Sunday, August 26, 2012

Gearing Up for the school year

Well, it looks like summer is waning, with the school year beckoning.  Time to get focused on the integration of technology into my curriculum:  Skills for Life. I am trying to  focus on integrating how technology has changed life for all of us; from how we make our purchasing decisions, daily habits we follow, the food we eat (or don't eat), the tools we use to get things done, the fabrics we wear for different activities, all have been dramatically changed in our lifetime.  So planning to implement this into a classroom that has not really changed in the past 100 years will be a challenge. 

Sewing Machines:  Then and Now - technology has affected all aspects of life! 
Can you imagine sewing anything by hand turning the wheel?

To meet this challenge I attended and presented this past Thursday at TeachMeetNJ, an unconference held at Richard Stockton College, Pomona, New Jersey.  There I joined with 200 or so New Jersey educators to learn ways that we can use technology in our classroom to energize and transform the education of our next generation.  I enjoyed presenting "Mindmapping made Easy: Mindomo" a quick overview of a great weeb resource for organizing, planning and collaboration - including a presentation model.  The presentation seemed well received, so hopefully some classrooms will be collaborating in an organized manner.  Check out the presentation of a simple mindmap of Mindomo in the classroom.mindmapping made easy

If you like the concept - try your hand at a map of your own;  it is fun to organize any subject.  For you teachers out there, it is a great way to create your lectures and classes.