What I Learned at NECC 2007

Monday 2: Teacher Education and AT
June 25, 2007, 11:03 pm
Filed under: Assistive Technology, Education, UDL

Random points I picked up:

  • Teachers NEED to be taught how to integrate the AT tools in Just because incoming teachers are digital natives, it does not mean they know how to integrate that into their teaching. Research does not support that.
  • To effectively use voice input, students need to be taught to think, plan, check, revise. It they do that, there can be productivity and accuracy gains for struggling writers.


  • Helping all students achieve by identifying and removing barriers from teaching methods and curriculum materials.
  • Go to TeacherTube IMMEDIATELY: Content has exploded. Inspiring for teachers, perfect for a student who needs to see something explained OVER and OVER.   Similarly, it has been very useful for students to listen to pod/vodcasts.
  • Blogging encourages critical thinking
  • imbee.com – new, open source blogging space that is secure – they actually confirm that you are who you are. Parents get an email whenever their child posts.
  • del.icio.us – Good idea: open a SINGLE del.icio.us account for your school (or grade or subject).  Example:  These presenters keep their links in http://del.icio.us/eversr/

Monday 12:30: Integrating GIS into MS Content Areas
June 25, 2007, 9:33 pm
Filed under: Education, GIS

Free tools

Spatial problem solving

Battery died.  Update later…

Monday 11: NETS-TF/TL Standards for Technology People
June 25, 2007, 9:32 pm
Filed under: Education, NETS

Everyone has heard of NETS:S (Students) and NETS:T (Teachers) but this session focused on the least known of the standards: the standards for Technology Facilitators and Technology Leaders. The presenters were extremely energetic college professors from one of the few schools of education that uses these standards to prepare their students for the role of Technology Facilitators (what we call instructional technologists). These standards include very specific performance indicators for each standard, as well as a rubric for each. Worth taking a look to see if what we’re doing maps…

Monday 8:30: Open Source Software for Education
June 25, 2007, 9:30 pm
Filed under: Education, Open Source

This presentation was subtitled “When the Best is Free”