ISTE11 Philadelphia – Sessions Day One

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Engage Students as Writers through Digital Tools by Kevin Amboe – Tech Integration Specialist, Surrey, British Columbia –

  • “If our students are not reading and composing with various electronic technologies, then they are illiterate. They are not just unprepared for the future; they are illiterate right now, in our current time and context”. ~J. David Bolter
  • “Engage me or enrage me.” ~Marc Prensky
  • Digital Images:, use pictures to model various examples of perspective (mathematical, point of view, etc.)
  • Making Photographs: Vincent LaForet – renown photographer – making (taking photos with intention) and taking photographs are different concepts., USB Digital Microscope (Proscope, AirMicro)
  • Story Boarding/Graphic Novel: Comic Life – can print out and color or work digitally, could use one page to create directions, one page info, etc, Can use for a summary assessment by adding photos to the text, Toon Do, Pixton “Don’t storyboard, look for the emotional flow, plot out story like a wave, then do a peer pitch – sell the story – peaks, problem-solution. ~Jason Ohler,, iste2011
  • Peer Editing: word processors can make the writing process more collaborative when using peer editing or peer-mediated work, color code the inserts so that the work is not changed, i.e. one color for questions, another for insert of ideas.
  • Book Making: use hand produced images, digitally reproduced images or digitally made images, the book becomes a physical record, shows publishing, and may be at the students’ reading level and interest. iPhoto – make the book and save as a .pdf file to print.
  • Blogs, Wikis: Are powerful tools when they have a purpose and life of their own.,, embedding sounds and images make it more powerful
  • Podcasts:
  • Mindmapping: Brainstorming/Prewriting, Drafting, Inspiration – use Rapid Fire, limit to three icons, and then change to Outline View, then transfers into a word doc to begin drafting
  • Bernie Dodge – What questions are we asking for answers? WebQuest Taskonomy –
  • Google Earth as Writing Tool: push thinking outside the box, Google Lit Trips – “Hana’s Suitcase,” “Underground to Canada”

Educational Activism: How Would Superman Use Social Media Tools -Yvonne Marie Andres, Global SchoolNet

  • Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” Isaac Asimov
  • Educational Activism Reasons Why – connected economies, information pollution (too much, unfiltered), workforce development (critical skills), collaborating for our future (possible, preferable, preventable.)
  • Resources: The World is Flat 3.0 (connectedness & globalization), Wisdom of the Crowds (many vs. few, finding the right crowd), Race to Nowhere (achievement at what cost?), Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain (neuroplasticity), The Singularity is Near (non-biological intelligence)
  • Cyberfair – global school network – projects about community (8-high school), Doors to Diplomacy – global issues, compete for scholarships
  • Collaborative Learning – collective wisdom, co-created content, collaborative project management, virtual fieldtrips, global exhibitions, global competitions, wikis & flexbooks (contributed textbooks), blended learning spaces – face-to-face, virtual. Sakai
  • Global School Network offers a registry of projects that can be screened by your needs or register your own project.
  • – easy website creator

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Comic Integration: Add Some POW to Your Classroom – Maryann Molishus, Council Rock School District

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