Wonderopolis, and they are ALL amazing and very helpful to an inexperienced presenter like myself. My class will be so excited to know that I talked to the creators of the posts. I enjoyed learning how the site is organized and how the topics are chosen. I feel like I understand the inner workings of Wonderopolis.
I enjoyed finally meeting my new friends that I have been emailing and tweeting for the past few months. Like Mr. Fines (who I now know as Jon), Mwedwards (who I now know as Melissa) and dbates (who I now know as Dorene) We had some great conversations about integrating technology into the classroom. It was really interesting because even though we are states apart-many of the success stories and concerns were very similar. These are some of the WONDERful ideas:
*Allow students the opportunity to learn about many different technology tools, programs and apps.
*When they use the tools, the focus is about the learning and the application to the class work.
*The technology tool should be used as easily as a pencil-not a big event when using the tool.
Bruce Feiler speak about his life as well as his new book: The Council of Dads. I could not type quick enough with all of his insightful life strategies. Here are just some of them, I was given his book as a gift thanks to Wonderopolis and I can't wait to begin reading it.
*Be a traveler in life not a tourist
*Families can scare away monsters in your child's dream
*Design the road map for your life dreams
*See the world in color not black and white
*Harvest your dreams
*Everybody will die but not everybody lives.
I will ponder these quotes long after the NCFL convention as well as reflect on our presentation for Wonderopolis. Today I did two things I have never done before: presented at a national conference and had my makeup done for a videotaping. My whole convention has been WONDERopolis!!!