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2007 Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops will be available from 8:30 -11:00 am.  Don't forget to arrive early, seats will fill up fast.

  1. E-Rate 2008-2009
  2. Educational Podcasting: Create Your First Podcast
  3. Meeting in the Moodle: Jump Start Dynamic Learning

E-Rate 2008-2009

Presented by Tony Korwin, Alamogordo Public Schools, & Kim Whitley, Hobbs Municipal Schools

Location: Meeting Room 2

This presentation will discuss the E-Rate process, new developments, timelines and eligible items as we head into the 2008-2009 application cycle. The workshop will also field questions from the audience about specific issues and problems related to the program.

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Educational Podcasting: Create Your First Podcast - Bring your laptop to join in the fun!!

Presented by: Bethany Bovard, New Mexico State University

Location: Room 3

Podcasting provides numerous teaching and learning opportunities for those in K12 and higher education settings. Two primary examples of these opportunities include educators creating multimedia-rich learning materials that enhance the educational experience and that are quickly and easily distributed to students and students easily creating podcasts to demonstrate their learning and understanding of course content.

Most educators can easily take advantage of these opportunities for themselves and their students once they have experienced the range of capabilities of this unique educational technology; therefore, by the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand how podcasts can be used effectively in their educational context
  • Know where to locate supplemental podcast materials for their classes
  • Create podcast materials using audacity or GCast
  • Post podcast materials to GCast or iTunesU

Participants will also take away from this workshop a list of strategies for teaching and learning using podcasts, a set of tutorials to assist them and their students in accessing and creating podcasts, and a list of suggested free or nearly free tools for enhancing their podcasts to make them more interactive. Bring your laptop to join in the fun.

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Meeting in the Moodle: Jump Start Dynamic Learning - Bring your laptop to join in the fun!!

Presented by: Holly Rae Bemis-Schurtz, New Mexico State University

Location: Room 4A

Moodle is an online learning and course management system with secure access to

resources, polls, chats, forums, wikis, blogs, assignment dropboxes, and much, much, more.

Learn how districts, schools, and teachers can get access to this open source system and connect classrooms to the newest 21st century tools for supporting critical thinking, collaboration and literacy.
Preview the steps necessary to establish a Moodle environment.
Find out what schools are learning about Moodle– what works, what doesn’t work, why, and what should happen next.

You will leave this session with experiential knowledge of Moodle’s interactivity and handouts to help you jump start your Moodling adventures. Bring your laptop to join in the fun.

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