ETV Workshops – Thursday, July 28, 2011

Last week, I attended FREE ETV workshops. ETV offers these workshops a few times a year and they are always well the drive, time off, etc. A tip – you should register the day registration opens because it fills up fast, however, I know that lots of openings came up at the last minute and my friends who missed out on registration were able to attend. So, if you are like me and get anxious if you don’t get your tickets the day they go on sale, register early – if you are more a, “oh well, next time” kinda gal or guy, then wait. On you.

ANYWAY, I’ll start with what I did on Thursday and the other days will follow in new posts. OK?

Thursday, July 28

Geocaching with Kevin Merritt

I keep hearing about Geocaching and I’ve gone to sessions at other conferences about it, but I have never gone out and tried it myself (and usually I just kind of attend the session and then don’t revisit the information). I really want to do some Geocaching with my 5th grade Media Technology kids this year, so I found myself at yet another session about Geocaching. I don’t know if it is because we actually went out of the room and looked for caches in Columbia or what, but this time it stuck! I have even gone out to find my own after the session (haven’t found one yet, but I’ll keep trying!) If you don’t know, Geocaching is like going on a treasure hunt. You use the Geocache website to find caches near you. You then write down the coordinates and then go out to find it. Easy (sorta)! I have been using the app on my iPhone to find caches. In the session we used handheld GPS units. Read what Kevin writes about Geocaching here.  There are lots of ways to use Geocaching in the classroom. Can’t wait to try it with my 5th graders!

Web 2.0 Tools

This session was done by LaQuita Denson, who is an Instructional Technology person from Georgia. I knew of (and use) many of the tools she mentioned (Wordle, Glogster, Voki) but it never hurts to have a refresher! I did get a couple of good (and new!) ideas…she has some wonderful resources, templates, and storyboards on the wiki she shared with us (I will update this post with a link to the wiki).

Copyright for Educators

This session was done by Michelle Flamos from ETV/SC State Department of Education. I know a lot about copyright (librarians have to, duh!), but it is always changing, so I thought I could use a little update. This was a good review and reminder. The handouts she gave will be great to share with my teachers. Like many librarians, I do a back to school copyright session for teachers before the kids get back. Michelle has some great copyright resources at this link. Another super copyright resource is Joyce Valenza’s Copyright Friendly wiki.

That was Thursday!


PS – 2 things. 1. I now own a Prius. 2. If you ever have a chance and like pop/rap/dance music at all (and perhaps are under the age of 40? Maybe? ) check out LMFAO in concert. I’m serious. You won’t regret it.




About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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