Today was filled with lots of connections, sessions, and finally the DENmazing Race.
At our group start-up meeting we were given an Bingo-like sheet that looked more like a DC Metro line map, just in a simpler format. As we network over the next few days, we are to get for each “stop” a signature to show that we are indeed networking and learning about, with, and from each other. Each stop is a DEN characteristic (i.e. Won a DENmazing race contest before, or Has taught for 20 or more years.) The “stops” really help you get to know other Discovery Education Network members well. One of the DENmazing race activities was to match names to pictures of attendees, and my group was able to QUICKLY match them, and I attribute that to the HIGH level of networking. The Dengo activity really did help me know names and faces in that activity.
This is where as I reflect my brain actually starts to hurt! Most of these sessions were focused on tools, but it wasn’t just an introduction to a tool. I’ve been “tool-focused” sessions a plenty (i.e. 60 apps in 60 minutes) that just superficially scratch the surface of the tool. The sessions today that focused on tools were significantly more meaty, giving me lots of application ideas AND making me reflect and think of more ways I might use them in my own teaching practice not only as a school librarian working with classes, but also as a Tech Trainer working with Teachers. Often I lament that tech conferences now a days do not give me new material. Thank you DEN for great material today, and I can’t wait to get more great material tomorrow!
Favorite QUOTE of the day:
When the smartest person in the room is the room, make sure its your room. –Hall Davidson
List of Apps/Tools/Material I want to dig into deeper now that I have new insights and ideas aplenty:
- Google Tone (Chrome Web Store)
- Rachel Yurk‘s presentation material featuring SAMR and TPACK (Tpack.org – Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge represented in a Venn Diagram)
- DoInk and using three layers, resizing pictures or videos, etc.
- Foot Petal Teleprompter
There were PLENTY more than this short list, but these captured my attention for various reasons, and of course I will dig into them a bit more.
The DENmazing Race
The DEN organizers created a scavenger hunt type game loosely based on the Amazing Race reality tv show, and teams of four worked through the activities, some of them challenging and brain teaser-ish for sure! We find out tomorrow how our team stacked up.
I still need to get three more “stops” on my DENgo game, and we have a day filled with great sessions again tomorrow, followed by the Dennovator Faire (a maker faire amongst the DEN!)