After sitting in on a training session at Tramway Elementary to watch the students first log in and learn about their Gaggle accounts, I can’t wait to take off with it at DR! Gaggle will not only allow the kids to have safe email accounts, they’ll have virtual lockers to save work into as they complete it between home and school! Even better, they will be able to blog! If you are not already a blogger, I encourage you to at least begin reading a few that are out there! You can Google educational blogs, or in a coming post I’ll link some of my favorites! In many blogs that I subscribe to, the recent buzz is about a virtual conference, the first of its kind that will take place this fall! The K12 Online Conference will take place in October! Bud the Teacher, one of the keynote speakers puts it this way:

“Announcing the first annual “K12 Online 2006″ convention for teachers, administrators and educators around the world interested in the use of Web 2.0 tools in classrooms and professional practice. This year’s conference is scheduled to be held over two weeks, Oct. 23-27 and Oct. 30- Nov. 3 with the theme “Unleashing the Potential.” There will be four “conference strands”– two each week. Two presentations will be published in each strand each day, Monday – Friday, so four new presentations will be available each day over the course of the two-weeks. Each presentation will be given in podcast or screencast format and released via the conference blog (URL: TBA) and archived for posterity.

I hope many of us will take advantage of checking it out! Especially since our funding for other conferences may be difficult to find this year. More to come…


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4th/5th grade teacher looping in 1:1 netbook initiative!

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