Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Nova and SPARK

Looking for anyone who has used and compared PASCO's spark handhelds and how they compare to the NOVA 5000 from Fourier Systems. I saw PASCO's stuff at the NECC in Washington, DC and was very impressed. I am piloting the NOVA's for...let's just say I am piloting them and an having some issues.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Including usability, durability and any hidden costs.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

NECC Day Three

Day three of NECC, and indeed, the entire NECC conference is over. I learned so much the last few days that is somewhat overwhelming. For instance; Second Life for professional development? Someone needs to help me understand that concept as I just do not get it. Playing a game that I cannot access from school to network with other teachers. What is a professional Wiki or a dimdim or elluminate account for then? And those I DO have classroom access to. Just seems to me to be a bit of overkill.

However, the session on teachers domain was awesome! I had no idea that such a resource even existed. And best of all it is free! Check it out! All activities/lessons are sorted by grade and subject area! Did I mention that it is free?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

NECC Day Two

The best part of today was visiting the vendor booths. Among others, teacherweb, a site for school and teacher sites always puts on a good viewing. However, this year so far I have been most impressed with turning point technologies. They are a student response system maker and supplier. That alone did not impress me. What did was the ability of the teacher to chart the data and to easily see how individual kids responded. And, they have a school improvement and AYP feature for schools with questions specific for content areas. Check them out!