TCEA License Winners

Austin, Texas and TCEA = Fun. Traveling to Austin, Texas = Not so fun.

The weather in Austin was not as good as it was a couple weeks ago when I was in Orlando for FETC, but it sure was better than Boston! Having said that, being able to walk around without a jacket was pretty awesome.

I attended a few workshops when I was down there, and I even had the chance to take a few of our Glogster EDU Ambassadors out to dinner one night. We went to Iron Works BBQ, and it was a fun night out! I can’t forget to mention that booth 1657 was rocking all week long too. Thanks to all who stopped by and supported us.

We gave away 11 Teacher Premium Licenses and 1 School License at TCEA.

Drum roll, please…

The 5 Month Teacher Premium License winners are:
Virginia Holcombe
Amy Fletcher
Danna Kubacak
Rita Baca
Jackie Stall
Robin Spencer
Rosemary Martinez
Jackie Stall
Kayla Hoffpavir
Pam Beall
Kristin Dawson

The School Premium License winner is:
Sarah Pedroth

Congratulations to all who won! I’ll be contacting you soon with your free license codes.

See you next year, Austin.

Going to METC?

The Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC) is next week from February 13 – 15 in St. Louis, MO.  Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to St. Louis, which is a bit disappointing because (among many other reasons, of course!) I would really like to visit Busch Stadium.  Fortunately, Glogster EDU will be well represented by one of our fantastic Ambassadors, Melanie Thompson!

METC

Melanie will be presenting Glogster EDU at two sessions: “Glogster EDU – Create Interactive Digital Posters – What’s New for 2012?” on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 2:20 pm and “Glogster EDU – Engage, Motivate and Create” on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 10:50 am.  She will be raffling off a Teacher Premium License at each session!

Other sessions I wish I could attend (and encourage you to attend in my absence):

  • “Integrate Technology By Expanding Your Toolkit” by Jill Badalamenti and Betsy Harrigan on Monday, Feb. 13
  • “Let’s Talk Webtools” by Paula Naugle also on Monday, Feb. 13.
  • “Research Remix” by Shannon Parker and Kate Meier on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 1:00 pm.
  • “Blogs, Wordles, and Glogs Oh MY!” by Julie Wankum and Jackie Remis on Wednesday Feb. 15 at 3:25 pm.

View or download the entire METC program here.

Anyone going to METC? Let me know in the comments. And don’t have too much fun without me!

Glogster EDU at TCEA

I am very excited to attend TCEA in Austin, TX next week!  I have never been to Texas before, but I have heard a lot of great things.  So, before we get to business, if anyone wants to show me around or has any recommendations, I am all ears!

TCEA

As most of you know, TCEA is one of the largest school technology events in the US.  Having said that, there will be plenty of booths to visit and sessions to attend.  Most notably booth Glogster EDU booth # 1657 and session titled Glogster EDU: Transform Your Classroom into a Virtual Learning Environment presented by yours truly!

We will be raffling off a Teacher Premium License ($99 value) and a School License  ($800 value!!) at the booth, so make sure you stop by to enter the giveaway.

Click to view the full-size Glog.

Here’s more info on my session:

Glogster EDU: Transform Your Classroom into a Virtual Learning Environment

Wednesday, February 8 at 10:30AM -11:30AM , Room 3

Transform “old school” poster projects into beautiful multimedia digital posters (Glogs) using today’s technology that will engage and motivate students of all learning styles.

These are some of the sessions I’m planning on attending:

1.  Tuesday, February 7: “Energize Your Classroom with Web Tools” presented by Robyn Hrivnatz and Sarah Bauguss on at 1:30 PM in Room 9B.

Tired of the same old poster projects, book reports, and classroom newsletters? Move beyond the chalkboard and reinvent your classroom with Glogster, Animoto, and Edmodo.

2. Wednesday, February 8: “Portfolios Using Glogster and iPod Touch” presented by Mary Carole Strother at 8:00 AM in Room 16B.

Learn how 5th grade students at our school created digital portfolios using Glogster to document their science learning. We will share our young digitial scientists wiki filled helpful resources including; setting up student glogster accounts, how to manage student portfolios, portfolio design lesson plans, and actual student science portfolios.

3.  Thursday, February 9: “2011 ISTE Technology Innovation Award” presented by Mary Carole Strother at 12:00 PM in Room 11AB.

Join us as we share our 2011 ISTE Technology Innovation Award winning wiki, Adventures with Maybelle. This collaborative project features Web 2.0 tools like Glogster, Blabberize, VoiceThread, Mixbook, QR codes, Animoto, Vokis, and Photobabble. We will share videos and projects from our Adventures with Maybelle Literacy and Multimedia Festival.

Check out the Glog for a full list of all Glogster EDU-related sessions. We’ll be giving away a Teacher Premium License at each of these, too!

Who else is going to TCEA? Which sessions do you have your eye on? Stop by booth #1657 to say hi, or tweet me at @glogsteredu  to meet up!

FETC Reflections & Giveaway Winners


FETC Conference hall

I had a great time traveling to Florida for FETC 2012.   Coming from New England, I really appreciated the 80 degree sunshine in the middle of January!

I had the chance to attend a few sessions, my favorite being “Rock Your Student’s Education with Technology” presented by Caryn Good.  Caryn’s presentation went over everything from Glogster EDU to Blabberize to Vokis. There wasn’t an open seat in room S230E.  I think that there were more people standing or sitting on the floor than in the Technology Shootout that kicked off the conference!

I also attended Lauren Tate’s session, “Increasing Engagement with Web 2.0 tools.” Lauren is a young educator who really knows how to bring life into a classroom.  She captures her students’ attention by using every Web 2.0 tool imaginable.

I also want to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our Premium License giveaway winners:

Alex Sadowsky, 5th grade teacher from Flora Ridge Osceola

Kathleen McAllister, Duval County Schools

Arlene Sutherland, librarian from Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy

Barb Bodley, technology teacher from Armleder Education Center

All in all, the FETC conference was a great success!  However, I must admit the best part about the entire trip was when I ran into the Vice President for Wilson Sporting Goods in the airport on the way back to Boston.  He will be sending me a game ball from this weekend’s Super Bowl.  Go Pats!  Go Glogster! Go FETC!!

GO PATS!!

One more time: GO PATS!!

Getting ready for FETC!

FETC 2012Next week I’ll be heading down to Orlando for the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC). I can’t wait to meet educators and fellow technology professionals who are shaping the future of education. (And maybe try to soak up some sun while I’m at it!)

There are a ton of interesting sessions on the schedule, but I’ve picked out three in particular that I’ll definitely be attending. At the end of these presentations, you’ll have the opportunity to enter a raffle to win a FREE Teacher Premium License. So come on by!

1. K-5 Research Projects Go Digital (CS5426) – Wednesday, January 25 at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Deborah Icard and Jane Brady Hudson will show how to bring elementary research projects into the digital world with Web 2.0 tools such as Prezi, Animoto, Glogster, Voicethread, Xtranormal, Blabberize, blogs, & podcasts.

2. Increasing Engagement with Web 2.0 Tools (CS8233) – Thursday, January 26 at 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Lauren Tate will guide you through an introduction of a few key Web 2.0 tools: Prezi, Glogster, Voicethread, and Storybird. There will be time for group collaboration, assistance, and discussion. Bring your laptops!

3. Rock Your Student’s Education with Technology! (CS9743) – Thursday, January 26 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Caryn Good’s session will be jam-packed with great ideas for utilizing free technologies in all subject areas. Learn about Glogster EDU, VuVox, Blabberize, Popplet, Symbaloo, Voki and more.

Make sure to stop by the Google booth (#1101) on Thursday, January 26 between 1:45 and 2:00 PM to watch me demo Glogster EDU on a Google Chromebook. 

Will you be at FETC? Email me at mike.sielawa@glogster.com, and we’ll find a time to meet!