Friday, March 16, 2012
coaches eye was one that i think could be of great use to the coaches at d211.
Another piece of technology that could be useful is apple TV. The presenter mentioned that you can mirror the teacher IPAD through apple tv. this could be useful in the classroom.
Evernote appears to be an awesome way students can create interactive notes.
Bottom line, there are several apps available for the ipad that can be integrated into the classroom in several ways. I was especially intrigue by the apps that allow the user to integrate sound and video seamlessly together.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I started to have the same feelings - that the blog had passed its prime. I recently began using Twitter as a communication and professional development tool, and soon I will use it to get kids to participate in discussions on the one to one program in our district. I have a Google+ account which I use for creating communication groups for my various committees. I contribute to wikis, save web sites to Delicious, post videos on YouTube, and use Google Hangouts and Skype for video chats. And of course, I have a Facebook account for my personal use (sorry, but there's no way I am bringing my work life and my semi-dormant Rock Band obsession together into the same location). With all of this going on, why would I ever return to blogging?
The answer is simple: a blog is the only place to lay out a fully-formed thought in one space that is easy to find, easy to search, and easy to manage. It is easy to spit out fragments of ideas or to retweet someone else's post. If Snooki can do it, so can I, right? It takes time to write a blog, and it takes time to read a blog just like it also takes time to comprehend an idea and it takes time to form your own opinion. Tweeting takes a minute to write and a minute to read - and it takes one minute before you move on to the next thing.
Besides, blogging is not dead. It has evolved and gotten better. Are you posting photos with captions on Tumblr? That's blogging. Are you publishing a web site on WordPress? That's blogging. Twitter is even technically a form of blogging in the short form - it reaches more people but contains less content.
Blogging is a lot like Facebook if you think of it. They both give you the ability to post several sentences coupled with photos, videos, and URL links. The difference is what surrounds your writing. On most blogs, your posts are surrounded by links back to your other posts. Your blog does one thing - highlights your writing. In Facebook your posts are surrounded by photos from your grandma's birthday, offers for better cellular service, and your friend's latest high score on Bejeweled Blitz. Yes, I know you are good at Words With Friends, but do you really need to post your score every day? Some of these things are good, others are a distraction, and some simply don't make sense. Here are the posts my friends sent out today:
- A video of Darth Vader wearing a kilt, playing the bagpipes and riding a unicycle
- The score from the Celtics game
- A photo of my friend with his arm around a guy dressed like a Subway sandwich
- Green Day announcing their latest tour dates
- Harvard's latest video called, "On the cutting edge of history - Innovation at Harvard"
There is something simple about using a blog. I think its simplicity makes it powerful. Write. Write every day. Write something meaningful. Write something worthwhile. If people like it, they will keep coming back for the words you write and not for any other reason. Keep using Twitter, Facebook or any other social media form to send out your blog articles to your friends and colleagues. But don't give up on blogs. They're not dead yet.
Friday, March 9, 2012
We are still responsible for choosing the BEST overall device. At the end of the day, everyone involved in the one to one program will have to stand up and say that we made teaching and learning better and that we spent millions of dollars responsibly.
My personal opinion is that teachers should be able to choose the device their students use next year. What better way to test a device's compatibility with ALL the web sites, electronic books, videos, learning management systems, interactive activities, and virtual science labs that we use in ALL of our classes than to put them to the test with actual students for an entire year? We know we will get some Chromebook users and some (i.e. MANY) iPad users, and whichever device that is not chosen in the long run won't go to waste. There are plenty of other uses for Chromebooks or iPads in the library, in check-out carts, or in classrooms that are not yet part of the one to one program.
Stop Consuming and Start Creating
presented by Katie Seveska, Becky Labbe, and Courtland Funke
The description stated that the session would focus on generating teacher created contend and student created work, and it certainly lived up to expectations. While the presenting team works at the elementary level, the concepts of simplicity and efficiently generating content apply to any level. The session used some simple apps for the iPad, along with the hardware, to help students create projects quickly and with minimal intervention. Some apps were also discussed that facilitated this creation.
The first app presented was Sonic Pics. This is a slideshow program that allows simple voiceovers. Simplicity is the name of the game, and this app fulfills that both in its ease of use and its compatibility with other computers. Students could take pictures of what they are doing, whether it is a field trip, group project, or homework, and then report on it using the voiceover feature. The second app, Moodboard, worked on a similar principle, but uses still images to build a bulletin board type story. Not as useful, in my opinion.
Photosync was the key to many of their successes. It is a program that allows the Photo Gallery to sync with a computer on the same network. With the push of 3 buttons, student’s projects were uploaded to the classroom workstation. Any app that would not export a finished product was put onto their Do Not Use list, and so every project that a student wanted to make can be uploaded. This program is similar to Dropbox, but does not use the cloud. It can, but it is faster and safer to skip this step. The only caveat was that they found the device and computer had to be on the same network, and they had split their network between devices and computers (they quickly changed this back).
Other programs such as Skype and Facetime were discussed, and you can find out more about these by watching the quicktime video. As a Choir director, this presentation sparked some thoughts about advantages and disadvantages of the iPad in a choir setting. These included: Sound Isolating qualities are excellent – students recorded voiceovers in Sonic Pics while on a Bus, and you can barely hear any road noise. Recording quality is very good – Little to no distortion, as there is on a smaller device with a small mic packed in. Record portions of class for home practice – Post videos online, then have students practice with them. Students can even record their practice sessions on the iPad to turn in at a later date. Section leaders are trainers – teach other students how to record class for posting. Voiceover for the assignments – no typing necessary for the teacher, simply speak in the directions.
This was an excellent presentation done by two middle school teachers in Kenilworth.
I have thought about doing this in the past, but after seeing the presentation, I am certain that this is something I will do.
Things they use:
Screencast -- video hosting site
They emphasized an the considerable amount of increased instruction time and measurable increases in student performance. Their own videos are posted on screencast and encourage the use of other educational instructional videos such as Khan Academy or some others. The advantage is that students can play the videos at their own pace, pause, fast forward, or rewind to view again.
The presenters discussed that from time to time students do not have time or the ability to watch the videos at home. They said the students go the to the library before school or during thier lunch or study hall to view them.
Next week, I will experiment with this in my AP Government Class. I will record a powerpoint lecture -- both audio and video -- post the video to Edmodo, and then do more applications in class.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
I personally hope we go with the Ipad. The ease of movement around the classroom allows for a great deal of student interaction. Students can also snap photos and record audio/video very easily with the Ipad.
My motivations are:
1. Gaining back 10-15 minutes per day of one-on-one student-teacher time.
2. Moving to more advanced problems in-class, rather than catering to the struggling learners during lecture.
3. Enabling advanced students to move ahead at their own pace.
1. Lack of computer availability. This will be mitigated if every student has their own device to take home.
2. Lack of internet connection. This can be mitigated if either the videos are kept short enough that students can do them as soon as they get to school, or if the videos are pushed to the device and are stored locally (i.e. iTunes University, or similar).
3. Students not paying attention during the video. As recommended by Justyna Kalinowska (firstname.lastname@example.org), insert pause points in the video, where students are required to stop and do the example problem.
4. Students not watching the video. Do a short formative quiz at the beginning of the period that quickly identifies students who didn't watch the video.
5. Significant prep time associated with creating videos. The teachers at Joseph Sears School both said that it typically takes 1 hour to prepare for 5 minutes of completed video. This can be mitigated by using Khan Academy videos (http://www.khanacademy.org/), or similar. Unfortunately, Sal Khan doesn't pause to allow students to try the work themselves, so it might be necessary to create our own.
Conant High School
- Game and practice time reminders
- Cancellations/postponements of practices and games
- Score updates – several times per game!
- News feeds from local papers
- Honors and awards about your student-athletes or teams
Monday, March 5, 2012
1. Create a library of 5-9 minute videos that students will watch as homework each night. Ugh! This task will be time-consuming. Do we have a summer curriculum project? Get a You Tube channel.
2. Learn how to use Moodle as a portal.
3. I can have students take quizzes at home or in class using Moodle. Quizzes can be imported through ExamView. Sign-up for an ExamView class.
4. Find Salmaan Khan on You Tube. Apparently he has a tremendous number of science lectures and demos already made, which would decrease the number of videos I would have to make myself.
5. Investigate the Mobile Interactive Whiteboard ($300) which would allow me to roam around the room while I write on the tablet and project the information. Prevents being locked in one place and improves ability to manage the classroom.
6. Go digital with my curriculum. All handouts should be prepared and placed in Moodle for kids to access.
7. Create a list of apps that my students will need to successfully learn in a 1:1 classroom. An app that appears to be extremely useful for students is "Good Reader." It allows Powerpoints to be converted into pdf files, which kids can type their notes into or write on top of with a stylus. It also allows me to grade documents, put immediate feedback on the paper using a stylus, and email the document back to the kid. Sounds great for going paperless!
Our views of technology affect how we use them in education. From slide 27 on from below, slide content guides the ideas verbalized by Nicholas Carr. Added to the conflicting philosophies of technology tool-ists (better word in script) and technology determinists, educational technologies can become very muddied. Data or thinking?
Reading comprehension decreases 20% when on a screen vs. paper; tech. does shape our mental practices, which if we don't practice go away; students have to be taught evaluation skills on a high level. Even the teacher must be aware that his own reading of student work, such as a blog, is distracted reading when it is on-line. Limiting the distractions by using 'Reader' can help, but still may prove to be an issue.
Presenter, Spilo Bolos, shared much research to support his points, and concluded that much more discussion is needed during the very revolutionary time in teaching and thinking. The potential for positive change, negative change, and no change are all possibilities, depending on educational and technological philosophies, as well as what yet is to come.
It also became obvious to see how the Google Apps can be used to create flipped classroom opportunities.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Wow! The logo on everything "nebraska loves our public schools" and it is stated frequently. I want to hear "illinois loves our public schools & teachers" so was very interested in what they are doing. One technique to gain community support, I was able to identify is the many video clips they publish online for the community to view. Videos are students explaining what and how they are learning in a Challenge Based Learning community. the raw footage goes to a digital editing class lab at the high school so has a professional touch.
Focus of Presentation: Challenge Based Learning
Not enough to just use technology anymore, in the future must collaborate from behind the walls. Katie Morrow from O'Neil, NE a very small community was an excellent presenter. Because O'Neill is isolated the desire to reach out and communicate with other communities is strong. She is a distinguished Apple educator and had many apps to bring collaboration within the classroom as well as outside the community and country.
Socrative (just out of beta version)
free response engage the class using any device--any web enabled
Daily blogger--each day different student adds to blog
collaboritive through Blogger
google presentations students work together on creating a presentation
voicethread Advantage: more than one voice comments on presentation. Teacher can add voice for comments. (Feedback is instant) Other students can give voice feedback
backchannel -use students interest in Twitter to complement the classroom
todaysMeet.com creat a room, no account, transcript from chat can be viewed. can view transcript
google Presentations;; backchannel view together; anyone else can joint the chat
Assessment --peer evalutation
available on all web enabled devices
http://delcious.com--sharing/ bookmarks--central place for all your bookmarks. Can choose which ones you want to share
concept map: wall on a topic; anyone can click on a wall and add
Collaborate with Experts
video conferenceing software
-- Homebound or sick student can join the class
Outline a chapter. groups decide on dividing the work up.
Glogster online poster
How can the community become more healthy? Students in PE class documented on spreadsheet family activity, food choices, etc over a specified period of time.
challenge basis learned
collaborators in learning
real world problem
post challenge/ solutions
reduce carbon footprint
start with action word
authentic use of technology
Edmodo -- free safe (just your class not open to whole world
Goudy is a CPS elementary school in the Uptown neighborhood. I was interested on a totally personal level because that is where I attended kindgergarten . Awhile back, it was listed as the worst elementary school in America--not a label any school would want. So I was curious as to what was going on there now and what students were doing.
Goudy received a 1:1 grant and all students have an IPad issued to them during the school day. This is some of what the presenter discussed:
Lots of rules concerning use of technology k-8
Students pick up Ipad in a.m. on their way to homeroom, keep through out the day but can't take home. Transient demographics and student may not return next day. (Not a flipped classroom model)
Pays a $20 student tech fee (will cover cost of broken items- which have been very few) Tech coordinator brings to Apple Store and great service is noted.
No student ability to download apps--tech coordinator purchases teacher requested apps and downloads.
Students do not keep same IPAD from year to year, apps are different depending on grade level course work.
no email access other than district account
Students are heavily involved in project based learning assignments. Some excellent student created videos about the cultural diversity of the neighborhood were shown.
Watching these elementary students with the technology in hand made me realize how much high schools will have to adjust to keep students challenged and interested.
ICE Conference: YouTube
Lucy Gray-certified Google Apps Instructor
Google custom search --roll your own search engine of appropriate classroom youtube videos
curate, locate, organize
unload video via email
We interviewed each other and uploaded to her account email@example.com
collect collaborated videos, pictures
Students document with video on a Field trip: T-Mobile (or other vendor) wi fi that allows 5 users to connect and upload. Or bring several 3G enabled IPADs. Upload to class video account.
Suggests you have a school account and personal account on YouTube
Showed us how to share link (embed code)
curated a playlist according to contenting
filter channel -- Youtubeedu section; students can only see what you want them to see on Youtube. But, teachers can see everything
Teacher Tools for IPad & Iphone
Stick Pick --another favorite app featured
Very useful for recording student responses as teacher walks around room. Organized by class, teacher can randomly choose student and the level of question for assessment.
After inputing student roster the app allows the customization of student level of questioning based on Blooms question stems--knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Pick student, choose among question stems, and record-- correct, incorrect, opinion. User can include your own questions. All the stems will work for any subject.
Reports: gives a summary of student responses; participation, quality of answers
Includes ESL: pick a level
assesses & rates
Included is an instruction video about Stick Pick
Session: TEACHING SMARTER NOT HARDER USING THE IPAD, IPHONE, ITOUCH, ICE CONFERENCE, 2012
Teacher Assistant (Lesson Portal, LLC)
Definitely one of the most practical for teachers. I already have installed full app (free version or $6.99) yes, pricey) It will track Student Behavior and Classroom Habits--Ipad or Itouch, Iphone
Personal comments: For myself, I view this app as an excellent way to accumulate data for a student-teacher conference to work out strategies to change or reward behavior. Currently, I use sticky notes, evernotes, notes on margins of pages and at the end of the day most are lost or forgotten. The presenter uses it in 1st grade--still applicable for high school students!
- security code available (student confidentiality)
- iphone or ipad gives easy and ready access to record daily student habit data for student or parent conference
- Imports your roster from your contacts, csv, manually; can categorized by class period-Can set up several classes
- Action--whatever you want. After you enter/edit a list of behaviors, you check off. Examples: no homework, phone out, earbuds, sleeping in class, not participating in group work,& good behavior too!
- auto records date and time
- teacher response
- (I added a new field for student response)
location--you add rooms, computer lab, resource center, gym, then its just a check mark
- parent notified
- color label
- Keeps record for each student and is easy to email to self, parent, administrator or print out.
- Presenter commented that the app author is excellent and updates ideas from users who
- give feedback.video tutorials on youtube
- Dropbox exportable (for backup)
The resources from this session, which provided a myriad of Web 2.0 tools, can be found at:
My favorite "new tool" is Symbaloo, a creative and attractive social bookmarking site. The sites become icons that serve as links to the various sites. It also provides additional Web 2.0 resources from which a user can add to their "favorites," providing a learning opportunity in itself!!
I envision using this two ways.
1. Creating a webmix for each class with tools specifically for that class.
2. Showing my students how to develop their own set of tools to use in other classes and to build their own network of resources.
The direct link to the EDU Symbaloo is:
Saturday, March 3, 2012
For Professional Development, they had the following:
- For Teachers
- 3 levels of in-district classes that teachers can get credit on
- access to professional workshops and conferences
- the district will host a technology conference (to aid in bullet#2)
- a teacher computer lab for a Professional Development Center
- For Students
- Tech support and training available for students
- Community service credit for student techs
- Dedicated Technical Support for program (2 per school)
- Purchased devices for students, teachers, tech support, check-outs
- Developed a quick check-out system to quickly distribute hundreds of devices
- Went with Netbooks. Cost is currently $325 with a 3 year warranty.
- This was chosen based upon cost as well as durability
- Thee netbook itself is researched and revisited annually to purchase the best choice each year
- Use open source operating sytem (linux based) and are going to use Ubermix next year. Also use freeware for word processing and similar apps.
- Encourage students to save everything to cloud and if there are technical issues, netbooks are reset to "factory settings" based upon school image.
- Students are given ownership of the device once it is given to them.
- Students can add any personal software including operating system they want. (if problem, district just resets to image.
- Cost of device should offset cost of books and photocopying over time and is meant to be part of registration fees.
- 10% replace rule holds true for them.
- When ordering devices, give time to manufacture as bulk purchases will require extra time to arrive.
- Niles considers this a BYOD model where the district buys the students their 1st device.
- Printing is discouraged and printers are purposefully scarce.
- Student Handbook is no longer printed in Niles. Digital only.
- Niles currently has 260 MB pipe and will be purchasing an additional 100 for next year. (They have 2500 netbooks in circulation this year.)
- Niles installed charging stations within the building for students to access.
- Wireless coverage is a constant work in progress. Capacity and Density need monitoring and adjustment.
- Currently using a firewall (Palo Alto) that prioritizes applications so that you can filter based upon that instead of port traffic.
- Authentication is currently disabled because it choked the system. They would see 800 kids disappear from the network at the end of a period and then all attempt to jump back onto the network after the passing period. Authentication could not handle it.
- District uses Google Apps and through their educational service, they can archive data.
She also stated a couple interesting tidbits such as the fact that Iowa seems to be heavily using Google Apps and that English Departments should cross check all of their reading lists with books that may be available for free digitally. (Many of the older authors may indeed be free for download and worth checking out.)
It was also thought provoking as to how open, loud, and digital her library was depicted in videos. It was more of a cyber cafe than a library and it was more of a commons than a "quiet area". The students seemed very happy with the situation.
She also supplied an Acceptable Use Policy link that her district is using.