43 Replies Latest reply on Oct 3, 2014 11:41 PM by raffakwa

    New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)

    Bonnie Feather

      bunnyatwork_small+(1).jpg Welcome to all new members! "New" simply means that you have not yet introduced yourself!

       

      Intel Education programs are expanding worldwide and improving education in many countries. This Engage Community is a place for educators from all over the world to find resources and like-minded educators.

       

      Please introduce yourself here and tell us a bit about your education duties. Will you be using Project-Based Learning in your situation? What are some challenges you experience in your teaching? What is the education system like in your country or state?


      We here at Teachers Engage are very excited about some upcoming changes we will unveil in 2014. We are busy planning and creating new content we hope will be relevant and useful to you. Stay tuned and come back often! We hope you participate in many areas of the community and "Like" those discussions and posts you find interesting! Be sure to search for your areas of interest using the small search window UNDER the words "Teachers Engage" at upper left.


      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 the time period 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

      Moderator, one of many here to help you!

        • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)

          Dear Ms Bonnie Feather,

          I am Abbas Husain, Director Teachers' Development Centre in Karachi Pakistan. I am one of the Facilitators in INTEL Engage Teachers Program where my work has been to create a space for a discussion of web-assisted learning. I have conducted workshops at the behest of INTEL for Government of Pakistan public sector School Heads Administrators and teacher educators in Karachi Islamabad and Peshawer. The latest one in Peshawer  was on June 25th 2014 and learned many things about the constraints that the teachers feel in implementing the new modes of teaching and learning.

          • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)

            Hello,

            I am Gabor Gaal from Hungary

            teacher and trainer in Gastronomy, cooks, waiters receptionists.

            I am a trainer (BA) and an economist in tourism management esp. F&B management (MSC).

            I am very interested in teaching the generation of the secondary schools by using their own toys, mobiles, tablets etc, this is why I joined in. I believe these kids are not worse then us were, just need different teaching methods.

            GG.

            Bonnie Feather wrote:

             

            bunnyatwork_small+(1).jpg Welcome to all new members! "New" simply means that you have not yet introduced yourself!

             

            Intel Education programs are expanding worldwide and improving education in many countries. This Engage Community is a place for educators from all over the world to find resources and like-minded educators.

             

            Please introduce yourself here and tell us a bit about your education duties. Will you be using Project-Based Learning in your situation? What are some challenges you experience in your teaching? What is the education system like in your country or state?


            We here at Teachers Engage are very excited about some upcoming changes we will unveil in 2014. We are busy planning and creating new content we hope will be relevant and useful to you. Stay tuned and come back often! We hope you participate in many areas of the community and "Like" those discussions and posts you find interesting! Be sure to search for your areas of interest using the small search window UNDER the words "Teachers Engage" at upper left.


            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 June 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

            Moderator, one of many here to help you!

            • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)

              My name is Margaret Lanahan and I am a third grade teacher in Greenville, South Carolina.  I am currently taking a Project Based Learning online class.  I am very interested in using project based learning in my classroom because I think students learn more when they are actively engaged in the process.  I look forward to using project based learning, however, I realize some of the challenges that I might face.  There is so much initial planning that must go into each project.  I will need to spend a lot of time prior to the project to be  prepared.

                • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)
                  Bonnie Feather

                  Hello and Welcome, Margaret!

                  You are having the same initial reaction that each and every participant in PBL courses has! Love it, but afraid of the initial time commitment. Just start with one project, building in all the curriculum and standards you need. Then, once that is up and running, make it better and build another project. Take your time and each one will benefit from your learning on previous ones!

                   

                  ~Bonnie

                  • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)

                    Hello Margaret, I think we all have the same concern. However, as I tell my teachers new to the world of Promethean ActivInspire and flipcharts (IWB) don't try to eat the entire elephant in one sitting. Go for that lesson you are most bored with and feel could use the boost and academic push. Each year you will tweak it and make it better as well as add more lessons (projects) to your library. It is about getting started. Good luck with your course. ~Christa

                  • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)

                    Hi Bonnie and others in the group ! My name is Jaya Leslie and I am the Director of the Advanced Science and Engineering Program at Fairmont Preparatory Academy in Anaheim California USA.  We are an international school and in our program we offer the usual AP science and math courses as well as advanced science and engineering courses along with advanced math including classes such as Diff Eq, Lin Algebra O Chem, Research Theory and Experimental Design among other courses. We use PBL in our courses and I am excited to learn from others and hopefully gain insight from leaders in the field of technology - Intel! 

                    • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)
                      rafaellopes

                      Hello!

                       

                      I´m a teacher and education researcher from Brazil! Very glad to make part of this group.

                       

                      Regards

                      • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)

                        Hello Bonnie!

                         

                        I'm Shawn Patrick Higgins and I'm teaching Middleschool Computer Science / Digital Literacy in Portland, OR! I teach at the SEI Academy, a charterschool that focuses helping at-risk urban youth, in the central north. We were at our first lego-robotics tournament over at the Intel campus last December and since then i've been poking around seeing if there were any other opportunities to interface with Intel and edtech teaching.


                        When I was at The Digital Media Learning Conference this past spring I met some of the people from the Digital Clubhouse, who seemed wonderful. It's ashame the one in oregon is abit far from downtown


                        I do use Project-Based Learning! As best i can anyway! My personal expertise is in photo/video/audio making, so we work quite a bit of digital narrative, but we also get into scratch and lego-robotics too!

                        I'm excited to find this hub and hope to keep up with all the going's on!

                        all the best.

                        • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)

                          Hi Bonnie,

                           

                          I am Abeer Fatima Rizvi, a teacher of A' levels Economics and Sociology, and currently starting the International Baccalaureate level 1 training.

                           

                          The integration of ICT in teaching practices is a comparatively recent phenomenon in Pakistan. Schools leaders are becoming more and more interested in its use now, than ever before, so I think it's an interesting environment in which to start ones career in education. My MA in Educational Leadership and Management from University of Warwick, and then IB online training, exposed me to the use of ICT that was not experienced by me before in teaching and learning. After a year's break for higher education, I am gladly back to teaching, and very excited to incorporate the modern pedagogical approaches heavily dependent on the appropriate use of technology.

                           

                          In our country, we still have a long way to go in this regard, however it is a positive sign that at least we have embarked on the journey.

                            • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)
                              Bonnie Feather

                              Welcome and warm greetings to you Abeer! You should know that the use of technology and Project Based Learning is not 100% in American classrooms, either, which makes the Engage Community a great place to converse with others. You'll find teachers here who are beginners as well as experts and everything in between. I encourage you to start a discussion with your specific questions!

                               

                              ~Bonnie

                            • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)

                              Hello! I am a 6th Grade Computer Teacher in the suburbs of Chicago, IL (USA). I was previously a programmer/software developer. Several times a year my students and I are displaced from our computer lab so that the rest of the school can take MAP and PARCC testing on the computers. It can be very tricky teaching a computer class without computers! A large number of our students live in poverty and our district cannot afford the hardware for each student. I'm wondering if there is a grant available or some sort of financial assistance we might qualify for so that I can receive a classroom set of Google Chrome books (32) for my students. We have wifi throughout our school, so we could basically use any empty classroom to continue creating PBL projects. Does anyone have any ideas/advice? Thanks in advance. 

                                • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)
                                  Bonnie Feather

                                  Hello Debbie-

                                   

                                  There are definitely grant opportunities out there for classroom sets of tech! I suggest you look locally- the business community in cities often support ed tech grants, and often in states there are some. I'm not familiar with Illinois, but just do a Google search, then start applying! Keep us informed! Once you get a set or several, there are many ideas here in the community for PBL projects. Think about a service project for your school/grade/department. That could easily involve multidisciplinary groups!

                                   

                                  ~Bonnie

                                • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)

                                  Hello! I am an instructional technology specialist in the State College (PA) Area School District and work in one of our middle schools, Mount Nittany Middle School. I have had many different positions in my career but when my husband and I moved back to our alma mater, Penn State, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work once again with teachers and students at figuring out effective ways to enhance instruction with technology.  I support about 100 faculty and staff in our building.  We are excited to have a 1:1 program with Chromebooks in our 8th grade and hope that will roll down to our 7th and 6th grades at some point in this school year.  I am extremely interested in being part of ChromeEDU, which prompted my joining this group.  I look forward to finding exciting PBL projects that will fit into our middle school curriculum.

                                    • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)
                                      Bonnie Feather

                                      Alma,

                                       

                                      What an exciting position you are in! Affecting pre-service teachers is so important! I suggest you take a look at http://intel.com/teachers where you will see a variety of links to project-based materials. Of particular interest is the Unit Plan Index, which can be accessed from that page, inside the link to "Designing Effective Projects. A direct link to the index is here: Intel Education Designing Effective Projects: Sort by Grade

                                       

                                      Of course, these projects are highly refined, and you probably won't choose to do any of them completely, but there are ideas for every grade level to tweak.

                                       

                                      All of these materials are available free for you, your faculty colleagues, and your students! You may particularly want to take a look at the Assessment tool linked from that page, and work with students on assessment of student growth in 21st Century Skills (not just the body of knowledge CCSS focuses on!)

                                       

                                      ~Bonnie

                                    • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)
                                      jenjord

                                      Good Morning!

                                      I am Jennifer Jordan, a 4th grade Science & Social Studies teacher in Etowah, Tennessee.  This summer I was fortunate to participate in an intel pilate program, and was amazed/overwhelmed/astounded at this resource.  I know that we just barely scratched the surface of this valuable tool.  Now that school is underway, I feel that I finally have the time to start prowling around the site.  I am anxious to learn more, see what I can find, and start making connections.

                                      • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)

                                        Hello Ms. Bonnie, So we met again. No surprise that I would find you here. I look forward to this latest endeavor. I am currently completing the ELTO Implementing and Facilitating Online Professional Development course so that I can facilitate the INTEL online courses. I have missed being involved with INTEL. I thought it would be a good thing if I got involved here and began getting reconnected with INTEL. I am looking forward to this journey. ~Christa

                                        • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)

                                          Hello Ms. Bonnie and the INTEL Engage community. I am Christa Fairman, Technology Integration Specialist for Yuma Educational Technology Consortium. I work directly under the Curriculum and PD Coordinator for Yuma School District ONE in Yuma, AZ. I am looking forward to spending some time here and getting reacquainted with INTEL. So much has changed since I last facilitated Teaching Thinking with Technology and Teaching Essentials face-to-face courses. I am excitedly preparing to become an online facilitator for INTEL. Their training is wonderful and always student centered.

                                           

                                          Presently, the bulk of the training I am providing is centered around Promethean's ActivInspire software and basic hardware troubleshooting, Google Apps for Education, iPad cart management, and using iPads for more than consumption. I also am coaching approximately a dozen teachers who are integrating technology to support core content. My favorite at this time are the teachers who are using Edmodo and some of the free apps, like Actively Learning, to support increased student engagement and achievement. The District does support and encourage PBL, so the iPad training I create emphasizes product creation. If you have iPads and have not checked out bookPress and the associated web site for educators, Design & Make A Book With Our Simple Free Guide | Bookemon.com I highly recommend you do so very soon.

                                           

                                          Have a great year everyone. ~Christa

                                          • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)
                                            rtsaldan

                                            Thanks Bonnie!

                                             

                                            Let's start my engagement with the communities!

                                             

                                            RP

                                            • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)

                                              Hello, my name is Teresa Valencia, but you can call me Tete. I´m starting to use intel, I´m taking a course about collaborative learning.

                                              I would like to use this space in the best way. I´m a Biology teacher, I work in a private University, UNICAES, in El Salvador. I work with young people that will be teachers.

                                              I´m also studying English, so I hope you can understand me.

                                              I´m glad to share this experience with you.

                                              • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)

                                                Hello,

                                                 

                                                I am Jeannine Healy and am an 8th grade teacher at Angleton Junior High in Texas.  I received a grant to have 15 Surface Tablets in my classroom and I recently went through the Intel Blended Learning program and looking to receive a lot more information from this PLE.  I would like to eventually have my classroom turned into a flipped classroom model and would love any support, suggestions, advice, etc. in helping me to reach this goal.

                                                • Re: New Members Start Here! (July-September 2014)
                                                  Bonnie Feather

                                                  AND...we have a WINNER! The winner of prizes for this discussion (all posts prior to Oct 2) is Jaya Leslie!

                                                  Jaya, you will be receiving a private message with directions for claiming your prize.

                                                   

                                                  Thank you all for participating, and I hope you are finding what you are looking for here in the Engage community!

                                                   

                                                  ~Bonnie