Title: Affordable and Simple Enhancements for Screencasting in a Flipped Classroom; Presenter: Benjamin Daniel
Much of Doug’s keynote, Rules of Engagement: Using Personal Technologies to Motivate Rather Than Distract focused on ways to engage students! It was very relevant for our audience, and something I strongly believe in. He made us laugh quite a bit. I can happily report my seat choice was declared a “suck-up” row seat. I also attended his breakout session Developing Creativity in Every Learner, and his breakout session Change from the Radical Center.
Best Doug Johnson takeaways:
- Kids aren’t demanding entertainment, they are demanding engagement.
- Kids today are media consumers!
- What’s the WIIFM factor? Kids will always want to know “what’s in it for me?” Factor it in with designing learning opportunities.
- It’s the smart people who ask questions.
- BYOD: Think uses, not rules; have kids describe how their device will make the a better student.
- Doug’s mantra: ”I don’t have all the answers but I can promise you’ll be confused at a higher level.”
- As a part of district leadership, Doug sends a parent letter about purchasing at home for the intent of use as a BYOD item for school, and includes suggested guidelines to make the right purchase. (I love this proactive mindset from the district level!!)
- The most important component of lesson design for teachers is to present problems that students WANT to solve. Let creativity happen. Why? In real life, routine work is going away, even in the white collar job market; complex and creative thinking jobs are replacing the routine jobs.
- There is a movement or paradigm shift in pedagogical thinking, and now teachers shouldn’t entertain but instead let students entertain, with a tangible byproduct being engagement & learning. It’s why the flipped classroom model is so widely popular right now.
- Creativity is Blooms highest level, in NETS, and many other standards language today. Since this is true, why is creativity often overlooked? (Something he left us to think about!)
- Doug says, “All good educators are subversive at heart.” (Thanks Doug for endorsing why I sometimes make decisions in my teaching practice and then have to ask forgiveness later!)
- Johnson’s “multiple creative abilities” rivals the widely accepted theory of multiple intelligences.
- All the resources from his keynote and breakout session can be found on Doug’s Wikispaces, which are linked above.
- Lot’s of references to Referenced Sir Ken Robinson, Will Richardson and Daniel Pink. GREAT! (Sure wish my principal and more district leaders were here to hear it.)
- Misconception: Creativity doesn’t mean throw out the parameters and limitations.
My second day at SC Edtech called for a two-hour volunteer stint in the “gaming” center inside the Exhibit hall. Since our SC Eftech theme was “Putting it Together” and all the logos, t-shirts, and decor featured the DOS look of the 80s video games (anyone remember Pacman or Asteroids?) my volunteer job was to be the “caretaker” of gaming equipment set up in the gaming center. I wasn’t alone–Liz Hood and I tagged teamed to be in the gaming center, offering a restful respite for attendees
complete with a set up of gaming. We switched off, taking turns visiting vendors, getting our Exhibit Hall “Passport” stamped (for the closing doorprizes), and getting swag from booths. I needed swag as we have Teen Read Week this coming week, so that “swag” will serve as goofy prizes for various contests we will offer with our TRW festivities.” While this picture shows some cool gear (earbuds, a waterproof case, a cellphone-shaped stress toy and a football-shaped stress toy) I did manage to pick up some really good items including a rubics cube-shaped stress toy, a rubics cube-like pen, lots of other pens, pencils, highlighters, mini flashlights that look like flash drives, and more!
Title: Easybib: An Online Research Resource Students Shouldn’t Be Without; Presenter: Russ Conrath
Title: Virtual Libraries “The end of libraries as you knew it”; Presenters: Liz Hood & Randy Abbott
I had a very hard time trying to decide which session to attend last. I really wanted to attend Monica Roveri’s Text to Talk session, as I know Monica is a “think outside the box” kind of teacher-librarian with great ideas that can work at any level. But with the influx of BYOD at my school, something made me decide last minute to attend our SCETV contact/liaison/trainer Debbie Jarrett’s session. I was NOT disappointed. I read quite a bit, and had heard of Board Builder before, but I hadn’t taken the time to truly explore it. Debbie modeled it, and suddenly I have a perfect solution for a project dilemma a collaborating teacher and I have. I will be blogging about this project later, but suffice it to say I need our students to be able to add a media player for their narrations into a website with their picture, and Board Builder will now be our vehicle. We saw many tools from the Discovery Education site besides Board Builder, and talked about the difference between Discovery Streaming and Streamline SC, which I blogged about yesterday. Favorite takeaways: managing classes through StreamlineSC (aka Discovery Streaming); InfuseLearning as a nice site that caters to BYOD and teachers can use the video embedded quiz builder!; Learning about how teachers can download StreamlineSC Videos or clips and add them to their Edmodo libraries for making available to students (and being reminded teachers might want to snag both types as not all students with BYOD can use the same types.) My favorite take-way was learning about a new mobile web browser: iCab Mobile.
After leaving the convention center, a group from my district went to lunch (Smoke on the Water again!!) and then down into the River Falls park to debrief, share our experiences, and talk about a favorite session or learning. I shared with the group about discovering plenty of BYOD resources, especailly backchanneling, which in my thinking can add a whole new level of participation, interactivity, and learning in the classroom. We are sharing all our takeways with our district liaison when we get back to school. I’m planning to share this blog post.
I’d love to hear about all the other sessions I did not get to attend. I hope some of my readers who were there will share too!