Oh wait, he’s just checking out my name tag. Maybe he follows me, or maybe I follow him. “Hi I’m Damianne. I know you from twitter. How are you (insert name here).” Does this feel a little bit weird to anyone else? I’m giving myself pep talks and practicing with my friend, but when the moment comes, it still feels quite unnatural. Guess I need more practice in real life …
- Why do we need to invent digital storytelling? There’s film-making and writing. Digital storytelling is a school invention to fit into our class periods.
- Having agency over the computer is important but like dancing or singing or sports – anything you want to get good at, you have to build some fluency.
- I am surprised when adults are surprised that kids do extraordinary things.
- Craft vs Crap – kids make things that they want to keep and their parents want to keep.
- Making things is better than being passive but making good things is even better.
- Software determines what you do and what you do determines what you learn.
- Give prompts that are not too big … if the prompt is too big, the range of experience that the kids can have is too small.
- Making learning whole by David N. Perkins – http://www.amazon.com/Making-Learning-Whole-Principles-Transform/dp/0470384522
- video – The Neistat Brothers from HBO – http://neistatbrothers.com/
- ImagineIt – http://www.imagineitproject.com/
Presentation: Research Without Copying by Elizabeth Allen
- introduce research and change the end product –> get them to synthesize rather than copy
- work smarter, not harder
Why kids copy
- limited reading ability
- limited vocabulary
- lack of research skills
- lack of understanding of assignment
- lack of motivation
- a non-stimulating final poduct
Examples of activities to do using Tech4Learning activities
- associative letter report (do research and use a thesaurus). Students can write sentences to describe why the word is related to the research topic
- if, but report (compare and contrast using first person vs another person)
- if report (cause and effect using three facts)
- geography riddle
- mystery report (10 facts about a topic presented to class in the form of a game – audience chooses number and audience guesses after each answer)
- fact or fiction book (answer is behind the question)
- tell me again (modeled after tell me again book for creating an autobiography)
- attribute report
- for rent
- wanted poster
- 5 senses poem
- top 10 (modelled after David Letterman’s top 10)
- Sylvia Martinez – TechYES mini kit coupon
- Pat from SchoolKit with 3 months subscription to PD21
- Intoclass for student class work
- Microworlds EX software
- Microworlds EX
- Microworlds EX – made a horse race … need to add cheering, can horse stop when it touches the red line, not when the middle of the horse get to the line?
- Keep a count for best of 5 or 10 races
Moderated Panel led by Chris Lehmann
Bud Hunt, Katie Morrow, ??, Chris Lehmann, Doug Johnson, Scott ??
Personal Takeaways of the panel
- share information about PLN
- important to have time to stop to process – often forget that when we are working with adults
- Remember to put kids first (Katie Morrow)
- Beliefs shouldn’t be pie in the sky – should be reflected in practice
- Policies, not money, are keeping us from making progress – filtering, scare tactics etc. –
- Personal beliefs may not be supported by our organizations/schools. What do we do then? Give up, be subversive, ??
- Leadership is getting people to do what they don’t want to do to achieve what they want to achieve. quote from Tom Landry by Doug Johnson
- We often design policies etc for the bottom third but we should create for the middle third instead (often includes people who need a reason) – Chris Lehmann
- We can’t change people or make them passionate
- Tools should support what is happening in the classroom. Don’t push tools but apply them WHEN USEFUL or when they can ADD VALUE
- Have a conference to talk about how to make schools better, to dream how our schools can be – lots of great models like educon and lbc already exist to follow
- Gifted kid uses skype to participate into a higher level math class
- You can add safety measures to skype
- Use skype to communicate between classrooms
- Classroom observation tool – iste
- Mcrel Walkthrough is another option.
- Don’t be afraid of the journey. Be confident to figure it out.
Not a lot here because my brain is sizzling.
- It’s as important to understand human beings as it is to understand technology
- tech has grown in importance in education; tech administration is usually done by non-educator; there is a difference in values, priorities, knowledge amongst stakeholders –> range war
- conflicts leads to less tech use, less reliable access, lack of cooperation/respect
- have clear policies, teach, post and inform them
- advisory committees should have participation from all stakeholders with regular meetings, good communication and defined responsibilities
- don’t have a meeting just for disseminating information
- have a formal communications plan – define audience, schedule communications, create a culture of transparency
- How to build transparency
- post it online
- send out a newsletter
- share the tech budget (e.g. in google docs)
- Some schools are cutting librarians (from audience)
- College humour video
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