- Finally found the video of Stephen Covey's Keynote, Mindsets for the 21st Century: Unleashing Leadership Potential in Students,
- Watched Chris Lehmann's inspirational closing keynote from Wednesday, sharing how he leads his school that is focused around 5 core values - inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation, and reflection. This then led me to his TED NYEd talk - Creating Schools We Need.
- Found a 3D Photo Screen Saver with a free trial and only $9 for your full copy. David Warlick used it at the beginning of his presentation. He must have done a video screen shot of the screensaver running and then saved that as a .mp4 file. For Macs only :(
- Read through the iPads in Education Scoop.It paper create by John Evans (he shared it through Twitter. Including articles about Apps for Administrators, Top 4 Websites to Find Free iPad Books, 12 Apps to Assist Students to Study, ect.
- Explored the possibility of creating "Choose Your Own Adventure" videos using the spotlight annotation tool in the YouTube video editor by creating Hyperlinks to other videos.
- Found 19 sessions that were recorded and provided on-demand by ISTE at their site. All you have to do is click on the title of one of the 19 sessions you are interested in and scroll down to the video embedded on that page. In the coming weeks I plan to watch: A Gardener's Approach to Learning: Cultivating your Personal Learning Network , Collaboration Fluency: Creating a Learning Environment for the Digital Age Classroom, Glogster EDU: Creative Expression of Knowledge and Skills, Help! I Have Too Many Photos! Photo Organization Primer, Learning Tools Family Feud: Crowdsourced Edition, Resources for Emergent Literacy Teachers, & This is Not a Unit: Eight Shifts for Every Curriculum.
ISTE 2011 is over but I am still learning from my PLN. This morning I:
It's the last day of the conference and I am still learning LOTS. Th best part about "attending" this last day is that I won't get stuck on the runway for 3 hours because of bad weather, have a mental breakdown because I am claustrophobic, and then have to stay in St. Louis overnight without any luggage because I missed my connecting flight. Whew, am I glad to not have to go through that again. :)
Here are a few things I thought I might pass along....
I still haven't found the video of Stephen Coveys Keynote but got a good idea of what he spoke about thanks to The Cyber Cafe Blog and the Education Weekly blog. If you find a link to the keynote please share in the comments section.
SMART shared the presentation about using SMART products on the EDCompass site for those that wanted to view a presentation again or if they missed it (that's me).
My friend Allison (@abyford) FaceTimed me this morning (on our iPads) and told me about Will Richardson and Rob Mancabelli's presentation, The "Yeah Buts": Answering the Top 10 Arguments Against Change using a backchannel at Today'sMeet. The presentation shared the excuses so many use for not moving forward in bringing online learning to schools and how to start making that change. The session shared how to support/encourage change when change is required. Their arguments and suggestions were based on research done with heart patients that had to make changes to save their lives and what strategy led to success. The strategy seems simple - but they say it is the piece missing in schools - that the missing link is tying rational responses with EMOTIONAL responses so that the change is meaningful to individuals. They made the session interactive and participatory by using tools such as Today'sMeet for backchanneling, Fluid Survey to show real time results, and shared their Google Docs Presentation for others to follow along and revisit their presentation after the session.
Listening to David Warlick present always inspires me. I really hope they recorded his presentations but at least I found the backchannel to his presentation that he "created" using KnitterChats. If I am understanding the tool correctly, David created it to use at his presentations and it is not open to the public - cool idea, wish we all had access to it. After the event anyone can go back into the backchannel which he turned into a wiki page and continue the conversations by adding comments, new thoughts, resources, and more. Notice in this Knitter Chat the comments in italics with Davids avatar on the right, those were added after the session. Avatars could be easily added if you use Gravatar.
Mobile Tech Learning blog shared a "tutorial" in their post "The Complete Dropbox for Educators". Since I just this summer, started using Dropbox, I thought there might be others in the education hemisphere that may not know the benefits of Dropbox for storing and sharing files in the "cloud".
Google is testing their new Facebook killer called Google+. I am not even sure how I found this article but someone at ISTE shared it. Looks pretty cool. Hope it outlasts Google Wave.
Google sites now has a new function that will allow users to create Mobile App as easily as creating a regular Google Site. Think of how relevant that is to today's digital natives.
Intel offers free Educational Tools and Resources. Not only do they provide tools to embed within lessons, but they also have professional development resources, and a community to support you in your journey.
Who knows how I found these resources but think they would be pretty cool in a secondary Science class - Visible Body 3D and Google Body (best used in Google Chrome) work in very similar ways but Visible Body requires a subscription. With the Google Body tool you can view the body from different layers zoning in on specific parts and either hiding them or pinning them in place. As an example....I was able to locate the lymph system and pin in place the parts that we think are malformed in our son Greyson so that we have a better idea of what doctors are talking about when they tell us what they can and can't do for him. ***There is genitalia involved so count yourself warned.
And if you plan on attending ISTE in the future (like in San Diego next year) you may want to take note of some suggestions from 12 time ISTE attendee Vinnie Vrotny of what to do and from Steve Dembo (ISTE veteran) for what not to do at ISTE. Both brought to us through the Mobile Tech Learning Blog created using Tumblr.
Even though I am feeling under the weather today (and in Southwest Missouri), I was still able to "attend" the conference virtually using Skype, YouTube, the ISTE website, and Twitter. Below are some of the highlights of my learning today.
I watched the ISTE Kick-Off from June 26. Our own Monica Beglau, was honored along with other inspirational educators and leaders who think and act in innovative ways and are making a difference. If you watch from 54:34 to 55:07 you will catch a glimpse of some eMINTS Leadership Staff in the crowd. The Kick-Off focused on the stories of a handful of educational technology leaders and the projects they work on and their messages of hope to everyone.
At the Opening Keynote on Sunday evening, Dr. John Medina spoke on the topic of Brain Rules for Education. He shared the physiological factors of the human brain and how it shapes student potential and how simple brain "rules" can improve learning. One of the big take-aways for me - learning must be active and that students must have information internalized (memorized) to be able to problem solve at higher levels and that great teachers can identify the gaps in students knowledge that keep them from moving forward.
I actually got to watch real time through my friend @abyford computer via Skype, Alan November presenting on building Empathy through technology. He shared a project where a class was using Skype to make learning relevant and timley by using #hashtags to study current events across the world. His session Empathy: The 21st Century Skill was very eye opening and had some unique ideas for using technology to teach 21st Century Skills. My favorite point he made: He pointed out how all districts have "preparing student for a global economy" as part of their mission statement which doesn't align with their access policies. He suggested to many administrative leaders that that change their mission statements to say we will not prepare students for a global society because will will block all opportunities to connect and learn globally. One of the last resources/things that make you go hmmmm he shared was a video from TEDTalks called Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles". It shows how Google manipulates the results users get and can create bubbles in learning. I also watched his presentation, Digital Learning Farm: Students as Contributors where he shared his ideas for engaging students in their learning experiences by making them the creators of their teaching/learning materials. Another idea that I plan to remember to share this coming year with my new eMINTS teachers is how a one-to-one program should really be about creating a network of learners and not one student learning in isolation but as part of a team.
Diana Dell was doing the same thing I was and her is a link to her Google Doc where she compiled the resources she discovered. She calls it her Recliner Resources.
Maybe that title should be "What I Learned From People That Went to ISTE This Year". :) By staying connected through my PLN, I learned about a lot of new teaching ideas, tools, and so much more. Here is a handful of things I learned on Monday, June 27,2011 from my connections on site. My plan is to pass on what I learn each day this week so that the learning doesn't stop with me. Enjoy and feel free to share your ideas and resources easily by commenting.
Wikimedia - a database of 10,430,037 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute
From ethority, a great graphic, displaying and categorizing tons of popular Web 2.0 tools.
Wish I could have attended the Web 2.0 Smackdown session. Their collection of resourses in LiveBinder are amazing.
Present.me is an online tool where you can upload presentation and record video of you to accompany the presentation. A free account allows 10 recordings a month, each 15 minutes long.
Someone on Twitter shared a link to Kathy Schrock's, Infographics as Creative Assessment webpage. I have been intrigued by the cool infographics been virally spread across the social web and failed to see how getting students to create their own would create an opportunity for authentic learning and take the activity of collecting data to a whole new level.
Teacher's Domain - from their website "free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You’ll find thousands of media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities."
And finally, I had email conversations with Doug Caldwell, eMINTS Instructional Specialist, about the awesome presentation he and Glen Westbroek made called When Students Think, They Remember. Their presentation was a model lesson that conference goers were able to participate in to experience an Inquiry-based lesson that utilizes the Intel's Visual Ranking Tool as well as other online resources.
The largest educational technology conference in the United States is going on right now in Philadelphia, PA. Formerly known as NECC, ISTE 2011 is the place for educators to meet to share what is going on in educational technology and what is just over the horizon.
I have had the chance to attend this conference twice and can say that it is an unbelievable opportunity to network with others that value the use of technology as an educational tool and a key component of 21st century learning.
Even though I don't get to be there in person this year, there are many ways that I am staying connected and learning about what is new in technology and education at ISTE. Here are a few of the resources available to everyone so that we can all "virtually" attend the conference and stay connected.
ISTE Conference Website - with links to everything you would need to know if you were there like the conference mobile app, the daily schedule, exhibit hall floorplan, but there is so much more.
SnackTools are free and easy to use web applications designed to create and publish multimedia widgets. These widgets work seamlessly with websites and blog sites including Weebly, WordPress, Blogger, Facebook and many more. Simply create a user account and look at their tutorials and examples to see how quick and easily you could be creating your own interactive flipbooks, banners, slideshows, and more. Here is a complete list of the tools and their features along with a couple of examples I created in just minutes.
A high quality gif and flash banner maker with transitions & effects.
Professional quality photo slideshows with as many pictures as you like & templates.
Custom web audio players with playlists, progress bar players, and mini players.
Custom video players and playlists from your server or YouTube.
Online surveys & polls embedded into your website or blog with real time reporting.
Make perfect flip books from any PDF with a customizable look and size.
How might you use these tools to enhance teaching and learning through your classroom website and/or blog?
Thanks to Debbie Perkins, eMINTS Instructional Specialist for sharing this great resource. She ROCKS!
Sumo Paint is a free photo editing/painting application, that you can use in your favorite web browser! The application can be used in most operating systems and the only requirement is Flash Player.
The free version allows users to create or edit images/graphics using tools similar to those found in other programs such as Photoshop, Fireworks, and Gimp. Users can save the images to their computer or to SumoPaint (with account) as a SUMO, .png, or .jpg file.
To help you get started, SumoPaint has a help feature allowing users to select the tool they want to know more about and often times see a video that shows how that tool works. You can also find some tutorial videos on YouTube.
Whether you are trying to make minor edits like removing red-eye from a photo or creating graphics from scratch, SumoPaint can help.
Teachers Love SMARTBoards shared Math Games from Mangahigh.com a resources for FREE math games that work great on interactive whiteboards. Teachers sign up today to get your free account.
The Generation YES Blog shared research and an article/project done by Gary Stager called The 8 Big Ideas of Constructionism Learning Lab (not Constructivism but inspired by it). To me it sounds like Project-based learning. What do you think?
Krissy Venosdale from TeachFactory.com is at it again coming up with some fun classroom inspirations and sharing them as part of her 30 Day Creativity Challenge. See if any of her ideas are inspiring for you.
Check out the 2000 Hours blog where teacher, Charles Ripley, will be logging and blogging about all of the hours he puts in as a teacher to misconceptions there are about teachers in the United States. Watch his video as part of his first post where he explains his thoughts and reasons for doing this.
A digital camera (with video capabilities) is a piece of hardware that every eMINTS classroom gets and seems like one of the most under-utilized tools for instruction. Teachers and students are using the cameras to take pictures at assemblies, field trips, and classroom parties but are they being used during lessons?
Your challenge is to answer this.....How might teachers and students use images as part of units/lessons on a daily basis? Please leave comments and share your thoughts and ideas.
Here are some pictures I've taken over the past month that might inspire some lessons. In what ways might you use these images in learning activities and lessons in your classroom? Feel free to copy any of them and use them freely or go out and take some of your own, or even better, have your students take them.
ALTEC, Advanced Learning and Technologies, a project from the University of Kansas, offers instructional web-based resources to improve teaching and learning and support all learners. They have worked with many entities on their campus to create the Star Tools as part of the 4Teachers.org site and provide more than 10 innovative technology resources for teachers and students.
Last week we shared Classroom Architect as a tool for planning the arrangement of your learning space. This week we are featuring a few more of the tools that 4teachers.org offers. See which of these tools might support your students in the learning activities you have planned for them next year. Visit the 4Teacher.org site for a full list.
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