Our Western Massachusetts Writing Project is in the midst of planning our third Spring Technology Conference and each year, we try to find a theme. One year, it was Tech Across the Curriculum. The next, it was Digital Storytelling. This year, we are trying to provide time to explore some of the free platforms that are available for teachers and students. We are calling it Unlock the Power of No-Cost Tech Tools for Teachers.
For us at WMWP, this easily falls under one of our main missions of providing access to resources to as many students and teachers as possible. Our hope is that teachers will play and explore, and then reflect on the possibilities for the classroom.
Here are the tools we intend to showcase during the conference, which takes place in late March.
- Voicethread, for digital storytelling and sharing ideas;
- Glogster, for creating multimedia posters;
- Wallwisher, for brainstorming;
- Open Office, for an alternative to costly software suites;
- and a few more things here and there.
If you live or work in Western Massachusetts and are interested in more information, leave me a note here and I will contact you. Or you can keep an eye out at our WMWP website for an upcoming announcement.
Peace (in the free stuff),