2005-2006 AATE Meeting Archives

May 2006 - Annual Luncheon

Thanks to John Varner and Eastern Data for sponsoring our "End of the Year" Luncheon at Berkeley Hills Country Club! You are all cordially invited to attend and help us wind up the year! It is important to get a head count so please RSVP to Peggy Pullen as soon as possible! Hope you all can make it! Directions: http://www.berkeleyhillscc.com/

Nominations and Election of Officers
If you'd like to be an AATE officer or would like to nominate a colleague, please bring your nomination to the meeting or email it to Peggy Pullen (pullenp@marist.com) or Jo Ray Van Vliet (jvanvliet@paceacademy.org). Mary McPherson has had to resign as treasurer because she is working on her doctorate so we especially need nominations for this position. If you are interested, please contact Peggy Pullen.

Hope to see you there!

2006-2007 Meetings Schedule
Please contact Peggy or Jo Ray if your school can host one of next year's meetings. MANY THANKS!
  • September 14
  • November 9 (GaETC – No Meeting),
  • December 14
  • February 8
  • May 10 - Annual Luncheon

Summer Laptop Institute at Lakeview Academy

Lakeview Academy is offering a Laptop Institute this summer which may be of interest to many members.

June 28-30, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $295.00
Registration Fee: $25 non-refundable, applied to total
SDU/PLU: 2 Units (pending state approval)

The Laptop Summer Institute is designed to prepare teachers or administrators in the implementation or improvement of a wireless laptop program. Educators will have a hands-on experience to learn more about the techniques, ideas and applications that have proven to be successful. IBM ThinkPad computers will be available for training by current master teachers. During the workshop, participants will:

  • Receive hands-on training in various software programs/resources such as Inspiration, Moodle, PhotoStory, PowerPoint, Irfanview, Photoshop, NetTrekker, Vital Source, Turnitin, Wink, Geometry SketchPad, One Note and WebAssign.
  • · Discuss various administrative topics such as staff development, online safety, equipment management, the Self-Maintainer Program, online textbooks, the laptop launch, teacher buy-in, Acceptable Use Policies and Banned Programs
  • · Examine resources and successful strategies to develop units and lessons that integrate laptop use.
  • · Explore laptop peripherals such as digital cameras, scanners, whiteboards, graphing calculators and probes.

For further information:
http://www.lakeviewacademy.com/tech/laptop/registration.pdf for registration information
http://www.lakeviewacademy.com/tech/laptop/details.pdf for additional details (.pdf format)
http://www.lakeviewacademy.com/tech/laptop/registration.pdf for registration form (.pdf format)

Please contact Connie White (Lakeview's Director of Technology) at connie.white@lakeviewacademy.com or 770-532-4383 regarding any questions or additional information.

April 2006 - Pace Academy

May meeting will be May 11, luncheon sponsored by Eastern Data.( Computer sellers.) location TBA .edi-atl.com is their web site. We’ll send out an e-vite for the May luncheon.

Nominations for President, Treasurer, Secretary-Webmaster for 2006 -2007 You may nominate yourself or a friend.
Please email any nominations to either Peggy (pullenp@marist.com) or Jo Ray (jvanvliet@paceacademy.org)

T.H.E. Journal has lots of good information. E-zine that’s free. THEJournal.com

NEC is introducing a projector trade-up program. Sign up at their site, and they’ll send you a quote.

Smart Board has lots of training coming up. So does Promethian (two days $500) at Windy Hill site. Promethian will also send a rep to do training at your school. At Paideia one did three training sessions for $200 for the day.

Note from Kathy Bogner: ( katheryn.bogner@us.prometheanworld.com )
In December I left Atlanta Girls' School for a position at Promethean. I wanted to let you know that but also tell you that what I do for Promethean is go to schools that have our equipment and work with the teachers --- sometimes with individual teachers, sometimes with small groups. Oh, and its free....this isn't a "sales call"! So, part of my reason for getting in touch was to offer to work with Pace teachers.

Inspiration 8.0 is out now.

Edutopia.org (George Lucas organizations educational site and free magazine) often has useful articles.

Jim Diez talked about the Pace effort to get all the its varied databases to talk to each other. Pace is working with Final Site (for redesign of web site and integration of databases) and Chris Moyer, a database consultant with The Moyer Group (cmoyer@moyergroup.com / http://www.moyergroup.com). Chris is an expert in FileMaker but is also extremely good in many more databases. The program at Pace is going well. They have about two weeks’ more work to do. One huge issue has been pulling everyone’s email lists together into a master school email list that is current. The plan for the future when the new web site goes live is that parents, students, alumni, friends will log into the website and update their own email address changes. Parents will have option of having grades emailed.
FileMaker 8 Clearinghouse database will sync with all the other Pace databases and relay changes from Final Site. This will also work in reverse - data, like new email address, entered into Senior Systems will be synced with the Final Site website.

Observation: FileMaker 8 is greatly superior to FileMaker 7.

Pace looked at BlackBaud, PowerSchool, Chancery, MacSchool (good at exporting and importing to spreadsheets, but not ODBC), and Senior Systems and decided to go with Senior Systems because it is ODBC. Pace will use Senior Systems for HOPE scholarship data.

Paideia uses PowerSchool and likes it a lot.

Photoshop class by Johnny Martinez is excellent. $300 for half day, $500 for a full day, and he will train as many people as you want. He also does Excel. He’s very good, and personable. Kathy (Paideia) recommends him highly.

Kathy also provided the following recommendation: Johnny Martinez is an instructor at Gwinnett Tech and has taught one day staff development classes for Paideia. He was equally good at teaching a PhotoShop class for art teachers and communications people and then an Excel class for clerks and secretaries. He does an excellent job. Email: jmart92@mindspring.com

Lakeview Academy is offering a summer laptop institute June 28-30. There will be teaching, administrative, strands. (Issues will include online text books, sessions with master teachers on integrating technology,

May 4, Michael Leahy will be speaking at Lakeview Academy Check Lakeview Academy website.

NECC conference is coming to Atlanta and will be looking for volunteers and schools that will host workshops.

Is anyone doing curriculum mapping? AtlasRubicon is the software most schools who do it seem to use. GISL had AtlasRubicon rep visit and present info. (rubiconatlas.com)

Please bring calendars to the May meeting. We’d like to have volunteers sign up for hosting next year’s meetings.

February 2006 - Paideia School (notes unavailable)

December 2005 - Sophia Academy

Sophia Academy graciously hosted the December 2005 meeting of AATE.

Marie Corgan, founder of school, welcomed AATE members and gave a brief background of the school. Sophia (“sophia” means wisdom) Academy was started seven years ago with 11 students and 3 teachers but has grown greatly and is looking for a larger location. It is the only Christian school for students with learning differences.

Its goal is to get students through the academic issues and into the world in an area that matches their strengths. Sophia has allow student-teacher ratio. There are only 24 students per grade, but the school offers a complete curriculum. (music, PE, art, etc.) Goals include getting students integrated in learning process and having teachers teach in all modalities. They plan to initiate a high school next year or the year after. Mr. Don Sasso is the principal. Sophia had 57 students last year and has over 100 this year. Steve Wells does all the IT work and teaches the computer classes as well.

The agenda also includes three excellent technical presentations.

Using Technology When Teaching Literacy
Reesa Smith from Vanderlyn presented this information. She is an instructional technologist in Vanderlyn. She earned her Masters in Instructional technology from Ga. State. You can link to to her presentation on her web site, http://fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us/~reesa_h_smith Her email address is reesa_h_smith@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

Literacy – Definition includes - being educated, reading, literature, writing, fluency, comprehension, speaking, and listening

Technology Literacy is the same as:
  • Digital literacy
  • Information literacy
  • New literacy

The use of technology in literacy can be through group or individual projects. Ways to use technology to realize Georgia Professional Standards Commission standards include the following:
  • Word processing
  • Reading web pages
  • K-1st
  • 1st grade
    • use Inspiration in science and used yahooligans.com to do research.
    • Create class books. Type story in Word, put in PowerPoint/scanner.
    • They do PowerPoint in history.
  • 2nd grade
    • web quest
    • Create Inspiration web about government
    • Science ( Ese Word, Kid Pix, and Internet to create report).
    • Web Pages – They write out the story in Front Page. Teacher uploads it to web site along with pictures created in Kid Pix.
  • 3rd - PowerPoint mhschool.com of real vs fake information (about ants after reading a story.)
  • 4th - Kid Pix to create a travel brochure.
  • 5th - Inspiration and Properties of Matter and Adjectives was one projectfor this grade level.
  • TimeLiner

Polyvision's Walk and Talk Interactive Whiteboard
Polyvision Mike Boyd, mboyd@polyvision.com, 678-542-3176- Walk and Talk (can operate with remote, finger, active board and computer at same time) is the name of their latest version of electronic whiteboard.

Questions: What’s the access to resources?
Applications you can use?
Compatability with operating systems?
How does it compare to the competition (examples, differences)?

Polyvision is the largest company in the world in static whiteboards, 52 years in the market, and has good research funding for the technology expansion and quality and service.
  • Interactive whiteboard. Smallest is 3 x 5, have 4 x6, 4 x 8 is largest. Have fixed and mobile boards. The entire surface is interactive. There is a smaller panel (15” by 18”) that uses pen instead of finger for interaction.
  • Goal of the Walk and Talk is for technology to support teacher’s current style.
  • With Polyvision board, it can be mounted so that it’s on a track and can slide away to allow use of plain whiteboard. It can mount on wall or on stand that’s moveable.
  • All the functions are on a remote control and can be used from anywhere in the room.
  • What’s the biggest obstacle with interactive whiteboards? Traditionally it is set up and training. With Walk and Talk you can plug in USB flash drive, and it self installs in about 30 sections and it opens in calibration. (newest version is self calibrating. This costs a couple hundred dollars more but is worth it if you move the boards around a lot)
  • Has handwriting recognition/conversion.
  • Does polling technologies in partnership with Turning Technologies.
  • It’s both Mac and Windows compatible.
  • Runs PolyVision, Smart, and Promethian software.

RM Easiteach in UK is a software firm that develops for interactive whiteboards. It creates software for Polyvision and other interactive boards. Polyvision's software goal is to have open architecture that will interface with many programs.

Polyvision wants to eliminate proprietary software minimize training, and inspire First Use Must Inspire Future Use (FUMIFU).
RM Easiteach speciality is curriculum-based software. Starter packet in included with the software ( templates, maps, etc. But you can also purchase toolbars (math, science, geography, literacy toolbars contain all the symbols your need for those subjects.)

Resources are grouped by types You can pick grade level and pick a lesson, which also has a lesson plan that includes additional activities. Videos ( like how lungs function in breathing), can stop and let students label parts, etc. Resources include multimedia (pictures you can touch and drop, etc.) You can also import web site info and create your own database of materials.

Kristi Brown – LEGO Education - LEGO Mindstorms
kbrown@LEGOeducation.com www.legoeducation.com 404-401-8725 (cell)
She provides workshops for teachers to help them understand the programming. She will even offer a second session on more advanced programming if demand indicate need for one. Marist is planning on hosting a workshop in late January/February.

  • With robotics, Lego hopes to build interest and basic skills in engineering.
  • 4 Cs of learning: Connect, Consturct, Contemplate, and continue.
  • Can use robots to teach math, science, technology, and engineering. Ratios, geometry, fractions, fractional multiplication, measuring rotation. You can add Verier and other data collectors.
  • Groups students can compete is FIRST Lego League – for ages 9 to 14.
  • At high school level you can use any C programming, Java, etc. for more advanced programming. The RoboLab software is the same as LabView (used in Mars Rover program) but with different icons. LabView is software that is used in industry and in university science classes.
  • TSA and 4-H are starting robotics competitions that incorporate Lego robots for older students.

She handed out packets with information about aadvanced programming, running robotics camps, themed units in robotics based on the Mars Mission, etc. She also mentioned that the Carnegie Mellon site having lesson plans.
IBM does a camp just for girls in the summer.

Wheeler High has an excellent robotics program and helps other schools get started. Wheeler has more students involved in robotics that in football. They even have a postAP physics course that uses robotics.
Computer Science department at Georgia Tech has LEGO Robotics sets they will loan out for two weeks. Keneesaw State U. is adding the loaner units, too, so that you can test it out before you commit to the program.

October 2005 - Holy Innocents Episcopal School

Many thanks to HIES for hosting an excellent meeting with a wonderful lunch!

General AATE Notes
Sophia Academy has graciously offered to host the December 8 AATE meeting.

If there is a vendor you’d like to invite to present at meeting, please let Peggy Pullen know.

Discussion boards and forums or blogs for general discussions for members. Any suggestions for a good one of these?
Shelley at Woodward has offered to set up a blog for AATE.

Student response systems – any good recommendations of good soft/hardware that people are using? Like ActivBoard and ActivVote. Two suggestions were Laptop program called Secure Classmate tracks answers, similar to ActivVote. Syncronize software also does this.

Disaster recovery plans – We could share them at next meeting if there is interest.

Woodward is opening new primary school and would like ideas from other schools about their primary school programs – including everything form the very technical to the classroom curriculum. Shelley would like to visit schools and find out what different primary programs.

Private School Regional Technology Fair
Would schools that are interested in organizing and/or participating in a Regional Technology Fair for private schools, please in email Peggy Pullen about your interest before November 1.. For this year, Connie White at Lakeview has kindly offered to let us each take a few students from each school to her Regional Fair in Gainesville. Please let Peggy know before November 1 if you are interested or not.

Please attach the membership registration form when you send in dues to Mary McPherson.

Important GISA Note
If you are presenting at GISA, you will need to bring any projectors, computers, etc. that you need for your presentation. Also, connection to the Internet will be limited. Please contact Jason (jpodhorez@bttitans.org) at Blessed Trinity if you have questions about this.

HIES Program
HIES eliminated the computer lab in the Upper School. They installed half of those computers in the library and the other half in a commons area for students’ use in the Upper School.

The foreign department is using regular IPods (minis don’t work with graphix??for this) in Spanish 4 Foreign language class. The school purchased the iPods. The teacher loaded the CD that goes with textbook on the iPod and also download Spanish music. The students listen to the story for the lesson four times, then get the written version and questions to answer. They record (in Spanish) their answers to questions from textbook CD that’s downloaded to the iPod into the iPod.
They also complete their oral assignments on the iPod. They turn in the iPod to the teacher for grading. It takes him about two hours a week to grade them. The use of iPods seems to be improving comprehension as well as speakinig.
They sign an appropriate use contract, plus they are responsible for them if lost or stolen.

HIES First Class and Web Pages
Teachers use First Class to create web pages to post syllabus, homework, etc.
Students use it for emailing and saving files for transfer to school and to home. They are also beginning to use the Conference function for communication among students and teachers.

(St. Martin’s uses SchoolFusion for web pages that display assignments and due dates. Parents can access it and subscribe to classes. All users have storage space allotted. However, parents only have one login and the list of homework merges all students in the same login. St. Martin’s is asking for one login per child in family for parents. SchoolFusion sets up all the accounts bases on list of parent and student names and grade level teacher, etc. St. Martin’s IT staff can monitor and adjust accounts. St. Martin’s has elected not to use the grade viewing feature.

Edline program for viewing grades online is used by Connie White’s school (Lakeview) Can display activities (sports, clubs, etc.) as well as grades.

The Homework site is used by Blessed Trinity. They have now standardized requirements for teacher web pages.

MS Computer Lab at HIES
Two years ago HIES abolished the MS lab, put the desktops in the classrooms, and bought two Mac laptop carts. (In Upper School, they have one Mac and one PC class.) The Middle School technology classes are being taught in classrooms and integrated into the curriculum when possible. The old MS computer lab is now a Media Production Lab, which is all Macs.

LS has a stationary instruction computer lab with computer use and software instruction.
(St. Martin’s has a computer lab in the Middle School. Teachers write the lesson plans but bring the plan to the lab and computer teacher teaches class.)

HEIS student computer commons area in Upper School isn’t closely supervised and desktops aren’t locked down. They just discipline students who misuses computer privileges.

Staff Development Classes at HIES
Jane developed the programs. They now have17 classes, 13 are technology related. (Smart Board is one of the classes. It’s taught by a science teacher. Jane did a staff and faculty survey to determine interest and talents for potential faculty instructors. Most of classes were after school last year.
Goal was to offer more classes on campus. They began by offering 2 hour classes for SACs and now offer PLU classes.
Some of the classes will be repeated during this year. In the future, they may open the classes more to other schools (Pace teachers have taken a PLU course at Holy Innocents.) and maybe share development and administration of classes. A suggestion was made that if all our schools share the plans/descriptions for classes that have been approved, that would reduce approval time for all of us. Atomic Learning was not as good as Jane had hoped for HIES– her teachers didn’t like it because they like having a person there to help. St. Martin’s is looking at Atomic Learning for parents to be able to use. They like the short clip format. It’s a way for parents and students to work together at home on skills. It’s dual-platform. They’ve been quoted $750 for license to cover all students, faculty and parents. Kathy Bailey recommended Learning.com. They’ve used it for three years and been very happy.

HIES is looking at adding eBooks and moving some books out of the library and adding laptops in the library to facilitate students using them.

They’ve been looking at SmartBoards, Polyvision’s Webster board. Polyvision has the pens so you can toggle between cursor and pen or you can just use your finger. It also has a keyboard that you can show on screen. Smart Board makes a Bluetooth board.
Sympodium – Marist is testing them. Currently, their users tend to prefer SmartBoard. However you don’t have to install a board for Sympodium so you save on that costs. Also, Sympodium allows you to not have to turn your back on the class. However, You need to provide training no matter which option you select so that they’ll know about all the bells and whistles.

AirBoard ($300) allows you to operate Smart Board from anywhere in the room.
Smarter Kids grant for Smart Board if you want to put boards in every room. Carol asked if anyone knows who offers the best price for SmartBoards. Peggy at Marist had problems with Southern Business so changed to Multimedia Services and have been happy with them in both the equipment purchased and the installations that they’ve done.

From HIES Lower School computer lab
Second graders last year had a new team of teachers and decided to do a new project – creating a movie. Teacher, teacher assistant, computer teacher, and her assistant all helped the students with the project.
They wrote a movie about what Holy Innocents is like seen through children’s eyes. Children wrote about the project and made a booklet with all their comments and photos of each child. Movie was 25 minutes long and showed to mothers’ spring event. The big movie included individual iMovies made by students. It incorporated stills (slideshow), KidPix, and video clips with titles to intro the different topics. Kids took all the stills and did videoing. They used Garage Band for recording their soundtrack. Software used included iPhoto, iMovie, Kid Pix.