Friday, October 27, 2006

Closing the Gap Roundup - Part II

Will I sound tragically unhip if I say that this post is a "shout out" to all of the folks that attended CTG this year?

Image of Professor at ChalkboardAnyone who has gone to the Gap knows that it is a non-stop flurry of information that no one can possibly process.  I was only able to attend a handful of presentations, and I know that the same holds true for all of you.

So I want to learn from you.  And I'd love it if you learned from one another, too.  So, if you attended Closing the Gap this year, please post a comment about:

  1. Your impressions of the conference,
  2. any speakers that really impressed you,
  3. new tools that you saw and fell in love with in the exhibit hall, or
  4. how you are using what you learned in the classroom.

You don't have to answer all of the questions, just pick one or two.  Posting is simple, just click on the comments link in the bottom right-hand corner of this post.

Let's see where this can go!

5 comments:

Dave Hohulin said...

I'm going to get things started by posting about a new product that is being developed by Advanced Keyboard Technologies (the folks who gave us The Writer). They are working on a new portable word processor, with all of the features of The Writer, larger viewscreen, adjustable font size, and text-to-speech capabilities. And the price for all of this? Around $350. WOW!

Dave Hohulin said...

P.S. to the last comment - this new device, The Fusion, is still in beta testing, and is not shipping yet. I'll keep you posted...

atruger said...

I was truly inspired by Dan Herlihy and his Intellitools Extreme presentation. He had such simple ideas that I just never thought about before.

Marc Coppin made me want to stand up and cheer. Using intellikeys for accessing iphoto and imovie never occurred to me.

I am new to the field of AT, so forgive me if I seem easily impressed.

I also attended 3 great sessions on podcasting. I learned so much and my brain is spinning with the possibilities! Now if I can just get my hands on some video ipods!

Dave Hohulin said...

It seems a bit strange to welcome you to the field of AT, because you have such a wealth of knowledge in Ed Tech.

But, welcome anyway!

Also, if you get your hands on a video iPod, feel free to send one my way :)

K Janowski said...

Dave,
Thank you so much for your kind words about my blog. One of the powerful features of blogging is the fact that we are now connected and are able to share information in a way never before possible. One result, I hope, is that our students will benefit from our conversations. We can share ideas, tools and strategies that support our learners.

I am having so much fun applying some of the information that I gained from the conference. One of the things I'm playing with is something that Dan Herlihy mentioned in his IntelliTools Extreme session, MASH (www.bellcraft.com/mash).
I came home and immediately downloaded it and began using it in other applications, notably Word since that is a program that is in every classroom. The ability to easily bring animated characters into the program has unlimited applications!
I highly recommend it!
Check out my blog for other highlights.

(BTW,it was great to meet you and Brian in person at CTG!)