WEEK 4 Blog

My week 3 blog is going to be on the ISTE convention this summer in Denver.

I was just approved and I am really excited about going because I signed up for these workshops/sessions

Dive Deep Into Personalized Learning (WH006)
Saturday, June 25, 8:30–11:30 am
Create Digital Art with the Processing Programming Language (WH203)
Monday, June 27, 8:30–11:30 am
Going Google: Full STEAM Ahead! (WH304)
Tuesday, June 28, 8:30–11:30 am
Photo Apps to Express Student Learning (WM314)
Tuesday, June 28, 12:30–2:00 pm
Wednesday, June 29, 8:30–11:30 am
Discover Immersive 3D and Virtual Reality in a STEAM classroom with zSpace (WM410)
Wednesday, June 29, 10:30 am–12:00 pm

As you can see I have a full week planned. I am an Art teacher and I`m all about moving from STEM to Steam. My school is planning on getting 3d printers and that workshop should be very interesting. This blog has nothing to do with WEB 2.0 tools but I plan on learning all about them at the convention. I wish this class was meeting during then.


Hello every body this weeks blog is on a great site I found called EdTechTalk. EdTechTalk is an award winning collaboration web site full of interesting Podcast and Videos.


This site is  an amazing for educators to share, compare and collaborate.EdTechTalk also strives to create the development of networks of educators for educators.

What is EdTechTalk?(screenshot)

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http://www.edtechtalk.com/node/3056      link to this voice only slide show.

It`s the source of up to date and current educational technology information and discussions for teacher by Teachers and Tech Coaches for Teachers and anyone in the education fields.It`s very user friendly because you can use almost every popular media player. (i.e. Windows Media Player, Real Player, or iTunes) I recommend you put aside plenty of time when you go to this website because there is so much to see and hear. I like this site because you can submit in any form you want.You can even phone in a voicemail posing a question or answering  a question. EdTechTalk has a good variety of “shows” to listen to or watch.


There are current “shows” that go live on a set schedule. For example:

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Many of these talks are recorded and can be played or shared or embedded as I have done here.

Here are a few talks:




This is a great site for any educator looking to stay current with Educational Technology. I think its a great resource for anyone interested in the exciting field.

Week 2 Socrative

Hi My Cool Tool  is called Socrative.


Socrative is a program that teachers can use to have online quizzes and interactive discussions. There is a quiz tagging feature to help students navigate the site better.The feature that I like is that there is question randomization and answer randomization. For me as an Art teacher I can put images/picture in the question area. Socrative has a team/group work feature that can make these quizzes competitive which for me in a all boys school is a great way to get my students engaged.

Once the quizzes are finished there is a report function that is very important because it gives the teacher immediate feedback about content that may or may not need to be reviewed.

Value of Internet resources for education

The internet has forever changed the landscape of education. The amount of resources that are available grows with every second. What once was only available to college students is now accessible to students of all ages. This also is very relevant to teachers. We can now find and use more information to deliver to our students. We can also collaborate with other teachers about lesson plans and curriculum. The amount of information makes our jobs easier and harder all at the same time. With students getting more adept at computer and technology use we as teacher needimages-2 to stay ahead of the wave. We need to literally surf and stay in front of them.






Internet resources also come in a variety of forms and approaches. Some resources can be delivered in formats suited to  accommodate students of all kind. This is a huge benefit to students with special needs or students that are home bound for what ever reason.

Further info



As Teachers we need to sift through and evaluate the over abundance of resources that are out there.

I found a great web site that lists criteria  that should be used when searching these resources.


Here are some of those criteria. these are taken directly from the site and are wonderful tools to help find the best resources out there.

“Authority. Who says? Know the author.”

“Objectivity. Is the information biased? Think about perspective.”

“Authenticity. Is the information authentic? Know the source.”

“Reliability. Is this information accurate? Consider the origin of the information.”

“Timeliness. Is the information current? Consider the currency and timeliness of the information.”

“Relevance. Is the information helpful? Think about whether you need this information.”

“Efficiency. Is this information worth the effort? Think about the organization and speed of information access.”

The main take away I got from this site was filtering. We as teachers need to filter out all the stuff on the internet that is not helpful to our students. Fact, Fiction or opinion.