Teaching, Learning & Technology
Sharing best practices from faculty around the world who are using technology to transform teaching and learning.

Engage your STEM(+) students - a guide to free HP Catalyst Academy mini-courses for educators

Looking for ways to bring the excitement of science, technology, engineering, math, and more to your STEM(+) classroom? The HP Catalyst Academy now offers over 30 amazing (and free!) online mini-courses designed for teachers, by teachers.


Not sure where to start? Try the new "Guide to HP Catalyst Academy Mini-Courses" to help you find the "professional development" experience that's just right for you...



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Join us, virtually (free!) 22-24 Feb :: HP Innovations in Education Worldwide Summit

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You're invited - virtually! HP, in collaboration with the
International Society for Technology in Education
, invites educators around the
world to participate remotely in the 2010 HP Innovations in Education Worldwide
Summit. I hope you can join us - let me tell you how...

As part of my responsibilities in the HP Office of Global Social Innovation
(what I affectionately refer to as "corporate philanthropy version
3.0"), I organize a convening of HP grant recipients from around the
world. It's a professional networking and professional development experience
that aims to accelerate the success of our new grant recipients.

This year, more than 100 educators from 60 higher education and 20 secondary
education institutions in 23 countries, will be attending the summit in
person as part of their 2009 HP Innovations in Education grant. The event is
scheduled for 22-24 February and includes opportunities to learn
from education experts and innovation thought leaders such as Michael Horn
(co-author of "Disrupting Class"), Georges Haddad (UNESCO, Higher Education initiatives), Phil McKinney (HP
Innovation "guru" www.philmckinney.com),
David Williamson Schaffer (www.epistemicgames.org), ...and students as they discuss how social media impacts
their learning experience.


This year, we're opening the "virtual"
doors to remote participants. You can join the excitement by participating in
interactive webcasts, a virtual poster session contest, and following the event
on Twitter (#hpiie).
To participate, visit the Summit
community at
www.hpiie.org to
download details about the speakers and the agenda. Instructions for remote
participation will be available by the 15th of February.

I hope to "see" you there!


Jim Vanides, B.S.M.E, M.Ed.
Education Programs
HP Office of Global Social Innovation

Twitter @jgvanides

For information about the HP Office of Global Social Innovations, visit www.hp.com/hpinfo/grants




Beyond Video Chat - Making Conference Presentations via HP Virtual Rooms

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Let's face it - there are more conferences on the planet
than one can possibly attend. While I always appreciate the opportunity to
participate and share stories about "Re-Imagining the Classroom", I simply
cannot be traveling all the time. So I have recently tried using HP Virtual
Rooms - and it's a whole lot of fun!...

There's nothing particularly new about video conferencing.
Those of us with loved ones far away have been appreciating the Glorious magic
of Skype video calls - and some are switching to Google Video Chat. But what's
missing from both is the ability to show and annotate. Having used a tablet pc
for several years now, it's hard for me to imagine talking without
simultaneously drawing - so you can imagine my frustration with most video

That's all changed now.

I finally have had a chance to use the HP Virtual Room service
that we granted to our 2009 HP Innovations in Education awardees in the US. The
version we granted is the Multimedia version of HP Virtual Room, which supports
webcam video streams and Voice over IP conversations, so participants can see
and hear one another without an extra phone line. Like all HP Virtual Rooms,
the room's content is persistent (you can upload presentations and keep them
there for future use). It really is "your room".

I recently used my HP Virtual Room Multimedia
account as a Presenter at two conferences, neither of which I could attend in
person - the Workshop on the Impact of Pen-based Technology in Education (www.wipte.org) held recently at Virginia Tech,
and the Next Steps Institute, a K-12 science education conference hosted
recently in Huntsville, Alabama, by the Association for Science Materials
Centers (http://www.kitsupport.org/).

The setup was simple: I have a computer, webcam, external
mic, earbuds, and an HP Virtual Room. I create an event and send the room URL
to the conference organizers, who have a room full of people, a computer (with
headphone output connect to their house P/A system, a webcam, a digital
projector, and (preferably) a wireless house mic connected back to the mic
input on their computer.

The result is an easy way to have a video conference with
window sharing. Below is a screen shot of what the NSI event looked like this


If you can't be there in person to give a presentation, it
sure is nice to still have a way to participate... and in this visual, multimedia
world, being able to show, point, and scribble is very important - and couldn't
be easier!


Jim Vanides, B.S.M.E, M.Ed.
Worldwide Education Programs
HP Global Social Investment

Twitter @jgvanides

For information about the HP Global Social Investments, visit www.hp.com/hpinfo/grants


Tonight: Teachers Talk About Tech Integration Plans @Second Life Social event

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Looking for some great ideas for using technology to enhance teaching and learning this school year? Want to experience an educator social event in Second Life? Now's your chance! The Second Life team from the International Society for Technology in Education is hosting a relaxing and informative discussion tonight at 6pm Pacific Time in Second Life (and I hear there will be prizes!)...

Below is the info that was just emailed, if you'd like to join the fun. Once you've downloaded the Second Life application and created your account and avatar, then go to http://slurl.com/secondlife/ISTE%20Island/93/83/30 which will launch Second Life and bring you to ISTE Island Headquarters; follow the signs or links to the campfire circles.

If you learn something interesting, please feel free to comment and let me know...!


Jim Vanides, B.S.M.E, M.Ed.
Worldwide Education Programs
HP Global Social Investment

JamesG Sorbet in SL

For information about the HP Global Social Investments, visit www.hp.com/hpinfo/grants



Subject: ISTE Educator Social Thursday September 17, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009  6:00 PM  - 7:30 PM SLT
ISTE Educator Social
Planning for the New Academic Year with Shamblesguru Voom
ISTE Island Campfire Circles

This workshop is designed for K-20 teachers from all curriculum areas. In this session we will initially meet as a large group in the ISTE beach area and then break out into smaller discussion groups and then come back together as a whole group for feedback. In the small groups you will be asked:

   a) to share your own personal plans for the new year, in respect to  technology and internet applications,  you might be using with your students.

   b) come to a group 'consensus' on what advice you would give a brand new shiny K-12 teacher regarding the use of technology and the internet in the classroom.

We will then reconvene as a large group for feedback from the individual groups ... and prize giving ;-)

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The aims of this session are

   a) provide an opportunity for group discussion in SL

   b) introduction/practice to SL tools, skills and organization to facilitate small group discussion

   c) have an enjoyable and productive time with SL colleagues


Terra Sieberman
ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
Louise Borgnine in SL

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About the Author(s)
  • Jim Vanides is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and implementation of education technology innovation initiatives. His focus is the effective use of technology to create powerful learning experiences that help students around the world succeed. He has been instrumental in launching over 1200 primary, secondary, and higher education projects in 41 countries, including the HP Catalyst Initiative - a 15-country network of 60+ education organizations exploring innovations in STEM(+) learning and teaching. In addition to his work at HP, Jim teaches an online course for Montana State University on the Science of Sound, a masters-level, conceptual physics course for teachers in grades 5 through 8. Jim’s past work at HP has included engineering design, engineering management, and program management in R&D, Manufacturing, and Business Development. He holds a BS in Engineering and a MA in Education, both from Stanford University.
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