teachers, Irene Farmer from Francis Wyman and Erin Guanci from Pine Glen, are part of our first grade iPad pilot and they shared their insights from the first few months of the school year with Edutopia.

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From the Edutopia Post 

In my last two posts, I detailed the iPad initiatives at Burlington High School. I talked about what we learned after a year of a 1:1 iPad environment and dispelled some myths surrounding iPads in education. Recently, I had the opportunity to connect with two of my elementary teachers at Pine Glen Elementary and Francis Wyman Elementary schools. This year, four first grade classrooms will be piloting a 1:1 iPad environment. The iPads stay in the classroom and are only used during class time. Two of the teachers involved, Irene Farmer and Erin Guanci, sat down with me and answered a few questions about their expectations of the initiative, how they are using the device at the moment, and how they feel it will work in an elementary classroom.

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