Rational Enthusiasm

I just got back from the PNAIS TechShare at Islandwood on Bainbridge Island, WA. It was a good gathering– there were over 40 of us, and the sessions were very honest and rewarding. Many of the participants had examples and solutions to share with others, and I sensed that people were really enjoying the “we’re all experts” type of atmosphere.

I’ll post information later about the computer science and laptops sessions I worked on, but I thought I’d mention how the “Why We Do IT!” mega session went this morning. Unfortunately, I can’t share the PowerPoint here, because it has too many examples of classroom technology use to track down permission for. However, I can share a link to a video we noted:

When I Become a Teacher


This video, called “When I Become a Teacher,” was created by teachers participating in a Lesley University program, supported by the Apple Teacher Institute. It’s a parody of a Monster.com commercial, and I find it disturbing, funny and motivational at the same time.

The rest of the presentation included examples of podcasts, online literary journals, network improvements, “tech-free days,” online radio stations, narrated first grade PowerPoints, fourth grade threaded discussions, middle school iChat homework support groups, upper school SharePoint sites for religion classes, video projects for humanities courses, a bulletin board system for alumni, and other examples of classroom uses of technology.

I’m glad I took my touring bike– yesterday afternoon I was able to cycle to the other side of the island to visit Fay Bainbridge State Park (excellent views of the Sound), and then I had dinner downtown on my way back (after walking the docks of the marina and staring at sailboats). Wonderful weather, and a great event.

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