It’s great to have excited students share what they can do using technology. The Student Showcase is something that everyone needs to see. Video projects, tablet uses, innovations beyond what you’d typically expect are the norm. My son’s school, Stewart Elementary, using a variety of technology to produce the Stewart Student News. Check out their SchoolTube Channel.
The Stewart Student News highlights students, teachers, and their activities in school. Fall Festival, Variety Show, Student of the Month…it all makes it into the newscast! Thanks to MACUL member Brad Wilson for mentoring these students!
Every year student teams from across Michigan gather at the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing, MI to present their achievements to State Legislators. The day-long event allows lawmakers, business leaders, and citizens to see how technology is used in classrooms across Michigan.
K-12 student teams representing legislative districts from around the State demonstrate best practices and how technology enhances learning for the success of Michigan students. We never cease to be amazed at how adept our State’s youth are using new technology for learning. Especially on the airwaves. Student representatives from Franklin Elementary’s 2nd grade classroom in Ludington, MI joined their teacher Amber Kowach, MACUL Executive Director Ric Wiltse, and AT&T’s Director of External Affairs Jon Peterson on Michigan’s Morning Show (WJIM 1240 AM – Lansing, MI) to talk about the event and their team. Listen here: 2011 Student Technology Showcase – WJIM 1240AM Lansing, MI
I presented my session, Elementary Wiki Wonderland on Friday morning. I wanted to share the links to my presentation wiki and class wiki. I was thrilled with the amazing teachers I met who are as excited about wikis and Web tools as I am. It is so fun to share! The MACUL conference is where I learned about wikis from Julie Myrmel and Diane Rich in Hudsonville two years ago and I am happy to be able to share this with others. My presentation wiki also has information on how I use Blogs in my classroom as well as blogging resources. Be sure to check out the Wiki and Blog links to see how other educators around the world are using these tools with their students, as well as the Web 2.0 Tools page. I will continue to add to the presentation wiki. I plan to create tutorials on how to add users to your wiki and how to use the manage wiki settings. I am happy to answer questions, feel free to email me or contact me through the MACUL space ning (and while you are there, Join the MACUL space ning. It is another great way to connect with amazing eductors in Michigan.)
Elementary educators flocked to Andy Losik’s presentation this morning. The web links he demonstrated are posted here. Of course, his descriptions of how he uses the resources with his students were the most helpful to those who attended. My two favorites of those he demonstrated were:
- Kerpoof – I’ve used Kerpoof before to create pictures (similar to Kidpix), but never experimented with creating videos. That feature is awesome!
- Utah EE
At the SIG-EE (Special Interest Group for Elementary Education) annual meeting yesterday, Andy volunteered to be on the SIG-EE Steering Committee. His opinions and feedback will be valued!