Two years ago at this conference, Mark Wagner’s workshop on PLN got me started on Twitter and my own blog. I’ve neglected the blog world but have been active on Twitter and even led my own PLN workshop for CAPSO in Long Beach. Mark was out of state and not able to make it to CUE 2010 but he was missed.
Rumor: Blackboard has bought Angel and soon the Angel name will be absorbed into Blackboard
Haiku is a cheaper alternative to Blackboard. Only $3.00 per user and parents are free.
Moodle is an even cheaper alternative as it is open source version for online classes.
Open source, if you didn’t know, means “free”. Linux server and workstation operating systems are an example as well as hundreds of open source programs. They did 60 (open source programs) in 60 minutes presentation in open source pavilion. I liked that the Open Source Pavilion was in its own room, walled off from the exhibit hall. Easier to hear the speakers.
Britannica online has a fantastic database and has great teacher tools. Base price for school is $395 per year.
Fablevision has great animation program called Animation-ish! $59 and no show discount. I downloaded a free 15 day full working version before I decide if my daughter likes it. She’s digging it so far.
Roger Wagner has great HyperStudio 5 out now for Mac and Window. It has been out since NECC 2007 in Atlanta where they announced the big news. They were giving a free CD trial version in all convention goodie bags. At the MacKiev booth who sells HyperStudio 5 I bought an upgrade license for only $20. That turns my free trial CD into a full working version which by itself would have cost $59.
My 8 AM workshop on Saturday: Bob Blackney, Technology Director at Placentia Yorba Linda School District, has been outfitting all 1100 plus classrooms with a full technology solution including sound enhancement, projectors, DVD/VCR, Promethean boards and response units and IP control panels. He Started off with $50K and 12 teachers. They chose the vendors and got the training. They Got the funding to do the rest of the district classrooms from a public bond of $25 million. After listening told Bob it was the best workshop for me to hear so far. And Promethean handed out 1GB credit card USB drive to all who attended.
Epson has latest and greatest technology now called Brightlink. It’s an ultra short throw projector that makes any surface an interactive whiteboard! “STAR WARS” technology. Their free USB bracelet tells the story plus gives me ½ gig of storage for later.
Parking is still only $4 and I found out there are two lots. One is north of the CC where I usually park and another lot is west of the Renaissance Hotel which is easier, sort of if you’re going in the front of the hotel. .
Renaissance Learning recently lowered the price of their amazing Neo2 keypad to $149. Buy more than 30 and it’s only $139 each. We have 1 cart of the old Neo and 2 carts of the wireless Neo2’s. Love them. We also have 4 sets of their Classroom Response Systems, which they are now calling the “2Know! CRS” They just lowered the price on those units to $39 each.
When Ken Shelton says Google Earth Basics, you get a lot more than just the basics. You get some pretty cool tools that are fun and easy to learn. He says you don’t need the Pro version. Just get the free Google Earth 5.
I attended the ½ day Technology Coordinator workshop on Thursday. They had a fantastic lunch spread for us. We learned some good tips to keep our job from driving us crazy. Tim Landeck was our leader. He handed out lots of little raffle tickets whenever we contributed to the discussion. I won the second prize drawn which meant I had my pick up what was left on the table. I chose a one year site license for Learn360 for my school. It’s a competitor with Discovery Learning so now I can see how they both compare.
Speaking of Discovery, They brought out their big guns this time. Steve Dembo was here as well as Matt Monjan. Our local reps Lindsay and Mike were also there. One new gal I didn’t get to meet. Besides the booth and Spotlight Presentations, they took over the Palm Springs School Training building across the street and had non-stop presentations as well as snacks and Pizza! For fun on Friday night, they treated us to our run of the place at Boomers. I got on the go-cart again and no one passed me. Also the free video games inside were fun as well. Lots of good friends and fun together.
Saturday’s closing keynote was Carol Anne McGuire, one of our own. She told the story how she progressed from teaching video production to her blind students to her rockourworld.org which is bringing kids together from all around the globe. The band sang the Rock Our World song for a grand finale and we were all “dancing in the aisles”.
Now to process all the info. There are links on the CUE Community web site where speakers left their notes and handouts.