2009 Teacher Technology Academy

July 8-9, 2009
8:00-1:00 Kinston High School Cyber Campus

Our Objectives:

  • Introduce teachers to a variety of technologies that can be used in the classroom.
  • Allow time to explore, experiment, and develop lessons using the tools introduced during the academy


Wednesday July 8, 8:00-1:00

8:00 AM Welcome/Sign-in

Activity One: Create your Mii:

Here are some of our Miis

Mrs._Lynch.pngashleymii.jpg charles_mii.jpg

Click here to create yours!
Download Word Template for Mii Nametags

Save your Mii to our box.net account.

Login: mlynch@lenoir.k12.nc.us

Password: gadgetcamp

Activity Two: Wordle

  • Create a Wordle using at least 35 words to describe you! We will use these to introduce ourselves.

  • Ways to use Wordle in the classroom:

  • With a partner, or by yourself, make a worlde to represent one way you plan to use this tool in your classroom this coming school year. Use one of the 20 ideas listed in the presentation above, or come up with your own. Be creative! We will share these with our group.

Activity Three: Blogs in the Classroom

  • Blogs in Plain English Video

  • Check out the following links to blogs that are being used in schools and classrooms. Use these to gain inspiration and think about how you can use a blog in your own classroom.

Community Blog - Second Grade Pen Pals share about their classroom community.
Thunderbolt Blog
The Bee Hive
Blogging in and out of the Classroom
Kyle the Crocodile's Travel Blog
Extreme Biology Class Blog
Free Technologies For Teachers
  • Visit this site to learn about blogging and to sign up for your own blog!

  • After you sign up, write your first blog about Wordle and post yours on your blog.

Activity Four: Voicethreads

  • What is a voicethread and how do I use it? View this voicethread to find out!

  • Here is a movie clip that will walk you right through how to sign up for your own account.

  • Visit our Voicethreads page to see examples. Now that you have ideas of how to use voicethreads, it's your turn to create one!

  • Using powerpoint, digital camera pictures, or web pictures create an All About Me Voicethread. Here are some ideas of what to include in your voicethread.

  • Picture of You (Use your Avitar you made earlier!)
  • Your Name
  • Name of School
  • Grade Level
  • Favorite Sport
  • Favorite Food
  • Favorite Book
  • Favorite Subject in School
  • What do you like to do in your free time?

  • Try to embed your voicethread into your blog!

Thursday July 9, 8:00-1:00

8:00 AM Welcome/Sign-in

Activity One: Geocaching

Take your camera with you geocaching and follow the directions you find in each of the three caches.

DPI Geocaching Lesson Plans

Activity Two: PhotoStory

What is Digital Storytelling and why use it?

Download Microsoft Photostory 3 for FREE here

  • Use this page here to draw out your ideas.
  • Use at least 4 of your geocaching pictures to tell a digital story about your experience.
  • Use recorded voice, music, text, movement and transitions.


PhotoStory in the Classroom

Activity Three: Flip Cams

What is a Flip Cam and why use it?

How to use the Flip Cam
Practice time!
How to move video to your computer

Codec for Flip Cams

Movie Maker
*When importing video, be sure to click in the box to UNCHECK the Create clips for video files

Create a brief video explaining how you could use one of the tools you have learned at camp in YOUR classroom!

  • A title
  • At least 2 video clips
  • Transitions between clips
  • A credits page
Other Video Tools
Places to download free music loops

Activity Four: Exit Survey

12:45-1:00 Take Exit Survey 1:00 PM Dismiss


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