listserv notes send out in Spring 2009


Sent in early April to the 3 listservs

Summercore 2009 (2 sessions July 2009) ** our 25th anniversary year **

This year we are offering one week of Summercore in the NYC area at Horace Mann School July 13-17 and one week at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg FL July 27-31. Summercore is a unique computer training workshop for K-12 teachers of all ages and all stages: from novices to administrators to skilled users to computer coordinators. As Steve Taffee, Director of Technology writes "arguably the best faculty inservice program we've had at Castilleja since I joined in 2002."?

-- Summercore 2.009 meets Web 2.0. Do you want your faculty excited about blogs, wikis, Google docs and RSS? How about creating links in Delicious? Or working on digital storytelling with bubbleshare, flickr, and jumpcut? Or using Voicethread for a classroom project? What about creating a journey in Google Earth or acquiring strategies for incorporating YouTube into the curriculum? 

-- Summercore 2.009 will include all these Web 2.0 skills, plus strategies for using the Smartboard and the notebook software, laptops in the classroom, and searching for the best web sites available. The key theme for Summercore 2.009 is how to create a Classroom 2.0. Our focus will be on revolutionizing the dynamics of the use of technology. There is nothing more exciting than integrating the world of Web 2.0 into every grade level.

-- Summercore 2.009 is a unique 5 day marathon journey through hardware, software and humanware. It is different from virtually any other computer workshop you have ever attended. The only way to get a sense of this is to read quotes from those who have come or even better talk directly to any of the over 2600 Independent School teachers and administrators who have attended Summercore since we began in 1985, exactly 25 years ago. 

Please tell your faculty--all grade levels and all skill levels--about Summercore 2009. All details are posted on our http://www.summercore.com Web site. Thanks in advance for sharing this e-mail with your faculty and administrators.

Steve Bergen 
co-Director of The Original Teaching Company

Sent in April 2009 to alums and people I know

Summercore 2009: Our 25th Year of Computer Workshops for Teachers/Administrators

This year we are offering one week of Summercore in the NYC area at Horace Mann School July 13-17 and one week at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg FL July 27-31. Summercore is a unique computer training workshop for K-12 teachers of all ages and all stages: from novices to administrators to skilled users to computer coordinators. As Steve Taffee, Director of Technology writes "arguably the best faculty inservice program we've had at Castilleja since I joined in 2002."

-- Summercore 2.009 meets Web 2.0. Do you want your faculty excited about blogs, wikis, Google docs and RSS? How about creating links in Delicious? Or working on digital storytelling with bubbleshare, flickr, and jumpcut? Or using Voicethread for a classroom project? What about creating a journey in Google Earth or acquiring strategies for incorporating YouTube into the curriculum? 

-- Summercore 2.009 will include all these Web 2.0 skills, plus strategies for using the Smartboard and the notebook software, laptops in the classroom, and searching for the best web sites available. The key theme for Summercore 2.009 is how to create a Classroom 2.0. Our focus will be on revolutionizing the dynamics of the use of technology. There is nothing more exciting than integrating the world of Web 2.0 into every grade level.

-- Summercore 2.009 is a unique 5 day marathon journey through hardware, software and humanware. It is different from virtually any other computer workshop you have ever attended. The only way to get a sense of this is to read quotes from those who have come or even better talk directly to any of the over 2600 Independent School teachers and administrators who have attended Summercore since we began in 1985, exactly 25 years ago. 

Please tell your faculty--all grade levels and all skill levels--about Summercore 2009. All details are posted on our http://www.summercore.com Web site. Thanks in advance for sharing this e-mail with your faculty and administrators.

Steve
p.s. below are quotes from several of our 2600 alums -- used with permission of course

Steve Bergen 
co-Director of The Original Teaching Company

Read this quote by Robert Vitalo, SC2008, The Berkeley Carroll School, Head of School, Brooklyn NY
"Steve and Lynne at Summercore do an incredible job of addressing the different levels of all participants. At my session we had individuals ranging from very reluctant, very occasional users to someone who was the head of IT for a university. At the end of the week each person said it was the best workshop they had ever attended.  Of even greater value is to see Steve and Lynne in action. Yes the week is about technology integration, and you learn tons about that, but you also get to see two master teachers at work and everyone sees how to be an even more effective teacher."

Read this quote by Cheryl Lenz, SC2008 and SC2003, Out of Door Academy FL, 5th grade math, 6th grade geography teacher
"I wanted to come a second time, but I had no idea about the new skills and information I'd learn in the 5 years since I was here before. Wikis, Blogs, PhotoStory 3, Moodle, Edublog, Ning -- who would have expected all these?"

Read this quote by Meg Krause, SC2008, Waterside School CT, grade 5 teacher
"The Summercore Primer is a truly amazing document that I know will be an invaluable resource and my crutch in your absence. Fabulous! Steve, Lynne and Sam you are passionate, well-prepared and patient teachers AND dedicated, inspiring and warm individuals! I learned so much -- both micro and macro topics."

Read this quote by Deena Neuwirth, SC2008, Horace Mann School, Assistant Head of Lower Division
 "Absolutely mind blowing! Loved every minute. Lynne and Steve are master teachers who understand the needs of all their students (young and old)."

Sent on May 1, 2009 to NYCIST

Old Stuff re Tech Saturdays + Linux Educational Apps + Job Openings at Storefront

morning everyone

1) we are planning/hoping to have our next Tech Saturday in Harlem on May 30th ... we are currently short
a) mice 
b) keyboards
c) monitors 
If you have any inventory you are getting rid of in the next few weeks, please let me know. And please keep us in mind over the summer if your school has equipment (Macs or PCs) you are getting rid of. The generosity of the NYCIST tech community has been incredible -- perhaps even essential -- in helping to sustain the Tech Saturdays program ... http://www.techsaturdays.org

2) We are trying to make this our first LINUX Tech Saturday and are seeking educational software to put onto a LINUX image. If you have any recommendations or know of any good web sites, we would appreciate it.

3) We have several job openings at The Children's Storefront for next year -- lead teachers grade 1-4, learning specialist, humanities teacher, assistant math teacher and development associate. Please pass this along --http://www.thechildrensstorefront.org/jobs/ -- to anyone you know who might be interested. 

Thanks much! Steve

p.s. the Summercore at Horace Mann is almost full so if you have anyone from your school, please tell them to fill out the application ASAP

Sent to ISED on May 1, 2009

Summercore in FLORIDA: 7 reasons to come ;-)
7 reasons to come to Summercore in FLORIDA the week of July 27-31?
See http://www.summercore.com for more info or to sign up!
Yes the 7 reasons spell FLORIDA. What a coincidence ;-) Steve

F is for FLEXIBLE
Summercore is a 5 day computer workshop for novices and experienced computer users. We split up into JV and Varsity and pride ourselves in being flexible to help empower each person to learn as much as possible.

L is for LEARNING
Yes, that is what you will do for 5 days of Summercore. Non-stop and you will love it!
Consider this quote from one Florida teacher used with permission of course.

"I have been to various and sundry kinds of training, both technology and other. This is far and away the VERY BEST training session I have attended. It is obvious that Steve and Lynne are passionate about this work. It is also obvious that the pace and content of the week has been fine-tuned to a considerable degree. While it is a large amount of content to cover, we really did it in a way that has engaged my interest and allowed me to actually learn how to do some things I had never done before. The hands-on emphasis makes the lessons sink in and come alive."
-- Bert Harrell, Theology Dept Chair & English Faculty, Episcopal High School, Jacksonville FL:

O is for ORIGINAL which is our approach. You will not find another computer workshop like Summercore.

R is for RSS 
Most teachers know very little of this technology which is now a pervasive part of the Web along with many other Web 2.0 applications. Our schools need more teachers to learn about how to use Web 2.0 well!

I is for INSPIRING
We have been running Summercore for 25 years. Our singular goal is to inspire, excite and intrigue teachers to get involve with technology and become pioneers in using it well.

D is DEL.ICIO.US
Most teachers know very little of why this wonderful Web 2.0 site can help you and your students organize Web sites. Lynne Schalman's DELICIOUS Web site at http://delicious.com/schalman has been described by one computer coordinator as the absolute best resource for finding useful educational Web sites.

A is for ADMINISTRATORS
Yes, Summercore is for you too. Not only does a fish rot from the head but a river flows from the head. Administrators need to know more about technology issues and skills in order to lead.

Sent to NYCIST on May 3, 2009

Several unrelated tech and non-tech announcements from NYC
Hi everyone ... several unrelated tech and non-tech announcements from NYC

1) We are planning/hoping to have our next Tech Saturday in Harlem on May 30th. We are currently short mice, keyboards and monitors.  If you have any inventory you are getting rid of in the next few weeks, please let me know. And please keep us in mind over the summer if your school has equipment (Macs or PCs) you are getting rid of. The generosity of the Independent School tech community has been incredible -- perhaps even essential -- in helping to sustain the Tech Saturdays program. See http://www.techsaturdays.org for more info.

2) We are trying to make this our first LINUX Tech Saturday and are seeking educational software to put onto a LINUX image. If you have any recommendations or know of any good web sites, we would appreciate it. Our current list is at http://www.cstorefront.org/ts/#linux

3) We have several job openings at The Children's Storefront in Harlem for next year -- lead teachers grade 1-4, learning specialist, humanities teacher, assistant math teacher and development associate. Please pass this link along --http://www.thechildrensstorefront.org/jobs/ -- to anyone you know who might be interested in a NYC job.

Thanks much! Steve

p.s. the Summercore at Horace Mann is almost full so if you have anyone from your school, please tell her/him to fill out the application ASAP

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