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OCT. 21, 2005--Nearly 100 K-12 teachers from eight local school districts spent their Saturday learning new and innovative technologies to apply in the classroom at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The 2005 Technology Integration Workshop was held at the Wyman Education Building on Oct. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The purpose of the workshop was not to just teach educators to use software, but how to integrate technology into their classrooms and their students' lives. The workshop was offered at no cost to the participants as it was funded by a PK-16 Teacher Quality Improvement grant. This is the second year it has been offered, and participants could earn academic credit by completing add-on activities.

Presentations by teachers who have shown excellence in the area of technology in teaching were the central focus of the day; all were from the Hudson school district this year. Presenters were Susan Randall – Using Smart Boards at the Secondary Level; Celeste Nelson – Technology Integration at the Elementary Level; Max and Ryan Hansen – Using iMovie in the Classroom; Jim Revior – Streaming Video & United Video in the Classroom; Aimee Stoffel and Tara Zinck – Using Smart Boards at the Elementary Level; Nancy Toll – What's New in Technology: Blogs, Podcasting, and More; Molly Dado – Print Shop for Teachers; John Kurkowski – Teacher Web Pages; and Michelle Miller – Student Run News Programs.

UW-RF's Technology Leadership Cadre (TLC) members also presented to the workshop participants. TLC members showed teachers how to use and put to use software programs including Inspiration, PhotoShop, iMovie, Web Quests, and Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel.

"The turn-out was great," says Karen Ryan, director of the Education Technology Center and one of the leaders of the TLC. "The attendees are still in the process of writing their reflections on the event, but those we've already received have been very positive."

The workshop was coordinated by Assistant Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies Mary Manke.

The following area teachers participated:

Osceola: Renee Gothman, Laura Ebensperger, Deb Schumaker, Amanda Aizpurua, Jane Maki, Darla Traynor, Rachael Marrier, Sue Turner

Prescott: Anne Kressly, Barb Forthun, Ken Carlson, Karl Sakschek, Stacey Campbell, Jane Hnatyk, Scott Halverson, Terri Witmer, Deb Walker, Jackie Ross, Linda Giebel

River Falls: Judy Lefeber, Kim Pavlicek, Teri Murphy, Jessica Luther, Denise Horsman, Shannon DeSmith, Mary Whitemarsh, Lisa Kleinschmidt, Jessica LeCapitaine, Judy Seguin, Jenny Hannack, Mark Smith, Jean Wespetal, Shelly Kahut-Loomis

St. Croix Central: Melissa Brown, Brenda Simone, Barb Bartos, Heidi Usgaard, Jackie Newell, Colette Grothe, Sharon Freitag, Mary Lucking, Joanne Sanders, Dawn Mohn, Roberta Wilson, Lois Skaalrud

New Richmond: Connie Roetzer, Greg Kier, Gloria Knott, Nicki Wolf, Liz Erickson

Hudson: Sheila Fulop, Linda Morning, Judy Meincke, Debra Weisert, Jack Young, Jay Wollan, Heather Fey, Deb Pavlichek, Laura Ida, Janet Hoffman, Diane Meyer, Linda Schwertel, Kim Warneke, Annette Burns, Dustin Miller, Shelly Bornfleth, Cathy Schewe, Jenny Timm

Ellsworth: Deb DeMotts, Lisa Benz, Nancy O'Neill, Karen Schuebel, Jessica Wiskow, Maggie Jungman, Curt Dumermuth, Mary Rumpel

Somerset: Stephanie Magnuson, Eric Olson, Pam Powers, Andrew Emerson, Bill Powers, Sally Caspersen, Debbie Stevens, Denis Potter, Toni Rivard, Carol Zinter, Nancy Dressel


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