Thursday, July 31, 2008

Petal School District Tech Summit - Day 2

We are now in our last session of the day. Today has been a little more tedious than the previous day in that today was more of a review than anything. We went into greater depth on podcasting, screencasting, skype (which I can't wait to try out with my family in Malta, Europe), and blogging. My friend set up her epals account and once I see how her classes are doing with it, I may attempt to try it with my Tech Team. I think it will be good for them to network with people from all over and to see how their experiences compare to others. I'm very grateful for our Technology Department for sending me here (and for the 1.2 ceu's :D).

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Petal School District Tech Summit - Day 1

It is currently 2pm and we're half way through the first day of training. Aside from having to get up at 5:30am and driving almost 2hrs to Hattiesburg, the training has been very informative. So far we've learned how to do a more in depth search using Altavista and Google. We learned how to use specialty commands such as host: timeline: uk:(country location). Right now we're in the hands-on lab training learning how to make pod casts using Audacity, Gcast, and Jing. I'm not sure how often I'll be doing pod casts (I don't particularly care for the sound of my voice), but I'm glad I'm here learning about it. Jing is a wonderful program! This tool allows the user to record what they are doing and saying. I can imagine tons of useful ways this WILL be used not only with my Tech Team students, but will all the students. From what I've seen and learned thus far, I'm very excited about all the new things we will be able to try this school year!

At the end of the day, everything was great! We were bombarded with a lot of information throughout the day, but I think I have a pretty good handle on everything. I can't wait to see how I can implement some of these resources in both the library and in the projects I make for my orientations.

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Original Mary Poppins trailer

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