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Jeanne Rogers

FSTE on the move in 2014

Posted by Jeanne Rogers Feb 25, 2014

Florida Society for Technology in Education elected a new board in January at the FETC conference.  Tony Dutra, our new president, has recently sent out a newsletter with information on an upcoming event.  Here's the scoop:


Grant Writing for Ed Tech

Bring your ed tech dreams to the FSTE webinar on Tuesday, March 25, starting at 8 pm ET. Start to prepare your own grant writing toolkit. Learn where to find grants for your classroom, quick ways to get money for small dreams, and an overview of strategies to prepare winning grant proposals. Register for the webinar, and you will receive an email with the Webex link and sign-in information. After the webinar, every one registered will receive a link to the recording of the webinar. Dr. Oates has won grants exceeding $10 million and has taught a graduate class, Grant Writing for Ed Tech, at Barry University. She is doing a three-hour version of this webinar as a workshop at ISTE in Atlanta on June 28, and registration for that costs $215. FSTE members can get an hour of this workshop as a webinar for free. Dr. Oates also presents this workshop at school sites in a half-day or all-day format. Space is limited to the first 25 registrants.  The webinar will additionally be recorded and archived on the FSTE website for FSTE members. Registration Link coming soon! Look for more info in your email or contact rita.oates@fste.org.

Check out the info on the side bar of the FSTE site regarding other upcoming professional development opportunities.

commonsense.JPG The Digital Citizenship group has officially opened and is welcoming new members. This group offers wonderful resources on digital citizenship and safety.

Third Twitter Chat - Going Mobile EdChat: Authentic Tasks

November 12, 2013, 8 p.m. ET

Authentic tasks require students to demonstrate proficiency by applying existing knowledge to solve a real-world problem. Engaging students in projects that allow them to construct their own knowledge and develop authentic products while dealing with real-world issues will create a bridge between what is learned in the classroom and why this knowledge is important to the world outside of the classroom. Join teachers, educators, consultants, and specialists to look at leveraging mobile technology to encourage students to engage in authentic tasks.

Meet the Presenters

Take a moment to view their brief videos on Going Mobile EdChat on Student Engagement and bring your questions to the online discussion.


Bob Hirshon



Bob Hirshon is Program Director for Technology and Learning at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). His Active Explorer project lets educators create mobile expeditions, called Quests, that kids join on their mobile devices. They then collect video, photos, audio, and other data which they use to create ebooks, science posters, comic strips, and presentations.


Kyle Pace



Kyle Pace is an instructional technology specialist for a K-12 school district near Kansas City, Missouri. His education experience includes teaching elementary school and teaching teachers how to infuse technology with their instruction to provide meaningful learning experiences for students across all disciplines. In 2009, he co-authored Integrating Technology with Music Instruction.

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Lisa Keys-Mathews



Dr. Lisa Keys-Mathews is professor of geography at the University of North Alabama and coordinator for the Alabama Geographic Alliance, for which she conducts workshops related to best practices in teaching geography topics, including geospatial technology, reading in geography, teacher leadership, geography as science, and teaching geography in social studies and history. She thrives on integrating geography technology into the classroom.

Verizon Foundation and its Thinkfinity Content Partners are pleased to present the professional development series Going Mobile EdChat. In this series of online PD events, learn from and interact with panel experts around the topic of mobile learning. Each week, watch presentations from our panel experts and then join us at 8 p.m. ET for a #MobileEdChat on Twitter. Ask questions or share your experiences with using mobile learning to engage students. After each week’s presentation, keep the conversation going with discussions in the Mobile Learning Group here in the Thinkfinity Community. Find out what others thought of the first #MobileEdChat. (One member said, "This was my first Twitter chat and it was awesome!")


Next chat: Going Mobile EdChat: Student Created Content

November 5, 2013 (8pm ET)



Jeanne Rogers

Participate in this!

Posted by Jeanne Rogers Sep 10, 2013
Jeanne Rogers

Virtual Field trip ideas

Posted by Jeanne Rogers Aug 29, 2013

Check out this blog post and feel free to share your thoughts.

Jeanne Rogers

Have you used Voki?

Posted by Jeanne Rogers Jul 10, 2013


Create an avatar using Voki.  Then what?  Introduce homework assignments.  Have students use the technology in projects.  Voki Classroom is available. Teachers have access to lesson plans and a class management system.  Check it out!

Jeanne Rogers

New iOS for Apple iPads

Posted by Jeanne Rogers Jun 26, 2013

Apple is making it easier to deploy iPads for students.  iOS7 and Education provides details and gives a brief description of what to expect. It will be out this fall and as stated on the website noted, will provide “new ways to configure and deploy devices across institutions and features to help schools purchase, distribute and manage apps with ease. App Store license management, seamless enrollment in mobile device management (MDM) and single sign on are just some of the capabilities in iOS 7 that make it ideal for education.”

If you are attending the ISTE Conference 2013 in San Antonio, Texas, or if you are wishing you could attend, please join the ISTE Conference 2013 to follow the conference activity and learn from our bloggers at the conference.


Jane Brown, Thinkfinity Community Manager


EOC exam and FCAT school and district results are shared.

Jeanne Rogers

Digital Device Summit

Posted by Jeanne Rogers May 18, 2013
Jeanne Rogers

iPad Survey from FCIT

Posted by Jeanne Rogers May 18, 2013

The Florida Center for Instructional Technology at the University of South Florida is aligning the Technology Integration Matrix tool with mobile devices in the classroom. We would like to gather information about iPad use in the classroom. Please share the linked survey with educators in Florida and encourage their participation.





James L. Welsh


Assistant Director, Florida Center for Instructional Technology

University of South Florida, College of Education


On Wednesday, May 15 from 4:30-5:15 pm EDT, Prof. Chauncey Monte-Sano from the School of Education at the University of Michigan will present a webinar on building students’ historical thinking and literacy skills and using primary sources with the Common Core State Standards.   The registration link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1219371/Historical-Literacy-Webinar-Registration.

Jeanne Rogers

Live Webinar: May 8

Posted by Jeanne Rogers May 1, 2013

"Build Once, Learn Anywhere: Blended Learning for Mobile (Build Once, Learn Anywhere)" Wednesday, May 8 @ 5pm ED.  More information in the Professional Development group.

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