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CECA Session 2 - Teacher's use of Technology to Develop A Students' Problem Solving Skills

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Notes/Thoughts from the presentation (taken live)
From Marie Shaw

Quote from ISTE standards
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making.

    Observation (from Thesis):
  • Students are not using technology to help them think critically and solve problems.
  • Professional development for teachers has been ineffective for developing teachers skills in teaching students critical thinking and problem solving.

CECA Session one

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I attended the Webquest, wiki's, and podcast session at 7:30am (I know it was very early).

Good information, but not much new. They use http://wikispaces.com as a portal for the webquest, and answers to questions. Then create a podcast with the students. Very teacher intensive.

CECA Keynote David Pogue

Excellent demonstration of the history of technology and how we are constantly changing. Can't predict the future, but some things should have already arrived...Finished with a copyright discussion that was very thought provoking.

Bunk Beds and Bed rest

I'm stuck here on the couch after injuring my back moving furniture in anticipation of our new baby. I'd like to say I'm enjoying the time to update my websites, and blog, but the truth is I'm going completely crazy. The doctors say I should be better by the end of the week and in a few weeks back to 100%, but I'm not so sure.

My new Camera

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I finally did it. I've purchased my first digital SLR (D-SLR) from Canon. The new Rebel Xsi, and totally love it.

UCAPP after one week

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I've been in class now for one week (everyday from 12:30 to 4). I started rather overwhelmed as we had to read a book before class started (ah the life of a grad student), but quickly realized the book was excellent, Leadership on the line: Staying alive through leadership. Since this is an educational leadership course it has really focused the discussion.

It's so hot they can't study

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Yesterday during our heat wave the local paper, the Norwich Bulletin interviewed my students and took the class picture. See it at this link. The students (click on photo) really aren't that interested, until it was time to talk to the reporter. Yesterday my room was 96.2 and today 94.6, so we all left the school at noon. Now who wants to be a teacher?

Photography Envy

Many of you might not know I'm a wantabe photographer, dreaming of the day I can own a DSLR and take beautiful pictures to print and put around my house. Canon (my manufacture of choice) has a new pro-sumer camera out the Rebel EOS Xsi. They have also created a wonderful video/commercial about the camera using images taken from the camera. Check it out here.

UCAPP Day 1 meeting 1

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Tonight I was able to officially start my next professional move. I started the UCAPP (University of Connecticut Administrator Preparation Program) at an informational meeting. It was wonderful to get information on the program. We, the candidates meet together as a large group, went over the program, had dinner, then split into our cohorts.

Freshmen Picnick

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Working at a technical High School we get the opportunity to recruit students as we are a school of choice. Tonight we were selling the school. I was given the opportunity to highlight our big move next year by showing a slide show of the new building. It was an easy job to show all the newness of the building in a 6 min slide show. My next challenge find some podsafe "free" music to set the show to and post it online.

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