WEMTA 2013 Highlights – Day 2

UnknownContent Curation:  Staying Organized in the Digital Age:  This session covered several tools for digital organization, most notably – 1) Pearltrees.com – a place to collect, organize and share everything you like on the web, 2) Scoop.it! – type in buzzwords and it pulls in relivent articles, small snipits (or scoops) of news, 3) Pinterest – using boards to organize your content by “pinning” information on your board, 4) Symbaloo – visual method of organizing websites, 5) Flipboard – creates your own personal magazine based on your interests.

Unknown-1Cyberbullying:  Terror by Technology – The current status of cyberbullying was reviewed, along with statistics and scenarios.  Differences between cyberbullying and physical bullying, warning signs and support resources were shared.  www.stopcyberbullying.org How can you prevent this from happening?  Educate them and make sure all devices are in full view (phones on top of desk) – Great resource for elementary-aged students http://learninglab.org/ and http://www.netsmartzkids.org/

Chrome Web Store Amazing Extensions and Apps – The Google Chrome Web Store was introduced along with a variety of extension and apps for elementary aged students.  http://goo.gl/2XnWO – a list of today’s extensions can be found at http://goo.gl/glZfV – Favorite extension – Google Similar Pages.

Favorite apps – Meegenius – highlights words as the words are read, Letter Bubbles (can use without an account but records will not be kept), Math Motorway – interactive where students can challenge their friends (up to four), Sumopaint – great art program (similar to Photoshop), Pixlr Editor – same as Sumopaint, Paint Stars -drawing and guessing what it is, We Video -video editing

Linda Sue Park – Luncheon – Keynote Speaker – winner of the 2002 Newbery Award for A Single Shard.  Today she discussed her book A Long Walk to Water, which also happened to be a book and book trailer I recently shared with 5th graders a few weeks ago.  One of her quotes, “Don’t write what you don’t know – instead write about what you want to know.”  She is great advocate of research and libraries.Unknown-2

Create Dynamic Library Lessons – The evolution of the teacher-librarian role as collaborative teacher, media specialist, tech integrator and instructional coach was focused on and practical ideas on how to engage students and support teachers at the same time were presented.  His library website is http://schools.naperville203.org/beebe/lrc/index.asp



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