Making Space to Make

Presenter: Stephen Ransom, Ph.D.
Location: Rochester, NY USA
@ransomtech

Presentation Title: Making Space to Make

Presentation Description: The idea of making things is nothing new. It’s timeless. However, as culture and technology have shifted, we’ve moved, as Dale Dougherty points out, from making things out of necessity and just “being smart” to being much more consumers of things and of information. The culture of schooling has shifted right along with this as we watch standards and accountability take much more of a front seat, often resulting in kids’ making of interesting things and immersing themselves in interesting projects wane. In this presentation, I share from a father’s perspective how making at home keeps my kids’ interest and passion for learning sharp. The tools of the trade are very much of the traditional kind, yet new tools have opened up new doors and new possibilities for them as they are able to pursue their passions and discover new passions like never before possible. I suggest here that the same learning opportunity can and should happen at school and not be limited to a club or home experience. Our new technologies and new interest-based/passion-based learning spaces make this more possible than ever before.

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:
http://ransomtech.edublogs.org/2013/10/29/making-space-to-make/

Creativity Rising

Presenter: Kelly Dumont
Location: Sandy, Utah
@kdumont

Presentation Title: Creativity Rising

Presentation Description: There sure are a lot of changes happening in education today, mandated this and have to do that. One of the most important things that may be getting lost in this era is the chance for teachers and students to exercise creativity. This presentation will suggest ways to keep creativity rising to the top of what happens in the classroom, despite everything else that is being imposed upon teachers and students.

 

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:
http://journeyofanedtech.weebly.com/trainings-presentations.html

Additional Information:
http://theeducationalmac.com

Building Knowledge of Web Search

Presenter: Ann Oro
Location: Roselle Park, NJ USA
@njtechteacher

Presentation Title: Building Knowledge of Web Search

Presentation Description: Students should not be expected to suddenly sit down and complete a research project when they are in grade school. Children need time to build and scaffold their experiences. This video shares projects I complete with students in first through eighth grade that take them from a children’s dictionary scavenger hunt to learning to edit Wikipedia. One of the aspects that overwhelms students is that in addition to building a useful search query, they then have to go to the webpage and read the content in a sea of distracting links and screen cluttering ads. They need to be able to vet the information. In first grade, I give the students clues to find words in Little Explorer’s Picture Dictionary online. We build the concept in second and third grade through a cloze activity in which they find missing words. The student research state information for teachers. In fourth and fifth grade, the students learn about Sweet Search 4 Me and Google. They use paper encyclopedias and fill in missing information online. They learn to bookmark and site sources. In middle school, the students dig into aspects website details to determine the authority, bias, content, and usability of the information. They take charge of their learning by researching and presenting on a topic for which they have written a proposal. We learn to use search databases to dig deeper into the information available on the Internet. The students learn to edit Wikipedia and build our school’s entry.

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:
http://smsteacher.wikispaces.com/InternetSkills

Additional Information:
I work at a small PreK to eighth grade Catholic school in suburban New Jersey. I teach students as well as teachers. Additionally, I teach workshops aimed at promoting student learning with an emphasis on technology as a tool to various local teacher organizations.

Blog: http://njtechteacher.blogspot.com

The Promise of Leadership

Presenter: Julia Osteen
Location: Nashville, TN, USA
@josteen

Presentation Title: The Promise of Leadership

Presentation Description: True leaders make change happen. If we define leadership as influence, then the effective leader has the ability to influence others to accomplish group objectives. For far too long in education, leadership was only expected from those in supervisory positions. But what about a teacher’s leadership in the classroom? What about students learning how to be positive leaders? This presentation will explore the Promise of Leadership in Educational Change.

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1V4QkaUa-0avsJ77isPtxaQ9lJI7jHSdyj2PxdGFEXSc/edit?usp=sharing

K12Online13 Day 8 Presentations 30 October 2013

Welcome to day eight of the 2013 K-12 Online Conference! All presentations are listed and linked on our main conference schedule.

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Day 8 presentations include:

LEADING LEARNING

Brad Waid and Drew Minock: Game-Changing Apps

Michael Boll: Bringing Digital Badges to Your School or Classroom

BUILDING LEARNING

Chris Betcher: Coding for Kids

Dan Whisler: Energy 101: KidWind & the SHS Chevy Volt Project

If you’re not already, be sure to follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook. Subscribe to our email list if you’re not already receiving email updates from us. Also remember all video presentations are available in iPad / iPhone / iPod touch compatible format in our iTunesU Portal! If you tweet about the conference please use the Twitter hashtag #k12online13.

Energy 101: KidWind & the SHS Chevy Volt Project

Presenter: Dan Whisler
Location: Sterling, KS
@DanWhisler

Presentation Title: Energy 101: KidWind & the SHS Chevy Volt Project

Presentation Description: In this presentation I will use a presentation with videos imbedded to share how our energy-related projects combine STEM-related concepts in a PBL environment to help create a more student-centered learning experience. Real-life studies help make connections and create relevance for students. Through their study of these energy-related projects, students are exposed to environmental and economics lessons not possible simply by using a textbook. Videos will include me presenting background information (presentation) to help explain the projects along with videos of students working on various projects in the classroom to demonstrate the PBL approach being used.

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:
http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/filter_detail.asp?itemid=3904

Additional Information:
http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/filter_detail.asp?itemid=3904

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-whisler/how-a-car-taught-science-_b_2304173.html#slide=1886906

http://usd376hs.ss3.sharpschool.com/academics/volt_project/

http://challenge.kidwind.org/

Bring Digital Badges To Your School or Classroom

Presenter: Michael Boll
Location: Shanghai, China
@autismpodcast

Digital Badges Part One: What Are Digital Badges Anyway? Introduction to Digital Badges, how they work and the Mozilla platform.

Digital Badges Part Two: The Tech of Digital Badges  Learn the tech behind getting started with digital badges.

Digital Badges Part Three: Bring Badges Into Your Classroom. Learn how to use digital badges in your classroom

Digital Badges Part Four: Bring Badges to Your School Tips on how to bring the digital badges program to your entire school or district

Digital Badges Part Five: The Future of Badges Digital Badges are just getting started. Take a look at what the future might hold.

Presentation Title: Bring Digital Badges To Your School or Classroom

Presentation Description: Badges, badges, badges. Fun, motivation, excitement. Ok, you get the point. Badges are a time tested (think like for 10,000 ago or more) method to bring out full achievement in students and adults. Everybody loves to receive recognition for things they have done.

The communication revolution (thanks Internet) means we can both give and display badges on a grander scale than ever before. My school is currently in a beta test stage for using badges with students and we would like to share our experiences so far.

This workshop will cover some of the ins and outs of using badges in and outside of the classroom.

Specifically:

* How it works
* Using Mozilla’s Open Badges Program
* How to issue badges
* How to display badges
* Badge use cases
* Setting up systems at your school to enable effective badge distribution

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:
http://www.michaelboll.me/presentations/one-hour-plus-workshops/bring-badges-to-your-classroom-or-school/

Additional Information:
Michael Boll is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Podcaster and Technology Coach at Concordia International School Shanghai. Michael enjoys helping educators, parents and students harness the transformative powers of technology.

Michael is an enthusiastic instructional designer and presenter. He works to make his courses and presentations information packed, slightly provocative and fun.

Michael has a teenage son with profound autism and is keenly interested in the special needs community and its population of diverse learners. This interest led Michael and his wife, Lori Boll, to open an innovative school in Shanghai (ShineAcademy.asia) for their son.

For more information about Michael, check out his website: www.michaelboll.me

Coding for Kids

Presenter: Chris Betcher
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Chris Betcher on G+

Presentation Title: Coding for Kids

Presentation Description: While not every student might want to write their own software, understanding the big ideas of coding is a skill that all students would benefit from, even the very young ones. Understanding the key ideas of computational thinking – identifying patterns, thinking algorithmically, manipulating data, solving real problems, etc – is an important step in helping our students build mastery over their world.
This presentation will take you on a guided tour through some of the resources available to your students to help them learn the principles of creating code. We’ll check out a range of desktop and iPad apps suitable for teaching very young students to program, through to tools and websites that can help your older students learn to hack code, and much more.

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WcGToN3fmgupMb69P7ZUQj97WNTQNvI-6gvzKAOeCCk/edit?usp=sharing

Additional Information:
Chris Betcher is an Australian technology educator with a passion for helping students master their digital world. He is the technology integrator at PLC Sydney, where he helps students and teachers use technology in meaningful and authentic ways. He has a curious mind, asks way too many questions, and likes to build cool stuff out of zeroes and ones. Connect with Chris at www.chrisbetcher.com.

Game Changing Apps

Presenter: Brad Waid & Drew Minock
Location: Bloomfield Hills, MI USA
@techbradwaid  @techminock

Presentation Title: Game Changing Apps

Presentation Description: “Game Changing Apps!” With Brad Waid & Drew Minock

Hear about and learn about some great educational technology apps that will change the way we learn, teach and lead. Join us for some insight on a student engagement, teacher productivity and using augmented reality in education.

Additional Information:
twoguysandsomeipads.com

K12Online13 Day 7 Presentations 29 October 2013

Welcome to day seven of the 2013 K-12 Online Conference! All presentations are listed and linked on our main conference schedule.

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Day 7 presentations include:

LEADING LEARNING

Jeffrey Bradbury: Learn how to create a WordPress Website in less than 20 minutes

Betsy Hanger: Mindfulness and Neuroscience: How a Contemplative Curriculum Improves Focus, Connectedness, and Self-Regulation

BUILDING LEARNING

Katie Ann Wilson: A Story + A Green Wall = 1 Amazing Transformed Digital Story

 Carol Broos: T3: Triple Threat in Tech Using Transliteracy

If you’re not already, be sure to follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook. Subscribe to our email list if you’re not already receiving email updates from us. Also remember all video presentations are available in iPad / iPhone / iPod touch compatible format in our iTunesU Portal! If you tweet about the conference please use the Twitter hashtag #k12online13.