NEIT2011 Take Away’s…

Here are my closing remarks for the 2011 NYSAIS Education and Information Technology conference. It was an amazing three days that really inspired me to come back to school and make some change. You’ll see some of my goals in this presentation:

NEIT2011 Closing on Prezi

Here are the sessions I attended and some of my take away’s:

  • danah boyd – Take away: We need to ask our students how they are using technology and be cultural anthropologists.
  • Unconference
    • The future of SISs – Take away: I’m as confused as everyone else.  There are some possibilities out there, but we really need to build this.
    • Smartphone policies: Take Away:  We need to start talking about PLD – Personal Learning Device program instead of laptop program — Kids should be able to use the tools they carry with them.
    • Google Apps for Ed – Take Away:  Only a few weaknesses vs. Office.  Lots of benefits.  Use the right tool for the job.
    • Makerbot 101 Take Away:  We need to make to learn.  How do we find more time for this.  Action:  Looking at engineering/building programs for Math/Science in 8th Grade.
    • Running Effective Meetings – Alex Led: Take Away:  Using our time together better.  Let the structure set you free.
  • Gaming Panel -Take Away:  Advertising and Game design is way beyond schools for teaching and learning. We need to be looking into how games can teach us to operate in society.
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Integrating Technology into your Classrom – PK – 3rd Grade

 

This afternoon I ran a session on Integrating Technology into your Pre-K – 3rd Grade Classroom.  I ran through a few examples of how we use technology for communication and in the classroom at Collegiate ,and then reviewed some of the great iPad apps I’ve been testing out.  Thanks to all of the participants for your great questions/comments.  Below are my slides and links to resources that we discussed.  Please post questions in the comments!

Point 1: Build a Personal Learning Network

Join the Independent School Educator’s NING

or Join Twitter and follow these elementary school educators or these curriculum coordinators.

Point 2: Communication: Newsletter

Use a Content Management System – We use Whipplehill’s Community Groups to build a newsletter with photos and news stories for your parents.

Point 3: Use a blog to communicate or have your students write and publish information

Get a free blog at Edublogs, WordPress.com, or Blogger.  Even easier options available at Posterous.cohttp://posterous.com or Tumblr.com.

Post videos at vimeo.com and embed them in your blog.

Point 4: Geography: Use Google Earth to show your students the world!

Point 5: Problem Solving: Scratch

Scratch is a free program that is an excellent introduction to programming for students.  You can tell stories, create games or work on challenges with your students.  Here’s a great site to start learning scratch.

Point 6: Communicate with Video

Create videos that show students gaining mastery of jumping, playing or teaching another student a skill they have learned.  Post these videos at Vimeo and embed them on your blog.  You can use a flip video camera (I recommend putting them on tripods)

Point 7: The iPad

We looked at the following apps:

StoryBuddy

Web Albums

Math Lite

LetterForms

MathBlasting

ArtStudio

Thanks to @melhutch and @inixon for their support on this presentation!

What did I miss?  What are your questions?

What is your favorite resource for Lower School Technology Integration?

NJECC Presentation – Creating Global Collaborations

NJECC did a great job with their conference today. Thanks to all who contributed to the conversation.

The technology worked and as promised, here are my slides and a number of other resources from my network.

From Twitter:

From vvrotny:

From elemenous:

From scmorgan:

From participants:

The Read/Write Web: RSS, Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasting

1/15/07 Update:

What are they? How can I use them in my Classroom?

Here’s the outline of my NYSAIS Professional Development Seminar for Tuesday. Any comments would be appreciated. Bring Blue SnowBall, Get Richardson: Blogs, Wikis and Podcasting. Review last blogging outline:

Goal of Day: Exposure to RSS, Blogs, Poscasting, Social Bookmarking and
Wikis. The ability for participants to take one of these and start using it in classes in the near future.

Quotes:

  • “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” Charles Darwin
  • The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” — Alvin Toffler, futurist

9:30 – 10:00: Framing the day

Yarn exercise: How you link together in the real world

10:00 – 10:45: RSS: Reading 21st Century Style

Get a Bloglines Account. Search, Subscribe, Comment.

Other rss feed aggregators: NetVibes and Pageflakes

More about RSS:

10:45 – 11:00: Break

11:00 – 12:00: Blogging

Blogging Definition: Will Richardson and Others (see Examples below)

Why Blog? What is the difference between 21st Century Learning and 20th Century Learning? Dr. Lawrence Lessig’s “Read/Write Society” presentation at Wizards of OS4

Get an EduBlogs Account — What will you blog about? Linking. Categories. Trackback. Tabbed Browsing and Social Bookmarking.

Blogging Platforms:

Examples…

Educator Social Blogging

Blogging Resources:

12:00 – 1:00: Lunch

1:00 – 1:15: Globalism…

1:15 – 1:45: Podcasting

1:45 – 2:30 – Wikis

Review: Creating a Wiki and Wiki While You Work (Basic): Mark Wagner

Examples:

Possibly: 2:30 – 2:45: Bringing it all Together

Epic 2014

We need to model and teach using information in deep ways!

Quotes:

  • “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” Charles Darwin
  • The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” — Alvin Toffler, futurist

Contact info.

Further Self Guided Learning: