During the 2011-2012 school year I will be returning to the classroom. I will be at Mont Pleasant Middle School teaching Family & Consumer Sciences. Because the district will have no Instructional Technology Facilitators, I am leaving this page in tact for you to use as a resource for your technology needs. I can't guarantee how often it will be updated, but some of the information found here will be useful for a long time to come. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 10 years as an Instructional Technology Facilitator in the district. I will miss working with you and your students. I hope you continue to use as much technology as you can manage in your classes; your students are ready!
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When thinking about keeping up with technology trends and whether or not these trends have any academic merit, think about this:
The (person) who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he/she decides, never decides. -Henri Frederic Amiel
The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions. -Mike Krzyzewsk
Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. -Samuel Johnson
Instructional Technology Facilitator
Howe Professional Development Center
Schenectady City Schools, NY
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Sometimes a calendar of events can spark an idea of how to use technology in your classroom. I like the calendar below because it is filled with prominent happenings for each day.
Click here for a calendar of educational
holidays, events & celebrations.
More lessons, ideas for using technology in your classes, and more fun for your students! Check out Verizon's Thinkfinity website.
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Ten Techy Things to Do
For more where this came from, visit Richard Byrne's
Free Technology for Teachers blog
Check out this collection of 2.0 tools for you and your students to use.
5 Steps for Harnessing Technology
as a Teaching Tool
Transform your professional development by emphasizing, modeling, and utilizing technology as teacher learning tools. Teachers must see the relevance and necessity of these learning tools before they will be comfortable using them with their students.
Begin with desired learning outcomes. Align all integration in a purposeful way. Teach the use of these learning tools in context with content.
Collaborate among and between teachers. For example, technology teachers and English teachers should be working together to design interdisciplinary units like Mrs. Sivick's Fourth Grade technology class.
~ from Learning Today Blog
Blogs, Wikis or Docs? Oh My!
Which one should you use and for what purpose?
This document provides a simple explanation to the question in an easy to read table.