10 Things You Could Be Working on Right Now

We are all short for time, but there’s time everyday to learn something new. So, I’ve compiled a brief list of some conference/events you can attend. There’s something else we always seem to be short on and that’s funding, so I’ve also put together a list of sources for small amounts of grant money for your classroom or school. I hope you find these helpful.

5 Grants to Apply For:

  1. ING Unsung Heroes: Are you an educator with a class project that is short on funding but long on potential? Do you know a teacher looking for grant dollars? ING Unsung Heroes® could help you turn great ideas into reality for students. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000
  2. NJAET Technology Project Grants: Do you know that you could win up $2000 to implement a creative educational technology project related to your curriculum? Last year three awards were made, and this year up to four grants will be awarded. The deadline is approaching, So read the Technology Project Grant Guidelines soon and get your application in no later than Sunday, November 6.
  3. Lowe’s Toolbox for Education: It’s almost that easy when you take advantage of Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) knows how hard you work for your kids and your community and they’re dedicated to helping your parent-teacher group achieve even more for your school. Check out additional information on how to apply.
  4. Adopt-A-Classroom partners donors with teachers so you can have funds to purchase critical resources and materials for your classroom. By registering, your classroom will be posted on the Adopt-A-Classroom website available for donors to select. When adopted, you will have full discretion to purchase items that meet your unique classroom needs.
  5. DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need.  Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class. Donors can give as little as a dollar. Every little bit helps.
5 Projects or Conferences to Participate In:
  1. The World at their Fingertips? Student Internet Access and Control in Schools: Join us for an eye-opening conversation about the promise and perils of Internet technology in schools. How much student Internet access is just enough? How much is too much? What is the balance between ensuring student safety and teaching ethical use? Should your school’s network be an open playground or a walled garden? Our diverse panel of experts will discuss Internet ethics, filtering, the role of instructional technology, legal and regulatory issues and the everyday challenges facing school practitioners. This event is on Thursday, November 17.
  2. Global Education Conference: The 2011 Global Education Conference will be held November 14 – 18, online and free. Sessions will take place in multiple time zones and multiple languages over the five days.  The deadline for submissions is October 15, but you can plan on attending as well.
  3. K12 Online Conference: This year’s FREE online conference will take place the weeks of November 28th and December 5th, 2011, with a pre-conference keynote on Monday, November 21st. The 2011 theme is, “Purposeful Play.” Educators and students worldwide are invited to respond to our 2011 call for proposals. Presenters create twenty minute, engaging video presentations shared during our two week conference.
  4. NJEA Convention High Tech Hall: Every year, High Tech Hall at the NJEA Convention, grows bigger and more technologically advanced.  New in High Tech Hall this year will the Teacher-to-Teacher Learning Lab.  Here members will present hour long planned presentations.  This year, for the first time, NJEA members can record their time spent in High Tech Hall for professional development credit. (I won’t be there this year, but please look for my buddies Kevin Jarrett, Damian Bariexca and Mike Ritzius along with countless others.)
  5. The ITU Telecom World 11 MetaConference [http://world2011.us] is all about seeing how young people think technology might solve some of the world’s greatest problems. You can sign up to get involved right now in this project brought to you by the United Nations agency responsible for ICT: http://world2011.us/get-involved/

I love, Love, LOVE Technology, but…

Source: http://muskokagirl.ca

I recently received an e-mail from a private school teacher down in South Jersey. She wrote that she had heard me speak at the NJETI conference at Stockton this past May.  She said that although her school technology has come far, they are still behind. The school does not have a network, Wi-Fi, or even school e-mail for the teachers.

I want to change that!!!!

Teri Matus wants to get the computers in the lab networked. She wants to be able to use free resources like Google Apps. She wants to get the staff communicating. She wrote, “I want to change that!!!” after she listed what was not happening in her school.

I am sure that there are lots of enriching and engaging projects and activities going on in Teri’s school. I am sure that the students are immersed in learning. But are they having experiences with the technology they will need in higher ed and in their careers?

I suggested the following three sites as sources for funding. But there has to be more.

  1. http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/grants
  2. http://www.donorschoose.org/
  3. http://www.bbycommunications.com/crnew/teach.asp

I don’t think that the need here is the hardware. The need is for support. Teri’s school needs someone to create a network (including e-mail and Wi-Fi) and then to maintain that network.  Please help Teri and I find outlets for private schools to get technology funding. If you would leave a link, name of an organization, or even a success story as a comment, perhaps we can help get this private school, and its students, better prepare for their futures.

Tweet and Blog for Ed Tech 0n May 12

We have a serious problem on our hands.

We’re in a budget crisis.

Old news. I know. But it’s about to possibly get worse.

President Obama’s budget for FY11 provides no direct funding for education technology programs. Instead, it zeros out the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program, the only source of direct support for ed tech in many states and districts.

Since Congress doesn’t have to agree to the President’s budget recommendations please join the campaign to Tweet and Blog for Ed Tech on May 12!

Help your senator and representative understand what’s at stake! On May 12 tweet, retweet, and blog your support for $500 million in FY11 ed tech funding.

The Ed Tech Action Network (ETAN) has listed these as sample Tweets for May 12.

  • @TomHarkin #EETT Support innovation in learning & teaching. Fund #edtech at $500m
  • @DavidObey #EETT Support innovation in learning & teaching. Fund #edtech at $500m
  • @ThadCochran #EETT Support innovation in learning & teaching. Fund #edtech at $500m
  • @RepToddTiahrt #EETT Support innovation in learning & teaching. Fund #edtech at $500m
  • Our schools need 21st century education, #EETT. Fund #edtech at $500 m
  • No funding for #edtech? No prep for 21st century. Fund #EETT at $500m
  • I support #edtech. I vote. Fund #EETT at $500m in 2011
  • As a principal/teacher/parent I know our kids need #edtech skills. Fund #EETT at $500m

Visit ISTEConnects or the EdTechActionNetwork for more information.

“You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank that high on the truth meter,” he told the students. “And with iPods and iPads, and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation. So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it’s putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy.” President Barack Obama (Huffingtonpost.com)

If this is the mindset of the leaders of our government, we need to make our voices heard that educational technology in schools needs financial support from the federal government. We don’t want our students leading us into the future with the technology of the past.


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