|"I am amazed at how user friendly My eCoach is! I am very excited to learn in this format. I feel as if a whole new door has been opened for me!"|
Kelly Dessel, Teacher
Poway Unified School District
San Diego, CA
"You can see everything that is going to be put up while you are working on it."
Preston Hall Middle School,
Spring 2011 started with some pretty wild weather and events around the world. We would like to send our prayers to the people of Japan. What an amazing people who are thanking us for our prayers
for them! We encourage you to donate what you can to help with their recovery. List of Disaster Relief Agencies
We hope this newsletter finds you happy, safe and healthy. Here are some updates, great resources and innovative projects that will inspire you and your students.
| Please take our Survey |
We welcome your input on the type of support and resources you need as a teacher or administrator. We appreciate you taking 5 minutes of your valuable time to answer this short survey so we can better support you.
|Project-Based Activities Showcase |
Language Arts and Social Studies Madison Middle school teachers and students (Oakland, CA) showcased their technology projects to over 220 parents and family members. This was a success thanks to a great team that included Oakland Unified School District's Instructional Technology department, a supportive principal Dr. Taylor, dedicated teachers, and motivated students. Some of the projects:
What a fun evening for everyone!
Featured Projects & eLibrary Spotlights
Click on an eLibrary Spotlight and you find more than just a link to the website or resource. We list vocabulary words, keywords and tags, match to standards, essential and discussion questions, and find or create extension activities. When we feature projects, we make sure they match to their standards.
|More updates about our Text Editor |
Last month we launched our new text editor. Here are a few more quick tips about how to use our new text editor:
Click here for an overview of some of the features.
- To align your image, go to the second tab (Appearance) to the pull down menu.
- Use the Full Screen to have more room to type.
- If you make a mistake while you type, you now can Undo your last actions.
- Check out the Word icon where you can now insert text from Word and it keeps the formatting the same.
- The paint brush icon removes messy code.
- You can even insert the date and time into your text.
Presentations at Educational Conferences
CUE Conference in Palm Springs March 17-19
Here are some interesting presentations at this year's Computer Using Educator's conference in Palm Springs. Visit cue.org to get a list of open presentations and to sign up for workshops.
- Come & Get It - Free Stuff to Use Right Away (3/17 9:30-10:30)
- Digital Storytelling and Web 2.0 Playshop (3/17 11:30-2:30)
- Mobile Technology: Learning on the Go (3/18 11:30 CUETip)
- Quick Ways to Bring Joy to Learning (3/18 3:30 CUETip)
- Comic Style Storytelling to teach Digital Citizenship
(Presenter: Jeff Brain 3/19 8am)
ISTE Conference in Philadelphia June 26-29
Sign up now to attend the International Society of Technology and Education Conference in Philadelphia now as workshops are filling up.
- 1:1 Laptop Program (Poster Session with Oakland USD and Madison Middle School) Tuesday 6/28 10 am -12 pm
- Change, Culture, Constructivism (Poster Session with Mid-Pacific Institute, Hawaii) Wednesday 6/29 8-10 am
- ePortfolios using Web 2.0 Tools (Workshop Sunday 6/26 12:30-3:30 pm)
| Playshop for Teachers about PBL|
July 18 - 22, 2011 at Mid-Pacific Institute in Hawaii
Project Based Learning 101: A Playshop for teachers excited about project-based learning but are unsure of where to begin. This is a week long playshop in Hawaii open to K-12 teachers. Go to this site for more details and to sign up for this unique opportunity.
|Useful Posts for Educators and Coaches|
If you are setting up or participating in an online community, training, or coaching program, follow Barbara Bray's blog. Bray writes a regular column on professional development for the OnCue Journal and has been involved in coaching and designing online communities with numerous organizations around the world. Here's links to the latest four posts:
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| Tip: Brand Yourself|
What is your Unique Selling Position (USP)? How do you stand out in a crowd or in social media so you are remarkable and different enough to get noticed by an employer or client?
You can do this by branding yourself. The job market is tough and sending thousands of resumés may not be the right way to get that "job" you want. This article from AARP was adapted for you.
- Find your passion
- Give an elevator speech
- Validate your passion
- Promote your passion
- Come up with your look
To read more about each point, click here.
My eCoach is an online learning community built on a coaching platform complete with collaboration, communication, curriculum, resources, and publishing tools all in one place. We focus on providing resources, tools, and supportive communities for high quality teachers and facilitating the design of creative, innovative, and joyful activities and learning environments.
Thanks to so many of you for telling a friend
about My eCoach, submitting testimonials, and forwarding this newsletter to others. For questions or more information about how we can customize our services to meet the needs of your organization, contact us
All our best to you,
|Barbara Bray, Learning Strategist|
President, My eCoach