Intel Engage is a global community of educators interested in Project Based Learning and Technology Integration. Whether you have joined as a result of taking an Intel Educator training in person or online, or you have found the community on your own, we know it has much to offer.  The primary purpose of this blog is to help you make the best use of the resources in the community, with the least amount of searching. Keep an eye on the blog or follow it in order to grow your understanding as the blog develops.

 

Each month there are featured activities and themes. The Community Roadmap will allow you to look ahead at what’s planned for the year. Here is a great post on the start to the year, with an attached document of the themes and topics coming up. Check it out!

 

Wearable Technology is a theme this month. One way to find lots of posts and documents on this topic is to put the search term “wearable” into the search bar at the top right of each page. You’ll come up with some information, discussions, and more on the topic, from this month and from years past. Please participate in the discussions or start your own! Naomi Harm (NaomiHarm)
hosts the “Digital Buzz Radio Show” and her topic this month was Wearable Technology. In case you missed it, there’s a link where you can listen to it in several formats.

 

Another monthly feature is Gail Holmes’ (holmesg) Classroom Challenge. This month Gail explains Greenscreening and provides several resources for you to learn how it works. Give it a read and add your two cents’ worth.

 

We hope you take some time to introduce yourself in the “New Members Start Here” discussion. It changes quarterly, and each quarter one lucky participant in the discussion will win a prize. It’s usually something techy which you can use in your classroom! Tell us how you found Intel Engage and what you’re hoping to find here. We’ll do our best to help you find what you’re looking for.

 

deb_norton creates the "Chat With Deb" features. This month, Chat with Deb - Green Screen as an Innovative Technology is quite fun and informative.

smersand Shannon Mersand creates content connecting the Common Core with technology in her "Cut to the Core" features. Video Production and the Common Core - Cut to the Core: Tech Solutions for Common Core You see, she is all about the video productions in the classroom this month. (Hint: see all the video and greenscreening content this month?

 

Every month you'll find great webinars to participate in! Tom Diener (tdiener) hosts webinars on Museum Virtual Resources and he's moving into the Maker Movement this year. Vanessa Jones (vkajones) and Susan Gauthier (susangauthier) host the monthly "Intel Live!"Webinars and Events, and you'll find even more. The list is being updated with 2015 content, so keep an eye on this area. You can view previous event recordings from that link as well.

 

Be sure to visit the Professional Development page. There are many ways to boost your tech integration skills.

 

Did you know that Intel Engage is a Global Community? Take a closer look at the opening page and visit some of the communities within Intel Engage around the world. This could be a resource for you to make a friend in another part of the world with whom your class could talk and exchange information! Pakistan, China, India, Vietnam, Russia, and Latin America all have communities here! American author Mark Twain said “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”  One way to travel is to meet people from various countries and cultures, and you can meet educators like you from all over the world here in Intel Engage.


I look forward to seeing discussions created by new members and helping you with your questions. Please send me a direct message any time: click on the small pencil at top right and scroll down to message. Type in my name and your message or question. I'll get back to you, so be sure to watch for a little red number by your profile!


~Bonnie Feather