How frustrating! I just lost a long post when I tried to save it and continue editing.
I have benefited from the EVO sessions although I have turned into a lurker these last couple of weeks. I enjoyed the PowerPoint session because I not only learned a few new things to do with PowerPoint, but I also felt challenged to rethink how I use this tool. Turning the lights down low in a classroom can be an invitation to anything but paying attention, yet the ideas I got from the session have made my classes more interactive and lively.
The Openwebpublishing session provides lots of new applications to explore, and I tried out several. But I haven’t figured out how to use them in class. For me, the most promising is podcasting. But implementing it so that students can use it successfully still challenges my thinking. I share some of the reservations that Nancy expressed in her post,rethinking podcasting. Success requires planning and anticipation, but that is difficult without having had some of the experiences myself. I have tried out and used Audacity including using it to record NPR news stories for listening activities, splicing phrases from some famous speeches, copying some listening activities from a cassette. But I haven’t figured out yet how to integrate into my instructional repertoire so my students can benefit from it and use it for advancing their learning.