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Auburn Regional Inservice Center Gives Birth to over 50 new Educational Bloggers

Posted Jan 07 2009 6:28pm

Cathy Gassenheimer, of the Alabama Best Practice Center, opens Day 1 of the two day workshop on 21st Century teaching and learning hosted by the Auburn Regional Inservice Center.

A big thank you to Suzanne Culbreth and April Chamberlain, both ABPC fellows who helped facilitate the event and to the Technology in Motion group who did a tremendous job setting up and managing all the technology we used over the course of the two days. And additional thank you to the incredible team of teachers at Wrights Mill Road Elementary who also gave of their time and energy to make the workshop a success. Wrights Mill Road's professional development team was recently selected as

The participants were made up of K-12 teams from 13 systems in the Auburn region and one private school as well as central office administrators, school administrators, Auburn University administrators and faculty, Alabama Department of Education staff and others.

Janet Womack of the Auburn Regional Inservice bought copies of Will Richardson's book for all the participants.

It was an action packed 2 days. In addition to being exposed to a vast array of social networking tools and 21st Century teaching and learning concepts, those in attendance listened to Darren Kuropatwa via Skype share about blogging in his classroom and participated in an Elluminate IT Safety discussion which included a panel of knowledgable guests.

Guest's included:

Shawn Nutting - IT Director- Trussville City Schools, Alabama
Miguel Guhlin - President, TCEA TEC-SIG; Director of Instructional Technology- San Antonio, Texas
Rob Mancabelli - Director of Information Systems, Hunterdon Central Regional High School- New Jersey
Dr. Gene Roche - Clinical Associate Professor; Director of Academic Information Services -College of William and Mary
Darren Kuropatwa - Department Head Mathematics, Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute- Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

To Listen to the recorded Elluminate session Click here:

On day two, most of those in attendance created their own blogs for various self decided purposes, wikis to use in the classroom, and joined a virtual community of Auburn Educators inside Tapped In.

If you would like to hear a podcast of some of the conference- then download this file.

Download WS_10013.WMA

If you would like to see the Flickr set of the event Click here.

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