Monday, April 30, 2007

Weekly update

NETA 2007
The 2007 NETA conference is over and, in my eyes, was a huge success. I had the opportunity to do two presentations, one on about podcasting and one helping Deanna with Web 2.0 tools for teachers. We had a full house for both presentations and had several schools express interest in getting more information for follow-up on both topics. I am excited to provide some help to those interested in doing projects in their classroom.

I am interested on following up on several topics Alan November mentioned in his keynote. Teaching the grammar of the Internet- Better searching techniques, how search engines work. Think globally when teaching - Western influence on publications, using classrooms across the globe for authentic learning. Develop authentic learning opportunities to improve student motivation - Real world assignments to solve real world problems!

Project Management
Working with a new project management software called BaseCamp. It's a free (one project) organizational tool for teams. It looks like it will be a great asset for us here at ESU 10. We are going to start with projects for the studio. Take a look at Basecamp:

Web 2.0 PLC
Investigating the idea of a PLC for Web 2.0 in Education that will have information, ideas, lessons, videos and more about how Web 2.0 can improve student learning.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Preparing for NETA

This is an exciting week for me at work. I'll be in Omaha Wednesday through Friday for the annual NETA (Nebraska Educational Technology Association) conference. Not only will I be presenting, I also get the privilege of helping with the conference as a new NETA board member. I can't wait to participate in this capacity. I have attended NETA since my days at UNK clear back in 1994 and have lead presentations and workshops for about the last 10 years. This is a wonderful conference that has grown and grown and continues to lead Nebraska educators interested in using technology in the classroom.

This year I will be presenting two sessions. The first will be on podcasting. We will be going through the process of introducing the topic, to being a consumer of podcasts to, finally, producing our own podcasts. For more information on the presentation, visit

The second session, I am actually helping Deanna Stall, another technology trainer at ESU 10. We will be using and show collaborative Web 2.0 tools. I am really excited about this topic. We are doing more and more with Web 2.0 in the classroom and it has been a great experience. There will be more on Web 2.0 tools here in this blog throughout the year. Stay tuned!

I hope to see you at NETA! Have a great week.

Friday, April 20, 2007


Welcome - I am going to start by introducing myself. I am a technology trainer and systems engineer at Educational Service Unit 10 in Kearney, Nebraska. I have grown up in Nebraska and lived in Kearney since 1991 when I started college at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. It has been a great place to be.

So what does a technology trainer and a systems engineer do at ESU 10? When I was first hired at ESU 10, my job was more technical, doing more with programming and networking. I had the opportunity to set up several servers and install networks. We work with school LAN Managers and assist them in running their day to day network opperations. As a part of that, I took over a summer academy for school LAN Managers that teaches the fundementals of the job. It has been a wonderful experience and through that, I have migrated to do more and more workshops not only for LAN Managers but for classroom teachers and administrators as well. I do less and less with the technical side and more with integration of technology. That's where the technology trainer title comes from.

Plan to see more on classroom tech ideas, tips and tricks, meanderings, and more. Take care!