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Updated on 7/20/08
 
 
 
 
 
 


Review of Professional Development Websites

 
 RETC -Professional Development through Podcasts
 Professional Development at Western Carolina University- Dreamweaver 
 Strategies for Successful Professional Development
 Learning.com
 Staff Development.org
 Internet4Classrooms
 eMints Professional Development
 4Teachers.org
 NCRTEC
 Professional Development in Literacy & Tech Integration 
Wallace Foundation


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Internet4Classrooms

     Internet4 Classrooms is a site which helps teachers to use the Internet more effectively. There are many wonderful links, but one of the links is “In school Integration Support”.  This site includes a list of workshops for helping teachers use technology effectively in their classrooms.    The two main collaborators, Susan Brooks and Bill Byles, are available as presenters for teacher workshops. . Online practice modules and tutorials for several programs such as Dream Weaver, Hyperstudio, Netscape, Excel, and Inspiration, are examples of some of the available tutorials. There are also some wonderful resource  links for teachers.

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eMints: Professional Development
Programs for Educators by Educators


     e Mints Comprehensive Professional Development:  eMints is the nonprofit unit of the University of Missouri. Teachers can receive graduate credit for training in eMints programs.  eMints  does help schools to locate funding and resources.  This particular site trains technology specialists in the eMints program. The cost of training in the 2 year program is significant and would probably be beneficial on a district level. However, shorter workshop trainings are also available. The program is researched based and can be used to train teachers, administrators, or tech personnel.  I’ve used some of the instructional models developed by eMints that are located on the web. ( Example: eThemes -listed alphabetically; themes listed by grade level). They are wondefully designed and very useful with links to games and other educational sites.

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4Teachers.Org

  4Teachers is a site developed by the University of Kansas and its purpose is to help teachers integrate techology in the classroom through tools and resources which are available on the Internet.  ALTEC (Advanced Learning Technologies) is the group that provides this training for educators either onsite or online. School districts can choose from a list of already developed workshops or can customize workshops to fit the needs of their personnel.  Hands On practice is an important part of the program. The site seems to offer training in four different areas: Professional Development for EducatorsEducational Video Games- these appear to be wonderful opportunities for practice of academic skills;  4Teachers Video Channel( contains video tutorials for teachers on topics such as how to make rubrics using rubristar…..); and TeachStrong.org which contains forums and blogs for teachers.  There a side bar list of some wonderful links for Rubistar, Quizstar, Persuade Star, Track Star, Assign a Day, PBL Checklists (Project Based Learning), Teacher Tackle Box (intech lessons), Web Poster Wizard - (create a lesson or worksheet and publish it online). Note Star, Think Tank (research organizer), and Kids Vid (using videos to support project based learning).

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NCRTEC
(North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium)


    NCRTEC is a site that contains Guiding Questions for Technology Planning as they relate to Professional Development, Planning and Evaluation, and Teaching and Learning. While the Consortium is no longer in effect, the site is available for reference.  The Lesson Planner site on the Teaching and Learning section provides a tool to use for creating well designed lesson plans. Once the lesson is developed using this template, a hard copy can be printed.

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Professional Development in Literacy
and Technology Integration


     This site is a free listing of a variety of resources made available to educators by the University of Connecticutt. Linked to this is another site which contains training manuals and modules for professional development: such as Five Rules for Writing a Great Webquest ; ISTE Professional Development Resources; Learning with Technology - a site which is designed to help teachers integrate technology into the classroom and contains some really interesting web tools; Guidelines for class webpages; HTML web resources; free graphics sites; Web templates for class websites using Front page, and many other wonderful links and resources.

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RETC
Fordham University's
Regional Educational Technology Center

Professional Development through Podcasts


   RETC is developed by Fordham University's Regional Educational Technology Center (RETC). This site allows teachers to participate in  professional development "on demand". Web based broadcasts by teachers, educational specialists, and techies are available free of charge from RETC and TechPod, iTunes, Yahoo Podcasts, Podcast Alley, etc. They are available for downloading to your computer, MP3 or iPod at any time.  This site also allows teachers to submit podcasts on various topics. This seems like a great idea for busy teachers.

The Teacher's Podcast  is a linked site that lists some of the podcasts for quick access.

Podcasts for Teachers Resources is also linked to this site and has links that are worth reviewing. 


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Professional Development at
Western Carolina University -
Dreamweaver


     Western Carolina University provides a series of videos on the development of webpages using the Dreamweaver program. Since St. Tammany Parish uses Dreamweaver for Webmastering on school websites, it seemed like a very useful tool to have.

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Strategies for Successful Professional Development
To Support Technology Integration


     The Cited Research Center has listed several strategies and guidelines for professional development as they relate to tech integration within the classroom. The principals of effectiveness that apply to professional development are linked to this site at www.nsdc.org . The importance of continuous professional development and establishing communities of help and administrative support are stressed. A staff development library is another important component of this site. 

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Learning.com


      Learning.com has programs which support all levels in the teaching and learning chain from Administrators to curriculum specialists, technology facilitators, teachers  and students.  There are teacher workshops with appropriate topics for professional development as well as programs for student learning through the integration of technology within the curriculum. The Easy Tech program has scoped and sequenced lessons that provide reports on progress to administrators. The Aha! Math program provides supplemental math practice for Grades K-5 and is researched based. This program is relevant to professional development becaue it models effective ways to support the learning process. 

 

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Staff Development.org

     Staff Development.org  contains links to articles, books, workshops, and resources. The listed articles seem very relevant and interesting. An example  is Adult Technology Learning: Creating Learning Cultures With Just In Time Support.  The workshops include titles like "No Time Slam Dunk Digital Lessons".  The resources page provides links to such sites as  MCREL Technology and Teacher  Education.

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Wallace Foundation


     The Wallace Foundation focuses on three areas of activity: building appreciation and demand for the arts, educational leadership, and out of school learning programs. There are a variety of research based articles on each of the topics. One article that I found interesting was stated that high quality leadership is second to instruction in improving learning. Another link led to information on funding opportunities presented by the Foundation. There was an address to which inquiries could be sent for information about a grant. The Newsroom link gave a list of media contacts which could be useful as well.

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NETT Conference 2008 Review
 NETT Conference Review PDF


NETT Conference 2008 Review
“Technology for Tomorrow”
ETEC 665
Dr. John Fulwiler

By: Vicki Martinez

Preparation

     According to Jackie Didier, Southeastern University’s Volunteer Coordinator, work on the NETT Conference begins in August of each year. Preparations begin and continue for a full year before the program actually occurs. Hours and days are spent in preparation by the Co chairs of the event, Dr. John Fulwiler and Stella Helluin of Southeastern University.  This year Rebecca Authement from Delgado Community College also prepared an inspirational and impressive audio visual presentation to introduce the conference attendees to the importance of utilizing technology in all forms with students at all levels of education. 

History

     Originally the purpose of the NETT Conference in 2004 was to provide elementary and junior high teachers with the resources and skills needed to integrate technology into the classroom. It began as a collaborative effort between Southeastern Louisiana University and Delgado Community College to share tips for teaching with technology.  In following years, the purposes changed to include teachers at the high school level, other high education, and businesses. Businesses assist by providing assistance with providing education instruction that they would like to see graduating students possess in order to successfully assist in the business and professional world. This year the Southshore also participated in planning and attendance with workshops in Jefferson and Plaquemines Parishes. 

Local Parish Involvement

     Several nearby parishes participated in planning the NETT Conference. St. Tammany Parish Schools, Livingston Parish, Jefferson Parish, Plaquemines Parish, and Tangipahoa school districts were involved in planning and implementing the Conference. Workshops were conveniently located in each of those parishes on the first day of the conference. 

Featured Speakers

    There were two featured speakers this year: Leslie Fisher and Dean Pape. Leslie Fisher is currently a business professional with an educational background. Her current business, Fisher Technologies, provides information on technology integration to educators and businesses alike. 
     Dean Pape is an Assistant Professor of Communication and a Coordinator of First Year Studies at Ripon College. His presentation was not considered a Technology lesson, but a lesson on integrating technology in the classroom in order to actively engage students in the learning process. 

Vendors

     Vendors are an important addition to the NETT Conference. They provide education, monetary support, prizes, and opportunities for educational and business support references to Conference attendees. Vendors additionally provide links and information to the most up to date technology available for schools. This year, in order to garner support for as many vendors as possible, a map of vendor locations was provided. Attendees who received at least 10 stars on their site map for speaking with the given vendors, were eligible for prize drawings at the end of the Conference. 

Awards

     Excellence in education with regards to the implementation of technology is recognized each year at the NETT Conference. Participants are provided with the opportunity to nominate individuals who promote and support educational technology integration and education. Awards are provided to elementary and high school teachers, principals, and higher education personnel for outstanding efforts and support. 

2008 Conference Comments

    Several participants of the 2008 conference were surveyed for their opinions. Many were new participants to the conference and vowed to return in the future. High praise was given for the useful and practical information that was received to further educational and application of technology in all its forms in the future.