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Presented at teacher event today

I enjoyed it.  First session was better than the second.

My district’s instructional technology department put on an event today to teach technology.  Called it 21st Century Technology Conference.

They had on hands sessions in the computer labs – I did two, repeating the same topic – and they lasted 1 1/2 hours.  They also had regular sessions that lasted 45 minutes.

I was asked very early to present and I think I am getting paid for it.

I gave them the choice of two, and they accepted Snag/Camtasia.  TechSmith sent me some freebies which were a real hit.  I covered, Jing, SnagIt and Camtasia, which was probably too much and gave everyone time to play with each part.  I think they enjoyed it – one teacher complained to the workshop coordinated that I didn’t spend enough time on Camtasia so I did it at the beginning of the second session and mentioned it again at the end.

One of the teacher unions (ATPE I think) provided lunch, but oddly lunch or passing periods were not put in the schedule.

It was about equal to teaching the AP kids last week (face it, it’s hard to get over children saying thank you!)

Right now I’m hanging out waiting for the closing session / door prize session (okay, I’m waiting for a door prize but didn’t get one, not that I needed anything they were giving – I already had one of everything they were giving).  A teacher from my school won a Smart Board.

And as I just told the director of the department – right now I have the best of both worlds.  I still have my own classroom but I get to influence the rest of the district through curriculum design and teacher staff development.

And it looks like I’ll be doing the middle school camp.  Was warned about that today also.


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