Daily Archives: February 10, 2007

Back from the tech conference…

And it was amazing.
The Freedom Writers teacher was our key note speaker. I haven’t seen the movie, but I definitely will now!
An educational technology reader talked about the importance of embracing technology with teens insread of telling them NOT to use it. He encourages using YouTube and MySpace and iPods in the classroom. He showed how most ed. technology is just bells and whistles with no real learning taking place. And hte talked about new research indicating kids reaslly CAN mulit-task.
A children’s author read us his books Dot and Ish and remindede us not to stifle our students’ creativity. He was awesome.
And of course I took a ton of classes. Learned a lot, ate a lot, drank a little., 🙂

The ladies I was there with had colds so I also took Emergen-C. So far, I’m good.

The one bad part of the conference was the book I brought to read.
My students gave it high marks and I’d seen previews for the movie, so I figured I’d give it a chance.
While Running With Scissors might be great writing, it’s far too disturbing for me. I visualize things while I;’m reading and that book nearly made me sick on a pretty regular basis. I finished it and was sorry I did.
On a brighter note, I picked up Deborah Williamson’s SInging with the Top Down at Book People (I LOVE that book store) and I’m now reading Jill Monroe’s new Blaze (it’s sooooo good!), so I’m getting rid of the nasty flashbacks of the baook I disliked. On the not so bright side, I’ve got figure out how to spend less on groceries so I can get Karen Templeton, Julie Miller and Margot Early’s new books since I spent the book budget, 😦 The other books I want right now will still be on the shelves for a little while so I’m okay with not getting SEP’s or Gena’s for three weeks. The time crunch on H/S is a bummer!

Jill Monroe and Gena Showalter are our guest speakers for RRRW
They are quite possibly two of the funniest people I’ve ever met.

Edited to add:
I remembered I can order from e-Harlequin and say bill me, so I now have all the books I wanted this month on the way. 🙂
AND Jill and Gena were FANTASTIC. I can’t believe how much I learned!