Saturday, June 25, 2011

Having Fun in Philly - ISTE Conference 2011

I just got to Philadelphia, PA to attend the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference.  About 12,000 educators and technologists will join together for four days to learn, network, listen, watch, try, and see the latest ways to integrate and use technology in Education. 

ISTE has held conferences since 1979.  The conference has grown as fast as technology has and last year's conference in Denver included 356 concurrent sessions and 604 additional presentations, all in 4 days!  Choices!  Choices!  This year there are even more sessions and amazing speakers.  If you ever have the chance to attend this conference, do!  I highly recommend it as an amazing learning opportunity.

The theme this year is "Unlocking Potential."  I am looking forward to my time at ISTE 2011 and  I promise to blog about new ideas, tools and tips so I can help you unlock your potential to use technology to enhance your lessons and for your own productivity. 

I the mean time, I am including links to the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for teachers, administrators and students.

I will be tweeting during the conference.  You can follow me on Twitter at: @sheilatebbano

Check out the NETs and see how much you are already doing to support these standards.  They offer a solid foundation for technology use and integration efforts.  Stay tuned for more "keeping it simple" posts after the conference!


Friday, June 24, 2011

School Wax TV - Save to View and Upload

School Wax TV is a simple to use video website that provides screened videos for K-12 students and teachers.  In addition, you and your students can upload a video to the site. School Wax TV has search tabs for elementary, middle school, high school, educators, and student projects.  Within each level, they have videos for English, math, science, social studies, world language, and more.  There is also a search tool if you or your students are looking for a video on a particular topic.
Here is an example of a School Wax TV video.  Check out the grade level topics.  You will find everything from math tutorials to author book talks and NASA science demonstrations.

I've blogged about digital media resources and tools and I think School Wax TV supports student storytelling. Since it is becoming so easy to create videos in schools, consider submitting a creative video project to School Wax TV for publication so your have a wonderful digital artifact of your project.
The site provides FAQ's to make video uploading simple.

Check out School Wax TV and see if it is a tool you can use to either view safe, reliable learning videos or consider uploading a video you have created. Enjoy what they have to offer and consider sharing your thoughts in a comment.