Posts Tagged ‘Technology’

stemJoin us in the media center this Friday for activities supporting Georgia STEM Day! I’ve got classes scheduled all day for balloon rockets, the spaghetti tower challenge, floating ping pong balls, the airplane distance and accuracy challenge, hovercrafts, the tin foil boat challenge, and much more.



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tech fairEnter the WJMS Technology Fair to compete in one of several categories listed below. Winners will advance to the Bulloch County Regional Technology Fair on January 31st. Complete the Project Submission Form to enter(return completed forms to Mrs. Borck). The deadline is Wednesday, November 19th. See Mrs. Borck for project ideas and questions.


  • 3D Modeling
  • Multimedia Applications
  • Animated Graphic Design
  • Non-Animated Graphic Design
  • Case Modification
  • Non-Multimedia Applications
  • Digital Photography
  • Project Programming
  • Digital Video Production
  • Robotics
  • Web 2.0 Internet Applications
  • Individual & Team Programming Challenge
  • Hardware
  • Game Design
  • Mobile Apps

For more details, please visit the county’s Tech Fair website at


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workshopI’m looking forward to the GaETC Conference next week in Atlanta to learn about new technologies and how they can be used in education. If you have the opportunity, please sign up for my workshop, Tools for Technology Integration in the 21st Century Classroom.

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Last week I had the honor of creating a guest post on Richard Byrne’s blog Free Technology for Teachers. In thinking about a topic, I decided to go with Web 2.0 collaborations. I wrote about some of the projects incorporating Web 2.0 that I’ve worked on with teachers and their classes. Some were projects from this year(food webs with Cacoo) and others were from several years ago(webpages with Weebly). It was a wonderful experience to share with other professionals in the educational field as a guest blogger(I have communicated with several who had questions). An added bonus was finding out my post was one of the most popular posts for the week with 100 reactions! I would definitely enjoy doing this again. Huge thanks to Richard for the opportunity.

Web 2.0 Collaborative Projects in the Middle School

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I attended the technology conference today in Liberty County in Hinesville and wanted to share some of the highlights from the two sessions I attended. In Freeloader’s Guide to Educational Software  Daniel Rivera shared wonderful Open Source software available on the web:

Crayon Physics – Crayon Physics is a 2D physics game, in which solve puzzles with your artistic vision and creative use of physics.

Art Rage 2 – ArtRage, the easy to use, stylish painting package that lets you get painting from the moment you open it up. You can paint with oils, sketch with pencils, sprinkle glitter, and more. You can paint with gold leaf, silver foil, and other metallic colors.

Picasa 3 – Picasa is software that makes it easy to view, organize, edit and share the digital photos on your PC. You can cut, crop, resize, straighten, or touch up your photos with a few clicks. 
Celestia – Celestia is a simulation of the entire universe, based on current astronomical information. It includes beautifully rendered planets, moons, and some smaller orbital bodies such as Mir and the International Space Station. You can visit other stars or even travel outside the galaxy.

Geogebra – lets you create constructions with points, vectors, segments, lines, and conical sections as well as functions. You can change them later as well. You can also enter coordinates and equations directly, including variables, of course.

In the second session Web 2.0 Nibblets: Nom, Nom, Nom , we divided into groups and investigated different Web 2.0 technologies:

Drop.io – Simple real-time sharing, collaboration, and presentation.
Use drop.io to privately share your files and collaborate in real time by web, email, phone, mobile, and more. Create each drop in two clicks and share what you want, how you want, with whom you want.

Remember the Milk – Managing tasks is generally not a fun way to spend your time. They created Remember The Milk so that you no longer have to write your to-do lists on sticky notes, whiteboards, random scraps of paper, or the back of your hand.

Glogster – Simply put, Glog is a kind of poster – fully designed by yourself! Glog is a fancy creation from text, images, music and video. No matter if it is colorful, sexy or emo. Your Glog will stand out. It gives you a perfect tool to express yourself.

Prezi – A presentation tool using a map layout and zooming to show contextual relationships

Cacoo – Cacoo is a user friendly online drawing tool that allows you to create a variety of diagrams such as site maps, wire frames, UML and network charts.

EdmodoEdmodo is an online classroom communications tool for teachers and students to share Notes, Files, links, and assignments.

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