Penn Manor students and staff were prominently featured at the PA Educational Technology Conference (PETE&C) this past week. On Sunday, Shelby Foster conduced a pre-conference workshop on Moodle basics. Monday featured two poster sessions from Pequea staff: Kevin Bower and Carin Leisure. Kevin demoed the Tech-it-Out parent tech showcase initiative while Carin showed off her [...]
Students at Central Manor recently had the opportunity to sharpen their reading skills while participating in the district’s first international voice call. Via Skype, students spoke with Gautam John, a representative from Pratham Books in Bangalore India. Pratham Books is a non-profit trust dedicated to publishing high-quality children’s books in multiple languages. Pratham has generously donated [...]
Here is a website of simple and useful tools. The author is none other than Bernie Dodge, the father of “Webquests“. Dr. Dodge is a professor of Educational Technology at San Diego State University. His blog is fun to read and often offers great tips on practical instructional resources. The DodgePodge list is a compilation [...]
Microsoft Office has long been the de-facto program for word processing, spreadsheets and presentation creation. That standard comes with a price. Even with educational discounts, MS Office can be a costly program to license, upgrade and maintain. Over the past few years, independent open-source software developers have created several free alternatives to Word, Excel and [...]
Penn Manor has recently installed WordPress MU, a multi-user version of the popular WordPress blogging tool. Our first teacher blogs are now online at: http://blogs.pennmanor.net/. While many sites are in their infancy, several blogs are rapidly beginning to take shape. Here’s a sample worth watching: Mr. Craig’s blog: http://blogs.pennmanor.net/craig/ Mr. Hertzog’s blog: http://blogs.pennmanor.net/hertzog/ Mrs. Smith’s [...]
I’m here with a live group of business leaders from all over the state for the PA School Business Officials annual conference in Hershey PA. The group is attending my “Blogging Basics” seminar and learning about the communication benefits of blogs and microblogging. The group homework assignment is to post a comment about the workshop [...]
On Tuesday, the PDE grant installation team is on site to begin mounting the Polyvision boards, unboxing laptops and generally kicking off the mammoth installation of Classrooms for the Future gear. Over the next four days the tech team and PDE team will install and setup 60 interactive whiteboards, 450+ laptops and 60 data projectors.