Google Apps Summit in Mumbai

Google Apps is coming to Mumbai!  Mark your calendars for Dec. 1 and 2nd.

Several teachers in the high school just returned from the Singapore Summit last week and and for all who attended (myself included) it was generally considered to have been a fantastic conference and learning opportunity.

There are a multitude of apps in the Google Suite and exposure to all of the possibilities of Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Docs, and Google Forms in one intense weekend will surely give you lots to consider and many areas for potential technology integration into your courses.

If you are interested in attending, there are group discounts available for the conference and I am looking into a group discount for airfare. As it stands now the conference is about $200 and flights are around the same.

The Curriculum Office is happy to facilitate a group booking for hotels, flights, and the conference, you just need to let us know if you are interested. Just contact Stacy to express interest.

If you want to see the Singapore Program check out this site, the Mumbai one is not completed yet, but I would expect to see similar offerings.

Happy Google-ing!

 

 

Free Online PD? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

At this busy time of year if you are looking for ways to unwind, unplug, and yet still be plugged in, you might want to check out the K-12 Online Conference – Theme: Purposeful Play. The K-12 Online Conference is organized by several people (Peggy George, Susan van Gelder, Kim Caise, Jose Rodriguez  Ginger Lumen, Darren Kuropatwa, and Wes Fryer) and happens…guess what, all online, all totally free! He has lined up a group of web notables to discuss and present on various issues related to educational technology. The entire schedule is available:

HERE

The conference started just yesterday and continues through Dec. 9th.  Topics are varied, but a few popped out as contenders (I will add links as they become available online):

There are many, many others each day, I just picked a few to highlight.  They are posted either in an audio or a videocast.  You can also find them later through iTunes U.

Happy viewing!

Georgia Heard and the Common Core

Georgia Heard visited AES this past year to work with MS Humanities teachers on the writing workshop model.  She is a poet and a founding member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.  She recently spoke with Choice Literacy to discuss her first impressions of the Common Core and thoughts on the Common Core in relation to poetry, non-fiction reading, and assessment.

Listen to this podcast to hear what Georgia is saying about the Common Core and how best to approach using the document.  She offers advice and issues to consider as schools move forward with implementation of the Common Core Standards.  The podcast is 12 minutes long and there is also a transcript of the podcast available on the website.

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