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September 2009 Meeting Minutes
AATE MEETING MINUTES
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
11:00 - Welcome - F. Stuart Gulley, Ph.D., President –
Currently creating a 10-year strategic plan of which Technology is a big part.
Woodward is the largest independent school in the 48 contiguous states
Technology Overview – Lee Conner – Woodward Technology Director
2nd MAC lab just opened; now Woodward is 50/50 MAC/PCs
Content management website in Silverpoint
Intranet in Sharepoint
Office 7 installed; training on-going
Athletics complex open Jan 2010; wireless & AV
Trimming costs while meeting needs:
Student GMAIL; open source filter/archive
Open source imaging system
Free Think Client OS in MS
Video streaming solution
23K12Learning Web 2.0 course hosted by Woodward/Shelley Paul
Opened computer lab in sister school in Africa
Employee went to PitWater House in Australia
11:15 - AATE Business
Introduction of officers
Connie White – President; Lakeview Academy
Amy Marler – Secretary; Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School
Jason Coterez –Member at Large; Blessed Trinity
Carol Horner -Treasurer; Wesleyan
Peggy Pullen – Past President; Marist
Terry Decker – Member at Large; Westminster
Shelley Paul – Member at Large; Woodward
Kathy Bailey – Member at Large; Paideia
Dues, distribution and wiki
Dues are $20.00; guests pay $10.00 for lunch
AATE Wiki is at
Contains numerous resources for sharing (see list on left-hand side)
Amy Marler is the contact for the AATE website for 2009-2010.
GaETC (Nov 4-6, 2009) - Atlanta
GISA (Nov 2nd, 2009) – Darlington School/Rome, GA
) Jan 29-31, 2010 Philly, PA
Tech Fair for Private/Homeschool Students = looking for interested school(s) to host
Classroom 2.0 = look for email from AATE officers
NETS-A Standards presented by Terry Decker (Director of Technology-Westminster)
Focus on new NETS for Students/Teachers/Administrators is
Standards available at
No longer will specific projects be listed (i.e.-Create/save a spreadsheet).
Refreshed ISTE NETS for Administrators include:
Digital-Age Learning Culture
Excellent in Professional Practice
11:20 - Networking Ice Breaker - Please bring 10 business cards.
- Presentation on various technology concepts.
Technology gifts (Books, Software, LCD Projectors) were given via a drawing.
11:40 - Highlights from Google Teacher Academy - Nneka Robinson
Create 1 min video about classroom motivation
10-12 hours of Training on Google Applications:
**Google Teacher Academy Resource Page**
**Google for Educators**
**Google Similar images -**
Allows searching for images using pictures rather than words
Search tool that builds a collection of facts from the web.
**Google "Show Options"**
- Timeline and Wonder Wheel
**Google News Timeline**
- "Web application that organizes information chronologically
Latest ideas from the Google team.
- Keep up to date with Google.
Follow Google on Twitter -
12:00 - Lunch/Faceoff - SMS/Emergency Management Systems
SchoolCast Rapid Notification System, Birmingham, AL,
Contact Mr. Bob Phillips, Area Mgr.,
1:00 - Great Websites - Shelley Paul
"Magically" remove everything except the video from any YouTube page. Share the URL on a web page or via email.
Create an instant "backchannel" or chat room to capture real-time discussions and feedback. Share the URL with users. (Ex:
Cool photo effects, including postage stamp, wanted poster and polaroid effect. (Thanks, Nneka).
Spell with Flickr
Create "ransom note"-style words using Creative Commons-licensed photos from the Flickr One Letter pool.
LIFE Photo Archive
"Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google."
"Many Eyes is a bet on the power of human visual intelligence to find patterns." Upload a data set (or use and existing one) to create one of 18 types of interactive visualizations. Browse the gallery to explore existing visualizations. Wordle was developed as part of this powerful IBM-hosted project.
1:15 - Breakout Sessions
What's New with Google Docs? - Nneka
Nneka will share the "latest and greatest" features of Google Documents, Spreadsheets and Presentations, with a special emphasis on Google Gadgets (flashcards, templates, word study, equations, etc.
Shoestring Technology Solutions - Andy Morris,
Woodward IT Dept
Andy will present affordable and free alternatives for key processes and systems in
schools, including FOG imaging, Unreal streaming media server, SSL Explorer remote desktop, Open-Audit inventory management, Scalix and Zimbra mail server/groupware, and virtualization options, such as VMware ESXi free server, Freenas/Openfiler ISCSI Targets and Virtualbox.
**Resources listed here**
Web 2.0 Integration at Woodward
Upper School WA teachers will highlight online projects
Scott Freed, US history projects:
Paula Gentry, AP Calculus Review Wiki
Tim Hamling, novel study blog for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close:
Wikis and Blogs are “student created/driven/maintained by doing the following:
Scribe the daily lesson(s) and upload to wiki/blog (text, media, etc.)
Add multimedia in various places (podcasts, songs, slideshows, etc.)
Upload information/calculations from calculators
Use Web 2.0 apps (Vokis, podcasts, slideshare, Voicethread, Timetoast, Audacity, etc.)
Create an alternative textbook
Create an online scrapbook of the subject (i.e.-Photohistory Tour of a city in History)
Summarize a fiction book by chapter (especially for modern fiction w/no Cliff Notes)
Create/answer Study Questions
Investigate items w/which they are unfamiliar (a person they don’t know)
Blogs about connections w/historical event or novel w/the student’s life
Grading: contributions, quality, creativity, meeting deadlines
"Thanks, I Needed That!" Web 2.0 Tools for Getting
Shelley Paul reviewed a collection of free, helpful web-based tools for tasks such as data collection and organization, file conversion, PDF printing, photo editing, online file storage and sharing, collaborative list making, URL shortening, research and more.
**Resources listed here**
help on how to format text
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