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PD 2009


PD 2009 will offer a variety of sessions. When completing the online registration, attendees will be asked to select the sessions they want to attend. Depending on the level of interest, the Schedule of sessions might be tweaked somewhat.

Podcasting Refresher (Saturday AM session)

Teaching and learning with podcasts and video podcasts (vodcasts) presents many unique opportunities. Teachers can use them to present class materials to students and post classroom updates to parents. Students can create podcasts and vodcasts to demonstrate their learning or to connect with other students.

In this in hands-on session, you will:

  • review the basics of easy-to-use podcasting and vodcasting tools that will work in your specific teaching context
  • create a podcast or vodcast for your class
  • share ideas with others about how to integrate podcasting and vodcasting into your classroom

Google Earth (Saturday all day session)

Google Earth (GE) is an exciting tool that keeps evolving and has many uses to enhance learning across the curriculum.

In this session, you will;

  • learn how to use the basic tools and navigate in GE
  • experience how GE is being used in cross curricular learning
  • share resources and ideas

This all day session is more suitable as a RETA workshop for secondary educators.

Google for Educators (Saturday all day session)

Google for Educators is a rich collection of free resources that offers K-12 educators a variety of tools that can be used everyday in every way to enhance teaching and learning.

In the session, you will learn about the:

  • Google for Educators website
  • Creating a Google Account
  • Google Docs (Spreadsheets and Presentations)
  • Picasa and Picasa Web Album
  • Google Notebook
  • Google Custom Search Engine
  • Google Groups
  • Google Reader
  • i Google

Edmodo for Blended Learning (Saturday PM and Sunday PM sessions)

Edmodo is a free private microblogging tool. If you've been wanting to use blogging with your students, this is the resource for you!

In this session, you will:

  • learn how to microblog with Edmodo
  • see how Edmodo is being used in the classroom
  • share additional ideas on using Edmodo

Internet Safety Training (Sunday AM and PM sessions)

Due to the recent passage of the "Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act", we're predicting a renewed interest in Internet Safety Training. Read below for more information. So RETA will be promoting Internet Safety Workshops.

In this session, you will:

"If you’re an educator receiving this mailing from i-SAFE it is our recommendation that you share this information with your District Administration and/or the individual or department that is responsible for the coordination of your E-Rate funding. Effective October 10, 2008, the “Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act” [Title II of the “Broadband Data Improvement Act,” amending 47 U.S.C. 254 (h)(5)(b) of the Communications Act of 1934] mandates that elementary and secondary schools having computers with Internet access may not receive services at discount rates [i.e., E-Rate grants for Internet access, Internet service or internal connections, but not grants for telecom only] unless they submit to the Federal Communications Commission a certification that as part of their Internet safety policy they are “educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyber bullying awareness and response.” Furthermore, the FCC’s E-Rate enforcement provisions include the following:

  1. No Universal Service Fund payments will be made on behalf of any applicant that does not file the requisite certifications; and
  2. If certifications are found to be false – as determined by subsequent review or audit – applicants will have to reimburse the Fund for any funds and discounts received for the period covered."

What's New In Web 2.0 (Sunday AM and PM sessions)

Find out what all the hype is for this second generation, Web 2.0, Internet that offers effective and creative ways to collaborate and communicate as a 21st century teacher/learner.

In this session, you will;

  • learn about new Web 2.0 tools for educators — Twitter, TokBox, BeFunky, Image Chef, Traking Shot, Baggz
  • expereince how these tools are being used in the classroom
  • have hands-on time to explore a few of the tools yourself

Personal Learning Networks (Sunday AM and PM sessions)

Part 1: Being a 21st century educator requires an understanding of your personal learning network. Come join us for a fast paced tour of PLN tools and strategies. This will enhance your experience online and further strengthen your ties to RETA, NMSTE and other learning communities, in NM and beyond.

Part 2: Join us to further develop and enhance your PLNs. Holly and Bethany will guide a discussion of learning strategies and mentor/support individual exploration of your PLN.

Clicker Systems: Using Clickers to Engage Students (Sunday AM session)

Student response systems are becoming more flexible and appropriate for 21st century learning. They can eliminate the “invisible” student by removing risk, encourage discussion, and give immediate feedback to reinforce learning. This session will introduce you to the student response system Clickers. Clickers allow educators to ask questions and gather immediate feedback from the students.

In this session, you will

  • use the Clickers to learn how the Clicker Systems work
  • be introduced to the software and student data analysis options
  • discuss ideas for using Clickers in the classroom

Professional Development Dossier(PDD) Refresher (Sunday AM session)

This session is required for RETA PDD instructors. In the last four years, PDD has become well established and matured. PDD reviewers have received ongoing training to refresh their reviewing skills.

In this session, RETA PDD instructors will:

  • update their PDD reviewing skills
  • learn about updates for RETA PDD workshops
  • discuss issues concerning their role as RETA PDD instructors

This session is required for RETA PDD instructors.

Scratch (Sunday PM session)

What is Scratch? A free programming language that is fun and easy to use for everyone 8 years and up. Scratch is intended to help develop 21st century learning skills.

In this session, you will:

  • learn how to use Scratch
  • understand how Scratch develops 21st century learning skills
  • share ideas about using Scratch in the classroom
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  • Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001