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Tech Trek 2008 Update/Tech Trek 2009

Each summer in this weeklong residential immersion into technology participants learn databases, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, Internet tools, web design, multimedia presentations, and word processing, while focusing on the TSIP and technology standards. Tech Trek the Generation is for the more advanced user and the week covers online learning, web content creation technologies, and multimedia while focusing on Project Based Learning.


Tech Trek 2009 dates have been set, although we have had some funding changes, and there will only be one Tech Trek opportunity this summer. Tech Trek: The Next Generation is scheduled for July 27-31, 2009. If you are interested in registering, you must contact your C.I.I. Rep or C.I.I. Services Rep. Click here to find out if you are a member and to get the Rep info information. If your school or division is listed, then you are a member. If you are not a member and would like to attend Tech Trek, the cost is $999 and includes registration, material fees, all meals, and overnight accomodations.



Tech Trek 2009 Dates


July 27-31 - Tech Trek: The Next Generation


Tech Trek Registration Form will be available in May (Members must register though your C.I.I./C.I.I. Services Participant Rep. Non-Members can fill out this form and email it to Members, please be in touch with your rep to let them know you are interested. The rep will begin a list, and a wait list if needed.

Tech Trek & Tech Trek The Next Generation Overview (2008)

TechTrek: The Next Generation Flyer (2008)

Read on to see what happened during Tech Trek 2008.

The C.I.I. ran 2 Tech Treks during the 2008 summer season. Tech Trek is full of Technology, Learning, and FUN!! Check out the video below for a sneak peak into the Tech Trek experience. If you were at Tech Trek summer 2007, you may see yourself, or others you know.

Bert Schmidt,
WHRO President
and CEO @ Tech Trek 2007

Streaming Video
Check out Bert @ Tech Trek 2007




Most of the Tech Trekkers signed up for the Tech Trek Ning site ( where they can continue to collaborate, share photos, videos, etc. Ning is a FREE Social Networking website. For the Tech Trekkers that still need to join, do so TODAY!! Drop an email to and you will then receive in invitation to join via email. If you attended Tech Trek prior to 2007, you are welcome to join as well by requesting an invitation. Just include the year you attended. If you are already a member, click below to login.

Visit Tech Trek

Check out this video that was created by a
team of Tech Trekkers
(Gail Ford Westbrook and Tami Maloney)
during Tech Trek: The Next Generation.

Why Tech Trek?

Find more videos like this on Tech Trek



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Week 1 - 7.16.07-7.20.07
Photo Gallery

Week 2 - 7.30.07-8.03.07
Photo Gallery

Week 3 - 8.13.07-8.17.07
Photo Gallery

Many PortaPortals were shared
during Tech Trek.
Click here for more PortaPortals.

Robb Ponton's Tech Trek PortaPortal
Williamsburg ITRT

Robb Ponton's Tech Trek: The Next Generation PortaPortal
Williamsburg ITRT

Robb Ponton's NPS ITRT Tech Trek PortaPortal
Williamsburg ITRT

Tom Spencer's PortaPortal
Chesapeake Engineering /Apl. Physics Instructor

Chris Wyatt's PortaPortal
Hampton ITRT

Lynn Latham's PortaPortal - used for teaching, reviewing, and helping children in kindergarten through 5th grades
Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Instructional Technology Specialist

Tech Trek PortaPortal - Tech Trek participants collaborated and added their favorite websites to the Tech Trek PortaPortal. The login and password did change. If there are any Tech Trekkers out that would like to contribute to this PortaPortal, send a message to requesting the logon and password, or check out the Tech Trek Ning for the information.

During week 3 of Tech Trek, some of the participants experimented with to create a podcast. If you attended Tech Trek, and could like to add comments about your experience at Tech Trek to this podcast, drop a message to to recceive the login and password. Then you can upload your audio file to the gcast website, and your file will automatically be added to this podcast. Click on the play button to hear a few of the podcasts that were created during Tech Trek.

During Robb Ponton's Multimedia session, he shared a few sites to help you spice up your curriculum.

Elf Yourself
(down for the season)
Monkey email
Jib Jab

At Tech Trek, we use PhotoJam to capture the week's activity. Check out the PhotoJam's for Tech Trek 2007 (coming soon).

PhotoJam allows you to easily create digital slide shows with music, transitions, and funny captions if you choose. PhotoJam 4 is $29.95 and version 4 Deluxe is $49.95. Check out more details here.