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ITEC is an ISTE affilate who promotes the use of technology in education by demonstrating to its members, other educators and the public developments in the use of educational technology and how its use supports teaching and learning. The ITEC Conference is October 12-14, 2014. It will be held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, IA. The conference is open to all educators and administrators in Iowa and beyond. 

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Monday, October 13 • 2:50pm - 3:40pm
Breaking Down the Walls of a Classroom via Skype / Google Hangout / Zoom

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Learning doesn’t just happen within the four walls of a classroom, particularly in a 21st century classroom.  Skype, Google Hangout, and Zoom are just three examples of many online video tools that allow us to break down the walls of our classrooms to connect with other classrooms across the United States, even across the world.  Students can now take a field trip, virtually, without the obstacles of parent permission slips, administration approval, and financial cost!  4th Grade teacher Ben Feight and Pre K-6 teacher-librarian Sarah Staudt will show you the various uses, applications, and implementation of online video tools, specifically Skype, Google Hangout, and Zoom.  Using online video tools can help open the classroom up to students in other towns, cities, states, and countries.  It can even benefit those students with disabilities that cannot attend regular classrooms.   Not only can online video tools be used in the classroom with students, but video online tools can also be used to lead and participate in professional development as educators and professionals.  The audience will learn about Skype, Google Hangout, and Zoom, as well as see actual implementation and how to get started.  Skype, Google Hangout, and Zoom all offer chances for students to reach outside the community they live in, which is highly stressed in the Iowa Core’s 21 Century Skills.

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Benjamin Feight

4th Grade Teacher, Mason City Community School District
I teach fourth grade at Harding Elementary School in Mason City. This is my third year teaching, and is my second year in the Mason City Community School District. Prior to coming here, I taught 3rd grade in Mount Vernon. I am excited to help my students achieve their potential and learn from the professionals around me. | | I grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but have family connections to Mason City with my mom having been a former... Read More →
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Sarah Staudt

PreK-12 Teacher-Librarian, Mason City Community School District
PreK-12 Teacher-Librarian, Passionate Educator/Learner/Tech Integrationist, Mommy of 2 Boys (4yr&7yr), Team Player, Collaborator

Monday October 13, 2014 2:50pm - 3:40pm