First Prompt 01/31/2008

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Please briefly describe your personal connections with technology - successes, challenges, or concerns - and your expectations for this seminar.




Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:26:22

"to make sure that the best students and teachers are nurtured and rewarded.' PAY RAISE?????........



Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:28:26

Great article.....I felt the same way, it's not necessarily what you teach, it is how you teach. Good teachers can teach boring subject matter and still get kids excited about learning it.


Don Denico

Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:29:30

It's not always knowing what needs to be done most of the time (the use of technology), It's time and money that stop you from doing it.
Don D.


M. Right

Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:31:27

The same constant.....pointing out the problem but giving few suggestions for change.



Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:31:41

When was the author in a high school


Jae-Eun P.

Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:32:39

Bebop!!!I am an artist, painter by choice!!
However, I am a big part of the technieeezzz civilization<3 :)....
I can successfully write html and java but
choose not to and I am hoping to learn something about technology integration because I am not too sure on that topic????



Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:33:05

I enjoy the challenge of integrating technology into my classrom, at least on the days that things go fairly smoothly. I've found that I've learned as much if not more than my students. I am able to bring more resources to my classroom, manage data more effectively, communicate with fellow teachers, students and parents more often and engage students in learning in different ways.

Challenges -finding time to learn about various programs this new computer offers, to know enough about them so I can support students as they proceed. Another issue is the assumptions I've made about student exposure and knowledge - sometimes I've assumed they knew some basics that they did not know, other times they have been able to springboard way ahead of where I anticipated.
Keeping networks up and dealing with the issue of some students having access to computers outside the school day and others not is a HUGE issue. Again, comes back to assumptions.

I hope to be inspired to check out some new things with each seminar being my self imposed deadlines to do those things.



Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:34:09

I have been involved in technology integration on and off for 15 years. I was a grant recipient in 1999 while at Spaulding HS. Each member of the "grant program"received a lap top computer and seminars on word, excel and powerpoint. I implemented all that I could Since then, I have been introduced to many other advances in technology. The most difficult piece of technology integration, for me, is determining what it means. What does it mean to integrate technology in the classroom? Is it a matter of showing a powerpoint presentation or using the internet for research? Neither of these sound too technologically advanced to me. I want to know what I have to do to be considered a technologically advanced with regard to education.


M. Right

Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:34:30

Greg......Have you been accused of being a boring teacher?


Doug Houdlette

Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:34:35

I feel like I use technology in my personal life, but the challenge for me is how do I incorporate technology into my teaching. One of my major concerns is finding the time to work with the technology. I am hoping this seminar will provide me with some ideas of how I might use technology in the classroom.
Doug Houdlette



Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:36:20

Why is this topic not part of the ongoing national conversation? Pairing this article with the Youtube clip we just viewed creates a very dim future picture for us. The point of learning how to learn and taking responsibility for our learning is critical, but more importantly, is the charge to get kids excited and inspired to learn. Newtechnologies and methodologies may play a large role in this endeavor, but it often comes down to the connection the teacher makes with the student.


Todd C.

Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:36:29

My goal for this conference is to find ways of utilizing technology more effectively. It is obvious that technology is going to be a major part of their careers.


Todd C.

Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:36:33

My goal for this conference is to find ways of utilizing technology more effectively. It is obvious that technology is going to be a major part of their careers.



Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:38:32

As a language arts teacher, unfortunately,my experience with technology has been limited to writing and research. I currently require my students to compose sentences (practice sets) demonstrating their understanding of punctuation rules and applications. In return they need to forward their work via attachments. I utilize their sentences in creating a data base for future activities and assessments. I am looking to find better ways of engaging students in language arts.


U. R. Wrong

Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:49:06

M. Right, WHAT are you talking about???? Are you looking for advice??


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