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ISTE2011 Philadelphia, The Final Day

My Final Session with Suzie Boss from Edutopia

My Final Session with Suzie Boss from Edutopia

Reflections on ISTE11

  • The ISTE staff spent an inordinate amount of time to give us a thought provoking, entertaining, conference filled with amazing presenters – A HUGE THANK YOU!
  • I really enjoy speakers who understand the difference between lecture and BYOB/Workshops. If you pay extra or sign up for a ticket you want to have time to play or create for use in the future. This is not the format for hearing about the speakers’ philosophies or a long drawn out how-to on tools.
  • Alan November is a dynamic speaker. I had never heard him speak. Look forward to hearing from him in the future.
  • I was intrigued by the number of people who brought laptops and iPads AND used them both.
  • Stopping in the middle of a crowded hallway to share a thought with your friend is rude. Please move to the side or a corner.
  • We can’t live without our mobile phones. Take a look at a long line when waiting for a session.
  • Door monitors must lack power in their private lives and enjoy enforcing it in this venue.
  • Easy Spirit shoes make all of the difference – no sore feet like last year.
  • The buzz words – collaborate, empathy, global, share. I MUST integrate these ideas into my curriculum much more.
  • My Macbook Air made connections and did things that the iPads all around me couldn’t. I think I will stick with it – it’s not much heavier.
  • Twitter is such an authentic tool for bringing the outside world into the classroom. I wish my district would open it up for use.
  • I have a lot of work to do in July to integrate all of the new ideas into my classroom.

Simple Ideas for Powerful Sharing – Wesley Fryer, University of Central Oklahoma, Dean Shareski, Instructional Coach, Canada

Serve an All-You-Can-Learn Buffet: Digital Age Differentiation – Catherine Laguna, Quakertown Community School District with Robin Ellis

  • Resources – http://allyoucanlearn.wikispaces.com/
  • Note taking resource – http://wiffiti.com/
  • The All You Can Learn Buffet: Get to know your guests (Create an all about me project.), plan the menu (Organize resources), set the table (Ways to lay out resources), whet their appetite (get hooked and interested), be prepared for second helpings (what if you finish early?), did everyone get enough to learn (formative assessment), save room for dessert. http://www.slideshare.net/claguna/all-you-canlearnbuffet1-8395203
  • Get to know your guests: Students choose the tool to create a way to introduce themselves to their desk mates and let you know about them.
  • Plan the menu: Symbaloo, Wiki, Diigo – help to organize resources and give ideas for finishing early.
  • Setting the table: wiki, scriblink (online whiteboard), scribblar – online white board that can be locked, make sure tools are out or you won’t use them,
  • Whet their appetite: Engage their curiosity, might use a picture/song to guess what lesson will be about, provide choice, encourage creativity (i.e. podcasts), http://www.lth3.k12.il.us/rhampton/mi/LessonPlanIdeas.htm, make it social (backchanneling)
  • Second helpings: Extension activities, update their notes on whichever platform they use, play an interactive game, devise extension questions/activities, Picnik – http://www.picnik.com/ photo editing
  • Enough to learn: creative choice projects, individual white boards, games, quizzes – testmoz, Google forms, Edomodo assignment, blog post, interview
  • Dessert: Put an element of fun into the class so that students want to keep learning – culminating activity (dress up, share with another classroom

Ripped from the Headlines: Real Events Yield Relevant Projects – Suzie Boss, Edutopia

  • What makes a headline worthy – age appropriate, able to integrate/connect to the curricular standards, messy problem, no right answer, relevance, high interest, ongoing issue or consequences
  • Connect online – Edutopia groups, Elluminate, Twitter, Wiki, Flickr, Delicous, share – online publishing, multimedia content
  • A Project Example: Learning Communities – “Voice on the Gulf,” Paul Allison, http://voicesonthegulf.com/, Project that was inspired by Katrina and the Gulf Oil Spill
  • Real events allow opportunities for teaching empathy by using social media with the “survivors” of the situation but don’t be an ambulance chaser.
  • http://www.gocomics.com
  • PBL helps students learn the process of working in groups effectively to plan and run a project. These are life skills.
  • Should focus on the process of learning, not the content. This makes for much richer projects
  • How do we distinguish empathy from PC regurgitated answers from our students? Need the stories and photos.
  • Don’t have to use national headlines, can look closer to home for important issues.

ISTE11 – Philadelphia: Workshop Day

Convention Center in Philadelphia

Convention Center in Philadelphia

The conference sessions do not officially begin until Monday but there are many things to keep one busy on the weekend. I chose to spend today in 3 hour workshops.

Using Technology With Classroom Instruction That Works, Howard Pitler, Senior Director of Curriculum and Instruction at McRel, 2nd Edition of “Classroom Instruction That Works”coming out in January, http://www.mcrel.org/technology

  • The nine strategies of Classroom Instruction That Works are actually categories. The strategies are part of the categories.
  • https://sites.google.com/site/iste2011mcrel/ – Resources for this workshop and many great links to technology sites to support McRel categories/strategies.
  • Plurk (http://www.plurk.com/) like Twitter but allows threaded discussions
  • When employing instructional strategies always ask – “How do we know it works?”
  • In educational research .4 is a high for effect.
  • Polleverywhere – is free for about 35-40 responses
  • Setting Objectives: is the process of establishing a direction for learning, is a skill that successful people have mastered to help them realize both short term/long term goals, make sure objective is stated in writing and begins with “we” – not met unless everyone is involved, students should have opportunity to personalize the objective – “I want to know…” One way is to break down objective into subcategories, do a KWL and then add the students questions to the categories, students creates contract I know, I want to know, I will show this by.
  • Social Bookmarking – better way to disseminate information to colleagues and students rather than email or list links. Also better way for students to find information rather than Google Search.
  • Rubistar – helps students to understand at the onset of a instruction what is expected. Free, offers many different templates, and the ability to create your own.
  • Common Core app available to articulate the standards – http://www.masteryconnect.com/
  • Track Changes (Word or Google Docs) allows you to demonstrate how to summarize using four rules (refer to workshop resources/summarizing)
  • BrainPop app for iPad
  • Lesson Structure for Notetaking/Summarizing
  • Advanced organizer on penguins with Inspiration – five areas.
  • Watch video
  • Take notes (personal preference) on five areas
  • Collaborate to construct five sentences – one per each area
  • Show video again. Modify thinking as necessary.
  • Create Combination Notes – template at resource link

Tuning Up the H.E.A.T.: Designing Rigor and Relevance into Learning Tasks – Bernajean Porter, consultant Porter Consulting

  • http://coachingheat.wikispaces.com/– resources for workshop including handouts
  • Students responding to what the teachers asks is NOT rigor.
  • “Technology accelerates something.”
  • Double loop learning – reflecting, responding, etc.
  • Gladiator Teacher – “Here’s the assignment, go forth, and good luck.”
  • Teaching the tool isolated from strategies does not = integration of the tool.
  • The highest technology is “questions.” Problem-based learning
  • Goal not to make a movie anymore but to make an impact – “Attention has now become the most precious nonrenewable resource on the earth.” Tony Hayes
  • The biggest factor in engagement is curiosity.
  • 38:1 is the ratio of teacher questions to student questions and about 85% are closed questions.
  • Raising the percentage of open ended questions increases test scores significantly.
  • Questioning website – http://fno.org/indexb.html
  • Without strong questioning skills, you are just a passenger on someone else’s tour bus. You may be on the highway, but someone else is driving. Jamie McKenzie
  • Idea for project – If you were a publishing market director, design a book-trailer that would SELL, SELL, SELL a book that needs to be read? Example of a good book trailer – The Graveyard Book” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_UUVwTaemk
  • Story is how people organize data.
  • Tools are not higher order – the task is
  • Bibme.org – for citation
  • radcab – look for credible, reliable searches – http://www.radcab.com/
  • Voicethread – use to debate asynchronously