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July 10, 2009

The Online Course...Lots of Energy, Passion and Commitment!

Stephen Hurley is a teacher and an educational technology enthusiast, working at Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Ontario. He has just participated in the ExploreLearning Gizmos online course, and we are delighted that Stephen contacted us with his thoughts....

"...The key benefit for me was the fact that the course forced me to look at things that I might not have looked at previously. I'm not a big consumer of product manuals - I usually try to figure things out on my own, but this course had a prescribed set of tasks and discussions in which we were required to participate. This ensured that I got to see the key components of the ExploreLearning site.

In addition, the fact that participants came from a variety of different teaching backgrounds was very helpful. I was introduced to Gizmos that I didn't know existed, and am already planning ways to integrate these into my own work.

I think that there was a sense in the course that everyone was learning. The instructors presented themselves as "open learners," eager to learn from the participants. This opened up a different type of dynamic in the course. Lots of energy, passion and commitment!"

Thanks for your comments, Stephen. We are always excited to hear feedback from our online course, and we are pleased that it helped you understand more about the power of ExploreLearning Gizmos.

Posted by ExploreLearning at 11:54 AM in Training and Professional Development | Permalink

July 09, 2009

It was standing room only for ExploreLearning at the NECC Conference...


The place to be at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) was the ExploreLearning booth, which was buzzing with activity during the ongoing Gizmos demonstrations. These demos were so popular that there were more attendees than chairs and the crowd spilled out into the hallway!

Visitors to the ExploreLearning booth were looking forward to taking the knowledge, creativity and excitement generated by the Gizmos demonstrations back to their districts and classrooms.

NECC is the largest educational technology exhibit in the nation and was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, June 29 - July 1. http://center.uoregon.edu/ISTE/NECC2009/

Posted by ExploreLearning at 03:16 PM in Road Trips | Permalink