First off, I’ll share my entire DENSI2015 flickr set:
Next I’ll share the #DENSI2015 Group set :
Note: Flickr has done away with the ability to share a set(now known as album) in show mode but a little search revealed that one can still add the word “show” to the end of the URL and then use the share feature to snag the embed code. It refers users to the older Flickr with its familiar toolbars and tools of old, but hopefully that won’t go away anytime soon.
#PhotoFail or #PhotoSuccess?
If you haven’t noticed, I failed miserably at capturing a lot of pictures. I really thought I would take photos of everything happening and selfies with/of everyone I met and made friends. But I wound up doing more preserving of my phone’s battery power instead. So I shared the pool of photos of which I did contribute my few. Then I shared above the complete shared photoset from the #DENSI2015 group. Happy I am to see more than 200 photos. I even uploaded my roomie Jessica Felker’s photos.
Still making sense of DENSI2015
I am still very much processing the week’s events. My intention early on was to try and blog each day’s events. By my the 4th day (Wednesday) I was absolutely on information over load. Here are the sessions I attended, followed by a comment or two:
- Echoes and Reflections: Bringing Holocaust Survivors to Life in Your Classroom I plan to share this with my Ts when school resumes. I loved this tweet and accompanying picture from the 2 hour session.
— Tracy Carpenter (@CarpTracy) July 16, 2015
- The session Level Up Learning! Gamified Professional Development led by Selena Ward was an eye opening experience for me. I’m not much of a gamer, but I can see where adding that “competitive” twist to PD might be just the catalyst I need for getting Ts to participate in our more often than not “optional” professional development. In my teaching context we have a few days before school begins and even fewer days after school begins for any required/mandatory training, so gamifying it just might be the solution to get Ts to participate!
- I then went to Karen Ogen‘s session Augmented Reality Can Make Your Classroom Come Alive! I had two reasons to attend this session–one, she is SC’s DEN Leadership Council rep, and two, I wanted to see if there was anything new or different from what I had seen recently at ISTE. It was much of the same, but no less exciting. Some tools have changed names, such as coLAR to Quiver. But it is still much the same. Here is a link to her slides and the material covered, where she predominantly showcased her content, leaving us extremely wowed. The other big difference in this session as opposed to sessions at ISTE, attendees really felt at ease asking questions and interrupting to get clarification.
- Following our breakout sessions we had a fun session where the entire group reconvenes to physically vote on “Things That Rock.” Essentially the moderators, Dean Shareski and Steve Dembo created a slide set of topics, and the audience voted by lining themselves up on either the far right (strongly agree) or far left (strongly disagree) and those somewhere in the middle stood in the middle. It’s always fun to hear impassioned debate as attendees defend their positions. I could not believe the arguments about Starbucks of all things. All the topics were not pedagogical, but all were relevant to us as attendees at DENSI this week (i.e. topics ranged from “dry university” to “tenure.”)
- The last topic of the day for the convened group was to plan out the next day’s unconference. I’ve never seen it done this way. My experience with unconferences is to have to audience somehow “vote” on the topics that make sessions. This time people lined up to write a topic on a card and then vocally proposed it, saying why they wanted that to be a topic for the next day. The Discovery Ed team ultimately decided what sessions made. After some combining, the schedule was displayed on the wall at first, then transferred to a shared google spreadsheet and corresponding doc for group notes. Excellent way to do this. I am not sure I’m allowed to link to the notes yet so I’ll follow up later if that is kosher.
— HallDavidson (@HallDavidson) July 15, 2015
Next on the Agenda, The Denovator Fair
This was the most incredible part of the day, seeing all that participants came up with to share at the Denovator Fair. Please look through all the photos in the DENSI Group (embedded above) to grasp the range of makerspace type activities we had access to. My own contribution was Upcycled/Recycled Tshirts, where I challenged attendees to create a bag or a pompom.
It ended too soon
It didn’t seem possible that Friday was already here when it did come. Thursday was spent going from unconfernece session to unconference session. Thursday evening brought on one of the WILDEST parties I’ve attended as an adult, our History Themed Costume Party. Again, just take a gander at the photos in the DENSI2015 group set to see the variety of costumes! I’ve asked our SCASL Pres and Pres-elect to maybe consider adding a Maker fair and Costume party to our annual conference. I’d do it. Would you, fellow SCASL members? In the end we were challenged to continue learning, sharing, connecting and more. And DE Leader Jannita Demian has tasked us with helping get MORE SOS tips/topics to DEN for future use and expansion.