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Three Pike Co. teachers selected to attend ALEX/GEMS-U Podcast Camp
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Congratulations to Cristin Dillard (PCHS teacher), Dawn Key (PCES teacher), and Carol Macchia (Gifted teacher) on being selected to attend the ALEX/GEMS-U Podcast Camp being offer by the AL State Department of Education. These three teachers are among 20 teachers from around the state who were selected to attend this very first Podcast Camp.

Mrs Dillard, Mrs Key, and Mrs Macchia will learn to create enhanced podcasts using an Apple Computer and software in the broad areas of math, science, technology, and/or engineering. Each Podcast Camp participant will be required to upload a content-related podcast during the training. These teachers will also return to train at least 10 other teachers/students at Pike County Schools to upload podcasts to gallery360o by June 1, 2010.

This training session will coincide with Governor Bob Riley's iChallenge Podcast Competition. Governor Riley and the AL Department of Education joined with Apple iTunes U to launch the gallery360 ichallenge Awards program. This program is designed to involve Alabama teachers, students, higher education faculty, informal educators (i.e. museums, labs, centers, etc.), and other entities in the development of high-quality 21st century learning resources. The contest will run from November 1, 2009 through May 31, 2010, and is sponsored by the Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX). Click here to go to ALEX gallery360.

Stephanie Snyder, Pike County School's Technology Coordinator, says, "we are very excited these teachers were accepted to attend this training session. In the Spring of 2009 the Pike County School System invested in a Macbook computer and digital camera for each school. We have spent this school year "testing" the water with students and teachers creating podcasts at the schools. This training class will allow these three teachers to bring back training materials and ideas on how teachers and students can create podcasts related to their school curriculum. "