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A Chapter of
Illinois Computing




                                    NICE NEWS
Educators




    MINI-CONFERENCE
                                                      The Sixteenth Annual                                                                                    OPEN
         RAFFLE!
    When you attend the Mini-
                                                     NICE Mini-Conference                                                                                 to everyone!
                                                                                                                                                          ICE membership

                                             Saturday, January 30, 2010                                                                                   is NOT required
    Conference, be sure to stay for                                                                                                                           to attend!
    the raffle awards! Great door
                                                                    8:00 am to 1:00 pm
    prizes will be given away at the
                                            Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL
    end of the program!!
         You must be present                !Join us for the sixteenth annual Mini"Conference sponsored by
                  to win!                   Northern Illinois Computing Educators. Registration and
                                            refreshments will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the Forum. During this
      NICE is a local chapter of Illinois   time, you can meet our 2009 Mini"Grant winners and learn about
    Computing Educators (ICE) and           their projects. Three 50"minute breakout sessions will follow the
    serves ICE members in the               poster sessions, and we will conclude the day with a great ra#e!
    northeastern counties of Illinois.      You’re sure to come away with some great new ideas, and maybe a
    There are no dues for NICE.             ra#e prize, too. Admission is !5.00, payable at the door. "
    Members must be in good standing        ! You can pre"register by going to: http://tinyurl.com/nice"mini2010
    with ICE and pay annual dues as         or just show up at the door! For more information contact the
    determined by the ICE Executive         Mini"Conference Co"Chairs: Mary Ann Apple,
    Board.                                  applem@newtrier.k12.il.us, or Tracy Murdach tmurdach@d102.org
      NICE has been approved as a
    provider of Illinois State Board of                      MINI-CONFERENCE SESSIONS:
    Education continuing professional
    development units. Forms will be                                                                                            .
                                            Top 10 FREE Web 2.0 Sites for Educators - 2010 Edition.!.............................Steve Dembo
    available at the meeting to verify                                                                                                        .
                                            Skype-tastic Ways to Motivate Students ............................................!.........................Tom Erf
    attendance for CPDUs.                                                 .
                                            Internet Safety Resources!..................................................Sr. Mary Therese Freymann, BVM
                                            21st Century Education:
    Visit the NICE website at:                   No Cost/Low Cost Investments, Rich Results.....Michael Gorman and Jane Gorman
    http://chapters.iceberg.org/nice                                                                              J
                                            Photo Story is Phat!..................................................!udy Gressel, Erika Eich and Julia Kessel
                                                                                                       .
                                            Sponsored Projects in the iCollaboratory!....................Jan Hackman and Bonnie Thurber
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                                            Weebly: Teaching beyond the textbook............................! eborah Lazar and Kelly Breiner
                                                                                    .
                                            Technology and Differentiation!.........................................Tricia Lazzaro and Helen Lazzaro
                                                                                                        .
                                            Excel 2007 Spreadsheets in the classroom!.......................................................Helen Lazzaro
                Pre#                        The Lifelong Learning Toolbelt.................................................................................Scott Meech
              Register                      IEAR - I Education Apps Review..............................................................................Scott Meech
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                                            Solving the Technology Integration Puzzle..........................................!.....Laura Montgomery
                                            Web 2.0 Tools for Professional Learning...........................................................Nadine Norris
               TODAY!                       “Feed” your PodCast from your own Cupboard, ‘er Computer!.................Ann Penstone          .
                                            Engaging Students with Interactive Technology........................................................Katie Reel
                                            If it’s Online, it Must Be True!.................................................................................Melissa Robin
                                            Free resources for Web Site Development.........................................................Terry Slocum
      Go to: http://tinyurl.com/
                                            $100 Dollar interactive whiteboard......................................................................David Stopps
    nice"mini2010
                                                                                                                  .
                                            ActivELL Dynamic Diversity and Differentiation!.........Laurelle Stuart and Laura Somers
                                            Let’s Chat- a mini workshop about VoiceThread..................................................Suzy Tauber
                                            Write2Win: Use the Internet to Connect Your Students
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                                            ! ith Professional Writer..............................................................................................Linda Wolf
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                  NICE Mini!Conference""•""Saturday, January 30, 2010
    Top 10 FREE Web 2.0 Sites              Photo Story is Phat!                       be more actively involved and
    for Educators - 2010 Edition            Judy Gressel, Erika Eich & Julia Kessel   accountable for learning.
                            Steve Dembo
                                             Photo Story, a cross"curricular tool,   Excel 2007 Spreadsheets in
  Web 2.0 is the hottest thing to         easily allows students to incorporate      the Classroom
happen in education since the             the main elements of digital                                      Helen Lazzaro
invention of the Huct on Fonix. But       storytelling. The limited features
let's get beyond the hype. What are       allow students to focus on the content      Need to create a timeline for Social
the 10 web sites you absolutely must      of their presentation, rather than on    Studies? Need to provide a way for
know about, and how can they              special e%ects.                          students to test their own spelling
actually be used to transform your                                                 list? How about creating a word wall,
classroom? New and updated for             Sponsored Projects in the               and creating sentences? Want to
2010!                                      iCollaboratory                          show fractions and allow students to
                                                 Jan Hackman and Bonnie Thurber change the numerator and
    Skype-tastic Ways to                                                           denominator? Create a family tree?
    Motivate Students                        Sponsored Projects introduce new      Create graphic organizers that
                                          members to the iCollaboratory by         students can type in? Do you have a
                               Tom Erf
                                          encouraging participation in an          unique way that you use Excel in the
   Video conferencing through the         engaging collaborative project,          classroom? Get readymade
free Skype application adds new           alongside experienced iCollaboratory spreadsheet resources. Come, share
dimensions to classroom activities.       users. The projects demonstrate          and learn new ways to use excel in
                                          communication and collaboration          your classroom. Spreadsheets are not
Collaborating with experts, mentors,
and colleagues is not just "cool", it     tools available in the iCollaboratory    just for graphing!!
also provides an opportunity to           and involve di%erent grade levels,
develop authentic audiences for your      subject areas and communities. All         The Lifelong Learning
students, motivating them to do their     K12 classrooms are invited to join         Toolbelt
very best work.                           with their teacher/leader.                                          Scott Meech

    Internet Safety Resources              Weebly: Teaching beyond the                  Most newcomers to the power of
        Sr. Mary Therese Freymann, BVM     textbook                                   technology for education talk about a
                                                Deborah Lazar and Ke$y Breiner        sense of being overwhelmed, the
   What does the law require in                                                       di&culty of determining where to
                                            Presenters will share their ideas for     start, and a steep learning curve once
Illinois regarding teaching Internet
                                          taking students beyond the textbook         they decide to learn more. Instead of
safety? Could you pass a quiz on
                                          by bringing relative and current            focusing professional development
Internet safety? Do you know about
your digital footprint? Resources for     resources into a "Weebly Quest".            experiences on the "cool" new tool or
                                          Exciting examples of how Weebly has         "buzz" word, this presentation
best practices, student activities and
                                          been used with topics such as stem          introduces an approach that focuses
curriculum and parent resources will
                                          cells, energy, and school service           on "learning how to learn" via
be given.
                                          projects will be showcased. If time         technology. I will walk through a five"
                                          permits, participants will have the         step process for helping educators in
    21st Century Education: No            opportunity to create their own             your schools put together a "Life"
    Cost/Low Cost Investments,            Weebly account and begin exploring          Long"Learning Toolbelt" including
    Rich Results                          this Web 2.0 tool.                          research tools, social bookmarking,
       Michael Gorman and Jane Gorma#                                                 blogging, social networking and more.
                                           Technology and
  Walk away with free/inexpensive
                                           Differentiation
resources for 21st Century Learning!
                                                Tricia Lazzaro and Helen Lazzaro
Integrate NETS, STEM, project                                                         IEAR - I Education Apps
based learning, and core academic           Use a variety of high tech, low tech      Review
standards. Engage students with                                                                           Scott Meech
                                          and no technology integrated with
cutting edge technology, cross
                                          di%erentiated instruction for process,
curricular integration, and real world                                                  Mobile devices such as the iPod and
                                          product and assessments for high
applications. A great opportunity to                                                  iPhone have educational possibilities
                                          school and middle school. Working
implement tomorrow, what you learn                                                    for students, teachers and
                                          with interactive response units and
today!                                                                                administrators. We are going to talk
                                          other technology methods within
                                                                                      about an online community I started
                                          di%erentiation, requires students to


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called “I Educational Apps Review”        you add episodes. NO code                  Lee http://johnnylee.net/projects/wii/.
that is focused on helping teachers       experience necessary...if you can read     Class will cover:
and administrators use mobile devices     & type, YOU can be in total control        "Necessary supplies 'hardware,
e%ectively and safely in their personal   in one easy lesson. Once the file is        software(
productivity and classroom activities.    created, you just upload the xml file       "Possible classroom uses
                                          and the audio or video files to ANY         "Use and few limitations of the
                                          web server and your PodCast is             Wiimote Whiteboard
    Solving the Technology                available for iTunes or any other          If time allows participants will be
    Integration Puzzle                    "podcatcher". I'll give you the            encouraged to try the tool and ask
                   Laura Montgomery       starting .xml file and we'll edit it        questions.
                                          together and celebrate your success!
Are you still trying to understand
what “technology integration” means?                                                  ActivELL Dynamic Diversity
This workshop is designed to help         Engaging Students with                      and Differentiation
teachers find and use essential tools      Interactive Technology                         Laurelle Stuart and Laura Somers
that support teaching and learning for                          Katie Reel
the 21st century! Participants will                                                  Engage and empower English
examine the goals of communication,          In this interactive session, teachers   Language Learners with technology
collaboration, research, creativity,      will see the power of engaging             tools, using interactive whiteboards
critical thinking, digital citizenship    technologies in action! If you are         and individual student response
and presentation skills and discover      interested in the components of a 21st     systems. View flipcharts in Social
essential technology tools to achieve     Century Classroom then this session        Studies, Language Arts, Math and
learning standards for any content        is for you! We will look at student        Science designed specifically for those
area. You will come away with a new"      response systems, document cameras,        students in need of image rich
found sense of comfort and                interactive boards, and the content        materials from the perspective of the
confidence in your ability to integrate    that ties all of these together.           ELL teacher and classroom teacher.
technology into your curriculum!
                                                                                      Let's Chat- a mini workshop
                                          If it's Online, it Must Be True!            about VoiceThread
    Web 2.0 Tools for                                          Melissa Robi#                              Suzy Tauber
    Professional Learning
                       Nadine Norris        Is all information online reliable?      VoiceThread, an interactive web
  Instead of providing colleagues or      How can you find trustworthy sources        based program, uses a variety of media
students a laundry list of Web sites,     of information online? In this session     to create an audio blog, discussion
use a tool that actually allows you to    you will receive strategies for            board, assessment tool, or
"present" Web content as an online        recognizing bogus websites, evaluating     presentation. Viewers can add
screencast. Instead of attempting to      websites, and teaching website             comments. Discuss and present the
explain how to use a specific software     evaluation.                                process of creating a VoiceThread and
application, use screen capture                                                      its uses in a variety of subjects.
                                          Free resources for Web Site                Examples, resources and rubrics will
software tools to show them.
                                          Development                                be provided.
Facilitate professional learning
opportunities for faculty members                            Terry Slocu&
using free Web 2.0 software. Explore        Free! On a tight budget? Here are         Write2Win: Use the Internet
free tools that will allow you to take    free tools and web sites that will ease     to Connect Your Students
sharing resources and providing           the budget pain and allow you to            with Professional Writers
professional development                  develop web pages. We will examine                               Linda Wolf
opportunities, support to a whole new     an HTML editor, NVU, and web sites
level.                                    o%ering services for web                   Write2Win is a non"profit organization
                                          development.                               partnering professional writers and
                                                                                     editors with 6th)10th grade teachers
    "Feed" your PodCast from                                                         via the Internet to help improve
    your own Cupboard, 'er                $100 Dollar Interactive                    student writing skills, test scores, and
    Computer                              Whiteboard                                 confidence. We provide targeted,
                      Ann Penston%                                   David Stopps    individualized editorial guidance as
  Make your PodCasts subscribeable                                                   directed by the teachers for all
WITHOUT feedburner or other                                                          students, especially for those who are
                                          Instruction on creation and use of an      academically at risk.
services. Learn how to edit an .xml       interactive whiteboard using free
file for YOUR own use and edit it as       software developed by Johnny Chung


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                                                                                Wi-Fi Available @ Stevenson!
     2009 Mini-Grant Winners
         Poster Sessions                                               Please feel free to bring your wi-fi enabled laptop to our mini-
                                                                        conference! If you plan to blog or post information on Flickr,
         Forum 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.                                       Twitter or Plurk, etc, please apply the Technorati tag “nice2010”
                                                                                       to your blogs,"photos, and links.
    Audio books in MP3 format
     – Cynthia Karabush                       Presenter Biographies:
    ! !"#$%&"''($()*+,+-$.+'/)0#%$,10)'$
     /#+%)'2%$'3$2'/#(%$1%#0$)2$4"#$                                                          state core standards, near Fort Wayne,
                                              Steve Dembo
     &1++)&1(156$,20$3'+$+#&+#,7'2,($                                                         Indiana. He has recently presented at Alan
                                              A former kindergarten teacher and school
     +#,0)289$:$;<=>$?)2)@A+,24$3120#0$                                                       November's Building Learning Communities
                                              Director of Technology, Discovery
                                                                                              in Boston, the National Middle School
     )B'0%$3'+$%410#24%$4'$&"#&C$'146$,20$    Education’s Online Community Manager
                                                                                              Association Conference 2009, the Center
     ?BD$E(#%$'3$&1++)&1(15$2'/#(%9$          Steve Dembo is a pioneer in the field of
                                                                                              For Excellence and Leadership Conference
     F410#24%$,+#$#24"1%),%7&$,*'14$          educational social networking. Among the
                                                                                              2009, NECC 2009, NE Indiana Region 8,
                                              first educators to realize the power of
     ()%4#2)28$4'$*''C%$'2$,$.#+%'2,($                                                        Indiana’s Computer Educators’ Conference,
                                              blogging, podcasting, Twitter, and other Web
     0#/)&#$+,4"#+$4",2$)2$(#%%@                                                              IPFW, Fort Wayne Business Education
                                              2.0 technologies to connect educators to
     &'2/#2)#24$3'+5,4%9                                                                      Summit, and the Indiana CET. He has
                                              one another and create professional
                                                                                              participated in Project VISM at James
                                              learning communities, Dembo has been
                                                                                              Madison University and Project Lead The
                                              instrumental in the explosive growth of the
    ! Ipods Thoughout the Day                                                                 Way at the Rochester Institute of
                                              Discovery Educator Network and its online
      – Rita Mihaljevic and Sandra                                                            Technology. His pursuit of 21st century
                                              presence at http://
     Callahan                                                                                 learning has included lobbying efforts on
                                              community.discoveryeducation.com/.
                                                                                              Capitol Hill leading the ISTE Indiana State
    ! G'+$5,2-$.#'.(#6$4"#$)B'0$)%$,$                                                         Delegation in 2009, presentations to the
     .'+4,*(#$0)8)4,($,10)'$.(,-#+$4",4$      Tom Erf
                                                                                              Indiana Governor and DOE, and
                                              Originally a social worker, I have been an
     ",%$4"#$,*)()4-$4'$"'(0$(,+8#$,5'124%$                                                   participation in efforts to initiate PBL and
                                              elementary teacher for five years. In this
     '3$51%)&9$H#$",/#$0)%&'/#+#0$5,2-$                                                       21st Century Learning in Indiana through
                                              time I have participated in Promethean
     '4"#+$#01&,7'2,($1%#%$,%$I#((9$$H#$                                                      serving on the IMSPBL steering committee
                                              Train-the-Trainer and Apple Digital
                                                                                              and working with the NE Indiana Lily TOPS
     1%#$4"#$<.'0%$4'$0)J#+#27,4#$            Leadership trainings, among others. I will be
                                                                                              effort. All of his presentations and initiatives
     )2%4+1&7'2$3'+$%410#24%6$%&,J'(0)28$     presenting a full day workshop on "Google
                                                                                              are built on a fundamental mission to
     3'+$2#I$(#,+2)289$!"#$<.'0%$,+#$         Earth/Google Maps " at the 2010 ICE
                                                                                              support a vision that facilitates 21st century
                                              conference. In 2008 I was recognized with
     .'+4,*(#$3'+$,2-I"#+#K,2-75#$            the Larry Stilgebauer Award and as an ING
                                                                                              learning while promoting effective
     (#,+2)289$L#/)#I$,20$+#)23'+&#5#24$                                                      educational transformation. Mike also
                                              Unsung Heroes grant recipient.
     '3$&+#,7/)4-$,20$)5,8)2,7'2$4",4$                                                        authors a blog and wiki entitled
                                                                                              21centuryedtech which together receive
     #2&'1+,8#%$&'((,*'+,7'2$,20$             Sr. Mary Therese Freymann, BVM
                                                                                              over 2000 views a month. They can be
     %410#24$&#24#+#0$(#,+2)289$$:%%)%7/#$    Sr. Mary Therese has taught from 1st grade
                                                                                              found at: www.
     4#&"2'('8-$()C#$4"#$)B'0$)%$*+)28)28$    through adult education, spent 54 years in
                                                                                              21centuryedtech.wikispaces.com and www.
                                              education, 36 in eighth grade. She was tech
     2#I6$&+#,7/#$I,-%$4'$"#(.$%.#&),($       coordinator many of those years along with
                                                                                              21centuryedtech.wordpress.com. Perhaps
     2##0%$(#,+2#+%9                                                                          Mike's greatest strength is that he is still
                                              teaching. She is tech coordinator at a
                                                                                              active in the field as a practitioner, doing
                                              Chicago inner-city schools and give
                                                                                              what he advocates with nearly 1000 middle
                                              workshops throughout the Archdiocese of
    Scratch the Surface of                                                                    school students.
     Engineering                              Chicago. Her BVM congregation boasts to
     – Sarah Wippman and Laurie Korte         have the first woman in the United States to
                                                                                              Judy Gressel
                                              get a Ph.D. in computer science (1965) and
                                                                                              Judy Gressel and Erika Eich are librarians at
    ! F&+,4&"$4"#$F1+3,&#$'3$>28)2##+)28M$$   the first to inaugurate a masters program
                                                                                              New Trier High School where they
     F410#24%$0#%)82$.)&'$&+)&C#4$+'*'4%$     for technology integration in education. Sr.
                                                                                              collaborate with many teachers using
     4'$.#+3'+5$,$312&7'2$4'$5,C#$()3#$       Mary Therese was the recipient of the 1999
                                                                                              multimedia. Julia Kessel, a Chinese language
                                              ICE Computer Teacher of the Year and the
     #,%)#+M$$!"+'18"$,$I##C(-$&(1*6$                                                         teacher at New Trier, has worked with Judy
                                              2008 ISTE “Making It Happen” awards.
     %410#24%$",/#$.+'8+,55#0$4"#$                                                            and Erika and will share her experiences
     +'*'4%$1%)28$4"#$F&+,4&"$.+'8+,59$$                                                      with Photo Story from the classroom
                                              Michael Gorman                                  teacher's perspective.
     >,&"$+'*'4$.#+3'+5%$4"#$                 Michael Gorman is a graduate of Western
     .+'8+,55#0$&'55,20%6$,20$,+#$            Michigan University, Indiana University, and    Jan Hackman
     5,0#$3+'5$+#&-&(,*(#$)4#5%$3'120$        most recently Johns Hopkins University’s        With 34 classroom teaching years under
     )2$-'1+$"'5#M                            School Administration cohort in partnership     her belt, Jan continues to spread her passion
                                              with ISTE. He oversees the Integrated           for technology with others through
                                              Solutions Block, a 21st century program         consulting with school districts and through
                                              based on NETS technology integration and        the iCollaboratory. Jan has provided



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professional development for her former           on education. He believes that education is      Katie Reel
school district, McHenry School District 15,      on the brink of major change and that            Katie Reel is the Director of Professional
for Harlem School District and Belvidere          technology will finally fulfill its promise.       Development at CIM Technology Solutions.
School District. She also is an adjunct           Scott blogs at www.smeech.net and has a          Katie has a background in teaching with 8
professor for Aurora University who               repository of his work at smeech-                years at a public elementary school outside
teachers "Technology in the Schools of the        presos.wikispaces.com. Additionally, Scott       Indianapolis. Her love of technology drove
Future".                                          has started an educational community that        her to CIM Technologies where she is now
                                                  is focused on studying mobile devices and        able to share interactive technology with
Deborah Lazar                                     their educational value called I Education       many Chicagoland schools.
Deborah Lazar is a librarian at New Trier         Apps Review at www.iear.org.
High School who has worked with several                                                            Melissa Robin
teachers on projects using weebly. Kelly          Laura Montgomery                                 Melissa Robin has been teaching technology
Breiner is a biology teacher at New Trier         Laura is an instructional technology coach       skills for the past five years. She is currently
High School who has implemented the topic         at Deer Path Middle School in Lake Forest        in her third year teaching Applied
of stem cells into her core curriculum with       District 67. With a combined 20 years of         Technology at Highland Middle School. She
the use of technology.                            experience as a classroom teacher, media/        has a B.S. in Elementary Education from
                                                  technology resource teacher and now tech         Oakland University and a M.A. in
Tricia Lazzaro                                    coach, she strives to help classroom             Educational Technology from Central
Tricia has been a high school science             teachers become more tech saavy and learn        Michigan University.
teacher for 3 years and is currently a high       how to support student learning with
school special education teacher and math         technology tools. A Google Certified              Terry Slocum
classroom co-teacher. Tricia found that using     Teacher, she has previously presented at the     Terry is an adjunct instructor in the WWW
differentiation and technology helped to          NICE Google Hands- On Workshop and               program at Oakton Community College
actively engage students in learning. She         the NICE mini-conference. She holds a            teaching web page development courses. As
concentrated on learning more about               Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction       principal of iSiteIt Web Consulting, he
differentiation and how technology can be         and is happy to be finishing her Masters in       designs web sites for small businesses,
used to help students learn. She became           Technology in Education from Northern            educational institutions, and non-profit
the building expert and provided                  Illinois University this spring!                 organizations. He also presents workshops
professional development sessions for                                                              on web site development, Dreamweaver, and
teachers who were interested in engaging          Nadine Norris                                    Fireworks. In his spare time, he works to
their students through differentiation.           Nadine has been in education for 10 years        lower his USGA handicap.
                                                  in positions including classroom teacher,
Helen Lazzaro                                     technology coordinator, and staff                David Stopps
Helen Lazzaro has been integrating                development provider. Currently, Nadine is       David Stopps is a Technology Teacher for
technology in the curriculum for the past 6       the Instructional Technology Coordinator         7th and 8th grade students at Deer Path
years in a Middle School. She constantly          for Palatine School District 15. She is always   Middle School in Lake Forest District 67.
looks for differentiated projects that            excited to help teachers design and              David enjoys finding new tools and
incorporate technology and curriculum             implement meaningful activities that use         exploring them to share with others. David
learning. Helen loves to share what she has       technology in ways that enhance the              tries to incorporate as many open-source,
learned, and shares all her resources and         teaching and learning process.                   and free tools as possible to expand
examples.                                                                                          student, and staff awareness of alternative
                                                  Ann Penstone                                     tools. David is enjoying being in the
Scott Meech                                       Ann is a retired HS Academic Technology          classroom after a year as a Technology
Scott Meech is in his 15th year of teaching       Coordinator who has become Web Site              Coach.
and is currently working at the Joseph Sears      Design certified and has been adding php,
School in Kenilworth, Illinois as the district    MySQL, XHTML, and CSS to her "bag of             Laurelle Stuart
technology facilitator. While Meech began         tricks" since retiring 2 years ago. Her          Laurelle Lonze Stuart is an enthusiastic
his teaching career in social studies, he         interest in PodCasting evolved to solve the      teacher of English Language Learner
quickly realized his greatest educational         problem of "What happens when students           delivering high-quality lessons to students
interest was in the transformative nature of      miss important lectures or forums" and led       acquiring skills in each of the domains of
technology. He was an early adopter and           her to find a way to record and synch the         learning English. She has been using
was regularly the test pilot for any and all      teacher's audio DURING PowerPoint                interactive Promethean technology with her
new tech initiatives. His teaching quickly        presentations that could be uploaded 20          students in order to present curriculum in a
transformed from a traditional teacher-           minutes after they were done and made            manner designed to address learners of all
centered paradigm to a constructivist,            available for students. And THIS led to          levels and learning styles and help them
student-centered approach. Meech earned           finding an easy way to help teachers edit         reach their individual goals. Ms. Stuart is an
his masters in education in curriculum and        their own PodCast "feed" file anytime they        excellent communicator with both parents
technology in 2005 and is currently enrolled      had a new lesson! So...she's excited to help     and faculty who, with Ms. Somers, has
in The Johns Hopkins University Leadership        YOU do the same.                                 presented at the St. Louis Promethean
program in conjunction with the                                                                    Conference and the Administrator's
International Society of Technology and                                                            Academy.
Education. While he has a myriad of
interests, his favorite pastime is studying the
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Suzy Tauber
Suzy is a Computer Lab Supervisor at New Trier                            Grant winner profiles:
High School. She has worked in computer education
for the past 16 years with all ages and abilities.
                                                            Cynthia Karabush
Linda Wolf
                                                            Cynthia Karabush is a School Library Media Specialist for
Linda Wolf heads a nationwide group of professional
writers and editors and has provided editorial support      Grayslake Community High School District 127. She is
for educational textbook and healthcare publishers for      convinced that engaged reading is the first step toward
over 20 years. She co-founded Write2Win, a non-profit        reaching competency in 21st Century learning skills, and that
organization dedicated to improving student writing         audio books enhance student engagement in their reading.
skills and confidence.                                       Follow her @KaraCynth.

                                                            Rita Mihaljevic
                                                            23 years of experience providing Speech and Language
      Wi-Fi Available @ Stevenson!                          services to students. I have worked for SEDOL for 10 years,
       Please feel free to bring your wi-fi enabled laptop   the past three providing Speech and Language services for the
    to our mini-conference! If you plan to blog or post     SEDOL Transition program.
     information on Flickr, Twitter or Plurk, etc, please
         apply the Technorati tag “nice2010” to your        Sarah Wippman
                    blogs,"photos, and links.               Sarah Wippman has been a teacher for 30 years, and has been
                                                            involved with gifted education for the past 12 years. She has
                                                            always had an interest in unique educational opportunities
                                                            and enjoys utilizing all technology available at her school. She
                                                            is a graduate of the University of Illinois (B.S. and M.Ed.) and
                                                            has an M.A. from Concordia in administration.




                                             Remember the ICE Conference!
                                           “A Learning Odyssey”
                       Pheasant Run Resort and Conference Center •"February 23-26, 2010
                          Volunteers needed! Volunteers earn *75 towards reimbursement.
                                If you can help, visit http://www.iceberg.org/node/124




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                             January 30, 2010 Mini-Conference Schedule

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8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – 2009 Mini-Grant Poster Sessions:
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                                     Scratch the Surface of Engineering

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                                                                       Directions to Adlai E.
                                                                       Stevenson High School:
                                                                       Stevenson High School is located at One
                                                                       Stevenson Drive, just west of Milwaukee
                                                                       Ave (Rt. 21) in Lincolnshire, IL.

                                                                       From the South
                                                                       I-94 (Edens) north merge onto Hwy. 41
                                                                       (or I-294 Tollway) to Rt. 22 (Half Day Rd.),
                                                                       west to the campus.

                                                                       From the North
                                                                       Hwy. 41 south (or I-294 Tollway) to Rt. 22
                                                                       (Half Day Rd.), west to the campus.

                                                                       From the West
                                                                       Route 83 to Route 22. East on Route 22
                                                                       to campus.
                                                                       Park in Lot B, and enter the building at
                                                                       Entrance 2 (under “the Point”)
                                                                       Map:
    Adlai E. Stevenson High School
    One Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire, IL 60069                        http://www.d125.org/help/map.aspx



    Northern Illinois Computing Educators
    c/o Laura Montgomery
    Deer Path Middle School
    95 West Deerpath Road
    Lake Forest, IL 60045

    Mark Your Calendar for NICE!
    March 18, 2010: TBA
    May 5, 2010: Potpourri of Practical Programs,
    Maine South High School, Park Ridge



                NICE Executive Board
                     2009-2010
        President. ................................. Vinnie Vrotny
        Past President. ........................ Jeff Shaw
        President-Elect. .......................Charlene Chausis
        Secretary. ................................. Matt Stuczynski
        Treasurer. .................................Jason Meltzer
        Webmaster. .............................Terry Slocum
        Newsletter. ............................Laura Montgomery
        Mini-Conference. ................... Mary Ann Apple
        !                                            Tracy Murdach




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