Tuesday morning, January 25, I headed to Orlando to attend the Florida Educational Technology Conference. I arranged for several meetings while there to discover some new resources for teachers.
FPBS, the association of public media in Florida, has announced the launch of Florida PBS Learning Media. This is a free resource public media platform that will be an education resource for PreK-12 classrooms tailored to the needs of Florida students. Take a look: florida.pbslearningmedia.org.
Inspiration Diagrams is an App for the iPad! This visual mapping and outlining program is designed for students in grades 6-12. Many schools use Inspiration, Kidspiration and Inspire Data. A lite version of Inspiration Diagrams will be available at the iTunes Store soon. Look for the full version to use on the iPad in school or at home. More information is available at www.inspiration.com.
Google's Chromebook received attention from teachers, administrators, technology coordinators and other exhibitors! I had the pleasure of attending a round table discussion about 'one to one' initiatives using Chromebooks. Imagine a tool for students that requires little tech support! The simplicity of use, speed, and long battery life make it a good choice for many classrooms. Immediate access to the web, and all that it offers, makes kids work longer and harder due to total engagement.
This year many presenters used a variety of Web 2.0 tools to share their information. Here's one worth reposting; Top 10 Web 2.0 Tools for Educators. Interested in more? Check the homepage at fetc.org.