Tapped In Newsletter: June 2003

June 2003
Issue 67

In This Issue

[1] 2003 Tapped In 2 Launch Festival
[2] Member Perspective: Carolyn Gery
[3] Tapped In 2 Technology Tips
[4] News Nuggets
[5] About ...ON THE TAPIS

Quote of the Month - "Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase...the human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who do survive." - Madeleine Albright

[1] 2003 Tapped In 2 Launch Festival

The fifth annual Tapped In Summer Carnival has a new look and a new name! Come celebrate the new version of Tapped In by joining with colleagues and friends during a fun filled day of collaboration in teaching and learning during the Tapped In2 Launch Festival on July 16. Planning has begun and the tentative 8am-8pm PDT schedule includes some old favorites as well as some new special events. Join Gail Hoskins and Tracy Crow, staff at the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse, for an exciting pre-Festival tour of ENC Online. The Early Bird Gets the Worm ( at ENC Online) from 9:00-10:15am EDT/6:00-7:15am PDT.

Certificates of Participation will be offered for everyone who registers for and attends three Festival events. These certificates may be submitted to your school district for continuing education credits (Acceptance of the Certificates for Continuing Ed Credits is determined individual school districts.) There will be additional pre-Festival tours of Tapped In 2 to help you get the most from this exciting day. For more information about the 2003 Tapped In 2 Launch Festival watch for the July Tapped In 2 Calendar of Events, join the Meet Me email group or contact BJ Berquist at bjb@tappedin.org. If you are interested in volunteering for the Festival HelpDesk, contact Dianne Allen at dlallen@ozemail.com.au.

[2] Member Perspective: Carolyn Gery

Carolyn Gery is the Technology Coordinator for Berkeley High School, the main 9-12 campus in Berkeley, California. She coordinates technology funding for the site as well as works with the K-8 coordinator to create articulated technology staff development opportunities for the district. She has worked at Berkeley High for the last 4 years. Before coming to the Bay Area Carolyn was an Assistant Curriculum Coordinator and Spanish Teacher for 10 years at Kapa'a High School in Kapa'a, Hawaii. Carolyn is currently an Educational Technology Doctoral student at Pepperdine University.

Carolyn's Perspective

I was first introduced to distance learning through a one-year teacher technology development program in Hawaii. The program, T3 or Telecommunications and Technology for Teachers integrated "live" broadcasted class sessions that connected participants on all of the islands. At that time newsgroups were a major component enabling us to stay connected in between class sessions. Chat rooms, although introduced, were not utilized in the program and were not connected to educational learning activities.

After moving to Berkeley, I realized that I wanted to pursue educational technology at the Doctoral Level. I was introduced to Tapped In as I began the program this year.

Read all of Carolyn's Perspective on our member perspectives page.

[3] Technology Tips

Using the Search Tab to locate a member's office
You have a meeting planned with a colleague in their Tapped In office. You've logged in a few minutes early and plan to go to the colleague's office to start working on some notes, but you've forgotten to add the room to your favorites (see Advanced Tech Tip). To quickly and easily find a Tapped In member's office once you have logged in, click on the Search tab in the upper right of your screen. When you click on the Places tab and enter the name of the office owner, and click on the Find It! button, you should see a door icon next to the name you've entered. Clicking on the door icon will take you right to that office :-).

Advanced Tech Tip: Add to Favorite Places
When you enter a room that is not on your Favorite Places drop down menu, you will see an "add to my favorites" link to the left of the Favorite Places drop down menu. When this link is clicked, the room is automatically added to your Favorite Places. You can go to this room from anywhere in Tapped In by clicking on the room name in Favorite Places and then Go!

[4] News Nuggets

Tapped In member Dafne Gonzalez has been selected as a member of the ESL MiniConference Editorial Advisory Board. See http://www.eslminiconf.net/edboard.html
Thanks to Tapped In member Keiko Schneider for pointing out that Tapped In was included in a recent Web Tools Newsletter topic on Online Communities for Professional Development. See http://webtools.cityu.edu.hk/news/newslett/onlinecomm.htm
Tapped In member Roslyn Teirney has been offered the opportunity to apply for a traveling fellowship to the US and is looking for recommendations for summer courses or conferences or universities where she might learn more about he incorporation of ICT into teaching for understanding, literacy, project-based learning or cross-curricular. Contact Roslyn at teirney.r@ogilvie.tased.edu.au
Tapped In member Jean Michel Chaupart is going to launch a course, Diplomado para Profesores de Lenguas Extranjeras en el uso de las Nuevas Tecnologias en educaccion (DIPLE/ntic), for Latin-American and Caribbean foreign language teachers. The launch will take place on June 26 during a meeting with teachers of French in Bogata, Columbia.
Do you have a News Nugget about yourself or another member of the TAPPED IN Community? Send your News Nugget to BJ Berquist at bjb@tappedin.org.

[5] About ...ON THE TAPIS

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