Technology Bootcamp II
On May 7, 2011 we finished our second round of Technology Bootcamp. We had 10 participants for this academy. We learned somethings from the first Technology Bootcamp and were able to make some changes to how we ran the second. One of the things we changed for this Bootcamp was having a third meeting day in the middle of the sessions. This helped field any questions, take care of problems, and showcase more applications.
During our the Technology Bootcamp II we focused on the Voicethread application. We continued our work with Wikispaces by adding our Voicethread projects to our SJVWP wiki. Anyone can visit the projects we created at http://sjvwp.wikispaces.com/Projects. We spent time exploring the Wiki and how to add information to it. We also learned about the application Evernote. We learned how to create an Evernote account, add it to our smartphones, and learned how the application workes.
We also read several articles and discussed their importance related to teaching technology in this time of change. During the last session we discussed a chapter from the NWP book Because Digital Writing Matters. For our article discussion we posted our thoughts and comments on our wiki.
One thing that we did not accomplish during this academy was an open program. We had planned a technology open program for our last meeting. Unfortunately we did not get enough people sign up for the day and had to cancel. We are looking at doing things differently for our next technology open program. We may look at planning for a smaller group in hopes it will build interest for future open programs.