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June 29, 2001

Local Teachers Learn Technology Tools at UW-RF

Schoolteachers learned how to integrate popular software packages into their classrooms at "Spring Fling Technology Thing: Project-Based Integration of Technology Conference," during a Spring semester workshop at UW-River Falls.

A total of 102 people attended the conference, including teachers, vendors, presenters and members of the Technology Leadership Cadre, UW-RF education students who help faculty and teachers use various kinds of technology in their classrooms. An additional 25 undergraduate students attended the break-out workshop sessions.

Workshops in three break-out sessions were designed to show teachers what technology is available to them and how they can use it. Some of the options included the chance to learn to create videos with digital cameras, design a web page, use PowerPoint for presentations, or use PhotoShop to create graphics with photos.

There was a keynote address on "How the Internet is Changing How We Learn and Teach," by William A. Draves, who is one of the foremost authorities in the world on online learning. Draves is author of "Teaching Online" and "Learning on the Net." More than 3,000 teachers have taken his online courses on teaching, making him the most popular online teacher in education in the nation.

A number of vendors from the industry were in attendance at the conference, including Apple Computer, Discovery Toys, NCS, Sunburst Technologies and World Book On-line. Inspiration Software, Inc. and Tom Snyder Productions sent sample materials for preview.

Spring Fling Technology Thing was jointly sponsored by the UW-RF College of Education, TLC, CESA, and Learning Resources Network (LERN), an online learning website for teachers.The sessions were led by staff and faculty from schools and the University, as well as UW-RF education students from the TLC. The presenters included:

Cooperative Education Service Agency (CESA) #11: Terese Canfield,
Eau Claire: Beth Kilday, UW-Eau Claire
Hinckley, Minn.: Michelle Jarvis, senior, biology major at UW-RF
Hudson: John Kurkowski, Hudson school district; Celeste Nelson, Hudson Middle School; Jill Tammen, Hudson High School; Nancy Toll, Hudson school district.
Luck: Chris Crowe, senior, English education major at UW-RF Mankato, Minn.: Jim Douglas, Mankato State University
Somerset: Erin Meier-Williamson, graduate student, biology, UW-RF
Turtle Lake: Brett Hansen, Turtle Lake Elementary School
River Falls: William Draves,; Dan Hagstrom, graduate assistant, physics, UW-RF
UWRF Faculty and Staff : Mark Bergland, professor of biology, Valerie Malzacher, assistant director, Chalmer Davee Library at UW-RF; Mary Manke, associate dean, College of Education and Professional Studies;Margaret Phinney, associate professor, teacher education department; Geoffrey Scheurman, associate professor, teacher education department.

Conference attendees included teachers from schools in a number of area communities:

Baldwin-Woodville: Sandra Blakeley, Karen Crawley, Tracy Skelton
Balsam Lake: Donna Hauth
Chippewa Falls: Cynthia Lee
Cornell: David Kinney
Cumberland: Anna Mika
Eleva-Strum: Julia Knobloch
Elmwood : George Klink
Frederic : Dennis Crowe,
Greenwood: Neilaine Becker, Patsy Krause, Kim Pavlichek
Hudson: Vicki Anderson, Ruth Ashwood, Terri Bekkum, Miray Coleman, Brenda Erickson, Deb Gustafson, Tim Halvorson, Claire Ihle, Jodi Magee, Celeste Nelson, Katie Oudenhoven, Kathy Roberts, Maija Stubbendick
Menomonie: Laurayne Badenoch, Jacalyn Broughton, Shirley Fischer
Mondovi: Linda Nicastro
New Richmond: Sara Trautmiller
Osceola: Arvid Maki, Phil Shores
Plum City: Connie Anderson
Prescott: Ken Carlson, Erica Keezer, Anne Kressly, Vicki Trollen
River Falls: Gwendolyn Conklin, Patti Kuenzie, Jean Loudon, Carol Murphy, Stephanie Vlack, Joanne Warner, Mary Whitemarsh
Roberts: Megan Johnson, Lois Skaalrud
Siren: Jan Hoehne
Somerset: Katherine Bates, Jill Borgerding, Sue Oberstar, Cleo Wenzel
Spencer: Mary Anne Arendt
Spring Valley: Ruth Baumgartner

Attendees from Minnesota included:

Independent School District #834, Minnesota: Bob Bonine, Andrea Vizenor
St. Paul School District #625: Lynne Bushee
Stillwater: Theresa Bureau, Catherine Weschcke

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