More from Thursday:
I forgot to mention the fun I had last night at dinner with Cathy Nelson, Jessica Donaldson, Chris Craft and Fran Bullington at the Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery – after Chris made us walk all the way around Broadway at the Beach! Not that I minded, too much, as I don’t believe I’ve ever visited there at night. It was neat to see the lights and walk over the bridges. And I got a kick out of watching Chris get so excited about feeding the fish. Those were some HUGE fish – they were even biting the ducks! Of course, I also teased him about the idea that you’re supposed to work OFF a meal, not work up to a meal!
From the “Encouraging Reading Through Technology” session I wanted to expand more on my notes regarding the “Senior Athletes Read” program. The READ posters/trading cards are of only senior student athletes. The posters are displayed around the school and at the games. Their school has a specific block/period during the school day (4th block?) for athletic practice. During this block, the coaches have made arrangements for the athletes to read to elementary classes. The media specialists design the posters and trading cards and photograph the students. The posters are printed on an HP Designjet printer and are laminated. Other items I failed to mention include banners promoting reading are paraded during pep rallies “Win, Fight, Read” or something like that. Another program was their book club – they read The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson and invited their local coroner to participate & talk about her job. Resources on their handout:
I did decide to sleep in an extra hour! So there were only two sessions I attended; however, both were excellent and ended EdTech on a high note.
Reaching Out Beyond the Walls: Distance Learning for Everyone – presented by John Woodring. Despite some technical difficulties with the Internet access, this was an interesting session using Wiziq for distance training/meetings. I’ve been toying with learning a system (preferably free) that we can use in our district media specialist association to provide access to our meetings/workshops for folks who can’t make it in person to our meetings. Despite the technical difficulties, I found it interesting to chat with folks he’s been collaborating with.
Using Excel for More Than Spreadsheets! – presented by Donna Goldsmith from the SC Department of Education. She showed examples of using Excel for interactivity in the classroom. This session was awesome and Donna was a blast. I so would have loved to have been in her classroom as a kid (or adult!) Since she said her materials would be on the EdTech website, I didn’t take notes; however, as of right now they are not there. I’ve emailed her for copies and would be happy to forward them on once I get them.
I will say the items she showed were real “wow” as well as “duh” moments for me. For example: inserting a map of the US as the background (turning off the grid lines) then using comments to enter the state name/capitals (making sure to resize the columns and rows really small). You could also put a picture of any diagram (cell structure, disection photo, etc.) of anything you want to label and use comments and/or create a matching type worksheet. DUH! moment for me.
I didn’t stick around for the Luncheon. Mom and I had a nice lunch at Margaritaville and did a little more shopping and walked around The Gay Dolphin before heading back to the condo. You can see more of the photos my Mom snapped while we were in Myrtle Beach on my Flickr Photostream.
Saturday we had an early breakfast (well early for me since I don’t usually get up unil well after 10am if I’m on vacation or weekends) and checked out of the condo. We stopped at the 501 Tanger outlets, had lunch, and headed on home. Since we were passing by the Sumter Outlet mall, we just had to stop – boy is it NOT worth the stop. There were only like 8 stores, but Mom could have stayed there and spent some money at the Antiques store. We got home after dark and couldn’t bring outselves to empty out the car. Spent all day Sunday unpacking and getting organized for today. Since there was no food in the house we headed into Orangeburg to the IHOP! Pecan Coffee Cake Pancakes, YUM! So, another fall vacation has come and gone. Time to get back to work.
PS: Oooh, reminder for everyone to plan for the Upstate Technology Conference: “Teach Tomorrow Today,” June 23 – 25, 2009. The Call for Presentations is open.