|Alan November & Angelique Moulton|
A great part of the ISTE conference is to spread the use of technology as a way to inspire creativity, motivate learners, teach problem solving and processing skills, assess new knowledge, and many other unconventional ways to teach and learn. The conference also brings passionate educators together that have similar interest in the use of technology. Connections are made, ideas are shared and progress in educational technology improves. ISTE was a bee hive of what #edtech looks like in action.
Here I will highlight things that caught my interest (not in any particular order):
- DigitalStorytelling - This is not new to many of us, but I was introduced to the StoryTellers and StoryKeepers (SIGDS) group. There is a ton of resources related to digital storytelling, even a page dedicated to apps.
- Flipped Learning/Screencasting- I went to a lecture that detailed how a school in Arizona flipped their elementary classrooms. It was really a lot of the same we already know about flipping. However, the primary grades are the least likely to participate. So, I attended not expecting to learn much new. And I didn't. I am not sure what I am looking for in the area of flipping a classroom, but I will know when I hear/see it. Here is one of the presentation handouts from the multiple classroom flipping sessions. ISTE Screencasting and Flipping
- Blogging in the Classroom - I did not discover this during ISTE's, but it was affirmed there. I am a believer in blogging. For me it is therapeutic. But, it can be a valuable tool in getting students to develop good communication and writing skills. I attend the poster session: Creating Student Blogs. Edublog was highly visible at the conference. Here are a couple of articles you can read.
- Global Collaboration-Flat Classroom® Projects - Home - I love the idea of a partner school/classroom of learners who can share learning opportunities while developing cultural awareness and global collaborative/cooperation skills.
- Assistive Technology/Universal Design for Learning- Integrated Classrooms -these guys created a Prezi with great resources for any teacher to explore with special needs students in their classrooms. My favorite tools discussed are Evernote, Livescribe, Timeliner, Bookshare - Accessible Books for Individuals with Print Disabilities, Don Johnston Assistive Technology (Read &Write Outloud), Jing, screenshot and screencast software from TechSmith
|Keynote speaker Jane McGonigal|
- Gaming in Education - Now this was a complete surprise to me. I had heard that games in eduction was on the rise, but I never knew to what magnitude. Wow is all I can say. The opening keynote speaker, Jane McGonigal, truly sparked my curiosity. The 10 emotions hooked me. This is probably an area I will find great interest this school year. I must make it an enrichment after school class. Students creating ode is also on my list of exploration. Scratch is one computing curriculum I will spend time researching.
- Student Technology Clubs - I sought out this topic for a fellow teacher. We have some very tech savvy students in our building and would like to utilize their existing skills while teaching new ones by creating a tech crew. Their jobs would be to problem solve in the effort to assist teachers and peers when in class minor tech issue arise. This will help avoid delays in getting district tech support (which can take days). Jessica White, the presenter of the session, has a web page with many resources and tutorials to help get us started. We will need much more, but it is a start.