Making Connections - Illinois Computing Educators

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Volume 2011, Issue 3

Making Connections Nadine Norris, ICE President

Cube Computer Update Bulletin for Educators

In This Issue Making Connections................................... 1 Looking Ahead with an Eye to Our Past........ 2 iPads in the Science Classroom: Consume to Create..................................... 3 Web 2.0 Presents WW II............................ 4 Using Flip Cameras and Online Tools to Enhance Physical Education.................... 6 Engaging Students During the Final Days of School................................... 7 The Past Comes Alive with Glogster.............. 8 A Historical Fiction Project Using VoiceThreads.................................... 9 When Will I Ever Use This? Career Exploration Project ........................ 10 Scrapbooking Across the Regions.............. 13 The Characters in Our Class...................... 15 Using Graphs.......................................... 16 Virtual Field Trip: Joseph Cornell................ 16 Spotlight Member Recognition Program...... 18 Call for Articles......................................... 20

I am privileged to be assuming the position of President of Illinois Computing Educators for the 2011-2012 year. My name is Nadine Norris and I’m the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Community Consolidated School District 15 in Palatine. I’ve been involved with this wonderful organization since 2001, which compared with the experience of many of my friends, makes me a bit of a “newbie”. My first exposure to ICE was during the summer of 2001 after I had just taken the job of Technology Coordinator at a large parochial school in suburban Chicago. After spending a few years in the classroom, I convinced the principal that since I was so confident with the use of technology, I could certainly be successful at helping teachers across all grade levels and content areas integrate technology in a way that would bring students into the 21st century. I am convinced that my success was due in large part to the connections I made by joining ICE immediately after getting that job. It wasn’t just the personal professional development I obtained from attending that first NECC Conference and subsequent meetings and mini-conferences; it was the relationships that were built with innovative educators, skilled tech coordinators, and visionary administrators that made my early involvement with this organization so important. Many of the past presidents, conference co-chairs, TECH 200x chairs, and members of the Governing and Executive Boards got together recently to celebrate the 25th anniversary of ICE. I asked my friends who have been around a long time to give me a sense of what technology would have been considered innovative 25 years ago. They named a few different things and told stories about how they became so enthusiastic about using computers in the classroom. I was really struck by how much has changed in such a short period of time. Here I was Googling an Apple IIGS, one of the most popular classroom computers of all time... on my iPhone. Just for fun, take a look at this post from Tony Vincent (http://bit.ly/lihapple) on iEAR.org for a comparison of those two devices. As a former classroom teacher, I have always felt that the summer issue of the ICE newsletter is my favorite. As you page through this newsletter, I know you’ll find a few inspiring ideas as you plan for the coming school year. For another fun comparison, go back to the newsletter issues from 10 years ago – they are all on the ICE website. Since many of you frequently write and publish content on the web as bloggers or on your classroom website, please know how much we appreciate your contributions to this newsletter. Think about how many teachers have seen copies of the ICE newsletters in their faculty lounges and have enjoyed the content. Once the school year begins, make sure you pay close attention to the ICE website and the e-mails coming from the ICE office. Mark the dates of the many mini-conferences that are held throughout the s