On the last day of the Institute I asked our teachers to write a brief reflection about their week. Here are a few of their comments:
"This is the best workshop/institute that I have attended. Collaboration with other teachers, from other schools, new cross platform equipment and software that really seems far superior to what we have had, it is really incredible."
"I learned so much and found so many new resources! I met new teachers and shared information; enjoyed talking, laughing, along with learning. I didn't know so much was available to me."
" I received my Mac on Monday night. I didn't even know how to turn it on. It is Friday and I can navigate the Mac quite well. I can create my own music in Garage Band or Audacity, I can edit and manipulate images using iphoto and imovie . I have made two wiki pages and learned how to make graphic organizers out of outlines. ...To me this is amazing. This is how workshops should conclude."
"...Overall I had a change of opinion regarding technology in the classroom. A light bulb went on for me."
"This weeks experiences were exciting to the point of overwhelming but in a fantastic way. The amount of information that I was exposed to has really opened my eyes to the varied types of technology available in the classroom."
"It was a very exciting and at times stressful experience. I learned more than I thought I was capable of learning...I am anxious to use what I have learned in my classroom."
"The information that was presented ...was not what I expected. Each day I felt like a kid in a chocolate(with almonds) candy store. Everything on the agenda was enticing and thought provoking... If excitement is contagious look out science students, you will be infected."