Polleverywhere (a great cellphone activity that requires the internet-I urge you to try it with your kids-it is free)

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Where words fail, music speaks. Hans Christian Anderson

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This workshop is entitled something about integrating technology. But what it is really about is literacy. That is what we teach in schools. I facilitate students to be literate members of their culture. That culture includes first and foremost citizenship in God's kingdom as well as citizenship in a micro-culture here on earth.

“Rather than learning the technology, we’re using technology to learn.” quote from Paul, a fifth grade teacher who was quoted by David Warlick during NECC2007.

Compulsory education in the United States began 155 years ago in 1852. A Massachusetts law required that all young people between the ages of 8 and 14 attend school three months a year — unless, that is, they could demonstrate that they already knew the material; in other words, this law was competency-based. It took 15 years before any other states followed Massachusetts’ lead and 66 years before all states did.
This is the cultural norm now. Workshops, conferences, church services, concerts are all set up with many people facing in one direction, listening to a speaker for a definite period of time. This is what is meant by Web 1.0. It's traditional. It's familiar. It is how school is done. In contrast, Web 2.0 is the antithesis of such seat-time rewards. By definition, it is differentiating instruction for every learner. It is competency based. It is educating learners where they are, whether that is a 2nd grade reading level or a college reading level.
Somehow, we educators have to prepare parents and students to embrace Web 2.0 because it is here and it won't go away. We have to separate ourselves from the expectation that a student receives a high school diploma because they attended high school for four years and have 30 credits (I don't even know how many it should be - can anyone tell me?)
The technology at our disposal right now can help us educate students, differentiate their educations, prescribe programs just for them. Technology is not separate from education, it is an integral tool.
I think we would all agree that good teaching results in learning. Integrating technology into the curriculum is just good teaching. Because we want students to learn, we use good teaching, sometimes called best practices. The tech tools that can be integrated into your curriculum right now include blogging, using wikis, podcasting, webcasting, virtual gaming, and a lot more.

How do you acquire and gain new knowledge?
  • What are your personal and professional interests?
  • What are you passionate about? What do you care about?
  • How do you currently learn and grow in those areas?
Turn to the person on your right and tell them. (2 min)
Now tell the person behind you what you were told. (2 min)
Web 2.0 tools can connect you to communities and content that interest you. These tools can connect learners in your classrooms to whatever they are passionate about too. Maybe it's veganism, maybe it's K12 education, maybe it's world history. Whatever it is, technology tools available for free online can connect you to your niche.

You are "...someone whose mission is to empower others so that they feel comfortable integrating technology on their own..." (Vrotny, 2007)

In the 21st century, what you know is not as important as what you are able to learn. (Utecht, 2007)

Vrotny, Vinnie (2007, April 16). A Sense of Pride and Satisfaction. Retrieved April 18, 2007, from Multi-faceted Refractions Web site: http://vvrotny.edublogs.org/2007/04/16/a-sense-of-pride-and-satisfaction/
Utecht, Jeff (April 16, 2007). Elluminate Presentation to Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach's Educ 330 class. Elluminate, Retrieved April 18, 2007, from http://techenhancedlearning.wikispaces.com/Jeff+Utech