Kansas Triconference 2006

Monday, April 10, 2006

Kansas Triconference 2006

Kansas Triconference 2006

Wahrman's Webs
If you'd like an excel copy of an extensive list of web sites good for teachers, send me an email at jwahrman@usd352.k12.ks.us
After listening to Alan November, I spent some time demonstrating Flker, Delicious, Furl It, and PreFound. These are social bookmarking tools that would have use in the classroom.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Triconference photos at Flickr

Greetings all,

Sarah (Veggienerd) and I (EricaR) have posted our Triconference photos to flickr at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/triconf06/.


Thursday, April 06, 2006

Wikipedias are Wonderful & Blogs are Beautiful

Have to give a hearty, "Well Done!" to Rosemary Talab who, though technology failed her and had three tech guys scratching their heads, persevered and gave a very nice introduction to wikis and blogs. Grace under pressure when presenting is so difficult and Rosemary pulled it off in grand fashion.

Alan November

Alan November gave the keynote for Tri-Conference this year. He spoke about social software and having a world-view of education to help children be competitive in today's economy. As someone very interested in social software, I found the information he presented to be thought-provoking. The use of social softwares in the learning environment, using what children are interested in to teach them to think, and to transfer the role of educator from the domain of the teacher into the hands of the learner, might seem revolutionary but is right on target, and Mr. November has the knowledge to support his ideas.

Mr. November also addressed the sticky subject of filtering in libraries and correctly named it what it is; fear. The bigger question is, "What is it we're afraid of?" Being the mother of three children, one of which is a middle school student, I find it reprehensible that instructors know about and don't stop bullying yet they spend money on library filters. Am I advocating an open internet in school? Maybe...if teachers or librarians are monitoring what's going on as well as I'm monitoring what's going on at home...if children are taught safety and the ability to discrimenate information. Will they be exposed to anything they don't see other places? Maybe; maybe not.

Are we up to the challenge of helping children learn using the tools that are available? Are we creative enough? I have faith that it can happen and I can't wait to see the results of Mr. November's inspiration next year at tri-conference!

Hello from Wichita...US History Bee

Posting from Wichita where I have participated in a GREAT tri-conference! The KLA Education Foundation's History Bee was a hoot! SEKLS won!! (so proud to be from SEK).

Monday, April 03, 2006

Kansas Triconference 2006

Kansas Triconference 2006

This is something I've wanted to try, so here I am! I wanted to remind EVERYONE to attend the Exhibitors' Bash on Wednesday at 5pm. It is the official opening of the exhibits and there will be plenty of door prizes for you to win! Also, join us during the exhibits only time. It's a wonderful place to meet old friends and make new ones. See you at the exhibits!

Shelia K. Blume
Assistant to Exhibits Chair

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Triconference tags

Fantastic! Thanks to Tammie for setting this up!

I'll probably post conference-related notes and observations on my own blog as well (and of course, there are always flickr photos)... I took Tammie's cue, and named the tag, triconf06.

Here's the link if you want to tag all your Triconference related posts:


Erica Reynolds
Web Content Manager
Johnson County Library


Please feel free to blog your sessions at tri-conference. I believe Kansas State Library will even have a computer bank set up for your convenience! (a HUGE undertaking and FANTASTIC idea, thank you!)