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New members, Start here! October-December, 2012

Bonnie Feather Master
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bunnyatwork_small+(1).jpgWelcome to all new members! "New" simply means that you have not yet introduced yourself!

I check in each day to see how many new members have joined the community around the world. It's quite exciting! Did you know we have members in Peru, Albania, and the Czech Republic? Intel Education programs are expanding worldwide and improving education in many countries.

Please introduce yourself here and tell us a bit about your education duties. Many people will be starting a new term soon...please tell us what would make your job easier- especially as it pertains to using Project-Based Learning in your situation. Or, tell us what new practice you will be trying out in the next term!

Did you notice the "Bunny Person" image? Any time you see that image at the beginning of a discussion, it means that the discussion is incentivized. There will be a great prize drawn at the end of December from the names of all who introduce themselves in this discussion!

To read new member discussions from our community's past, click here to visit the archives.

Welcome! Please don't hesitate to contact me any time you have questions regarding the Engage Community!

~Bonnie Feather

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    dheeratahilyani Newbie
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    Hi Bonnie ,

    This is Dheera . I am born and brought up in India . I have done my masters in education from Banasthali vidyapith Rajasthan and also post graduate diploma in instruction design from symbiosis pune .

    I have Worked as an academics and pedagogy coordinator at Azim Premji Foundation Bangalore india from june 2006 to march 2012 . Developed multimedia content for primary classes through using M.S office tools and adobe software .

    During my work period i was a master trainer and provided academic support through teacher training in different states of India .


    I have moved to new jersey 3 months back with my husband after getting married and will be staying here for 1 more year .

     

    i would love to contribute in this group as i am very passionate about bringing change in the pedagogical practices .

     



  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    judithbfortuna Novice
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    Good evening!  I'm Judith Baldivia Fortuna, a secondary school teacher of Lamon Bay School of Fisheries, San Vicente, Gumaca, Quezon, Philippines.  I have just finished my module in Assessment in the 21st Century Assessment and presently taking the Project-Based Approaches.  I am learning a lot in these modules and would want very much to practice them in actual teaching.  I am looking forward to reading more and being able to analyse myself and my teaching strategies and learn new methods through these webinars from Intel.  Thank you.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    mmwangi@tidesinc.org Novice
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    Hello everyone, my name is Mary Mwangi and I have been in educational industry for 16 years.  I have taught students in prek-12.  Currently I am a middle school science teacher, educational trainer and instructional designer at KeelWorks foundation.  I'm new to Intel community and resources and looking forward to learn from you.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    jhthomps Newbie
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    Hello, my name is Joseph Thompson. I'm starting just my fifth year of teaching of what I hope to be a long career. I see teaching as a vocation and I'm always looking for ways to be a better teacher. I studied for my BA in Liberal Arts at Thomas Aquinas College and earned my MA in English from Ole Miss.

     

    Right now, I'm leading a project as a private tutor in a classroom with three siblings, 15, 11, & 10, where there are different learning disabilities at work. I am devoted to PBL as a primary technique in all subject areas; I rack my brain constantly for new project ideas. I'm excited to glean from and contribute to this forum.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    avestruzlorielyn@yahoo.com Apprentice
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    Hi! I'm Lorielynm Avestruz from Marinduque Philippines.Its great to be a part of tthis community as what I"ve learned.Project-Based Learning will develop students' independence and self-direction.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    Bonnie Feather Master
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    Welcome to Dheera, Judith, Mary, Joseph, and Lorielynn! Thank you all for posting your introductions! I love this community! Take a bit of time to explore from the front page, rather than from your own training group. You will find there is a LOT of information here? If you are looking for specific information, please let me know and I will try to guide you!

     

    ~Bonnie

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    markdaroy384@yahoo.com Expert
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         Hello Sir Bonnie! I am Mark Tapispisan Daroy from the Philippines. It's my fifth year of teaching now in a rural public integrated school here in our municipality. I am presently handling loads in the secondary department, specifically Social Studies in Grade VIII and Basic Computer Education.

         I am really happy in joining this group of intellectual people in the field because I know they can help me a lot especially in my way teaching. I know that I will learn more techniques and strategies that will help in the attainment of my daily lesson objectives.

        Our school is quite fortunate of having computer units used in our computer laboratory. Though minimal only in number, still it will be of big help. With this, I am not just the one who will be equipped but my students as well. Their ignorance in Information and Communications Technology will be banished.

         Now comes the Intel Teach. With this, I am for sure will not be left behind in the latest trends in teaching.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    roladrep Newbie
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    Hola señor Bonnie! Soy Rolando RIVAS GAMARRA de Pasco - Perú. Soy docente de una I.E. integrado, ubicado en una zona urbano marginal.

    Me alegra al unirme a este grupo de personas con espíritu de superación en el campo de la TIC lo cual me va a ayudar mucho, especialmente en lo que respecta al proceso de enseñanza y aprendizaje. Estoy seguro que voy a aprender nuevas técnicas y estrategias que le ayudarán en el logro de mis objetivos de la lección diaria y sobre todo desarrollar las capacidades de los estudiantes.

    Nuestra institución educativa es afortunada de contar con equipos de computo, internet lo cual no son utilizados de manera eficiente, más que todo por descuido y temor al avance de la ciencia y tecnología por parte de algunos colegas.

         Agradezco la oportunidad de poder participar en este evento promovido por Intel Educar, lo cual ha de repercutir en innovar mis conocimientos y concepciones sobre la pedagogía moderna.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    CarmenGrados Newbie
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    Hi Bonnie that´s great for me to participate in this program,I am a primary teacher and I need to improve my knowledges about technologies..

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    cherron Novice
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    Bonnie,

    I went to a Common Core Training sponsored by the NCDPI at UNC-Charlotte last week.  They suggested that I join the website to explore discussions.  I enjoy incorporating technology in my 7th grade social studies class.  I currently use webquests, multimedia presentations, edmodo(quizzes, assignments, etc...), and other software within my classroom.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    lounique Newbie
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    Good morning, received a warm greeting from Lima, Peru. Usually I write and speak in Spanish, but with this technology know that nothing is impossible.

    I teach in the art or art course at the secondary level in a public school district Vitarte. This work. This project-based learning seems a wonderful opportunity to obtain a final product is a form that shows what has been learned. In art we can say that usually work this way, individual jobs are done well in teams where the result is always a product. Raising activities with the use of the XO Laptop 1.5 which gives the ministry and work with them in the course of art seemed genuinely tedious, but I am aware that I must adapt and so I am considering a project in which I'm getting really wanted, I hope everything is as planned.

    I send you a big hug waiting to read some of the experiences of the area have art and can share with me.

    Thanks and another chance.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    lforsyth Newbie
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         terrificresentation thannks Tom!

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    jennifer.kelley Newbie
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    Hi, Bonnie -

    Thank you for the warm welcome.  I am joining from Jive Software, the company that creates this community platform.  I am excited to see how you are engaging and enabling educators globally!  I have a masters from NYU and did my thesis project on collaborative technologies in education so this subject is of great interest to me personally!

    Jenn

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    zuli socorro infantas verastegui Novice
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    Hola, soy del Perú, con mucho, mucho orgullo, maestra del nivel secundaria, y por esas cosas del destino, actualmente maestra del Aula de Innovación Pedagógica y responsable del Centro de Recursos Tecnológico,  mi Institución está ubicada en una zona semi rural y/o urbano marginal. es decir la brecha de desigualdad es bastante marcada, sin embargo considero que este enfoque de aprendizaje por proyecto es bastante reflexivo y holístico como para lograr aprendizaje significativos útiles  para la vida. Desde mi posición quisiera avanzar como facilitadora también de compañeros maestros ya que el contacto con alumnos se me es muy limitado.No perderé el contacto.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    jonathanfgarzon Newbie
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    Hello I am Jonathan Florida Garzon a secondary school teacher of Bayugan National Comprehensive High School, Bayugan City, Mindanao, Philippines. I hold a Masters Degree in Instructional Media and Design. This site was referred to me by my colleague.  I am applying PBL as one of my instructional materials in my teaching strategies and it was effective, but still i want to learn more PBL teaching style especially integrating it to ICT. Hoping to be a part of this learning - teaching community.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    litaticonagmail.com Novice
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    Hola Bonnie :

    Recibe un caluroso saludo desde Tacna,Perú . Soy profesora de educación secundaria y enseño el área de Ciencia Tecnología y Ambiente en una institución educativa pública del distrito de Leguía . Actualmente estoy informándome sobre el Aprendizaje por Proyectos y veo que es una técnica muy importante en la Pedagogía ,ya que ayuda al estudiante a desarrollar muchas habilidades y destrezas como  tomar sus propias decisiones,les ayuda a desarrollar el pensamiento de orden superior y sobre todo prepara a los estudiantes para los puestos de trabajo.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    profesorajuliahonor Apprentice
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    Bien  queridas maestras... el emprender tareas tan dificiles.. cuestan menos ... cuando tenemos compañía..buena compañía...

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    jfoley1979 Newbie
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    Howdy,

     

    My name is Jennifer Foley and I have been working at Education Service Center, Region 20 in Texas for 3 1/2 years.  I am currently a Technical Support Specialist for the Texas Education Agency's Project Share Initiative, where educators from across the state connect, create, and collaborate with each other through networking and online course participation.  We are currently offering 5 self-paced Intel courses for staff development and are working on introducing facilitated Intel courses as well.

     

    I graduate with my Master's this December in Early Childhood Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

     

    It's a pleasure meeting you and I look forward to browsing Engage.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    Annie_Antat Newbie
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    Hi Bonnie,

    My name is Annie Antat and I originate from the extremely beautiful islands of the Seychelles found in the Indian Ocean.  I have been teaching for almost 5 years now in a state primary school.  The students I teach are aged between 8 and 12.  I am a generalist teacher but since I love Maths and Science the most therefore I specialise within the two subjects and since I also love the French language and because of a shortage of French teachers I am actually teaching one French class.

    I recently took part in a 35 hours of Classroom Management by Mythware training on Intel-powered classmate PCs held in Seychelles and we are now trying to implement the software in my and other teachers teaching.  The future looks brighter for both students and teachers.  My wish is to learn more of how I can integrate ICT within my daily teaching through teacher engage.

    • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
      Bonnie Feather Master
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      Annie,

      Your post brings to the fore again the wide diversity of educator experience to be found here in the Engage community! I would be first in line if there were an opportunity to visit each and every member, since I love to travel and meet new friends. Instead of actually traveling, I get to meet you all "virtually," and learn more about how education in general and technology in education are being practiced around the globe.

       

      Welcome, and thank you for your introduction!

       

      ~Bonnie

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    mhparrish Newbie
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    Hi, My name is Meagan Parrish and I am a newbie as a technology facilitator. This is my sixth year teaching. I taught 3rd grade for 3 years and 4th grade for 2 years. I love working with technology and am currently working towards my Masters in Instructional Technology. I am at the point where I need all the help I can get!! My favorite technology tools are those that keep the students engaged and are user friendly for the teachers. They have so much on their plates already that I don't want to add more. I want to show them things that can make their lives easier!!

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    dsekul@esc3.net Newbie
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    Hello, everyone. My name is Diane Sekul. My official title is Distance Education Specialist at Region III Education Service Center (Texas Education Agency) in Victoria, Texas. This is a small office, so I have many other duties besides distance education. Let's just say my job description ends with, " ...and a partridge in a pear tree."

     

    I'm currently enrolled in a facilitated version of the online Intel Collabortion course. Intel is making the content available to all 20 of the service centers in Texas so we can eventually offer the facilitated version to our school districts. First, though, we have to be "students" in the course.

     

    I'm looking forward to working with all of the wonderful teachers around the world who are part of this community.

     

    Diane

    p.s.  It's a chilly 76 degrees F here in south Texas. Have to get out the sweaters!

    • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
      azneil Master
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      Diane, welcome to the Intel Engage Community.  I know you will find the people here so very willing to help when asked.  One of the main strengths of this community is the diverse backgrounds that make collaboration great. 

       

      I had to laugh, it's a very balmy 65 degrees here in Northern Arizona, but I guess it's what you're accustomed to.

       

      Again, welcome to the community.

       

      Neil

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    jeannab Newbie
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    My name is Jeanna Bryson and I am in my first year as a Technology Facilitator at a middle school. I have been an EC teacher for 16 years. I am exited to learn from this community. My husband is also a Technology Facilitator at a high school in the same county.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    sakputnam Newbie
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    Hi!  My name is Sarah Putnam and I am an elementary School Library Media Coordinator in North Carolina.  I have worked in elementary schools for thirteen years with nine of them being in the media center.  I think that the project based learning approach to teaching and learning is essential in preparing our students for the 21st century work place.  Currently, I am working towards introducing the blended classroom approach in my school.  In doing this, I am piloting Edmodo with a couple classes this term and hoping to bring the respective classroom teachers into the equation next term.  I look forward to the idea sharing that this community has to offer.

    • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
      azneil Master
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      Sarah, welcome to the community.  I do agree with you about PBA being the "way to go" as we move forward in education.  I love the idea of introducing the blended classroom to your students.  What exactly will that look like? 

       

      Neil

      • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
        sakputnam Newbie
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        Thanks!  Right now I am meeting with a 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade class for 20 - 50 minutes per week on Edmodo.  I give the classes tasks or assignments to complete independently online while they are with me.  Right now, we are working on using and having the students see our online community as a learning tool and not somewhere to "play" and chat with classmates.  I hope to bring the 5th grade classroom teacher into the community after Christmas.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    christr2@gcsnc.com Novice
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    Hello, Bonnie. My name is Rita Christie, Media Coordinator at Smith High School in Greensboro, NC. I will be taking the Greensboro site workshop next week. I will be collaborating with our French Teacher, Mr. James Sonier. We are looking forward to this workshop.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    cmrose Apprentice
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    Hello my name is Crystal Heyland and I teach the academically gifted 4th and 5th graders in NC. I am taking the Intel Teach Program Essentials Course next week as I am interested in learning more about incorporating technology into each unit. I also do a lot of project based learning, and have used blogs, glogs and wikis with my students and am always interested in learning new ways of getting them to learn through technology and to collaborate with others around the wolrd. I look forward to the new information and ideas I will learn from this community!

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    j_clopp1 Newbie
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    My name is Jessica Lindsay I taught second grade for seven years and am now a media coordinator in NC. I have a degree in K-6, computer science, and library science. I am trying to find ways to do PBL with the classroom teachers.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    Kbishop127 Novice
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    Hello. My name is Kim Bishop and I am a middle school science teacher in Jamestown, NC. I spent my first 6 years teaching 6th grade, and currenly I am teaching 8th.I have been researching PBL and I am looking forward to some practical ways to incorporate it into my lessons with the resources I have. I am excited to be a part of this group.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    annie_reid Newbie
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    HI.  My name is Annie Reid and I am an elementary media coordinator.  I have been at the same school for 14 years.  This year we have a new principal, but she was also our AP for the past 4 years.  Because of the new ITES, she thought it would be a great idea to have the technology facilitator and me team-teach all classes and call it medi-ology.  She envisioned us using a PBL approach to our instruction.  I am all for PBL.  I have received professional development training in PBL and I am sad to say that what I learned about the concept and what we have done with the students thus far does not reflect the PBL concept. I want our students to be successful 21st century learners.  I am open for any and all ideas and suggestions that will help the two of us get on the same page.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    atcranford Novice
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    Hi Bonnie, my name is Anita and I am an elementary school teacher/librarian/media coordinator in a Title I school in North Carolina. We are a high poverty school with over 25% of our children ELL. My colleagues in the pre-K through 5th grade classrooms are working very hard this year to implement the CCSS curriculum. I am helping them as much as I can and constantly looking for new resources for them. They are using technology that is new to many of them. This is actually a good thing for me because they are learning and using new technology and the library in ways that many have felt that they didn't have time for in previous years. I'm excited to be taking the Intel training in Greensboro this week because I know that I will learn many new strategies and tech that will help all of our teachers and children.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    bullarc Novice
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    Hi, Bonnie!

          I am excited and a bit nervous about joining the training this week.      I am the Media Specialist and Technology Contact at The Academy at Lincoln, a Guilford County (NC) Magnet school for 4-8th grades.   We offer a performing arts program for all of our students.   In addition to our magnet students and our neighborhood students, We also house the district’s Advanced Learners, Very Strong Program for students who qualify: (97th percentile or higher on aptitude test; 97th percentile or higher on achievement tests in reading and math and 93rd percentile or higher in science and social studies; report card grades of As in four main curriculum areas for last two quarters (must be maintained)).   All of our 4th and 5th graders are in the VS program and many of them continue through middle school.  This is my 18th year as a Media Specialist.   Before coming to Lincoln, I worked at 4 other schools which collectively gave me a background in the various aspects that make our school unique. Most of the years were in elementary school, and my favorite units were elementary school units.   However this year, I want to build more collaborative relationships with middle school teachers.   I approached one of our 7th grade ELA teachers about doing this and received a warm response, so I am optimistic.   However, we just started talking about it and I don’t have a concrete plan yet (the nervous part).   I am also thinking that PBL and increased Technology use will integrate well with my tentative plans to renew National Boards this year!  Thanks,

    Cheryl

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    mcsweej Expert
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    My name is Jon McSween and I teach 7th grade ss at Jamestown and AP World History for NCVPS. I am bringing in a unit in which students create a virtual museum exhibit because it can be used with almost any unit in a history course. I am excited to learn more about using a variety of web tools to help students stay engaged and organized and ways to manage PBL better so that some students are not finished while others are not even half way through the project.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    yountsl Newbie
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    My name is Linda Younts and I am a reading specialist at Irving Park Elementary.  I am still uncertain about a unit since I teach guided reading groups, but I would like to work on somehting that will engage my students in reading and writing opportunites using technology based programs.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    ddtate957 Newbie
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    My name is Dwayne Tate and I am a middle school mathematics (6-8) teacher from Winston-Salem, NC.  I am also certified to teach Social Studies (grades 6-9).  I am interested to see how technology can be incorporated in the field of math to enhance student achievement, especially with the standards related to the new common core approach.  I have completed a Problem-Based Learning course through Wake Forest, which relates to Project-Based Learning where students either work individually or collectively to reach a solution to a scenario.  Each approach is a student-centered initiative that allows for the student to use prior knowledge to form a comprehensive solution.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    lele45 Newbie
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    Hello Bonnie....glad to be here. My name is Lisa Ochs and I am an ESL teacher on Long Island, NY. I am also certified as a reading specialist. I've been gaining new insights into technology due to the webinars provided in the Teachers Engage Community..so applaud all those teachers involved in the webinars, you've inspired me to be more involved with technology. I have been a bit of a technophobe, and I am still learning about all the opportunities available. I look forward to becoming more involved with teachers engage and the Intel Elements Courses.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    Keith Schroeder Newbie
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    Hello everyone. . . I am Keith Schroeder, Library Media Director for the school district of Marinette in Marinette, WIsconsin (just north of Green Bay . . . Go Pack! :-)  I deliver staff development to the teachers and adult education through our Community Education program through monthly Wired Wednesdays.  We are working on Common Core implementation centering on a Project Based Learning approach.  Happy to be a part of the Intel family!

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    ProfWhitby Novice
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    Hello, everyone!  My name is Annette Whitby, and I teach business law I and II online for Park University.  I have taught legal studies for 9 years, and I enjoy the challenge of keeping students engaged in our online learning community.  I also have a twin sister named Anita - Yep, you guessed it.  She also teaches business law I and II for Park University.  This has been an exciting year for us because we have made so many connections with k12 teachers.  What a wonderful learning experience it has been.  Some of the fun things Anita and I are doing in our classrooms this quarter are:  Using badges ( www.classbadges.com ), using class polls ( www.mentimeter.com ), and using Glogster and Wallwisher to post vocabulary lists and reminders.  I think my favorite tool of all is Symbaloo ( www.symbaloo.com ).

     

    Smiling,

     

    ~Annette

    Twitter handle:  @3DTwinz

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    cmrose Apprentice
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    Hello my name is Crystal  and I teach the gifted 4th and 5th graders in NC. I am taking the Intel Teach Program Essentials Course this week as I am learning more about incorporating technology into each unit. I also do a lot of project based learning, and have used blogs, glogs and wikis with my students and am always interested in learning new ways of getting them to learn through technology and to collaborate with others around the wolrd.So far I love the new tools, such as the visual ranking tool, assessments, and unit ideas that Intel provides. I also have discovered symbaloo and museum box.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    mdconley57 Master
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    Wow - what a great group of new additions to the community! Now that we're into the New Year, I'm closing down this thread and will draw a winner soon. Thanks to everyone for taking time to join and introduce yourself - I look forward to "seeing" you online.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    baljagat Newbie
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    Hi I am Anil Sonune. Teacher in Public school in Maharashtra, India. Teaching grage 1st and 2nd sturdents. I am new to community and want to explore the possibilities with technology in classroom. I have completed UNESCO ICT-CFT online course and quite interested in Intel teach program.

  • Re: New members, Start here! October-December, 2012
    mdconley57 Master
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    Hello Everyone! Thank you for participating in our thread. Our winner of the New Member discussion drawing is Lisa Ochs! Lisa, your prize is a $100 Amazong E-Gift Card. I will reach out to you individually to collect your contact information.

     

    This thread is now closed, but be sure to drop over to the new "New Member Welcome" discussion (New members, Start Here! (January-March 2013)) and check out our newest members.

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