Off to South Dakota…

TIE Conference

Brian will be at the Technology & Innovation in Education Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota next week from April 15 – 17.

He’ll be holding two sessions:

(1) Project-Based Learning with Glogster EDU on Sunday, April 15 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in Room 6

(2) Getting Started with Glogster EDU Premium on Monday, April 16 from 2:25 to 3:20 pm in Room 1.

Attendees at each session will be entered into a raffle to win a FREE Glogster EDU Teacher Premium License — that’s a $99 value!

Will you be at TIE? Let us know in the comments, or email brian.williams@glogster.com.

eTech Ohio Conference Giveaway Winners

Jamie Hardin presents “Prezi, Glogster and Jing Oh My!”

eTech Ohio’s  “Next Generation Innovation” conference last week at the Greater Columbus Convention Center was a fabulous event!  Estimates are that between 3-4 thousand educators attended the popular conference.  Hundreds had a chance to learn more about Glogster EDU in informative sessions, and booth 838 was buzzing with veteran Gloggers and newbies alike. Jen and I kept  busy answering questions, sharing Glogster EDU success stories, passing out mints, and keeping interested educators from “borrowing” the Glog posters we had in the booth ;).

Booth 838 in all its glory.

Columbus did a great job hosting the event for educators from all over the US, and the locals displayed their hospitality throughout the city. (Shout-out to Shuttle Dave at the Sheraton! -Jen)

We collected hundred of entries for the Teacher Premium and School Premium License raffle during Glogster EDU sessions and in the booth.  We are announcing the winners here first! So without further ado…

Winners of the 5-Month Teacher Premium Licenses:

Linda Elliott, Tech Instructor- McLogan Elementary

Melissa Wallace, Librarian – South Central

Julie Miller, Special Ed. – Philo Junior High

Carla Pelz, Computer Teacher – Port Clinton City

Nora McDevitt, Teacher – Volney

Christine Koltik, Teacher – Marburn Academy

Dawn Hendrick, Tech Teacher – Lima South Sci-Tech Magnet

Andrea Horner,  Gifted Intervention Specialist – Ohio Valley ESC

Dave Huffman, Librarian – Portsmouth Elementary

Stephanie Laskey, Teacher – Edison Middle School

John-Paul Hoffman, Technology Integration – Canal Winchester Middle School

Winner of the School Premium License:

Courtney Baliman, Tech Coordinator – Kent City Schools

CONGRATS to all – you will be contacted soon with your fabulous prize!

Was anyone else in Columbus last week? What were your takeaways? And did we have the pleasure of meeting at the booth? Let me know in the comments!

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!

PETE&C

PETE&C 2012

Don’t miss this year’s Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference: “Innovate…Collaborate…Educate” next week from Sunday, February 12 to Wednesday, February 15 2012.

This well-attended annual technology conference takes place at Hersey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

From the PETE&C website:

The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) is a statewide event that provides quality programs focused on technology in the educational field. Each year, hundreds of exhibitors showcase their latest technology products and services to the vast audience of teachers, administrators, technology directors, school board members and more. Monday and Tuesday mornings kick off with keynote speakers that will both educate and inspire you. Throughout the three days, you can attend concurrent sessions, keystone poster sessions and student showcases. There is something for everyone at PETE&C!

Our team will be busy attending eTech Ohio during this year’s event, but the program is jam-packed with informative Glogster EDU sessions nearly every day.

If you need added incentive to attend, we are GIVING AWAY one Premium License at each of the following Glogster EDU-related sessions:

Monday, February 13

2:45-3:45 – Traci Blazosky presents “Do the MASH…Tech Style” – Hotel Hersey/Tea House

3:40-4:45 – Laura Ann Naser presents “It’s a Web 2.0 World” – Hersey Lodge/Cocoa Suite 4/5

Tuesday, February 14

9:30-10:30 – Dave Mendell presents “Kick A#@ Collaboration” – Hersey Lodge/Empire B

2:30-3:30 – James Beeghley presents “Social Studies 2.0” – Hotel Hersey/Starlight East

Wednesday, February 15

9:15-10:15 – Ross Cooper presents “Project-Based Websites” – Hersey Lodge/Magnolia B

9:15-10:15 – Kathleen Scarpato presents  “Creating Connections, Virtually!”– Hersey Lodge/Cocoa Suite 1

10:30-11:30 – Raymond Pastore presents “Beyond PowerPoint: Online Presentation Tools” – Hersey Lodge/Empire D

Stop by any (or ALL!) of the sessions above to show your Glogster EDU LOVE!

View the full PETE&C program here

Are you going to PETE&C? Planning to stop by any of the sessions above? Tell us in the comments!

Glogster EDU at eTech Ohio

We are very excited to announce Glogster EDU’s presence next week at eTech Ohio’s “Next Generation Innovation” Conference.  The annual event, touted as the third largest educational technology show in the US, is taking place in the Greater Columbus Convention Center from February 13-15, 2012.

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The event is built by educators, for educators and offers pragmatic strategies, answers nagging questions, and shares valuable insights to address needs of college faculty, classroom teachers, and district administrators alike. The conference offers over 250 exhibit booths and boasts over 500 sessions and workshops that demonstrate students’ work, highlight new technologies, and discuss 21st century skills.

This is our first eTech Ohio conference and we are excited to be exhibiting! Please stop by booth # 838 to learn about all things Glogster EDU including: new district licensing, new platform and Glog creation tool launching this summer, and a mobile device app coming soon! Help us design the licensing option that exceeds your education requirements for project-based learning, digital literacy, and differentiated instruction.

If you need another incentive to stop by booth #838, we are giving away one School Premium License and five Teacher Premium Licenses for FREE!

We will also be supporting these GREAT Glogster EDU sessions:

Monday, February 13

  • 8:00 – 8:45 AM – Lisa Hoy presents “Cool Tools for Middle School” – Ballroom 1
  • 2:30 – 3:45 PM – Julie Simmons presents “Technology Tools for Primary Teachers” – Room C223
  • 3:45 – 4:30 PM – Jamie Hardin presents “Prezi, Glogster and Jing Oh My!” – Room C213

Tuesday, February 14

  • 10:45 – 11:30 PM –  Christine Walter presents “Web 2.0 Ideas for Students and Teachers” – Ballroom 1
  • 1:15 – 2:00 PM –  Karen Reiber presents “Tech Out Your Books” – Room C220-222
  • 3:45 – 4:30 PM –  Teresa Silvestri presents “Making Creativity Click with Web 2.0 Tools” –  Union C

You can view the entire conference schedule here.

Will you be at eTech Ohio? Stop by booth #838 or one of the sessions above to say HELLO!

If you’d like to set up an appointment during the conference to discuss your Glogster EDU plans, please email me at jim.dachos@glogster.com.

Hope to see you there!

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!!

Edutopia Weekly Giveaway Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the winners of the Edutopia weekly giveaway!

The following individuals now have FREE Glogster EDU Teacher Premium Licenses: Mary Hassell, Adam Newall, Jo Beth Dempsey, Adam Babcock and Lanis Taylor.  Congratulations again, and we hope you enjoy innovating your classroom with Glogster EDU!

A very special thank you to Edutopia for organizing this great giveaway.

Last Chance to win a FREE Glogster EDU Teacher Premium License!


Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to win one of SIX free Glogster EDU Teacher Premium Licenses from Edutopia. That’s a $99 value – for FREE!

Click here to enter.

Entries close this Sunday, January 22nd at midnight!

Teacher Premium License Giveaway

Click here to enter!Head on over to Edutopia to enter for the chance to win one of SIX free Glogster EDU Teacher Premium Licenses. That’s a $99 value – for FREE! All you have to do is sign in and click a button. It couldn’t be easier!

Click here to enter.

Be sure to enter by Sunday, January 22nd for a chance to win.

Reflections on the MSTC (and BBQ)

I had a blast at the MidSouth Technology Conference last week.  I’ve been to a few different places in the United States, but I’ve never met people as nice as those I met in Memphis.

Good ole' Memphis sunset.

The first day I had the opportunity to listen to Kathy Schrock’s presentation entitled “A Picture is Worth 1000 Words.” I was definitely able to relate to her topic because visual representation is a key ingredient to what we do here at Glogster EDU.  I also had the chance to sit in on Isabella Scaramucci’s presentation about Glogster EDU entitled “Creating the Private Virtual Classroom” as well as “Using Web 2.0 Tools to Enhance Student Creativity in the Reading/Language Arts Block” presented by Dr. Megan Salemi and Lori Carter.  Both presentations had a good showing, and I think that attendees were able to take away a lot of useful teaching techniques to apply to their own classrooms.

Isabella Scaramucci’s presentation, “Creating the Private Virtual Classroom”

My session entitled “Glogster EDU:  Transform your Classroom into a Virtual Learning Environment” was a great success!  I had approximately 60 people in attendance, and I had a great time having fun with the crowd.  We went over the ins–and-outs of Glogster EDU while having some much needed fun on a Friday morning.

All in all, the MSTC was a great success for all parties involved. And if you ever get a chance to visit Memphis, I recommend checking out a restaurant called Cozy Corner. No one does BBQ like Memphis!

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