Two Quick Questions

1. Do you notice anything "wrong" with this video?
2. What are some options for correcting it? (*for one option go to the bottom of this page)


Professional Development Opportunities


1. NICE Mini Conference


This year, you will be able to attend four sessions as your earn your CPDUs. Whether you are a newbie to technology, or you've been around for a while, there is always something to explore and investigate.
If you are interested, look over the presentations, and pre-register your sessions online at http://tinyurl.com/nice- mini2011, as soon as possible, but before Jan. 25.

2. District 67 Academy Classes: Book Study Groups


21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn by James Bellanca and Ron Brandt
Chapters 3, 7 and 10 - Facilitated by Leanna Fifhause

Learning for Keeps: Teaching the Strategies For Creating Independent Learners by Rhonda Koenig
Facilitated by Jennifer Rielly and Stephanie Miyamoto

Global Education: Using Technology to Bring the World to Your Students by Laurence Peters
Facilitated by Susie Oh

21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn by James Bellanca and Ron Brandt
Chapters 1, 2, 8 and 9 - Facilitated by Diane Rener and Mina Zimmerman

The Global Achievement Gap by Tony Wagner
Facilitated by LIz Monroe

More information about the NICE Mini Conference and the Book Study Groups can be found at MyLearningPlan.

3. Webinars


Project Based Learning in Hand by Tony Wagner
Monday, January 24, 8:00 pm (Free)
Project Based Learning in Hand is particularly relevant as schools buy iPods and iPads and are looking for ways to use them effectively.
Tony looks at how to use them as tools for creation where students solve problems, and create their presentations to express their findings all with these handheld devices.
Be sure to check out all the archives presentations at K12OnlineConference (http://k12onlineconference.org).

OK2Ask from TeachersFirst.com
OK2Ask is a series of live, online “snack sessions” (available both live and in archived format) for self-directed teacher professional development and exploration. These one-hour sessions, scheduled at convenient times for you to attend from any computer will share great ideas you can use in your classroom, courtesy of TeachersFirst’s staff.
Click here to access past sessions and to see what (free) webinars are upcoming (The Task Is Key: Differentiating technology-based projects for all learners, Google Docs: A focused workshop, and more...).

New Directions in Classroom Assessment by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Jennifer Barnett
Wednesday, March 23, 3:00 pm ($49)
From Education Week's 21st Century Teaching Series: Using Digital Tools to Enhance Student Learning
In this webinar, two recognized authorities on 21st-century teaching will discuss best practices on how teachers can create assessments that both reinforce and evaluate students' learning in complex and transformative skills. Presentations will explore advancements in assessment tools as well as offer practical examples of evaluations of student projects.

Resources


Yes, there are more resources available than any one person can possibly get to...


1. If you did not get a chance to browse through the six recommended websites from our Cherokee CII (1.3.11), please take a look:
  • My favorite "ONE-STOP" websites for lesson ideas and strategies for integrating 21st Century learning might be TeachersFirst.com and Thinkfinity.
  • For great tips on the latest in tech tools for the classroom, go to Free Technology For Teachers.
  • If you would like to search websites (and articles) that I have bookmarked, go to Fred Koch's Delicious bookmarks.
    • Browse from the top by date, or click on a "tag" (listed all along the right margin) to find specific links (for example: K-2, iPad, elementary, assessment, bestpractice, art, science, etc...)
  • LiveBinders is a wonderfully visual way for you to organize websites by subject for your students. Be sure to check it out!
  • And if you would like to see how other teachers are blogging with their students and in their classrooms, check out Scott McLeod's List of K-12 Blogs.

2. BigHugeLabs.com - Over 30 fun, free photo projects
New FREE educator accounts include:
  • Register students without email
  • Review student work
  • Ad-free access
  • Ready to print ID cards

Click "Education at top of page to enroll.






*Soundzabound.com - Royalty free music
District 67 purchased a subscription to this music library.
If you go to the website while at school, you will automatically be logged in.

To access the Soundzabound website at home:
  1. Ask your new technology coach for login information
  2. Go to www.soundzabound.com and login.