Yesterday I was honored to be presenting at the NJAET conference. It was a amazing full day technology conference held in Brick with sessions on many different technology tools. I presented on QR Codes in Schools and Libraries. My friend Jeff Bradbury from TeacherCast http://teachercast.net was sweet enough to livestream my presentation. Below is a the live stream. Enjoy! Also make sure to check out my presentation from the event along with Livebinder filled with information. http://emalespina.wikispaces.com/NJAET+Presentation
The Middle Schools in my district are in the process of becoming an IB (International Baccalaureate) Schools. We are starting with the 6th grade next year, and in the next few years adding the 7th and 8th grade to the program. I and the other Middle School Librarian have been charged with developing a Personal Learning Project for the 6th grade students next year. The idea is that students choose a topic that they are interested in and then do research on the topic and come up with a project at the end. So for example, if a student really likes to dance they might research the history of dance, interview a dancer and as a final project produce an original dance.
If anyone has done a project like this before I would greatly appreciate any input or advice.
If you have not checked out this amazing resource you must. It is a great way to help you make Lesson Plans that are aligned with the common core!
Great Overview of the Edscape Conference and my presentation at it. Thanks so much to Tony Sinanis (@Cantiague_Lead) for writing such a great blog post! Well worth the read! Leading Motivated Learners: Edscape: My Choice; My PD.
Thanks so much to Patch and Marci Worth for writing this article about the Virtual Author Visit that some of our students got to participate in:
South Orange MS Kids Meet J. K. Rowling, Virtually
South Orange Librarian Elissa Malespina brought together an author and her students
Avid Harry Potter fans and aspiring authors, disguised as Muggle-born middle school students,gathered in the South Orange Middle School library for a Virtual Author Visit with J.K Rowling live from Edinburgh Scotland.
South Orange Middle School Librarian Elissa Malespina organized the event for more than 40 sixth and seventh graders. “As part of the Harry Potter reading club, Scholastic sponsored a Virtual Author Visit with J.K Rowling live from Edinburgh Scotland,” she explains. Students came with their English classes “to listen to the Harry Potter author speak about her inspirations, her writing techniques and also hear her read an excerpt from one of her books.”
Malespina was able to project the author’s image at the same time the students heard Rowling speak. “For over 50 minutes the students watched this world-wide event on the Library’s Smartboard,” says Malespina. “The students and staff who participated loved being able to gain a better understand of not only the writing process but also about the wonderful world of Harry Potter that they all grew up reading.”
Must read overview of the conference! And thanks for coming to my presentation and writing about me the Edscape conference « The Teaching Factor.
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be able to present Evernote, Edmodo, Livebinders and QR codes at the Edscape Conference to a stand room only crowd. My dear friend and technology partner in crime, Melissa Butler and did a basic overview of all of these great free resources. To see the information from our presentation please go to my Presentation Wiki.
While at the conference I was able to here on of my tech idols Vicki Davis give an inspired Keynote. One of the big thing that I took away from her Keynote was that you can only control yourself and not others. So you need to take control of your own professional development and build your own PLN. And I hope with this blog I will be able to help you do that.
I also was lucky enough to meet up with so many of my twitter friends in real life. I got to spend time talking with so many people who I learn from every day!